Lake Garda, Padua & the Dolomites
- Relax on the shores of Lake Garda on this 7-night guided holiday including excursions to Padua & Bolzano.
- Explore Lake Garda by water on a private boat trip to visit some of its most picturesque towns.
- Enjoy a full day trip into the imposing Dolomite mountains that frame the lake for breath-taking views.
- Discover the medieval city of Padua, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.
- Unwind with plenty of free time to explore Lake Garda on your own, with helpful tips from your expert guide.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Lake Garda, Padua & the Dolomites
Join us for this 7-night holiday filled with the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration! With its Mediterranean climate, clear blue waters, attractive villas and gardens, it's no surprise that so many of our guests return to Lake Garda year after year. For those looking to experience a different side of this beguiling region, this week-long holiday offers a unique opportunity to visit the scenic Alpine town of Bolzano, known as the gateway to the Dolomites. We’ll also visit the medieval city of Padua, one of Northern Italy’s best-kept secrets. This charming town holds one of Europe’s oldest universities and was once home to Galileo. Plus, since there's no better way to explore Lake Garda than from the water, we’ll take a full-day boat trip where you can sit back and soak up the enchanting culture and atmosphere.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Italy
Transfer to Lake Garda
Upon arrival in Italy, you will be met in the arrivals area of the airport by our local representative who will accompany you to your hotel. As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions you may have.
Lake Garda Boat Tour
Explore Lake Garda
After breakfast, join your guide for a short walking tour of Riva. Following this, you'll board a private boat for a unique sightseeing tour. Your first stop will be at Limone, a small village backed by lemon groves, with waterside cafes and cobbled streets lined with shops. Afterwards, with fantastic panoramas and a spectacular mountain backdrop, travel onwards for a visit to picturesque Malcesine, famed for its medieval Scaligero Castle. The boat will then return to Riva del Garda, but if you wish to stay on, you may return by public bus or boat later in the afternoon (this will be at your own expense). If remaining in Malcesine, we recommend a trip in the cable car which will take you 1,800 metres above sea level, with spectacular views.
At Leisure or Optional Excursion
Free Time in Lake Garda
Today, you will have a full day to relax and enjoy Lake Garda's charms. Shop, sightsee at your own pace or sit by the lake and take in the incredible views. You can take a water taxi across the lake to explore at your leisure and your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests and advise which highlights are a must see.
Optional Excursion - The Italian Alps
Your local guide will offer an optional excursion to the Italian Alps with a traditional lunch included.
See optional excursions list below for further information.
Excursion to Bolzano
On today's full day excursion, you will visit beautiful Bolzano in scenic southern Tyrol, known as the gateway to the Dolomite mountain range. Enjoy the wonderful art, architecture and treasures of this city, where Northern European and Mediterranean lifestyles meet in a wonderful fusion. Experience a cable car ride to the high plateau of Renon before enjoying a short train ride taking in the breathtaking views of mountain farms and glimpses of the beautiful Dolomites. (The cable car ride takes approximately 12min travelling to an altitude of 950m.) You'll have free time at leisure before returning to your hotel in Lake Garda.
Explore Lake Garda at Your Own Pace
Today, you will have the day at leisure. In the heart of Riva del Garda is the Piazza III Novembre, surrounded by 14th century porticos and the Apponale Tower, a former defence tower and World War I prison. This square is a beautiful place to explore during your free time. Don't forget to check with your local guide who will be delighted to suggest further activities to suit your interests.
Guided Tour of Padua
Following an early breakfast, you will depart by coach for the medieval city of Padua. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the city which houses one of Europe's oldest universities where Galileo was a professor and where the remains of St Anthony are preserved before enjoying some free time for lunch and sightseeing at your leisure.
Free Time in Lake Garda
Spend your last day enjoying the beautiful lakeside setting, shopping for last minute souvenirs or enjoying a coffee, gelato or glass of wine at a local café.
You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.