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Sirmione: Sunset Boat Cruise with Local Wine

1. Sirmione: Sunset Boat Cruise with Local Wine

Enjoy a sunset boat tour of the Sirmione peninsula. Watch the colors of the sunset as you pass the ruins at Grotte di Catullo and Scaligero Castle. Choose from a group option with sparkling wine and a private option that includes wine and fresh fruit. Depart from the small harbor in front of Sirmione castle and embark on a 45-minute tour. Marvel at the beauty of the sunset while sipping Prosecco. Pass by the old villa of Maria Callas and the spa and beauty center Aquaria. See the largest ruins of a Roman building in Northern Italy at Grotte di Catullo. View the sulfur spring of the thermal waters of Sirmione and the towering Scaligero Castle. Feel the thrill of passing under two bridges of the castle.

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

2. 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.

From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

3. 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: 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.

Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

5. Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

Cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Garda on a guided boat trip. Relax in a sun-shaded seat on deck or below, as you take in the views and learn about the lake’s most iconic sights from your captain. Explore the historic town of Sirmione in a 2-hour stopover before heading back to port. Take your seat on the tour boat and sail across the calm waters of Lake Garda. Learn about Villa di Maria Callas, Jamaica Beach, and the Roman history of the area from your captain. Take unforgettable photos in front of the "Fonte Boiola", a source of sulfurous water that heats the lake from below.  Dock at the port of Sirmione, where you will have 2 hours of free time to walk through the charming alleys of the historic peninsula at leisure. Use the time to visit the Catullo's Caves, indulge in a delicious gelato, or have an espresso on the lakefront. Then, climb back aboard the boat. On your way back to the dock, enjoy views of the stately Villa Canossa and the cypress and olive trees of Punta San Vigilio headland, considered the Pearl of the Lake, before arriving back at your starting point.

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.

From Bergamo: Verona and Sirmione Full-Day Tour

7. From Bergamo: Verona and Sirmione Full-Day Tour

Depart Bergamo and journey to the medieval city of Verona, where you can travel back to the days of Shakespeare and call for Romeo from the balcony of Juliet's House. Admire the Roman arena, where operas and summer concerts are still performed on a regular basis. Get some time to stroll the narrow streets and discover Renaissance palaces at leisure. Then, make your way to Lake Garda and visit Sirmione. Wander the narrow streets of the former Roman summer retreat to see highlights such as the ruins of the city walls and Roman villa. Marvel at the 13th-century castle and see a rare example of a medieval port fortification used by the Scaliger fleet.

Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

8. Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

Get to know Verona, and Lake Garda on this day trip from Milan. Your guide will take you to the famous Shakespearean sights of Romeo & Juliet and the Roman amphitheater (outside only). And before your tour ends, marvel at incredible panoramic views of the country's largest lake. After driving from Milan to Verona, you will be taken on a guided tour, following in the footsteps of William Shakespeare's famous play 'Romeo & Juliet'. You will get to see the famous balcony of the Capulet residence where Romeo was said to have called out to his beloved Juliet. But Verona has a lot more to offer. Visit the famous Roman amphitheater, which was built in the 1st century AD, and where nowadays every summer Verona's well-known open-air operas take place, and see Piazza Mercato and other beautiful architectural places in downtown Verona. For lunch, you will be given some free time to explore the city by yourself and optionally do some shopping or simply enjoy the picturesque old town in one of Verona's splendid cafés. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Sirmione, a small fortified village at the end of a narrow peninsula that extends for about 4 km into Lake Garda and offers wonderful panoramic views on the eastern and western shores of the lake.  Your guide will give you an extensive tour of the old town, before you may optionally join a boat tour on the lake.

Lake Garda: Sirmione E-bike rental with App and Wine Tasting

9. Lake Garda: Sirmione E-bike rental with App and Wine Tasting

Explore Lake Garda's hamlets and landscapes at your own pace on a rented e-bike using a mobile app-based route. Head out from Peschiera del Garda and discover local wines with an included wine tasting and vineyard visit, all while staying fit as you pedal. Cycle down bike paths and peaceful countryside roads and enjoy the Italian landscape. Pick up your e-bike and head off on your adventure. Follow the instructions on your app to start your exclusive route (app information received after booking on your confirmation voucher). Best of all, stop, rest, or go as fast as you wish as this is your tour. Begin by riding towards Sirmione, a unique village at the very end of a long peninsula. Lock your bike outside the castle and stroll through the narrow streets. If you have the time, don't miss Catullo's grottoes with the emerald waters of Lake Garda all around you. After visiting bustling Sirmione, cycle towards the quiet inland landscape, through Lugana's iconic vineyards. Here, stop for a wine tasting to savor the local flavors of four different wines before cycling back to your starting point to drop off your e-bike (winery address provided prior to your trip).

Sirmione: Walking and Speedboat Tour

10. Sirmione: Walking and Speedboat Tour

Explore beautiful Sirmione, with it's unique location on Lake Garda, out on the tip of a peninsula. Walk through the old, walled town and take a boat tour around the shoreline. Learn about the Roman remains and medieval castle, that give Sirmione its special atmosphere.  See the humble fishermen's houses and thermal spa that makes Sirmione the most visited resort on the lake. The historical center is located on an island and is reached through a bridge which you will enter with your professional guide. View an impressive Roman-era villa and medieval frescoes.  Get a feel for the city as you stroll through it's picturesque streets, listening to it's centuries of history from your guide. Following your walking tour, board a speedboat to view the peninsula from the cool of the water.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,385 reviews

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.

Amazing trip,the guide was excellent,he knew all the details and history of all sightseeings,he was very friendly and we enjoy every moment of this day.It was one of the best trips we ever had.

It was great, a great crew, a very charming captain, who explains many buildings with picture cards and also lets the boat go very fast, photo shoots with a sailor's hat incl.

Although the bus was 15 minutes late arriving everything else made us forget that. A lovely driver and both guides

A wonder little village, very pretty waters. I wish we had more time and stayed longer!