Lake Garda, Italy
This 4* hotel is situated on the shore of Lake Garda, just one mile from the centre of Bardolino – a pleasant walk along the shore, or the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus service.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy a memorable bridge holiday in the autumn sunshine of Italy after the crowd have departed. Bardolino is a pretty resort town with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Our half board arrangement is based on meals at the Benacus restaurant, serving up delicious dishes inspired by regional traditions and the finest local produce.
Other resort amenities include a heated indoor pool and hydromassage pool, three outdoor pools (weather dependant), the Caesius Thermal Center; offering whirlpools, ozone baths, balneotherapy and thalassotherapy using seawater and the Beauty Centre.
The rooms are complete with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, furnished balcony or terrace, satellite TV, complimentary wi-fi and tea/coffee-making facilities. There lake-view bedroom upgrades available as outlined below. The sole occupancy supplement is £160 for the seven nights.
We will endeavour to satisfy individual requests, but please note these cannot be guaranteed. Holidaymakers requiring wheelchair assistance must confirm this at the time of booking and state the nature of their disability. The same applies for any special meal requirements on the aircraft.
Holiday prices are per person on a half board basis, sharing a twin or double standard room and are inclusive of bridge fees. The prices stated are for twin occupancy of a room and include travel by scheduled BA flight from London Gatwick to Verona Airport (transfer time 45 minutes to the resort).
Lake Garda, in northern Italy, is known for its crystal clear water. At the south end, the town of Sirmione is dominated by the Rocca Scaligera, a fortress with harbor views. The nearby Grotte di Catullo archaeological site includes a Roman villa. On the lake's western shore, in Gardone Riviera, is Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, former home of poet d’Annunzio. The Dolomites frame Riva del Garda, a resort in the north.
Bardolino is an amazingly picturesque town situated South of Garda Town and North of Lazise which has been well known as a tourist resort for over a hundred years. Bardolino wine is cultivated in the green hills behind Bardolino though the traffic-free town is very flat and easy to walk around.
This event will encompass bridge seminars followed by the opportunity to play set hands with the assistance of the experienced team. There will be duplicate bridge sessions every evening as well as some afternoon sessions fitting around the excursions, all played in a friendly atmosphere.
Programme to follow . . .
Bernard Magee is Britain's foremost bridge tutor; he has been leading bridge holidays for nearly twenty years and his reputation continues to grow.
His enthusiasm for the game and his patience with all his clients place him a clear level above other bridge personalities.
He is the author of a large range of interactive software, from beginners bridge to more advanced levels. He has also written a range of bridge books which both instruct and entertain the reader. His newest creation is eight series of live-action seminar recordings that cover 48 different topics.
He is the bridge consultant for the Mr Bridge organisation, writing regularly within all of their publications. He has also written regular articles for most of the country's bridge magazines.
Bernard is married to Helen, a photographer and has a young son, Alfie.
As well as the bridge programme, there is time to relax and there are a number of optional tours available.
Verona needs little introduction – the city of Shakespeare’s ‘star-crossed lovers’ and two gentlemen; and the city of opera, where epic performances are staged in the 20,000-seat Roman Amphitheatre. Our half day excursion (lunch not included) includes a walking tour of Verona’s historic highlights and allows time at leisure to explore this splendid UNESCO World Heritage Centre independently.
Half day • £50 per person
East of Lake Garda is the region of Valpolicella, where winemaking dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Recipient of the prestigious DOC classification, Valpolicella produces a variety of wines, a selection of which we taste in beautiful surroundings. The world class extra virgin olive oils of Lake Garda are so fragrant and delicious that they may be tasted like wine – we sample them for ourselves in Bardolino, the 'Olive Riviera'.
Half day • £31 per person
Visit two charming resort towns on the southern shore of Lake Garda. Desenzano has a rich artistic and archaeological heritage, with well-preserved Roman antiquities, grand Baroque palaces and an imposing medieval castle to admire. And postcard-perfect Sirmione, set spectacularly on a narrow peninsula and beloved by generations of writers, is famed for the healing properties of its thermal waters.
Half day • £52 per person
Holiday prices are per person on an all inclusive basis, sharing a twin or double standard room and is inclusive of bridge fees. The prices stated are for twin occupancy of a room and include travel by scheduled BA flight from London Gatwick to Faro Airport (transfer time 45 minutes to the resort). Regional flights are available as detailed later on.
We will endeavour to satisfy individual requests, but please note these cannot be guaranteed and previous clients will need to advise us of specific room numbers if they wish to occupy the same room. Holidaymakers requiring wheelchair assistance must confirm this at the time of booking and state the nature of their disability. The same applies for any special meal requirements on the aircraft.
The price includes BA flights from London Gatwick.
18 October 2019 London Gatwick (LGW) / Verona (VRN) 07:35 / 10:40
25 October 2019 Verona (VRN) / London Gatwick (LGW) 11:30 / 12:35
When the programmed flights are full we will endeavour to obtain seats with another airline, but there may be a flight supplement.
Fuel surcharges: Holiday prices currently include a fuel surcharge. Should fuel prices change we reserve the right to add a variable fuel surcharge.
Authentic Adventures are able to book regional flights with low cost airlines on your behalf subject to availability from Birmingham.
18 October 2019 Birmimgham (BHX) / Verona (VRN) 06:35 / 9:40
25 October 2019 Verona (VRN) / Birmimgham (BHX) 10:05 / 11:20
This may incur an additional cost. If you would like to fly from another regional airport which is not listed, please telephone for details. Due to the nature of low cost airlines, flight prices can vary. You will be advised of the cost at the time of booking. Payment for these flights would need to be made in full at the time of paying your deposit.
Sole Occupancy Supplement: £160 for the seven nights.
In-land view: included.
Lake view: £375 per room for the seven nights.
To make a booking please call my office on 01483 489961 and my staff will be able to assist. You need to ensure that you have read and are happy to agree to Authentic Adventures Essential Terms and Conditions and have your passport details to hand. Authentic Adventures will then confirm your booking and also send you the necessary travel documents prior to travel.
This holiday is operated in conjunction with Authentic Adventures (ATOL 3552).