Welcome to our fabulous choice of holidays to Lake Garda in 2012! At Omega Holidays we recognize that our customers will have different needs and priorities. With this in mind, we have put together a selection of fabulous airport, hotel and excursion options which will allow you to tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit you…
Choose your airport
For your convenience, you can fly to Italy from a choice of 12 local airports. Please see pages 8 and 9 for our full complement of departure airports, dates and base prices.
Choose your hotel
We have selected three hotels situated at the North Western end of Lake Garda. All are available on a half board basis. Whether you are looking for convenience of location or somewhere to get away from it all, one of our hotel options is sure to be right for you. Please see the hotel tab for descriptions and any supplements to be added to the base price of your holiday.
Choose your optional excursions
We offer three optional excursions to help you make the most of your time spent in this beautiful part of Italy. A visit to Venice is not to be missed; the trip to Verona is sure to thrill you; and an excursion to the mighty Dolomites gives you a taste of the beauty of this gorgeous landscape.
Further information is detailed below. Of course, you may wish to simply relax and while away the days at your leisure. That’s fine too - after all, this is your perfect holiday!
Spectacular scenery and lively lakeside life on a superb value 8 day holiday with a choice of regional flights…
One of Europe’s most acclaimed beauty spots, sheltered by a stunning backdrop of mountain scenery, Lake Garda is the largest and most popular of the Italian lakes. Pretty lakeside towns tempt you with medieval lanes full of trattorias and boutiques, while the combination of warm sun and crisp mountain air makes it ideal for almost any type of outdoor pursuit. The culture, beauty and pure charm of this region has attracted visitors for centuries, and will make you want to return again and again.
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Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Garda’s alpine scenery, and on the North Western shore of the Lake, this delightful town is tucked away in a sunny cove amidst olive groves and fragrant oleander – it is no wonder visitors return year after year! Limone is also renowned for its old lemon houses – structures built to afford winter protection to the lemon trees grown for commercial purposes from the seventeenth century right up until the 1920s.
During your stay here you will have ample opportunity to explore the resort with its historic Medieval town, narrow cobbled streets, shops, bars, restaurants and beautiful lakeside walks.
The lake steamer makes regular stops here too, making lots of other lakeside towns and villages easily accessible, such as the popular resorts of Malcesine and Riva del Garda.
Riva del Garda
This lovely lakeside town is the second largest on Lake Garda, after Garda itself. Situated on the very North Western tip of the Lake, Riva del Garda is on the southern edge of the
Italian Alps, near the Dolomites. The original settlement is thought to date back to Roman times, and it has been seen as a strategically important town throughout history. Important fortifications from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries still stand in the town and are well worth seeking out.
The combination of a beautiful lake plus a mountainous backdrop make it a stunning place to visit.
The historic part of the town features a variety of fashionable shops, and there are numerous cafés and restaurants along the promenade and near the harbour. There are pebbled beaches on either side of town with a variety of water sports, and bikes may be hired. Regular buses run to Arco, Trento and around the Lake. Boat trips are available daily.
You will be captivated the first time you see Venice, looking just as it did in paintings from hundreds of years ago, stunned by lovely Verona with its historic Roman sites, and awestruck by the majesty of the mighty Dolomites. Each excursion lasts a full day, and includes coach travel and the services of an English-speaking guide. Book your excursions with us before you travel and relax in the knowledge that we will make the arrangements for you.
A world famous city surrounded by canals and in danger of disappearing under rising water levels, Venice must be one of the jewels in the world’s crown. It is one of the most stunning and unusual Italian cities with a rich mix of Eastern Byzantine and Renaissance architecture all contained within 118 tiny islands scattered across the lagoon. The only method of getting around is by foot or on the famous and inexpensive “water buses” where you simply hop on or hop off at each regular stop. A short stroll along the waterside crossing four bridges will take you to St. Mark’s Square. There is ample time in Venice to view the main sights around the square – the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica itself and the Campanile (Clock Tower) – or wander down the Mercuria which is the main shopping area, as far as the Rialto Bridge. If all the sights, the atmosphere and magnificent architecture are not enough to have made your day very special why not visit one of the glass blowing factories – or try to relax a little on a 30 minute gondola ride for which Venice is so famous. We eventually depart this famous city by private boat to our waiting coach ready to take you back to the tranquillity of Lake Garda.
Usually departs on Mondays. £55pp
The cultural city of the Veneto region, Verona is one of the most beautiful Roman cities in Italy. Situated alongside the River Adige, Verona has been important in Northern Italy since Roman times. The historic city offers lots of interesting sites including one of the most complete amphitheatres in the world despite it being over 2000 years old. A walk along Via Mazzini, the main shopping street, will lead you to Via Capello and one of Verona’s most famous landmarks, casa Capuleti with Juliet’s balcony. From here take the opportunity to visit the Piazza delle Erbe (Herb market), or the Piazza dei Signori surrounded by Palazzo Scaligero and the Loggia del Consiglio, one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in Verona. Alternatively relax outside the Caffe Dante in the corner of the square.
Usually departs on Tuesdays. £35pp
The range of mountains known as the Dolomites were formed millions of years ago. Primarily made of limestone, they have been eroding ever since which has formed them into some of the most dramatic, stunning and uniquely-shaped mountains to be found anywhere in the world. Amongst the peaks, often snow-capped and the highest reaching some 3344 metres above sea level, are beautiful lakes and some spectacular views. Our journey will take us through Ora where a stop will be made some 300 metres above the town to give an extensive panoramic view of the Adige Valley below. We continue through the lowlands of the Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme meandering through the quaint South Tyrolean towns of Cavalese, Predazzo and Moene Canazel before reaching the steep climb to the Pordoi pass where we will have time for our optional lunch. After lunch we commence our descent with further opportunities to enjoy yet more panoramic views; this time the Marmolada range and the Sasso Lungo will be the focus of our viewfinder. After a short stop at one of the characteristic old towns of the South Tyrol, we will continue back to your hotel with time to reflect on a most scenic day out.
Usually departs on Fridays. £40pp
Please note of all three excursions were correct at the time of uploading. However, the availability, tour order and content of these excursions may be subject to change due to local conditions, and Omega Holidays reserves the right to make such changes if necessary.
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