Day 1 UK - Verona
Today you'll fly to Verona in the Veneto region of north-east Italy, which is still thriving today. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel, giving you the chance to get to know your travelling companions.
Day 2 Verona
An important Roman city, Verona is still thriving today and plays host to a rich collection of archaeological sites, with perhaps the most impressive being the 15,000-seat Roman Arena. One of Italy's great travel experiences, this ancient amphitheatre is a must-see and you will attend an opera amidst this grandest of settings, which also hosted gladiatorial battles in the 1st century AD.
Our guided tour of Verona includes a visit to the Roman Arena along with all the other important sights. You'll visit Juliet's balcony, the supposed romantic setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and the old Roman Forum. There will be time to admire Castelvecchio, a fortress displaying impressive Gothic architecture, and the lively open-air market in Piazza delle Erbe. Your walking tour ends in an osteria - a traditional restaurant - where you'll get to taste a variety of local specialities with a glass of wine.
This afternoon you are free to make your own discoveries. For splendid views you could climb the steps of St Pietro Castle or maybe admire the elaborate Scaligeri Tombs.
This evening you will return to the Roman Arena for a truly memorable evening of opera.
Day 3 Verona - at Leisure
Today we offer you an optional tour to the prestigious Valpolicella wine region. We'll visit a traditional winery and learn about the unique red Amarone and the special production process- from grape to glass. Your tour concludes with a wine-tasting accompanied by locally produced meats and cheeses.
After dinner this evening, you have the chance to return to the Roman Arena to watch another optional opera performance.
Day 4 Verona - at Leisure
Enjoy a day to explore at your own pace or join our optional excursion to Lake Garda. Highlights include the lakeside resort of Sirmione, dominated by a 13th century castle and home to impressive Roman ruins, and a lake cruise to the town of Bardolino.Meals included: B
Day 5 Verona - UK
We'll transfer to the airport today for our flight back to the UK.
Please note: We want you to make the most of your holiday, so there may be some travel on public transport in certain areas. You will always be accompanied by your Tour Manager on excursions and there won't be an additional cost.