Verona, The Dolomites and Lake Garda

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City, Lake, Mountains

Activities/Interests

Cultural

£ 2550 per person - 14 nights

Culture in the city, scenery in the mountains and waterside relaxation - the perfect Italian trio

Holiday at Glance

A charming break that combines Unesco World Heritage sights and landscapes with unique gastronomy, wine and wellness

Activities range from the opera in Verona, a walking tour of Palladian villas in Vicenza, walking and skiing in the Dolomite mountains, and swimming, paragliding and boating on Lake Garda

Duration

14 nights

From

from £ 2300 per person

Including

Travel planning

Daily breakfast

Fully comprehensive car hire

3 nights on a BB basis sharing a Deluxe double room with a view of Verona at the Relais Fra' Lorenzo in Verona

4 nights on a half-board basis sharing a Superior double room with balcony and view of the Sella Mountains at the Hotel Kolfuschgerhof in Cofolsco, Alta Badia

7 nights on a BB basis sharing a Junior Suite with balcony and lake view at the Hotel Castello in Malcesine, Lake Garda

We can help with

International flights

Out-of-town excursions to Vicenza and Padova

Private guided tours and museum reservations

Tickets for the Opera in Verona (June to August)

Cellar visits in the Valpolicella

Golf Club reservation

Bicycle hire

Boat hire in Lake Garda

Start with a city break in Verona

As you stroll the elegant piazzas and medieval side streets of Verona, you’ll soon understand why Shakespeare set his most romantic play in the city. Situated in a valley along the banks of the River Adige, this Romeo-and-Juliet city packs in as much history as nearby Venice, but without the crowds - so much more civilised. Sights abound, from the red-and-white striped cathedral to the 14th-century house with its own ‘Juliet’ balcony.

 

Verona is a real draw for culture-lovers all year. In summer, come for the world-famous opera festival, held in the magnificently preserved Roman Arena. And in winter, the Carnival sees a huge procession and party atmosphere overtake the city centre.

 

In spring, drink up at Italy’s most important wine fair - Vinitaly. Or sample the wine year-round on cellar tours in the nearby Valpolicella wine region, or with meals at the city’s award-winning restaurants.

 

In between sights, pick up handcrafted notebooks, kitchenware and leather goods in the charming shopping streets. But make sure to leave time for the 20-minute train ride to Vicenza, a Palladian town with the most elegant architecture.

 

The best place to stay is Relais Fra Lorenzo hotel, on a hill within walking distance of the town. From its delightful gardens, you can enjoy you breakfast or drinks as you gaze at the city’s rooftops below.

Road trip your way through the Dolomites

Spanning 550 square miles, the Dolomites range in northeast Italy is one of the most dramatic parts of the Alps. Thanks to its epic beauty, it has been granted Unesco World Heritage status, and it’s a hugely popular region all year-round – for skiing and snowsports in winter, and hiking, cycling, golf and adrenaline sports the rest of the year.

 

Yet its size ensures it never feels too busy, and it’s easy to find a place that feels a world away from another person. A highlight is the Puez-Odle Nature Park, with excellent facilities, trails and wildlife.

 

Like every region of Italy, it has its own unique culture, too, blending Italian with Austrian – the region borders Austria, and the dual heritage is reflected in the clothing, cuisine and nature-loving attitude of the people here.

 

With such a vast region, choosing where to base yourself isn’t easy, but you can’t go wrong with the Alta Badia. People have been visiting this area since the 18th century for its sunny, panoramic setting.

 

And the best resort is Corvara, where you’ll find the luxury ski-and-spa hotel Kolfuschgerhof, known as much for its gastronomy as for its excellent wellness centre and panoramic mountain views.

 

Hotel Kolfuschgerhof provides the ideal base to explore the area, with its prime spot right by two mountain lifts, and with excellent hiking trails, ski runs and road connections right out the front door.

Head back down for some waterside relaxation by Lake Garda

In a lush region of northern Italy sits the vast expanse of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. Just over an hour from Verona and three hours to Corvara in the Dolomites, it’s a delightful place for a relaxing Italian lake holiday. Ferries will whisk you across the water to explore different towns, or you can take the bus or drive all the way around on a scenic route that climbs up into the mountains with views right down over the water.

 

Of the lake’s many lovely towns, Malcesine in the northeast is the prettiest, with cobbled streets, a 13th-century castle and a cablecar that takes you up Mount Baldo for sweeping lake views.

 

Stay at the Hotel Castello at the base of the castle, where you can admire the lake, mountain and castle views, then step out from the terrace right onto the hotel’s private beach. Take a plunge into the refreshing clear waters of Lake Garda, or head out for speed boat, kayaking and canoe tours of the lake, waterskiing, parasailing, kitesurfing and more.

 

Lake Garda is one of the largest sports areas in Europe, with land-based fun, too, from golfing to climbing and the uniquely Italian sport of Via Ferrata, where you scramble across slopes along iron railings and steps that have been embedded into stone.

    andrew Smith
    andrew Smith
    16:49 02 Aug 20
    Expertoitaly (and Antonio) first came to our attention in 2014 when we were... planning a celebratory trip to Italy for 2015. Although we approached a number of household names about our plans and itinerary by e-mail Antonio immediately stood out. He phoned back almost straight away to get to know something about us and what we liked to do. On the back of that discussion he quickly put together a trip and budget. Given his obvious knowledge of the country and his quick grasp of what we were looking for together with the attention to detail it was a 'no brainer' to put our trust in this company. As a consequence we duly enjoyed a 3 week multi-stop trip in July 2015 tailored to suit us perfectly! On return we almost immediately booked to return in October for a short break to 2 of the locations in Tuscany we particularly enjoyed - Lucca and Montepulciano both of which are delightful. We fell in love with Italy and have returned several times since then all courtesy of Antonio: 2016 - A short break to attend the Opera in Verona. 2017 - 2 weeks in Sicily 2018 - the same - we love Sicily and would urge anyone to go. (where we finally got to meet Antonio in Ragusa which was great) We were due to return to Italy this year for a 3 week road trip - albeit with private transfers rather than actual driving - from Verona to just south of Naples - all immaculately put together by Antonio of course. Alas Covid-19 had different ideas. We can only say that Expertoitaly have dealt with this professionally and as speedily as circumstances allowed and have refunded all the monies. We have no reservations about using them again in the future. In fact Antonio is already on standby to reprise the 'lost' trip as soon as this madness ends and unhindered travel becomes possible again - just extended an improved. Andrew & Susan Smith Tadworth Surreyread more
    Vittorio S.
    Vittorio S.
    11:22 19 Nov 19
    Very comfy!
    Jane Domb
    Jane Domb
    17:12 28 Aug 19
    If you are looking to go to Italy for a holiday, Antonio at Experto Italy is... amazing. We have just come back from our fourth holiday he has arranged for us. He sent us to places that days of googling would never have found.He also has a knack of keeping to budget even with my numerous demands! Fabulous fabulous!!read more
    Debbie Law
    Debbie Law
    11:10 27 Aug 19
    Just returned from a fab trip to Italy - all organised by Antonio. His time... and effort to get what was just right for us was amazing.. he had a lot to put up with! We have used Expertoitaly before and will do again. We visited Ischia and Naples. Both very different and wonderful. Ischia is perfect for a good rest (visits to the Giardini La Mortella and the Ravino Gardens are a must). The Gardens & Villas Resort is a beautiful setting, very private, calm with amazing staff. Also the little town of Lacco Ameno has some really nice restaurants. Naples was very HOT! but we still managed to spend 7 hours walking about just soaking up the atmosphere and visiting some of the fantastic historic sights. Visit to the underground roman town is well worth it - it is mind boggling to think it was built thousands of years ago.read more
    julie frenchman
    julie frenchman
    09:16 09 Jul 19
    This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for... me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with Expertoitaly.read more
    Kay James
    Kay James
    12:08 03 May 19
    We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days... then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
    Grant Stupart
    Grant Stupart
    18:31 16 Aug 18
    Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely... responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
    Jonathan May
    Jonathan May
    18:06 01 Aug 18
    July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day... holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
    Amanda Chapman
    Amanda Chapman
    22:28 25 Aug 17
    Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two... beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to Italy.read more
    Susan Davidson
    Susan Davidson
    09:04 19 Jun 17
    This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the... first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
    Andrew Rogers
    Andrew Rogers
    09:36 09 Jul 16
    We have just made an amazing journey by train, taxi, boat and bus through... France, a night in Paris, then a night on a mountain in Switzerland, train across the alps on the Bernina Express, 5 days on Lake Como and 6 days on Lake Maggiore. We stayed in the most glorious quality hotels. We made visits to local towns and attractions using buses and boats. Every connection on the journey was planned and executed wonderfully. This is 5 star planning, 5 star service, 5 star experience all personally organised by Antonio at ExpertoItaly. We must never forget the James Bond moment of being whisked across Como by Luca in his luxury Taxiboat from Varenna to the Hotel Filario in Lezzeno with Pavarotti as our musical accompaniment then met on the jetty by a lovely suited receptionist. A dream. Thanks Antonio. See views from our rooms Como then Maggiore.read more
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