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  • Friday 28 – Sunday 30 August 2020

  • Verona, Garda Lake & Mantova, Italy

  • 3-4* hotel in Verona

  • Direct flights to Verona

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In light of the current corona virus situation in Italy,
this trip is on hold until it is allowed, possible & safe to travel to Northern Italy.
But we at Expat Club just love this beautiful, historic and cultural region,
and we want to go back there to support their local economy.
We therefore plan this trip at the end of the summer holidays.
You can now pre-reserve your spot!

Attending an opera in the 2.000 year old Arena of Verona must be on everyone’s bucket list. The atmosphere in this 15.000 seats arena during a summer-evening opera is magical. The warm air, the snow-capped alps in the distance and thousands of stars above you, while the world’s best opera stars perform the most famous operas, such as Aïda, Nabuco and La Traviata. Verona is a city of love and romance. No wonder, it’s also the home of Romeo and Juliette.

During this weekend trip we also a few other magnificent places close to Verona, which allows you to add 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just 3 days! What to think about Sirmione in the beautiful Lago di Garda, a stunning little town with a medieval castle situated on a peninsula in the lake? Or Mantova, an architectural gem of a city. If you haven’t fallen in love with Italy yet, be ready to lose your heart at the end of the summer.

Overview

Pre-reserve your spot now

We would like to know if you are interested in this trip. If yes, please let us know by making a pre-reservation. This is for free and without obligation. You can do this in 2 ways. If you are a member, log in and click on the RSVP button. If you are not yet a member, you can either first register as a member, the log in and click on the RSVP on this page, or you can send us a message at info@expatclub.org with the number of people you would like to join.

What is included in the trip fee?

  • Direct flights to Verona
  • Local transfers
  • 2 nights in a good 3* or 4* hotel
  • Guided tours in Verona, Sirmione and Mantova
  • Entrance ticket Opera Aïda
  • Welcome dinner
  • A great group of international people
  • A lifetime memory

What is optional?

This trip already rather inclusive. Still, there are a few things that you can optionally select. Prices are shown during the reservation process after you click on the blue “Reserve my spot” button.

  • Single room
  • 1 checked luggage (20kg)

Who can join?

Expat Club welcomes everyone who feels like joining an open-minded international group of expats and Belgians. Most of our participants are 30-65 years old with some younger and some older, and work in a variety of fields (EU, NATO, NGO, diplomacy, corporate, academics). 

    • Members & non-members
    • Expats & (international) Belgians
    • All ages, including children (minimum 8 years advised due to topic)
    • Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families

Families

Expat Club welcomes families on board. For this trip, however, be aware that the operas are long and possibly boring. Please contact us before making a reservation, so we can give you a proper discount and can assign the right rooms for you.

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Program

The program for this trip to Verona (and surroundings), like any other Expat Club trip, is carefully designed. We value realistic departure, travel and arrival times, and put a lot of effort into allocating enough time to visit each destination. Of course still much depend on traffic situations, but you can rest assured that we always do our best to give you the most optimal experience.

Friday 28 August
– Flight to Verona
– Check-in to hotel
– Guided tour Verona
– Dinner
– Opera: Nabuco
– After-opera drink

Saturday 29 August
– Trip to Lago di Garda
– Guided tour at Sirmione
– Long boat tour on Lago di Garda
– Opera: Aïda

Sunday 30 August
– Checkout from hotel
– Trip to Mantova
– Guided tour in Mantova
– Return flight to Brussels

 

Verona & Opera

The city of Verona in the Veneto region in Northern Italy dates back to the 1st century B.C., although there are indications of previous settlements in the same area. It’s city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family
in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods,
and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.” – Unesco website

The city is situated on the Adige river and acquired Roman citizenship in 49 B.C. After that the development of the city went fast, with the construction of temples, bridges, theatres, city walls and of course the world famous Verona Arena, one of the most important monuments from that era. During our visit to the city we will discover them all with a professional guide.
Verona is also the “City of Love” of Romeo and Juliet. We’ll visit their houses and of course see the famous balcony. But of course the most famous place of all is that magnificent 2000 year old arena.  Nowadays it is still a beloved venue by the world’s biggest stars, including Paul McCartney, Roger Waters (also Pink Floyd in the past), Pearl Jam and many more. But the Opera Festival that takes place in the summer is probably the reason why so many people choose Verona as their holiday destination.

The Opera Festival of Arena was founded well over 100 years ago with a performance of Verdi’s Aïda, in 1913. This Opera is still the must-see opera, although Nabucco is performed also virtually every year. Can you imagine a 250-strong Hebrew slave choir performing Va Pensiero on the steps of the arena? It is an incredible experience that is virtually always repeated after a minutes-long standing ovation by the 15.000 attendees under the Italian star-filled night sky.

Lago di Garda & Sirmione

The Lago di Garda is with Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como the most famous lake in Northern Italy. The surroundings are simply stunningly beautiful. Against the backdrop of the Italian Alps, the shores are covered with lovely villages, exquisite villas and endless promenades. A visit to Verona would not be complete without a visit to Lago di Garda.

The Garda lake stretches out over 50km from the planes near Verona to Riva del Garda and Torbole in the North and between the mountains. We will discover it first from the shores on the spectacular peninsula Sirmione in the very South. This resort town also dates back to well B.C. and contains another UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps

This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. Excavations, only conducted in some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe and the way communities interacted with their environment. Fifty-six of the sites are located in Switzerland. The settlements are a unique group of exceptionally well-preserved and culturally rich archaeological sites, which constitute one of the most important sources for the study of early agrarian societies in the region. - UNESCO website

 

The stunning Villa Borghese-Cavazza at the Isola di Garda | by drown69 (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

After lunch we are probably ready to cool down a bit, so Expat Club arranged a private speedboat to further explores Lago di Garda from the water. Feel the warm-cool breeze on your face while we are sailing Northbound to the hilly Northern region of the lake. No doubt we stop at the insanely beautiful “Isola di Garda” for a guided tour through the gardens and the villa.

 

Mantova

Montua, or Montova in Italian, is not far from Verona, but a totally different town. It is surrounded by 3 artificial lakes that were create in medieval times as a defence system. A fourth lake dried up two centuries ago. Also this historical centre is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mantua and Sabbioneta

Mantua and Sabbioneta, in the Po valley, in the north of Italy, represent two aspects of Renaissance town planning: Mantua shows the renewal and extension of an existing city, while 30 km away, Sabbioneta represents the implementation of the period’s theories about planning the ideal city. Typically, Mantua’s layout is irregular with regular parts showing different stages of its growth since the Roman period and includes many medieval edifices among them an 11th century rotunda and a Baroque theatre. Sabbioneta, created in the second half of the 16th century under the rule of one person, Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna, can be described as a single-period city and has a right angle grid layout. Both cities offer exceptional testimonies to the urban, architectural and artistic realizations of the Renaissance, linked through the visions and actions of the ruling Gonzaga family. The two towns are important for the value of their architecture and for their prominent role in the dissemination of Renaissance culture. The ideals of the Renaissance, fostered by the Gonzaga family, are present in the towns’ morphology and architecture. - UNESCO website

A professional guide will take us around town, and of course we will enjoy a good lunch and some free time as well before we go back to Brussels later in the afternoon

Comments

  • The trip will be carried out by Brussels Airlines.
  • The trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
  • The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know.
  • You are personally responsible for getting good cancellation and/or travel insurance that covers you for unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses before or during the trip. 
  • You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for unforeseen delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, weather etc.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the guided tours. Joining this trip is safe but still at your own risk.
  • If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). During the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
  • If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement or share a room with another person (if available).
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