SMART TOUR 05 - VERONA, VALPOLICELLS, LAKE GARDA, & DOLOMITES

New for 2019 - Travel along the Venetian countryside to Verona, a romantic setting used in the tale of Romeo and Juliet. While in Verona explore the Arena di Verona, a historic Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra, followed by a visit to the market square, Piazza dei Signori. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the lovely architecture throughout this medieval city, which can be seen throughout the buildings, courtyards, and monuments. Continuing on, we will travel to Merano, the northern Italian Region bordering Switzerland. We stop in Valpolicella, a place famous for its wine vineyards and Romanesque, stone, churches. We will enjoy a wine tasting before continuing on to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, where we can admire the view of the deep blue water in contrast with the brilliant green or white of the Alps. Enjoy some time to independently discover the breathtaking beauty of Merano, a vibrant town, known for its spacious parks and botanical gardens, surrounded by the Alps. We continue our journey to Asiago, where we enjoy enchanting landscapes which host majestic green forests, and onto Bassano Del Grappa, a small Italian village that lays at the base of the Alps. Savor the food and beverages that this quaint town has to offer, before returning back to Venice.

SMART TOUR 05 - VERONA, VALPOLICELLS, LAKE GARDA, & DOLOMITES

New for 2019 - Travel along the Venetian countryside to Verona, a romantic setting used in the tale of Romeo and Juliet. While in Verona explore the Arena di Verona, a historic Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra, followed by a visit to the market square, Piazza dei Signori. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the lovely architecture throughout this medieval city, which can be seen throughout the buildings, courtyards, and monuments. Continuing on, we will travel to Merano, the northern Italian Region bordering Switzerland. We stop in Valpolicella, a place famous for its wine vineyards and Romanesque, stone, churches. We will enjoy a wine tasting before continuing on to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, where we can admire the view of the deep blue water in contrast with the brilliant green or white of the Alps. Enjoy some time to independently discover the breathtaking beauty of Merano, a vibrant town, known for its spacious parks and botanical gardens, surrounded by the Alps. We continue our journey to Asiago, where we enjoy enchanting landscapes which host majestic green forests, and onto Bassano Del Grappa, a small Italian village that lays at the base of the Alps. Savor the food and beverages that this quaint town has to offer, before returning back to Venice.

Smart Tour -Verona, Valpolicells, Lake Garda, & Dolomites

Tour Highlights

  • Daily departures designed for parties from 2-6 passengers - perfect for family and friends traveling! (Can be priced for larger groups as needed).
  • The perfect combination of small group touring and private touring.
  • Visits to: Verona, Valpolicella, Lake Garda, and Dolomites
  • 24/7 Concierge, as well as 24/7 Celtic Help Line as needed.

Smart Tour Includes

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 nights in the Venice countryside
  • 1 night in Verona
  • 2 nights in Merano
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Private walking tour of Verona
  • Driver guided tour "Valpolicella & Lake Garda". Pick up in Verona and drop off in Merano
  • wine tasting in Valpolicella
  • Driver guided tour "Asolo and Bassano del Grappa". Pick up in Merano and drop off in Venice countryside

Hotel Options

  • Verona: Giberti, Mastino
  • Merano: Hotel Aurora
  • Venice Countryside: Villa Marcello

Additional Notes

Arrival and departure transfers are not included but may be optionally booked. City Taxes at hotels is not included and would be paid directly at hotels. Blackouts apply during special events, celebrations, Easter, Carnivals and Fairs.

Blackouts apply during special events, celebrations, Easter, Carnivals, and Fairs.


Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL

Arrive at Venice Airport where a transers awaits. Transfer from Venice Airport to your hotel. Overnight in a elegant villa in the charming Venetian countryside.

Day 02: VICENZA & VERONA

After breakfast, meet your driver and transfer to Verona. En route stop in Vicenza and free time the explore the city of Palladio. Continue to Verona and check in at hotel. In the afternoon, discover the city with your private guide. We’ll start our exploration of Verona with Roman Arena and then continue to Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square, Piazza dei Signori . You’ll have plenty of time to admire the many monuments, inside courtyards, the architecture as well as the hidden spots and streets of Verona. The city was celebrated by Shakespeare, the setting for Romeo and Juliet and where the Capello family lived. We’ll visit the courtyard of the House of Juliet . Verona is a city with lots of choices to enjoy a wonderful meal. Make sure to try the local specialties, polenta with anchovies, tortellini Valeggio, great risottos and gnocchi. Overnight in Verona. (B)

Day 03: VALPOLICELLA & LAKE GARDA

After breakfsat, meet your driver guide at hotel in Verona and transfer to Merano, in Alto-Adige, the northern Italian region bordering Switzerland. Your first stops are in Valpolicella. The countryside of Verona is enchanting. Valpolicella is famous because of its vineyards and wine , but also because of its aristocratic villas, its Romanesque churches and its stone and marble quarries. We will take you to one of these country villas to admire the architecture and landscape and you can also taste the different wines from this area. We’ll enjoy a wine tasting in a typical Valpolicella Wine Estate. We’ll then drive north along the eastern shore of the lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, a view of deep blue water in contrast with brilliant green and white of the Alps. Vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees are grown throughout the region and the wines and olive oil produced here are excellent. Beautiful small villages are spread out along the coast: Bardolino, Garda, Brenzone, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco. The medieval castles, the Romanesque churches, the small harbours filled with colored fishing boats and the variety of flowers and trees you will see will enchant you. Arrive late afternoon in Merano. Overnight in Merano. (B)

Day 04: FREE DAY, MERANO & THE DOLOMITES

After breakfast you’ll have the day free to discover the breathtaking beauty of Merano, a vibrant spa town, surrounded by the Alps. It’s known for its spacious parks, spas, easy walking routes, botanical gardens and waterways. Linger and enjoy the green and pleasant atmosphere of the old town. The region of Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol was part of Austria until 1918 and the language that you’ll hear is often German. Overnight in Merano. (B)

Day 05: ASIAGO, BASSANO DEL GRAPPA AND THE VENETO TRAILS

Driver guided tour to Asiago and Bassano del Grappa with drop off in Vicenza. The Asiago Plateau rises to an altitude of 3,281 feet . This enchanting landscape hosts green forests that are completely covered by the wintertime snow . A precipitous road, with ten hairpin turns along the way – climbs upward from the plain offering up a magnificent scenery of vast fields, villages decorated by high bell towers and a crown of peaks in the backdrop. Bassano del Grappa is a small but beautiful Italian village known for wonderful Palladian architecture and unique foods and wines. The city lies at the foothills of the Alps, where the Brenta river emerges from the southern end of the Brenta valley and begins its traverse of the lowlands past Vicenza and Padua on its journey to the Adriatic. The town is famous for the “grappa”, made from distilling the remains from the winemaking process. You’ll arrive late in the afternoon onto the Venice mainland, where you return to the Venice countryside. (B)

Day 06: VENICE - U.S.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Venice Airport for your return flight home. (B)

 

Note: Celtic Tours can arrange pre/post nights in Rome or other parts of Itlay to extend your smart tour or combined this smart touring with our other smart tour offers, found on our website at: www.celtictours.com

Rates & Hotels

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.

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Smart Touring - Verona, Valpolicells, Lake Garda & Veneto Villages

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Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked via our call center only at this time. Rates for based on 2 - 6 passengers are as follows:

Items not noted on itineraryThis tour does not include:

  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Transfers
  • City Tax to be paid locally

Airfare

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Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

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