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Lake Garda Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Lake Garda Cruises & boat tours

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

1. 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.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

2. 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.

From Magugnano: Lake Garda Private Sailing Experience

3. From Magugnano: Lake Garda Private Sailing Experience

You will set sail from Magugnano in Brenzone, and according to the wind and the conditions of the day, we will cross the lake, being able to enjoy unique views, between Monte Baldo and the villages that overlook the coast, including Malcesine, Brenzone, Limone, Tignale, Campione, Trimelone Island. Our Boat is a Bavaria 31 Cruiser, a brand famous all over the world for the construction of solid, safe and fast boats; it's equipped with cabin beds, tables, bathroom and fridge, ready to give what you need to enjoy the cruise at all. You will also ablo to learn basic navigation techniques with our experienced instructor Sergio. Indulge yourself in an unforgettable experiences, in an unparalleled space and environment on saling boat, designed to satisfy your cruise. Fun, leisure and glamour are always guaranteed. Welcome on Board!

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

4. 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.

Lake Garda: 4-Hour Boat Cruise to Isola del Garda & Salò

5. Lake Garda: 4-Hour Boat Cruise to Isola del Garda & Salò

Climb aboard a medium-size boat and experience the beauty of Lake Garda from the most magical perspective thanks to the expertise of your captain tour guide. Journey across the lake in the direction of Salò. Stop after approximately 30 minutes to make some unforgettable photos in front of the noble palace of Isola del Garda. Then dock at the port of Salò where you will have about 1.5 hours of free time to walk the charming alleys at leisure. Use the time to visit the 15th-century cathedral with its amazing Renaissance paintings, or relax by the lake and watch the world go by. Stop in front of the beautiful town of Gardone Riviera on the return boat crossing. See the Villa Canossa and the cypress and olive trees on the Punta San Vigilio headland, before docking back at your starting point between 5:45-6:00 PM.

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.

Lake Garda: Private Sunset Cruise to Isola del Garda

7. Lake Garda: Private Sunset Cruise to Isola del Garda

Hop onboard a private boat and set sail across Lake Garda on this romantic sunset cruise. Admire views of the Gardone Lakeside, Gulf of Salo, and the coast of Portese, while sipping on a refreshing glass of Prosecco. Arrive at the idyllic Isola del Garda, home to the impressive Villa Borghese. Admire this Venetian Neo-Gothic villa, which boasts an intricate exterior. From here, continue to the small hamlet of Fasano, home to luxury hotels and villas. Leave Fasano behind and cozy up on the boat as the sun begins to set. Marvel as the landscape is transformed with color, and savor this blissful moment. Finally, sail past the historic Casino di Gardone before returning to the starting point.

Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

8. Lugana Wine Tour With Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of the most charming places in Italy and the soul of Italian resorts. It is also the birthplace of Lugana wine, a delicate and exquisite white that will lead the way on this tour through beautiful panoramas and delicious culinary delights, including a visit to the beautiful old town of Sirmione. Visiting the southern shores of Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake, you will not only enjoy a wonderful boat trip where you will experience the magnificent panoply of colors that the Mediterranean will provide, but you will also learn the history of Lugana wine in the region and find out about how to marry Lugana wine with the traditional food of the region. Your tour will start with a hotel pick-up and a visit to Lake Garda, which is one of the most beautiful and largest lakes in Italy. The edge of Lake Garda will be rich with olive groves and mellow vineyards, characterized by a mild climate, which will combine to make for one of Italy’s most picturesque landscapes. The center of the beautiful old town of Sirmione reaches into Lake Garda and is connected to the mainland by a long narrow isthmus. This town has been a favorite resort for relaxation since the ancient Roman aristocracy was attracted here by the mild climate and curative thermal springs. It is a very popular tourist destination and a favorite resting place for travelers from all over the world. You will visit one of the best and the oldest winemaking companies in Sirmione accompanied by a professional sommelier. The Lugana winery is a perfect illustration of how local traditions are combined with the latest modern technologies. In the year 2000, a new cellar fully equipped with state of the art technology was built here but the wines continue to age in traditional French oak barrels. You will be invited to the cellar and taste several varieties of wine. During the walk in the vineyards, you will learn everything you can about the culture, climate and character of this beautiful lakeshore region. After an inspiring walk around Sirmione, with your appetite aroused, you will be taken for a gourmet lunch to taste the delights of the local cuisine in one of the best restaurants in the region. Here, you will enjoy the excellent combination of smooth Lugana wine and meals made of lake fish, pasta with seafood or white meats such as baked veal. After lunch, you will take a wonderful boat trip on Lake Garda, which shows off a variety of blue, green and Turquoise hues. Surrounding it under Mediterranean skies, the landscape will be composed of luxurious and diverse greenery, amongst which you will find charming villas and parks. You will pass and stop by the attractive small towns, scattered along its banks, which look as if they have escaped the touch of time. Here and there, castles dating from 12th and 13th centuries will also be seen.

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What people are saying about Lake Garda

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Easy to find and friendly welcome followed by a brilliant tour. We were at 5pm, the last one of the day, so our driver/captain took us all the way round to the other side of the castle!

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.

This was a fantastic little cruise that was both informative and fun. Guide was great and my family says it was a highlight of the vacation!

Really fun ride around the lake. Very good thing to do before tasting Gelato in Sirmione.

Short-lived but beautiful experience! Our captain was very personable!