Breath-taking mountain peaks, turquoise blue waters, little trains and magnificent scenery are the highlights of this tour to Italy. There are visits to little towns and villages tucked in amongst beautiful mountain landscapes, journeys on a cable car, a funicular and a mountain train as well as a cruise on Lake Garda, visits to Castles and some tasting of the local wine. Come and experience a land of mystery and intrigue!
Visiting some of the most beautilful areas Italy has to offer this tour is packed with stunning scenery and experiences you won't forget. Starting our time in Italy with a visit to what is arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in the country we head to the Italian Dolomites to visit Molveno i the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto. Lying at the foot of the Brenta group of the Dolomites next to crystal clear waters of Lake Molveno and rich cultural treasures of the area this is the perfect location to set the stage for the Holiday. Taking in the surroundings it is easy to see why this area is so popular nature lovers the world over.
Taking in walking tours of historic towns full of historic and artistic intrigues and traversing stunning landscapes by coach, cable car, funicular, train and foot - you will never encounter a dull moment.
Experience the thrill as you board one of Europes steepest and longest funicular and take the winding journey to the Mendola Pass, overlooking Lake Caldero and the many vineyards that cover this region of Italy. Then, come down and pay a visit to one of these vineyards for a wine tasting session in the stunning surroundings as you relive the incredible sights.
Another highlight of this tour is a visit to the breath-taking Lake Garda - Italys largest lake, and the enchanting small town of Limone on its shores. Formed approximately 1.5 billion years ago from glacial movements this area has long been the scene of inspiration for great poets such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gabriele D'Annunzio, and is known as being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.
- Guided walking tour of Bolzano
- Cable car and narrow gauge railway journey on the Renon Mountain
- Journey on the Mendola Funicular Railway
- Tasting of some local wine
- Scenic train Journey from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
- Visit Caldes and Caldes Castle
- A cruise on Lake Garda
- Guided walking tour of Trento
Hotel Miralago, Molveno
A 3 star hotel overlooking Lake Molveno and the beautiful backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains owned by the same family since 1886. This hotel has a bright restaurant overlooking the lake where continental style breakfasts and traditional evening meals are taken. The en-suite mountain view rooms have a hairdryer, phone, safe, TV and free WiFi. Some Lake view rooms are available at a supplement.
Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd
This 3 star Hotel is ideally located for our en-route hotel. Situated in Germany, close to the French border, the hotel has a restaurant and bar, whilst the en-suite rooms are air-conditioned with free Wifi, hairdryer, safe and TV.
Day 1 Begin our Journey
We leave the Travel Centre in the early morning and make our way to Dover for the ferry to Calais and onward journey to the first hotel in the Saarbrücken area.
Day 2 Molveno
An early start for the journey to the magnificent landscape of the Italian Dolomites, and our hotel in Molveno.
Day 3 Bolzano
Today’s excursion is to Bolzano, where we have a walking tour in the city, an historic and artistic treasure where Northern European and Mediterranean styles combine.
From the centre we take a cable car to the Renon Mountain and join the little narrow-gauge railway for a journey along the mountain plateau.
On the return journey look out for the mysterious Earth Pyramids, cone-shaped clay pillars with a boulder on top - they often form rather bizarre shapes!
Day 4 Mendola Funicular
A journey on one of Europe’s Steepest and longest funiculars is the highlight today. We take the funicular to the Mendola Pass, once a summer retreat for Empress Sissi of Austria. The views are stunning as we see the road below, snaking up the mountain as well as the shimmering waters of Lake Caldero, Castles and Vineyards. And talking of Vineyards, we round off the day with some wine tasting!
Day 5 Caldes & Cles
Today we take a scenic valley train journey to Caldes, in an idyllic setting surrounded by colourful apple orchards. We visit the Gothic Castle in this little town and enjoy some free time before continuing by coach to the fruit growing Non Valley and the town of Cles which is overlooked by its castle perched on the top of a peak facing the shores of the Lake Santa Giustina. In the town we visit an historic mansion known for its mid-sixteenth century frescoes.
Day 6 Lake Garda
We head to the largest of Italy’s lakes, Lake Garda, where we cruise the crystal clear waters to the enchanting little town of Limone, hugging the lake shores in a beautiful, Fjord-like setting. There will be time to potter around the waterfront, explore the harbour, stroll along the cobbled promenade or wander through the little streets which wind through the town.
Day 7 Trento
A half day visit to Trento, nestling in a valley overlooked by the peaks of the Dolomites and surrounded by a patchwork of vineyards and apple orchards. We discover the stories of this surprising city, which once belonged to Austria, with a guided tour and explore the its impressive 13th century castle, colourful frescoes, lovely piazzas, and look out for the Rose window at the Cathedral
Day 8 Farewell Italy and on to Saarbrücken
An early morning departure from Molveno and travel to our hotel in the Saarbrücken area
Day 9 Return journey
We continue the return journey, taking the ferry from Calais to Dover and onward to the Travel Centre for arrival in the late evening.
- (00:00) Ashby Market Street
- Outside the Lamb Inn
- (00:00) Leicester St Margaret's Bus Station
- Stand SA
- New Road
- (00:00) Swadlincote Bus Station
- Civic Way Bus Station
- Civic Way
- (09:30) Hugglescote Roberts depot The Limes
- Midland Road
Roberts Platinum Service
- Welcome Platinum pack, to include: Tissues, sweet biscuits, sweets, and savoury biscuits
- Welcome Platinum reception to our Hugglescote Travel centre upon arrival with a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz
- Services of a Roberts Travel Group Representative or Tour Manager
- Selection of complimentary magazines on the coach
- Free soft drinks and water available on the coach where reasonable time allows*
- Free hot drinks and alcohol served when time allows, as described in the itinerary*
- Surprise extra on the itinerary
- Roberts souvenir to keep
- Free secure parking at our Travel Centre in Hugglescote
- Use of our rest facilities and tea & coffee drinks service available at our staffed Travel Centre on the outward journey
- Executive coach travel throughout and free reserved seating for our customers
- All excursions and entrances as described in the itinerary
- Welcome reception at Hugglescote on the day of departure
- Return welcome from Roberts Holidays' staff
- Porterage at the hotel
- Door to Door home pick-up within our designated area