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How to Spend 3 Days in Lake Garda

How to Spend 3 Days in Lake Garda

From relaxing cruises to mountain adventures, three days is ample time to enjoy all Lake Garda has to offer. Trip through the lake’s picture-book waterside towns, cruise around islands and Roman ruins, and head farther afield to go wine-tasting and visit cities such as Venice and Verona. Here are our tips for three days in Lake Garda.

Day 1: Explore Lake Garda

Lake Garda’s towns are fairly widely dispersed around its shores, so consider a convenient, full-day coach tour that covers top sights such as Sirmione and Riva del Garda. Alternatively, break up the day with shorter outings. Ride a motorboat around the Sirmione peninsula, wafting by beaches, the Roman Grotto of Catullus—the relics of the poet’s country villa—and under the bridges of 13th-century Scaligero Castle. Otherwise, cruise north to the more mountainous section of the lake and meander around Garda Island (Isola del Garda), home to the Gothic-style Villa Borghese Cavazza. For a longer sojourn on the water, sail along the quieter west coast, visiting scenic spots such as Salò and Limone sul Garda.

Day 2: City Sightseeing

Take advantage of Lake Garda’s geographical position today on a day trip. History and architecture lovers might head to the squares and canals of Venice or to Verona, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site Roman amphitheater and the house of Juliet, Shakespeare’s fictional star-crossed lover. Also beckoning nearby is Milan, with its world-famous cathedral and designer shopping. Still within day-trip range (but barely) is Florence, cradle of Europe’s Renaissance and home to Michelangelo’sDavid.

Day 3: Mountains, Wines, and Adventures

As you’ve covered many of the region’s top sights, devote today to one or two activities of interest. For more history, head for Mantua, a masterpiece of Renaissance town planning and UNESCO World Heritage Site, or, if you’re a nature lover, into Italy’s Dolomite Mountains to visit towns such as Moena and drink in high-altitude views over the peaks of Catinaccio and Marmolada. Alternatively, stay closer to home to enjoy more of Lake Garda’s attractions. Brave a canyoning tour, drive a 3-wheel trike around Garda’s hill villages, or opt for a wine-tasting tour of the Adige Valley, which produces acclaimed Bardolino and pinot grigio. End the day on a private lake cruise that includes appetizers and a glass of prosecco, so you can toast the sunset and soak in Lake Garda’s scenery one last time.

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Dolomites Full-day Tour from Lake Garda

Dolomites Full-day Tour from Lake Garda

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Discover the best of the Italian Alps on this full-day Dolomites tour from Lake Garda. Hop into your air-conditioned coach from a range of different pickup points around Lake Garda, then spin into the pretty Dolomites with a guide. Visit traditional mountain towns like Moena or Cavalese, and take the Pordoi pass for fine views over peaks such as Catinaccio, Marmolada, and Sella. During your 11-hour tour, enjoy free time in the Alpine town of Ortisei and soak up the atmosphere among the peaks and valleys.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.22
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Venice Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Venice Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

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Make the most of a day in one of the world's most romantic cities with this full-day trip to Venice from Lake Garda. See Venice's most famous attractions, including St Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. Float through the canals in a private boat, and enjoy free time to explore on your own in the afternoon.
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  • 11 to 13 hours
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Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

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Spend a day in Verona on a trip from Lake Garda, and discover the charms of a city with Roman ruins, links to Shakespeare, and an Old Town with an abundance of elegant shops. On a tour, see and learn about Verona’s showpiece sights include Juliet’s House, the Pietra Bridge, and the shopping street of Via Mazzini. Round-trip transport from Lake Garda region hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.34
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Lake Garda Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise from Sirmione

Lake Garda Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise from Sirmione

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Savor the scenery and sights of Lake Garda on a 4-hour afternoon cruise from Sirmione. Board a comfortable boat and sail along the lake’s western shores past islands, towns, villas, and more. Glide by the Roman Grotto of Catullus and one-time mansion of Maria Callas, see the islets of San Biagio and Garda and stop for an optional swim. Finally, take a stroll in Salò and toast views of Gardone with a glass of Prosecco.
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  • 4 hours
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Lake Garda 4-Hour guided Boat Cruise to Isola del Garda and visit Salò

Lake Garda 4-Hour guided Boat Cruise to Isola del Garda and visit Salò

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Hop on a boat for a guided Lake Garda cruise from Torri del Benaco or Garda to the history-steeped town of Salò and back. After cruising past the pretty lakeside villages of Italy’s largest lake, you’ll raise a glass by Isola del Garda’s Venetian palace then enjoy free time in Salò, ambling along its alleyways and visiting the Renaissance cathedral. It’s a great way to see some highlights of Lake Garda in just one afternoon.
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  • 4 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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Full-day Lake Garda Tour

Full-day Lake Garda Tour

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Spend a lazy day on Lake Garda with this day-long trip around the main lakeside towns. Aboard an air-conditioned bus, you’ll travel around the shores in comfort, stopping to visit towns such as Limone sul Garda, Lazise, and Salò along the way. Different routes operate on different days, so check before you book. No matter what tour you book, each experience ends on a high note with a boat ride on the lake.
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  • 9 hours
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Lake Garda Mini Cruise: Sirmione Peninsula

Lake Garda Mini Cruise: Sirmione Peninsula

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If you're short on time but want to see some highlights of Lake Garda, book this 25-minute cruise and glide around the scenic Sirmione peninsula. Just choose from a morning or evening option when you book online, then set off from Sirmione. The short cruise takes you on a route past luxury villas, the Aquaria Thermal SPA, and Roman ruins at the Grotte di Catullo.
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  • 25 minutes
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Lake Garda Sunset Cruise from Sirmione with Prosecco and fresh fruits

Lake Garda Sunset Cruise from Sirmione with Prosecco and fresh fruits

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Cruise around the Sirmione peninsula in the evening and watch the sun sink behind the hills. After you step aboard your private boat at Sirmione, you'll glide out onto the waters of Lake Garda with a glass of prosecco in hand. Nibble on fresh strawberries as you pass chic lakeside villas and sights such as the Roman ruins at Grotte di Catullo and Scaliger Castle, then return to the harbor at Sirmione.
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  • 45 minutes
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Wine Tour in Bardolino area from Lake Garda

Wine Tour in Bardolino area from Lake Garda

Discover the wine of the Lake Garda region on a half-day trip by coach. With a guide, you’ll travel through the stunning Adige Valley winegrowing region of northern Italy, stopping at three wineries along the way. Meet the estate owners, stroll through their vineyards and cellars, and, of course, sample the produce. Glasses of pinot grigio, lagrein, and moscato are included, and you’ll learn all about the wine of northern Italy in between sips.
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  • 6 hours
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