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Boat trip on Lake Garda

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Boat tour on Lake Garda: One of the must-do experiences for those who are planning or are already on vacation at Lake Garda is definitely exploring the lake aboard a boat.

There are several possibilities to admire the picturesque lakeside villages directly from the waters of the lake: boat trips thanks to the lake navigation network connecting the towns on the different shores, boat rental with or without a boating license, or sailing boat tours to contemplate the lake more peacefully.

Whatever the chosen experience, a boat excursion on Lake Garda represents a unique way to discover the wonders of this dream destination.

5 boat tours on Lake Garda:

We now suggest five fantastic boat trips on Lake Garda, perfectly organized, to spend a few hours or a whole day on board a boat.

So get ready with your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready to go!

1) Castle cruise with wine tasting

This speedboat tour on Lake Garda starts from the picturesque harbor of Sirmione, right in front of the imposing Scaligero Castle. Cruising the crystal-clear waters, you will pass by the historic Grotte di Catullo before heading towards the charming town of Lazise, where you can admire the majestic fortress with its towers and ancient defensive walls.

Continuing the journey, you will then arrive at another location well-known for its namesake wine: Bardolino. Here, there will be a one-hour stop for a wine tasting session led by an expert sommelier who will guide you through the unique characteristics of this precious nectar from the region.

The tour resumes towards Garda and the scenic Punta San Vigilio, before moving on to the nearby Torri del Benaco, where you can admire the castle with the well-preserved ancient lemon greenhouse.

Before returning to Sirmione, you will have the opportunity to take a swim in the clear waters of the lake, a cherry on top that will make this day absolutely unforgettable.

Duration: 4 hours.

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2) Sunset boat cruise with typical wine

This boat tour on Lake Garda takes place entirely in Sirmione and lasts a total of 45 minutes; perfect for those who want to enjoy the blue of the lake and the wind in their hair but have limited time available.

You will navigate around the Sirmione peninsula, this strip of land that extends towards the center of the lake, at its southernmost point.

The tour takes place at sunset, when the lights create a magical atmosphere around the ruins of the Grotte di Catullo and the majestic Scaligero Castle. You will pass by the ancient villa of Maria Callas and the renowned thermal center Aquaria.

You can choose between a private option, where you can toast with a bottle of sparkling wine, or a group option that includes wine and fresh fruit.

Duration: 45 minutes.

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3) Half-day cruise on Lake Garda

This boat tour on Lake Garda lasts half a day, and the expert guide will take you to explore the southern part of the lake.

Starting from Peschiera del Garda by ferry, the main points of interest you can admire are: Isola del Garda – one of the five islands of Lake Garda, which hosts the extraordinary Villa Borghese Cavazza in Venetian neo-Gothic style – and then the Castle of Lazise, the Rocca of Garda, Villa Canossa, Punta San Vigilio, the Rocca di Manerba Nature Park, the Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione, and more.

The tour begins in the morning, includes a light lunch on board, and offers the opportunity for a nice swim.

Duration: 4 hours

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4) Sunset boat trip with aperitif

Departing from Desenzano del Garda, this one-and-a-half-hour tour will take you towards Sirmione. Here, you can admire the Grotte di Catullo, the white beach of Jamaica, the sulfur spring of Sirmione’s thermal waters, and the Scaliger Castle from a unique perspective.

The captain will act as your guide, sharing the history and curiosities of these marvels.

A welcome drink is included in the tour to enhance your experience.

Duration: 2 hours

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5) Sunset sailing cruise on Lake Garda with aperitif

As the final tour we recommend, there’s this sailing excursion on Lake Garda departing from Malcesine, a location known for favorable winds for sailing and water sports like windsurfing or kiteboarding.

You will board a beautiful wooden sailboat and enjoy the magical sunset light as you sail towards incredible landscapes.

This tour also includes an aperitif with finger food accompanied by wine or a drink. Every day offers different music and beverage options; for example, on Thursdays, sparkling wine with fish-based snacks is offered, while Sundays feature a DJ on board.

Discover all the details and book this experience now.

Duration: 2 hours

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Boat trips on Lake Garda

To conclude this article about boat trips on Lake Garda, we remind you that for those who simply wish to reach a destination by boat, there is a public water transport service connecting the different towns around the lake, which you can check out at this link.

Ready to set sail for new routes?

All aboard then, full steam ahead!

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