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Discover North Lake Garda where staggering mountains provide a dramatic backdrop, tranquil waters enchant and the floating city of Venice provides an umissable delight.
You will be met at the airport in Verona this evening by Topflight’s Resort Manager. You will take a journey, via air-conditioned coach, to the lovely Hotel Majestic Palace, where you will stay for 7 nights on a half board basis.
You have the day to fully relax and perhaps make use of the wonderful facilities of your hotel. In a beautiful setting in the midst of a picturesque olive grove and with sweeping views of the lake, the Majestic Palace offers high standards of service and fantastic leisure facilities.
4 swimming pools, a tennis court, a gym, a playground, mini-golf and a volleyball court ensure that no matter what your age, you’ll be far from bored here. The outdoor pools are surrounded by sun loungers and parasols providing the perfect resting spot for guests who just love to chill out in the sunshine.
Today you will enjoy a fascinating tour around Italy’s largest lake. The day will start with you being picked up by bus from your resort where your guide will tell you all about the history and culture of this wonderful area. The first scheduled stop of the day will be at Garda.
From here, you will board a boat to take a trip on the lake. The only way to take in this area’s true beauty is from the lake itself and this short trip to the beautiful Sirmione, an elegant little lakeside town, is the perfect journey. Upon approach, you will see the town’s peninsula, the ancient Roman ruins "Grotte di Catullo" and its castle. Enjoy a walk in the lively centre of Sirmione, among beautiful shops, restaurants and renowned ice cream parlours. You will have time here to explore and perhaps take some time to enjoy some lunch or an aperitivo.
Afterwards, meet with your guide once again and continue on your journey on the bus towards Salo, where you will be given some free time to explore the quaint and historic town.
Once again, you will return to the bus and the driver will bring you back to your resort, in time to freshen up for your evening meal.
If today, you feel like venturing out to discover the beautiful Malcesine, you’re in for a treat. Follow the romantic trail of narrow cobbled streets that meander their way through the town leading to a cute pebble beach. The harbour with its colourful boats bobbing by its walls, is surrounded by restaurants, cafés and shops allowing guests to sample a taste of ’la dolce vita’ as they sit, relax and people watch over a drink or two.
Malcesine lends itself to a slower pace of life, where sauntering through the beautiful medieval town and relaxing by the waters edge is very much the order of the day.
This morning, after breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a scenic coach ride to Venice, where you will take a guided visit of the Floating City. The tour includes a private motorboat ride along the Giudecca Canal, taking in the sights, then continues on foot to the Rialto Bridge, a marvellous feat of engineering.
You will have free time for lunch and will have no problem finding a tasty spot to dine upon some great Venetian fare. You will also have time to wander the boutiques and quaint shops that line the narrow, labyrinthine back streets of this enchanting city. Should you wish to do more, a gondola ride or sightseeing cruise on the lagoon are payable locally. Return to the coach on private motorboat, passing St. George’s Island, home to one of the architectural glories of Venice, the majestic Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Your coach will return you to your hotel in the evening time.
Choose to relax on Lake Garda's beautiful shores and soak up its majestic scenery or decided to explore a bit more. The day is yours to take at your own pace.
This morning, you will check out after breakfast and be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight.
This property is offered on a Half Board basis. Complimentary local wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water are included with dinner on all bookings for Summer 2023.
From the Hotel Majestic Palace, it is a 20 minute walk down a small hill to get to the centre of Malcesine and 25 minutes from the lake. A convenient bus service runs frequently, right from the hotel to the resort centre, for a small local charge.
Malcolm has worked for the Topflight Travel Group for 4 winter seasons in the French alps. As a keen skier and cyclist he loves the outdoors and is excited to spend the summer on Lake Garda. Malcolm's not to miss experiences are a trip around Sirmione and a ride on the breathtaking Monte Baldo cable car in Malcesine. "Whether it's indulging in one of the many activities around lake or relaxing by the lakeside with an aperitivo in one of the many waterfront restaurants - Lake Garda is a great summer destination."
With a passion for both winter and summer sports, Lynsey has worked for Topflight for over 9 years in Austria, France and Italy. During the winter months she is based in the heart of the French Alps and in the summer she swaps her skis for sandals to enjoy all that Lake Garda has to offer. “I couldn’t possibly choose which season I prefer, I’ve skied since I was 5 years old and I can never get enough but there’s something really magical about the summer on Lake Garda. I truly believe there is something here for everyone and that’s part of what makes it so special.”
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