Lake Garda Holidays
Discover Northern Italy’s most popular tourist destination with us on one of our guided holidays to Lake Garda. Each Lake Garda holiday includes return flights, 3 or 4 Star accommodation, guided transfers and excursions with expert, local guides.
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Top Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit From Lake Garda
Riva del Garda is one of the many charming towns that dot Lake Garda. Located on the northern shore, this picturesque retreat is surrounded by imposing mountains on one side and sparkling blue water on the other. While this is a great location from which to explore the lake, it is also an attraction in itself. On our trips to Lake Garda, we’ll have time to immerse ourselves in Italian culture as we stroll along the winding streets and beautiful waterfront of the town. With our expert guide, we’ll learn about the history of this region as we take in medieval archways, renaissance churches, and narrow cobbled streets.
The town of Limone is another beautiful town from which to explore the beauty and history of Lake Garda. The heart of Limone old town is centred around its beautiful little harbour, the Porto Vecchio. This area is a great place to relax and unwind with its picturesque waterfront terraces and plenty of waterfront cafés from which we can enjoy the lakeside views while sipping on a cappuccino. The quaint narrow streets around the port are filled with gorgeous boutiques and shops, and with plenty of free time, we can shop to our hearts’ content.
During his tour of Italy in the late 18th Century, the famous writer Goethe described Torbole as "a marvel of nature, an enchanting place". And this stunning lakeside town still retains its charm and beauty today. On our tours to Lake Garda, we’ll visit this quaint village and fishing harbour, which has preserved its original 15th Century appearance. So, whether you’re interested in exploring the town or simply want to relax and take in the stunning scenery, Torbole will be a highlight of our Lake Garda holiday.
Lake Garda’s convenient location just a few hours from Venice means that our holidays can easily include a day trip to the Floating City. When visiting Venice, we’ll wander through the warren of canals, alleys and squares that make up this magical city. We’ll also explore famous landmarks like St. Mark’s Square and Palazzo Ducale, admire 16th and 17th century art in the Galleria Franchetti, and stroll along the Rialto Bridge. We’ll have free time to admire the piazzas, bridges and ornate dwellings that adorn the quaysides of Venice's extensive network of canals, before returning to our hotel in Lake Garda.
Another famous Italian city just a few hours from Lake Garda is the iconic town of Verona. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with historical buildings and best known for its Roman amphitheatre, now home to the world famous Verona Opera festival. Also of interest is Juliet’s balcony – the fact that the balcony was added to the house in the 20th century doesn’t deter the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock to see and photograph it every year. During our trips to Verona, we’ll have a chance to see all this and more with an expert guide by our side.
The jagged mountain peaks of the Dolomites overlook the northern edge of Lake Garda and many visitors to the lake choose to spend time exploring this impressive mountain range. On our holidays to Lake Garda, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the scenic town of Bolzano in southern Tyrol, known as the gateway to the Dolomites. Get up close to these stunning mountains as we take a cable car ride to the high plateau of Renon before enjoying a train ride through the mountain farms of the beautiful Dolomites.
What To Expect On A Holiday In Lake Garda
With incredible scenery, a mild Mediterranean climate, and delicious cuisine, it’s easy to see why this region has so many return visitors year after year. The region is renowned not only for its magnificent landscape but also its rich culture and intriguing history. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the quaint medieval villages that dot the lake and absorbing the remnants of the memorable battles that took place in the Venetian castles. Because of its location among three Italian provinces, Lake Garda is also a great base for exploring some of Northern Italy’s most famous sites. On our trips to Lake Garda, we can visit other iconic Italian cities like Venice, Verona and Padua. Experience Lake Garda with us, we’ll enjoy a holiday full of relaxation, beauty and culture, amid a stunning natural backdrop.
Lake Garda Holiday FAQs
Do Lake Garda hotels provide entertainment and is free WiFi available?
In Lake Garda WiFi is free in most restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, but it may be confined to the public areas of the hotel only, so do check your hotel facilities. Other than in the larger, resort-style establishments, hotels generally don’t feature entertainment. In the summertime, live music can often be found in outdoor public areas as well as bars and cafes in most towns.
Can hotels in Lake Garda provide meals to suit my dietary requirements?
When notified in advance, Travel Department is happy to forward dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, to our chosen Lake Garda hotels on behalf of customers. Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.
Is there a dress code at my hotel or going out in Lake Garda?
For restaurants and hotel dining rooms there’s no need to dress up, but we would recommend to avoid wearing “beach wear” attire, such as shorts and flip flops. When visiting churches and holy places, cover up bare flesh; shoulders, chest, legs.
I have walking difficulties, is a holiday in Lake Garda suitable?
Although surrounded by mountains, it’s relatively easy to explore Lake Garda as most of the town centres are flat. However, the excursions involve periods of walking, standing, plus travel by boat, and Riva, Malcesine and Limone do have some cobbled streets and hilly areas. Therefore, a reasonable degree of health and mobility is required. For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our guided Lake Garda tours and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist.
What are the most popular food and drinks to try in Lake Garda?
Northern Italian food tends to be richer and heartier than that found in Italy’s Mediterranean regions, but no less delicious, with fine cheeses, cured meats, risottos and filled pastas on every menu. Try freshwater fish from the lake, drizzled with olive oil and juice from local lemons and accompany it with a glass of fragrant white Nosiola or Lugana wine. The high quality meats from the Alpine regions may be matched with a classic Valpolicella or refreshing Bardolino. Exquisite seasonal specialities such as chestnuts, pears and peaches will enhance your Lake Garda dining pleasure.
When is the best time to visit Lake Garda?
Lake Garda enjoys a pleasant, temperate climate for most of the year, with temperatures rising to around 30°c during the peak season of July and August. In spring and autumn, days are generally warm and sunny with cool breezes, making it an ideal time for sightseeing as well as relaxing.
Is Lake Garda a good holiday destination?
Lake Garda is an ideal location for a relaxing holiday in Italy. There are lakeside promenades and pavement cafes where you can revel in the fresh air and sunshine and relax with an alfresco coffee or glass of local wine, surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. It’s also the perfect base if you’re looking to take day trips to visit some iconic sights in Italy, such as Venice and Verona.