Italy Rail tour

Sirmione on Lake Garda 2019/2020

10 Days Train Tour from £1715 per person


Sirmione is Lake Garda’s jewel, a glimmering mirage-like town sat on the banks of the water. Overlooked by its own castle, and the home of several ancient Roman grottos and villas, Sirmione is as interesting as it is beautiful and is our base on this wonderful tour. We visit Verona and Mantova during our time here, as well as enjoying a tour of Venice and a wine tasting and dinner at a wine estate.

Itinerary

Days 1-2

To Chambery and Sirmione

We meet our group and Tour Manager and depart on the Eurostar to Paris and then to Chambéry where we overnight. On Day 2 we continue by rail and coach to Lake Garda, and our destination is the charming town of Sirmione, situated on a peninsula jutting into the lake.

Day 3

Exploring Sirmione

Today is yours to spend as you wish. Sirmione is a pleasure to discover; the town is bursting with history and charm, including the imposing Rocca Scaligera - a beautifully preserved 13th century castle surrounded by a large water-filled moat that dominates the Old Quarter of town.

Day 4-5

Verona, Mantova and Sigurta Gardens

This morning we visit Verona - a city of Roman ruins, medieval buildings, Italian culture and romance. On Day 5 we visit Sigurta Gardens, an oasis of colourful plant life set in the foothills around Lake Garda. Later we drive to the beautifully preserved medieval city of Mantova, a centre of the early Renaissance.

Day 6

Venice

We head to the incomparable, romantic city of Venice today. The glorious city is set in its own shimmering lagoon - an incredible environment that has UNESCO World Heritage status. We enjoy a guided tour of Venice’s main sights.

Days 7-8

Malcesine

Enjoy a free day to relax and unwind in the warm local climate. On Day 8 we travel by coach up Lake Garda's eastern shore, today we make our way north to Malcesine, where the lake resembles the Norwegian fjords.

Days 9-10

Overnight in Turin and Home

We transfer to the local station by coach as we leave Sirmione and travel to Turin, where we overnight. On Day 10 we take the TGV service to Paris. Here we join the Eurostar service back to London