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Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) Tours

Lake Garda (Lago di Garda)
Italy’s Amalfi Coast may be the capital of la dolce vita, but Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) has its own brand of effortless elegance that has attracted celebrities and artists for centuries. Ringed by steep alpine foothills, tiny spa towns, and vineyards, the lake offers a heady mix of languid leisure and cosmopolitan flair.

The Basics
Lake Garda has something for everyone. Hikers and landscape lovers can explore the northern reaches of the lake, where peaks rise dramatically from the water and the slopes are thick with trails and picture-perfect towns such as Torbole. Gourmands and sybarites should hang out on the southern shore, home to spas and wineries. If you’re more of a history buff, don’t miss the medieval castle and Roman ruins in Sirmione. And families can head to Gardaland, an amusement park.

To avoid the hassle of getting to Lake Garda on your own, book a tour of the area with round-trip transport included. Boat tours include free time to wander the resort towns, romantic sunset tours are a relaxing way to take in the views, and wine-tasting tours whisk you around to some of the region’s best vineyards. If you’re going to Gardaland, buy tickets in advance to avoid the long lines.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend a lot of time outdoors—dress for the weather.
  • Rent equipment or hire instructors for water sports at the beaches along the southern shore.
  • For views overlooking the lake and Riva del Garda, ride the gondola to the top of Monte Baldo.
  • Take a boat from Salò to the private island of Isola di Garda to tour the neo-Gothic Venetian villa and grounds owned by Contessa Cavazza.
  • Fans of the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio can visit his vast Il Vittoriale degli Italiani estate, as eclectic as the writer himself, above Gardone Riviera on the western shore.

How to Get There

Lake Garda sits about halfway between Milan and Venice, and is an easy train ride from either direction. Ferries run between some of the towns along the lakeshore.

When to Get There

As Lake Garda is in northern Italy, temperatures drop drastically in winter. Visit from spring through fall if you’re planning to engage in water sports.

Garda’s Waterfall

The landscape north of Riva del Garda is dominated by rugged mountains and glacial lakes and rivers. Stop by and marvel at the striking Cascata del Varone, a theatrical waterfall that has carved a corkscrew-shaped vertical gorge through the cliffside.
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Garda Thermal Park Entry Ticket

Relax in style with this entry ticket to the Garda Thermal Park good for one full day. Enjoy all the amenities of this Thermal Park near Lake Garda, including whirlpools set at different temperatures and the park's incredible thermal lakes in which the temperature is between 84-102 F (29-39 C).
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  • 1 day
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Cultural Tours

Venice Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Make the most of a day in one of the world's most romantic cities with this 11-hour trip to Venice from Lake Garda. See Venice's most famous attractions, including St Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. Float through the canals in a private boat, and enjoy free time to explore on your own in the afternoon.
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  • 11 to 13 hours
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Cultural Tours

From Garda lake resorts:Guided lake tour

Maximize time in Lake Garda with a full-day guided tour. Climb aboard a boat for a scenic cruise and admire shoreline views. Visit several towns including Limone sul Garda, Riva del Garda, Malcesine, and Lazise. Learn about how the landscape changes from the southern edge of the lake to the northern tip. Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle is included.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Boat excursion on Lake Garda

There are several reasons that make this tour on Lake Garda unique. You will have the entire boat available for you and you will be accompanied by an experienced captain.You will see the most hidden and unique places of Lake Garda, and we will stop to bathe in the most suggestive locations.There are 4 different types of excursion available, from a maximum of 3-5 passengers: a daily excursion and an evening excursion, a special fishing excursion with sardines with equipment and expert on board, and finally for the most refined palates we offer the tasting exit gourmet, to be able to taste typical local products and quality wines on board the boat
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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Day Trips

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Path of the Smugglers

Overlooking Lake Garda, a path cut into the rock, which occasionally disappears and requires short but exciting climbs and will impress you with its wild beauty. The almost horizontal development offers unexpected and dizzying cliffs on the lake. The route, not being equipped, is therefore only suitable for those with experience or for those who require a guide. It can be reached along the legendary Ponale road.
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Full-day Tours

Full-day Lake Garda Tour

Spend a lazy day on Lake Garda with this day-long trip around the main lakeside towns. Aboard an air-conditioned bus, you’ll travel around the shores in comfort, stopping to visit towns such as Limone sul Garda, Lazise, and Salò along the way. Different routes operate on different days, so check before you book. No matter what tour you book, each experience ends on a high note with a boat ride on the lake.
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  • 9 hours
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Italian Lakes Tour from Milan

Spend 4 days exploring the gorgeous northern lakes on this tour from Milan. Visit famous Lake Como, sparkling Lake Maggiore, sweet Lake Iseo, enormous Lake Garda and little Lake Orta. Take boat excursions and visit picturesque towns like Como, Verona and Bergamo. Enjoy 3 overnight stays in centrally-located hotels, including breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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Dining Experiences

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Discover Valpolicella

Join an unforgettable tour in our family Winery with the winemaker!We are a small Winery boutique in the heart of Valpolicella and we organize activities to share our passion for Valpolicella and Amarone wines with our guests (we offer it directly, without intermediaries or tour operator).We’ll start with a walk in the vineyard, telling you the family history about the winery and the estates. You’ll learn how to dry Amarone grapes in the traditional drying room, a process called Appassimento. You'll visit our rural house and the cellar from the 17th century used for winemaking and refinement. At the conclusion, the tasting of a selection of our fine wines Valpolicella, RIPASSO and the great AMARONE, learning how to evaluate them by sight, smell and taste. You’ll also enjoy our organic EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, local cheeses called Monte Veronese and Soppressa Valpolicella (a kind of salami). We’ll be waiting for you on our amazing terrace with a stunning view of the Valpolicella!
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Day Cruises

Lake Garda 4-Hour guided Boat Cruise to Isola del Garda and visit Salò

Hop on a boat for a guided Lake Garda cruise from Torri del Benaco or Garda to the history-steeped town of Salò and back. After cruising past the pretty lakeside villages of Italy’s largest lake, you’ll raise a glass by Isola del Garda’s Venetian palace then enjoy free time in Salò, ambling along its alleyways and visiting the Renaissance cathedral. It’s a great way to see some highlights of Lake Garda in just one afternoon.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Lake Garda Sunset Cruise with Prosecco

Watch the sun slip into the hills during a private evening cruise on Lake Garda. After setting off from the lungolago area in Sirmione, you'll glide over the water with a prosecco aperitivo in hand. Sip on your glass of sparkling wine, enjoy appetizers from a local restaurant, and gaze out at the elegant villas that stud the lakeside hills. The experience is perfect for anniversaries or special occasions in Lake Garda.
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Discover Valpolicella on a Private Riverbank

Get access to a private, hidden garden during this wine tasting tour in Verona. Learn about the secrets of top-quality valpolicella while enjoying tastings in a flower garden overlooking the River Adige. Your guide will provide in-depth tasting notes and commentary on the local culinary culture.
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  • 2 hours
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7-Days Italian Lakes and Riviera Tour from Milan

Take a 7-day trip to discover the best of northern Italy. Leave from Milan and see the lakes of Orta, Maggiore, Como, Garda, Iseo and the cities of Como, Bergamo, and Verona. Then head to the Italian Riviera to explore Genoa, Sanremo, Rapallo, Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Santa Margherita. Admire the beautiful scenery as you relax in the towns and learn about a few of the cities on walking tours.
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Day Trips

Full-Day Lake Garda and Desenzano del Garda from Milan

Escape the modern metropolis of Milan in favor of Lake Garda and Desenzano del Garda on a 9-hour tour, ideal for nature and history lovers. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Garda to Sirmione, home to the Grottoes of Catullus and Roman ruins. Same world-famous Italian gelato and wander the cobbled streets of Desenzano del Gardo. Train and ferry tickets are included.
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7-Days Italian Lakes and the Dolomites Tour from Milan

Check off the highlights of the Italian lakes and Dolomites with this 7-day tour from Milan. Complete with prebooked hotel accommodation, breakfasts, transfers, and guided tours, the excursion has everything you need to discover the region with minimum fuss. You’ll check out towns such as Como, Verona, and Bolzano, and travel through scenic lake and mountain landscapes around lakes Orta, Maggiore, Como, and Garda.
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Private Full Day Amarone wine tasting and Garda lake from Venice

Discover the wines of northern Italy on a full-day private tour from Venice. Head to a winery just outside Verona and sample the Amarone, Valpolicella Classico, Recioto wine varieties perfectly paired with local snacks. Then head to the village of Bardolino on Lake Garda to spend some time walking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery before traveling back to Venice.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Dining Experiences

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Discover DOP Olive Oil

The Olive Oil Tasting is put forward by Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde, a Winery Boutique in Marano di Valpolicella.We are not intermediaries or tour operator: we directly arrange the tasting.We'll start with light walking in the garden of Olive Trees, telling the family history of our farm and estates. We'll see the old traditional secret room where we collect the Oil, followed by a visit to the authentical ancient cellar. You'll learn how we make our organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and how to read and recognize an original Italian Oil label.As a conclusion, a great tasting through Italian Olive Oils from different regions: Tuscany, Liguria, Apulia, Veneto distinguishing them by sight, smell, and taste.Oil tasting is paired with local cheeses called Monte Veronese (different aging) Salami from Valpolicella and fresh S.Anna bread.Enjoy your visit on our amazing terrace with a unique view on the Valpolicella's hills!
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Verona and Lake Garda

Verona is only two hours away from Jesolo, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, rich in monuments, including the famous Arena di Verona. Equally famous is the balcony of Juliet's House from which she spoke to her Romeo. After spending some free time you will arrive in Sirmione, a city famous for ice cream, and you will visit Lake Garda.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Hiking & Camping

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Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni

Unique experience in a "Jurassic" place. Fun in a hidden natural environment accessible only by the via ferrata.
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  • 4 hours
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Hiking & Camping

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Via Ferrata Cima Capi

An activity with a magnificent view of Lake Garda, not technically difficult but there is enough to walk
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  • 6 hours
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Multi-day Tours

Culture and tastes of northern Italy Self-Drive

Breath the real soul of the fashion capital by sipping a cocktail in the vibrant Navigli district Learn about the ancient art of Violin making from a local artisan in Cremona Discover the most genuine side of the Food valley and visit small villages, castles and food producers of Parma area Meet the local producers of the most excellent Italian products and taste Culatello, Parma ham, Aceto Balsamico, Lambrusco and Valpolicella wines Enjoy the slow life in the beautiful towns of Cremona, Parma, Mantua and Bergamo far from the tourist crowds Visit the hidden corners of Bologna, Verona and Milan thanks to our local buddy guides.
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  • 8 days
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Climbing

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Fun Climb

The Fun Climb offers everyone the chance to try climbing in a safe and cheerful environment. Our Alpine Guides will offer you an unforgettable experience whatever your age.
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

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BIKE STATION VALPOLICELLA: E-bike tour & Amarone tasting

This E-bike tour is put forward by Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde, a Winery Boutique in Marano di Valpolicella. We are not intermediaries or tour operator: we directly arrange the tour and wine tasting.The winemaker Nicola, born and raised in the Valpolicella, will make you see magnificent treasures in Valpolicella. He knows a lot of things about the land and he'll tell you many secret tales on the Valpolicella. He knows how to beat the traffic car taking shortcuts through the vineyard!Afterward, visit the family Winery in Marano di Valpolicella and have a special wine tasting of a selection of our fine red wines Valpolicella, Ripasso and the great Amarone, learning the evaluation by sight, smell and taste. The wines are paired with local food as cheeses, salami and a light lunch from the traditional Veronaesis cuisine.Ask Nicola which attractions among those listed you prefer to see and he will show you.Don't miss this e-bike tour with Amarone wine tasting with the winemaker!
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Discover chilled Rosé

Join an unforgettable tour in our family Winery with the winemaker!We are a small Boutique Winery in the heart of Valpolicella and we organize activities to share our passion for fine wines with our guests (we offer it directly, without intermediaries or tour operator).We’ll start with a walk in the vineyard, telling you the family history about the winery and the estates. You'll learn about the handmade wine process. You'll visit our rural house and the cellar from the 17th century used for winemaking and refinement. At the conclusion, the tasting of a selection of our fine wines Rosé, learning how to evaluate them by sight, smell and taste. You’ll also enjoy our organic EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, local cheeses called Monte Veronese and Soppressa Valpolicella (a kind of salami). We’ll be waiting for you on our amazing terrace with a stunning view of the Valpolicella!
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Multi-day Tours

3-nights Veneto exclusive wine package

Explore Verona and Lake Garda staying in a special hotel surrounded by the countryside of classical Valpolicella. 
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  • 3 days
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Climbing

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Rio Black Canyoning

Between narrow and high walls, immersed in sparkling waters, adventurers plunge into a magical world near Lake Garda.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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