Lake Garda
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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

1. 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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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.

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Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

3. Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience with a small group and a wine expert. Discover a range of wines at two wineries in the Valpolicella wine region on a half-day trip. Meet your guide at the Take Time Bike Shop in Bardolino. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to discover hilly landscapes, lush vineyards, and olive trees. First, stop at a local winery in the heart of Valpolicella. Meet the producer and learn the secrets to Amarone wine production during a tour of the cellar and vineyards. Then, savor some fine wines, including Amarone and Ripasso, paired with local products. After taking stunning pictures of the hills and vineyards, head to a second local winery to enjoy another tasting where you will compare the perfume of the wines. Learn about this family-run business. See the barrels, drying process, and vineyards. Enjoy the enchanting stories shared by the winemaker and your expert wine guide before returning to Bardolino.

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Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

4. 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.

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Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

5. Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of the most charming places in Italy and the soul of Italian resorts. It is also the birthplace of Lugana wine, a delicate and exquisite white that will lead the way on this tour through beautiful panoramas and delicious culinary delights, including a visit to the beautiful old town of Sirmione. Visiting the southern shores of Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake, you will not only enjoy a wonderful boat trip where you will experience the magnificent panoply of colors that the Mediterranean will provide, but you will also learn the history of Lugana wine in the region and find out about how to marry Lugana wine with the traditional food of the region. Your tour will start with a hotel pick-up and a visit to Lake Garda, which is one of the most beautiful and largest lakes in Italy. The edge of Lake Garda will be rich with olive groves and mellow vineyards, characterized by a mild climate, which will combine to make for one of Italy’s most picturesque landscapes. The center of the beautiful old town of Sirmione reaches into Lake Garda and is connected to the mainland by a long narrow isthmus. This town has been a favorite resort for relaxation since the ancient Roman aristocracy was attracted here by the mild climate and curative thermal springs. It is a very popular tourist destination and a favorite resting place for travelers from all over the world. You will visit one of the best and the oldest winemaking companies in Sirmione accompanied by a professional sommelier. The Lugana winery is a perfect illustration of how local traditions are combined with the latest modern technologies. In the year 2000, a new cellar fully equipped with state of the art technology was built here but the wines continue to age in traditional French oak barrels. You will be invited to the cellar and taste several varieties of wine. During the walk in the vineyards, you will learn everything you can about the culture, climate and character of this beautiful lakeshore region. After an inspiring walk around Sirmione, with your appetite aroused, you will be taken for a gourmet lunch to taste the delights of the local cuisine in one of the best restaurants in the region. Here, you will enjoy the excellent combination of smooth Lugana wine and meals made of lake fish, pasta with seafood or white meats such as baked veal. After lunch, you will take a wonderful boat trip on Lake Garda, which shows off a variety of blue, green and Turquoise hues. Surrounding it under Mediterranean skies, the landscape will be composed of luxurious and diverse greenery, amongst which you will find charming villas and parks. You will pass and stop by the attractive small towns, scattered along its banks, which look as if they have escaped the touch of time. Here and there, castles dating from 12th and 13th centuries will also be seen.

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Veneto: Amarone Cooking and Tasting Experience in a Villa

6. Veneto: Amarone Cooking and Tasting Experience in a Villa

Head off on a beautiful journey into the countryside of northern Italy and discover the best food and wine the region has to offer, served in one of the most sumptuous Renaissance surroundings. At one of Verona’s most distinguished villas, encircled by the vineyards of Valpolicella, you will not only taste the gourmet delights of this top Italian kitchen, you will get a chance to cook them. See the ancient, well-stocked cellars and taste Amarone, the rich, dry red wine made from partially dried grapes. Start with a guided tour of the best Valpolicella wine cellar before moving onto Amarone vineyards, owned by one of the most renowned wine makers in Italy and set in the beautiful rolling hillsides surrounding Verona. Here you will learn all about the characteristics of the various grape varieties and the viticulture behind Valpolicella wine. Then, continue to one of the finest examples of Renaissance buildings just 30 minutes from Verona. The villa is famous for its magnificent fireplaces, featuring stone-carved recherché creatures that are both a wonder and a mystery to behold. The villa’s architecture is typical of sixteenth-century Italy, symmetric but versatile, and designed to revive the Golden Age. While there, you will learn how to cook some of the dishes traditionally served in this region, as the villa’s head chef takes you through a late-morning cooking class entitled, "The Pearls of our Cuisine: Pasta and Amarone." Learn the fundamentals of fresh pasta-making in all its different forms and find out about the delicious sauces and condiments that traditionally accompany it. You will also be shown how to make braised beef with Amarone and, to top it all off, the chef will introduce you to sbrisolona, the delectable, crumbly Italian sweet. The chefs of the villa will do their best to please you with fine, traditional cuisine complemented with the best local wines. Taste several kinds of Amarone and learn to recognize it by its slightly spicy bitterness, which is reminiscent of roasted almonds. Indulge in the gourmet lunch before the monstrous fireplaces in one of the spectacular halls of the villa. Finally, digest your meal with a stroll in the idyllic and mesmerizing landscape surrounding the villa. Gaze out onto the vineyards that spread out for miles under the Italian sun, as they have done for hundreds of years.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Our trip was fabulous!!! Our boat captain was very entertaining and made the trip so much more enjoyable than I expected. He entertained us until the very minute we got off the boat. The wine tasting was great. We had three generous samples of wine and some light snacks that were more than enough. Stopping to swim was refreshing considering it was quite warm the day we went. When we got on the boat at the beginning of the trip, we were all strangers, but at the end, we parted as friends.

We did the tasting yesterday, it was a truly enlightening experience. The wines tasted were really excellent with an extremely interesting cut, the girl very very prepared: she told us the story of their estate in detail. He explained the vines to us, explaining every characteristic of the vine and the soil, then taking us to visit the cellar. At the end of the tasting it is possible to buy bottles of the wines tasted and more, excellent quality and price. Experience highly recommended!

The excursion is 100% recommendable !!! We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the trip was. Time passed very quickly, everything was well organized. Our guide Carlo answered every question, the music was on, the atmosphere was great! The wine tasting and the snacks as you would expect ... the tour was definitely worth the money. Definitely do :-)

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!