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Little Trains of the Dolomites

21 to 28 June
Italy

A seven-night half-board holiday based at Hotel Miralago in Molveno, a charming small town is located on the shores of Lake Molvena at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, 25 miles north-west of Trento. Perfect for lovers of nature, culture and history, the town itself has a 13th century church and a working watermill as well as water sports on the lake. Our itinerary takes us to historic towns, wine-tasting, mountain railways, lake cruises and, of course, beautiful mountain scenery.

We begin in Bolzano, with its medieval historic centre, using both a cable car and a scenic mountain railway to reach the dramatic Earth Pyramids. Another mountain railway on the following day, as we reach the 1,362-metre-high Mendel Pass. We finish the day at a winery, where we will have the opportunity to taste some of their wines. Our Dolomites adventure continues with a trip to Lake Garda and Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento. Monte Isola is one of the largest inhabited islands in Southern Europe, and we have cruise on Lake Iseo with the chance to visit it. Lake Iseo is definitely one of Italy’s best kept secrets.

This is a half-board holiday. Each day we return to our hotel in Molveno in time for dinner, which is served in the hotel, and includes drinks with our meal.

If you enjoy mountain scenery, then this is the holiday for you, with a mixture of scenic railways, lake cruises and exploring medieval towns.

Your Tour Manager for this trip is David, who lives in Lisbon. Should you have any queries about the itinerary or if you wish to have a chat with him about the trip, please feel free to e-mail him on david@ptg.co.uk.

Highlights

  • Mountain scenery of the Dolomitic Alps
  • Boat trip on beautiful Lake Iseo to Monte Isola
  • Monumental complex of Buonconsiglio Castle
  • Rack railway to the Mendel Pass
  • Renon narrow-gauge railway
  • Lake Garda
  • All nights in the same hotel with dinner

UPDATE: We can now offer a 11-day option from Edinburgh, Manchester, London Gatwick or London Stansted going out to Verona on 20 June and returning on 30 June using direct Jet2 flights and three nights at a fine hotel in central Verona (one pre-tour night and two post tour nights).

Itinerary

Thursday 21st June (D) Several flight options from the UK with direct flights to Verona. Overland travel is possible too. Transfer to Hotel Miralago in Molveno, our home for the week.

Friday 22nd June (B,D) This morning we travel north to the town of Bolzano. Here we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour around the medieval historic centre. Bolzano is the gateway to the Dolomites mountain range of the Italian Alps. After time for lunch, we take the cable car up to Soprabolzano. This 10-15-minute journey affords wonderful views of the mountainous landscape around us. On arrival at Soprabolzano, we catch our train on the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collalbo. This metre-gauge railway, dating from 1907, is one of South Tyrol’s treasures, as well as being an important part of public transport in the area. We return to the hotel by coach, visiting the Earth Pyramids on the way. These earth pyramids are a phenomenon caused by erosion. When dry, the material is as hard as rock but, when wet, it becomes a clay-like mush which flows into the valley.

Saturday 23rd June (B,D) We begin our day with a short journey to San Antonio Mendola where a local guide leads us on a short walking tour. From there we climb over 850 metres on the rack railway to Mendel Pass. This railway has a maximum gradient of 64%, and even has two drawbridges that we pass over. We have free time for lunch, and in the afternoon, we visit a winery near Mezzacorona where we will have an informative guided visit and of course the opportunity to taste their produce. Mezzacorona lies at the foot of the majestic Italian Dolomites.

Sunday 24th June (B,D) This morning we transfer by coach to the railway station at Mezzolombardo, for our 45-minute rail journey northwards to Caldes. From the train, we have views of the Dolomites and some of the castles that are in this area. On arrival at Caldes, we visit one of those castles. Free time for lunch, before going to the small town of Cles. The town is famous for an important archaeological find, the Tavola Clesiana, dating to the year A.D. 46. Cles, and the Val di Non, are also well known for their apples. Melinda is the brand name given to high quality apples exclusively grown in the Val di Non valley, and you will see many apple trees in the town.

Monday 25th June (B,D) Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is our destination this morning. The narrower northern part of the lake is surrounded by mountains from the Monte Baldo range, while in the south, the wider part of the lake is surrounded by morainic hills that were left after the melting of the glacier. Flourishing vegetation – mainly olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees – along with majestic landscapes make this lake the most charming in Italy. Nearby is the Bell of Miravalle, one of the biggest bells in the world that rings. It was cast in Trento in 1924 from the bronze from cannons from 19 countries that took place in the First World War as a witness to peace and a stern warning against war, in memory of the dead of any war. In 1965, it was placed on the Colle di Miravalle hill in Rovereto. At the end of the afternoon we visit Buonconsiglio Castle, the largest and most important monumental complex of the Trentino Alto Adige region. It was the residence of the prince-bishops of Trento from the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, and is composed of a series of buildings from different eras, enclosed by walls and positioned slightly higher than the city.

Tuesday 26th June (B,D) We reach another lake this morning, Lake Iseo, a lake of outstanding natural beauty, with its lush green mountains surrounding the crystal-clear lake. Definitely one of Italy’s best kept secrets, it really is the gem of the north of the country, in an area with vineyards, monasteries and medieval castles. We will have a boat trip on the lake today, sailing to Monte Isola. Despite being one of the largest inhabited islands in Southern Europe, there are no cars on it, giving it a real sense of idyllic peace and calmness. We will have a short guided visit here, with free time too for our own exploration. Return to our hotel at the end of the day.

Wednesday 27th June (B,D) The last day of our holiday is a free day for you to explore on your own. Perhaps you wish to relax by the lake, hire a rowing boat or simply soak up the beautiful mountain air and scenery. Or head up into the mountains on the cable car that leaves a short distance from the hotel. The first route rises 460 m to Pradel, with a further 180 m rise on the second, to over 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above sea level, with stunning mountain views from the moment you set out. The day is yours, and our local guide will also offer suggestions depending on your abilities and interests.

Thursday 28th June (B) This morning we return to Verona Airport for our flights home.

To enjoy this tour to the full, you will need to be able to walk short distances, but there are also walking tours. Some stations in Italy have low platforms.

Hotels

Hotel Miralago in Molveno (7 nights)

Flights

EZ8449 13.15 London Gatwick to Verona (arriving 16.20)
EZ8950 16.50 Verona to London Gatwick (arriving 17.50)

11 day trip from Edinburgh:

20 June: LS-839 14.45 Edinburgh to Verona (arr 18.25)
30 June: LS-840 19.45 Verona to Edinburgh (arr 21.30)

11 day trip from Manchester:

20 June: LS-985 15.10 Manchester to Verona (arr 18.30)
30 June: LS-986 19.30 Verona to Manchester (arr 20.50)

11 day trip from London Stansted:

20 June: LS1673 16.00 London Stansted to Verona (arr 19.10)
30 June: LS1674 20.40 Verona to London Stansted (arr 21.55)

11 day trip from London Gatwick:

20 June: EZ8449 13.15 London Gatwick to Verona (arriving 16.20)
30 June: EZ8950 16.55 Verona to London Gatwick (arriving 17.55)

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Holiday Prices

  • Full 8-day holiday including flights from UK: £1,299
  • Full holiday joining/leaving in Milan: £1,099
  • Special 11-day holiday from Gatwick: £1,600 in double/twin, £1,920 in a single
  • Special 11-day holiday from Stansted: £1,650 in double/twin, £1,970 in a single
  • Special 11-day holiday from Edinburgh: £1,699 in double/twin, £2,019 in a single
  • Special 11-day holiday from Manchester: £1,750 in double/twin, £2,079 in a single

Options

  • Single Room supplement: £120
  • Overland from St Pancras: POA

Deposit

  • With flights: £500
  • Own flights: £300

Price Includes

  • All travel and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Good quality en-suite accommodation
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary: B = breakfast, D = Dinner
  • Services of our Tour Manager. Holiday is fully escorted
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