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
A delightful base for our explorations, picture-perfect Sirmione is known as the ‘Pearl of the Lake’
Uncover alluring Venice with a guided tour and free time to explore
Soak up the compelling Shakespearean city of Verona
Travel into the verdant hills around Valpolicella for a tasting of some delicious local wine and dinner at a family-run wine estate
Discover some of Lake Garda’s most stunning scenery on a visit to Malcesine, including a boat cruise across the glistening waters
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
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.
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
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
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.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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