One day on Lake Garda
One of the most beautiful of the Italian Lakes and part of our itinerary “The Great Alpine Lakes”. Garda covers and unites three regions and their marvels are reflected in its waters. One of the Great Alpine Lakes described in our tour.
- Our guide will meet you at your hotel
- We will skirt the lake, from the Venetian to the Lombard side.
- We will go up to Monte Baldo.
- Lunch and tasting in farmhouse.
- Visit and tasting in winery.
- Afternoon return to hotel.
With its mild climate and perfect water temperature Lake Garda is seems to be a sea set between the Alps and the Po Valley. Palm trees, oleanders, olive trees and vines surround the lake and its shores span three regions: Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto. On the waterfront, there are picturesque villages, lively beaches and marinas, parks and nature reserves.
The southernmost city is Peschiera del Garda, where the emissary of Lake Garda, the Mincio River begins. Its path crosses a beautiful natural park that brings us to Mantua, the beautiful city of the Gonzaga dynasty.
Continuing northwards, along the Venetian coast we come to Lazise, a charming village famous for its thermal baths and breathtaking landscapes, further north we come to Bardolino, a village that gives its name to a renowned Bardolino wine, a product of the mild climate that permits the northernmost production of extra virgin olive oil in Italy.
Still immersed in the almost tropical climate we find beaches and palm trees as we arrive in Garda, where the lake narrows and nestles among the high peaks of the Alps.
From here, there’s a beautiful view to the opposite side of the lake, villages and ancient streets, mountains and beaches, home-style trattorias and exclusive resorts, Garda has it all.
Further north at Malcesine, a rotating cableway takes us up to the top of the Monte Baldo, 2000m of pure emotion, with a breathtaking 360° view.
Finally, to Riva del Garda, on the northern tip of the lake; from there we descend down the lake’s Lombardy side to the town of Limone, the Italian word for lemon, that is indeed awash with the scent of lemons. A little further on in Pieve, begins one of the world’s most scenic roads, the Strada della Forra, it’s chipped into the mountain’s white rock and has incomparable views out over the lake and follows the path of the stream of the same name.
Passing through the villages of the Garda Bresciano Park, we return to the wider part of the lake where you cannot see to the other side, to stop in Toscolano Maderno for those who wish to take a boat trip. Then to Salò to enjoy their beautiful promenade and afterwards to Desenzano del Garda, the lake’s most popular resort. Finally, we head to Sirmione, a town facing the rolling hills and noble vineyards of Franciacorta. It has one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Italy, the Rocca Scaligera.
Return to your hotel late afternoon.
- Our local guide will escort you the entire day.
- All transfer with private vehicle.
- Visit planed in the itinerary.
- Wine tasting.
What’s not included:
- Anything not explictly specified
- Personal expenses