The Italian lakes region which stretches from Piedmont to Lombardy and the Veneto has had a magical attraction for centuries. Near the end of the first century B.C. the Romans built a villa complex on the southern shores of Lake Garda and today, celebrities including George Clooney and Richard Branson have owned villas on Lake Como for over a decade, while Madonna recently bought a castle on Lake Maggiore.

There is so much to do, so much to see and so much to taste in this part of the Continent, it is difficult to choose. Thomson Lakes Holidays invented the Discovery package, where day trips and entertainment as well as flights, transfers and accommodation are combined to create excellent value holiday packages in the Italian lakes region.

Take the Lake Garda Discovery in Veneto. This package combines a seven-night stay one of the hotels of your choice on Lake Garda in the Veneto countryside with a day in Venice with private motorboat transfers to St Mark’s Square via the famous Grand Canal, a guided walk through the historic centre and a visit of the ‘Laguna’, islands and monuments which were once important for Venetians.

One day is spend visiting the towns and villages around Lake Garda including Limone on the northern shore where you can see old lemon gardens, terraces with stone columns and walls, which are a feature of the lake’s former citrus-growing areas, and are very striking when viewed from passing boats.

Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity, therefore a wine tasting trip to the Cascina Capuzza, an extraordinary vineyard due to the quality of its wines and cellars, is also part of the itinerary. The owner explains which grapes are cultivated and how wine is made. The three most well known of the region are Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave.

“Veneto is the region where wealthy Venetians escaped the bustle of the city for over 700 years, and its rich history, Palladian architecture and local cuisine makes this area very different than others,” said Ian Davis, product director Thomson Lakes Holidays. “The Lake Garda Discovery will immerse the holidaymaker in local customs and show the best of upscale life in Venice and the surrounding Veneto countryside from centuries ago.”

The price for the Lake Garda Discovery for a week’s bed & breakfast is from £555 per person in the three-star Hotel Astoria in Garda including flights from Gatwick, above mentioned excursions and ground transportation departing on 7 May 2014.

This offer is only available until 30 April 2014. To book, call 0871 230 8181 or online

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