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Discover and explore the picture-perfect Sirmione

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2021 Tour code: SRL21

About the tour

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. On this exceptional tour we sample renowned Italian wine in the rural wine region of Valpolicella, and discover unique culture in Verona, Malcesine, and the iconic 'Floating City' of Venice.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To Chambéry

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras today, and board the Eurostar to Paris. We continue by rail to Chambéry, where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Sirmione

On Day 2 we continue to Lake Garda, arriving at the southern end of the lake, where the shores are almost sea-like and lined with inviting beaches. Our destination is the peaceful town of Sirmione, which sits on a peninsula jutting into the lake, surrounded on three sides by the waters of Lake Garda. We spend seven nights at the 4-Star Hotel Continental. Located close to Sirmione's centre, the Hotel Continental offers a wonderful setting by the lake, and the owner, Giovanni, will be on hand to make your time here as enjoyable as possible.

Day 3- Sirmione

Today is yours to spend as you wish. Sirmione is a pleasure to discover; the town is bursting with history and charm, including the Rocca Scaligera - a beautifully preserved 13th-century castle surrounded by a large water-filled moat that dominates the Old Quarter of the town

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Verona and Valpolicella

On Day 4, we take a coach to historical Verona, a city of narrow streets, picturesque piazzas, Italian culture, and romance - and the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. On our guided tour we're introduced to Verona's historic heart. We see Juliet's famous balcony and the great Roman arena, which remains largely intact and is today used as an open-air opera house. Later, you have time to discover Verona at your own pace. Perhaps stroll along the Piazza delle Erbe, a former Roman forum. Lined with al fresco eateries and typical Veronese cafés, this is a perfect spot from which to appreciate the buzz of the city, or to relax with a drink and watch the world go by - a truly Italian pastime. Leaving Verona, we continue to a local wine cooperative in Valpolicella, which has been in the Mazzi family for a century and is currently run by three brothers, Roberto, Stefano, and Antonio. We enjoy a tour and a tasting of excellent local wines, before a dinner of homemade dishes in the idyllic setting of the rustic farmhouse.

Day 5 - Sirmione

Enjoy a free day in Sirmione today. You could visit Grotte di Catullo, the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in Italy and one of Sirmione's most famous sights.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Venice

On Day 6 we head to the 'Floating City' of Venice by rail. This glorious city is set in its own shimmering lagoon - an incredible environment that has UNESCO World Heritage Status. On arrival a boat transports us to St Mark's Square, overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and the iconic bell tower. Here, we set out on a guided tour of the unique city, taking us through elegant streets, passing narrow canals and small squares to visit some of Venice's main sights. Later, you're free to explore. You could choose to ride along the canals on an iconic Venice gondola, or discover the city's culinary offerings. Venice presents an enticing selection of dining options, including a Venetian version of tapas called cicchetti - delicious snacks usually washed down with a glass of wine.

Day 7 - Sirmione

You have another free day in Sirmione today. If you'd like to unwind, one option is to take advantage of Sirmione's thermal springs - our hotel has its own thermal pool, fed directly from the thermal springs of the town.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Malcesine

On Day 8 we travel by coach up Lake Garda's eastern shore on the way to Malcesine, a picturesque medieval town with cobblestoned streets and an impressive castle. Here, the lake almost resembles the Norwegian fjords, with dramatic cliffs rising steeply from the water. You have free time in Malcesine. You may wish to visit the 14th-century Scaligeri Castle, or take the cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo, Lake Garda's highest mountain. We make our return journey by boat, a wonderful way to soak up views of the lake and surrounding scenery from its waters. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner together in the hotel.

Day 9 - Turin

We begin our journey home, transferring to Desenzano station for the train to Turin, where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Day 10 - London

On Day 10 we take a train to Paris and join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Additional information

Info - Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Hotel

Hotel Continental Thermae & Spa, Sirmione

Hotel Continental Thermae & Spa, Sirmione

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Reviews

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Mrs L Beech

5 stars

Submitted 09 Aug 2019

Excellent organisation. Information well communicated. High quality hotels and food. Interesting excursions.

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Mrs C Robjohns

5 stars

Submitted 05 Jul 2019

Very well organised. Every thing excellent, tour manager, transport arrangements, visits

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Mr K Appleton

5 stars

Submitted 29 Jun 2019

An exceptional holiday, at a superb location and an excellent hotel.

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Mr R Sparrow

5 stars

Submitted 29 Oct 2018

Excellent holiday, hotel and tour manager, and others in our party.

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Mr C Scott-Fox

3 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Unfortunately,despite all usual precautions, II caught a bug either in the train or the 'comfort stop' on the second day and was therefore unable to participate in any of the programme visits. The Continental hotel was first class in nearly every respect and the owners most helpful. Sirmione is a delightful medieval town and it was a pleasure to be able to see it and enjoy the lakeside scenery.

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Mr J Crosby

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2018

Good hotel, very pleasant co travellers , fabulous weather, good side trips,, good food and Sue was excellent

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