If you’re looking to plan something totally different for a romantic getaway, there might not be anything quite as good as taking one of the many train holidays to Lake Garda – Italy’s largest lake and one of its most beautiful.
Lake Garda’s shores are dotted with a variety of towns and villages, steeped in history. Its mild climate makes the area highly suitable for lush vegetation to grow, while the rocky cliff faces that descend into the crystal waters will leave you breathless.
It truly is one of the best places you and your partner can escape to for a little while, and travelling by rail affords you the maximum time to soak all the beauty in. Here are some of the best rail journeys you can take.
Simply Lake Garda 2013
On this tour, you’ll get to spend a night in Paris after arriving on the Eurostar from London. You will then take the train to Italy towards Lake Garda, stopping at the town of Desenzano. There, you’ll board a train to visit the fabulous city of Venice. Enjoy a walking tour here, witnessing St. Mark’s Square, the Giudecca Canal and more.
You will then take a boat across Lake Garda to the beautiful town of Sirmione. After various excursions around the town, the next day you will travel to Desenzano again, for a more in-depth exploration of the town, which will include checking out the market.
This will be followed by a visit to the largest island on Lake Garda, Isola del Garda – accessible only by private boat – with its stunning neo-Gothic villa. After an excursion to beautiful Verona, with the option of travelling further to Milan, the trip will conclude after reaching Strasbourg.
Lake Garda and Gardone Riviera 2013
This trip will allow you to relax at the Savoy Palace Hotel in Gardone Riviera. With Lake Garda as a stunning backdrop, you can use the Riviera as a base to travel from.
On this trip, you’ll have a guided tour of Verona, a visit to the island of Isola del Garda, a day of leisure to travel around the Riviera itself as well as a guided tour of Milan, where you can view Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary The Last Supper.
Also included is a guided tour of Venice, a trip to Colmar, as well as a visit to the wine co-operative in Valpolicella.
Venice Lagoon Cruise and Lake Garda 2013
This trip also includes a cruise through the Venice Lagoon aboard the MS Michelangelo. Enjoy the sights of the beautiful, small islands as well as a tour through Milan and the other sights of Lake Garda.
You will also visit Turin, the beautiful towns of Desenzano and Sirmione on Lake Garda, the Cascina Capuzza Winery, Isola del Garda and plenty more besides.