Italy is known for great food and wine. Go on a tasty journey to the hidden treasures in and around Lake Garda, from a fantastic tasting at a 500-year-old wine estate, to an authentic eatery for an outstanding blow out lunch. Plus, you'll find a curious surprise along the way at the chapel of San Martino della Battaglia.
4* Parc Hotel Gritti, Bardolino
This outstanding lakeside hotel is a 10-minute walk from the old centre of Bardolino. There is a bar, restaurant, large outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace and pool bar, large restaurant overlooking the beautiful gardens, plus an indoor swimming pool, gym and fitness centre. Bedrooms have a TV and hairdryer and there is a lift.
· Return ferry crossings
· 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast with welcome drink
· 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
· Welcome gift in room
· Choice of menu on 4 nights
· Speciality meal with choice of main & dessert on 1 night
· Tea with cookies & cakes every afternoon
· Live musical entertainment in piano bar on some evenings
· Wine tasting at Cantine Redaelli De Zinis
· 3-course lunch with wine at Trattoria Da Arturo
· Speciality farewell dinner
We travel to the ferry to Calais and on to our overnight hotel in Metz.D
We continue our journey and arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.Br, D
Relax at leisure in lovely Bardolino, enjoying its scenic medieval centre teeming with bars and cafés. Take a ferry to nearby Lazise - a hidden gem of a beautiful historic walled town.Br, D
We follow the river Mincio south to one of Italy's loveliest villages, Borghetto sul Mincio. We have time to stretch the legs and enjoy a cappuccino overlooking Borghetto's scenic weir and river before we continue to the stunning city of Mantua. Lesser known than Verona, Mantua boasts a fine medieval centre which is home to one of the finest Ducal Palaces in Italy belonging to the Gonzaga family. There are plenty of cafés and shops plus small characterful restaurants tempting visitors with the local Mantuan specialities 'tortelli con la zucca' (ravioli stuffed with pumpkin) and 'sbrisolona' (biscuit cake with almonds).
This morning we drive into the beautiful Valtenesi countryside until we reach Cantine Redaelli De Zinis where we indulge in some delicious wine tastings plus a brief visit to the cellars. From here we continue to the delightful lakeside town of Salo, which boasts the longest promenade in all of Lake Garda. We enjoy free time and maybe purchase lunch in this historic location.Br, D
We visit the 'jewel in the crown' of Lake Garda - the peninsular of Sirmione with its lovely moated castle and medieval centre. From here we travel into the countryside and discover the small chapel at San Martino della Battaglia which pays homage to fallen soldiers who fought in the Battle of San Martino in 1859 with its astonishing 'ossuary'. We continue into the hills to 'Trattoria da Arturo'. We will enjoy some of the best hand-made pasta we have ever tasted 'bigoli al ragu' with some superb grilled meats washed down with plentiful home-made wine - a relaxing and authentic Italian experience!Br, D
We bid farewell and journey to our overnight hotel in Metz.Br, D
We continue back the UK and home.
Please Note: Italian Resort Tax: The tax broadly ranges from €1-€5 per person per night and is generally collected from each passenger on arrival. Tea & coffee facilities may not be included in the bedrooms.
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