Little Trains of the Dolomites

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3 Jun 2018 - 18 Sep 2018
Duration: 8 or 9 nights departing 3rd June or 9th September
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Journey along hidden mountain railways and wander along the shores of sparkling lakes as we explore the highs and lows of northern Italy on this exciting holiday by rail. Staying on the shores of Lake Molveno, the largest lake in Italy, we are in the perfect place for enjoying quiet days by the water while our included excursions will reveal some unforgettable sights. The first takes you up the Mendola mountain ridge as we travel along one of the steepest funicular railways in Europe. You can then marvel at the dazzling Dolomites as we climb the Renon mountain using a combination of modern cable car and historic narrow gauge railway. We also travel by train along the shores of Lake Iseo, surrounded by soaring mountains - it’s a magnificent sight.

DAY 1: LONDON – MUNICH

We journey by Eurostar from London to Paris and continue to Munich in southern Germany, where we check in at our overnight hotel.

DAY 2: MUNICH – BRENNER PASS – DOLOMITES

Today we leave Munich and cross the German Austrian Border at Kufstein before travelling through the Austrian Tirol to Innsbruck. From Innsbruck this scenic journey climbs the Brenner Pass over the Alps to around 3,000 feet before descending to the South Tirol of Italy, taking in more stunning views before disembarking at Trento. After a short transfer to your hotel there’s time to settle in and explore Lake Molveno before your evening meal.

DAY 3: BOLZANO & RENON NARROW GAUGE MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

Our excursion takes us by cable car from Bolzano to the village of Soprabolzano, which nestles on a high plateau on the Renon mountain. The scenery here is amazing, with undulating meadows, woods and superb views of the Dolomites. Next we join the Renon Railway to Collalbo. This little train is over 100 years old, but it still carries passengers elegantly and easily across the plateau. On our return to Bolzano you have some free time to explore the historic centre, which has Italian, Austrian and German influence. The rest of the afternoon is spent in Molveno, a picturesque mountain village on the northern shores of Lake Molveno, the second largest lake in the area.

DAY 4: MENDOLA MOUNTAIN FUNICULAR

Today we venture into the South Tirol of the Dolomites for a return journey on the Mendola Funicular Railway. This is one of the longest and steepest railways of its kind throughout Europe, and offers spectacular views as it climbs 1,363 metres up to the Mendola Pass. After our trip you have some free time in Caldaro. Highlights include the market square and the lake, which is believed to be the warmest in the Alps. We then spend the rest of day in Madonna di Campiglio, an elegant town that nestles at an altitude of 1,550 metres between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella.

DAY 5: THE CASTLE TRAIN

Sit back and relax as we join the ‘Castles Train’ for a journey on line ‘700’ between Mezzolombardo and Caldes with spectacular views of the Dolomites and castles along the way. On arrival in Caldes we will take a guided tour of this beautiful little village before travelling by coach to the village of Cles and onto our hotel in Molveno.

DAY 6: LAKE GARDA & TRENTO

This morning our excursion takes us to Riva del Garda, a bustling town located at the northern end of Lake Garda with a backdrop of lake, valley and mountains rising either side. You can take a stroll at leisure along its atmospheric network of winding streets, visit the historic centre or relax in the waterfront squares. Later we travel on to Trento and the Buonconsiglio Castle, which parts date back to the 13th-century and splendid residence of the Prince Bishops. Today, the castle is also a museum of art, monuments and collections.

DAY 7: LAKE ISEO

Our excursion today takes us to Brescia where we take the train along shore of Lake Iseo and through the mountainous valley to the north, to Sulzano. Lake Iseo, is surrounded by soaring mountains and in the middle is the largest lake island in Europe, Monte Isola. It's a magnificent sight that you can enjoy on the lake during our boat trip and later you will have free time to in Sulzano.

DAY 8: LAKE MOLVENO

Enjoy a day at leisure in historic Molveno, a picturesque mountain village on the northern shores of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Molveno, the second largest lake in the area.

DAY 9: MOLVENO - LONDON BY AIR OR TURIN RETURN BY RAIL

Those travelling by air are transferred to Verona airport for the return flight to London Gatwick. If you prefer to travel back to the UK by train you will travel to Turin and check into our overnight hotel.

DAY 10: TURIN – LONDON BY RAIL

After breakfast we take the train to Paris to meet Eurostar for the return to London.

PRICES:

Departing 3rd June 2018:
Twin/Double room: £1249 per person
Single supplement (returning by air): £125
Single supplement (returning by rail): £155
Return by rail supplement (1 additional night): £200 per person
Deposit: £300 per person

Departing 9th September 2018:
Twin/Double room: £1299 per person
Single supplement (returning by air): £125
Single supplement (returning by rail): £155
Return by rail supplement (1 additional night): £250 per person
Deposit: £300 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Eurostar from London to Paris
  • TGV from Paris to Munich
  • Connecting rail journeys including a scenic journey to Trento via the Brenner Pass
  • Flight from Verona to London
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Munich
  • Seven nights’ half board accommodation in the Dolomites
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Journey on the Renon Narrow Gauge Mountain Railway
  • Travel on the Medola Mountain Rack Railway
  • Relax on board the Castles Train
  • Visit to Bolzano, Lake Iseo, Lake Garda and Trento
  • Free time in Molveno

MARITIM MUNICH

The Maritim Munich hotel is in the centre of Munich, the hotels is in the inner courtyard which is peaceful and quiet. The modern bedrooms have free WI-FI, large flatscreen TV, safe, minibar, air conditioning and hairdryer. The Panorama indoor swimming pool offers panoramic rooftop views of Munich. The Wintergarten restaurant offers a great choice of specialities à la carte or choose from the exquisite menu. Relax with a cold beer in the beer garden or sample a whisky or cocktail in the Piano bar.

HOTEL MIRALAGO, MOLVENO

The 3 star Hotel Miralago Molveno lies on the shores of Lake Molveno. The hotel is in the centre of Molveno and just a 4 minute walk to the beach. Here you can enjoy use of the free spa facilities which include two Turkish baths, sauna, hot tub and outdoor heated swimming pool. The restaurant serves international and local cuisine with panoramic views of the lake. All of the bedrooms have balcony with table and chairs, en suite facilities, flat screen TV with sky channel and free WI-FI.