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Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

Experience some of the very best tourist havens that Italy has to offer from our outstanding hotel base on the shores of Lake Garda. Discover a superior way to visit the magical Lake Garda whilst soaking in the rich culture and vibrant history of Italy as this tour takes us on visits to beautiful lakeside towns, the picturesque island city of Venice, and the romantic city of Verona plus an authentic Italian dining experience.

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9 days from £2799



Monday 16 September 2024



  • Enjoy a guided tour of Venice with its beautiful architecture and waterways

  • Overnight stay in Basel with free time to explore this stunning city

  • Private transfers to and from the beautiful Villa Rosa, our hotel base on the shores of Lake Garda

  • Relax on a cruise to the medieval spa town of Sirmione, one of Lake Garda’s best loved towns

  • Explore the rich culture of Verona on a guided tour plus free time in this charming city

  • Discover the fascinating settings of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

  • Indulge in lunch at a local Trattoria, sampling authentic Italian cuisine


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 4 evening meals and 1 lunch

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Eurostar Standard Premier seating plus First Class travel throughout*

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

*First Class travel where possible when the train operator offers a First Class carriage




Travelling from your home station to London for our overnight stay at the California Hotel ideally located for King's Cross and St Pancras International.


Enjoy a relaxing journey on the Eurostar in the upgraded Standard Premier cabin with food and beverages included. We will travel onwards by high-speed train to Basel to check-in at the elegant Hotel GAIA and, once settled, we enjoy our evening meal together at a local restaurant.



This morning we enjoy a little free time to explore the city using the included Basel travel card before our journey continues to Lake Garda. Our train arrives into Desenzano station where our private transfer meets us to convey us to the beautiful Villa Rosa, our tour base for the next five nights. This beautiful hotel is situated at the lakeside just a short stroll from the old town and, this evening, we dine together at the hotel's Rose & Sapori Restaurant.

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We will spend today at leisure and can enjoy free time in the hotel to use the marvellous facilities, take a dip in the refreshing pool, or relax in the peaceful garden oasis. Or you can spend time exploring the scenic medieval centre and its numerous charming bars and cafés or discover the surrounding towns with idyllic settings and charming atmospheres.



After breakfast this morning, we visit the 'jewel in the crown' of Lake Garda - the picturesque peninsula of Sirmione. This enchanting city is characterised by narrow lanes, archways, and houses made of stone and we are immediately greeted by the imposing and impressive Scaligero castle. From here we travel into the countryside and discover the small chapel at San Martino della Battaglia which pays homage to this epic period of history with its astonishing 'ossary' before we continue into the hills to Trattoria da Arturo. Here we enjoy some wonderful handmade pasta with grilled meats and salad washed down with plenty of homemade wine - a relaxing and authentic Italian experience.

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After a leisurely morning, we board our private coach to the romantic city of Verona. Famed for being the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romero and Juliet', our guided tour takes us to the 'Capulet' balcony which has a starring role in the play. We will also discover Verona's beautiful cathedral, the Castelvecchio plus the Roman amphitheatre that survived an earthquake to become the city's open-air opera house where crowds gather to experience the summer opera festival.



Today we travel by train to the renowned island city of Venice where stunning architecture and famous vistas await. We join our local guide upon arrival for a tour of this alluring city crossing the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge and passing through a labyrinth of mysterious passageways as we make our way to St Mark's Square. Here we have free time to explore the city at leisure before we journey on a waterbus along the Grand Canal and back to the station for our return train. This evening we enjoy a delicious evening meal together at the hotel's Rose & Sapori Restaurant.

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Today, after breakfast, we bid farewell to Lake Garda as we make our way to Lyon for our overnight stop at the Ibis Styles Gare Part-Dieu. On arrival, we will enjoy our final evening meal together with chat of the highlights of our fantastic holiday in Italy before relaxing in our hotel.

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After breakfast we take the TGV to Lille connecting onwards by Eurostar to London St Pancras for arrival in time to take your onward train to your home station.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner


California Hotel, London

The California Hotel offers simple pleasures as a quiet, comfortable, cosy base in the heart of London with a relaxing bar and lounge which serves a range of delicious snacks plus an outdoor terrace. No two rooms are the same with each room having a different design and offering all the staples needed for a comfortable stay including an ensuite bathroom, fluffy towels, toiletries, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi.


GAIA Hotel, Basel

This hotel is ideally located next to the train station and within walking distance of Basel’s attractions. The elegant bedrooms are equipped with TV, kettle and/or coffee machine, minibar with organic drinks, safe, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel serves an organic buffet breakfast in the listed historic hall. Bars and restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel.


Villa Rosa, Desenzano

The Villa Rosa is an elegant, peaceful hotel located directly on the shores of Lake Garda, just a short distance from the historic centre and within easy reach of the other charming towns in the area. Comfortable and tastefully furnished bedrooms offer private bathrooms with bathrobe and slippers, air conditioning, smart TV with Sky and international channels, Wi-Fi, minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers a peaceful garden oasis, a refreshing pool with a lake view, and a lounge bar plus you can enjoy delicious, refined cuisine at their Rose & Sapori Restaurant where you will be treated to extraordinary dishes bursting with flavours.


Ibis Gare Part-Dieu, Lyon

A comfortable hotel located in the heart of the business district and ideally located at the foot of transport links and the railway station. The air-conditioned bedrooms offer a private bathroom, desk, flat screen TV, and Wi-Fi.



Fare Region


London: King’s Cross


Greater London


South of England


East Anglia


South West


Heart of England






North East


North West


South Wales


North Wales




Join & Leave at London (inc. Hotel – Day 1)


Single Traveller Supplement



*Please Note: All fares are inclusive of First Class rail travel from London St Pancras International to Italy and return, including Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade. Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 4 evening meals and 1 lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to London (First Class)

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Italy including Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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