Day 1: Dublin/Cork – Verona
Depart on a direct flight to Verona airport. Meet your representative and coach transfer to your four star hotel, located just under an hour away. You will stay here on a Half Board basis, which includes buffet service at breakfast and dinner. Drinks are also included such as house wine, draft beer, soft drinks and water.
Day 2: Lake Garda
Today you are free to explore Lake Garda, enjoying your resort or taking the ferry to other towns nearby.
Day 3: Tour of Lake Garda
The coach will pick you up from your hotel for a guided boat tour around Lake Garda. Throughout this scenic trip, you will enjoy lunch in one of the beautiful Lake towns we will visit along the way. These include Limone, a vibrant spot with a spectacular waterfront and picturesque harbour; Malcesine, home to the magnificent Scaligero Castle; and Lazise, an intimate idyll, which brims with a sense of authenticity and old world Italian charm. Later, you will be journey back to your hotel by coach.
Day 4: Verona
This morning, you will be picked up by your coach and taken to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Standing on the banks of the River Adige, Verona is a city rich in history, art and architecture. Today you will enjoy a two hour guided visit with an official city tour guide, where you you’ll see the famous Arena, renowned for its opera, Juliet’s balcony and other key sights along the way. You will have time to stop off for some lunch and explore the city as you wish, for the afternoon. After, return to your hotel by coach.
Day 5: At your leisure
Another day to do as you wish! We suggest making the most of the four star hotel and its two outdoor swimming pools, one of which offers superb lakeside views.
Day 6: Venice
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a scenic coach ride to Venice, where you will take a two-hour guided visit of the Floating City, with an official city tour guide. The tour includes a private motorboat ride along the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square, taking in the sights of the Basilica and Bridge of Sighs, then continues on foot to the Rialto Bridge, a marvellous feat of engineering.
You will have free time for lunch, and will have no problem finding a tasty spot to dine upon some great Venetian fare. You will also have time to wander the boutiques and quaint restaurants that line the narrow, labyrinthine back streets of this enchanting city. Should you wish to do more, a gondola ride or sightseeing cruise on the lagoon are payable locally. Return to the coach on private motorboat, passing St. George’s Island, home to one of the architectural glories of Venice – the majestic Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Day 7: Lake Garda
Your last full free day to spend in Lake Garda.
Day 8: Verona – Dublin/Cork
Coach transfer to your departure airport for your return flight home. Or, prolong your stay in Lake Garda for a second week if one just isn’t enough.