Best experiences from Lake Garda

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Food, wine, natural wonders and city sights…

  • Best experiences from Lake Garda

    There’s so much to do on a holiday to Lake Garda, so make sure you don’t miss a thing with our handpicked experiences – they tick off everything from sampling local food and wine, to seeing natural wonders and city sights. Here are some of our favourites…

    Original Lake Garda Tour

    Our most popular pick, the Original Tour is the best way to see more of Lake Garda. The coach will take you around the shore on one of the most scenic roads in Italy, with ever-changing views of the lake, landscape and villages – from cypress and olive trees to Roman and Venetian monuments. Depending on where you start the tour, your coach will stop off in different towns along the way, like Garda, Sirmione or Riva. Spend some time in each exploring cobbled streets and wandering along promenades, and enjoy lunch in a lakefront restaurant. You might even find a new favourite spot for your next Lake Garda holiday.

    Available from: All resorts

    Lake Garda tour

    Venice Classic

    A cluster of 118 islands and 400 bridges, Venice is one of the most distinctive cities in the world. Spend the day there exploring the maze of alleys and canals, and learning about the history of the ‘floating city’. Your guide will show you the sights, including St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. And you can add a gondola ride or boat trip around the lagoon to see a different view of Venice.

    Available from: All resorts

    San Nicolò Cruise

    Set sail on the San Nicolò, a vintage boat that’s been plying the lake since 1925. Your trip will take you around Isola del Garda, the biggest island on the lake, so you can see the Venetian-style villa and gardens from the water. Then you’ll head south towards the Sirmione peninsula for views of the honey-coloured town and crystal-clear waters around Jamaica beach – and the captain will drop the anchor along the way so you can go for a cooling swim if you like.

    Available from: Bardolino and Garda

    Sailing boat San Nicolo

    Flavours of Trentino

    Between Lake Garda and the Dolomite mountains, the Trentino region is known for its medieval architecture and excellent food – and you’ll get to experience both on this full-day tour. Start by exploring the village of Canale, one of the prettiest places in Italy with its cobbled lanes, traditional stone houses and churches. Then it’s off to an organic farm to try local cheese, charcuterie, honey and ice cream, before heading to Toblino Castle to admire beautiful views over coffee and strudel. Finally, you’ll pop into a distillery to sample a favourite Italian tipple, grappa.

    Available from: Limone, Malcesine, Riva and Torbole

    Verona Day Trip

    Enter the world of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Verona, a heart-shaped city bursting with culture and history. You can tick off famous sights like the Roman Arena, Piazza delle Erbe and Juliet’s balcony. After that, you’ll have free time to do whatever you like – maybe lunch and people watching outside a café in Piazza Bra or shopping in the designer boutiques on Via Mazzini.

    Available from: All resorts

    Verona aerial view

    Wine Tasting Tour

    The southern shore of Lake Garda is home to lots of wineries, with rows of vines stretching across the rolling hills. We’ll take you on a tour of two family-run vineyards, Cantina Secchi and Cantina Balter, to learn about the winemaking process – from growing different grape varieties to producing finished bottles of merlot, chardonnay and Trentodoc sparkling wine. And of course you’ll get to sample some of the final products and can pick up a bottle or two to take home if you want.

    Available from: Bardolino, Garda, Limone, Malcesine, Riva and Torri del Benaco

    Cosmopolitan Milan

    Head west for a day in Milan, the capital of football, fashion and fascinating history. You’ll get to see all the top sights, like the 15th-century Sforzesco Castle, La Scala opera house and the Duomo, which is the biggest church in Italy. After the tour, you can choose to go inside the monuments if you like, or wander off to explore more of the city – from the little espresso bars and gelaterias to the designer shops around Via Monte Napoleone, said to be Europe’s most expensive shopping street.

    Available from: All resorts

    Milan castle

    Medieval Mantua & Sigurtà Park

    Also called Mantova, the city of Mantua is a hub of culture, art and music in northern Italy. On this trip, you’ll get a guided tour through the four main piazzas, and get to see sights like St George’s Castle, the Palazzo Ducale and the 10th-century Rotonda church. In the afternoon, you can get back to nature with a visit to Sigurtà Park, which has won awards for being one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Wander among colourful blooms, trees and water features, find your way through the labyrinth maze and stroll down the Viale delle Rose, which is lined with over 30,000 roses.

    Available from: Bardolino, Desenzano, Garda, Gardone, Limone, Malcesine, Peschiera, Riva, Sirmione and Torri del Benaco

    Sigurta gardens in Italy

    Grand Dolomites Tour

    Take a scenic tour through some of the most impressive and beautiful mountains in Italy, the Dolomites. They’re a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for their dramatic jagged peaks, and are dotted with traditional alpine villages and meadows. You’ll drive through the Fiemme, Fassa and Gardena valleys, and the Pordoi and Sella passes, with plenty of stops along the way to take in the views and snap some photos.

    Available from: All resorts

    Dolomite mountains and meadows

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Author: Courtney Sparham