Gastro Garda: Stratton’s Secrets!

Lake Garda is a familiar destination for many & Italy is known for great food and wine! In my new tour I take you on a tasty journey to the hidden treasures and gems in and around Lake Garda and you’ll get to meet some of my very good and long term friends, among them Alessandro Redaelli De Zinis, owner of the family’s 500 year old historic wine estate, where you will enjoy a fantastic wine tasting and of course Fabio, a local farmer and landowner who runs an authentic eatery who will deliver an outstanding blow out lunch – what a way to end the tour!
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Bardolino Driver’s Day Off
We spend today at leisure in lovely Bardolino, enjoying its scenic medieval centre teeming with bars and cafés. Take a ferry to nearby Lazise - a hidden gem of a beautiful historic walled town. One of my favourite places there for lunch is Trattoria ‘Da Oreste', a charming lakeside restaurant with stone vaulted ceilings serving up ‘risotto alla tinca’ (tench risotto), their flagship dish!

Day 3 Borghetto sul Mincio & Mantua
Today we head south following the river Mincio to one of Italy’s loveliest villages - Borghetto sul Mincio. We have time to stretch the legs and enjoy a cappuccino overlooking Borghetto’s scenic weir and river before we continue to the stunning city of Mantua. Lesser known than Verona, Mantua boasts a fine medieval centre which is easy to walk around and is home to one of the finest Ducal Palaces in Italy belonging to the Gonzaga family. There are plenty of cafés and shops plus small characterful restaurants tempting visitors with the local Mantuan specialities ‘tortelli con la zucca’ (ravioli stuffed with pumpkin) and ‘sbrisolona’ (biscuit cake with almonds).

Day 4 Wine Tasting & Salo
This morning we drive into the beautiful Valtenesi countryside until we reach Cantine Redaelli De Zinis where we indulge in some delicious wine tastings plus a brief visit to the cellars. From here we continue to the delightful lakeside town of Salo, which boasts the longest promenade in all of Lake Garda. We enjoy free time and lunch in this historic location.

Day 5 Sirmione & Blowout lunch
This morning we visit the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Lake Garda - the peninsular of Sirmione with its lovely moated castle and medieval centre. From here we travel into the countryside which bore witness to many battles. We discover the small chapel at San Martino della Battaglia which pays homage to this epic period of history with its astonishing 'ossary' before we continue into the hills to ‘Trattoria da Arturo’. We will enjoy some of the best hand-made pasta we have ever tasted ‘bigoli al ragu’ with some superb grilled meats washed down with plentiful home-made wine - a relaxing and authentic Italian experience!

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Parc Hotel Gritti

Bardolino, Lake Garda
AAAA Lakeside Location
This outstanding 4 star lakeside hotel is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens and is a 10 minute walk from the old centre of Bardolino. The Parc Hotel Gritti has a modern style and the feel and facilities of a first class ‘self-contained’ holiday resort. All 297 bedrooms have a TV and hairdryer. There is a large outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace, sun beds and pool bar and the large restaurant overlooks the gardens. There is also an indoor swimming pool, gym and fitness centre. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge

Parc Hotel Gritti

Bardolino, Lake Garda
5 Nights Half Board
May & End of Oct 2019 Twin from £354pp
End Sept - beginning of Oct 2019 Twin from £439pp
Jun & beginning Sept 2019 Twin from £489pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £105
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome gift in room
• Choice of menu on 4 nights
• Speciality meal with choice of main & dessert on 1 night
• Tea & cake daily 16.00 - 17.00 hrs
• Live musical entertainment in piano bar on some evenings
• Wine Tasting at Cantine Redaelli De Zinis
• 3 course lunch with wine at Trattoria Da Arturo
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Prices starting from...

£354 for 6 days

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Features of this tour

  • Wine Tasting at Cantine Redaelli De Zinis

  • 3 course lunch with wine at Trattoria Da Arturo