Combine enchanting gondola rides in Venice with colourful Lake Garda markets, and elegant villas and gardens in Lake Como.
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport and catch a water taxi to one of our fantastic hotels. Check in and then head to Venice’s unrivalled waterways, via a serenaded gondola ride along the emerald canals or by the convenient water bus transport service. (bookable locally).
Pre-book the Walking Tour of Venice excursion and be expertly guided through the city’s best streets and past some of the most magical attractions. There’s so much to see, including the Basilica, St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the bustling Mercerie shopping street. For a deeper insight into Venetian history, pre-book an extended tour to include entrance into some of these attractions, such as the Golden Basilica (not available on Sundays) or the Doge's Palace for the same day.
Spend the day soaking up even more of this enchanting city before heading to Venice Lido – the largest island of the archipelago. With an eight-mile-long beach, and plenty of upscale bars, this is a preferred holiday destination for the international high society.
Travel to the vibrant Lake Garda, arrive at your chosen resort and check in to your fantastic lake-side hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the surrounding area before enjoying a classic Veneto evening meal as the sun sets over Italy's largest lake.
Stretching between the Alps and the Dolomites, Lake Garda boasts a spectacular backdrop backed by rustic vineyards to the south and peaceful green mountains to the north. It offers a rich medieval heritage, as well as a unique culture thanks to the combination of Italian and German inhabitants, making it the perfect all round holiday destination.
Today you are free to explore the charming towns adorning the lakeside via ferry – marvel at the medieval Scaligeri castles, pick up some bargains at the colourful alfresco markets or stroll along the lake-side promenades. If you enjoy hiking, the steep pathways of the Monte Baldo provide the perfect setting for more challenging walks. The area around the lake is also a major producer of wine and oils so take the opportunity to visit one of the local wineries and olive oil factories (pre-bookable excursions are available).
Today, you will be travelling to the beautiful Lake Como. Arrive at your chosen resort and check in to your fantastic lakeside hotel before setting out to see what the resort has to offer. Take a stroll down a lake-side promenade, head into the hills or go for a boat trip across Italy’s deepest lake.
Lake Como is famously Italy’s aristocratic retreat, with remarkably grand Venetian villas echoing an era of bygone glamour, and many famous figures, including George Clooney and Gianni Versace, still holidaying here today. Romantic strolls can be had at the Villa Carlotta Gardens in Tremezzo, whilst the many picturesque lakeside towns, best reached via ferry, are packed with great eateries and authentic boutiques.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
Throughout 2024, the local government of Venice will be trialling the Venice Access Fee. Those staying in a hotel in Venice are not required to pay this, however, must apply online for an exemption. The Access Fee is set at €5 per day per person and must be paid by each person who accesses the Ancient City of Venice. For further information, visit the official site here: https://cda.veneziaunica.it/en/access-fee.
The price is based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in October 2024. Our Italy Experts can personalise all of our Twin and Multi-Centre holidays for a date and destination that suits you. For a bespoke quote, give one of our Personal Travel Planners a call on 01293 765055.
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