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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

1. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

2. Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

The cruise departs from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle. Once aboard, set sail on this 25 minute sightseeing cruise and see Sirmione from a new perspective. Highlights of the tour include Maria Callas Villa, Aquaria beauty center, and the Grotte di Catullo, home to the largest Roman ruins in the north of Italy. Finally, cruise by Sirmione’s sulfur spring and watch the thermal waters bubbling up to the surface. As you head back to port, soak up stunning views of Scaligero Castle before disembarking the boat.

Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

3. Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

Depart from Sirmione Harbor, in front of the impressive Scaliger Castle and set sail onto the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Pass by the pretty villa belonging to the famous opera singer Maria Callas then head to the end of the peninsula to a white rocky beach called Jamaica. Sail to the Rocca di Manerba next and onto the Island of Garda where you can admire the magnificent Isola Borghese. Learn about the rich-history of the villa, which boasts stunning Venetian Neo-Gothic architecture. Arrive at a private island next and cool off from the heat with a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters. Back on the boat, enjoy a tasty snack as you continue onto Salo for a one hour stop-over. Spend some time exploring this enchanting village and walk along its beautiful lakeside promenade. The tour then takes you to the famous Gardone village where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the array of historical buildings that surround the lake. On the return journey to Sirmione, cruise along the eastern coast of the lake and see the Boila sulfur springs. Finally, pass under the drawbridge at Scaliger Castle, the only pedestrian access to the peninsula.

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

4. 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: Sirmione E-bike rental with App and Wine Tasting

5. Lake Garda: Sirmione E-bike rental with App and Wine Tasting

Explore Lake Garda's hamlets and landscapes at your own pace on a rented e-bike using a mobile app-based route. Head out from Peschiera del Garda and discover local wines with an included wine tasting and vineyard visit, all while staying fit as you pedal. Cycle down bike paths and peaceful countryside roads and enjoy the Italian landscape. Pick up your e-bike and head off on your adventure. Follow the instructions on your app to start your exclusive route (app information received after booking on your confirmation voucher). Best of all, stop, rest, or go as fast as you wish as this is your tour. Begin by riding towards Sirmione, a unique village at the very end of a long peninsula. Lock your bike outside the castle and stroll through the narrow streets. If you have the time, don't miss Catullo's grottoes with the emerald waters of Lake Garda all around you. After visiting bustling Sirmione, cycle towards the quiet inland landscape, through Lugana's iconic vineyards. Here, stop for a wine tasting to savor the local flavors of four different wines before cycling back to your starting point to drop off your e-bike (winery address provided prior to your trip).

From Sirmione: Lake Garda Guided Boat Tour

6. From Sirmione: Lake Garda Guided Boat Tour

Discover the beauty of Lake Garda by boat. Listen to your guide tell anecdotes and legends about the lake. Learn about its traditions and the many villages that overlook it. Step ashore for a tour of the medieval center of Sirmione and enjoy a boat ride around Isola del Garda. Board your boat in Sirmione and take in the beautiful sights of Lake Garda. Pass by historic and famous villas left over from the times before there were roads between the towns and residents would navigate between towns by boat. Enjoy a guided tour of Sirmione and the parish church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Then, board a tour boat to reach the Isola del Garda, passing by hot springs and the Grotte di Catullo archaeological site. Circle Isola del Garda by boat to learn about its history, its park, and the Villa Cavazza Borghese. Get a glimpse of the Rocca di Manerba and Gardone Riviera, where you can see the Italian Vittoriale hidden among the trees.

Sirmione: Guided Walking Tour

7. Sirmione: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic town of Sirmione on a walking tour with a local guide. Stroll through the public park to see the hot springs, marvel at the Church of San Pietro, and see the Grotte di Catullo, the largest Roman villa in Northern Italy. Meet your guide at the Largo Goethe, dating from the Middle Ages. Before heading out, marvel at the best-preserved water castle in Lake Garda. Stroll past the castle into the village of Sirmione, crossing a small stone bridge to reach the center. Stop to admire Piazza Castello and the Church of Santa Anna della Rocca, with its image of a Madonna from 1300. Next, continue to reach Piazza Carducci, the heart of Sirmione. Just a few steps away, stop in front of the parish church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Head up a slight hill to reach the Church of San Salvatore, built in the Lombard era. Stroll through a public park to reach the famous Hot Springs of Sirmione. Immersed in the peace of the olive trees and the birdsong, reach the medieval Church of San Pietro from the 9th century. Continue through the park of the prestigious 5-star luxury Hotel Villa Cortine to reach the entrance to the Grotte di Catullo, the largest Roman villa in northern Italy.

Fabulous Heritage of Sirmione - Walking Tour

8. Fabulous Heritage of Sirmione - Walking Tour

Embark on a session of sightseeing, discovery and exploration as you become familiar with picturesque corners of Sirmione. Witness the captivating ruins of a Roman villa, an archaeological complex where besides wealthy history, one can enjoy extraordinary panoramic views of the surroundings. Stroll the historic corners of the town’s center and discover its oldest church, nestled between olive gardens. As you bond with nature and explore centuries-old heritage you will stumble upon an impressive yellow villa, situated between antique trees of via Catullo. Besides being an architectural and historic gem, the villa carries an intriguing story about businessman Giovan Battista Meneghini and opera star Maria Callas. Before ending the tour, witness one of Italy’s best-preserved Scaliger fortresses and a historic small church that dates back to the 14th century.

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What people are saying about Grottoes of Catullus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 994 reviews

Easy to find and friendly welcome followed by a brilliant tour. We were at 5pm, the last one of the day, so our driver/captain took us all the way round to the other side of the castle!

It was great, a great crew, a very charming captain, who explains many buildings with picture cards and also lets the boat go very fast, photo shoots with a sailor's hat incl.

This was a fantastic little cruise that was both informative and fun. Guide was great and my family says it was a highlight of the vacation!

Really fun ride around the lake. Very good thing to do before tasting Gelato in Sirmione.

Short-lived but beautiful experience! Our captain was very personable!