Day 1: One word of order for this stay, friendliness, and above all no stress!
Early morning departure from the Kunegel garage, where we were able to leave our vehicles. Luggage loaded, we board our comfortable coach tourism. Our driver briefly explains the main features of the bus and we are off, heading for Switzerland and its beautiful mountain scenery.
Around 8:30 am, stop at the top of the Gotthard pass, the breakfast we took will be enjoyed in the fresh air … fresh! in an enchanting setting. The journey begins again, letting us freely enjoy the scenery that passes by, the comments of the driver, a video or the opportunity offered by the wi-fi on board … Arrival late afternoon in our 4 * in a village near the lake.
Day 2: Verona, city of Romeo and Juliet … but not only!
After a good buffet breakfast, we take the coach for the discovery of Verona. Under a sun of lead, we follow our guide for an exciting visit to this beautiful city of art. The discovery of the arenas, with the installation of the scenery for the opera “Aida”, the Scaliger Bridge, the Romanesque Basilica of San Zeno and many other monuments will have impressed us.
True to our habit, we take advantage of a little free time. Some will enjoy the pleasure of “getting lost” in the alleys, others will succumb to the call of shopping. Our small group decides to brave the heat and climb up to the “Castel San Pietro” where we have a superb view over the old town.
On the way back, small stop required for an ice tasting, Amaretto for me, a treat! After a pleasant stop-over in a cellar on the eastern shore of the lake, we find our hotel.
Day 3: The most beautiful park in Italy
After a few kilometers, we arrive at the “Parco Giardino Sigurtà”, the most beautiful park in Italy (also voted the 2nd most beautiful park in Europe in 2015).
A small train ride allows us to discover the park as a whole … but small cars and bicycles for hire have caught our attention, we have more than an hour to crisscross the park freely at the wheel of our car, on our two-wheeled or on foot. A wonder at the turn of each nook, a true relaxing parenthesis in this beautiful garden.
In the direction of Valeggio sul Mincio, we sit down and enjoy a tasting menu of Tortellini, the specialty of the village, tortellini with lemon enchant the palates!
In the afternoon, before heading back to the lake, we make a short stop in Borghetto, but there are no comments … there are places you want to keep for yourself. We find Lake Garda and its animation. Visit Sirmione, a charming fishing village, some of us will enjoy swimming in the lake, others will crisscross the lively alleys …
Day 4: One last visit before the return, the museum Mille Miglia
It is time to pack … on the way back, we visit the museum Mille Miglia in Brescia. The famous car race is traced and about fifty vehicles are on display. We continue our journey with the crossing of Switzerland and the joyful atmosphere in the car makes forget the slowdowns. Return to Colmar in the evening. The smiling and relaxed faces are fun to see, the most reluctant to travel by coach are even the first to ask what will be the next destination ?? !! Yes, because finally in a bus, you can observe the landscape, read, watch a movie, chat, sleep, all without worrying about the road. A program skilfully concocted with a perfect mix of visits and free time, a good dose of good humor … and the journey is a success!