Lake Garda Outdoor activities

Our most recommended Lake Garda Outdoor activities

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.

Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

2. 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.

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.

Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

4. 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

5. 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.

Lazise: Vineyard Tour and Organic Wine Tasting

6. Lazise: Vineyard Tour and Organic Wine Tasting

Explore a recently built organic winery in Lazise. Go on a guided tour of the estate and the farm's wine cellar, followed by a tasting of 5 different wines accompanied by savory snacks. Head to the winery, which is located along the eastern shore of Lake Garda and surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Here, you'll meet your guide to begin your tour of the vineyards. Discover the different varieties of grapes grown here and find out about the farm's sustainable approach. From here, make your way to the wine cellar to learn more about wine production. See the working instruments, both old and new, and hear about the production methods used by the farm. Then, follow your guide to the tasting area to sample 5 of the estate's best wines accompanied by cured meats, bread sticks, cheese, and olives produced on the wine farm. At the end of your winery experience, feel free to visit the modern wine shop and purchase a few bottles of their wine to take with you.

Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

7. 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.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

8. 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: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

9. 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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What people are saying about Lake Garda

This was such a fun activity! Barbara welcomed us at the vineyard and she’d pulled together a cozy set up. We were 3 couples and one small family. She explained each wine and poured us very generous helpings. We tasted 7 wines in total. The olive oil and bread was delicious too! We ordered some wine to be shipped to Netherlands and within 24h got a notification that it’s been shipped. Love supporting local family owned vineyards, and this one is fantastic!

Easy to find and friendly welcome followed by a brilliant tour. We were at 5pm, the last one of the day, so our driver/captain took us all the way round to the other side of the castle!

Brilliant! A quick but lovely ride out on a smaller boat (where you don’t need to rush to get a good seat). It was great to have a view of Sirmione from a different angle.

This was a fantastic little cruise that was both informative and fun. Guide was great and my family says it was a highlight of the vacation!

Really fun ride around the lake. Very good thing to do before tasting Gelato in Sirmione.