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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

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

1. 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.

Gardaland Park: 2-Day Open Date Entry Ticket

2. Gardaland Park: 2-Day Open Date Entry Ticket

Explore Gardaland Park, the top theme park in Italy, across two days with a special 2-day pass. Enjoy a magical time at the park situated on the southeastern banks of Lake Garda, with a variety of rides and attractions suitable for all ages. Discover a wide variety of rides and shows that will satisfy a truly diverse crowd, from early childhood to adolescence and beyond. Whether amongst groups of friends or family, all the rides of Gardaland Park offer a special combination of adventure, adrenaline, dream, and fantasy. Challenge the rapids in the heart of the jungle, face chilling descents, take part in the Mammoth arctic convoy. Daydream to your heart's content in the Fantasy Kingdom and all the themed areas. Throughout the day, explore rides such as Oblivion, The Black Hole dive coaster, and the mysterious Jungle Rapids. Travel back in time at the 4D Ice Age adventure and float on a log on the Colorado Boat. Be amazed by the incredible style of the iconic I Corsari attraction. New for 2022, experience the jungles of Jumanji - The Adventure in your own 4x4 off-road vehicle. Navigate your way through dangerous animals, falling obstacles, and a mighty stone giant to return the sacred jewel back to the fabled shrine in a race against time to save Jumanji. Kids can enjoy the fantastic Peppa Pig-themed area with 3 new attractions. Sail on an exciting pirate ship, fly up in the clouds in colorful balloons, and let Grandpa Pig take you on an unforgettable trip on his cute little train.  Food and beverages are available to purchase at a range of restaurants, kiosks, and fast-food outlets, while you can pick up some unusual gifts, such as toy swords, t-shirts, and games, at a host of gift shops throughout the park.

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

3. 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.

Gardaland Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium: Skip-the-line Ticket

4. Gardaland Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium: Skip-the-line Ticket

Explore Gardaland, the oldest park in Italy, and the SEA LIFE Acquarium with this special pass. Discover is the most popular theme park in Italy and the fascinating marine life of the aquarium. Discover the park on the southeastern banks of Lake Garda, landscaped in great detail to reference the realms of history, geography, space, and fantasy. Enjoy an array of adrenaline-pumping rides and entertaining shows with something for all members of the family, from young children to grandparents. Throughout the day, you will be able to explore the rides, such as the Oblivion – The Black Hole dive coaster and the mysterious Jungle Rapids. Travel back in time at the 4D Ice Age adventure and float on a log on the Colorado Boat. New for 2022, experience the jungles of Jumanji - The Adventure in your own 4x4 off-road vehicle. Navigate your way through dangerous animals, falling obstacles, and a mighty stone giant to return the sacred jewel back to the fabled shrine in a race against time to save Jumanji. The pass also includes entrance to the Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium. Discover some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, with 5,000 specimens in 37 tanks.  Visit the interactive rock pools, where you can touch a real shark egg and get a close-up view of the starfish. Don’t miss shark-feeding time, a thrilling sight to behold.  Walk through the unique transparent underwater tunnel. You'll be lost for words as sharks, stingrays and a beautiful Napoleon fish swim undisturbed right over your head. Watch fascinating films about the marine world in the aquarium cinema. Learn how you can support SEA LIFE's ocean conservation campaigns during your visit.

Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

5. 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.

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.

Lazise: Italian Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting

7. Lazise: Italian Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting

First of all choose which lesson to attend. Do you want to learn the art of gnocchi and tagliatelle or that of risotto and ravioli? Or why not: both? Take this 3-hour lesson where a professional chef will guide you step by step in the creation of these typical products of Italian cuisine. You will knead and cook directly! At the end of the lesson you will taste the fruit of your hard work combined with a tasting of local wines. Included in the price: use of professional equipment, a small recipe book, a wine tasting to accompany the products and a personalized apron. You are welcome in our home to breathe the real atmosphere of an Italian cuisine and take it back home to amaze your guests!

Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

8. Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

Learn about local flavors in a wonderful Lake Garda location during this tasting of local wines and foods at a vineyard in Lazise. Spend time in the vineyards and cellar, and taste up to 6 wines with cold cuts, cheeses, Garda extra virgin olive oil, and bread. Sipping on a white Garganega, a Chiaretto, or sparkling wine, begin your journey into the world of wine on Lake Garda. With your drink in hand, start learning about the quality of grapes and production methods. Taste test Verona's salami and cheeses along with different types of wine from reds to fresh and fruity types. Before the end of the experience, get a taste of Garda’s one and only extra virgin olive oil that’s perfectly paired with toasted bread. Experience its fruity and delicate flavors that only Garda can guarantee.

Bardolino: Garda Lake Winery Tour and Tasting

9. Bardolino: Garda Lake Winery Tour and Tasting

Discover the Bardolino area, its wine and olive oil in a family owned winery at the Garda Lake. The farm and the land are located on the Rocca del Garda, on the path that climbs up above the Rocca. The winery was founded after World War II by the grandfather of the wine maker. They started the production of Bardolino, a red wine obtained from the native Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes, up to the present day, where the grandson took over the reins of the company bringing innovation in production, producing, as well as Bardolino Classic, its still and sparkling rosé versions. After the vineyards tour you can relax on the terrace and start tasting the following wines with local delicacies: Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico DOC Chiaretto Spumante BRUT DOC Bardolino Classico DOC OTTO Igt Rosso Veronese Get ready to live an amazing experience!

From Tignale: Drena Canyoning Tour for Beginners

10. 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. 

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,556 reviews

We had the best experience with our brilliant tour guides Ricardo and Manuel, an absolutely amazing, fun and exhilarating 2 hour tour! Very easy to drive and felt extremely safe throughout whilst also taking our breath away. They also were really helpful in giving us some tips for the rest of our time in Italy which was much appreciated. If you’re considering booking just do it, you won’t regret it! Thank you so much

Excellent tour! We had a great captain. Purchased extra bottle of wine at the wine tasting, 8.50 Euro. Trip was as advertised. Definitely rate as a Recommend.

Everything was fine from pick uo through the tour which is quite spectacular. Special mention for the driver Vincenzo who was superb throughout.

A beautiful boat and the crew were very helpful. I very much enjoyed our trip around the lake. A perfect afternoon

Excellent experience, learned so much and fabulous wines!