The Southern Shores of Lake Garda
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The vast shoreline of Lake Garda is dotted with pretty villages and gleaming resorts. But in the lakes southern basin sits the most picturesque town of all – Sirmione. Known as the Pearl of Lake Garda, its embellished with a 13th-century castle and calming hot springs. From here, well twist along the winding roads to the mighty Dolomites, amble through the cobbled streets of Verona, and glide along Venetian canals, as well as enjoying plenty of time on the lake itself.
4 excursions and visits
Guided tours of Venice, Lake Garda, Verona and the Dolomites (with cable car)
Day 1 UK – Milan – Lake Garda
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Milan. On arrival we transfer to Sirmione, on the shores of beautiful Lake Garda.
Day 2 Sirmione
Today youll savour your first taste of Lake Garda. The lakes wind-ruffled waters and warm, colourful town of Sirmione are simply captivating. Today is a free day to explore Sirmione under your own steam. Perhaps visit one of Lake Gardas oldest settlements, which has evidence of fishermen living in stilt houses that date back to the Stone Age. The beautiful setting has made this area a popular place ever since. Scaliger Castle is an incredibly well maintained 13th-century fortification; why not walk the drawbridge and climb the numerous steps to the castle ramparts to view the land and the lake as the medieval guards once did? Or experience a more relaxed side of the towns history with a visit to the Roman thermal baths. Alternately, visit the Grotto of Catullus to walk amongst the remains of northern Italys largest Roman villa.
Day 3 Venice
Discover another Italian classic today. We board a motorboat for the ultimate travel experience; wind through the waterways to arrive in St Marks Square, Venice. Home to a rich history of art and wealth and a wonderland of winding canals, higgledy bridges and backstreets; Venice is iconic and we start in perhaps one of the most photographed squares country-wide. We take a walk with a guide through the historic centre and get to know the alleys and the canals. You have the rest of the day to make your own discoveries – take a romantic gondola trip through the canals, or maybe take a boat trip to admire the more prominent islands of this intricate archipelago and their significant sights. Explore the citys cobblestone streets and youll find fabulous palaces, or churches decorated with priceless art and the colourful Rialto market, or climb to the top of St Marks iconic Bell Tower for some of the most incredible views over the city.
Day 4 Lake Garda
Today we have a guided tour of Lake Garda, stopping in characteristic villages and at photographic spectacles. We visit the beautiful medieval hamlet of Lazise to explore its narrow alleys and picturesque squares; the pretty village of Malcesine with cobbled lanes and a 13th-century castle; and the bustling town of Riva. Considered the most important town on the lake, Riva has an interesting historic centre with an Austrian flavour, long beaches and a beautiful mountainous backdrop. After time to explore, we cross the lake by ferry to Limone, the most picturesque village on the lake and spend the rest of the afternoon in this town, forever associated with its old lemon groves (although the name derives from the Latin for boundary, reflecting the towns history).
Day 5 The Dolomites
Well drive through breathtaking narrow gorges as we head to Lake Carezza, a small Dolomite mountain lake which reflects a rainbow of colours, giving it the second name Lec de Ergobando. It is said the rainbow was created by a magician who admired the beautiful mermaid who hides within these waters. Next we visit Canazei, an alpine village rich in tradition and a popular ski destination. From here, our journey becomes even more enthralling as we negotiate the multiple hairpin bends of Pordoi Pass. You might like to ascend to the pinnacle of Sass Pordoi (some 2,950 metres) in a cable car. From the top you can enjoy the stunning 360 view across the titanic mountain peaks of the Alpine Range. We ascend into Moena in the Fiemme Valley for time to explore this quaint, cosy village and maybe try some local apple strudel, before our journey home takes us through lush green valleys.
Day 6 Sirmione
Fill your day as you wish. Perhaps with sightseeing in Sirmione or enjoy a lovely stroll along the banks of Lake Garda.
Day 7 Verona
Verona is best known as the setting of Romeo and Juliets love-struck tragedy, but beyond the Renaissance romance Verona is a bustling and beautiful centre. Its heart is dominated not by Juliets balcony, but the incredible 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre which still hosts the annual Verona Opera Festival, as well as concerts from world-famous music artists. Entering the centre of Verona, we take a guided walk past numerous Roman and Medieval remains such as Piazza Br, the main square which is surrounded by magnificent palaces and the Roman Amphitheatre, and holds a statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ruler of Unified Italy. You may also visit the perfectly preserved Roman Mercato Vecchio and Piazza delle Erbe, Veronas commercial centre in the Middle Ages where souvenirs are still sold, or the Scaliger tombs, where the prominent Scala family rest within impressive monuments of Gothic architecture. And of course, we will see Juliets balcony. Well also enjoy some free time before we return to our hotel this afternoon.
Day 8 Sirmione – Milan – UK
We transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.