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Lake Garda, Venice and Verona Spring in Garda
8 Days - by Scheduled Air

Price from £639.00 per person*
Departures from 22nd Apr 2017 to 6th May 2017

Single person supplement : £175.00 per person

Flights from Bristol, Edinburgh & Manchester airports to Venice Marco Polo and Gatwick to Verona

Please see Includes tab for flight times

At the southern foot of the Alps, between its rocky toes, lies Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It's a 30–mile–long fjord scoured through the rock by the last of the Ice Age glaciers, and it's so deep you could sink the Eiffel Tower and still have room to scuba dive on top. This is Alpine country with a gentle Mediterranean climate, a soaring landscape ripe with olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees.

People have been coming here since ancient times for the dramatic views, and Italians themselves appreciate the agreeable climate. Rivers in northern Italy tend to dry up in spring, and summer can be a hot and dusty affair, but on Lake Garda the air and the water are always alpine fresh.

You will be staying on a half board basis in one the loveliest resorts on the lake: Garda Town itself. There is plenty to explore on the lake itself and you can also enjoy a tour of the lake and two full–day excursions to Verona and Venice.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Venice Marco Polo or Verona
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay at the 3 star Imperial or the 3 star Bisesti hotel, Garda (see table)
  • Buffet breakfast and evening meal
  • Excursions to Venice and Verona, and Lake tour with boat crossing
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £175pp for the break.

Tour dateHotelHotel
01 - 8 April3 star Imperial hotel
08 - 15 April3 star Bisesti hotel
15 - 22 April3 star Imperial hotel3 star Bisesti hotel
22 - 29 April3 star Bisesti hotel
29 April - 06 May3 star Imperial hotel3 star Bisesti hotel
06 - 13 May3 star Bisesti hotel

Flights ↔ Venice Marco Polo
AirportOutboundReturnAirline
Bristol06:50 / 10:0510:40 / 12:00Ryanair
Edinburgh07:30 / 11:1512:00 / 13:55Jet2
Manchester07:15 / 11:1011:10 / 12:35easyJet
Flights ↔ Verona
Gatwick13:20 / 16:2516:55 / 18:00easyJet
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Saturday  Make your way to your chosen airport for the flight to Venice Marco Polo or Verona, where on arrival we will transfer you to 3 star Garda hotel for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.

Sunday  Breakfast today and then a welcome meeting with your Omega representative will tell you about the included excursions and introduce you to the area (see Garda Town below).

Monday Breakfast and then a tour of the lake. Garda has extremely varied scenery from a Mediterranean landscape and vast plains in the south, to dramatic cliffs and a more Austrian heritage in the north, and a colourful and interesting history. Your coach will visit lakeside villages including Lazise, Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Limone with their monuments dating back to Roman, Venetian, Scaliger and Austrian reigns and empires. Part of the tour includes a ferry boat crossing of the lake between Sirmione in the south and Salò on the western bank.

Tuesday Today we're off to Verona, a small market town with a giant history. Verona has one of the most complete Roman amphitheatres in the world, lit up at night for open air operas and other shows. There are Roman ruins and excavations everywhere, even in cutaway sections underneath the streets and buildings, so that you're almost walking in two worlds simultaneously. This was once the town of a rich family known as 'The Little Hats', who had a little hat on their coat of arms. They lived in 'Hat' street, the Via Cappello, and their house was known as the Casa Cappelletti, which Shakespeare rendered as 'Capulet'. Today it is called Juliet's House, named for the great tragic heroine. It's not known if any part of the Romeo and Juliet story is actually true, but Dante does mention the Cappelletti, and a family called Montecchi (Montague?) in the Divine Comedy of 1321. At any rate, every year thousands of letters are sent to this address by young romantics from all over the world, which local volunteers patiently answer. We'll set off back to the hotel in time for dinner.

Wednesday After breakfast the day is at leisure to explore the area before dinner.

Thursday  For today's full–day excursion, if you've never been to Venice before, prepare to be overwhelmed. Venice really does live up to the hype. It's a bizarre and beautiful warren, a bunch of swampy islands chain–linked together, built in the Dark Ages by fleeing Swedish Vandals, which became the world's most improbable superpower thanks indirectly to Genghis Khan, and latterly became the numero uno of the global tourist bucket list. Famously bereft of cars and motor transport, La Serenissima deserves its name, but it also has a dark side, celebrated in its macabre Carnivale. Every time plague swept past Venice the wretched survivors struck up a new church, each grander than the last, each as awe–inspiring on the inside as the outside. Especially worth a vaporetto ride is the San Giorgio Maggiore across the Grand Canal, built by the great Andrea Palladio, marbled throughout and with a clutch of old masters by Titian and Tintoretto. We'll return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Friday  Breakfast and then a final day at leisure to do some souvenir hunting.

Saturday  Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Garda Town

The charming lakeside town of Garda may be found on the southern part of the lake, on the centre stretch of the Riviera degli Olivi where Lake Garda opens out after the enchanting promontory of San Vigilio and Mermaid Bay. The town has many fine villas and gardens, a small historic centre of narrow lanes and Gothic and Renaissance buildings, as well as sophisticated cafes and an attractive waterfront promenade. The town is particularly noted for its leather shops and the ever–popular lakeside Friday market, and is superbly located for ferry and hydrofoil services to other enticing Lake Garda resorts.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Bisesti, Garda
A quiet family-run hotel located just 150 meters from the lake...
 
Hotel Imperial, Garda
Just a short walk from Garda town centre, with restaurant, pool and wi-fi throughout...
 

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