Stunning Views

Join us as we discover the stunning shores of Lake Garda on this walking holiday in Northern Italy. With three included walks we can seek out some of the area’s most beautiful vistas whilst leaving us plenty of free time to relax or explore this fascinating region further.

Captivating Lake Garda has attracted the rich and the famous to its shores for many years. At 370 sq km, it’s the largest of the Italian lakes, spanning three of Italy’s most beautiful regions Lombardy, Trentino, Veneto. The scenery has a Mediterranean feel to it, with vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards dominating the landscapes, mainly due to the region’s uniquely mild microclimate.

Our three leisurely half-day walks will take us through the region’s stunning landscapes, and there will be time in between to explore further; take a stroll along the resort’s delightful promenade or ferry-hop inbetween the lake’s charming, colourful towns. Alternatively, do nothing more than enjoy leisurely lunch on its shores watching the world go by!

Typical Lakeside Town To Visit

Garda/San Vigilio/Torri del Benaco
This walk takes us firstly along the stunning shores of Lake Garda, until we reach the magnificent Villa Canossa. We continue to San Vigilio, to admire the stunning ancient villa, host to royalty, nobility and film stars. The route rises to a panoramic spot above the legendary Baiadelle Sirene, before entering the woods where there are still Bronze Age ancient graffiti carvings to admire. From here, a panoramic walk takes us to Scaligero Castle, where we will enjoy lunch at a local trattoria before taking a relaxing ferry ride back to Garda.

 

Tour of the ‘Rocche
Our walk rises gently uphill to the ancient monastery at Rocca San Giorgio. From here the trail enters the woods leading to the beautiful viewpoint at Rocca Vecchia. From here a stepped trail leads us back to base, passing statue of the Madonna, constructed to protect the town of Garda.

 

 

Val dei Mulini/Costermano
This charming walk passes through the beautiful Valle dei Mulini before we reach the small hamlet of Castion Veronese, location of the stunning Villa Pelligrini Cipolla (1760). From here the route takes us to the picturesque villages of San Veroloand Costermano, from where we return downhill to Garda.

 

Hotel Cortina

Our comfortable hotel has an enviable position in Garda, just 300 yards from the lake itself.

Facilities include

Hotel facilities include a small terrace for relaxing, a lounge and a bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Rooms include

The small guest rooms have a double bed. For more space there are twin rooms for sole occupancy, at a supplement. All have a safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, air-conditioning, telephone and minibar.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hour

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours 30 minutes

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb 08°C, Mar 10°C,
Apr 13°C, May 17°C,
Jun 20°C, Jul, Aug 24°C,
Sep 20°C, Oct 17°C,
Nov 11°C, Dec 8°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Verona Airport to our hotel is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour , depending on weather and traffic.

Walking programme
Three half day guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 8 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain.

  • Val dei Mulini/Costermano
  • Length approx 12 km - medium terrain
  • Tour of the 'Rocche'
  • Length approx. 8 km - easy terrain.
  • Garda/San Vigilio/Torri del Benaco
  • Length approx. 9 km, mostly easy terrain

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is important that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive.

The weather, even in summer, is unpredictable – particularly in mountainous areas. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

More to Explore
Listed below are a few of the optional tours which may be on offer to you during your holiday. The prices quoted should be used as a guideline only and operation of all excursions is subject to a minimum number of participants. Full details of all the tours available and the exact amounts will be given at your Information Meeting as the prices will be dependant on the number of people wishing to take the trip. Your Tour Leader will book the excursions for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Half day cycling tour of the local vineyards - 40€

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
May 22 ºC, June 26ºC, Sep 23ºC, Oct 20ºC

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
12 Sep 2018 19 Sep 2018 7 All Ages £ 985 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

 

What's included:

  • Return flights London Gatwick/ Verona with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 3 guided half-day walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Solos Board:

  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • Lunch at Torri del Benaco with ¼ litre wine

What’s extra:

  • Tourist Tax, €1 per day approx
  • Insurance see here

Optional excursions*:

  • Half day cycling tour to local vineyards
    *Subject to availability

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum: 
    22°C May 26°C June 23°C Sep

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 8 to 12km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential

NB:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 

 

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