With crystal clear waters and a stunning mountain backdrop, Lake Garda can rightly claim to be the jewel in the crown of the northern Italian lakes. It is certainly the largest, stretching for over 50 kilometres from the walled town Sirmione in the south to the foothills of the Dolomites in the north. A particularly mild climate favours Mediterranean plants including olive and citrus trees and a profusion of other flora, as we will discover in the wonderful gardens we visit on the shores of the sparkling lake.
We then head north into the dramatic mountains of the Dolomites, where the plants change from Mediterranean to Alpine varieties, which we will seek out on a series of gentle walks in the company of a local specialist guide, with cable cars carrying us silently to the mountain tops. In the brief period after the snow has melted and before autumn returns, a host of delicate Alpine flowers can be found among the peaceful pastures, with just the distant tinkle of cowbells breaking the silence.
Our tour is guided throughout by Italian specialist Kate Williamson, who will share her enthusiasm for this particularly lovely corner of Italy.
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary