Sojourn on the shores of delightful Lake Levico
Sojourn on the shores of delightful Lake Levico, on a rail tour
that soaks up a collection
of favourite Italian attractions. Explore incomparable Lake Garda, collect snapshots of the Dolomites as you travel through the mountains, and discover the charms of Trento, on this unforgettable tour.
Our journey begins at London St Pancras, where you meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office. From here we board the Eurostar to Paris, where we change trains for the high-speed TGV service to Turin. On arrival in this delightful Italian city, we are transferred to our hotel for the night. We enjoy our first dinner together this evening.
Your morning is free to spend in Turin. The collection of busy piazzas and iconic Baroque buildings are a delight to discover: be sure to visit one of Turin's famous coffee shops and watch the crowds go by. This afternoon, we continue by Standard Class rail via Verona to Trento, where we are met by a coach for our transfer to Levico Terme, our base by the sparkling waters of Lake Levico. Levico Terme is a quaint spa town, popularised in the 19th century for the suggested healing properties of its thermal waters, leading to a collection of pretty streets, delightful villas, and cycling trails that encircle the lake, providing cyclists with scenic views. Tonight we enjoy dinner in our hotel.
Following a long and exciting day in Venice, today is free for you to relax. Perhaps take a stroll around Lake Levico, soaking up the undeniable beauty of this tranquil region. Alternatively, perhaps lounge in the gardens of the hotel, from where you can appreciate views of the mountains.
Our excursion on today takes us to Lake Garda, the largest of Italy's lakes, and one of the country's most popular destinations. We visit several of the villages that line the breathtaking northern shores, where the pretty colourful towns are overlooked by vertiginous mountain peaks. We begin with Riva del Garda, the northernmost resort of Lake Garda, where we have time to explore the winding streets and traditional town squares. We continue by boat to Limone, a pretty port with a historic Old Town, situated on a narrow strip at the foot of a dramatic cliff face. After some free time, we continue by boat to the medieval town of Malcesine. Nestled at the foot of Monte Baldo, the lake here more closely resembles the Norwegian fjords, and we have some free time to take in the impressive scenery. We return to Levico by coach in time for dinner this evening.
Today's excursion takes us to the capital of the South Tyrol, Bolzano. Bolzano is a delight to explore, combining its vibrant energy with a rich historic heritage and picture-postcard vistas of pastel-coloured houses and undulating hills. We travel by cable car to Soprabolzano and continue on the scenic railway to Renon; a stunning journey which offers views of pretty meadows and distant mountain peaks. We enjoy time at leisure to explore Renon, a mountain community famed for its beautiful 'earth pyramids', a spectacular natural phenomenon caused by erosion which forms extraordinary, stalagmite-shaped columns. Day 6 is at leisure.
Today our adventure takes us into the striking mountains that surround Lake Levico, as we explore the breathtaking mountain roads of the Dolomites. Be sure to pack your camera, for a scenic day of panoramic mountain views. Starting early this morning, our private coach takes us through the Fiemme and Fassa Valleys, on a winding road with 27 hair-pin bends and endless mountain vistas, which we pause to photograph at several points en-route.
At lunchtime, we stop at the Pordoi Pass, situated at an altitude of 7,522ft (2293m), where there is free time for you to arrange lunch, and perhaps even ascend the mountain via cable car (payable locally). Our return journey to Levico takes a different route in places, as we travel through the Sella Pass, where there is the chance for a photo stop (weather permitting). We then visit either Ortisei or Canazei, both delightful Southern Tyrolean villages typical of the region, where there is free time to explore. We arrive back at our hotel tonight in time for dinner.
Today we travel by coach to Trento, where we take a guided tour. We explore the town's preserved architecture, with buildings here spanning a range of eras, from the medieval period to 18th century. We also discover the history behind Trento's elegant townhouses and palatial residences, owned and maintained by the powerful families that once ruled the city. This afternoon, we return to Levico for some free time, followed by a farewell dinner together this evening.
We leave Lake Levico behind today, as we make our way home. We travel by rail via Verona and Turin to Chambéry, where we overnight. On Day 10, we complete our journey, travelling by rail to Paris, where we take the Eurostar back to the UK.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.
An escorted experience and travel during your tour
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Sojourn on the shores of delightful Lake Levico