At the foot of the Alps about half-way between Venice and Milan in the north of the country, lies Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy and a popular holiday spot, being close to both Verona and Venice
The following excursions should be available during your holiday, although the content and availability may change from time to time due to weather, local conditions and demand. Please see your Saga representative for full details of which excursions are available during your stay.
See the picturesque villages clinging to the hillsides above the lake, dominated by the bell-towers of their churches, and look for terraces planted with lemon trees.
You sail from Salo to Sirmione, with its spectacular castle.
The order of visits and route may vary, depending on seasonal changes to ferry timetables.
Venice has long been the inspiration of artists and writers alike, from Lord Byron to Thomas Mann. Everything is built on and surrounded by water. Byzantine and gothic style palaces and the Palladian churches illustrate the grandeur of Venice's past, when it was the capital of a wealthy independent Republic.
There will be a short orientation walk with a local guide to show you the principal sights around St Mark's Square, including St Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the majestic facade of the Doges’ Palace. Afterwards, you have free time to stroll, shop for hand-blown glass, or maybe even hire a gondola for a short ride. No entrances to museums or art galleries are included.
Please be aware this is a long full-day excursion, and that all sightseeing is on foot. During severe weather, some areas of Venice may be flooded, and access to buildings and monuments may be restricted.