Lake Garda & Northern Italy’s Art & Culture

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Garda

Scheduled flight from your preferred airport to Italy – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel La Perla in the village of Garda.

Day 2 – Tour of Lake Garda

Tour of Lake Garda combining both coach and boat and a lovely way to see the real beauty of the Lake and its villages including Sirmione, home to Maria Callas, Limone and Gardone Riviera.

Day 3 – Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio & Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Guided tour of Romanesque Verona, Italy’s fourth classical city, home to the Arena dating from the 1st century BC and Shakespeare’s inspiration for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – the Museo di Castelvecchio houses a wonderful overview of Veronese paintings including works by Pisanello, Veronese and Tintoretto – visit the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, built between 1123 and 1135 to house the shrine of Verona’s patron saint and regarded as the finest Romanesque church in northern Italy. 

Day 4 – Venice & Gallerie dell’Accademia

Pre-booked boat transfer into Venice along the Giudecca Canal – guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia to introduce us to the wonderful collection of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th century including works by Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese – rest of the day is free to explore Venice and you may choose to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal or your tour manager can organise an optional gondola ride.

Day 5 – Padova & Cappella degli Scrovegni

Guided tour of Padova, one of Italy's oldest university towns, taking in the Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony, the Café Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual meeting place dating from 1831, the Piazza delle Erbe and the Jewish Quarter – pre-paid visit to the Cappella degli Scrovegni to see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Christ which became a powerful influence on the development of European art – rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6 – Lake Garda

Morning free in Garda on the shores of Lake Garda – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide

Scheduled flights to Italy

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers


Lake Garda – guided tour

Verona – guided tour

Museo di Castelvecchio 

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore


Gallerie dell’Accademia

Padova – guided tour

Cappella degli Scrovegni


Five nights on half board basis at the 3* Hotel La Perla in the village of Garda. Located about a hundred metres from the shores of Lake Garda and just behind the old town, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and an outdoor swimming pool.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Mantova - the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces, houses a wonderful art collection including Mantegna’s frescoes in the ‘Camera degli Sposi’ while Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’ is at the magnificent Palazzo Te  
  • Dolomite Mountains - with truly magnificent scenery including the Passa Por Doi and Sella Pass, both over 2,200m high, this is some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe  
  • Desenzano - with beautiful views of the Alps from the southern shores of Lake Garda, choose simply to relax or visit the Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene home to Tiepolo’s ‘Last Supper’ or the Villa Romana, dating from 5th century BC with wonderful mosaics showing scenes of fishing, hunting, harvesting and dancing

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Lake Garda & Northern Italy’s Art & Culture

Date of tour: September 2018

I wanted to contact you to let you know what an amazing trip I had with you in Northern Italy! The itinerary was splendid and varied every day. Ludo was exceptional and very caring and fun. The guides and the audio headphones system were also great and allowed me to take photos whilst listening. All the guides were knowledgeable and made the tours interesting. The hotel made our trip even better! Great service, nice quiet rooms and wonderful food plus the added bonus of the spa facilities! Driver on the last days was very good and most of the coaches were as well. Only coach that was uncomfortable was the smaller one on the last day that was cramped. Don't change anything else! I can recommend your company and this trip to anyone and hope to book again.

DE, Windlesham

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • on half board basis throughout
  • with fewer or different excursions
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
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