Early Bird Offer: Book this trip by June 1 for only 179€!

Departure K-Town: Lake Garda and Verona

Explore the beauty of the Italian Lake Garda & romantic Verona. Sip a tasty cappuccino on Garda’s lakeside promenade watching the glimmering shore, explore the medieval 14th-century castle in Sirmione, and visit Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. 

Let us handle the details

  • Private Bus Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Local Tour Guides

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• 1 night of hotel accommodation in Verona, Italy
• 2 Breakfast buffet
• Guided tours in Riva del Garda, Malcesine, Sirmione & Verona with licensed local guides
• Scenic boat trip around the Sirmione peninsula
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city tax
• Guaranteed departure

Your trip highlights

• You’ll explore three picturesque lakeside towns lining Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy
• You’ll see the world famous house of Julia
• Wine, pasta, pizza—dining is an art form here

 

 

Day 1 (Friday August 30, 2019)
Depart at 9:00 pm from Kaiserslautern and travel along the highway by bus to Riva del Garda in Italy.

Day 2 (Saturday August 31, 2019)
Welcome to Italy! In the morning we arrive in Riva del Garda, a town beautifully surrounded by lofty peaks, situated at the more scenic north end of the lake. After an included breakfast buffet at a restaurant with a panoramic view of Lake Garda, enjoy a full day guided tour of Riva del Garda, Malcesine and the delightful resort of Sirmione – a town at the southern end of the lake. In Sirmione we will enjoy a 30 minute speed boat trip around the peninsula, taking in the gorgeous panoramic views of the region. In the late afternoon, set off to beautiful Verona (only an hour away from Sirmione) and get settled in your hotel. Enjoy a free evening in Verona or add an excursion.

Guided Optional Italian Dinner 35€ pp
End your day with an authentic, four-course dinner at a local restaurant. Save €5 and pay 30€ when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your trip departs (to register please send an email to info@explore-europe.de).

Day 3 (Sunday September 1, 2019)
After an included breakfast buffet, join your local guide on a tour of the “city of love.” Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony. Stroll down Via Mazzini, admiring the marble along the street as you go and visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona Arena, Piazza della Erbe, and Lamberti’s Tower. Later, spend the rest of the day at your leisure before setting off to Kaiserslautern in the evening.

Day  (Monday September 2, 2019)
Estimated time of return in Kaiserslautern: 7:00 am

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by June 1 for only €179 and save €20!
Regular price after June 1 is €199 per adult

Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing. Single room €40 extra.

 

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

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Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

 

Passport and Visa Requirements
Explore Europe enforces the requirement to possess a tourist passport for all trips outside of Germany. Should you come to the departure point and present the incorrect passport, you will be turned away with no refund, per our cancellation policy.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Baggage Allowance
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.

Clothing & Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine
In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for flavorful meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.

Transportation
Included transportation is by private bus.

Electricity
Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Currency
The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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