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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.

From Lake Garda: Venice Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

3. 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.

Valpolicella: 1.5-Hour Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

4. 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

5. 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. 

Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

6. 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.

From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

7. From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

Discover the stunning natural landscapes of lake Garda on a trip from Verona. Visit the town of Sirmione and take a cruise on the crystal-clear waters of the lake (depending on the weather) and have some free time to explore the medieval town.  Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point in Verona. Take in views of the countryside as you ride in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to the shores of lake Garda. Reach the charming town of Sirmione where you can explore the peninsula on a boat trip (the trip may be limited by the weather and the availability of the boat). Step back in time as you explore the medieval village which includes the lakeside Scaligero Castle.  Stroll down narrow lanes, cobbled streets, and past old shops that locals call ‘botteghe.’ After some free time, the group will meet back up and return to Verona by van.

Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

8. 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.

Bike tour Chiaretto on bike, on Garda Lake

9. Bike tour Chiaretto on bike, on Garda Lake

With the guide of local experts, we will discover the places of production of Garda Dop oil and Bardolino Doc wines. The tour starts at 09:30 am with the meeting point at Tenuta Nobiltron. we will take you through the vineyard rows and the olive trees, and we will taste the famous Garda Dop oil of our production, accompanied by typical cheeses and cold cuts. Through narrow streets and paths surrounded by greenery we will visit with the best landscape sites of Lake Garda with breathtaking views. All this always riding a flaming E-Bike: the best way to fully enjoy the experience of visiting the morainic hills of Lake Garda. Along the way, we will stop for a break and a refreshment, and then continue towards Tenuta Nobiltron. The return is scheduled around 01:00 pm.

Garda Lake: Canyoning Adventure Tour

10. Garda Lake: Canyoning Adventure Tour

Enjoy a thrilling adventure in the Garda Lake area on this canyoning day tour. See the canyons and holes carved into the rocks by the Vione stream, and try diving, sliding, and playing in waterfalls. Travel the length of the entire canyon formed by the Vione stream that flows from Tignale down to Lake Garda, and enjoy different activities like diving and sliding, or jumps and toboggans. Try abseiling on waterfalls and enjoy the refreshing waters of the canyon. Embark on a canyoning experience appropriate for a variety of skill levels, there is no need to be expert to enjoy the tour, and for those scared to try jumps, they can be lowered down the canyon using ropes. Immerse yourself in pristine natureand fresh air in a gorgeous environment with crystal clear water and breathtaking landscapes.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

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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!