Seven Nights half-board from £589 per person
Selected departures June to October 2013
Italy is blessed with some fantastic scenery and some of the finest is to be found as you approach the Alps around Lake Garda where images of the abundant flowers and trees, which cover the banks, are reflected in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. The picturesque lake with gentle waves lapping slowly onto the shingle shoreline, with the stunning snow-capped Alps
in the background, interspersed by picturesque villages all fit together in a beautifully balanced mosaic of harmony. Further north, we see the Dolomite mountains, some of the most spectacular alpine scenery on earth.
For centuries, Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance, with few countries comparing with its enormous classical origins, its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food and wine. It is only in the past 150 years that Italy has come to exist as a nation state formed from a collection of largely independent cities often separated by almost impenetrable marshes or mountain ranges. They then evolved totally separately and on this tour we shall visit two of them, the very different but very classic cities of Verona and Venice.
However, Italy is much more than majestic cities and countryside and this can be particularly noticed in the restaurants. Boasting one of the world’s greatest cuisines, far from being pizza and pasta, one of the first things which strikes you about visiting a restaurant in Italy, is how deeply embedded in the culture, food and drink really are. Fresh vegetables and salads abound, combined with succulent meats, seafood, a hint of garlic and the finest olive oil create simple, tasty, wholesome and healthy menus.Price Includes:
- Return flights
- taxes and transfers
- Seven nights half-board accommodation in a choice of excellent quality three or four-star hotels*
- Tour of beautiful Lake Garda – Italy’s largest lake
- Guided sightseeing tour of Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet
- Tour of the Dolomites, with their dramatic alpine scenery
- Guided sightseeing tour of Venice, perhaps the most unique city on earth
- The services of an experienced tour manager