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The Lake Garda region offers a huge variety of activities for holidaymakers – the narrow northern corridor is a Mecca for boating activities and the surrounding Dolomites are a perfect getaway for hill walkers and nature lovers as well as those simply wishing to relax in beautiful surroundings.

Lake Garda straddles three provinces, Verona to the south east, Brescia to the south west and Trento to the north; it’s also Italy’s largest lake. The lake is just over 50km long, 20km wide and would take you about 3 hours to drive around its circumference (160km). Up until the end of World War 1, the northern part of the lake belonged to Austria and the landscape is arguably more Austrian than Italian.

Lake Garda has provided our customers with many happy memories for the past two decades and many people return time and time again.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

Holidays departing from November to March will include an excursion to the town of Bolzano instead of the boat tour.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Bergamo and Verona airports service Lake Garda. Approximate journey time to your hotel from Malpensa is 3 hours, Linate is 2 hours 30 minutes, Bergamo is 2 hours and Verona is 1 hour, 15 minutes. 
Climate

Lake Garda is renowned for its mild and pleasant climate. The weather is most warm and dry in spring and autumn. Summers are warm and winter days can be cool. Mist often enhances Venice’s mysterious atmosphere.

Food & Drink

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 fresh water 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. 

Tourist Tax

Compulsory taxes and levies apply for entry to certain historic cities in Italy and are not included in the holiday price. A fee of €20 per person is payable to your guide, to cover entry to Venice (including water taxi transport to St Mark’s Square)and Verona.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Metal Green Mercedes by Timothy Williams

Holiday highlights

Lake Garda

Riva del Garda - Surrounded by imposing mountains and sparkling blue water, this town is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance churches, and narrow cobblestone streets. The Bastion, a Venetian fortress, was built on the steep slopes of the nearby Mount Rocchetta and affords a splendid view of the city and the northern part of the lake.

Riva’s Piazza III Novembre – as well as being filled with history, this central square is an ideal location to take a rest after a long day of sightseeing with a cool drink or a glass of local wine.

Venice

St. Mark's Square & Basilica – the main public square in Venice and one of the most famous in the world, every day hundreds of tourists descend on this magnificent public space. The Basilica is one of the most spectacular in the world, both in its façade and interior. The numerous domes and arches are adorned with an incredible array of artistic, iconographic and religious works from some of the greatest Italian and European artist throughout the centuries.

Ca' d'Oro – This magnificent Gothic structure houses the Galleria Franchetti, an impressive collection of bronzes, tapestries and paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, with many works by Titian. A big incentive for visiting is the chance to take in the panorama from the balconies over the Grand Canal on the first and second floors.

Rialto Bridge – one of four bridges to cross the Grand Canal in Venice, the Ponte di Rialto is the oldest. The busy bridge connects the districts of San Polo and San Marco and one of the top visitor attractions in the city.  

Verona

Roman Amphitheatre - This arena, completed around 30 AD, is the third largest in Italy, after the Colosseum in Rome and the arena at Capua. It measures 139 metres long and 110 metres wide and would seat some 25,000 spectators.

Juliet’s Balcony – said to be the setting of the world’s most famous love story, every year thousands of people visit Juliet’s house to stand on the balcony where Juliet stood while Romeo declared his love for her.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Bergamo and Verona airports service Lake Garda. Approximate journey time to your hotel from Malpensa is 3 hours, Linate is 2 hours 30 minutes, Bergamo is 2 hours and Verona is 1 hour, 15 minutes. 
Climate

Lake Garda is renowned for its mild and pleasant climate. The weather is most warm and dry in spring and autumn. Summers are warm and winter days can be cool. Mist often enhances Venice’s mysterious atmosphere.

Food & Drink

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 fresh water 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. 

Tourist Tax

Compulsory taxes and levies apply for entry to certain historic cities in Italy and are not included in the holiday price. A fee of €20 per person is payable to your guide, to cover entry to Venice (including water taxi transport to St Mark’s Square)and Verona.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Metal Green Mercedes by Timothy Williams

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Italy

Morning

Travel to Italy

Upon arrival in Italy, you will be met in the arrivals area of the airport by our local representative who will accompany you to your hotel, located in the beautiful town of Riva del Garda. As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2 - Tour around Lake Garda

Full Day

Lake Garda

After breakfast, join your guide for a short walking tour of Riva.  Following this, you’ll board a private boat for a unique sightseeing tour. Your first stop will be at Limone, a small village backed by lemon groves, with waterside cafes and cobbled streets lined with shops. Afterwards, with fantastic panoramas and a spectacular mountain backdrop, travel onwards for a visit to picturesque Malcesine, famed for its medieval Scaligero Castle.  The boat will then return to Riva del Garda, but if you wish to stay on, you may return by public bus or boat later in the afternoon (this will be at your own expense). If remaining in Malcesine, we recommend a trip in the cable car which will take you 1,800 metres above sea level, with spectacular views.    Please note that this schedule refers to summer season only, and is weather-dependent.  During winter months, there will be an excursion to Bolzano, in the scenic southern Tyrol.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today, you will have a full day to relax and enjoy Lake Garda's charms. Shop, sightsee at your own pace or sit by the lake and take in the incredible views. You can take a water taxi across the lake to explore at your leisure and your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests and advise which highlights are a must see. 

Day 4 - Venice

Full Day

Venice

On today’s full day excursion you will explore the enchanting warren of canals, alleys and squares that make up the fascinating city of Venice. Known as 'La Serenissima' or ‘The most Serene,’ Venice is a prized jewel in Italy's glorious crown. Witness its famous landmarks such as St. Mark's Square, the stunning Gothic building of Ca’ d’Oro, and the imposing Palazzo Ducale. Admire 16th and 17th century art in the Galleria Franchetti and take a photograph on the Ponte di Rialto. You’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 your hotel in Lake Garda.

Please Note:

Please note that for holidays departing in July and August, this excursion will depart your hotel in the late morning, stopping for a light lunch (included) en route, before travelling onwards to Venice in the afternoon and returning to Lake Garda in the evening.

Day 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today, you will have the day at leisure.  In the heart of Riva del Garda is the Piazza III Novembre, surrounded by 14th century porticos and the Apponale Tower, a former defence tower and World War I prison. This square is a beautiful place to explore during your free time. Don’t forget to check with your local guide who will be delighted to suggest further activities to suit your interests. 

Day 6 - Verona

Full Day

Verona

Following breakfast, you will depart by coach for Verona, via the east side of the lake or the motorway. Either way, the journey time is generally about 60 minutes.  Verona is very popular among tourists as well as being a significant commercial hub, given its position half way between Venice and Milan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of its historical buildings and is probably best known today for the Roman amphitheatre, now home to the world famous Verona Opera festival, which runs from late June to early September. 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. 

Day 7 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Spend your last day enjoying the beautiful lakeside setting, shopping for last minute souvenirs or enjoying a coffee, gelato or glass of wine at a local café.

Day 8 - Return Home

Full Day

Return Home

You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Brione 3

This charming family-run hotel is the ideal place for a holiday in the beautiful resort of Riva del Garda.   Guests can relax and unwind in the pretty garden or on the terrace, and take a leisurely stroll along the lake front to Riva’s historic centre (800m).     R... read more read more read more

This charming family-run hotel is the ideal place for a holiday in the beautiful resort of Riva del Garda.   Guests can relax and unwind in the pretty garden or on the terrace, and take a leisurely stroll along the lake front to Riva’s historic centre (800m).  

 

Rooms with air conditioning may be requested (June to September only, supplement applies) 

Hotel address
Hotel Brione
Viale Rovereto, 75/77 - 38066 Riva del Garda


Riva del Garda
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Grand Hotel Liberty 4

Just steps away from Riva Del Garda’s historic centre, the Grand Hotel Liberty is your oasis of relaxation for your stay in Lake Garda. With its kind and accommodating staff, this old world building is the perfect combination of classic Italian style and comfort, offering you a t... read more read more read more

Just steps away from Riva Del Garda’s historic centre, the Grand Hotel Liberty is your oasis of relaxation for your stay in Lake Garda. With its kind and accommodating staff, this old world building is the perfect combination of classic Italian style and comfort, offering you a truly lovely experience. Rejuvenate with a visit to the spa on your free days, and be sure to visit one of the two hotel bars for an after dinner drink and chat with fellow holidaymakers. 

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Liberty
Viale Carducci, 3/5
38066 Riva del Garda (TN)

Lago di Garda
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Hotel Luise 4

Located just a few minutes walk from one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, the Feeling Hotel Luise, Riva del Garda is more than just a lakeside hotel but is an unforgettable experience as well. Have your gaze drift about the gorgeous mountainous views, and your mind... read more read more read more

Located just a few minutes walk from one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, the Feeling Hotel Luise, Riva del Garda is more than just a lakeside hotel but is an unforgettable experience as well. Have your gaze drift about the gorgeous mountainous views, and your mind wander on scenic strolls and enjoy a pampered vacation. 

Hotel address
Hotel Luise
Viale Rovereto, 9
38066 - Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda
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Hotel Villa Giuliana 3

The family-run Hotel Villa Giuliana is situated in a quiet area of Riva del Garda, only two hundred metres from the lakeshore promenade and less than a kilometre from the town centre. It is ideal for relaxation as well as touring holidays, with elegant gardens and a private swim... read more read more read more

The family-run Hotel Villa Giuliana is situated in a quiet area of Riva del Garda, only two hundred metres from the lakeshore promenade and less than a kilometre from the town centre. It is ideal for relaxation as well as touring holidays, with elegant gardens and a private swimming pool, from which guests can admire views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel address
Hotel Villa Giuliana
via Belluno, 12 3


Riva del Garda
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Astoria Park Hotel 4

This elegant hotel, located just a short walk from the historic centre of Riva del Garda, is an ideal spot for those looking to unwind and enjoy stunning views, while discovering the scenic lake and mountain surroundings. Immersed in a green park, it offers modern, comfortable ac... read more read more read more

This elegant hotel, located just a short walk from the historic centre of Riva del Garda, is an ideal spot for those looking to unwind and enjoy stunning views, while discovering the scenic lake and mountain surroundings. Immersed in a green park, it offers modern, comfortable accommodation and excellent leisure facilities. On a warm day, the outdoor swimming pool provides a place to lounge under blue skies, while enjoying drinks from the pool bar.  The Social Spa seeks to enhance the guest’s wellbeing through a variety of means, including massage, aromatherapy, pools, and spas. 

Hotel address
Astoria Park Hotel



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Hotel Villa Nicolli 4

In a quiet area of Riva del Garda, set in its own garden, Villa Nicolli provides a variety of opportunities for relaxation during your holiday. Just 10 minutes to the centre and a short distance to the lakeshore promenade, it is close to all the town’s entertainment and amenities... read more read more read more

In a quiet area of Riva del Garda, set in its own garden, Villa Nicolli provides a variety of opportunities for relaxation during your holiday. Just 10 minutes to the centre and a short distance to the lakeshore promenade, it is close to all the town’s entertainment and amenities. The hotel has a range of relaxation options including the spa facility, with a Himalayan salt grotto, Turkish bath, massages, and more. The outdoor and indoor pools offer guests the chance to take a relaxing swim, whatever the weather. In the garden, an array of coloured lights creates a romantic setting at night.  

Hotel address
Hotel Villa Nicolli
via Cattoni, 5


Riva del Garda (TN)
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Hotel Portici 4

Hotel located close to the harbour of Riva del Garda with a wonderful view onto the main square, the Hotel Portici Garda  4 stars has an enviable central position by the lake side. The Gentilini family have run the hotel since 1990 with a passion and an attention t... read more read more read more

Hotel located close to the harbour of Riva del Garda with a wonderful view onto the main square, the Hotel Portici Garda  4 stars has an enviable central position by the lake side. The Gentilini family have run the hotel since 1990 with a passion and an attention to detail that will make your stay memorable. 

Hotel address
Hotel Portici
Piazza 3 Novembre, 19


Riva del Garda
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Hotel Caravel 4

Hotel Caravel is situated in an ideal location close to Torbole beach in Lake Garda. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s facilities which include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant serving a selection of international cuisine and local specialities. The hotel is in a grea... read more read more read more

Hotel Caravel is situated in an ideal location close to Torbole beach in Lake Garda. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s facilities which include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant serving a selection of international cuisine and local specialities. The hotel is in a great location for exploring nearby attractions including Torbole town, the small Port of Torbole and of course the beautiful Lake Garda. The hotel is also well known for its sporting activities including cycling, walking and water-sports. 

Hotel address
Hotel Caravel
Via di Coize, 9
Torbole sul Garda

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Hotel Piccolo Mondo 4

The family-run Hotel Piccolo Mondo is located a short walk from the lakefront in Torbole. Surrounded by gardens and spectacular mountain views it is ideal for relaxation as well as touring holidays. ... read more read more read more

The family-run Hotel Piccolo Mondo is located a short walk from the lakefront in Torbole. Surrounded by gardens and spectacular mountain views it is ideal for relaxation as well as touring holidays. 

Hotel address
Hotel Piccolo Mondo
Via Matteotti, 108
38069 Torbole sul Garda (Trento)

Lake Garda
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Hotel Gardesana 3

Renovated in 2016, Hotel Gardesana offers its guests a comfortable and relaxing stay just 100m from the shores of Lake Garda and 800m to the centre of Riva.  The garden and swimming pool provide a welcoming place to rest and become refreshed after a day of sightseeing or exp... read more read more read more

Renovated in 2016, Hotel Gardesana offers its guests a comfortable and relaxing stay just 100m from the shores of Lake Garda and 800m to the centre of Riva.  The garden and swimming pool provide a welcoming place to rest and become refreshed after a day of sightseeing or exploring the pleasant lakeside surroundings. 

Hotel address
Hotel Gardesana
Via Brione, 1 38066
Riva del Garda

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Hotel Centrale 3

Hotel Centrale is located in Riva del Garda’s pedestrianised historic centre, just a short walk from the lakeshore.  It offers pleasant, functional accommodation as well as easy access to all of the town’s attractions. With its terraced restaurant directly on Riva’s main squ... read more read more read more

Hotel Centrale is located in Riva del Garda’s pedestrianised historic centre, just a short walk from the lakeshore.  It offers pleasant, functional accommodation as well as easy access to all of the town’s attractions. With its terraced restaurant directly on Riva’s main square Piazza III Novembre, dotted with bars and cafes, this welcoming hotel offers its guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Italian lifestyle.

Hotel address
Hotel Centrale
Riva del Garda
38066 (TN) - Italia

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Hotel Giardino Verdi 3

Located on the edge of the historic centre of Riva del Garda, this hotel is just a short walk from the lakefront and main shopping area. With simply furnished, well equipped rooms and a roof terrace from which guests can admire views of the surrounding mountains, it is ideal for ... read more read more read more

Located on the edge of the historic centre of Riva del Garda, this hotel is just a short walk from the lakefront and main shopping area. With simply furnished, well equipped rooms and a roof terrace from which guests can admire views of the surrounding mountains, it is ideal for relaxation as well as sightseeing in this beautiful region.

 

Hotel address
Hotel Giardino Verdi
Piazza Giardino Verdi, 4
38066

Riva del Garda
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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