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Verona full day ( 8.30 a.m. – 06.30 p.m.) at € 34,50 per person.
One of the most beautiful Roman cities in Italy. Situated alongside the river Adige and important in northern Italy since roman times until the present day. Leaving Riva del Garda, via the villages of Nago and Mori until reaching the motorway at Rovereto, travelling for 50 minutes until reaching the sanctuary to Our Lady of Lourdes for a panoramic view over the city, after which we will continue down to the city. On arrival in Piazza Bra the city offers many options, a visit to the Arena, 2000 years old and one of the more complete amphitheatres in Italy. It is now used primarily for Verona’s summer productions of the opera. A city guide will show the most important things of Verona. A walk along Via Mazzini, the main shopping street eventually reaching Via Capello and one of Verona’s most famous landmarks casa Capuletti with Juliet’s balcony and from here within 300 yards the opportunity to visit Piazza Erbe (Herb market) the Piazza dei Signori surrounded by Palazzo Scaligero, the Loggia dei Consiglio, one of the more famous renaissance buildings in Verona. The Palazzo dei Capitani and just off the square itself the Scaligera tombs dating from the 14th century and the church of Santa Maria Antica. Alternatively relax outside the Cafe Dante in the corner of the square. Finally at 16.00 hrs we leave Piazza Bra for our return journey to Riva.
Venice full day ( 7.40 a.m. – 08.30 p.m.) at € 52,00 per person.
It is the most unusual of the Italian cities mixing eastern byzantine and renaissance architecture within 118 islands scattered across the lagoon. Leave Riva heading down the A22 motorway towards Verona along the valley of the Adige before taking the A4 motorway taking us via Soave, Vicenza and Padova crossing the Ponte della Libertà into Venice itself. From the coach park we take the private boat along the Giudecca Canal to the hotel Gabrielli situated alongside the lagoon. A short stroll along the waterside crossing four bridges to San Marks Square. There is ample time in Venice to view the main sights around the square – the Doges Palace, San Marks Basilica itself, the Campanile, the Clock Tower – or wander down the Mercuria which is the main shopping area, as far as the Rialto Bridge. Venice is also very famous in the world for its glass and visiting a glass blowing factory is a wonderful experience. Venice also has an abundance of famous churches and art galleries to visit. Otherwise try a relaxing half-hour on a gondola unique to Venice, departing from Venice again by private boat and taking the coach for your return to Lake Garda.
Lake Garda full day ( 9.40 a.m. – 06.30 p.m.) at € 35,50 per person.
Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes, formed at the same time as the mountains that surround it in the north, about 50 million years ago. Although only 30 miles long, and between 1.5 and 11 miles wide it combines high peaks, wide plains, sub tropical flora with small interesting towns and a mixture of Roman, Venetian, Veronese and Austrian history. The tour starts in Riva, one of the largest towns alongside the lake. Following the Gardesana Occidentale through Limone, famous for its lemons. We will travel the first of a series of 12 miles of tunnels until reaching Gargnano, we then travel via Bogliaco and Maderno before reaching Gardone for a short stop. The town is famous for its botanical gardens and the villa, il Vittoriale. We will then depart for Sirmione. We will be taking our private boat across the lake to Sirmione by passing the largest island on the lake; Isola Garda, before arriving in Sirmione. Upon arrival we leave the boat and enter the town, crossing the small bridge in front of the castle itself to the small square. There will be time to have lunch in the small, idyllic centre of Sirmione, with the added opportunity to visit the fabulous roman ruins known as Catullus Grotte at the tip of the peninsula or alternatively you can while away the time on either of Sirmione two beaches or take a short motor boat ride around the town itself (not included in price) taking in all the sights and passing over the sulphur springs 300 yards offshore. Departing from Sirmione we will pass through Peschiera, the most fortified town on the lake; Lazise, with its 12th century Scaligera castle and venetian harbour, then Bardolino famous for its wine production; and 7th century church of St. Severo. Proceeding via the tunnels at the base of the Monte Baldo range of mountains on the left until reaching Malcesine, regarded by Goethe and D.H Lawrence as one of the most enchanting of the lake’s towns.Following the Gardesena Orientale through to Torbole, famous for its windsurfing.
Dolomiti full day ( 8.30 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.) at € 43,00 per person.
The range of mountains known as the Dolomites were formed around 70 million years ago, made primarily of lime/stone, they have been eroding over the intervening period into the most stunning and uniquely shaped mountains in the world. Amongst the peaks are beautiful lakes, national parks and some of the most spectacular views in the region. After leaving lake Garda, we travel for a short period along the motorway, passing Rovereto, Trento, one of the largest cities in Trentino Alto Adige, eventually reaching our first stop at Ora where we take coffee and apple strudel (optional), before climbing 1000 feet above the town giving an extensive panoramic view of The Adige valley below. Passing through the lowlands of the Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme meandering through the quaint tirolean towns of Cavalese, Predazzo, Moena and Canazei before reaching the steep climb to the Pordoi pass arriving at the pass in time to take lunch. After lunch downhill to enjoy the views of the Marmolada range and Sasso Lungo before our next photographic stop at 2240 metres on the Sella Pass, eventually travelling down the mountainside through Val Gardena to the small town of Ortisei, famous for its wood carving industry. After spending some time here we continue through the valley until reaching the motorway at Bolzano and return to Lake Garda.