Two of Italy’s most beautiful destinations await on this northern tour. Over 8 days, we’ll combine city sights with waterside relaxation. Venice - the ‘floating city’ - is our first stop, where gondola rides and handsome Gothic palazzi are charmingly unavoidable. Then, in Lake Garda, soak up the atmosphere as the misty mornings melt into aperitivo-sipping evenings watching the sun set. We’ll also have a day in Verona, where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers lived.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Venice. You will arrive at the boutique Hotel Royal San Marco (4T) in style, by private water taxi from the airport and then a 300m walk to the hotel, while your luggage will be taken there directly. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant, just a short stroll away.
You can utilise your Venice Travel Card today to explore the waterways of this unique city by public waterbus; the Grand Canal lives up to its name with magnificent Venetian architecture lining its banks all the way to the exceedingly elaborate Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, the vast home of the Doge. Or perhaps you may prefer to stroll the narrow, cobbled streets on foot, the narrow backstreets lead to neighbourhood churches decorated with priceless marble and Renaissance art, and handsome Gothic palazzi with lively wine bars.
Your last day to enjoy the delights of Venice such as the Guggenheim Museum, the iconic Rialto Bridge or the abundance of shops. Alternatively, your Venice Travel card will take you to the outlying islands of Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Known for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions and unique history, they offer a break from the bustle of Venice Island.
Venice - Lake Garda
We take our private water taxi to the edge of the city where our coach awaits to take us to Lake Garda. We stop in Sirmione, a picturesque peninsula on Lake Garda and major Roman landmark, its most striking feature is its moated castle. We continue to our hotel on Lake Garda - the Hotel Caesius Terme (4T) or Hotel Desenzano (4T), with a welcome drink on arrival.
Today we enjoy a short boat excursion on Italy’s largest lake to best appreciate the beauty of the surrounding scenery. The majestic landscape is shaped by morainic hills and mountains. The beautiful transparent blue waters are complimented by the verdant shores, where olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees flourish.
We travel to Verona this morning, one of Italy’s loveliest towns. A guided tour gives you an overview of this compact city - and this includes entrance to the grandiose 1st century AD Roman Arena that is now used every summer for the famous Verona opera. We will also see Juliet’s balcony and statue. After some time to explore the attractive medieval lanes independently, we return to Lake Garda.
A day at leisure to relax by the lake. The resort of Bardolino is just a 30 minute lakeside walk away. One of Lake Garda’s livelier resorts, filled with independent shops, pavement cafés and pizzerias, and sprinkled with reminders of its long history including ruins of a 14th century castle. It is best known for the wine and olive oil produced from the surrounding vines. Continue another 3km along the promenade and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful town of Garda.
Day 8 Lake Garda - Verona/Milan - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.