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Lake Garda Spring Special in Gardone Riviera
8 days - by Scheduled Air

Price from £489.00 per person*
Departures from 20th May 2017 to 27th May 2017

Single person supplement : £175.00 per person

Please see Includes tab for flight times

At the southern foot of the Alps, between its rocky toes, lies Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, a 30–mile–long fjord scoured through the rock by the last of the Ice Age glaciers, a watery cleft so deep you could sink the Eiffel Tower and still have room to scuba dive on top. This is Alpine country with a gentle Mediterranean climate, a soaring landscape ripe with olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees.

People have been coming here ever since for the dramatic views, and Italians themselves appreciate the agreeable climate, which is particularly fresh and invigorating in spring. You'll be staying at a modern 3 star hotel on the Gardone Riviera, along the south–western shore of the lake, from where you can easily catch a ferry to other popular lakeside towns. At one time Gardone itself was an exclusive resort for the Italian upper–crust, and there are traces of 1920s art nouveau elegance still to be seen amid the lush gardens and opulent villas. One of Italy's most famous and eccentric sons, poet and war hero Gabriele D'Annunzio, had a grand and bizarre abode here which is still worth a look, sporting among other things a thousand–seat amphitheatre, a torpedo–boat, a biplane installed inside the house and a battleship on the lawn.

Also recommended is the Giardino Botanico Heller, or Heller Gardens, featuring a Bridge of Monsters, a Chinese water–clock, sculptures including a giant wooden Praying Mantis, pop–art by Keith Haring and Roy Leichtenstein, and more than 2,000 species of plants from around the world.

There are optional excursions too, so you can use Gardone as a base to explore the region, visit Verona or Venice, or take a Lake tour. Optional dinners are prebookable in the hotel , or you may prefer to keep your options open as there are many great places to eat in Gardone. However you spend your time, we think you'll agree that our Lake Garda Spring Special 2017 is a truly outstanding Omega deal.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Bergamo
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay at the 3 star Hotel Atelier Design, Gardone Riviera with breakfast
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £175pp for the break.

Flights ↔ Milan Bergamo
Belfast Int06:20 / 09:5510:20 / 11:55Ryanair
Bristol12:55 / 16:0511:20 / 12:30Ryanair
East Midlands12:00 / 15:1015:35 / 16:50Ryanair
Edinburgh06:45 / 10:1010:35 / 11:55Ryanair
Stansted13:40 / 16:4011:50 / 13:00Ryanair
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Saturday  Check in at your chosen airport for the flight to Bergamo, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 3 star Hotel Atelier Design, Gardone Riviera for check in and free time before the first of seven nights stay.

Sunday  Breakfast today and then a welcome meeting with your Omega tour manager will introduce you to the delights of the area and tell you about the optional excursions you can book (see box below)

Monday – Friday  Your time is all yours, so have fun!

Saturday  Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Optional excursions Supplements apply
Lake Garda Tour

Full Day
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Lake Garda has extremely varied scenery from a Mediterranean landscape and vast plains in the south, to dramatic cliffs and a more Austrian heritage in the north, and a colourful and interesting history. Your coach will visit lakeside villages including Lazise, Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Limone with their monuments dating back to Roman, Venetian, Scaliger and Austrian reigns and empires. Part of the tour includes a ferry boat crossing of the lake between Riva del Garda and Limone or Sirmione and Salò. The tour order and crossing point will vary depending on your departure location.

Full Day
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Typically lauded as one of those 'must see' places, the first thing you realise about Venice is that whatever you've seen or heard about it, nothing was an exaggeration. There is simply nowhere else remotely like it. Gondola rides, art galleries and famous landmarks like the Rialto, the Basilica, the Doges' Palace and pigeon–populated St Mark's Square are the obvious things to see and do, but don't overlook the churches. Every time the plague swept through Venice the thankful survivors struck up a new church, each as awe–inspiring on the inside as the outside, and especially of note is the Palladian San Giorgio Maggiore, guarding the entrance of the Grand Canal, marbled throughout and with a clutch of old masters by Titian and Tintoretto.
Please note: Most bridges have steps and some areas may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Full Day
- approx

A small market town with a giant history, Verona has one of the most complete Roman amphitheatres in the world, lit up at night for open air Verdi operas and other shows. There are Roman ruins and excavations everywhere, even in cutaway sections underneath the streets and buildings, so that you're almost walking in two worlds simultaneously.

This was once the town of a rich family known as 'The Little Hats', who had a little hat on their coat of arms. They lived in 'Hat' street, the Via Cappello, and their house was known as the Casa Cappelletti, which Shakespeare rendered as 'Capulet'. Today it is called Juliet's House, named for the great tragic heroine.

It's not known if any part of the Romeo and Juliet story is actually true, but Dante does mention the Cappelletti, and a family called Montecchi (Montague?) in the Divine Comedy of 1321. At any rate, every year thousands of letters are sent to this address by young romantics from all over the world, which local volunteers patiently answer.

* All excursions are available to book once in resort, subject to availability. Minimum passenger numbers per excursion may be required to operate the excursion.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Atelier Design, Gardone Riviera
Smart hotel with rooftop terrace overlooking the lake...


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