Garda Holidays

Relax by the lakeside and fill your days with walks on the promenade and wine tasting in vineyards on a holiday in Garda

Garda is one of the most charming resorts on Lake Garda. It’s hard not to feel relaxed when you stay here. Its wide promenade is perfect for leisurely strolls. The trees lined alongside it provide a welcome shade and the views of the lake are peaceful and awe-inspiring. The promenade stretches for miles and connects to Bardolino - this makes it perfect for cyclists too.

What to see on a Garda holiday

Garda's medieval centre is really pleasant to walk around. The shops here are varied and there’s a large market every Friday. Join the locals as they shop for fresh food and find some souvenirs to take home with you. In the evenings, head back to the lakefront and pick a spot in one of the many bars here. Make yourself comfortable with an aperitivo and enjoy a bit of people watching.

There’s a ferry port with regular ferries to nearby towns so getting out and about is easy. You’re also close to Verona so try and fit in a night at the opera if you can.

Discover more things to see and do on Lake Garda.

Why book a holiday to Garda with Inghams?

We've hand-picked our hotels in Garda to make sure you get the best value and incredible service. Enjoy central hotels and fantastic excursions. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£589pp
  • 36 rooms
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Hotel Garden is only about 150 metres from Garda's busy lakefront promenade yet it still manages to feel secluded. It's got large, established gardens where you'll find the pool with lake views. Inside is traditional and welcoming. The family that run hotel have done so for three generations and they treat every guest as if they're an old family friend. 

 

  • from£599pp
  • 26 rooms
Hotel Central Garda, Outside Terrace

Hotel Centrale is close to the lake and the old town of Garda. With modern comfortable rooms, it provides the perfect base for your Inghams holiday on Lake Garda

  • from£618pp
  • 120 rooms
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Hotel Poiano has large gardens overlooking the town of Garda and the lake. There's plenty of activities available here including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and yoga classes. 

  • from£299pp
  • 160 rooms
Poiano Apartments, Exterior Grounds

These apartments have an incredible position in 60 hectares of Mediterranean gardens and within two kilometres of the lake. There's plenty of activities to try and spacious rooms with garden or lake views.

  • from£999pp
  • 34 rooms
Hotel Villa Madrina, Pool

Hotel Villa Madrina is a fantastic hotel. It's in a very peaceful location with large gardens and lake views. Plus you can reach the centre of Garda in less than ten minutes. There's a lovely restaurant serving home-cooked meals and a contemporary spa for a day of relaxation.

  • from£609pp
  • 89 rooms
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This is a family-run hotel that's full of charm. It's got a great restaurant and a large pool with lot's of space for sun-bathing. It's very close to the centre of Garda and the lakefront promenade's just 150 metres from the hotel.

  • from£549pp
  • 12 rooms
Hotel Degli Olivi, Exterior

This boutique hotel is a little oasis in Garda. Despite being just 250 metres from the centre, you'll feel completely isolated here. We love relaxing in the rose-filled garden with a book, or enjoying a home-cooked meal on the terrace. 

  • from£449pp
  • 178 rooms
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This is a good value hotel with a central location. The lake is just 200 metres away and you can reach Garda's centre in around five minutes. Inside you'll find traditional rooms and a large restaurant while the gardens outside are home to two swimming pools.

 

 

Excursions

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

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Verona Opera from £76 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 Carmen by Georges Bizet. 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 and view the 2022 schedule.

Price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available

Venice Classic from £69 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.

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Venice Special from £79 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.

Departs: Wednesdays

Majestic Dolomites from £53 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.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

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.

Departs: Wednesday

Verona from £39 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. 

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

 

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.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Garda’s got good ferry links to the rest of the lake so you can explore quite a lot from here. Gardone is just across the lake and is where you’ll find the Heller Botanical Gardens – great for anyone with an interest in nature and art. You can also hop on a ferry to Sirmione and wander round the castle and historic centre.

Activities

This area’s fairly flat so if you’re looking to get your steps up with some nice lakeside walks, it’s ideal. You can walk along the promenade to nearby Bardolino quite easily. If you want a bit more of a challenge, take a walk along the six-kilometre route up La Rocca. When you get to the top you’ll get to enjoy panoramic views over the lake. We love heading here for the sunset.

Garda’s promenade is traffic free so it’s perfect for leisurely bike rides. It’s a lovely way to travel around the lake and visit nearby towns. We recommend stopping for a lakeside lunch before pedalling back. There’s lots of places in town to rent a bike from and some of our hotels offer them for free to guests.

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
  • Take a walk along the 6km route up La Rocca to enjoy panoramic views over the lake
  • Discover one of Lake Garda’s most beautiful beaches: Mermaid Bay or Baia delle Sirene. A perfect spot to experience a spectacular sunset or simply relax in the sun
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