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Desenzano Holidays

A lively resort on Lake Garda's southernmost shores

A holiday in Desenzano combines a picturesque lakeside resort setting with the vibrant atmosphere of a thriving Italian community. Social life is focused on the many bars, cafés, pizzerias and restaurants in the historic centre and on the pedestrianised shopping area. Narrow streets lead up to the medieval castle that overlooks the town and offers panoramic views of the lake. Desenzano has two harbours and two public beaches.

The resort has the best ferry and hydrofoil services on the lake so the main lakeside towns, including Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione, are very accessible. Bus and train connections are excellent and Verona, Venice and Padua are within easy reach.

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Festivals

 

Bardolino Wine Festival

 

Bardolino Wine Festival

The Wine Festival in Bardolino (October) brings the summer season on Lake Garda to a close. Five days celebrating the new harvest of the grapes from which the famous Bardolino wines are made. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verona Opera

Verona Opera

A night at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. The 2018 programme (22 June - 1 September) with all-time favourite Aida by Verdi loved for its lavish scenery and costumes. A new stage design for Carmen by Bizet, there are also performances of Nabucco by Verdi, as well as Turandot by Puccini. If you are staying in any of the main resorts on Lake Garda, we can book most performances (listed on the Verona Opera page) and transport to & from Verona is included in addition to your opera ticket.

Useful Information

Resort Code: ITDE

Languages spoken: English

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: EUR

Hotel Europa, Exterior Harbour

An 11 nights two-centre holiday exploring the contrasts between the north and the south of Lake Garda. It includes 4 nights in Desenzano and 7 nights in Riva. To book this Lake Garda Highlights tour, please call our reservations team on 01483 791 111.

  • from£899pp
  • 51 rooms
Hotel Park, Exterior

Perched on turquoise shores of Lake Garda, Hotel Park offers sleek elegance and stellar levels of hospitality in the heart of Desenzano.

  • from£429pp
  • 40 rooms
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This hotel has been a favourite with Inghams' guests for many years, with the majority consistently rating it "excellent". Originally a private villa, it is still owned by the family who converted it into a hotel.

  • from£758pp
  • 62 rooms
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Long considered one of the leading hotels in Desenzano, the Hotel Villa Rosa offers informal opulence and modern style in a prime location just moments from the lakefront. 

 

  • from£619pp
  • 50 rooms
Hotel Mayer & Splendid, Exterior

Boasting an incredible lake front location on a quiet promenade, Hotel Mayer & Splendid offers brilliant hospitality and ideal proximity to the town centre and ferry port. 

  • from£559pp
  • 25 apartments
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A charming, historic residence dating back to the 18th century. Enjoying a panoramic location overlooking Desenzano which lies 1.5km away.

  • from£439pp
  • 41 rooms
Hotel Nazionale, Exterior

Ideally situated just 200m from the bustling centre of Desenzano, Hotel Nazionale offers sleek and contemporary accommodation and exceptional service. 

  • from£329pp
  • 46 rooms
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A renovated and friendly hotel situated just 100 metres from the lakeside and Desenzano beach. 

Travel and Transportation

Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Wednesday/Saturday 
Wednesday/Saturday 
Saturday 
Wednesday/Saturday 
Wednesday/Saturday 
Wednesday
Wednesday/Saturday 
Wednesday
Verona Gatwick 
Southampton 
Cambridge 
Birmingham 
Manchester
Leeds-Bradford
Newcastle
Edinburgh
Nil/£19
£19/£29
£39
£49/£49
£39/£49
£49
£79/£79
£59

Transfer Approx. 45mins by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Inghams Plus

  • Inghams Saver Plus: Save £50 per couple for Summer 2019 departures - whilst stocks last!  
  • Free excursion
  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels
  • Inghams Rep based in resort

Special Offers

Excursions

FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.

Please note: Only one Verona opera booking per person can be counted towards your 3 excursions.

PRE-BOOKABLE EXCURSIONS 2019

Verona Opera - Jun to Sept - please visit our Opera information page for booking details and prices

Wine Tour from £48 Tuesdays only
12.35pm - 6.50pm
Spend the day sipping some of the finest wines of the Veneto and Trentino regions in the sunshine. Discover the secrets of wine making and enjoy a small snack with a selection of full bodied fresh, refreshing whites and vibrant rose.

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 Mondays and Fridays 
8.15am - 6.45pm 
Explore the resorts of Lake Garda with one of our fantastic tours. Take a coach down the famous Gardesana road and cruise the crystalline waters on a boat trip to resorts with time for shopping, sight seeing and lunch.

Dolomites from £53 Mondays only  
6.40am - 8.00pm 
Drive through the scenic South Tyrol right through to Pass Pordoi and immerse yourself in the vibrant countryside of the Dolomites. Stop for a drink at one of the Refugio's or explore the flora and fauna on foot during this guided tour.

Venice Classic from £70 Tuesdays and Thursdays 
8.30am - 7.30pm 
This spectacular guided tour offers you a full day in the rich and decadent city of Venice. Including coach and water taxi transfers, our tour leader will guide you through the sights and on a gondola (optional and payable locally) before you enjoy free time to explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Verona Classic from £43 Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am - 5.40pm  
Visit one of Italy's most popular citta d'Arte and traverse this spectacular medieval city which is home to the Roman Ampitheatre, Juliet's balcony and the stunning Via Mazzini.

Bookable Locally

Milan from £59 Thursdays only
Take the coach down to the cobbled streets of Milan and spend the day immersing yourself in the stunning architecture of this industrial city.

**Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and subject to change. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.** 

Things To Do

  • Cinema
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Walking

Holidays in Desenzano give you great access to two harbours and two public beaches. The resort has the best ferry and hydrofoil services on the lake so the main lakeside towns, including Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione, are very accessible. Bus and train connections are excellent and Verona, Venice and Padua are within easy reach.

You can also attend the Verona Opera from Desenzano, see our Verona Opera information page.

Activity Information

Other things to do in and around Desenzano

  • Panoramic views from Desenzano castle
  • Archaelogical museum
  • Roman Villa
  • 16th century cathedral where the Last Supper by Tiepolo can be found
  • Visit to Parco Sigurta botanical gardens
  • Visit to Verona by train
  • Boat trips to other resorts around the lake
  • Gardaland theme park
  • Caneva World waterpark

 

Resort Combinations

Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Desenzano with 3, 4 or 7 nights in Venice or Verona, or any other Lake Garda resort.

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