Day 1 - Fly to Italy
Depart on your flight to Italy. On arrival it's just a short transfer to our hotel in Lido di Jesolo, where we stay for seven nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Days 2 to 7
At leisure in our Adriatic Riviera resort, with a programme of sightseeing excursions which are included in the price of the holiday.
Lake Garda and Verona
Verona, with its stunning opera venue in a Roman amphitheatre, is one of the most historical cities in Italy and home to the story of Romeo and Juliet, whose house and balcony, on Via Cappello, is visited by star-crossed lovers from around the world! The beautiful Piazza Bra is the hub of this small city, which is lined with enticing pavement cafes and dominated by the Roman arena, which is the third largest in the world. The 'old town' is pedestrianised and easy to explore on foot. Don't miss Piazza Erbe, built on the Roman Forum, or the superb shops along Via Mazzini. After our visit we continue to Lake Garda. The palm tree lined promenades, tall cypress trees and lemon and olive groves have long given the southern shores of Lake Garda a Mediterranean feel. We'll visit Sirmione, a delightful village which enjoys a unique setting on a peninsula jutting into the lake. There are cobbled streets, tiny squares and an impressive castle all waiting to be explored, and plenty of cafes to relax and enjoy an ice cream or a cappuccino.
Our day begins with a memorable boat ride across the Venetian Lagoon to the heart of Venice. This enchanting city is undoubtedly the most romantic in all of Italy, with its maze of canals and bridges, palaces and piazzas. Admire the Rialto Bridge, the Doges Palace and St. Mark's Square. On our morning walking tour of the city we will see all of the main sights and the afternoon is free for you to make your own discoveries. You can browse in the many shops, boutiques and craft shops or explore the some of the many museums, galleries and churches. There will also be an opportunity to take a gondola ride (optional), perhaps the very best way to view this extraordinary city!
Cortina and the Dolomites
A spectacular excursion into the Italian Dolomites, following the scenic route through the mountains to enjoy some of Europe's most breathtaking scenery, with picture-postcard villages and snow-capped granite peaks which reach a height of 11,000ft. We also visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy's premier ski resort
Days at Leisure and Optional Excursion
Time at leisure to relax in the surroundings of the hotel, lie on the beach, perhaps do some shopping or see some more of the sights. Why not join us on our optional excursion to the “Islands of the Venetian Lagoon”. Murano is famous throughout the world for its glass making and is home to some of the most beautiful churches, particularly Santa Maria et San Donato. We’ll then sail to Burano, where the pastel coloured fishermens cottages line the picturesque canals. Burano is famous for its intricate lacework, which is still made here. Our final stop is at the island of Torcello. This small island has only 100 inhabitants and is the home of Venice’s first cathedral. This excursion can be booked locally.
Day 8 - Fly to the UK
We transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Transfers: Transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.