Riva Holidays

Make sure you pack your sense of adventure for a holiday in Riva del Garda. This is Lake Garda’s most northern town and there’s mountains all around. Some of the best hiking and cycling trails start from here – Strada del Ponale is our favourite and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the town and lake. For a more unique viewpoint, try some mountain climbing. Riva’s probably best known for its water sports and it’s not uncommon to see windsurfing competitions taking place throughout the summer. You can try it yourself while you’re there as well as sailing and scuba diving.

When you need to slow things down a bit you can stroll along the lake promenade or take a seat in the historic piazza. It’s pedestrianised and has a slight Austrian feel – you’ll find apple strudel and schnitzel on the menu in some cafés. The old town is lovely to walk around – think cobbled streets and flower-filled terraces. There’s lots of bars, shops and restaurants so it has an energetic atmosphere during the summer. We love the beaches here too. The large white pebbles spill into the clear lake and it’s almost impossible to resist a dip.

  • from£668pp
  • 153 rooms
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Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc has something for everyone. If you want to relax there's the beautiful park with winding pathways that lead down to the lakefront, and an excellent spa. For adventurists there's a watersports centre and easy access to the walking and cycling trails around Riva. And for families, there's a children's pool, miniclub and playground - not to mention lots of room for little ones to run around.

  • from£519pp
  • 61 rooms
Hotel Europa SkyPool & Panorama, Exterior

The Hotel Europa occupies one of the most enviable positions on Riva's harbour. Overlooking the historic centre of the pedestrianised town and waterfront, this superb four star hotel is just a few steps from the ferry port. 

  • from£509pp
  • 81 rooms
Hotel Sole Relax & Panorama, Exterior

Hotel Sole has one of the best locations in Riva. It's on the harbour so you can be sure of incredible lake views and you're on the doorstep of the town's bars, restaurants and shops.

  • from£679pp
  • 61 rooms
Hotel Antico Borgo, Rooftop Terrace

Hotel Anitco Borgo is right in Riva's historic centre. Spend your day exploring the cobbled streets or drinking coffee at the lakeside. The roof terrace has some great views over the town - head here for a drink and enjoy the sun! Inside you'll find modern rooms and trendy public areas.

 

  • from£599pp
  • 94 rooms
Grand Hotel Liberty, Swimming Pool

Grand Hotel Liberty is in the centre of Riva, amongst the cafes and bars and close to the lake. It's an elegant hotel with an impressive décor and lovely pool in the gardens. Head to the spa when you want to relax. You'll find an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi.

 

  • from£479pp
  • 61 rooms
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The Hotel Portici is a lovely base for your stay in Riva. It's right in the historic centre and close to the ferry point, connecting you to other resorts on Lake Garda. The outdoor bar terrace in the piazza is a great spot for aperitivo. 

Excursions

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

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

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: 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 £78 per person Not available for summer 2021

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 £53 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 £48 per person

Departs: Wednesdays 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 £46 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

Riva is pretty close to the Dolomites and it'd be a shame to come this close to Europe's most beautiful mountain range and not visit. Add a few days at the end of your holiday for even more adventures.

Things To Do

Walking

Riva caters well for walkers of all abilities. There’s something so relaxing about taking lakeside walks here – they’re nice and flat and you can walk for miles. The walk to nearby Torbole is particularly nice and you stop there for lunch before walking back. You need to head higher for some of the best scenery though. Strada del Ponale is our favourite trail for bird’s eye views of the town and lake.

Cycling

The north of Lake Garda has some of the best cycling trails in Europe. Challenge yourself with the steep routes down Monte Altissimo that has the famous ex-Seicentouno. It’s not for the faint-hearted! There’s plenty of less scary options too. They involve gentle rides along the lake and heading up hills for beautiful views.

Water based

Windsurfing is very popular in Riva and you can normally see it taking place from the piazza. Get involved and try it for yourself, there’s plenty of places locally to book lessons or rent equipment. If you’d rather relax then sit yourself down on the white pebble beach. It’s a popular spot for swimmers and sun bathing.

Sightseeing

There’s lots to see and do in Riva. We love the town’s historic, pebbled square. You can spend a few hours in the boutiques picking up some souvenirs or just grab a table outside and order a drink while you enjoy the atmosphere. Dive deeper into Riva’s history by visiting the Museo Alto Garda. It’s in an ancient medieval castle and has exhibits dedicated to archaeology, paintings and life around Lake Garda in the past. It’s great for little ones too with lots of hands-on experiences. Plus, you get some of the best views of the lake from the tower.

It’s easy to explore from Riva, too. Ferries will run to nearby towns like Malcesine and Limone. If you want to escape the crowds for a while, we can recommend going to Lake Ledro. It’s just half an hour away by bus and the waters there are some of the best for swimming.

Hotel Europa SkyPool & Panorama, 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.

Good to know

  • Get the Trentino Guest Card to enjoy free public transport and free or discounted entry into local attractions and museums!
  • Enjoy a gentle walk up to the Bastione Venetian Tower to admire views over Riva
  • Before the Second World War, Riva was part of Austria and this is still reflected in architectural, cultural and gastronomic differences from other lake-side towns
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