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Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

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

2. 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: Wine Tour and Tasting Experience in Bardolino

3. 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

4. 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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Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

5. Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

Lake Garda and the Peninsula of Sirmione have always been considered some of the symbols of natural beauty of Northern Italy. Hop aboard and explore them on board a motorboat. Breathe in the magical atmosphere of the lake during the sunset and enjoy a 30-minutes boat tour. During this experience, you will take in some highlights of Lake Garda, such as the medieval Castle of Sirmione, the Catullo caves and luxury villas, such as Maria Calla's former home. Don't miss this unique chance to discover one of the nicest places on Lake Garda during sunset.

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Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

6. Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Discover a jewel of the European Renaissance on 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. Following a transfer by air-conditioned coach, discover a clear example of a city that has developed progressively without interruption over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligeri family. Upon arrival, 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 Erbe), before going to Juliet's House to see messages of love written by visitors from around the world. You will also 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. Then, enjoy some 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.

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Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

7. Full-Day Lake Garda Tour: Bus & Public Boat with Guide

Visit the most important villages around Lake Garda on this full-day tour. Find out about the history of the area with your local and enjoy an included boat trip. Start in the morning at your chosen meeting point, where you’ll be picked up in an air-conditioned bus by your tour guide. Make your first stop in Limone sul Garda (1 hour). Explore this small but beautiful village, considered one of the most typical on the northern side of the ;ake. Learn about the history and enjoy a walk on the lake coast. Next, make your way to Sal, a modern and well-organized village. Discover high-level shops, an ice-creamery, restaurants, and souvenirs everywhere. Go for a stroll on one of the longest coasts for walking by lake. After, take a boat From Salò to Sirmione to see the village from another point of view. In Sirmione, find a special village renowned for its sulfurous water and thermal sites. Enjoy the castle, village center, and characteristic shops. Make your last stop at Lazise, a village totally surrounded by its walls; in fact, it was initially the residence and castle of the Scala family. Finally, return to the starting point by bus with your guide.

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Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

8. Venice: Full-Day Tour by Bus & Private Boat from Lake Garda

Enjoy a guided tour of the most romantic city in the world. Choose your pick up location in Lake Garda and travel by air-conditioned coach to Venice. See the city in one day with your guide. Arrive in Venice in the morning and start the day journeying by boat through the Giudecca Canal to the heart of Venice, better known as San Marco. Take a short walk through the street of Venice with your tour guide. During the walk, you will be able to see the most famous attractions, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the St. Mark Cathedral and its square, the bell tower, and Rialto Bridge. After your walking tour, you will have approximately 6-hours of free time. Use your free time to visit restaurants, bars, shops, or book your own Gondola ride. In the afternoon enjoy a private guided Lagoon boat tour. The tour shows you unusual aspect of Venice and its history, thanks to a real Venetian speechman sailor! After the boat tour, you will return to the coach and be dropped off at your hotel between 11:30 PM and 12:30 AM.

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Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

9. Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Valpolicella from Lake Garda

Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience with a small group and a wine expert. Discover a range of wines at two wineries in the Valpolicella wine region on a half-day trip. Meet your guide at the Take Time Bike Shop in Bardolino. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to discover hilly landscapes, lush vineyards, and olive trees. First, stop at a local winery in the heart of Valpolicella. Meet the producer and learn the secrets to Amarone wine production during a tour of the cellar and vineyards. Then, savor some fine wines, including Amarone and Ripasso, paired with local products. After taking stunning pictures of the hills and vineyards, head to a second local winery to enjoy another tasting where you will compare the perfume of the wines. Learn about this family-run business. See the barrels, drying process, and vineyards. Enjoy the enchanting stories shared by the winemaker and your expert wine guide before returning to Bardolino.

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Sirmione: Walking and Speedboat Tour

10. Sirmione: Walking and Speedboat Tour

Explore beautiful Sirmione, with it's unique location on Lake Garda, out on the tip of a peninsula. Walk through the old, walled town and take a boat tour around the shoreline. Learn about the Roman remains and medieval castle, that give Sirmione its special atmosphere.  See the humble fishermen's houses and thermal spa that makes Sirmione the most visited resort on the lake. The historical center is located on an island and is reached through a bridge which you will enter with your professional guide. View an impressive Roman-era villa and medieval frescoes.  Get a feel for the city as you stroll through it's picturesque streets, listening to it's centuries of history from your guide. Following your walking tour, board a speedboat to view the peninsula from the cool of the water.

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A great and very well organized day with a lot of wonderful experiences. Our guide Annalisa was great. She was very careful and active and told us a lot on the long bus ride and also guided us through not so overcrowded streets in Venice. The free time is set very generously. We took part in both the gondola ride (€ 30 pp for a 30-minute ride in a 4-person gondola - ride at 5 p.m. - then the waterways are no longer so full) and the joint dinner (€ 15 pp). Both can be booked during the outward journey. It was a very long day (departure Limone at 7.40 a.m. and return at 1.15 a.m.), which was very exhausting, but also positively unforgettable. For a first visit to Venice it is simply ideal and we now know how to go there again. And what was unbeatable for us was that we could see Venice at night (due to the departure at 9). The city then has a very special charm. Recommend

We did the tasting yesterday, it was a truly enlightening experience. The wines tasted were really excellent with an extremely interesting cut, the girl very very prepared: she told us the story of their estate in detail. He explained the vines to us, explaining every characteristic of the vine and the soil, then taking us to visit the cellar. At the end of the tasting it is possible to buy bottles of the wines tasted and more, excellent quality and price. Experience highly recommended!

An excursion that allows us to enjoy the sunset on Lake Garda and go around Sirmione. Really very nice and worth it. Also nice to be able to make a toast with prosecco. The money well spent. Magnificent

Perfect wine tasting experience. The woman that guided us was very kind and knew a lot about the wines. Lots of personal attention and the building was beautiful.

It was a great experience !! Highly recommended !!