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Gardaland: Magic Winter Admission Ticket

1. Gardaland: Magic Winter Admission Ticket

Take a twirl on the ice rink, relive your childhood fun playing in the snow, or meet Santa Claus himself in the Magical Santa Claus Village at Gardaland Magic Winter. Situated on the southeastern banks of Lake Garda, Gardaland Park is the oldest park in Italy. Treat the family to a fun day out with rides and shows for all ages. Explore rides such as the Oblivion and the mysterious Jungle Rapids. Travel back in time at the 4D Ice Age adventure and float on a log on the Colorado Boat. Enjoy a brand new Peppa Pig-themed area with a pirate ship, a balloon ride, and Grandpa Pig's train ride. Refuel at any of the many restaurants and kiosks or pick up some souvenirs at the park's gift shops. Make the most of your time at Gardaland by upgrading your ticket to entrance to LEGOLAND® Water Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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Verona: Aquardens Thermal Baths Day Ticket

2. Verona: Aquardens Thermal Baths Day Ticket

Luxuriate and refresh with a full-day spa ticket. Devote yourself to relaxation, health and well-being in the microbiologically pure water of Pescantina Thermal Baths. Enjoy charming pools overlooking the Valpolicella Hills. Have fun under salsobromoiodic waterfalls or indulge yourself in the hydromassage areas. Let the river waters wash over you, or swim upstream for some natural therapy. Choose from a variety of relaxing and fun areas in an inclusive venue just 20 minutes from Verona.

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Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

3. Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Transfer across the Veneto by air-conditioned bus, and then hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. 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 near Soave. The estimated time of arrival in Venice is 11:00 AM. Upon arrival, hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40 minute walking tour, with a guide and headphones of St Mark's and see many 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 dominant both the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” Universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city is built on a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals. The central sestiere (district) is awash with beautiful squares and crumbling mansions, along with ancient churches, ateliers and bridges. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax and explore on your own. Get 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. A boat will be waiting to take you from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

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Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

4. Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the Scaligero Castle’s port. From here you will start sailing along the peninsula’s coast, where you will be able to see Maria Callas’s 1920s villa where she felt inspired to create many of her opera characters. You will also be able to observe the nearby thermal spa baths as well as the Aquaria Wellness Center, before spotting the place where the famous poet Catullus wrote many of his poems. You will also cruise past and discover the charismatic Roman villa known as the “Grotte di Catullo“. Afterwards, you can simply just look through the waves to discover the bubbles of the underwater Boiola Sulphur Spring, which provides thermal water to Sirmione. Finally, after admiring the architecture and perfect preservation of Sirmione Castle, you will have to "lower your head" to pass under the castle drawbridge before returning back to the port.

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Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

5. Lake Garda: Historical Two-Mast Ship Sunset Cruise

Experience Lake Garda from the decks of a towering two-mast ship, sailing into the sunset with a glass of Prosecco and the deep blue waters below. Sip your aperitif aboard a piece of history while taking in the scenery from an exceptional perspective. See the most beautiful areas of the lake by harnessing the wind. Drink, snack, and relax as you take in the views.

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Lake Garda: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

6. Lake Garda: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

7. 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.

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Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

8. Bardolino: Half-Day Cruise on Lake Garda with Drinks

Delve into the past and traditions of the Lake Garde region on this boat trip. Come onboard the San Nicolò, a historical sailboat where the past and present become one. Enjoy an alternative half-day cruise on Lake Garde that combines relaxation, elegance, comfort, and enchanting landscapes. Depart from the harbor of Bardolino, and discover the lake's highlights. The first stage is Garda, followed by Punta San Vigilio and Isola del Garda, with their impressive villas. During the boat tour, stay refreshed with wine and water, and listen to music onboard. Enjoy time, too, to dive into the waters of the lake.

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Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

9. Lake Garda: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

Taste the most important wines made in the area with the guidance of a professional Sommelier, who will walk you through the tasting process and explain what makes these Italian wines so unique.  The visit begins with a guided tour of the winery where you will learn about the methods and techniques of wine production. Journey through the traditions of high-quality wine production, from the harvest from the surrounding vineyards to the final stage of bottling.  At the end of the tour, enjoy an exclusive wine tasting experience where you will sample 2 red and 2 white wine varieties paired with local products.

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Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

10. Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Depart Lake Garda and journey towards the Dolomites mountain range, stopping en route in the towns of Moena or Cavalese. Get some time to window shop and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before traveling to the Pordoi Pass, 2,240 meters above sea level. Get stunning vistas of the mountains, including the summits of Marmolada, Sella and Catinaccio. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to soak up the views. Then, visit a typical mountain resort in the afternoon and discover the wood carvings and beautiful wooden buildings of the village of Ortisei. Buy a souvenir from the Dolomites in one of the delightful shops before the return trip to Lake Garda.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,442 reviews

Really nice trip. Nice guide, just fun on the lake. Prepare for a brisk ride with a few snacks and a wine tasting as a stopover. If you like to go a little faster boat it is highly recommended.

Top travel guide, super organized, the food offered in the price-most ratio was ok, it was a really great day :-) Thanks for that Francesco, VG Alex & Franzi

A great experience with a great tour guide (captain)! The wine tasting in Bardolino, which was also included, was of course also a highlight. Highly recommended!

Well timed and organised. The tour guide was very approachable and keen to answer questions. It was also good to have extra time to go around.

Stefano, our guide, was amazing, and the entire trip was just perfect. Highly recommend!