Lake Garda Holidays

Explore beautiful lakeside resorts and fantastic walking and cycling on a Lake Garda holiday

Lake Garda is packed with things to see and do. It’s Italy’s largest lake and has some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Expect snow-capped mountains in the north and rolling countryside in the south. You can just as easily spend your days exploring walking and cycling trails as you can chilling next to the lake. The south of the lake has some of the most popular resorts and lots of opportunities to do wine tasting and city sightseeing, while the north is more geared up for active holidays with walking, cycling and water sports. We love combining both on a multi-centre holiday.

What to see on a Lake Garda holiday

Make the most of your time on the lake and see as many resorts as you can -  it’s easy to do with regular ferries travelling between nearby towns. 

Sirmione is a must-see with its 13th Century castle and pedestrianised centre. It’s a spa town so it’s the perfect please to get in some R&R. Bardolino and Garda are neighbouring resorts that any budding wine connoisseur should visit. You can head into the vineyards from here for some tastings, or just grab a glass in a lakefront bar.

Riva is our favourite resort in the north. It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies with challenging mountain bike routes and fun water sports to try. Malcesine has the best views thanks to the cable car that goes to the top of Mount Baldo. And Limone is a must-see with it’s pretty, colourful buildings and steep streets with bar and restaurant terraces looking out over the lake.

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Why book a Lake Garda holiday with Inghams

Lake Garda is one of our most popular summer holiday destinations so we've made sure to have the best selection of friendly hotels in great locations. Our knowledgeable staff know the resorts personally so can help you decide where to stay. Our long-established relationships with hotels allow us to secure the best prices and incredible offers too. And when you book with Inghams, your holiday is in safe hands.

  • from£509pp
Bardolino

Bardolino sits at the south of Lake Garda, Italy surrounded by green countryside of vineyards and orchards. The long promenade stretches along the lakefront and is filled with restaurants offering al fresco dining.

  • from£409pp
Desenzano

This lively town is at the south of the lake and has a lovely mix of lakeside bars, shops and beaches. It’s well-connected to other towns on the lake and its train station makes for easy day trips to nearby cities like Verona.

  • from£359pp
Garda

Garda has winding alleyways and characteristic palazzos - it's one of the most charming towns on the lake. The wide lakeside promenade makes it a popular choice with walkers and cyclists too.

  • from£429pp
Gardone

This is one of Lake Garda's most elegant resorts - think stunning villas, upmarket restaurants and a leafy promenade. It's a great base for nature lovers with the neaby Heller Botanical Gardens, and it's perfect for foodies too.

  • from£409pp
Limone aerial

Limone clings to the rocks on the northern shores of Lake Garda with dramatic lake views from its vibrant promenade. The narrow lanes that run through the village hide authentic restaurants and there’s plenty of walking opportunities too, with paths leading up into the mountains and lemon groves.

  • from£389pp
Malcesine

Malcesine is one of Lake Garda's prettiest towns, thanks to its recognisable 13th Century castle. Cobbled streets and little cafés give it a really romantic feel. It's also a great place to go if you're looking for an active holiday. The cable car goes to the top of Monte Baldo where you can set off on a mountain hike or bike ride. Head down the coast slightly and you can try some paddle boarding or even learn how to sail.

  • from£359pp
Peschiera

We love the laid back vibes you get in Peschiera. You can mingle with the locals in the centre and there's not as many tourists here as other resorts on the lake. Fill your days here with walks along the river or chilling out on the beach. If you want to get more active, there's two theme parks nearby.

  • from£439pp
Riva del Garda

Lake Garda’s northernmost town has dramatic mountain landscapes and an atmospheric piazza. It's one of the best resorts for thrill-seekers too with windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving in the water. Not to mention some of the best hiking and cycling trails in the mountains. It's an adventurer's paradise.

  • from£549pp
Gulf of Salo

Salò is a lovely Belle Epoque town full of handsome cafes, townhouses and hotels, many the result of rebuilding in the prevailing liberty (Italian Art Deco) style after a 1901 earthquake. Its history dates back to the Romans and Venetians.

  • from£439pp
Sirmione

Sirmione is one of the prettiest towns on Lake Garda with a fairytale-like castle leading into quaint cobbled streets. It’s a renowned spa destination, using thermal waters that have been enjoyed since Roman times. It’s also a fantastic place to sample authentic gelato with numerous parlours serving some of the best ice cream on the lake.

Things to see and do

There's no shortage of things to do on Lake Garda. We fill our days here with ferry trips along the lake, hopping on and off to explore the towns. It's easy to do and the views from the water are great. Don't miss the castle in Malcesine, it's at the top of the town so you'll get some pretty nice views from there. Limone is the lake's prettiest town so stop here for a coffee in the piazza. Sirmione has lots of history to explore and there's a fun weekly market in Garda. Gardaland is close by so get some thrills and ride the rollercoaster. You can go further afield too - Venice, Verona and the Dolomites are all easy day trips.

Food & drink

Wine is pretty big business in Lake Garda. There’s two festivals dedicated to it every year in Bardolino and this is the best resort to stay in if you want to visit vineyards to do some tastings. There’s nothing quite like lingering over a lakeside lunch with a glass of local wine. There’s plenty of restaurants to choose from too. Fish feature on the menu a lot and it’s often freshly caught from the lake. You’ll also find local olive oil and citrus fruits used in almost all restaurants. Chickpea polenta, homemade pastas and sauces, risotto and venison are all regional favourites. For desert, head to Sirmione for the lake’s best gelato.

Activities

Lake Garda is a perfect choice for a walking holiday – there’s endless trails here that cater for all abilities. If you’re after gentle strolls, pick Garda or Bardolino as your base. The promenade stretches for miles so you can really get your steps up. You’ll find more challenging routes in the north. Riva has some great paths that wind up the mountains where you can get birds-eye views over the lake.

If you’re serious about cycling, you’ll love Lake Garda. A lot of the promenades here are traffic free so you can relax and enjoy the views. You can cycle around the whole lake in a day if you’re up for it. The route from Peschiera to Mantova is wonderful – it runs through Micio park and is well signposted for the 42 kilometres. For the best off-road thrills, head to Riva del Garda or Malcesine.

We love hitting the water in Lake Garda. Windsurfing is very popular in Riva and you can normally see it taking place from the piazza. Get involved and try it yourself. Paddle boarding in Malcesine is a great activity for everyone and gives you a nice, unique view of the town. You can even take a sailing or kite surfing course while you're there.

Free Excursion: Pre-book three excursions per person and receive a FREE full day excursion to Verona.

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Verona Opera from £64 per person (evening)

The Verona Opera is definitely one for the bucket list! The season runs from mid June to early September and covers all the classics including Aida by Verdi or Turnadot by Puccini. Whichever performance you choose; you’ll have an incredible evening. We’ve included transport to and from the arena so you won’t have to worry about a thing. Find out more about Verona Opera.

Price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available - Not available from certain resorts in summer 2021

Venice Classic from £68 per person (full day)

Venice is not to be missed! This excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide and at your own pace. You’ll arrive by coach and grab a water taxi to the centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge  – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Venice Special from £77 per person (full day)

Extend your day in Venice with this excursion. You’ll spend the day exploring the cobbled lanes and canals. We’ve included a lagoon boat trip that takes around an hour – you’ll get to see the Laguna islands as well as other famous spots and monuments. There is so much to see and do in the city, and with your departure time back to your hotel not until 9pm, you won't be rushed to fit them all in.

Not available for summer 2021

Majestic Dolomites from £51 per person (full day)

Start with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. There’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a refugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Not available from certain resorts in summer 2021

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 per person (half day)

Get ready to explore the best of Lake Garda on this excursion – there’s so much natural beauty and picturesque towns to discover. See the spectacular mountain scenery of the north and the sunny plains of the south. Travelling by both coach and ferry, the tour itinerary for this excursion varies depending on where you start but will usually follow the famous Gardensana road lined with fragrant olive and lemon trees to reach the likes of Malcesine, Sirmione, Salo and Limone.

Verona from £37 per person (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. 

Milan (full day, bookable locally)

Milan is one of the most stunning cities in Italy and has transformed what comes to mind when we think of the industrial landscape. This hive of activity and industry plays host to the heavyweights of haute couture fashion, art and baroque architecture. From the towering and awe inspiring Duomo to Da Vinci's Last Supper housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a guided tour of Milan is to be missed.

Please note that Lake Garda excursions are not pre-bookable for summer 2021 - some excursions are available to book locally, but will only run subject to meeting minimum numbers.

Please note that the price of excursions will vary depending on the resort you are staying in. We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

Currency: Euro

Fly into: Verona

Fly from: London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol or Edinburgh

Flight time: approx. 2 hours

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Garda Summer 2021 Latest Deals from £359 pp
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