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Based in Garda at the Hotel Villa Mulino, this holiday will see us situated just a short stroll from one of the most beautiful Italian Lakes. Lake Garda also happens to be the largest, and offers up amazing scenes of natural beauty that will absolutely astound. With its bright blue waters and mountainous backdrop, Lake Garda is well and truly a sight to behold.
While on this holiday though, we’ll also visit some of Italy’s other famous sights, such as those found in Venice and Verona, as well as taking a tour of North Lake Garda.
In Venice, we’ll find picturesque canals and historical attractions that will keep up busy for hours, while in Verona we can immerse ourselves in the romance of this city. Known for its connections with Romeo and Juliet, there’s a lot of in the way of gorgeous architecture in Verona that we’ll be able to marvel at while we’re there.
Day One - UK to France
We’ll make our way from the UK to France, via Calais, and will spend the night at a comfortable hotel.
Day Two - France to Lake Garda
In the morning, we’ll continue our journey into Lake Garda, where we’ll stay at the Hotel Villa Mulino for the next six nights. (B,D)
Days Three to Seven - Lake Garda
We have five full days in Lake Garda, over which time we will be taking three included excursions. We’ll take a tour of the North Lake, including visits to the towns of Malcesine and Riva del Garda. We also visit the beautiful and historic cities of Venice and Verona, with histories dating back to the Roman Era and inspiration for countless artistic works. The other days are free to enjoy at leisure with a number of the lake’s main attractions within easy reach of the hotel, there are also a number of optional excursions available. Details of these are available in the Excursions & Extras tab. (B,D).
Day Eight - Lake Garda to France
We say goodbye to Lake Garda today, as we retrace our steps back to our overnight hotel in France. (B,D)
Day Nine - France to UK
We’ll return to the UK today, travelling via Calais and then continuing home. (B)
Weekly gala dinner
Enjoy a weekly gala dinner during your holiday.
Welcome drink on arrival
Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.
Welcome drink on arrival
Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.
Hotel Villa Mulino
Set just 300 metres from the shores of Lake Garda in a converted former watermill, retaining many original features, the Hotel Villa Mulino is an absolutely charming place to stay.
The hotel has a pool area and gardens which make a perfect place to relax and enjoy your Lake Garda holiday. From the hotel it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk into the old town of Garda where there are a number of fine eateries and traditional bars with fantastic views across the lake.
The Mount Baldo Cable Car and the Sulphur Springs at Sirmione are both accessible from the hotel in less than an hour by bus and make for fantastic day trips. Alternatively go to any of the villages along the lake, enjoy their local markets and enjoy the fantastic food, drink and culture that make this part of Italy so incredible.
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Full Day: North Lake Tour
We’ll tour the northern shores of Lake Garda and enjoy the sublime natural beauty to be found there. We’ll pass through a number of small towns that hug the shoreline, including beautiful Malcesine and Riva del Garda. Malcesine is a pretty lakeside town below an imposing medieval castle, Castello Scaligero which sits high in the hills above town. Riva del Garda has a stunning old town, set just back from the lake, with beautiful Baroque churches, Venetian city gates and the remains of the ancient city walls around the gorgeous piazza.
Full Day: Venice
For an entire day, we’ll explore the beautiful city of Venice, where we’ll find beautiful architecture, fascinating history and vibrant culture. Venice is one of the most interesting cities in the world, with its winding canals and reputation for being the birthplace (and adopted home) of many amazing musicians.
Today, Venice is an extraordinary city with lots to discover, from museums to art galleries, monuments to bridges, and everything in between. Some of the most famous places we’ll be able to visit at leisure while in the city include Ca' d'Oro, the Doge's Palace and the Clock Tower, as well as the Museum of Natural History and the Venice Academy Gallery. There’s also the Basilica di San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and the famous Grand Canal.
Full Day: Verona
Verona is one of Italy’s most romantic cities, thanks to the fact that Shakespeare chose this city to set his romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. While the couple were purely fictional, there are many attractions which claim by local legend to have once set the scene for Romeo and Juliet. For example, there’s Juliet’s House, where we’ll find the balcony Romeo is said to have serenaded his love, as well as the Basilica di San Zeno where the two were supposedly married in secret. There’s also Juliet’s tomb, which is said to be located within San Francesco al Corso church.
Aside from this, there are many other attractions to enjoy in Verona, such as the Piazza delle Erbe, which was once the site of the Roman Forum in the city, and Lamberti Tower. There’s a Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum to enjoy as well, and the impressive Verona Cathedral.
Full Day: Italian Dolomites
The Dolomites is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, with its sheer cliffs and long valleys. There are a wide variety of limestone formations in the Dolomites, making them incredibly important from a scientific standpoint as well, but the main draw for us will be the incredible views we’ll enjoy of them during our coach tour.
We’ll get to travel through a number of quaint villages on our Italian Dolomites tour, and so will be able to enjoy the local attractions there, too.
Full Day: South Lake Tour
We’ll be treated to a few hours spent touring the southern shores of Lake Garda on this excursion, which will give us time to sit back, relax and soak up the incredible views. There’s nothing quite like Lake Garda, and this tour will allow us to spend some time in the little town of Sirmione as well.
There, we’ll get to wander through the town centre, admiring the views and enjoying the local shops.
Venice Gondola Ride
Experience Venice from its famous canals as we take an optional gondola ride. See the beautiful architecture, while travelling along these busy waterways and enjoying the pleasant atmosphere. Venice is well-known for its canals, which connect this floating city, and our optional excursion will give us a chance to admire one of Italy’s most beautiful cities from a different perspective.
Verona Guided Walking Tour
While we’re in Verona, we’ll be able to enjoy an excellent guided walking tour of the city to find out more about its past, and to see its best sights. With an expert guide, we’ll explore more of this wonderful location and will learn all about its heritage.