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Lake Garda & Sorrento Holiday - 11 Days

Lake Garda & Sorrento Holiday
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During the Lake Garda & Sorrento Holiday, you will:

1. Admire Lake Garda beautiful surroundings, a source of inspiration for many authors and artists alike.

2. Visit old charming villages and modern towns, from Gardone Riviera up to Riva del Garda, all around the Lake.

3. Live challenging experiences in the famous theme park Gardaland. Kids of all ages are welcomed.

4. Take a tour of the Dolomites, a UNESCO site, or of the smaller lakes of Tenno, Ledro and Iseo.

5. Discover Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, Brescia, Trento.

6. Cruise the River Mincio, down to Mantua, with the beautiful flower garden, Parco Sigurtà en route.

7. Practice hang-gliding, paragliding, windsurfing and mountain biking in Lake Garda.

8. In Sorrento, visit Naples after a trip along the Circumvesuviana Rail.

9.Visit the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Ercolano, really at hand.

10. Indulge yourself in towns like Amalfi, Ravello, Positano.

11. Take the regular ferry between Sorrento and Capri and explore the the famed Blue Grotto.

12. If you're in Summer, dive into the blue seawater of the Naples Bay.

Day 1
Welcome to Lake Garda

Your flight will arrive in Verona, and your private transfer will bring you to the chosen charming Hotel.

The Lake Garda & Sorrento Tour provides two very versatile holiday destinations.

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, in the shadow of the Dolomite mountains in the North.

Its beautiful surroundings have inspired so many writers and artists alike.

Lake Garda offers both old charming villages and modern towns with a full range of facilities.

Enjoy peace and quiet and wild nightlife, not to mention the somewhat challenging experience of visiting the famous theme park, Gardaland.

There is a wealth of opportunity for excursions from here, either up to the Dolomites, or to the smaller lakes of Tenno, Ledro and Iseo.

Moreover, you can visit famous cities like Verona, Brescia, Trento.

Don’t forget the wonderful trips along River Mincio down to Mantua.

The largest lake in Italy the north of the lake is narrow and surrounded by mountains and is well known for its water sports and outdoor activities.

The choice is endless, sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing etc.

The south of the lake is wider and with gentle rolling hills, with a warmer climate compared to the extreme north end.

Day 2
Discover Lake Garda: the Lombardy and the Veneto sides cute towns.

There are small resort towns located all around Lake Garda.

The largest lake in Italy the north of the lake is narrow and surrounded by mountains and is well known for its water sports and outdoor activities.

The choice is endless, sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing etc.

The south of the lake is wider and with gentle rolling hills.

The south of the lake also has a warmer climate than extreme north end of the lake which is cooled by a strong breeze which rolls off the Dolomite mountain valley above Riva in the early afternoon.

The main towns on the Lombardy side of Lake Garda are Desenzano sul Garda, Sirmione, Salò, Gardone Riviera, Limone sul Garda.

All the resorts around the lake have different flavour and one of the great joys of a Lake Garda holiday is travelling around the by ferry or road to soak in the local ambiance.

The Veneto side, instead, includes cute towns like Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco.

The Gardaland Theme Parks are based near Lazise in the south eastern corner of the lake

and there are many campsites in the area.

It is possible to purchase hop-on-hop-off day tickets, giving unlimited travel either for the whole lake, the upper lake or the lower lake.

The ferries range from historic paddle steamers to hydrofoils.

Day 3
Full Day trip to Verona

Apparently, the city is famous as it is the place where William Shakespeare set his famous play “Romeo and Juliet”.

But it's not the whole story.

Thanks to its geographic location, it was an important urban center founded by the Romans in the First Century B.C.

Significant traces of its prodigious past still remain today, including the Arena of the Roman Theatre, the Gavi Arch at Porta Borsari, and the archaeological site at Porta Leoni.

Though situated an hour away from the most popular tourist destination, Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed, pleasant place to visit.

In the year 2000 Verona has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its urban structure and architecture.

Millions of visitors have themselves immortalized side by side of the Shakespeare's beloved heroine statue placed in the courtyard of Juliet's House.

Romeo and Juliet’s myth is the trail of a dream, just as love itself is a dream.

The city’s commercial hub is Piazza delle Erbe, where the original Roman Forum was located.

Also dating back to Roman times is the monument that is most symbolic of Verona, its Arena (First Century B.C.).

Originally constructed to host gladiator combats, after a long period of abandonment, it hosted the premiere of Aida, in 1913, by Giuseppe Verdi.

Since then, it has been known around the world as a unique Opera shows venue, in addition to hosting concerts and theatre performances.

The Romanesque Verona lies in its imposing Duomo, together with the Cathedral of St. Zeno, and Castelvecchio.

Some of the most important churches are the Gothic Church of St. Anastasia, the Church of San Fermo Maggiore (formed by two buildings stacked one on top of the other), and the Renaissance Church of San Giorgio in Braida.

Day 4
Full Day trip to Venice

Welcome to the most romantic city in the world, Venice.

Venice is one of these places you have to visit at least once in your lifetime.

It's an open-air museum that seems to float on its lagoon. For this, and many further reasons Venice is a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

You can visit it by walking along its typical calle or vias, its campi and campitelli (that's to say, piazzas and little piazzas) and its magnificent bridges.

Or, you can choose to admire Venice from the comfort of a boat.

For this purpose, you can choose between private transport, the beloved gondolas, for a romantic tour.

Or you can prefer the public transportation system – the vaporetti, a kind of water buses –

which boast the ideal vantage point, the Canal Grande.

Looking all around you, you realize that Venice was already one of the most powerful cities in Europe around A.D. 1000.

Traces of ts glorious past are still visible today.

They include splendid piazzas, bridges, and palaces. The most famous place in Venice is, undoubtely, Piazza San Marco (or St. Mark’s Square).

In the square center, the homonymous, five-domed St. Mark's Basilica rises with all its Bizantine beauty.

Next to the Basilica, you can visit the Palazzo Ducale: these two buildings are joined by the monumental Porta della Carta.

The Campanile di San Marco (Bell Tower), built in 1173, was reconstructed in front of the Palazzo Ducale after it collapsed in 1902.

Other great places of interest you cannot miss are the Rialto Bridge and the Ponte dei Sospiri (or Bridge of Sighs), the Arsenale (the Navy Yard, in fact the largest in the world) from the 12th Century, the Basilicas of Santa Maria della Salute and of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and the synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto.

Canareggio and the Giudecca, two further Venetian neighborhoods, currently enjoy their own renaissances, thanks to several artistic initiatives and innovations.

Venice is also celebrated for its historic cafés, especially Florian.

Moreover, its exhibits, galleries and museums, such as Ca' Rezzonico, the Gallerie dell’Accademia and, of course, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are unmissable.

If you're lucky to visit the city during the world-famous festivals, i.e. for cinema and the Biennale for art, music and dance, we warmly suggest you to enjoy these events.

The Teatro della Fenice is the monumental Venice Opera House, and hosts the International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Other highly sought-out touristic destinations in the lagoon are the islands of Murano and Burano, where visitors can see (and buy) the typical artisan workshops for glass and lace, respectively.

The Lido is a renowned seaside destination, and the venue of the celebrated Venice Film Festival, the second most worldwide famous event after the Venice's Carnival, in February.

Day 5
Full Day trip to Milan

Milan is financially the most important city in Italy.

It has the second most populous city proper in the country, but sits at the centre of Italy's largest urban and metropolitan area.

While incorrectly not considered as beautiful as some Italian cities, having been partly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, the city has rebuilt itself into a thriving cosmopolitan business capital.

In essence, for a tourist, what makes Milan interesting compared to other places is that the city is truly more about the lifestyle of enjoying worldly pleasures: a paradise for shopping, football, opera, and nightlife.

Milan remains the marketplace for Italian fashion – fashion aficionados, supermodels and international paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs.

Don't get fooled by the modern aspect of the city, since it's one of the most ancient cities in Europe with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage!

Milan is famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights.

For instance, the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the best established opera houses in the globe and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery.

Moreover, consider the Brera Art Gallery, with some of the finest artistic works in Europe, the Pirelli tower, a majestic example of 1960s modernist Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium, or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle and a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

But, above all, Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica, containing one of the world's most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.

Day 6
Let's move to Sorrento

Today, you'll move to your second destination: Sorrento.

Sorrento is not only a base camp for your explorations of the Amalfi Coast and Naples.

Sorrento features beautiful architecture, many cafés and restaurants, and shops catering to tourists.

Thanks to the Circumvesuviana Rail system, Naples, or also Pompeii and Ercolano are really at hand.

Ferries regularly commute between Sorrento and Capri, making Sorrento an ideal base for exploring that island as well.

A trip to Sorrento is full of things to do.

Enjoy a splash in the Naples Bay, a walk through the lively pedestrian only streets at night, or an enjoyable day exploring the ruins of Pompeii.

A short trip to Naples will take you to the National Museum: where you can admire some of the best frescoes and art works from Pompeii excavations.

Moreover, take a bus ride on the spectacular but hair raising drive through the Amalfi Coast, another world famous destination.

Along this ride,l visit the small towns along the cliffs with some of the most beautiful Churches and architecture in the area.

Furthermore, jump aboard the ferry connecting Sorrento with the Isle of Capri full of local artisans' small shops. Don't miss the walk through tree lined walkways to the Nature Park.

Capri's most spectacular attraction is the famed Blue Grotto, an amazing cave with the most crystal blue waters imaginable.

Finally, the funniest thing you can do here is to rent a scooter and explore on your own historic Capri.

Day 7
Full Day trip to Naples

Naples is the capital of the Campania region.

The city is the third most populated municipality (city proper) of Italy, but the second metropolitan area, after Milan.

It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city.

Naples is a real treasure trove of art and history, of indelible signs from past dominations, each of which has contributed to this city's construction.

Its city center, in particular, encompasses a heritage so rich that it has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2,500 years of history is evidenced in palaces, churches, monuments and art galleries, amidst which the Napoletani carry on their daily lives with their trademark vivacity and creativity.

Four castles tower over the city, Castel Nuovo, otherwise known as the “Maschio Angioino”; Castello dell’Ovo, now an exhibition and congress center, with a stunning view of the whole Bay; Castel Sant'Elmo, overlooking the street locally known as Spaccanapoli that divides the city into two sections; finally, Castel Capuano.

The churches in this city are countless. The Cathedral hosts the famous Cappella del Tesoro di San Gennaro (the Chapel of St. Gennaro’s Treasure) that conserves masterpieces made with precious metals and the two vials containing the Saint's blood.

The Santa Chiara Monastery - with its simple lines characteristic of the Franciscan churches - conserves, besides the royal tombs, the Chiostro delle Clarisse (the Clarisse nuns cloister), with rare adornments entirely made with multi-colored majolica depicting the colors of the land.

The Sansevero Chapel hosts the famous statue of the Cristo Velato (Veiled Christ) by Giuseppe Sammartino, an extraordinary example of craftsmanship employed to sculpt the marble shroud over the body of Christ.

The art collections of noble families such as the Farnese and Borgia, and the many finds from Pompeii, Herculaneum and other areas making up finds now inside the largest museum of ancient art in southern Italy: the National Archaeological Museum.

The Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, surrounded by a large park, hosts the Capodimonte Museum and National Galleries, an incredible collection of masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, Correggio, Masaccio, Mantegna, Caravaggio and the Neapolitan masters.

Amazing is the furnishings in the Royal Apartments, for instance the famous porcelain drawing-room, a masterpiece of the Royal Manufacture of Capodimonte, whose production is partly on display in the Porcelain Gallery.

Probably the most prominent Neapolitan piazza is Piazza del Plebiscito that displays the grand colonnade designed by Gioacchino Murat, in front of which is the magnificent Royal Palace designed by Domenico Fontana.

The Teatro San Carlo lies behind the Palace; a music and ballet temple, famed artists the caliber of Gioacchino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti have performed here.

The Umberto I Gallery is just in front of the of the theatre entrance, with marble floors decorated in fine geometries.

Along the main shopping streets, Via Toledo, are the so-called Quartieri Spagnoli.

Built in 1500 by Don Pedro da Toledo as army barracks, the Spanish Quarter is now a neighborhood with the most authentic Neapolitan spirit.

Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc. ) is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.

Naples is famous for its outdoor markets and small shops (the city has an impressively high number) and that is where many tourists prefer to spend most of their shopping time.

However, it also has other retail establishments of note, such as shopping malls and wine vendors.

You can find expensive, upscale items, rare antiques, handcrafted clothing and souvenirs, and just about anything else you are looking for in Naples — and much of it at prices much lower than in Western European nations.

Day 8
Full day tour of the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast lies in the southwestern region of Campania, Italy.

For its extraordinary beauty and its iconic medieval cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens, coloured terrace houses, stunning views and azure sea. It is south east of Naples starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno.

Amalfi is the town whose name blesses the entire coast.

Its enchanting landscape offer a view of a picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooking the sea with all its extraordinary colors.

Amalfi proffers innumerable testimonies of its glorious past as a Maritime Republic.

Positano is a true paradise, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys and shops that expose the colorful Positano fashions well-known all around the world.

Another pearl of the coast is Ravello, an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas.

Ravello is famous all around the world for its Festival, in the scenic garden of Villa Rufolo, where an evocative setting and the emotion of listening to great music create an experience of extraordinary intensity.

The Medieval village of Atrani is marked by small alleys, arches, courts, tiny piazzas and characteristic stairs.

Minori is the delightful seaside resort that links together the fascination of landscape and sea to the cultural array centered on the archaeological complex of the Villa Romana (Roman Villa).

Praiano is an ancient and tranquil fishing village that offers visitors a very suggestive naturalistic landscape, as well as a rich artisan variety linked to the traditional silk-spinning and manufacturing.

Ancient trades passed down over the centuries, such as that of the artistic ceramic manufacturing of Vietri Sul Mare, all decorated with the wonderful colors of local products.

Day 9
Full day tour of Pompeii archaeologic site

Pompeii's major attraction is the ruined ancient Roman city of the same name, which was engulfed by Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC. On August 24, 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted, burying the nearby town of Pompeii in ash and pumice, killing around 3,000 people, the rest of the population of 20,000 people having already fled, and preserving the city in its state from that fateful day.

Pompeii is an excavation (It: scavi) site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement.

This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in details.

Everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding, together with neighbouring Herculaneum, which suffered the same fate.

It's an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.

Day 10
Leisure Day

Today, you have the chance to dive into a whirl-winding shopping session.

You can also count on our optional personal shopper consulting service, if you are looking for High Street deals: so don't hesitate to ask for it.

Or, we can arrange an optional full day outlet shopping session, with a private round trip transfer service.

In this way, you can look for the best deals at your own pace.

Alternatively, you can choose for an optional full day trip to the Isle of Capri, via ferry boat departing from Sorrento.

Capri is a place of legend that continues to be a main destination for travelers, stars and intellectuals.

Besides being the stomping ground for International celebrities, this gorgeous paradise is known for its natural beauties, its millenarian history, temperate climate, and lightning landscapes.

Emperor Tiberius built his own magnificent Villa Iovis, known as “Tiberius’s Palace” you can visit after a 45-minute walk from the tiny Church of San Michele.

A sea of cobalt blue hosts sea-stacks or "faraglioni".

Be sure not to miss to visit the Blue Grotto or "Grotta Azzurra" by motor boat: its name derives from the marvelous color of the seabeds reflecting inside the grotto.

Gaze at the panorama along the ample harbor of Marina Grande, both the port and departure point for the Island’s funicular that, in 12 minutes, makes its way up to Capri’s top.

Small houses made of lava stone, roof terraces, arches, trellises, winding and climbing streets that pop out on Piazza Umberto I.

This tiny square is called the “Piazzetta,” the city’s open-air living room, with the splendid Church of Santo Stefano, as well as small fashion shops for your souvenirs.

The staircase allow you to arrive at level ground with the Chapel of Santa Maria del Soccorso.

Here, you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of both the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno.

Not to be left out, and just as spectacular, is the Natural Arch, the remains of an enormous cavity standing out on the coastline.

Anacapri is the Island’s second center, immersed in olive trees and vineyards.

Day 11
Back Home

Today it's time to say goodbye to Italy.

Your private transfer will bring you to the Naples International Airport, where you’ll board the plane that will take you home.

You’ll never forget the romance and splendor of this endearing place.

The warm people you met and the cool breezes that swept over Lake Garda, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast, all the colors, the fragrances, the sounds and the tastes you experienced during you holiday will remain fixed in your memories.

Be sure to start planning your return voyage, once you enter your front door.

Trip Includes

  • V.A.T.
  • Private transfer from the airport to Lake Garda
  • n.5 nights accommodation in Lake Garda, Named Hotel
  • n.5 breakfast meals in Lake Garda
  • Train transfer from Lake Garda to Sorrento aboard High Speed Train "Frecciarossa"
  • n.5 nights accommodation in Sorrento, Named Hotel
  • n.5 breakfast meals in Sorrento
  • Private transfer from Sorrento to the airport
  • Customized trip planning
  • Assistance during your trip

Trip Excludes

  • The International R/T flight
  • The city tax (per person, per night, where requested)
  • Meals, except breakfast in Hotel
  • Local Tour and activities to be booked in advance
  • Tips, and any further extras
  • Everything not included in the previous section
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FAQs

Are there any fixed departure dates?

Like all our private tours, the Lake Garda & Sorrento Holiday has no fixed departure dates. In this way, it’s easier for you to customize the tour according to your needs.

How many people can participate in the Lake Garda & Sorrento Holiday at the same price?

The reported price relates to two people sharing a double hotel room. The same price can be applied to up to 10 people traveling together. For larger groups, please contact our dedicated team. For people wishing to sleep in a single room, a supplement will be applied.

Which kind of hotel category does the labelled price relate to?

The published tour price is from Euro 1,099.00 per person in 3 stars hotels. The price for 4 stars accommodation is from Euro 1,999.00 per person. The price for 5 stars accommodation is from Euro 2,850.00 per person.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD$1,099/person
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Total $ 1,099 USD

Trip Facts

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  • Up to 10 people

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