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Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes, and is also one of the most attractive. With its amazing scenery and excellent nearby destinations, this location is the ideal place to enjoy a fantastic holiday. As well as enjoying all that Lake Garda has to offer, we’ll also be visiting the nearby Venice and Verona.
Join us as we travel to sunny Lake Garda, where we’ll enjoy a superb holiday in Garda, the town that sits on the lakeside. We’ll be staying at the Parc Hotel Oasi throughout our holiday, and so will be situated a mile from the lake itself. Our location in Garda will ensure we’re never too far from the destination for our excursions, which will first take us to Lake Garda.
The lake is absolutely marvellous, with stunning views all around. We’ll make the most of a north Lake Garda tour as our first excursion, which will take us to some of the local towns to enjoy some leisure time.
We’ll also visit the nearby cities of Venice and Verona, which are absolutely packed with historic.
Famous for being the setting of two Shakespeare plays, Verona will be our second calling point during our holiday and will offer up all kinds of activities. Meanwhile, in Venice, we’ll be able to wander along the canals and marvel at the architecture in the city’s old centre.
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Parc Hotel Oasi
This modern hotel is surrounded by vast parkland and olive groves and has a spacious garden and communal areas so guests can enjoy maximum relaxation. The large outdoor pool is perfect on a sunny day and the covered terrace will keep you cool while enjoying a col drink in the height of summer. The hotel has a modern restaurant with a very relaxed atmosphere and serves a fantastic buffet breakfast daily.
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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.
Borghetto sul Mincio and Mantova
Thought of as one of Italy's most beautiful villages, Borghetto is situated in a valley at the foot of the Visconti Bridge and is famous for its scenery. Nestled in the valley of the river Mincio, the village dates from ancient times and is rich with medieval architecture and buildings, such as the village's walls and gates.
After our time here, we continue to visit Mantova, a beautiful city in the Lombardy region. The city is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2016, and its historical Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore at leisure to take in the many sights here.
Evening At The Verona Opera
Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Verona Opera with a dazzling performance at the ancient Amphitheatre. Be astounded by the incredible performance - sure to make for a memorable experience!
Full Day: South Lake Garda Tour
We'll take a tour of south Lake Garda during our holiday, which will allow us to explore all this amazing lake has to offer. We'll get the unique chance to experience the wealth of beautiful scenery in this area to our heart’s content, as we make our way around the towns and villages here. We’ll also have an optional boat cruise to look forward to.
Half Day: Lakes and Castles
We’ll enjoy a nice leisurely drive this morning, travelling through the Trentino region and admiring some stunning scenery along the way. We’ll make our way along the northern end of Lake Garda, passing the beautiful Lago di Toblino, as well as the pastel-coloured lake Lago di Tenno, which we’ll be able to enjoy a walk down to during a short break - don’t forget your camera!
We’ll also get the chance to see castles such as Drena Castle and Toblino Castle, a 12th-century fortress.
Limone Lake Cruise
While we’re in Lake Garda, we'll get to take a superb Limone Lake cruise to see the beautiful landscape of the North lake. The town of Limone is at the bottom of a 1000m high massif, and gives astounding views across the lake to the even higher mountains about the town Malcesine. This cruise will leave you awe-inspired by the stunning scenery at this end of the lake with the views of the mountains being some of the most fantastic in Italy.
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.
Venice Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy an excellent guided walking tour of the wonderful city of Venice, which is famous for its beautiful canals and stunning architecture. This historical city is filled with interesting places to visit and things to do and we’ll spend an enjoyable time exploring the area.