Nestling at the edge of the magnificent Dolomite Mountains, Lake Garda enjoys a lively, warm, Mediterranean climate and the base for our holiday is the lovely resort of Riva de Garda. The historic town of Riva is a Mediterranean oasis where olive trees and palms thrive as well as stretching along the crescent-shaped shore, extending to the Sarca plain and to the foothills of Mount Brione, which separates it from Torbole.
The 4 star Hotel Savoy Palace is located in a quiet position with a breath-taking mountain backdrop, just metres from the historic centre of Riva del Garda and 150 metres from the lake itself. Each of the spacious, light infused bedrooms are en-suite with a balcony, TV, radio, telephone, safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning. The hotel has a sauna, Jacuzzi, a heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool. The hotel holds a live piano bar two nights a week and is served by two lifts.
Saturday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive south for the crossing to France. Upon arrival we travel through France to reach our overnight hotel in Forbach in time for dinner.
Sunday After breakfast we continue through Germany into Austria, where we cross the scenic Fern Pass then on past Innsbruck and over the Brenner Pass to reach Lake Garda and our holiday resort, Riva del Garda and the Savoy Palace, our home for the next 6 nights.
Monday Today is spent at leisure in Riva to familiarise ourselves with our beautiful resort. This afternoon, tea and cakes will be available at the hotel. We later re-group for dinner.
Tuesday A full day enjoying the best of Lake Garda. Taking the coach we drive down the east shore of the lake to the charming fortified town of Peschiera, with its pretty harbour and busy weekly market, where we spend some time before continuing to the broad southern end of the lake for time in picturesque Sirmione a popular suntrap having the ancient Scaligeri Castle as its main attraction.
Wednesday Today, a full day visit to Venice, allowing us time to enjoy the fascinating attractions in perhaps the most romantic city in the world. Making our way to the centre by waterbus. We have free time to discover the sights such as the Basilica of St Marks, Doges Palace and of course the Bridge of Sighs. Later we return to the hotel.
Thursday Delightful views of Lake Garda as we drive down the eastern shore to visit the city of Verona with its wealth of pink-hued buildings, perfectly preserved Roman amphitheatre and piazzas. For romantics a visit to Julietís house is a must.
Friday This morning we use a different mode of transport for our excursion when we board a lake cruiser for the visits to Limone, the picturesque village that clings to the steep side of the lakes west shore and takes its name from the lemon, then cross the lake to historic Malcesine with its picturesque harbour and narrow cobbled streets. We return to the hotel mid afternoon. The rest of the day is spent at leisure in our resort.
Saturday We head back through Austria, retracing our outward route into France to reach our overnight hotel in Forbach.
Sunday Continuing our homeward journey we make our way to Calais tunnel crossing to Folkestone. We arrive in our home areas this evening to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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