Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Short Break
- Discover the crystal blue waters of Italy’s Lake Garda on this 5-night holiday.
- Take a day trip to the medieval city of Bolzano, known as the gateway to the Dolomites.
- Explore ancient canals & beautiful architecture on a guided day trip to Venice.
- Visit the real-life setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet on an excursion to Verona.
- Enjoy plenty of free time to swim, shop or explore the charming towns around Lake Garda.
Book Your Trip From €569pp
Book Your Trip From €569pp
Your Guided Group Holiday To Lake Garda
Join us for a short break holiday to Italy’s Lake Garda including Venice and Verona. The Lake Garda region offers a huge variety of activities for holidaymakers – the narrow northern corridor is a popular spot for water activities and the surrounding Dolomites are a perfect getaway for hill walkers and nature lovers. On this 5-night holiday, we’ll have a chance to enjoy this area’s incredible scenery up close with an included excursion to Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites. For those looking to explore the mountains even further, we’ll have the option of a guided day trip into the Italian Alps, payable locally. This unique holiday also includes excursions to two of Northern Italy’s most famous cities: Venice and Verona. Plus with plenty of free time, this holiday offers the perfect combination of sightseeing and relaxation.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Italy
Transfer to Lake Garda
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.
Excursion to Bolzano
After breakfast, you will take a day excursion with your guide to beautiful Bolzano, in the scenic southern Tyrol. Enjoy the wonderful art, architecture and treasures of this city where Northern European lifestyle meets Mediterranean in a wonderful fusion.
Trip to Venice
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. In Venice you will 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, take a photograph on the Ponte di Rialto, or feed the pigeons in St. Mark's Square. You will also have free time to explore the numerous piazzas, bridges and dwellings that adorn the quaysides of Venice's extensive network of canals.
At Leisure or Optional Excursion
Free Time in Lake Garda
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.
Optional Excursion - The Italian Alps
Your local guide will offer an optional excursion to the Italian Alps with a traditional lunch included. See optional excursions list below for further information.
Following breakfast, you will depart by coach for Verona, via the east side of the lake or the motorway. Either way, the journey time is generally about 60 minutes. Verona is very popular among tourists as well as being a significant commercial hub, given its position half way between Venice and Milan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of its historical buildings and is probably best known today for the Roman amphitheatre, now home to the world famous Verona Opera festival, which runs from late June to early September. Also of interest is Juliet's balcony the fact that the balcony was added to the house in the 20th century doesn't deter the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock to see and photograph it every year.
You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.