DAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continue into France and the overnight hotel stop. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - Relax and watch the rural French scenery unfold on the way to either Austria or Switzerland for a one night stay - clear air and mountains await. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
DAY 3 - After a leisurely breakfast continue through Alpine scenery and into Italy en-route to Bardolino, your holiday base for the next five nights. Your holiday price includes a welcome drink and porterage on arrival plus afternoon tea and cakes daily (16.00 - 17.00). Dinner, bed & breakfast.
DAY 4 - DAY 7 - At leisure in Bardolino with three included excursions. Bardolino is one of the top destinations selected by visitors to Lake Garda and town is just a short stroll from the hotel along the lakeside promenade.
Venice, City of Canals
An early start today for the drive to Venice, the ancient and famous city of canals to view St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and much, much more. From the coach park there you will make your way into Venice by private boat. To add to a truly memorable day, your tour manager will also offer an optional guided tour of Venice and optional gondola ride. (NB: Due to the historic nature of the city, this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair and mobility vehicle users).
Malcesine and Scenic Lake Drive
A scenic drive today as you head north along the lakeside to Malcesine, nestled in the shadow of Monte Baldo. Malcesine is one of the most attractive towns on the whole lake and has, for decades, drawn writers and artists with its picture perfect setting and historic castle. For a spectacular view over Lake Garda there is nothing to beat a ride on the Malcesine cableway (costs not included - approx. € 22 full fare return in 2017) which rises to 1600 metres in just ten minutes to the top of Monte Baldo.
A visit to the magnificent city of Mantova (Mantua), known as Italy's 'Sleeping Beauty'. Often overlooked by visitors to the area, Mantova remains relatively untouched since the Middle Ages and was UNESCO World Heritage Listed in 2008 for the extraordinary architectural and artistic heritage left by the Gonzaga dynasty. Italy's Capital of Culture 2016, Mantova is just too good to miss, with its beautiful squares, ancient towers, turrets, cupolas and domes but without the crowds of Venice and Verona. Join the optional walking tour of the historic centre with a local guide.
Lake Cruise to Sirmione
The most relaxing way to enjoy Lake Garda is by boat and your tour manager will provide full details of a trip to Sirmione, one of Garda's most popular resorts. Sirmione juts out several miles into the southern waters of the lake on a narrow peninsula of cypress and olive groves.
DAY 8 - It's farewell to Lake Garda today as you head northwards to your final overnight hotel. Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 9: After breakfast, continue to Calais for the return crossing to England.