Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, we make our way to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. We then continue via the auto-routes of France en-route to our overnight hotel in Central France. Bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - Departing after breakfast we enjoy a day of ever changing scenery as our scenic drive takes us through Austria and over the Brenner Pass before we enter Italy on our way to Fai della Paganella four your 6-night stay. We have a welcome drink on arrival and porterage is included here. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - Day 7 - At leisure in Fai della Paganella for 5 days with three included excursions.
During your stay enjoy a walk and picnic in the surrounding countryside with compliments of your resort hotel as well as several activity evenings.
Merano & Lake Caldaro
Head to the Süd Tyrol to the pretty spa town of Merano which has an enticing 'Mediterranean meets the Alps' atmosphere.
Beloved by generations of middle Europe's movers and shakers, from Austrian Royals to influential writers, Merano, with its medieval centre, leafy boulevards, sunny microclimate and art nouveau villas still draws health-conscious visitors who come to benefit from its therapeutic traditions. Return via the famous wine route of Alto Adige with a stop at Lake Caldaro.
Riva del Garda
The resort of Riva del Garda is located at the north point of stunningly beautiful Lake Garda. This is the dramatic end of the lake where mountains rise steeply on either side and Riva sits on the shore with a backdrop of lake, valley and hills.
This atmospheric town is full of appeal and has plenty going on, with its beautifully preserved, pedestrianised Citta Vecchia, lakeside promenade and waterfront squares. The striking 13th century clock-tower (Torre Apponale) stands proudly in the centre of the town's lakefront piazza and those with plenty of energy can climb up to the top for great vistas (admission applies).
Your driver may be able to offer you an optional boat trip to nearby Limone sul Garda
Brenta Dolomites for a Day
A day touring the region as you head to Lake Toblino, one of the most romantic lakes in Trentino. The vegetation here is positively Mediterranean due to the mild climate and the highlight is the fairtytale 12th century Toblino Castle on the lakeshore. After a stop, continue to Pinzolo, a tiny jewel nestled amongst the Dolomites, with its ancient church of S. Virgilio, dating back to 1362, with its amazing frescos (Triumph of Death and the Macabre Dance). The coach will climb up to the popular ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio at 1550m.
Known as the Pearl of the Brenta Dolomites, the village with all its cafes and restaurants makes a great place to stop for the afternoon and from the centre of town you may like to explore the mountains on one of the gondola lifts (fare not included).
Bolzano & Renon
Head off to Bolzano, the capital of the Dolomites, with the chance to see Ötzi, the famous Ice Man, naturally mummified in ice for over 5,000 years (Museum entrance not included). Continue to Renon, a spectacular area of peaks and plateaus with the opportunity of an optional cable car and narrow gauge railway trip to reach the heart of this region, viewing the earth pyramids and beautiful scenery along the way.
Day 8 - Arrivederci to the Italian Dolomites as you head back through Austria and on to the final overnight hotel. Bed & breakfast.
Day 9 - After breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return to England.