This was our first time on a Shearings Holiday and we were very impressed, we thoroughly enjoyed the nine day tour and we cannot recommend Shearings highly enough.
The 3* Hotel Villa Delle Rose has come in for some criticism on holiday forums, perhaps unfairly. If you have only ever stayed in 5* hotels, you will be disappointed. If you expect a full English cooked breakfast every morning, you will be disappointed. If you want chips with every meal, you will be disappointed. If however, you have stayed in 3* hotels before, it will hold no surprises. As many reviewers have mentioned the hotel is clean, in a good location, the food is okay and there is enough to eat and, being all inclusive, you don’t have to get your wallet out every five minutes to pay for drinks or have a large bar bill to settle at the end of the week, but it is a 3* budget hotel so do not go with unrealistic expectations.
We could find very little information on the actual journey to Lake Garda and this is the part of the holiday I would like to concentrate on for anyone considering booking this tour, as this in our opinion was the only downside of the holiday and may have some relevance to people with certain medical conditions.
We were picked up at 11.00 on the Saturday morning and after travelling through the night, arrived in Arco more than 24 hours later on the Sunday morning. The route, which AA Route Planner estimates as over 950 miles from our original pick-up point, took us through France and into Switzerland before dropping down into Italy. Compared to the UK, the continental roads are almost empty, which means they do not have the volume of traffic that warrants keeping the services open 24/7 and although there were frequent stops for toilets and a dinner stop about 21.00 it was not possible to purchase food at any services between 22.00 and 06.00. You therefore need to take this into consideration before travelling and bring your own food or purchase food to see you through to the following morning. Also, trying to get the standard eight hours overnight sleep is virtually impossible in the confines of a cramped coach seat with limited legroom, so we arrived at our breakfast stop in Switzerland; tired, irritable, hungry and with swollen ankles and backache, not the best way to start your holiday.
You can expect to spend a lot of time on coaches. For example, if you are travelling from the north of England and go on all five of the excursions you could be looking at clocking up almost 3,000 miles in nine days before you finally return home.
So you may ask “would you do it again?” Yes, most definitely! It was a wonderful holiday and because we were better prepared for the overnight journey home, this time via Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium it was not quite so bad as the incoming trip. Plus, on this return route several of the services were open through the night and you could buy sandwiches and snacks, however remember to keep some loose change with you as there was often a charge to use the toilets at many of the services. And of course, we were rewarded with some breathtaking scenery as we crossed The Alps and made our way back towards Calais. There were many upsides during the holiday, which far outweighed the downsides; great value for money, excellent excursions (three of which are included in the price of the tour), Venice, gondola ride, guided walking tours, boat trips (don’t miss the speedboat trip at Sirmione) and not forgetting our two fantastic coach drivers. So yes, I would have no hesitation booking with Shearings again, although in the future we are more likely to consider trips that have an overnight stop when travelling this sort of distance, even though it may be a little more expensive.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Delle Rose Hotel Riva Del Garda
- Hotel Delle Rose
- Villa Delle Rose Arco, Italy - Nago