This area enjoys a unique and glorious microclimate more similar to temperatures in Southern Italy. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, cradled in a deep basin beneath the Dolomite Mountains. The shores of the lake are dotted with picturesque promenades, pebble beaches, marinas, open-air cafés and shops, all in the midst of cypress, olive and citrus trees, as well as vineyards. A number of fascinating historical sites surround the lake, including classical style churches and grand houses, and we will enjoy several excursions to surrounding villages and towns, including a number of opportunities for wine tasting.
We will stay in the town of Desenzano del Garda, a popular holiday destination owing to its beautiful view of the Alps, beaches and ideal climate. The town has a Mediterranean flavour and unhurried pace of life, perfect for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay. It is easy to explore the region from here, as the local ferries docked in the harbour are waiting to whisk us to any port on the lake. At the heart of the city are a series of interconnected piazza’s with numerous open-air cafés, assorted shops, ice-cream parlours and an ancient fortress in the historical centre. On leisure days, with so many delightful sites to experience and charming lakeside towns to discover, it’s easy to fill every moment, or you may prefer to just relax in a café, enjoy the spectacular views and watch the passing parade of locals and visitors stroll by.
Our hotel in Desenzano del Garda will be the charming Piccola Vela, a 4-star property with the ideal combination of a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. Perfectly situated, the hotel is less than a 10 minute walk to the town centre with its variety of shops and restaurants, as well as the harbour and ferries that go to all parts of the lake. Amenities of the hotel include an elegant lobby bar with grand piano, putting green, large tropical garden and outdoor swimming pool with plenty of seating. All guest rooms are comfortably furnished and there is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.