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Walking Lake Garda and the Prosecco Hills

Italy - Trip code LGP Walking and Trekking
Days 8
Deposit From £105
Price from £1045
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

A walking holiday that explores two of the Veneto's most gorgeous locations - Lake Garda and the rolling Prosecco Hills. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Garda's blue waters while hiking on the top of Monte Baldo, ramble through the vineyards and hamlets of Prosecco Country in the foothills of the Dolomites and reward yourself with a tasting of the famous bubbles.

  • Venice and Verona - Time to discover historic Verona and travel by train to magnificent Venice
  • Food and drink - Sample delicious local wines, grappa and other regional produce
  • Lake Ledro - Hike along the Old Ponale Road path to this small gem of a lake
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 7

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

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    Accommodation

    7 nights comfortable hotel

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    Walking grade:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts at Verona Airport; drive to Torbole by Lake Garda, optional walk

Our trip begins in the Arrivals Hall at Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) (also known as Verona Valerio Catullo Airport) at 10.45 am. If you would like to join the complimentary airport transfer today, the latest time your flight can arrive is 10.15 am. We will travel together as a group to the small resort of Torbole at the northern end of Lake Garda, our base for the first three nights of the holiday. The scenery at this, the lake's narrowest end, is some of its most dramatic, with high cliffs plunging almost vertically into the cool blue waters.

This afternoon there is the option of a circular walk on some of the lower slopes above the lake on the Bussate to Tempesta trail. Blessed with a mild climate, they are cloaked in groves of olive trees as well as ilex and oak.

Today's optional eight kilometre walk is expected to take approximately two-and-a-half hours with a total ascent and descent of 420 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Monte Baldo cable car and hike; explore Malcesine

Today we catch a local bus along the lake shore to Malcesine, an old town with picturesque cobbled lanes and a castle, which nestles between the lake and our walking destination today, the impressive Monte Baldo ridge which overlooks Lake Garda at an average altitude of around 1800m. Saving our legs, we take the superfast cable car from the town and enjoy a circular walk on the ridge with spectacular views down to the lake and across to the Alps in the distance beyond. We can have picnic lunch on the mountain before taking the cable car back down to Malcesine. There's time to explore Malcesine and people watch from one of its many charming cafes and bars before travelling back to Torbole. You can opt to take one of the ferries that ply the lake for a different vantage point.

Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent and descent of around 500 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Trek along the Old Ponale Road Path to Lake Ledro

For our final walk at Lake Garda we depart from the hotel and take the lakeside trail to Riva del Garda from where we pick up the Old Ponale Road Path, the original road connecting Lake Garda and the Ledro Valley, that has been closed to traffic since the new highway opened in 1998. The path was partly carved out during the first world war and enjoys some fantastic views of the Lake Garda. Today it's very popular with hikers and bikers. We follow it all the way to Lake Ledro and along the lake shore to the small settlement of Pieve di Ledro. Lake Ledro is around 600 metres higher than Garda, hence the climate here is slightly cooler. From here a public bus takes us all the way back to Torbole.

Today's 16 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of around 600 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Drive to Bassano Del Grappa via Verona; optional Soave wine tasting

Leaving Lake Garda behind us, we drive to the wonderful UNESCO-listed historic city of Verona for some free time to explore and have lunch. Verona reputedly has more Roman ruins than any Italian city other than Rome and also many medieval and renaissance buildings. Three of Shakespeare's plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. We then continue to a nearby vineyard for the chance to enjoy a tasting of one of the Veneto's D.O.P. wines, the dry white Soave.

Our destination for the next three nights is the attractive town of Bassano del Grappa. Situated on the Brenta River, at the point where the flat Veneto plains reach the foothills of the Alps, it takes its name from the nearby Monte Grappa. The town's architecture reflects Bassano's location: typical Veneto-style arcaded streets and piazzas are interspersed with alpine wooden balconies, and some of the hostelries have a decidedly Austrian flavour. Amongst the produce for which Bassano is known is one of the rarest delicacies in Italy, the white asparagus that appears between mid-March and mid-June and which we are sure to sample if our visit is in season. The other is of course the strong grappa liqueur produced in the area.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Hike along the historic Tobacco High Route with Brenta River Valley views

Today's walk heads out directly from Bassano del Grappa along the Alta Via del Tabacco or Tobacco High Route in English, a path used by smugglers to transport the tobacco once cultivated in the area. The trail follows the Brenta River for some distance before climbing to a mid-level route with great views down to the river and back to Bassano. It passes through a number of hamlets before arriving in the town of Campolungo from where we can catch a local bus back to Bassano.

Today's 12 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 600 metres and descent of 250 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Free day to visit Venice by train

Today has been left free; with trains to Venice from Bassano running regularly and taking around an hour, you can enjoy a full day in this magnificent city if you wish. €20.00 will buy you an unlimited boat ticket in the city, allowing you to travel along the Grand Canal or even travel to Murano and Burano to see a quieter side of the city and some of the local glass production.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Walk in Prosecco Hills; prosecco tasting

Today we head through a rolling landscape of vineyard-clad hills in the heart of Prosecco Country, towards Valdobbiebene. Our walk passes through the vineyards with views of the lower valley, and ends at a local winery where we plan to enjoy sampling various types of prosecco. There is even a prosecco without bubbles!

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately five-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 305 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Drive to Verona Airport where trip ends

Departing Bassano this morning we drive to Verona Airport (VRN) where we will arrive at about 8.15 am and this is where the holiday ends. The earliest time you should book a flight to depart today is 10.15 am.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Country information

Italy

Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Lake Garda: Ferry Malcesine to Torbole - €8.00 one way
Soave wine tasting: €10.00
Venice: Train from Bassano del Grappa - €20.00 return ticket.
Unlimited boat travel within city - €20.00

Clothing

Take light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. July and August are the hottest months whilst early and late in the season go prepared with clothing to suit drops in temperature and possible showers. Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights.

Footwear

We recommend you bring lightweight walking boots, make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece and a daypack.

Equipment

A water bottle, sunhat and high factor sunscreen are all essential. Take your walking poles if you normally use them. A torch is useful in the WWI tunnels on the Cima Rocca walk and in case of power cuts or emergencies.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.

Italy

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£5.00 - 10.00
Dinner price
£15.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Italy: Visas are not required by UK, E.U Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

1800

Italy

Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Walking and Trekking information
Walking grade
Moderate
Trek details
Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 5.5 hours. Most trails are well-defined and the terrain is easy underfoot. Total daily ascent averages at around 500 metres.
Max walking altitude (m)
1800
Additional Information

Dates, prices and booking

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
Sun 3 May 2020 - Sun 10 May 2020 Guaranteed departure
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£1045
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FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
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+£210
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
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+£270
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time and place
10:45 at Arrivals Hall
Ending Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time
08:15
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 17 May 2020 - Sun 24 May 2020 Guaranteed departure
LGP_2020
£1045
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FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
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+£170
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
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+£270
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time and place
10:45 at Arrivals Hall
Ending Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time
08:15
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 13 Sep 2020 - Sun 20 Sep 2020 Guaranteed departure
LGP_2020
£1045
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
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+£150
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
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+£270
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time and place
10:45 at Arrivals Hall
Ending Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time
08:15
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 27 Sep 2020 - Sun 4 Oct 2020 Guaranteed departure
LGP_2020
£1045
was Save
FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM
i
+£220
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+£270
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time and place
10:45 at Arrivals Hall
Ending Point
Town
Verona Airport
Time
08:15
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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