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Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

1. Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Transfer across the Veneto by air-conditioned bus, and then hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. 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 near Soave. The estimated time of arrival in Venice is 11:00 AM. Upon arrival, hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40 minute walking tour, with a guide and headphones of St Mark's and see many 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 dominant both the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” Universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city is built on a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals. The central sestiere (district) is awash with beautiful squares and crumbling mansions, along with ancient churches, ateliers and bridges. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax and explore on your own. Get 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. A boat will be waiting to take you from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

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Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

2. Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the Scaligero Castle’s port. From here you will start sailing along the peninsula’s coast, where you will be able to see Maria Callas’s 1920s villa where she felt inspired to create many of her opera characters. You will also be able to observe the nearby thermal spa baths as well as the Aquaria Wellness Center, before spotting the place where the famous poet Catullus wrote many of his poems. You will also cruise past and discover the charismatic Roman villa known as the “Grotte di Catullo“. Afterwards, you can simply just look through the waves to discover the bubbles of the underwater Boiola Sulphur Spring, which provides thermal water to Sirmione. Finally, after admiring the architecture and perfect preservation of Sirmione Castle, you will have to "lower your head" to pass under the castle drawbridge before returning back to the port.

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Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

3. Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

Experience Lake Garda from the decks of a towering two-mast ship, sailing into the sunset with a glass of Prosecco and the deep blue waters below. Sip your aperitif aboard a piece of history while taking in the scenery from an exceptional perspective. See the most beautiful areas of the lake by harnessing the wind. Drink, snack, and relax as you take in the views.

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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.

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Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

5. Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

Delve into the past and traditions of the Lake Garde region on this boat trip. Come onboard the San Nicolò, a historical sailboat where the past and present become one. Enjoy an alternative half-day cruise on Lake Garde that combines relaxation, elegance, comfort, and enchanting landscapes. Depart from the harbor of Bardolino, and discover the lake's highlights. The first stage is Garda, followed by Punta San Vigilio and Isola del Garda, with their impressive villas. During the boat tour, stay refreshed with wine and water, and listen to music onboard. Enjoy time, too, to dive into the waters of the lake.

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Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

6. 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.

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Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

7. Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

Lake Garda and the Peninsula of Sirmione have always been considered some of the symbols of natural beauty of Northern Italy. Hop aboard and explore them on board a motorboat. Breathe in the magical atmosphere of the lake during the sunset and enjoy a 30-minutes boat tour. During this experience, you will take in some highlights of Lake Garda, such as the medieval Castle of Sirmione, the Catullo caves and luxury villas, such as Maria Calla's former home. Don't miss this unique chance to discover one of the nicest places on Lake Garda during sunset.

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From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

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

Meet the guide at the meeting point in the city center of Verona, and find a seat in a comfortable air-conditioned van for an amazing and relaxing half-day tour to lake Garda. Once you have left the city-center, pass through the countryside to reach Sirmione. Here, have the option to enjoy a lake tour by boat, giving you the opportunity to see the beautiful peninsula from the water. Options may be limited by the weather, and the availability of the boat. This beautiful medieval village, includes a castle, and will make you feel like you are back in olden times. The town is full of narrow lanes, and old shops, also called ‘botteghe’. Here you have a choice to explore the town on your own, or follow your guide and explore this village together. After an hour of free time the group will meet back up, and return to Verona by van.

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Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

9. Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

Visit the most important villages around Lake Garda on this full-day tour. Find out about the history of the area with your local and enjoy an included boat trip. Start in the morning at your chosen meeting point, where you’ll be picked up in an air-conditioned bus by your tour guide. Make your first stop in Limone sul Garda (1 hour). Explore this small but beautiful village, considered one of the most typical on the northern side of the ;ake. Learn about the history and enjoy a walk on the lake coast. Next, make your way to Sal, a modern and well-organized village. Discover high-level shops, an ice-creamery, restaurants, and souvenirs everywhere. Go for a stroll on one of the longest coasts for walking by lake. After, take a boat From Salò to Sirmione to see the village from another point of view. In Sirmione, find a special village renowned for its sulfurous water and thermal sites. Enjoy the castle, village center, and characteristic shops. Make your last stop at Lazise, a village totally surrounded by its walls; in fact, it was initially the residence and castle of the Scala family. Finally, return to the starting point by bus with your guide.

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Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

10. Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

Enjoy a guided tour of the most romantic city in the world. Choose your pick up location in Lake Garda and travel by air-conditioned coach to Venice. See the city in one day with your guide. Arrive in Venice in the morning and start the day journeying by boat through the Giudecca Canal to the heart of Venice, better known as San Marco. Take a short walk through the street of Venice with your tour guide. During the walk, you will be able to see the most famous attractions, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the St. Mark Cathedral and its square, the bell tower, and Rialto Bridge. After your walking tour, you will have approximately 6-hours of free time. Use your free time to visit restaurants, bars, shops, or book your own Gondola ride. In the afternoon enjoy a private guided Lagoon boat tour. The tour shows you unusual aspect of Venice and its history, thanks to a real Venetian speechman sailor! After the boat tour, you will return to the coach and be dropped off at your hotel between 11:30 PM and 12:30 AM.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 43 reviews

A great and very well organized day with a lot of wonderful experiences. Our guide Annalisa was great. She was very careful and active and told us a lot on the long bus ride and also guided us through not so overcrowded streets in Venice. The free time is set very generously. We took part in both the gondola ride (€ 30 pp for a 30-minute ride in a 4-person gondola - ride at 5 p.m. - then the waterways are no longer so full) and the joint dinner (€ 15 pp). Both can be booked during the outward journey. It was a very long day (departure Limone at 7.40 a.m. and return at 1.15 a.m.), which was very exhausting, but also positively unforgettable. For a first visit to Venice it is simply ideal and we now know how to go there again. And what was unbeatable for us was that we could see Venice at night (due to the departure at 9). The city then has a very special charm. Recommend

Really nice trip. Nice guide, just fun on the lake. Prepare for a brisk ride with a few snacks and a wine tasting as a stopover. If you like to go a little faster boat it is highly recommended.

A great experience with a great tour guide (captain)! The wine tasting in Bardolino, which was also included, was of course also a highlight. Highly recommended!

Well timed and organised. The tour guide was very approachable and keen to answer questions. It was also good to have extra time to go around.

Stefano, our guide, was amazing, and the entire trip was just perfect. Highly recommend!