Lake Garda, Venice and Verona Spring in Malcesine
8 days - by Scheduled Air
Price from £589.00 per person*
Departures from 22nd Apr 2017 to 6th May 2017
Single person supplement : £175.00 per person
Flights from Bristol, Edinburgh & Manchester airport to Venice Marco Polo, and Gatwick to Verona
Please see Includes tab for flight times
At the southern foot of the Alps, between its rocky toes, lies Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It's a 30–mile–long fjord scoured through the rock by the last of the Ice Age glaciers, and it's so deep you could sink the Eiffel Tower and still have room to scuba dive on top.
This is Alpine country with a gentle Mediterranean climate, a soaring landscape ripe with olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses and oleanders. People have been coming here since ancient times for the dramatic views, and Italians themselves appreciate the agreeable climate. Rivers in northern Italy tend to dry up in spring, and summer can be a hot and dusty affair, but on Lake Garda the air and the water are always alpine fresh.
Book now for this great value spring break which includes flights, hotel with breakfast and dinner, plus a guided lake tour with boat trip and full–day excursions to Venice and Verona.
This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081
- Return flight from your chosen airport to Venice (Verona via Gatwick)
- Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
- Seven nights stay at a 3 or 4 star Malcesine hotel (see table below) with buffet breakfast and evening meal
- Excursions to Venice and Verona, and Lake tour with boat crossing
- One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
- Services of an English–speaking representative
- All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
- VAT at 20%
* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £175pp for the break.
Tourist tax: a local charge of approx. €1.80 per night is payable to the hotel upon departure.
|Tour date||Hotel 1||Hotel 2|
|15 - 22 April||3 star Malcesine, no supplement|
|22 - 29 April||3 star Malcesine, no supplement||4 star Maximilian @ supplement £150pp|
|29 April - 6 May||4 star Maximilian @ supplement £150pp|
|6 - 13 May||4 star Maximilian @ supplement £150pp|
| Flights ↔ Venice Marco Polo|
|Bristol||06:50 / 10:05||10:40 / 12:00||Ryanair|
|Edinburgh||07:30 / 11:15||12:00 / 13:55||Jet2|
|Manchester||07:15 / 11:10||11:10 / 12:35||easyJet|
| Flights ↔ Verona|
|Gatwick||13:20 / 16:25||16:55 / 18:00||easyJet|
| These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice|
Saturday Make your way to your chosen airport for the flight to Venice (Verona from Gatwick), where on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel in Malcesine for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.
Sunday Breakfast today and then a welcome meeting with your Omega representative will tell you about the included excursions and introduce you to the area (see Malcesine below).
Monday Today we're off to Verona, a small market town with a giant history. Verona has one of the most complete Roman amphitheatres in the world, lit up at night for open air operas and other shows. There are Roman ruins and excavations everywhere, even in cutaway sections underneath the streets and buildings, so that you're almost walking in two worlds simultaneously. This was once the town of a rich family known as 'The Little Hats', who had a little hat on their coat of arms. They lived in 'Hat' street, the Via Cappello, and their house was known as the Casa Cappelletti, which Shakespeare rendered as 'Capulet'. Today it is called Juliet's House, named for the great tragic heroine. It's not known if any part of the Romeo and Juliet story is actually true, but Dante does mention the Cappelletti, and a family called Montecchi (Montague?) in the Divine Comedy of 1321. At any rate, every year thousands of letters are sent to this address by young romantics from all over the world, which local volunteers patiently answer. We'll set off back to the hotel in time for dinner.
Tuesday Breakfast and then a tour of the lake. Garda has extremely varied scenery from a Mediterranean landscape and vast plains in the south, to dramatic cliffs and a more Austrian heritage in the north, and a colourful and interesting history. Your coach will visit lakeside villages including Lazise, Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Limone with their monuments dating back to Roman, Venetian, Scaliger and Austrian reigns and empires. Part of the tour includes a ferry boat crossing of the lake between Riva del Garda and Limone or Sirmione and Salò. The tour order and crossing point will vary depending on your departure location.
Wednesday After breakfast the day is at leisure to explore the area before dinner.
Thursday For today's full–day excursion, if you've never been to Venice before, prepare to be overwhelmed. Venice really does live up to the hype. It's a bizarre and beautiful warren, a bunch of swampy islands chain–linked together, built in the Dark Ages by fleeing Swedish Vandals, which became the world's most improbable superpower thanks indirectly to Genghis Khan, and latterly became the numero uno of the global tourist bucket list. Famously bereft of cars and motor transport, La Serenissima deserves its name, but it also has a dark side, celebrated in its macabre Carnivale. Every time plague swept past Venice the wretched survivors struck up a new church, each grander than the last, each as awe–inspiring on the inside as the outside. Especially worth a vaporetto ride is the San Giorgio Maggiore across the Grand Canal, built by the great Andrea Palladio, marbled throughout and with a clutch of old masters by Titian and Tintoretto. We'll return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Friday Breakfast and then a final day at leisure to do some souvenir hunting.
Saturday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home.
There are plenty of things to see besides the views. You've heard of the world's longest river, but what about the shortest? You'll find the River Aril at Cassone, a mighty flow of 175 metres. There are any number of lake tours, boat trips, walks, local museums, waterfalls, caves, castles, and of course mountains, including Lake Garda's highest mountain, 7,000ft Monte Baldo. A cable car with rotating cabins can take you almost to the top, but if you want to go all the way, the highest point can be reached by walking a few kilometres along the ridge to the south.
Malcesine itself is full of cobbled streets and famously painted by Gustav Klimt. Also featuring the Castello Scaligero, which famously got Goethe into trouble - they have copies of his sketches in the castle museum. It has 13th–century fortifications and an older medieval tower, and there are traces of an Etruscan tomb within the castle walls. There's also the 8th century baptistery (pieve) of St Stefano, and the 11th century Santa Maria di Navene. Nearby is the village of Cassone where you can find the shortest river in the world. They're very proud of it – they have an official sign and everything.
Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.
Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)
|Hotel Malcesine is located in the historic town centre at the lakefront and offers its guess a beautiful terrace with a breath-taking view.|
|Located in the bay known as the Bay of Dreams, this outstanding 4 star hotel is just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Malcesine and is set back from the main road in its own leafy lakeside grounds.|
Additional supplement from £150.00 per person.
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