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From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

1. From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day guided tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Travel across the Veneto on an air-conditioned bus, and hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Finally, join a walking tour from St. Mark's Square to Rialto Bridge. Following your pick-up from various points in the Lake Garda region, including Limone, Riva del Garda and Bardolino, transfer to Venice with a short coffee break (at your expense) near Soave. Arrive in Venice by 11:00 AM and hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40-minute walking tour of St. Mark's Square, complete with a guide and headphones, and see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of “La Serenissima.” Learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it came to dominate the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” The central district is teeming with beautiful squares, canals, crumbling mansions, ancient churches, artist workshops, and bridges — all of which you get to admire on this tour. In the afternoon, get some free time to relax and explore Venice on your own. Go off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city, or just sit back and people-watch in one of the many cafés of Piazza San Marco. At the end of the day trip, jump back on the boat to get from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

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.

Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

3. Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Enjoy a full-day tour of Verona, with round-trip transfers from a host of locations in Lake Garda, including Limone, Lazise and Riva del Garda. Travel by air-conditioned coach and see lights like the Square of Lords and Juliet's House.  Following a comfortable transfer, explore Verona which has developed progressively for over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligeri family. Take a short walk into the city center, where a local guide will take you to the Verona Arena. See one of the finest Roman theaters still in use in existence anywhere in the world. Continue to the Square of Lords (Piazza dei Signori) and Square of Herbs (Piazza delle Erbe), before going to Juliet's House to see messages of love written by visitors from around the world. Go to the Castelvecchio and see the tombs of the Scala family (Arche Scaligere). Look at the Ponte Pietra, a Roman arch bridge that spans the Adige River. Have free time for some retail therapy on one of the most elegant streets in Italy. Stroll down the Via Mazzini and window shop (or max out your credit cards) before your return transfer to Lake Garda.

Peschiera del Garda: Guided Walking Tour

4. Peschiera del Garda: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the most important historic buildings of Peschiera del Garda on a guided walking tour. Learn about local history and enjoy the beauty and charm of this picturesque town situated on the shore of the stunning Lake Garda. Start your guided walking tour at Porta Brescia, where you can admire the beautiful view of the Tognon bulwark, with its characteristic wedge shape. Explore the quaint streets of the town and discover notable sites such as the war memorial erected on the pier. Learn more about local history and legends from your local guide, and discover the town's military importance in centuries past. See the former Artillery Barracks, Officers' Pavilion, and an Austrian Command Building. Stroll through Piazza d'Armi and admire the Parish church of San Martino, built according to tradition, on the ruins of a previous pagan temple; On the eastern side of the square, see what remains of the Scaliger Fortress with its 16th-century gateway to the courtyard. From the Voltoni Bridge admire the sight of the lake and the Mincio River crossed by the railway bridge.

The Lakes of Lombardy: 7-Day Bike Tour from Lake Garda

5. The Lakes of Lombardy: 7-Day Bike Tour from Lake Garda

Spend 7 glorious days biking along the lakes of Lombardy in Italy. Start from the east in Peschiera del Garda and follow the hilly areas of the big Alpine lakes in the Lombard region. Travel onwards along the beautiful Mincio River and stop to take a breather at a collection of quaint communes and pristine lakes along the way. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Arrival Individual arrival in Peschiera del Garda (Lake Garda) Day 2: Peschiera del Garda – Brescia [56km/72km] Spend the day biking from Peschiera del Garda to Brescia, following the cycling route of the Mincio river. Along the way, stop to visit the castles of Monzambano, Castellaro Lagusello, and Pozzolengo, as well as the parish church of Pontenove. You will have the option of heading directly to San Martino della Battaglia on the 56-kilometer route or extending your ride along the 72-kilometer route. Day 3: Brescia – Bergamo [50km/71km] Cycle from Brescia to Bergamo, stopping along the way at the beautiful Iseo Lake and the Rodengo Abbey, visiting Provaglio d'Iseo, the castle of Passirano, and then taking a break at the natural peat reserve of Sebino. You will also visit the castles of Clusane, Grumello and Montello. If the standard 71-kilometer route is too long for you, there is a possibility of shortening the route to 50 kilometers and traveling from Telgate to Bergamo by train. Day 4: Lake Iseo – Lecco [42km/50km] Cycle from Lake Iseo to the quaint Italian commune of Lecco. Along the way, visit the communes of Sotto il Monte and Garlate then stop for a visit at the sanctuary of Mapello. You will also enjoy a ride on the Leonardo ferry in Olginate before reaching your final destination, Lake Garlate or Lecco Lake. Day 5: Garlete/Lecco – Lake Como [40km] Spend the day cycling from the commune of Lecco to the famous Lake Como, stopping along the way at the Lakes Annone and Pusiano, as well as the Alserio church of Albavilla. Day 6: Como – Sesto Calende/Arona [60 km] While cycling from Como to Sesto Calende/Arona, you will stop at the Romanesque oratory of Albiolo, the beautiful Varese and Monate Lakes, Ticino River, and the intricate Abbey of Sesto Calende. Day 7 End your week-long journey after breakfast in Sesto Calende.

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The organization of the tour was perfect. Our tour guide Francesco entertained us very well during the trip to Venice with lots of jokes and interesting facts about Venice and its region. We also received a lot of helpful information on how best to spend a nice day in Venice. Arriving in Venice, you had the opportunity to accompany Francesco on his tour. All in all, Francesco and his colleagues made it an uncomplicated, beautiful day in a very lively city. We would like to thank Francesco and his colleague for a nice, well-organized day!

Really enjoyed our trip to Venice. We travelled from Malcesine on lake garda so it was an Early start but worth it to see the sights. Tour guide was excellent and very clear with instructions on meeting places & times. They have to be strict as the boats & buses have timetables to stick to so can’t wait about for dilly dalliers lol. Food included was ok but nothing special. All in all a great way to see the sights of Venice if you’re restricted on time in Italy.

It was a very nice and interesting tour. During the trip you could get a small overview of Lake Garda. On the way we were already provided with information about Venice. Two other tours in Venice were also offered. On the one hand, the gondola ride for €30/person. And the boat tour for 25€/pers. - Included was the transfer to the city and the guided tour.

It was an eventful day. During the bus ride there was interesting and entertaining information about Venice, just like during the city tour. There was still the option of a relatively inexpensive lunch and a gondola ride, but we preferred to explore the alleys and canals on our own. The booked boat trip through the lagoon was also very interesting.

fantastic fun trip, fast speed boats and wine tasting good