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Things to do in Lake Garda

Boasting stunning scenery, Italy’s largest lake makes the perfect base for exploring the surrounding region.

Our most recommended things to do in Lake Garda

From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

1. From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day guided tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Travel across the Veneto on an air-conditioned bus, and hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Finally, join a walking tour from St. Mark's Square to Rialto Bridge. 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 (at your expense) near Soave. Arrive in Venice by 11:00 AM and hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40-minute walking tour of St. Mark's Square, complete with a guide and headphones, and see some 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 dominate the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” The central district is teeming with beautiful squares, canals, crumbling mansions, ancient churches, artist workshops, and bridges — all of which you get to admire on this tour. In the afternoon, get some free time to relax and explore Venice on your own. Go 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. At the end of the day trip, jump back on the boat to get from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

Valpolicella: 1.5-Hour Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Valpolicella: 1.5-Hour Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover beautiful Valpolicella on an exclusive guided winery tour and a tasting experience with a professional sommelier. During 1.5 hours, tour the vineyards and wine cellar. Learn about the history of wine and winemaking methods, and take part in an exceptional wine tasting with wines like Valpolicella Classic & Superior, and Amarone. In the Valpolicella area, the amazing landscape between Lake Garda and Verona, make a visit to a high-end winery estate and discover how high-quality wines are made. Hear the history of the estate and explanations of the methods and techniques of wine production. Follow the journey from the grape harvest in the vineyard located in the surrounding area to the final stage of the bottling. After your tour, taste a selection of 6 delicious quality wines, such as Valpolicella, Recioto, and Amarone, accompanied by a selection of local cured meats and cheeses. Let an expert guide you through the tasting as you listen to in-depth commentary on the particularity of these premium Italian wines.

From Tignale: Drena Canyoning Tour for Beginners

3. From Tignale: Drena Canyoning Tour for Beginners

Let your guide share their passion for canyoning with you on this trip through the canyons at Gumpenfever. Use high-quality equipment to explore the natural wonders of these stunning canyons.  Meet your guide and get suited up. Stay warm while you are in the water with a neoprene suit and socks and keep your head safe with a helmet. Get hands-on instruction at every step of the tour from your guide.  Try jumping into the water from a height of 5 meters or repelling down the cliffs. Experience the fun of sliding down a 14-meter natural slide. Know that your guide is happy to keep activities in your comfort zone through finding alternative ways down. 

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

4. 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

5. 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.

Lake Garda: Wine & Food Tasting Experience in Castle

6. Lake Garda: Wine & Food Tasting Experience in Castle

You will visit an original austrian fort, the seasoning area for the products, in an environment that combines tradition, modernity and technology, leaving the charm of the historical asset in which we find unchanged. You will learn about the approach, philosophy and production methods that have been passionately pursued for years. You will go then to the dedicated area, where you can taste organic wines of the territory, accompanied with quality cheeses and cured meats, and Garda olive oil paired with an artisanal focaccia of ancient grains.

Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

7. 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 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.

Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

8. 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.

From Lake Garda: Venice Full-Day Tour

9. From Lake Garda: Venice Full-Day Tour

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day tour to Venice from Lake Garda. On the journey from the Lake Garda region to Venice, you'll stop for a short coffee break near Soave, and then hop on-board a private boat to cruise into the heart of the floating city. The estimated time of arrival in Venice is 11:00 AM. There will be a chance to book an optional 25-minute gondola ride, this is booked with your tour guide on the bus to Venice. While in Venice, take a walking tour of St Mark's with a guide and headphones and see many of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll along the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of La Serenissima. In the afternoon, you have some free time to relax and explore on your own. Go off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city. At a given time, a motor boat will be waiting to take you from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus which will take you back to Lake Garda.

Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

10. Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

Taste the most important wines made in the area with the guidance of a professional Sommelier, who will walk you through the tasting process and explain what makes these Italian wines so unique.  The visit begins with a guided tour of the winery where you will learn about the methods and techniques of wine production. Journey through the traditions of high-quality wine production, from the harvest from the surrounding vineyards to the final stage of bottling.  At the end of the tour, enjoy an exclusive wine tasting experience where you will sample 2 red and 2 white wine varieties paired with local products.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,845 reviews

This was a lovely tour and the time allocated to each area visited was perfect. The optional boat tide was refreshing and we were very lucky with the weather and our tour guide Salvatore who gave us a lot of information about the places visited and more. The bus for this tour was very new and clean and also we loved the stop on the way in Bauli.

Nice experience, along a very varied journey through the vineyards and countryside of the area, arriving in places with a breathtaking view ... and the use of e-bikes makes the activity relaxing and not at all tiring Tasting at the end of the tour ... top! Absolutely to try

Thank you forte benedek for this wine tasting experience. Valentina was an amazing host with great knowledge of the wines. Would highly recommend, great value for money & beautiful location!

Well planned tour. The guide was knowledgable and a safe driver. The wine tour gave a lot of information and the wines were good. The lake was beautiful.

A wonder little village, very pretty waters. I wish we had more time and stayed longer!