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Peschiera: Half-Day Lake Garda Cruise

1. Peschiera: Half-Day Lake Garda Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of Lake Garda on a half-day trip from Peschiera del Garda. After visiting islands and natural parks, go for a swim and stop for a light lunch on board. Start your 4-hour cruise at lunch time with a brief explanation of the attractions you will see during navigation. Then relax and enjoy your natural surroundings as you cruise along to various points of interest. During the cruise you'll have the chance to see Lazise Castle, Rocca di Garda, Villa Canossa, Punta San Vigilio, Isola del Garda, Isola San Biagio, Baia Verde, Rocca di Manerba Natural Park, Jamaica Beach Sirmione and Grotte di Catullo. During the tour, take a swim directly from the boat, and enjoy a light lunch with local products included in the tour price.

Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

2. Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

Delve into the past and traditions of the Lake Garde region on this boat trip. Come onboard the San Nicolò, a historical sailboat where the past and present become one. Enjoy an alternative half-day cruise on Lake Garde that combines relaxation, elegance, comfort, and enchanting landscapes. Depart from the harbor of Bardolino, and discover the lake's highlights. The first stage is Garda, followed by Punta San Vigilio and Isola del Garda, with their impressive villas. During the boat tour, stay refreshed with wine and water, and listen to music onboard. Enjoy time, too, to dive into the waters of the lake.

Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

3. Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

Experience Lake Garda from the decks of a towering two-mast ship, sailing into the sunset with a glass of Prosecco and the deep blue waters below. Sip your aperitif aboard a piece of history while taking in the scenery from an exceptional perspective. See the most beautiful areas of the lake by harnessing the wind. Drink, snack, and relax as you take in the views.

Bardolino: Lake Garda Half-Day Platinum Cruise

4. Bardolino: Lake Garda Half-Day Platinum Cruise

Enjoy a day on Lake Garda with a piece of history, aboard the beautiful San Nicolò for an experience that combines relaxation, elegance, comfort and beautiful landscapes. start the cruise in Bardolinopasses. Pass by Lazise and sail to Sirmione, where you can enjoy free time from 11:40 AM to 1:30 PM. Soak up the scenic surroundings with water and wine. Circumnavigate the Isola of Garda (Garda Island) and reach the Punta San Vigilio headland. Take a refreshing dip in the lake. Last but not least, pass the Bay of Garda, before making your way back to Bardolino.

Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

5. Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

Visit the most important villages around Lake Garda on this full-day tour. Find out about the history of the area with your local and enjoy an included boat trip. Start in the morning at your chosen meeting point, where you’ll be picked up in an air-conditioned bus by your tour guide. Make your first stop in Limone sul Garda (1 hour). Explore this small but beautiful village, considered one of the most typical on the northern side of the ;ake. Learn about the history and enjoy a walk on the lake coast. Next, make your way to Sal, a modern and well-organized village. Discover high-level shops, an ice-creamery, restaurants, and souvenirs everywhere. Go for a stroll on one of the longest coasts for walking by lake. After, take a boat From Salò to Sirmione to see the village from another point of view. In Sirmione, find a special village renowned for its sulfurous water and thermal sites. Enjoy the castle, village center, and characteristic shops. Make your last stop at Lazise, a village totally surrounded by its walls; in fact, it was initially the residence and castle of the Scala family. Finally, return to the starting point by bus with your guide.

From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

6. From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

Meet the guide at the meeting point in the city center of Verona, and find a seat in a comfortable air-conditioned van for an amazing and relaxing half-day tour to lake Garda. Once you have left the city-center, pass through the countryside to reach Sirmione. Here, have the option to enjoy a lake tour by boat, giving you the opportunity to see the beautiful peninsula from the water. Options may be limited by the weather, and the availability of the boat. This beautiful medieval village, includes a castle, and will make you feel like you are back in olden times. The town is full of narrow lanes, and old shops, also called ‘botteghe’. Here you have a choice to explore the town on your own, or follow your guide and explore this village together. After an hour of free time the group will meet back up, and return to Verona by van.

Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

7. Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience with a small group and a wine expert. Discover a range of wines at two wineries in the Valpolicella wine region on a half-day trip. Meet your guide at the Take Time Bike Shop in Bardolino. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to discover hilly landscapes, lush vineyards, and olive trees. First, stop at a local winery in the heart of Valpolicella. Meet the producer and learn the secrets to Amarone wine production during a tour of the cellar and vineyards. Then, savor some fine wines, including Amarone and Ripasso, paired with local products. After taking stunning pictures of the hills and vineyards, head to a second local winery to enjoy another tasting where you will compare the perfume of the wines. Learn about this family-run business. See the barrels, drying process, and vineyards. Enjoy the enchanting stories shared by the winemaker and your expert wine guide before returning to Bardolino.

Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

8. Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

Cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Garda on a guided boat trip. Relax in a sun-shaded seat on deck or below, as you take in the views and learn about the lake’s most iconic sights from your captain. Explore the historic town of Sirmione in a 2-hour stopover before heading back to port. Take your seat on the tour boat and sail across the calm waters of Lake Garda. Learn about Villa di Maria Callas, Jamaica Beach, and the Roman history of the area from your captain. Take unforgettable photos in front of the "Fonte Boiola", a source of sulfurous water that heats the lake from below.  Dock at the port of Sirmione, where you will have 2 hours of free time to walk through the charming alleys of the historic peninsula at leisure. Use the time to visit the Catullo's Caves, indulge in a delicious gelato, or have an espresso on the lakefront. Then, climb back aboard the boat. On your way back to the dock, enjoy views of the stately Villa Canossa and the cypress and olive trees of Punta San Vigilio headland, considered the Pearl of the Lake, before arriving back at your starting point.

Lake Garda: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

9. Lake Garda: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at a local cook's home and learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes, tasting the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes - alongside the cook's expertise, of course.

Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

10. Peschiera del Garda: Vintage FIAT 500 Rental

Experience Italy like a true Italian. Rent and drive a historic Fiat 500 for a full-day trip of freedom. Leave from Peschiera on a self-drive tour to explore the lake territory and the surrounding landscapes. With this rental, you decide how to spend your time. Ride through the country roads, travel freely to discover the small villages around Lake Garda, or stop to take photos. See where the road takes you or follow a recommended itinerary.

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What people are saying about Garda

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 237 reviews

Mateo was an excellent guide. He was punctual, friendly and very informative. He gave us very useful information about the area, types of wine, typical food from Verona. Sirmione is a gorgeous town. Wonderful experience for my family. I traveled with with my children ( 10 and 13 years) and my parents ( in their 70’s). We all enjoyed this experience. Grazie mile!

Went in a small group (only 4 of us in total). Was very friendly guide giving us facts on route to the lake and also a guided tour of the area. The guide also offered to take us up to the small church and was friendly talking to us all around the areas and telling us of his travels

You can tell Orlando and his crew love their job. The boat trip is highly recommended, but you should note that it can get quite chilly on the ship in spring.

Stefano, our guide, was amazing, and the entire trip was just perfect. Highly recommend!

Despite its age, the ship was great and everyone was very friendly and courteous