Springtime on Lake Garda

Springtime on Lake Garda

Italy's most popular lake coupled with a day through the magnificent Dolomites


Italy's most popular lake coupled with a day through the magnificent Dolomites

The beautiful lakeside towns around Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) have charmed foreign visitors for centuries. Even for the ancient Romans, the area was a luxury summer destination.


Riva del Grada

With a Mediterranean climate, wide sunny beaches and beautiful scenery Riva del Garda is the main centre of Northern Lake Garda. The mild climate favours a typically Mediterranean vegetation with lemon trees, olive trees, laurels and palm trees: a true Mediterranean island at the foot of the Dolomites. The centre of Riva del Garda will fascinate you with its works of art and architecture.



Known to everyone as “ the pearl of the islands and peninsulas”, Sirmione is famous for it’s thermal water with it’s healing properties. Situated on the south bank of Lake Garda on a long and narrow peninsula that divides the gulfs of Desenzano and Peschiera, Sirmione was made even more famous thanks to writers such as Catullo, Stendhal, Lawrence and Goethe that honoured its artistic and environmental beauty. The city centre is characterised by the narrow alleys with the walls of stone,  offering its visitors romantic and panoramic views. Today Sirmione is one of the most important tourist centres of the Garda Lake.



Rolling green hills dotted with charming villages are intersected abruptly with dramatic craggy mountains that pierce the sky! Welcome to the Italian Dolomites an area of oustanding scenery, spectacular views & natural beauty. The city of Trento is set in a wide glacial valley guarded by the crenellated peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, amid a patchwork of vineyards and apple orchards. While there's no doubt you're in Italy, Trento does have its share of Austrian influence: apple strudel is ubiquitous and beer halls not uncommon.



Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in eastern Italy, thanks to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans and being the ficticious home of Romeo and Juliet


Thursday 14th Mar

Cumbria to Hull, via York with some time at leisure before joining the overnight sailing to Rotterdam.

Friday 15th Mar

We travel from Rotterdam through Holland via Venlo to Germany for a lunch stop in the Bonn area before heading to Karlsruhe and our hotel the Leonardo for dinner.


Saturday 16th Mar

A scenic journey today as we travel through Switzerland via Lucerne and the Gottard tunnel into Italy and Lake Garda, arriving at our hotel, The Grand Liberty in Riva late afternoon.

B, D

Sunday 17th Mar

A day at leisure to relax and enjoy pretty historic centre of Riva.

B, D

Monday 18th Mar

A full day scenic drive today as we head south to Sirmione, at the southern end of Lake Garda, through some lovely Italian villages and lakeside towns, time for lunch before returning to Riva for dinner.

B, D

Tuesday 19th Mar

A full day tour of the Dolomites, some magnificent scenery and the cathedral city of Trentino are today’s highlights.

B, D

Wednesday 20th Mar

Today we visit Verona, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, famous for its opera, Roman Amphitheatre and the fictitious home of Romeo and Juliet. Farewell dinner at the Grand Liberty Hotel.

B, D

Thursday 21st Mar

We leave Garda and commence our journey home through northern Italy, over the Brenner Pass into Austria and past Innsbruck on our way back to Germany and our overnight at the Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe. Dinner included.

B, D

Friday 22nd Mar

We travel north with a stop for lunch in the Rhine Valley area before arriving in Rotterdam to join the overnight P&O sailing to Hull.


Saturday 23rd Mar

Arriving back to the UK, we return home to Cumbria.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Grand Hotel Libery Riva del Garda.

This charming 4-star hotel has impressive Art Nouveau décor, a luxury spa and indoor and outdoor pools. It is in Riva del Garda centre, 5 minutes' walk from the lake.

Grand Hotel Liberty offers spacious classically furnished rooms. Dating back to the early 20th century, the hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Indoors, the spa includes a fitness area, sauna and Turkish bath. A variety of massages and beauty treatments are also available.

Grand Hotel Liberty serves a buffet breakfast and the restaurant opens at dinner.

The large period salons, the beautiful garden with its fountains, palm trees and geraniums, the wellness centre SPA and a first class kitchen all contribute to a welcoming and comfortable stay.

The Hotel has 2 bars, open according to the Hotel needs and the season; the new Liberty Café is a spacious, quiet and relaxing place where you will find a great variety of pastries, tea and herbal tea, coffees, liqueurs and well selected cognac on offer and also English newspapers.

Double or twin rooms have bathroom with shower or bath, toiletries, hair dryer, minibar, safe, free internet wifi and TV. Breakfast is served in the elegant and bright dining room or on the terrace which is facing the garden and the outdoor pool.

The dock for boat trips across Lake Garda is 10 minutes' walk away.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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