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Discover the scenic wonders of Lake Garda on a full-day tour of Italy’s largest lake from Milan by train. With a professional guide, visit picturesque villages cradled by gorgeous Alpine scenery and delve into the rich historical heritage of the area. See ancient Roman villas, foreboding fortresses and mysterious caves; marvel at the historical charm of Desenzano’s old port; and enjoy a tranquil boar cruise to Sirmione, where archeological treasures demand attention. Additionally, enjoy some leisurely free time to explore independently on this comprehensive sightseeing tour.  


  • Full-day trip to Lake Garda from Milan
  • Ride a train to the popular holiday destination of Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake
  • Take a walking tour and enjoy free time in the Alpine town of Desenzano del Garda
  • Enjoy a boat cruise to Sirmione to visit the Grottoes of Catullus and Scaliger Castle
  • Learn about the region’s ancient Roman history and archeology from a guide

What You Can Expect

Sirmione, Lake Garda and Desenzano del Garda Tour by Train from Milan

Visit Catullo Caves with your guide

Emerge early and greet your guide at Milano Centrale train station. Climb aboard your comfortable train carriage and admire the spectacular Italian scenery as you journey to Desenzano del Garda, situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. As you approach, delight in the sprawling beaches and picturesque Alpine perimeter of the town before embarking on an explorative walking tour. 

Spend 1.5 hours delving into Desenzano del Garda’s rich history while visiting ancient monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed prehistoric pile-dwelling (stilt house) settlements. Then, climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise over the Sirmione, an ancient town replete with quaint cobbled streets and historical landmarks. 

After revitalizing with lunch during some relaxed free time (own expense), pay a visit to a beautiful Roman villa and the Grottoes of Catullus (Grotte di Catullo) independently. Hear of the legends that shroud the caves, and then continue to Scaliger Castle, a rare example of a medieval port fortification. 

After exploring Sirmione thoroughly, return to Desenzano del Gardo by boat and spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Opt to rub shoulders with locals at a chic café, or simply absorb the town’s charming atmosphere as you stroll through Piazza Malvezzi. 

Reconvene with your guide and group at a pre-arranged time and relax during the train journey back to Milan, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

Jill T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tour was wonderful. My guide was terrific. I was the only one in the group as everyone else cancelled or was a no show. He was very personable, knowledgeable and professional.

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