Venice and Lake Garda

Our 10 night Venice and Lake Garda multi centre holiday, perfect for couples, introduces you to one of the world’s most glorious cities before whisking you off to the magical shores of Italy’s largest lake.

Start your Italian adventure in Venice, a city of immense grandeur, which offers you an experience like no other. Soak up the atmosphere in Piazza San Marco or explore the less boisterous Cannaregio for a taste of local life.

Make the short journey to Lake Garda and immerse yourself in its wonderful scenery and charming lakeside towns which are just waiting to be explored. Among the favourites are historic Limone sul Garda in the north and picturesque Malcesine on the eastern shore.

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At a glance

  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture that surrounds Italy’s largest lake
  • Take a cable car ride for the best views over Lake Garda
  • Take a gondola trip on Venice’s Grand Canal
  • Visit Venice’s historic palaces and beautiful piazzas
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Suggested Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - Venice

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Take a water taxi from Marco Polo International Airport to one of our carefully selected hotels and check in. Formalities completed, it’s time to get to know La Serenissima, its obvious charms and its secret places.

A wonderful way to spend your first evening in this city of culture is to take in a performance at the Teatro La Fenice Opera House, a historic venue which Maestro Pavarotti described as a “jewel and architecturally the most beautiful theatre in Italy.” Donizetti and Rossini once staged operas here and Verdi premiered the dramatic and initially controversial La Traviata. Be sure to pre-book the tickets with one of our travel experts so as not to miss out.

Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Savoia and Jolanda
  • Beautiful waterfront location overlooking the Venetian lagoon
  • Within walking distance of the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal
  • Stunning views over the Grand Canal
  • Explore the city’s famous attractions from the hotel’s prime location
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Bel Sito
  • Short walk from St. Mark's Square and the Grand Canal
  • Great value for money
Day 2 : Venice

View of Basilica di San Marco and on piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. Architecture and landmark of Venice. Sunrise cityscape of Venice.

Spend the day visiting some of Venice’s best known landmarks, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Basilica di San Marco and the fascinating Museo Correr. These historic places offer an excellent introduction to the city, while the back streets are ideal for those wanting to explore further. The Cannaregio, is a quieter neighbourhood with artisan shops, small galleries, synagogues and a Jewish museum.  Alternatively, you could visit the 14th Century Church of the Madonna, dell’Orto where Jacapo Tintoretto once worshiped as a boy. A number of his works hang in the church.

As the sun goes down and Venetian tables are set for dinner you can eat like a local at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area.

Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Savoia and Jolanda
  • Beautiful waterfront location overlooking the Venetian lagoon
  • Within walking distance of the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal
  • Stunning views over the Grand Canal
  • Explore the city’s famous attractions from the hotel’s prime location
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Bel Sito
  • Short walk from St. Mark's Square and the Grand Canal
  • Great value for money
Day 3 : Venice

Beautiful view of traditional Gondolas on famous Canal Grande with historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background in romantic golden evening light at sunset in Venice, Italy

We recommend a visit to Venice Lido, which was once a narrow sandy barrier between the Venetian lagoon and the Adriatic. Today it’s a trendy island with shops, restaurants and beautiful beaches. In September the Lido becomes host of the Venice International Film Festival.

Alternatively, you could pre-book Citalia’s Venice Islands Tour which takes you to Murano where you can see demonstrations of glass blowing and Burano, famous for its colourful fisherman’s cottages and its exquisite lacework. For history lovers Torcello’s 7th Century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta is just one of the highlights.

Points of interest:
Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal
  • Stunning views over the Grand Canal
  • Explore the city’s famous attractions from the hotel’s prime location
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Savoia and Jolanda
  • Beautiful waterfront location overlooking the Venetian lagoon
  • Within walking distance of the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square
Recommended
Italian Cities, Venice
Hotel Bel Sito
  • Short walk from St. Mark's Square and the Grand Canal
  • Great value for money
Day 4 : Venice - Lake Garda

Aerial panoramic view of Desenzano del Garda town with red tiled roof buildings, Garda Lake water surface, Monte Baldo mountain range, Sirmione peninsula, blue sky background, Lombardy, Northern Italy

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Venice and travel, journey time around 1.5 hours, to your chosen hotel on Lake Garda. Day one on the Italian Lakes offers a chance to draw breath, make plans and explore all that’s going on in your nearest resort. For foodies, Lake Garda offers everything from Michelin star sophistication to intimate family run taverns serving simple and delicious local favourites. Enjoy a limocello straight from the freezer as the perfect way to end your first day.

Where you could stay
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Corte Valier
  • Occupies a prime location in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Contemporary guest rooms with side or front lake views
Recommended
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Rosa
  • Great location on Desenzano lakefront promenade
  • Stunning views of Lake Garda
  • Close to transport links
Day 5 : Lake Garda

Fantastic summer vacation place, beautiful Malcesine mediterranean cityscape with colorful buildings view from the hill, lake Garda, Italy, Europe

Start the day with a cappuccino and a stroll along the lakeside or, if you’re feeling energetic, hire a mountain bike and take to one of the many waymarked trails in the area. There are routes for all abilities. Vines have been grown here for centuries, with Bardolino and Valpolicella among the best-known wines produced. Many of the local wineries offer tours and tastings. For shopaholics the Il Leone Shopping Centre offers everything from food to fashion, while the many little street markets are fun to explore for a more laid back approach.

Where you could stay
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Corte Valier
  • Occupies a prime location in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Contemporary guest rooms with side or front lake views
Recommended
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Rosa
  • Great location on Desenzano lakefront promenade
  • Stunning views of Lake Garda
  • Close to transport links
Day 6-8 : Lake Garda

The picturesque town of Riva del Garda on Lake Garda. Province of Trento, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy.

The next few days are an opportunity to discover more about some of the lakeside towns and villages, each with their own unique character. On the southern shores Sirmione, a bustling little town, has a rich historical and cultural legacy. Its thermal spa, attractive shops and elegant outdoor cafés make it a perennial favourite with visitors.

As if to highlight the lake’s wonderful diversity, Riva del Garda on the northern shore, an area surrounded by mountains, offers hiking, cycling, climbing and windsurfing and is just the place for those with an adventurous spirit.

Where you could stay
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Corte Valier
  • Occupies a prime location in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Contemporary guest rooms with side or front lake views
Recommended
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Rosa
  • Great location on Desenzano lakefront promenade
  • Stunning views of Lake Garda
  • Close to transport links
Day 9 : Lake Garda

Vineyard on Lake Garda. Sunset

Leaving the waters of Lake Garda behind, you’ll be taken on a full day tour of the majestic Dolomites. With its jagged peaks, 18 of which rise to over 3,000 metres, sheer limestone walls and narrow valleys, it has been a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009.

You’ll visit the South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost region, an area with lush forests, vineyards and hidden lakes. The mix of Italian and Germanic (Austrian) culture adds to the region’s unique character. With a chance to explore a local town, visit a glacier and take a cable car ride which promises the most spectacular views, it will be a day to remember.

Where you could stay
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Corte Valier
  • Occupies a prime location in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Contemporary guest rooms with side or front lake views
Recommended
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Rosa
  • Great location on Desenzano lakefront promenade
  • Stunning views of Lake Garda
  • Close to transport links
Day 10 : Lake Garda

Morning in Peschiera del Garda, Italy, pastel retro toned

As it’s your last full day we recommend something particularly special. Climb aboard The Mount Baldo cable car, which leaves from Malcesine and glides, in just 15 minutes, to an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. As it ascends, the cabin slowly rotates, giving you a 360 degree view of the lake. At the top enjoy a snack at the café and take in the view. It’s best to be there as early as possible to beat the queues. In the evening keep it simple with a great meal and drinks at one of the lakeside trattorias.

Where you could stay
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Corte Valier
  • Occupies a prime location in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Contemporary guest rooms with side or front lake views
Recommended
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Italian Lakes, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Rosa
  • Great location on Desenzano lakefront promenade
  • Stunning views of Lake Garda
  • Close to transport links
Day 11 : Lake Garda - UK

Limone sul Garda waterfront view, Lombardy region of Italy

It’s time to take your final lakeside walk and say arrivederci to Lake Garda before heading to Verona for your return flight home.

If time allows squeeze in visits to city’s Roman amphitheatre or the Romeo and Juliet balcony on the Via Cappello.

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11 days from £1,649 per person

Price shown includes return flights from London, accommodation in each destination for the duration specified and transfers, trains and/or car hire as required. The price shown represents a from price per person based on two people sharing in low season travel unless otherwise stated. Price is subject to availability and flight seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price shown is for guidance only. To obtain a tailored quote specific for your requirements, please contact one of our Italy Experts.

Practical Information

Flight Information

Direct flights to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Southend and take approximately 2 hours. Transfers from the airport are by water taxi or water bus and take approximately 40 minutes to reach the centre of Venice.

Visa Information

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.

Tipping

Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
 
On guided tours/excursions it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
 
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Details

The price is based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in April 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.

Quote reference number: 53203981

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