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Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

1. Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Transfer across the Veneto by air-conditioned bus, and then hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Following your pick-up from various points in the Lake Garda region, including Limone, Riva del Garda and Bardolino, transfer to Venice with a short coffee break near Soave. The estimated time of arrival in Venice is 11:00 AM. Upon arrival, hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40 minute walking tour, with a guide and headphones of St Mark's and see many of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of “La Serenissima.” Learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it came to dominant both the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” Universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city is built on a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals. The central sestiere (district) is awash with beautiful squares and crumbling mansions, along with ancient churches, ateliers and bridges. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax and explore on your own. Get off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city, or just sit back and people watch in one of the many cafés of Piazza San Marco. A boat will be waiting to take you from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

2. 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.

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Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

3. Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Depart Lake Garda and journey towards the Dolomites mountain range, stopping en route in the towns of Moena or Cavalese. Get some time to window shop and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before traveling to the Pordoi Pass, 2,240 meters above sea level. Get stunning vistas of the mountains, including the summits of Marmolada, Sella and Catinaccio. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to soak up the views. Then, visit a typical mountain resort in the afternoon and discover the wood carvings and beautiful wooden buildings of the village of Ortisei. Buy a souvenir from the Dolomites in one of the delightful shops before the return trip to Lake Garda.

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From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

4. 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.

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Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

5. Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Discover a jewel of the European Renaissance on a full-day tour of Verona, with round-trip transfers from a host of locations in Lake Garda, including Limone, Lazise and Riva del Garda. Following a transfer by air-conditioned coach, discover a clear example of a city that has developed progressively without interruption over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligeri family. Upon arrival, take a short walk into the city center, where a local guide will take you to the Verona Arena. See one of the finest Roman theaters still in use in existence anywhere in the world. Continue to the Square of Lords (Piazza dei Signori) and Square of Herbs (Piazza Erbe), before going to Juliet's House to see messages of love written by visitors from around the world. You will also go to the Castelvecchio and see the tombs of the Scala family (Arche Scaligere). Look at the Ponte Pietra, a Roman arch bridge that spans the Adige River. Then, enjoy some free time for some retail therapy on one of the most elegant streets in Italy. Stroll down the Via Mazzini and window shop (or max out your credit cards) before your return transfer to Lake Garda.

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

6. 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.

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Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

7. Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

Enjoy a guided tour of the most romantic city in the world. Choose your pick up location in Lake Garda and travel by air-conditioned coach to Venice. See the city in one day with your guide. Arrive in Venice in the morning and start the day journeying by boat through the Giudecca Canal to the heart of Venice, better known as San Marco. Take a short walk through the street of Venice with your tour guide. During the walk, you will be able to see the most famous attractions, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the St. Mark Cathedral and its square, the bell tower, and Rialto Bridge. After your walking tour, you will have approximately 6-hours of free time. Use your free time to visit restaurants, bars, shops, or book your own Gondola ride. In the afternoon enjoy a private guided Lagoon boat tour. The tour shows you unusual aspect of Venice and its history, thanks to a real Venetian speechman sailor! After the boat tour, you will return to the coach and be dropped off at your hotel between 11:30 PM and 12:30 AM.

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Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

8. 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.

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Venice: City and Lagoon Guided Tour from Lake Garda

9. Venice: City and Lagoon Guided Tour from Lake Garda

Discover one of the most romantic cities in the world on a day trip to Venice from Lake Garda. Hop aboard a private boat on arrival and cross the Giudecca Canal to St. Mark's Square to marvel at monuments such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sights, and Campanile. Learn how the Republic of Venice came to dominate the east and west as you encounter crumbling mansions in the central sestiere (districts). Spend some time strolling around the city or go for a gondola ride before soaking up the evening atmosphere at the Rialto Bridge.  In the afternoon enjoy a private tour on a fast boat in the Lagoon of Venice, the real jewelry of the Serenissima. After your free time, return along the Giudecca Canal by motorboat, where a coach will take you back to Lake Garda for drop off between 12:00 midnight and 1:30 AM.

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Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

10. Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of the most charming places in Italy and the soul of Italian resorts. It is also the birthplace of Lugana wine, a delicate and exquisite white that will lead the way on this tour through beautiful panoramas and delicious culinary delights, including a visit to the beautiful old town of Sirmione. Visiting the southern shores of Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake, you will not only enjoy a wonderful boat trip where you will experience the magnificent panoply of colors that the Mediterranean will provide, but you will also learn the history of Lugana wine in the region and find out about how to marry Lugana wine with the traditional food of the region. Your tour will start with a hotel pick-up and a visit to Lake Garda, which is one of the most beautiful and largest lakes in Italy. The edge of Lake Garda will be rich with olive groves and mellow vineyards, characterized by a mild climate, which will combine to make for one of Italy’s most picturesque landscapes. The center of the beautiful old town of Sirmione reaches into Lake Garda and is connected to the mainland by a long narrow isthmus. This town has been a favorite resort for relaxation since the ancient Roman aristocracy was attracted here by the mild climate and curative thermal springs. It is a very popular tourist destination and a favorite resting place for travelers from all over the world. You will visit one of the best and the oldest winemaking companies in Sirmione accompanied by a professional sommelier. The Lugana winery is a perfect illustration of how local traditions are combined with the latest modern technologies. In the year 2000, a new cellar fully equipped with state of the art technology was built here but the wines continue to age in traditional French oak barrels. You will be invited to the cellar and taste several varieties of wine. During the walk in the vineyards, you will learn everything you can about the culture, climate and character of this beautiful lakeshore region. After an inspiring walk around Sirmione, with your appetite aroused, you will be taken for a gourmet lunch to taste the delights of the local cuisine in one of the best restaurants in the region. Here, you will enjoy the excellent combination of smooth Lugana wine and meals made of lake fish, pasta with seafood or white meats such as baked veal. After lunch, you will take a wonderful boat trip on Lake Garda, which shows off a variety of blue, green and Turquoise hues. Surrounding it under Mediterranean skies, the landscape will be composed of luxurious and diverse greenery, amongst which you will find charming villas and parks. You will pass and stop by the attractive small towns, scattered along its banks, which look as if they have escaped the touch of time. Here and there, castles dating from 12th and 13th centuries will also be seen.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 808 reviews

Really nice trip. Nice guide, just fun on the lake. Prepare for a brisk ride with a few snacks and a wine tasting as a stopover. If you like to go a little faster boat it is highly recommended.

Top travel guide, super organized, the food offered in the price-most ratio was ok, it was a really great day :-) Thanks for that Francesco, VG Alex & Franzi

A great experience with a great tour guide (captain)! The wine tasting in Bardolino, which was also included, was of course also a highlight. Highly recommended!

Well timed and organised. The tour guide was very approachable and keen to answer questions. It was also good to have extra time to go around.

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