Once again we visit Lake Garda in 2017, this time to the beautiful lakeside resort of Bardolino, known as the ‘Olive Riviera’ on the east side of the lake. The busy town is also noted for its wine with vineyards spreading up the hillside. Very much an attractive resort, the town centre has an array of excellent cafes and restaurants. We include visits to Venice, Verona, Riva and the secret gem of Mantova.
This outstanding 4 star lakeside hotel is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens and is a 10 minute walk from the old centre of Bardolino. All of the bedrooms are en-suite and there is a lift that serves all floors. The hotel has a large outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace, sun beds and pool bar. The hotel restaurant has beautiful views across the gardens, and there is also a large indoor swimming pool. Live entertainment is provided in the Piano Bar some evenings. This hotel does have 6 steps to the reception.
Saturday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning train to Calais, champagne and snacks set the holiday mood. We travel through France and into Germany to reach our overnight hotel in Saarbrucken in time for dinner.
Sunday After breakfast we continue 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, Bardolino, home for the next 6 nights.
Monday Today is at leisure in Bardolino to familiarise ourselves with our beautiful holiday home.
Tuesday This morning we visit one of the best kept secrets in Northern Italy, the little town of Mantova, we have time at leisure here to explore the town with its stunning Palazzo Ducale. The building is a marvellous combination of Renaissance architecture and artistic expression. There is also the Duomo di Mantova, the main church in Manuta with its combination of Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants. After plenty of time to explore we return to the hotel with time to explore the hotels leisure facilities before dinner this evening.
Wednesday Today we go to Venice allowing us time to enjoy the fascinating attractions of 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 Mark, the Doges Palace and of course the Bridge of Sighs.
Thursday A pleasant morning drive along the lakeside road to the northern resort of Riva, after time to explore we board a local boat for a ride to pretty Limone, a small village clinging to the steep side of the lake, next it’s over to picturesque Malcesine with time to explore its colourful small harbour and narrow cobbled streets. Later the coach meets us for the return to Bardolino.
Friday This morning we make a visit to the bustling weekly market a colourful and fragrant affair with a host of local producers offering their wares in the nearby town of Garda. On our return we include a wine & grappa tasting at a local vineyard. The afternoon is spent at leisure in Bardolino.
Saturday Homeward bound, through the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Lakes and Mountains to spend time in the lakeside city of Luzern. Early afternoon we continue to Basle then to our overnight hotel in Strasbourg, capital of Europe.
Sunday Continuing our homeward journey we make for the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais and the late afternoon channel tunnel crossing to Folkestone. We arrive in our home areas mid evening.
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