Gardone Riviera Holidays

Gardone Riviera is one of the most elegant places on Lake Garda. This is where you’ll find boutique stores, artisan gelaterias and tree- and flower-lined promenades with plenty of places to take a seat and enjoy the lake views. There’s a very sophisticated feel here. Think grand villas, historic buildings and baroque piazzas.

This resort is perfect if you enjoy gardens. The Heller Botanical Gardens are close by and they have over 2,000 species of tropical plants and flowers. It’s a fantastic day out, you can easily spend hours wandering through the grounds.

  • from£549pp
  • 164 rooms
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This landmark hotel has been welcoming guests since 1884. Join the likes of Hollywood stars and even Winston Churchill and have a drink in piano bar. There's a large lakeside terrace with heated pool, two gourmet restaurants and spectacular decor throughout. It's right in the centre of Gardone and when you come back to your room after a day exploring, you'll be met with lake views from your balcony. 

  • from£489pp
  • 60 rooms
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This hotel is right on the shores of Lake Garda and very close to the centre of Gardone. Its been home to both international royalty and movie stars since its opening in 1904. It offers exceptional service and plenty of history, alongside excellent food and views of the lake.

  • from£359pp
  • 39 rooms
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This hotel has a perfect central location. It's right on the promenade and the ferry point is just steps away. We love the warm and friendly atmosphere here, and enjoying an ice cream on the lake front terrace.

 

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 £70 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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 £53 per person

Departs: Mondays

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, Salò and Limone.

Price: from £48 per person

Departs: Mondays 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 £43 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

 

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

Resort Combinations

You can combine your 7 night stays in Salò and Gardone with 3, 4 or 7 nights in Venice or Verona, or with a stay in Merano, La Villa or Selva in the Dolomites.

Things To Do

Nature

The Heller Botanical Gardens are a real gem for nature lovers. Designed by the internationally renowned artist, Andre Heller, the gardens are a showcase of pioneering ideas on landscape design and how to integrate are into the setting.

Food & drink

This lovely little corner of Lake Garda is a haven for wine lovers. With the Bardolino wine festival happening on the other side of the lake and many of the delicious wines coming from the immediate area, it would be a mistake to leave without sitting on the lakeside promenade with a glass or two.

The food here is pretty great too – you’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of restaurants. You can expect fresh ingredients almost everywhere. Try the local fish or homemade pastas. We love Emiliano’s - it’s great for a filling lunch.

Sightseeing

We love getting on a ferry and exploring as many towns as we can while we’re in Lake Garda. Bardolino and Garda are just across the lake and are a great day out. Isola del Garda is the biggest island on Lake Garda – head here to discover the history of the Roman settlers and wander round the Franciscan monastery. There’s plenty to do near Gardone itself, too. The Salò Duomo was built in 1450 and you can go and have a look inside. We recommend going to Il Vittoriale too. It’s a glamorous villas that overlooks the lake. It’s famous for being the home of the artist, writer and political activist Gabriele d’Annunzio. Today it’s a wonderful complex of buildings, gardens, museums and stunning statues.

Good to know

  • Buy a day ferry pass to explore Italy’s largest lake by boat
  • Escape into nature and visit the beautiful botanical gardens here
  • Visit the Vittoriale, estate of famous Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio and learn more about his eccentric character
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