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Discover and explore the picture-perfect Sirmione

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2020 Tour code: SRL20

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 visit Verona, a wine estate of Valpolicella, Malcesine, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2- To Chambéry and Sirmione

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras International today. Leaving on the Eurostar to Paris, we travel in Standard Premier Class. We continue by TGV high-speed rail to Chambéry, where we overnight.

On Day 2 we continue to Lake Garda. We arrive at the southern end of Lake Garda, where the lakefront is almost sea-like and inviting beaches line the shores of the wide expanse of water. Our destination is the charming town of Sirmione, situated on a peninsula jutting into the lake. Surrounded on three sides by water, Sirmione is one of Lake Garda's most peaceful towns.

We spend seven nights at the 4-Star Hotel Continental, overlooking the lake. Located close to Sirmione's centre, the Hotel Continental offers a wonderful setting and superb service for our stay, and our host Giovanni will be on hand to make your time here as enjoyable as possible.

Please Note: For Departures SRL2010 & SRL2009a you will overnight in Turin instead of Chambéry.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
To Sirmione
Days 3-4 - Verona and Valpolicella

Today is yours to spend as you wish. Sirmione is a pleasure to discover; the town is bursting with history and charm, including the imposing Rocca Scaligera - a beautifully preserved 13th century castle surrounded by a large water-filled moat that dominates the Old Quarter of the town. Built by the Scaligeri family of Verona, this enormous square-cut castle looms over the only footbridge into town. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy impressive views of the harbour.

On Day 4 our excursion takes us by coach to historical Verona - a city of Roman ruins, medieval buildings, Italian culture and romance - the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. On our guided tour, which takes us into Verona's historic heart, we will see Juliet's famous balcony and Verona's great Roman arena, which remains largely intact and is still used today as an open-air opera house, with performances taking place during the summer season.

After our tour, you have time to discover Verona at your own pace. The charming narrow streets and picturesque piazzas make the city a pleasure to explore, while an abundance of pavement cafés offer the perfect opportunity to relax with a drink and watch the world go by - a truly Italian pastime. 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. Leaving Verona, we continue to a local wine cooperative in Valpolicella, where we enjoy a tasting and a tour. This wine estate has been in the Mazzi family for a century and is currently run by three brothers, Roberto, Stefano and Antonio. We have a dinner of homemade dishes in the idyllic setting of the rustic farmhouse.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Juliet's Balcony, Verona
Day 5 - At leisure in Sirmione

Enjoy a free day to relax and unwind in the warm local climate. Bursting with history and charm, Sirmione offers plenty for you to explore. Grotte di Catullo, the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in Italy, is one of Sirmione's most famous sights and is well worth a visit. Enveloped by olive groves, the villa occupies an enviable position with stunning panoramic views over the blue waters of Lake Garda. Another 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. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sirmione
Day 6 - Venice

Today, we head to the romantic city of Venice by high-speed rail (Standard Class). The glorious city is set in its own shimmering lagoon - an incredible environment that has UNESCO World Heritage status. On arrival a private boat transports us to St Mark's Square, one of the world's most beautiful city squares. Overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, the large open space is surrounded by the Doge's Palace, the famous Sansoviniana Bookshop and the iconic bell tower. Our guide greets us in St Mark's Square and takes us on a tour of the city, leading us through the elegant streets, passing narrow canals and small squares to visit some of Venice's main sights.

After the tour, you are free to explore this unique city. Perhaps visit the Peggy Guggenheim collection, located in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. After losing her father on the Titanic, the famous heiress became one of the greatest art collectors of the 20th century, amassing works from up to 200 artists. Alternatively, you could choose a ride along the canals on board one of Venice's famous gondolas, or simply use the time to explore the culinary offerings of the city. Venice presents an enticing selection of dining options, with most restaurants offering a mouth-watering array of Mediterranean dishes and seafood. The Venetians even have their own version of tapas called cicchetti - delicious snacks which they wash down with a glass of wine.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Venice
Day 7 - At leisure

Today is at leisure to explore your surroundings further. Alternatively, why not spend the day at your hotel, enjoying all that is has to offer? Boasting a splendid lakeside setting and offering fantastic leisure facilities, you could easily spend a day relaxing here. Take a dip in the spectacular infinity pool, soak up the tremendous lake views from the thermal pool or whirlpool, or unwind in the modern wellness centre, complete with a sauna, steam room and a range of beauty treatments and massages (payable locally).

Includes
  • Breakfast
Sirmione
Day 8 - Malcesine

Travelling by coach up Lake Garda's eastern shore, we make our way north to Malcesine, where the lake begins to resemble the Norwegian fjords; a narrow stretch of Lake Garda where dramatic cliffs rise steeply from the water. We enjoy time to explore Malcesine. You may wish to visit the 14th century Scaligeri Castle, or travel by cable car up to the summit of Monte Baldo, Lake Garda's highest mountain. We return by boat, enjoying wonderful views of the lake and tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner together in the hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Malcesine
Days 9-10 - The journey home

We begin our journey home, transferring to Desenzano station where we travel by rail to Turin. We overnight here, with dinner in our hotel. On Day 10 we take the TGV train to Paris where we join the Eurostar to London.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Return Home

Additional information

Recommended airports

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.

Visa Requirements

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.

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.

Hotel

Hotel Continental, Sirmione

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Trains

Eurostar
Frecciargento
Frecciarossa
TGV
Trenitalia

Reviews

83% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted Nov 08, 2019

I very much enjoy the tour but my enjoyment was spoiled by the fact that two people who clearly were unsuited to a tour which involved changing trains and with a 700 metre walk over cobbles to get between the nearest coach pickup point had apparently been told that they would have no problem with this tour. It also involved our rep. and another passenger taking their luggage for them.

Mrs L Beech

Submitted Aug 09, 2019

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

Mrs C Robjohns

Submitted Jul 05, 2019

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

Mr K Appleton

Submitted Jun 29, 2019

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

Mr R Sparrow

Submitted Oct 29, 2018

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

Mr J Crosby

Submitted Oct 11, 2018

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

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