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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

1. 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.

From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with boat cruise

2. From Milan: Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda with boat cruise

Embark on an enchanting journey from Milan to explore the captivating cities of Verona and the scenic landscapes surrounding Lake Garda. Our full-day tour ensures an unforgettable experience, seamlessly blending history, culture, and natural beauty. Your adventure commences with a comfortable departure from Milan, setting the tone for a hassle-free start to your day. Upon reaching Verona, immerse yourself in the city's rich history and charm. Visit the famed Juliet's House, explore the impressive Arena di Verona, and meander through historic streets adorned with timeless architecture. Continuing our journey, we head to Desenzano, a charming town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. Board a relaxing cruise from Desenzano to Sirmione, allowing you to soak in the serene beauty of Lake Garda. The panoramic journey across crystal-clear waters sets the stage for the highlight of your tour. Upon arrival in Sirmione, be captivated by the town's unique charm and historical significance. Explore the medieval Scaligero Castle, wander through narrow cobblestone streets, and marvel at the beauty of the Grotte di Catullo archaeological site. Enjoy some free time in Sirmione to indulge in local delicacies, shop for handmade crafts, or simply relax by the shores of Lake Garda. As the day winds down, we embark on a comfortable journey back to Milan, providing ample time to reflect on the unforgettable memories created during this delightful tour. Join us for a day brimming with cultural discoveries, breathtaking landscapes, and the magic of Verona and Lake Garda. Book your Milan to Verona and Lake Garda Discovery Tour for an experience that seamlessly combines history, relaxation, and the allure of one of Italy's most beautiful regions.

Garda: half day boat cruise with fish and wine tasting

3. Garda: half day boat cruise with fish and wine tasting

In this tour you will explore the lake Garda from another point of you: with an expert driver, from a fishing family with centuries of generations, you will admire the unique architectural and landscape beauties in the world, from Punta San Vigilio, to the Isola del Garda, Sirmione bay with the Castle and the grotoes of Catullo, or Rocca di Manerba, to the most characteristic places of this central area of the lake.according to your preferences, or according to the duration of the tour you choose (3 hours or 4 hours) On board, you will taste fresh fish (from sea or from lake), prepared the same day by the fisherman, paired with wines from local cellars. It will be an unforgettable experience, which combines the beauty of the lake, its history, and quality food and wine. During the cruise, the captain will tell you about the beauties of Lake Garda, through a voice translator, in your language.

SUNSET CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

4. SUNSET CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Two hours cruise at sunset time, an exclusive and relaxing experience on board of an historical sailboat, "Siora Veronica" the iconic vessel symbol of Lake Garda. Depending on the winds blowing, the itinerary could be navigation southwards to Cassone along the eastern coast or crossing the Garda waters to the wester coast, with chill-out music on background. Included: aperitif onboard with tasting of local products: On Thursday: Wine Tasting of local sparkling wine "Trento Doc"+ lake fish finger food (or veg options available to prebook) On Friday: two drinks (choosing between spritz or gin tonic/gin lemon) + finger food (veg options available to prebook). An unforgettable experience to enjoy Lake Garda in a dreamy setting with sunset vibes! That's the cooler option we have, for a trendy happy-hour on Lake Garda! Suggested to couples, groups of friends and boat lovers!

Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

5. Sirmione private tour: on the shores of lake Garda

The guided tour of Sirmione will take you on a walk in its historic center among many curiosities, important monuments and panoramic views of the beaches on the clear waters of Lake Garda. It starts from one of the most evocative and characteristic points of Sirmione, crossing the drawbridge of the imposing Scaliger Castle, the only access point to the historic center of the village. The Castle built in the 14th century by the Scala family who controlled nearby Verona, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and is surrounded on all four sides by the waters of the lake, a true architectural jewel on the picturesque fortified Darsena and the boats of the fishermen who color it. Crossing the fortress we continue with a visit to the Church of S. Maria della Neve or Santa Maria Maggiore, the main church of the village built in the 1400s and with stunning paintings inside and a wooden statue of the Madonna Enthroned from the same period. We stroll through the streets of the village characterized by colorful houses and many souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can taste the goodness of the lake, up to the most popular spa center on Lake Garda that we will visit outdoors. In fact, Sirmione is well known for its late 19th century Baths generated by a source of hot water that comes directly from the bottom of the lake and offers benefits for the whole body. The tour continues admiring a stately villa renamed Maria Callas' House where the queen of opera used to stay for her holidays in the fifties; she talked about it in several interviews saying she fell in love with this place on the lake for the peace and quiet. A few steps away we find the park dedicated to her and the characteristic Church of San Pietro in Mavino dating back to the 1300s in Romanesque style and built in one of the highest and most panoramic points of the village. From here we can admire one of the most popular beaches for tourists, the Jamaica Beach free stone beach, which is very particular because, reflecting in the blue waters, it really seems to be on a tropical beach. On the other side of the village, however, we can admire the Beach of Blondes, another very popular beach with a beautiful pier for a panoramic view of the lake and we finish the guided tour along the panoramic pedestrian street called the Walk of the Muses which takes us back to the heart of the village.

ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

6. ROMANTIC CRUISE ON HISTORICAL SAILBOAT

Two hours cruise in the late afternoon, a romantic and relaxing experience onboard of an historical sailboat, the iconic vessel "Siora Veronica. Depending on the winds blowing, the itinerary could be navigation southwards to Cassone along the eastern coast, between the islands of the dreamy Val di Sogno Bay and in front of the picturesque village of Cassone, or crossing the Lake to the western coast direction waterfalls, to see the most romantic spots in the surroundings, with smooth bossanova/lounge music on background. In the middle of the tour there would be an aperitif offered, with a glass of sparkling wine included, enjoying the sunset vibes of Lake Garda. Experience suggested to couples and boat lovers. Drop on and off point: Harbour of Malcesine

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What people are saying about Scaligero Castle, Malcesine

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based on 552 reviews

A great 4 hour trip around Lake Garda which included wine tasting and the opportunity for a swim in the lake. The scenery was stunning and our guide was also informative, friendly and a great pilot. I'd definately recommend this.

A lovely half-day tour during a very warm week. Good way to enjoy a few hours on the lake, some wine tasting and less crowded places for baths and sightseeing (from the boat).

Overall activity was amazing the boat trip and guide were great but transportation from Lake Garda to Verona was a challenge but overall pleased.

Everything was as described. The driver is really super nice. Thank you for the great trip

Wonderful boat trip on Lake Garda. Raffaëlle makes it an unforgettable event!