Review: Lake Garda All Inclusive
Escorted Tour - Coach
Bella Italia with Ledger Holidays
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Having previously traveled with Ledger on a Rhine cruise and enjoyed it thoroughly we decided to go on their Italian Coach Tour to Lake Garda, Verona and Venice.
We picked up promptly by our feeder coach at M1 Services at Leicester Forest East. Then down to change to our coach for the rest of the trip. This all went very smoothly and we met our two very friendly and professional drivers who were man and wife.
The coach was impressive with reclining leather seats and good leg room. It turned out to be one of Legers Silver Service coaches, even though we had not paid for Silver Service. Our two drivers were excellent during the trip, and we could not fault them at all.
The trip was long, we stayed overnight in a small town in Belgium near the motorway. Next day on our way to Italy and Lake Garda.
Although we had visited Italy many times we had not been to the Lake’s so we were really looking forward to it.
We arrived quite late, about 9.30pm at the Hotel Zanelli in Nago, which is a small village, overlooking the shores of Lake Garda. We were welcomed by the owners who are father and two brothers and promptly checked in and provided with a light meal of soup, and cold meats and cheeses. As it was all inclusive holiday the red wine went down a treat a great start to a wonderful holiday in Italy.
Up fairly early today for a trip to Limone on the shores of Lake Garda, we caught a small ferry boat in Riva Del Garda which took us across the lake to Limone. What a beautiful site the lake is from the water and the crew of the boat pointed out places of interest on the way. Limone is a big tourist spot and was very crowded, but we enjoyed it and stopped for a snack, ice cream and a couple of glasses of red wine. What more could we want, beautiful scenery, sun shining and Italian hospitality.
Well they are all going to Venice, but having been there before we decided to spend the day doing what we wanted to. We caught the local bus for 4 Euro’s return for both of us and went down to Torbole on the lake side. This is a very small town with plenty of water sports, such as wind surfing, yachting, canoe mountain biking. We walked around the lake and then did a bit of shopping, great leather goods and Italian glass. We stopped at one of the restaurants in the square and had a massive pizza, I commented how large it was and the waiter said it was only a baby, Wow. Returning back on the local bus we felt that this had been a wonderfully satisfying day.
We went with the coach again today, and toured the shores of Lake Garda. Stopping every now and then for a walk around or coffee. Each small town is very different to the next and all have wonderful scenery, food and ice cream. Lunch was taken in Simone, which apart from the Castle, and the massive choice of ice cream, we didn’t find it special. Far to crowded and expensive, with no where to sit except at the restaurants tables.
After yesterday we decided to give today’s coach trip to Verona a miss, and instead take a walk down to Torbole by the original road that the first Italians used when they built the village. We were instructed on where it was by one of the hotel owners, and even the light rain could not deter us. The walk is not for the faint hearted or those with mobility problems. It is made up of very large uneven cobbles, and skirts the very high cliffs of this area. At one point we had a sheer cliff face to our right and a sheer drop into the vineyards below on our left, the rain also made the path sloppy. It was both uphill and down hill. We came to a bend where a sign said Beware of Rock falls, and sure enough the path was almost blocked by one. I felt slightly uneasy, especially when looking up, to find we were almost under the overhang of the cliff. But there was no way I was going back so we carried on. Relieved we eventually saw some houses and could hear traffic. And amazingly we came out at the side of the restaurant we had stopped at two days ago, only this time it was closed but the one next to it was open. After a good lunch we decided that as the rain was now heavy we would catch the local bus back. We both agreed that this was one of the best days we had has not only had we seen something of the real Italy, we had sampled the local food and met some very nice people.
We left for home the next day, but we have very fond memories of our coach tour to Lake Garda with Ledger and would not hesitate to go with them again.
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