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Lake Garda Experiences

Characterised by crystal waters surrounded by dramatic cliffs and rolling hills, Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian Lakes. A destination of exceptional beauty, Lake Garda is a renowned holiday spot offering ultimate relaxation, outdoor activity and distinguished cuisine. From the fjord-like north of the lake surrounded by steep mountains, to the south surrounded by olive groves and lemon orchards, the scenery in Lake Garda never gets old. The lake’s natural surroundings are peppered with small towns and villages, including the cosmopolitan resort of Salò – beloved for its array of waterside restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques.

Select an experience below to find out more.

The Grand Dolomites Tour

An experience that embraces the best mountain scenery within driving distance of Lake Garda, this tour will take you to the heart of the Dolomites.

 

Includes

 

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide

From£65per person

Undercover Verona

This city of love is just over an hour’s drive from Lake Garda, making it an ideal place to visit while holidaying in the Italian Lakes.

 

Includes

 

  • Sightseeing coach tour
  • Guided city tour on foot
  • English speaking guide

From£50per person

Wine Tour: Bardolino & Surroundings

Discover this region on the shore of Lake Garda and gain remarkable insights into the red wines hailing from the area.

 

Includes

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide
  • Wine tasting

From£55per person

Venice Special

This tour gives you the opportunity to travel from one waterside spot to another and explore Italy’s city of islands and lagoons.

 

Includes

 

  • coach travel
  • English speaking guide
  • Private boat tour

From£80per person

Lake Tour

Get to know the villages, towns, communities and scenery of Lake Garda on this  full day tour that travels around the perimeter of the world-famous lake.

 

Includes

 

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide
  • Boat ride

From£50per person

Bergamo, Lake Iseo & Franciacorta

A celebration of everything from a famous town’s unrivalled history, to local islands and wines, this day long tour gives visitors a different perspective on the local region.

 

Includes

  • Coach travel & English speaking guide
  • Funicular ride
  • Motorboat tour

From£100per person

The medieval village of Bergamo

The medieval village of Bergamo

Bergamo, Lake Iseo & Franciacorta

A celebration of everything from a famous town’s unrivalled history, to local islands and wines, this day long tour gives visitors a different perspective on the local region.

Departing by coach from Lake Garda, we’ll travel directly to Bergamo – a journey that takes just an hour. A city best known for the Venetian walls that surround the old city – an area which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recent years – the sights of Bergamo are truly unparalleled. On arrival in the city, your expert guide will tell let you into the incredible secrets of this corner of the world. We’ll also embark on a funicular ride to enjoy breath-taking views with Bergamo laid out below. The city is also the birthplace of stracciatella ice cream, so we’ll enjoy a taste of this sweet treat before continuing the tour!

Next we’ll travel to Lake Iseo – surrounded by mountains that seem to emerge directly from the water – for a boat trip that will immerse you in the sheer beauty of the lake. We’ll also take in the lake’s three islands – Montisola – the largest lake island in South and Central Europe – Loreto and San Paolo.

After our time out on the water, we’ll make our way to the wine region of Franciacorta – famed for its sparkling wines. Here we’ll visit a family-run wine estate and indulge in a tasting session to learn more about the local wines and produce. It’s the perfect way to round off the day!

Transfers from Garda, Bardolino, Desenzano & Sirmone, only available on Friday’s. Prices from £100 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide,  funicular ride and motorboat tour.

City of Verona

City of Verona

Undercover Verona

This city of love is just over an hour’s drive from Lake Garda, making it an ideal place to visit while holidaying in the Italian Lakes.

The famous setting of the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a city of culture and history. We’ll pick you up in the morning from Lake Garda for this full day tour of the city. Some of city’s famous sights are located on the outskirts of Verona, so we’ll go sightseeing by coach for part of the tour to give you a well-rounded impression of the locality.

In the city centre itself, we’ll explore on a walking tour so you can soak up the sights and sounds of the magical city. In particular, we’ll visit Verona Arena – the incredible Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra. Built in the 1st century, this is an ancient structure that has been preserved with diligence, and visiting it is a genuine honour. We’ll also visit Piazza della Erbe, which was Verona’s Roman Court, and is still a hub of political and economic life today.

For Shakespeare aficionados, we’ll also pay a visit to Juliet’s House. This is a Gothic-style building with a stone balcony that dates back to the 1300s – and is the house that is said to have inspired Shakespeare. Nowadays it is a museum dedicated to Romeo and Juliet. After the guided tour, you’ll have some free time to discover the corners of Verona that most interest you.

Transfers from Riva Del Garda, Garda, Bardolino on Thursday’s & Saturday’s and from Gardone, Desenzano & Sirmone on Friday’s all from £50 per person. Includes English speaking guide and sightseeing coach tour.

 

Bardolino countryside vineyards

Bardolino countryside vineyards

Wine Tour: Bardolino & Surroundings

Discover this region on the shore of Lake Garda and gain remarkable insights into the red wines hailing from the area.

This half-day tour takes you directly to Bardolino in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, where you will start your wine experience. En route you’ll pass rolling hills filled with vineyards, giving you a taste of the delights you have in store.

We’ll visit two different wineries in Bardolino, both offering an insider experience of the wine-making tradition of the region. Bardolino wine was awarded Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) status – the Italian quality assurance label – in 1968. The primary blend of grapes in Bardolino DOC is Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. Although the blend of grapes is similar between Bardolino and Valpolicella wines, the taste is quite different due to the differing proportions of grapes used. Bardolino wine is described as light, with superiore wines containing a little more alcohol. Rosé, frizzante and novella Bordolino wines are also available. The novella wine is described as being like the French Beaujolais nouveau.

Your experience at both Bardolino wine cellars will give you a close-up look at how the wines are produced, with the opportunity to taste numerous wines paired with fresh produce from the region. If any of the wines you taste are too good to resist, you’ll also be able to buy some bottles directly from the winemakers. To give you a true taste of the region, we’ll also stop off at a traditional village in Bardolino before our return.

 

Transfers from Garda & Bardolino on Tuesday’s from £55 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide and wine tasting.

St Mark's Square riverside

St Mark's Square riverside

Venice Special

This tour gives you the opportunity to travel from one waterside spot to another and explore Italy’s city of islands and lagoons.

We’ll pick you up from Lake Garda in the morning in a comfortable coach on this full day tour. Just a two hour journey will take us to Tronchetto in the west of Venice, where we’ll disembark the coach to continue our journey. This will see us climbing aboard a private boat for a tour across the Venice lagoon – the perfect way to arrive in Venice in style, while getting to know the city on the water along the way.

After the boat tour, we’ll get off the boat at St Mark’s Square – the beating heart of Venice. Locally known just as ‘la Piazza’, the square has had supreme influence over the course history, so much so that Napoleon apparently called it “the drawing room of Europe”. We’ll spend a little time getting to know St Mark’s Square, including the incredible Basilica, which dates back to 1060 and is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

We’ll continue from St Mark’s Square on a walking tour of the historical centre of Venice. You’ll hear more about the history and secrets of the iconic city from the expert guide, and discover charming alleys and squares. You’ll also walk alongside many of the enchanting canals of Venice and cross numerous bewitching bridges – of which there are almost 400 across the city in total.

Transfers from Riva Del Garda, Garda, Bardolino, Gardone, Desenzano and Sirmone on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s from £80 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide and private boat tour.

The picturesque Gardesana roads around lake Garda

The picturesque Gardesana roads around lake Garda

Lake Tour

Get to know the villages, towns, communities and scenery of Lake Garda on this  full day tour that travels around the perimeter of the world-famous lake.

We’ll pick you up in the morning by coach to embark on our journey along the Gardesana – the glorious road the circles Lake Garda, offering immense views along every stretch. On this experience you’ll visit the most beautiful and charm-filled communities around the lake, learning more about the history, culture and cuisine of the area. There will be plenty of opportunities to take dazzling photos of the lake from all angles too.

For those fascinated by Lake Garda’s not-too-distant past, we’ll spend part of the tour traversing Mussolini’s tunnels. Located between Gargnano and Riva del Garda, the dictator had factories set up within the tunnels to repair weapons and engines during the war. We’ll also take in Scaligero Castle – one of the best conserved castles in the whole of Italy – located on the water’s edge in Sirmione. We’ll travel everywhere from the rugged northern part of the lake, to the vineyard-filled southern region – while your expert guide will relay fascinating facts and secrets about the wondrous lake.

You’ll have plenty of free time when we stop off in Lake Garda’s various towns too – ideal for strolling the picturesque streets and stopping for lunch, drinks and gelato. We’ll also hop on a boat for part of the journey, so you can truly soak up the delights of Lake Garda from all perspectives.

Transfers from Riva Del Garda & Bardolino on Tuesdays & Friday’s and from Gardone, Desenzano & Sirmone on Wednesday’s & Friday’s. Price from £50 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide and boat ride.

 

The wondrous Dolomites

The wondrous Dolomites

The Grand Dolomites Tour

An experience that embraces the best mountain scenery within driving distance of Lake Garda, this tour will take you to the heart of the Dolomites.

We’ll depart from Lake Garda in the morning, wending our way into the central Dolomites by coach, enjoying pristine mountain views along the way. The Dolomites form part of the Southern Limestone Alps. Sometimes called the ‘Pale Mountains’, they were named after their rock type – carbonate rock dolomite – which was first described by the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu. An area of impeccable beauty, the Dolomites are home to a National Park and multiple regional parks – and is a named UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our tour will take us among the incredible valleys, and subsequently upwards to the Pordoi Pass. At an altitude of 2,239 metres, the Pordoi Pass is the second highest road in the Dolomites. Here you’ll enjoy lunch from what feels like the top of the world, while overlooking the majestic scenery that surrounds you. Afterwards, we’ll also embark on a cable car ride that offers a bird’s eye view of the surroundings, and incredible photo opportunities.

We’ll continue our tour with a visit to the traditional Tyrolean village of Val Gardena – a valley of the Dolomites with chocolate-box communities. You’ll enjoy a little free time to stroll the streets and soak up yet more incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We also recommend trying the local speciality – apple strudel – another reminder of Austria’s proximity!

Transfers from Riva del Garda, Bardolino, Gardone, Desenzano/Sirmone on Monday’s from £65 per person. Includes coach travel and English speaking guide.

More Lake Garda Experiences

Cosmopolitan Milan

Spend a day in a global capital of fashion, art and history on this day long trip to Milan.

Our journey from Lake Garda to Milan will take around two hours, and we’ll start our tour with an expert guide as soon as we arrive. You’ll get insights into Milan from all angles and visit some of the spots the city is most renowned for. In particular, you’ll get a closer glimpse of Sforza Castle, built by a Duke of Milan in the 15th century. It was rebuilt in the 1890s by Milanese architect Luca Beltrami to make it one of the largest citadels in Europe. Among other museums located in the citadel is Museum of Rondanini Pietà, which is home to Michelangelo’s last sculpture that he worked on until the last days of his life.

The walking tour of Milan will also take you past La Scala opera house, where all of the opera world’s greats continue to perform to this day. You’ll also learn more about the Duomo Cathedral – which took almost six centuries to build – before visiting Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. Both a prestigious shopping mall and a Milan landmark in its own right – named after the first King of the Kingdom of Italy – this is a place to soak up Milan’s global fashion credentials. Now is the perfect time for you to enjoy some free time, when you can go shopping, enjoy other local attractions and sample some traditional Milanese cuisine.

Transfers from Riva del Garda, Bardolino,Gardone, Desenzano/Sirmone on Thursday’s from £65 per person. Includes coach travel and English speaking guide.

Medieval Mantova & Sigurtà Gardens

A day long tour that takes in one of Italy’s most culture-filled cities, as well a 60 hectare haven of greenery and gardens, this experience shows off a side of Italy many travellers don’t see.

We’ll depart from Lake Garda in the morning by coach to travel directly to the medieval city of Mantova. Previously named as both an Italian City of Culture and the European Capital of Gastronomy, Mantova’s old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival, we’ll embark on a guided tour of the city to learn more about this treasured city. You’ll learn about the magnificent architectural styles of the city, find out about its musical history, and discover an unexpected link to many of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. The city is made even more beautiful and interesting by the three man-made lakes that surround it. Created for practical reasons rather than for style, these lakes were actually constructed in the 12th century as part of the city’s defence system.

After an enchanting visit to Mantova, we’ll travel onwards to Valeggio Sul Mincio and the Sigurtà Garden Park. This huge expanse of parkland is home to an incredible 30,000 rose bushes, 18 water gardens and a maze. Established in 1617, the park also has medicinal gardens, a grotto, lakes, woodland and an annual tulip spectacle, when one million tulips bloom. You’ll have a little free time here to enjoy the magic of one of Italy’s most beloved parks.

Transfers from Bardolino, Gardone & Desenzano/Sirmone on Wednesday’s from £85 per person. Includes coach travel and English speaking guide.

Merano and Trautmansdorf

This experience brings a feeling of Austria to your Italian adventure, with a visit to the Alpine town of Merano, close to Italy’s border with Austria.

We’ll depart from Lake Garda in the morning and travel north by coach, reaching Merano in around two hours. The town’s scenery is dominated by Ifinger Mountain – the striking Alpine mountain that overlooks Merano. Despite being in Italy’s South Tyrol region, the town has the distinctive feeling of Austria, dominated by spas and art nouveau architecture.

On arrival in Merano, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the town, gaining insights into the classical Tyrolean buildings and the history Empress Elisabeth of Austria has with Merano. Also known as Princess Sisi, the late Austrian Empress and Queen of Hungary was the reason Merano reached international fame.

After learning all you can from your expert guide, you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the feeling of Merano for yourself with some free time to stroll around the town. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore another famous spot in Merano – the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. The gardens were a favourite of Princess Sisi, which had been created by Count Trauttmansdorff in around 1850 when he restored the castle. With approximately 80 gardens to explore nowadays, visitors can experience a wonder of nature that has stood the test of time. As well as species and landscapes of South Tyrol, an aviary, Japanese alluvial forest, tea plantations, rice terraces and Italy’s northernmost olive grove can be discovered here.

Transfers from Riva del Garda on Friday’s from £70 per person. Includes coach travel and English speaking guide.

Wine Tour: Trentino Region

A region to the north of Lake Garda where wine-making has been a tradition for thousands of years, this is an experience for wine aficionados who revel in wine history.

We’ll depart from Lake Garda on this half day tour in an air-conditioned coach, which will take us to the Trentino region along scenic roads in around an hour. Evidence of wine-making in Trentino spans around 3,000 years, when the first Greek settlers planted vines. Monks during the Roman times also helped develop the specific wine-making traditions of the region. Wines made in Trentino nowadays include those made from three grapes that are native to the region – white Nosiola, red Teroldego Rotaliano and red Marzemino. However, many internationally known grape varieties are also grown here, including Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Grigio.  The result is a variety of wines that are exported throughout the world.

Your experience will include a visit to two wineries, where you’ll learn all about the wine-making process and the terroir of the region. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines – alongside various local food products – to savour the flavours of the region accompanied by expert commentary and interaction with the wine-makers. If any wines take your fancy, you’ll also be able to buy some to take home with you.

Before returning to Lake Garda, we’ll visit a countryside village in the Trentino region to show you a different side to life here, as well as enchanting views of the rural surroundings.

Transfers from Riva Del Garda on Friday’s from £60 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide and wine tasting.

Wine Tour: Lugana & Surroundings

Travelling south of Lake Garda, this tour gives a deeper look into the regional wine-making tradition surrounding the Italian Lakes.

We’ll commence this half day tour on an air-conditioned coach, making our way a short distance south of Lake Garda. An area in between Italy’s Veneto and Lombardy regions, Lugana produces only white wines from the superior Turbiana grape variety. It’s wines are described as being crisp and dry, yet elegant with mineral notes and a scent of the lemon groves also found in this region. There are a handful of sparkling and dessert wines hailing from Lugana too.

Stopping at two wineries on this tour – both of which are family-run businesses – you’ll gain a deeper understanding both of Lugana wine and of the wine-making tradition in the region as a whole. You’ll feel a sense of the passion that goes into wine-making here, while learning about the whole process from the wine producers themselves. As well as seeing the wine cellars, you’ll take a look around the vineyards and enjoy being surrounded by nature. Importantly, you’ll also enjoy tasting multiple wines from these wine producers, which will be paired with some of the local food produce from the region. By the end, you’ll understand how impeccable wine-making standards and the rhythm of the region perfectly come together.

Before returning to Lake Garda, we’ll visit a rural village so you can enjoy a gentle stroll while getting a feel for a traditional way of life.

Transfers from Gardone, Sirmone & Desenzano on Tuesday’s from £60 per person. Includes coach travel, English speaking guide and wine tasting.