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Unwind in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Garda

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10 days From £1,399 per person

2022 Tour code: 22LES

About the tour

Unwind in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Garda and soak up the rich culture of Italy, on an unforgettable rail escape that sees you exploring pretty lakeside towns and the elegant cities of Verona and Venice.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Chambéry

Meet at London St Pancras and join the Eurostar service to Paris. Here, change trains and continue to the city of Chambéry for an overnight stay in a local hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Garda

Leaving Chambéry behind, take the train to Milan and transfer to the town of Garda on Lake Garda, your scenic base for your holiday.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Malcesine

Take and excursion to Malcesine, another picturesque town on Lake Garda. Discover its medieval centre, clustered around the attractive harbour and 14th-century Scaligero Castle, or hop on the cable car running from the town to the top of nearby Monte Baldo. From here, you can admire the views over the lake and surrounding Alpine peaks.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Garda

Enjoy free time to explore more of Garda. At the southern end of the town is 'Rocca' - an outcrop of rock on the shore once home to a 5th century fortress until it was destroyed by the Venetians. You could also visit the impressive Gothic Palace and Palazzo dei Capitano - the main hub of activity in Garda, where you'll find an array of chaming al fresco eateries.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Verona

Travel by coach to Verona, the historic city in which Shakespeare's iconic 'Romeo and Juliet' is set. Straddling the Adige River, this handsome destination is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to the diversity and historical value of its stunning architecture. On your guided city tour, you see the Roman Arena - an imposing amphitheatre built in the 1st century that's now used as an open-air opera house. You continue to Juliet's balcony at Casa di Giulietta, and see the magnificent city gates before returning to Malcesine.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Garda

Your day is free. Perhaps visit Isola del Garda. The biggest island in Lake Garda, it's dominated by an impressive neo-Gothic villa and is just a short boat ride away. The island is owned by the Cavazza family, and its gardens are rich in unique flowers and local plants as well as pines, cypresses, acacias, lemon trees, magnolias and agaves.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Venice

Visit Venice to explore the 'Floating City'. Enjoy a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal to St Mark's Square, the heart of the city. Set out on a walking tour, seeing the evocative Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Basilica. Later, continue exploring at your own pace. Steeped in architectural wonder and artistic beauty, enjoy jaw-dropping splendour, from the Gothic magnificence of the Doge's Palace to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which features a collection of Tintoretto paintings. You could relax with a glass of prosecco in a bar overlooking one of the canals.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Sirmione

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to pretty Sirmione, on the southern shores of Lake Garda. You have time to explore this charming town bursting with history and famous for majestic Scaligero Castle, a 13th-century medieval castle that boasts captivating views from its battlements. Just outside the town are the well-preserved Roman Grottoes of Catullus, ruins of an ancient Roman Villa situated on the tip of the Sirmione Peninsula. Sirmione's ancient charm coupled with an array of cafés, shops, and restaurants, lend it an authentic and laid-back Italian atmosphere.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Turin

Bidding farewell to Garda, you Head to Peschiera by coach. Here, you join the train to the handsome city of Turin, with its grand boulevards and historic architecture. You spend the night here in a local hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - London

Leaving Turin, you take the train to Paris, where you join the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Hotel Centrale, Garda

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 66 reviews

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S Wedlock

2 stars

Submitted 23/Jul

Awful journey

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Mrs Wendy Bates

3 stars

Submitted 19/Jul

The main hotel was very good all round, and the excursions. The travelling out was horrendous. the Euro train was delayed by 2 hours, due to body on line, but Rail Discoveries did not take this on board and did not seek to avert the ongoing travel connections hence a 2 1/2 hour delay arrival at our hotel and no meal or alternatives offered when we got there at 9.30pm, travelling all day on snacks. Our coach transfer never really happened, another coach company obliged us and took us to our destination, the company had not arranged anything,our poor tour rep was just left to her own devices to help our party of 26 people reach their destination. No customer care at all. Our return journey was also spoiled because the hotel did not provide the continental breakfast at 5.30am for our 6.0am departure, they forgot 111

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DAVID

3 stars

Submitted 18/Jul

We paid for a hotel with views overlooking Lake Garda in Italy, paying over £600 extra. However, there was a change of hotel we weren't aware of, and our view was of a narrow, noisy side street at the front of the hotel with the lake nowhere to be seen from any angle of the hotel, which was located out of sight of the lake and some distance away. The Euro-star train from London was delayed, which resulted in our group missing our booked coach to connect us with our train taking us south from Paris in France. The tour rep manager was great and sorted out another coach. But we did miss our dinner at the first stop hotel due to the train delay. Our main hotel in Garda was classed as 4-star but in my view lacked many of the facilities of a 4-star, but it was clean and the staff very helpful and polite. The food was good, with a good variety of breakfast, both cooked and continental. Dinner was a 4-course meal with good choices. Excursions were great, and we enjoyed visiting Verona and Venice the local tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting. The boat trip on day one was too long for some over 4 hours one way, but the town we visited was fantastic. We did not participate in two of the planned excursion trips, deciding to visit a theme park by bus, which was very cheap and on another day, we explored locally on e-scooters that were cheap to hire. On our return journey and last hotel stop, we were booked for an early breakfast at Hotel Concord in Turin. The breakfast was a disaster, with only cornflakes, bread and jam on offer with lukewarm tea and coffee, and most of our group of 25 were not happy. This was the fault of the hotel staff and not the tour manager. The train journey through France and Italy was great and much better than the UK trains. Even the 2nd class carriages were better and cleaner than UK trains 1st class. The tour rep manager Ms Adeline Raine was very busy organising our needs and a credit to the company. Nevertheless, due to us paying extra for a balcony with lake views, we now have a breach of contract dispute and require a full refund for the extra supplement we paid. We have raised a complaint and are waiting to see if Rail Discoveries will make the matter right. But overall, we enjoyed the holiday. Would we use Rail Discoveries again? That depends on how they respond to my complaint. We will let you know.

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Glynnis

4 stars

Submitted 16/Jul

Very comfortable hotel at new location. Excellent breakfasts and dinners. Really enjoyable ferry trips to different locations

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Kathryn

4 stars

Submitted 12/Jul

Generally a great holiday. A few logistical tweeks could make the tour more efficient, but over all it was extremely good value for money.

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marlene and john barry

5 stars

Submitted 11/Jul

Hotel Central in Garda 5 stars, food, position staff all excellent. Excursions could not be faulted.

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