Italian Lakes and Legends
Garda, Como, Verona, Milan & The Italian Job

8 Days

Apr - Sep 2018 - From £1099pp


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Come with us to: Italy’s most famous lakes, Garda (4nts) and Como; fashion capital Milan (2nts); Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s legendary Romeo and Juliet; and Turin (1nt) including a film locations tour for 60s classic The Italian Job. There’s also the opportunity to visit Venice by train, crossing the Venice Lagoon on the Ponte della Libertà (Bridge of Liberty) into the heart of its historic centre.



Day 1: UK to Turin
Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet for an early morning departure by Eurostar to Paris. In Paris we transfer to the Gare de Lyon station and join our TGV train to Turin where we spend our first night. Alternatively check in at Gatwick Airport for your flight to Turin with transfer to the hotel on arrival.

Day 2: Turin – Italian Job – Lake Garda
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and board our coach for a city tour taking in many of the locations used for the classic 60s film The Italian Job. Michael Caine and his accomplices pulled off a daring robbery in the city using Mini Coopers as getaway cars, driving through, around and over some of the cities architectural masterpieces in spectacular style. In the afternoon we board our train for the journey to Peschiera del Garda where we check into our hotel for a 4 night stay. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 3: Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes and one of the most popular with its exotic landscape and back drop of Alpine peaks it’s not difficult to see why. Today we have a full day on Lake Garda with a boat trip stopping at lakeside towns en-route. You are free to hop on and off as you please throughout the day. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Lake Garda
Today is at leisure in Garda. Alternatively you may like to join the tour manager for a day trip by train to Venice. The direct train to Venice from Peschiera del Garda takes just 1½ hours and the station is in the heart of Venice (train ticket payable locally). Return to Peschiera del Garda in the late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

Peschiera del Garda



Day 5: Verona
Today we visit the UNESCO Heritage town of Verona, best known for its amphitheatre, and as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We have a guided walking tour which will include the famous balcony and time at leisure in this stunning town. Return to Peschiera del Garda late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Milan
We depart Peschiera del Garda after breakfast and drive to Milan. Here we have a guided tour of the historic centre followed by time at leisure before checking into our hotel for a two night stay.

Day 7: Lake Como
Today we drive to Lake Como, the third largest of Italy’s famous Lakes, with a stunning backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps and said to be the most spectacular of the lakes. Here we visit the town of Como and the smaller town of Bellagio in the centre of the inverted V on the lake’s southern shore which gives stunning views from all around the town. We return to Milan late afternoon for our final evening in the city.

Day 8: To London
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel and transfer by coach the short distance to Milan Garibaldi Station to take the morning train to Paris, continuing by Eurostar to London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Arriving late evening. Or check in at Milan Airport for your flight to Gatwick

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Your Hotels

Turin: 3-star Hotel Lancaster, or similar

Hotel Al Fiore
Hotel Al Fiore
Garda: Hotel Al Fiore – 3-star – Peschiera del Garda
The Hotel Al Fiore is ideally located just a short walk from the lakeshore and the historic centre. The hotel has an outdoor pool and garden by the lake with wonderful views. The bedrooms are en-suite, with air conditioning, hair dryer, Satellite TV, and telephone. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the restaurant and there is a bar and panoramic terrace overlooking the lake. Peschiera del Garda is located in one of the most strategic points of Lake Garda with easy connections to all the towns we visit either by rail or road, it is also rich in history and has a lovely promenade and beach.

Milan: Ibis Milano Centro - 3-star
The ibis Milano Centro hotel is located in the centre of Milan, a stone‘s throw from the Milano Centrale train station and close to the Repubblica metro stop. An ideal base for exploring the cathedral, Milan‘s La Scala opera house and the fashion district. The bedrooms have free WIFI, en-suite facilities, air conditioning, hair dryer, Satellite TV, and telephone.

What‘s Included

  • Escorted throughout

  • Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Flight option available From Gatwick for a surcharge, please contact the office for further information

  • 1 night sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Lancaster (or similar), on B&B basis in Turin

  • 4 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Al Fiore (or similar), Peschiera del Garda with buffet breakfasts & dinners

  • 2 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Ibis Milano Centro (or similar) on B&B basis in Milan

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad

Accommodation Options:
  • Single room supplement £189pp

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

    By rail £100pp
    By air £150pp

    Rail Travel

    Eurostar – London to Paris
    From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
    TGV – Paris to Turin
    Taking the train is easily the most civilised and stress-free way to travel through France. For Nice, on the French Riviera, we hop on the 186mph TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon station. Sit back, relax and let scenic France & Italy pass by the train windows. The journey is around 6 hours. The train has a buffet car which sells drinks and snacks, but there’s nothing to stop you taking your own food and drink (including wine & beer) to enjoy at leisure.
    Exact train departure times are confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.
    Travel & Luggage
    There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
    Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
    However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
    Please Help us to Help You
    In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
    We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

    Flight Information & Options

    Flights are available from Gatwick to Turin and return Milan to Gatwick with Easyjet subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person.

    Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.