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Verona Opera and Lake Garda Holiday

Break available: 8 July - 4 September 2018
5 days

For those wanting to experience a cultural trip with several days in idyllic surroundings on the lake, this break is hard to beat!

Verona is home to one of the oldest Roman arenas in the world. Every summer from late June to the beginning of September, the doors open and the lavish sets come out, for another season of fantastic operas! We specialise in providing the best seats in the house.

Move onto Lake Garda where you have a wonderful hotel with views over the lake. Here you have a chance to unwind and take life at your own pace.

Verona and Lake Garda are very near to most Italian cities. From Verona it is a short distance to Verona, Florence, Milan, Lake Maggiore, and our favourite – The Siena Palio Race.


  • Attend Arena di Verona Opera in the very best seats (Gold Central Stall Seats)
  • Verona Pass Card providing free access to most museums and churches
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in central 4 star hotels; 2 nights in Verona and 2 nights in Lake Garda with a lake view room
  • Private Airport and hotel Transfers
  • Flexibility to tailor the break to you
  • Flights
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Verona & Private Airport Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Verona and take your private transfer to your chosen hotel in the centre of Verona, within walking distance of the Arena.

Waiting for you at hotel reception will be your opera tickets and your Verona Pass Card. The Verona Pass Card allows free access to many of the local churches and museums. it also comes with a helpful map to help you get your bearings and prioritise the main sights of interest to you.

Rest of day at leisure.

Day 2
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Spend the day exploring Verona. You can enjoy Juliet’s Balcony and Tomb, walk along the battlements at Castelvecchio or visit the various museums and churches all free with your Verona Pass Card.

This evening attend the opera at the Arena di Verona in your Gold Central Stall seats. These are the very best seats in the arena, positioned about halfway back on the ground. With the rows sloping down towards the stage, you have the perfect view of the opera taking place in front of you.

For a flavour of this spectacle please click on the arrow on the photo opposite.

The Verona Opera 2018 schedule runs from 22 June – 1 September, however we only have availability from 8 July – 1 September:

Jul 11, 17, 21
Aug 3, 9, 12, 22, 25, 28, 31

Jul 8, 10, 14, 19, 22, 27
Aug 2, 5, 7, 11, 19, 23, 29
Sep 01

Jul 13, 18, 26

Jul 12, 20, 28
Aug 10, 18

Roberto Bolle & Friends
Jul 25

Special Opera night:
Aug 26

The Barber of Seville
Aug 4, 8, 17, 24, 30

Photos 1-6 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting

For those wine connoisseurs, this is a treat. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £90 for Wine Tasting & Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting & Dinner


Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Meal in the wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

Day 3
Private Transfer to Lake Garda and Evening at Leisure

Mid morning private transfer to your Lake Garda hotel.

Grand Hotel Gardone is a 4 star hotel located near a small town and the pier for those wanting to book the Garda Island boat trip. All rooms have incredible views overlooking the lake.

Spend the rest of your day settling in or enjoy the outdoor pool.

The climate on the lake is much less humid and you have a break from the crowds so you can unwind in style and perhaps a cocktail!

Day 4
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Lake Garda, head into Gardone town, take a taxi to Salo harbour, or  Sirmione; the last of which is positioned on the bottom of the lake. Enjoy the castle and some shopping.

Alternatively opt for one of our optional extras. We would particularly recommend visiting Garda Island with its stunning gardens and villas.

For more information please see below.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lake Garda - Visit Isola del Garda (Garda Island)
  • Lake Garda - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
  • Lake Garda - Byblos Spa Day
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Lake Garda - Visit Isola del Garda (Garda Island)

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. Wander down to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

Arrive back on the mainland and rest of day at leisure.

Price per person From: £40

Garda Island
Aerial shot of Garda Island
Lake Garda

Lake Garda - Villa Novare Wine Tasting

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £280

Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Garden at Villa Novare, Lake Garda

Lake Garda - Byblos Spa Day

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £350

Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Day 5
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

At leisure until your private airport transfer for your flight home at the end of your Verona Opera and Lake Garda Break.

Alternatively, if you wanted to experience more of Italy, please click here for a link of one of the multi Italy breaks we offer.

Price Per Person: From £1,295

What's Included?

  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Firenze – Verona), (Grand Hotel Gardone – Lake Garda)
  • Gold Central Stall seat at Arena di Verona
  • Verona Pass Card
  • Flights from the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)
  • Private Airport and Garda Transfers

Departure airports:
Gatwick everyday
Manchester – Mon, Wed, Sat only (both ways)
London Stansted – Wed & Sat (both ways)
Edinburgh – Wed & Sat only (both ways)

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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Where You'll Stay

Exterior of Hotel Firenze, Verona
Standard room at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Reception at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Breakfast room at Hotel Firenze, Verona

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

The Hotel Firenze is located in Corso Porta Nuova. From this elegant hotel, guests can reach all the most important monuments and touristic places of the city:

the Arena, the House and Tomb of Juliet, the Roman Theatre, Castelvecchio with its unique military bridge and Scaligeri Arches along with the tombs of the medieval Signoria family.

All rooms have recently been refurbished, have air conditioning and bathrooms either with Jacuzzi or shower with steam sauna.

This hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the Arena.

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Exterior for Hotel Accademia, Verona
Superior room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Double standard room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Restaurant at Hotel Accademia, Verona

Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

The Accademia Hotel is in the centre of Verona. The hotel is in the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona, conveniently positioned between the Brà Square with the Arena and Erbe Square with Giulietta's House and balcony.

All rooms are spacious and feature air conditioning.

A breakfast buffet is served every morning and includes both sweet and savoury options. Restaurant Accademia specialises in Veneto food and wine, with meals prepared with fresh local products.

This is our most popular hotel for Verona, which consistently comes out top on fantastic feedback.

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Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Opposite Juliet’s balcony, in the courtyard of her house, this isn't a hotel, but an historical house destined to welcome the most romantic couples and to envelope them in a night of dreams. Il Sogno di Giulietta is a centrally located hotel.

It is now possible to stay in the kingdom narrated by Shakespeare in one of his most famous works, the lovers’ nest par excellence.

The refined rooms are situated on both sides of the residence, some even having a direct view of Juliet’s balcony.

All rooms are luxuriously decorated with antique rugs, magnificent drapes and jacuzzis.

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Lakeside Exterior of Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Superior room with balcony at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Indoor dining at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Outdoor dining at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

Grand Hotel Gardone - Lake Garda (4 Star)

Built in 1884 as the first hotel on Lake Garda, the Grand Hotel Gardone testifies the elegance and style of an era. Amongst the many celebrities that have stayed at the Grand Hotel Gardone are: King George of Saxony, D'Annunzio and Churchill.

The Lakeside Rooms have a splendid view of the lake. Refined cuisine with local specialities can be enjoyed at the pool snack bar, the lakeside Veranda restaurant or a candlelight dinner à la carte on the big terrace. Winnie’s Piano Bar offers the opportunity for a drink and dance after dinner. There is a jetty for motorboats, private beach, new heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, relax beds, massage area, and Wi-fi in all the public rooms.

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Pool at Hotel Olivi, Lake Garda
Classic room at Hotel Olivi, Lake Garda
Pool at Hotel Olivi, Lake Garda
Pool and food at Hotel Olivi, Lake Garda

Hotel Olivi - Lake Garda (4 Star)

Hotel Olivi is a charming hotel in Sirmione. The hotel is situated right in the centre of the historical town of Sirmione, and is a perfect base for exploring the many attractions of Sirmione and the surrounding area.

This charming hotel is framed by a spacious garden of ancient olive trees, which create a quiet peaceful environment in which to relax. Guests will find sundecks and sofas around the large outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel reception area is elegant and refined - the lobby is furnished with colourful - modern sofas and the American bar is a great place to meet people over a drink. This hotel also offers health treatments on request and there is a spa just outside.

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External view of Palace Hotel Villa Cortine, Lake Garda
Double room at Palace Hotel Villa Cortine, Lake Garda
Outside seating area at Palace Hotel Villa Cortine, Lake Garda
Pool at Palace Hotel Villa Cortine, Lake Garda

Palace Hotel Villa Cortine – Lake Garda - (5 star)

The Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, opened as a 5 stars luxury Hotel since 1953. It is where you can come and celebrate the most important anniversaries and occasions to make them precious memories.

All rooms are elegantly furnished with antiques and precious carpets, parquet floor and Venetian glass chandeliers.

All room face the magnificent park.

Through the secular trees there is a breathtaking view of Lake Garda.

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Everything worked brilliantly and our first opera experience was one to remember for ever! It was so very special. A huge part of being able to completely relax and enjoy the holiday was that everything from start to finish with yourselves had been superbly and efficiently arranged. It has been a pleasure dealing with you and having our holiday arranged by you. It helps so much when you know everything has been arranged to such a standard.


I know we discussed on the phone but can confirm that the Opera seats were in a perfect position for us. Grand Hotel Gardone. What a place! As you probably know – very grand – old school – the general vibe was quite like the Ritz (service first class) – stretched out along the shores of the lake!


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