Travel to Italy
Upon arrival in Italy, you will be met in the arrivals area of the airport by our local representative who will accompany you to your hotel, located in the beautiful town of Riva del Garda. As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions you may have.
Tour around Lake Garda by boat
After breakfast, join your guide for a short walking tour of Riva. Following this, you’ll board a private boat for a unique sightseeing tour. Your first stop will be at Limone, a small village backed by lemon groves, with waterside cafes and cobbled streets lined with shops. Afterwards, with fantastic panoramas and a spectacular mountain backdrop, travel onwards for a visit to picturesque Malcesine, famed for its medieval Scaligero Castle. The boat will then return to Riva del Garda, but if you wish to stay on, you may return by public bus or boat later in the afternoon (this will be at your own expense). If remaining in Malcesine, we recommend a trip in the cable car which will take you 1,800 metres above sea level, with spectacular views.
Please note that this schedule refers to summer season only, and is weather-dependent. During winter months, there will be an excursion to Bolzano, in scenic southern Tyrol.
You will have the remainder of the day to relax and enjoy Lake Garda's charms. Shop, sightsee at your own pace or sit by the lake and take in the incredible views. You can take a water taxi across the lake to explore at your leisure and your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests and advise which highlights are a must see.
Today, you will have the day at leisure.
In the heart of Riva del Garda is the Piazza III Novembre, surrounded by 14th century porticos and the Apponale Tower, a former defence tower and World War I prison. This square is a beautiful place to explore during your free time. Don’t forget to check with your local guide who will be delighted to suggest further activities to suit your interests.
There will also be an optional excursion to the Dolomites, one of Italy's most stunning mountain ranges. This will be available to you on any of your leisure days.
Today you will explore the enchanting warren of canals, quaint alleys and busy squares that make up the fascinating city of Venice. Known as 'La Serenissima' or ‘The most Serene,’ Venice is a prized jewel in Italy's glorious crown.
On arrival in Venice you will take a guided tour of the city, to witness famous landmarks such as the bustling St. Mark's Square, the stunning Gothic building of Ca’ d’Oro, and the imposing marble Palazzo Ducale. Admire 16th and 17th art in the Gallera Franchetti or take a photograph on the Ponte di Rialto.
Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the numerous piazzas, bridges and dwellings that adorn the quaysides of Venice's extensive network of canals.
Today, you will have the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful lakeside setting, shopping for local craft souvenirs or enjoying a coffee, gelato or glass of wine at a local café.
You will have the morning free to relax and explore the surroundings of your hotel, you will dine for lunch at the hotel as opposed to dinner, allowing you a free evening to enjoy the opera.
The opera this year will be Aida by Verdi. Aida consists of 4 acts and tells the tale of an Ethiopian princess enslaved by an Egyptian Pharaoh. One of the world's most famous operas, it is sure to enthrall.
Lunch & Opera performance
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at your hotel. Afterwards, you will take a guided transfer to Verona for a spellbinding night at the Opera in the historic Arena di Verona. Following the performance you will take a return transfer to your hotel.
Spend your last day enjoying the beautiful lakeside setting, shopping for last minute souvenirs or enjoying a coffee, gelato or glass of wine at a local café.
You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.