Explore Garda,the largest of the Italian Lakes, stretching between the Alps and the Dolomites with diverse scenery ranging from low-lying countryside on its southern shores, rising to cliffs and pine forests in the north.
Explore some of Europes finest Lakeland scenery where tree-clad mountains descend into crystal clear waters and frame the pretty towns and villages dotted along the shoreline. Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes stretching between the Alps and the dolomites with diverse scenery ranging from low-lying countryside on its southern shores, rising to cliffs and pine forests in the north. Riva del Garda is a very popular resort in a stunning location at the northern tip of the lake overshadowed by spectacular mountains. The delightful old town is centred around a 12th century fortress and clock tower with a maze of narrow streets full of inviting little shops and pavement cafés to sit and watch the world go by.
The four star Savoy Palace is located in a nice quiet position just 900 metres from the historic centre of Riva and 150 metres from the lake. Facilities include indoor & outdoor swimming pools, restaurant, lounge and piano bar. All bedrooms have a balcony and feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, telephone, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Lift to all floors.
Day One: We depart in the early hours for our journey south to Folkestone and a morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais, then continue south through Belgium and Luxembourg into Germany for an overnight stay at Saarbrucken.
Day Two: We travel on via Stuttgart and Ulm into Austria and across the Fern Pass, then on past Innsbruck and the spectacular Brenner Pass to reach Lake Garda and the Hotel Savoy Palace at Riva Del Garda where we stay for five nights.
Day Three: A day at leisure to relax and explore the delights of Riva del Garda.
Day Four: A visit to Verona, one of Italys oldest cities famous for its Opera festivals performed in its perfectly preserved Roman Arena in the historic centre of the city. See the famous Juliet's balcony as immortalised in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the lovely Piazza delle Erbe with its 14th century fountain, surrounded by magnificent medieval buildings and towers. Recently awarded the status of a "World Heritage Site", Verona also has a unique range of art-works and monuments enclosed within the city walls.
Day Five: We visit the quaint lakeside resort of Lazise, a medieval walled town with a myriad of pretty, cobbled winding streets, lined with small boutique shops, cafés and typical stores selling local fare. We continue on to delightful Sirmione, uniquely located at the end of a peninsula. Sirmione is one of Lake Gardas oldest and most popular resorts famous for its medieval centre, moated castle and lovely piazzas.
Day Six: Today we take a drive into the Western Dolomites to visit Merano, one of the most beautiful spa towns in the South Tyrol. Explore the vibrant centre, stroll along the flower lined promenade and perhaps take the chair lift for some fine views.
Day Seven: Leaving Lake Garda this morning we travel to the St Gotthard tunnel which takes us into Switzerland, then on via the beautiful Swiss Alps, Lake Lucerne and Basel to reach Saarbrucken for another overnight stay.
Day Eight: We continue north to Calais for our return Eurotunnel journey to Folkestone and on home to North Wales.
Two nights accommodation with breakfast at overnight hotels.
Five nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast at resort.
Excursions as described above.
Return Eurotunnel journeys.
Return travel by luxury coach.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Abergele|| Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop |
|Bangor, Nelson Pub|| Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub |
|Bangor, Pontio Centre|| Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop |
|Bethel|| Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop |
|Bontnewydd|| Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop |
|Bryngwran|| Bryngwran, School Entrance |
|Caergeiliog|| Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub |
|Caernarfon, Campbell Road|| Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road |
|Caernarfon, Leisure Cent.|| Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre |
|Caernarfon, Morrisons|| Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop |
|Caernarfon, Waterloo Port|| Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop |
|Caernarfon, Y Glyn|| Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road |
|Chester|| Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop |
|Chirk|| Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre |
|Colwyn Bay|| Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop |
|Criccieth, Medical Centre|| Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop |
|Deganwy|| Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop |
|Ewloe|| Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel |
|Gaerwen|| Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park |
|Gwalchmai|| Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock |
|Halkyn|| Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans |
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
|Holyhead|| Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance |
|Llanberis, Maes Padarn|| Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn |
|Llanberis, Spar|| Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop |
|Llandegai|| Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance |
|Llandudno|| Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop |
|Llandudno Jct. New Road|| Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop |
|Llanfairfechan|| Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop |
|Llanfairpwll|| Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park |
|Llangefni|| Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop |
|Llanrug|| Llanrug, Arvonia Garage |
|Menai Bridge|| Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop |
|Northop|| Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop |
|Old Colwyn|| Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop |
Opposite The Plough Inn
|Oswestry|| Oswestry, Mile End Services Coach Park |
|Penmaenmawr|| Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar) |
|Penrhyn Bay|| Penrhyn Bay, Post Office |
|Penygroes|| Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel) |
|Porthmadog|| Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop |
|Pwllheli|| Pwllheli, Bus Station |
|Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms|| Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms |
|Rhos on Sea, Hickorys|| Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant |
|St. Asaph|| St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station |
|Valley|| Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel |
|Wrexham|| Wrexham, Bus Stand Lord Street |
|Y Felinheli, St. Marys|| Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop |
|Y Felinheli, Victoria|| Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop |
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