Italy: Lake Garda Highlights

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Although they are only about 35 miles apart at opposite ends of  Lake Garda, Desenzano and Riva and Riva could not be more different. Desenzano at the southern end of the lake is a bustling, lively town and is an excellent base from which to explore Venice and Verona. A full day visit to Venice is included in your holiday cost. Verona, famous for its arena and opera programme, is easily accessible by the local bus or train. Riva, your second centre, is at the northern tip of the lake in the foothills of the mighty Dolomites and a full range of excursions into the mountains is offered. A full day tour to the Dolomites in included in your holiday. There’s also a regular boat service to picturesque Limone and Malcesine. In both resorts, our Inghams Representatives will be on hand to advise and assist you to help you enjoy your holiday to the full.

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels| Departure dates

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Tour highlights

  • See the different landscapes of Italy's largest lake, from the verdant vineyards of the south to the mountainous north
  • Enjoy free time in bustling Desenzano
  • A full day excursion in romantic Venice will give you plenty of free time to wander along the canals and see the most famous sights
  • A scenic ferry transfer will take you from Desenzano to Riva
  • A full day excursion to the Dolomites is included

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lake Garda

Arrive into Verona airport and transfer by coach to your hotel in Desenzano. Hotel Piccola Vela is a great base for the next four nights. Take some time to unpack before taking a short stroll into Desenzano's bustling centre for your first glimpse of the lake. There are plenty of excellent local restaurants to choose from for dinner.

Meals included: None

Days 2: Desenzano

Today is a free day to get to know the area at your own pace. Desenzano combines a picturesque lakeside setting with the vibrant atmosphere of a thriving Italian community. Stroll along the busy historic centre and experience its café culture. The pretty harbour is surrounded by bars and restaurants, perfect for a spot of lunch or an evening aperitivo.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Desenzano

Another day at leisure in Desenzano. We recommend taking a boat ride to discover other nearby resorts on the lake. Desenzano is well linked to all major towns on Lake Garda by both normal and high speed ferry services. Sirmione with its famous peninsula, castle and Roman ruins is a favourite with visitors to the lake and is just 20 minutes away.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Venice

Today you'll enjoy a full day tour to the magical city of Venice. Board a private boat and cruise down the Giudecca Canal to disembark close to St. Mark's Square. Enjoy around four hours of free time to explore the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Or, choose to take one of the optional tours including a romantic gondola ride or a cruise around the Lagoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Desenzano to Riva

Transfer to your second centre by public ferry. It takes a leisurely 5 hours to travel along the length of the lake to Riva. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Riva

This is a free day to relax and enjoy Riva. Maybe take a stroll along the lakeside promenade which extends to the adjacent resort of Torbole, take in the shops or explore the beauty of the lake from above by cycling your way Riva to Limone via the impressive 'floating' cycle path which offers sensational views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: The Dolomites

A full day tour to the Dolomites, one of the most unique and dramatic range of mountains in the world. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey over the passes between Selva and Val di Fassa. Known for both their striking looks for being a melting pot of Austrian and Italian cultures, the Dolomites are a year round destination for those in search of superb food, characterful towns and an experience of Ladin culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 8-11: Riva

Your last few days can be spent exploring the north of Lake Garda. Transport links by bus and boat are excellent and you can easily visit nearby resorts like Limone or Malcesine, or even take a bus into the hills for scenic walking. The stunning old Ponale Road is a picturesque path linking Riva and Lake Ledro boasting wonderful views and shouldn't be missed - we recommend setting off early in July/August to avoid the hottest times of the day. The northern part of the lake is also known for its watersports, especially sailing and wind surfing for those looking to get out onto the water. For those that would rather relax, the cobbled streets, numerous gelaterias and long beaches are all on hand to help you while away the time. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Lake Garda to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • 11 nights accommodation (4 nights bed & breakfast and 7 nights half board)
  • Airport transfers by coach
  • Scenic ferry transfer from Desenzano to Riva on day 5 (approx. 5 hours)
  • Full day excursion to Venice on day 4
  • Full day excursion to the Dolomites on day 7

Your holiday excludes:

  • Hotel city tax
  • Extras, drinks and personal expenses

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Hotels

★★★★ Hotel Piccola Vela, Desenzano (4 nights)

This charming hotel has a great location close to the centre of Desenzano. You'll find a friendly service here with contemporary rooms and well-decorated public spaces. A small swimming pool is located in the hotel's gardens.

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★★★★ Hotel Europa, Riva (7 nights)

Hotel Europa overlooks the lake from Riva's colourful promenade. Rooms are comfortable and the public areas include a rooftop pool where you can admire the lake and mountain views. The restaurant serves excellent Italian cuisine next to the water.

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Departure dates

  • Saturday from mid May to September

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