Bardolino Holidays

A holiday to Bardolino means enjoying lots of excellent wines. The town's surrounded by a stunning scene of orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Plan your trip for around the end of September and you’ll be able to enjoy the Bardolino Wine Festival that celebrates the town’s namesake wine - a light, fruity red that pairs perfectly with fish.

It’s not just about the wine though. The town has a busy main square filled with cafés, restaurants and upmarket shops. Evening choir and music concerts are often held here during the summer, making it a great place to spend an evening people watching and enjoying local food. The square leads down to a pretty harbor where you’ll find miles of lakeside promenade that’s perfect for walking or cycling - it’ll take you all the way to the neighbouring resort of Garda. If you’re after something more strenuous, there are plenty of walking trails nearby. Choose from over 20 that head up into the hills that surround the town. Some of these lead to towns on the lake while others take you to some fantastic viewing spots of the sparkling lake from above.

  • from£409pp
  • 31 rooms
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This hotel has the best location in Bardolino. You'll be in the centre, right on the harbour and there's lake views from every room. It's family-run so you'll get a warm welcome. Spend time by the pretty pool and definitely enjoy a pizza in its popular restaurant.

  • 34 rooms
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This is an incredibly welcoming hotel with a fantastic location right on the lake. Enjoy the private beach and spend time on the roof terrace enjoying the views. The centre of Bardolino is an easy ten-minute walk away.

  • from£419pp
  • 262 rooms
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If you're after good value for money in a great location, then Parc Hotel Gritti is an ideal choice. There's plenty of amenities including a spa, pool and three restaurants. Plus, you'll be close to the centre of Bardolino and next to the lake.

 

  • from£469pp
  • 46 rooms
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The Palace Hotel San Pietro is tucked away in the centre of Bardolino, down a nice quiet street but still within walking distance of the bars, shops and the lake. This is a well-maintained, family-run hotel with comfy rooms and a small outdoor pool. 

 

  • from£589pp
  • 101 rooms
Hotel Aqualux Spa and Suites, Exterior

With a spa spanning over 1,000 square metres, this is the ideal place for a relaxing break. Expect modern interiors, six fantastic pools, innovative restaurants and a sense of luxury throughout. You're just a 20-minute walk from the centre of Bardolino too so there's plenty to do and see.  

  • from£449pp
  • 33 rooms
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Hotel Bologna is family-run, traditional and right in the centre of Bardolino. Best of all, the lake is less than a five-minute walk away. We've worked with this hotel for many years and are confident you'll have an enjoyable holiday here. 

  • from£444pp
  • 73 rooms
Parc Hotel Germano, Suite with Private Pool (1)

Parc Hotel Germano has a hillside location with large grounds and great views over the lake. Spread out and relax with two outdoor pools and beautiful gardens. Each room is a suite with a modern style and lots of space. There's even suites with private pools if you're in the mood to spoil yourself. 

  • 33 rooms
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Solho Hotel has a modern design, an infinity pool with lake views and a chic wine bar - all right in the centre of Bardolino. This is one of the newest additions to Bardolino's hotel scene and its perfect if you're looking for a bit of luxury.

Excursions

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

Verona Opera (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. You can find out more about the opera and see the 2021 programme here.

Price: from £64 per person (price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available)

Departs: Various days from June to September (click here for the 2021 schedule)

Venice Classic (full day)

Spend a day in this rich and indulgent city; known for its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dramatic theatre history, cobbled streets and charming waterways. It’s not to be missed! Our Venice Classic excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide as well as at your own pace. You’ll arrive there by coach and a water taxi transfer is included into the historic 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 in your own time – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Price: from £67 per person

Departs: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Venice Special (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.

Price: from £76 per person

Departs: Wednesdays

Majestic Dolomites (full day)

We think the Dolomites are the most breath-taking part of the Alps and this excursion gives you the chance to embrace mountain life with one of our fantastic tour guides. It starts 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. Then 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.

Price: from £50 per person

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

Tour of Lake Garda (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.

Price: from £47 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

Verona (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. The handsome city mixes its rich past and modern present with great style.

Price: from £37 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

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.

Departs: Thursdays

 

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.

Resort Combination

Get more out of your time away by seeing two or more resorts in one holiday. The possibilities are endless in Italy - add a city break to your Bardolino holiday and stay in Venice or Verona. Or get to know Lake Garda even more by adding some days in Riva or Malcesine.

Give us a call, and we can help you plan your perfect itinerary.

Things To Do

Food & wine

This town is serious about its wine and there’s lots of opportunities to learn all about it by taking trips to the nearby vineyards. Go to the Zeni Winery for a tasting and tour of the vines. There’s a great museum there too. The Bardolino Wine Festival takes place twice a year. There's plenty of opportunity to taste the wines and sample regional food specialties, all accompanied by musical concerts ending in a spectacular firework display over the lake.

As well as wine, Bardolino is known for its olive oil. You’ll find a museum about two kilometres outside the town where you can see traditional equipment used to make the oil and a shop where you can buy some of the produce.

Walking

There’s lots of great walking trails that start in Bardolino. As the area’s fairly flat, it’s good for beginners. We like the lakeside walks - you can go for about an hour in each direction and stop off for a drink on the way. Head to the top of La Rocca for the best views.

Cycling

There’s over 100 cycling routes in Bardolino including mountain bike trails and more peaceful routes that follow the lake edge. You can cycle round the whole lake if you want to, or just choose part of it and head back on a ferry. There’s places locally where you can hire bikes – lots of our hotels have some you can borrow, too.

Sightseeing

Jump on a ferry and visit the other towns on the lake. Sirmione will take about an hour – head here to get some fab holiday photos of the castle and moat, plus try the town’s famous ice cream! Hop across the lake to Gardone and visit the Heller Botnical Gardens – we love afternoons here admiring the flowers and the interesting artwork.

If you want some thrills, spend a day at a theme park. Gardaland, Caneva World and Movieland are all close by. To get your culture fix, head to Venice or Verona for the day. Trains run regularly from stations in Desenzano and Peschiera.

Good to know

  • For the Monte Baldo cable car, buy a combined day bus pass + return cable car ticket from your local tourist office to save money and reduce queue time
  • Enjoy a gentle stroll along the lake promenade to Garda to admire the views and stretch your legs
  • During the summer, the town hosts two wine festivals to celebrate its wines: Chiaretto rose and Bardolino red
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