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Lake Garda Hotels & Holidays

About Lake Garda

The largest of the Italian Lakes, Lake Garda stretches between the Alps and the Dolomites, embracing a diverse scenery, ranging from low-lying countryside on its southern borders and rising to the north with perpendicular cliffs draped in pine forests. Sheltered in a natural suntrap, the area around Lake Garda enjoys a warm climate in which olive groves and lemon orchards flourish.

Bardolino is one of the best-known Lake Garda resorts, mainly due to the wine made from the grapes grown in the surrounding hillsides. The resort offers excellent accommodation, while the attractive and lively traffic-free centre is home to numerous bars, restaurants and smart shops.

From the southern banks of Lake Garda lies the charming town of Desenzano, gazing out over to the Alps. A network of piazze, al fresco cafés and boutiques contrast beautifully with its three large beaches.

Once a fishing village, Garda has become a colourful holiday resort, much favoured by Italian holidaymakers and opera fans due to its proximity to Verona, as well as being greatly appreciated by wine connoisseurs who make frequent trips to neighbouring vineyards in Bardolino.

Gardone Riviera
From its lush gardens a path snakes through densely wooded arbours of the Acquapazza valley. Gardone Riviera's lakeside promenade is lined with intellectual cafés and artistic trattorias offering the gracious charms of a bygone era.

Set on the western shore of Lake Garda, Gargnano has been favoured by the rich and famous for many years and today this can be seen in the fine villas, palaces and beautiful gardens which still remain. The old town of Gargnano on the lake shore is dominated by a main square and a pretty small port.

The name Lazise comes from the Latin word 'laceses' and means village at the Lake. Lazise has a very beautiful old town with narrow streets and picturesque places, and a harbour which is imbedded in the centre. When looking at the six towers of the Scaligero Castle and the city walls, it is very obvious that the town has a medieval origin.

Limone, as its name suggests, alludes to the first lemon orchards planted in Europe. It is a magical place with old fishermens houses, narrow winding streets and lemon groves dominating the shores.

Malcesine, one of the most charming towns on Garda's eastern shore, nestled by olive groves and sage coloured hills. A funicular climbs up Monte Baldo where scenic walks can be enjoyed in summer on its famous ski slopes.

Peschiera del Garda
Steeped in history Peschiera del Garda attracts many visitors every year, including thousands of pilgrims that come to visit the many religious buildings such as the 16th century Sanctuary of Madonna del Frassino (Our Lady of Ash). The Laghetto del Frassino, meaning little lake of Ash is a beautiful nature reserve where it is possible to be at one with nature. The area between Peschiera and Sirmione is a region called Lugana and is well-known for its production of wine with the same name, which can be found in the many restaurants in the area.

Riva del Garda
Riva, sheltered by Monte Rochetta and exuding a gentle and unhurried atmosphere, characterised by a medieval old town with one foot in a picturesque fishing harbour and the other raised to the 14th century castle.

Salò is a much sought after resort amongst informed cognoscenti offering an exciting choice of bars, cafés and inventive restaurants, specialising in regional dishes.

Set on a narrow promontory on the southern shore of Lake Garda, Sirmione is prized for its strategic l

Multi Centre Holidays

Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Lake Garda holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.

The Highlights

  • 14th Century castle of Rocca
  • Funicular from Malcesine
  • Parks and Gardens of Gardone
  • Restaurants, bars and cafés of Salo
  • Fortifications of Rocca Scaligera


Please note excursions operate seasonally.

A visit to the lagoon city of Venice. Your coach will park on the mainland and you will proceed by private boat to St. Mark's Square. There is an escorted tour of the city and plenty of free time to take in the sights. Your guide will also offer you optional possibilities including a gondola trip through the canals or a boat ride across the lagoon to admire the islands.

East Operates: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
West Operates: Wednesday and Friday
Departure: From 7.15am (returns approx. 8.15pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £61

Venice by Night:
Similar to the day tour but with later start, you will arrive in the early afternoon and stay until after nightfall when the crowds have departed and the city is cooler. There is ample free time for an evening stroll through the illuminated city.

East Operates: Tuesday and Thursday
West Operates: Monday
Departure: From 9am (returns approx. 1:30am)
Duration: Full Day
From: £65

A sightseeing tour through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Take in the famous sights, including the Roman Arena (venue of the summer operas), Juliet's balcony, the Scaligeri tombs, Piazza dell' Erbe and Piazza Bra. Enough free time for shopping.

Operates: Thursday and Saturday
Departure: From 8am (returns approx. 5pm - 7pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £43

Lake Tour:
A tour by coach along the stunning Gardesana, one of the most impressive roads in Europe. Includes stops at several picturesque villages to see monuments dating from the Roman, Scaliger, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian periods. A part of the tour will be by ferry.

East Operates: Tuesday and Friday
West Operates: Monday
Departure: From 7.30am (returns approx. 6.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £42

Lake Tour Special:
A similar itinerary to the Lake Tour, however two scenic ferry journeys between resort stops are included

East Operates: Wednesday
West Operates: Friday
Departure: From 7.30am (returns approx. 6pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £51

Dolomite Mountains:
An excursion through the heart of the majestic Dolomite mountain range (Catinaccio, Latemar, Sassolungo, Sella and the Marmolada Glacier). We drive through the valleys of Fassa and Fiemme where the unique language of Ladino is spoken. From Canazei we drive to Passo Pordoi from where it is possible to reach Sass Pordoi (2,950 metres) on Trentino's highest cable car. In the afternoon we drive down the Gardena valley with a stop at Ortisei.

East Operates: Monday
West Operates: Tuesday
Departure: From 8am (returns approx. 7.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £46

Bolzano and Renon:
Visit the elegant city of Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol and meeting point of the Italian and German cultures. You will have time to admire the Austrian style architecture and visit the museum which is home to Otzi the 5,300 year old man found on the Schnals glacier. Walk through the colourful fruit market and down the well-known Portici shopping street. Renon, a natural plateau high above the city, is reached by cable car and historic, narrow-gauge tram and offers visitors breathtaking views of the western Dolomites and a delightful walk to the earth stone pyramids.

Operates: Friday
Departure: From 7.30am (returns approx. 7pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £48

Wine Tour:
In the spectacular Lagarina  valley you will visit Grigoletti winery. Visit the Basilica its new splendid subterranean cantina and listen to the owner's ardent explanations. Afterwards you will visit the elegant Cantina Ferrari producing excellent sparkling wines. This is an afternoon excursion.

Operates: Friday from Limone, Malcesine, Riva and Torbole
Departure: From 1pm (returns approx. 6.30pm)
Duration: Half Day
From: £41

Wine Tour and Borghetto:
This tour will start with a visit to Borghetto, a pretty hamlet on the banks of the river Mincio. You will then be driven through the enchanting amphitheatre of the moraine hills to the winery Ricchi a perfect place to taste some of the best wines on the lake. A guided visit with a professional tasting, this is an interesting afternoon combining history and local traditions.

Operates: Tuesday from Desenzano, Gardone, Salo and Sirmione
Departure: From 1pm (returns approx. 6.30pm)
Duration: Half Day
From: £37

Wine and Oil Tour:
A visit to the winery Preela, is the ideal place to taste a few of the best wines of your lake. You will enjoy a guided visit with a professional tasting and have the opportunity to buy some of those excellent local wines. On the way back you will also stop to visit to the olive oil factory Turri a chance to learn about the process and cultivation, to see their methods, to taste some of the local produce and to buy from the great offers in the shop.

Operates: Monday from Bardolino, Garda and Lazise
Departure: From 2pm (returns approx. 6.30pm)
Duration: Half Day
From: £39

Mantova and Parco Sigurta:
A visit to the stunning town of Mantova, seat of the Gonzaga family, a town rich in art treasures. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Parco Giardino Sigurta, also called a 'Temple of Nature' due to the sheer variety and number of plants.

Operates: Tuesday
Departure: From 7.30am (returns approx. 6.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £47

The excursion to Milan is a delightful discovery of artistic beauties in one of the most important cities in North Italy. The modern and cosmopolitan city is a fascinating combination of tradition and innovation. Walk in the Cathdral square, visit the shopping gallery of Vittorio Emanuele and pass Alla Scala Theatre.

Operates: Wednesday
Departure: From 7.15am (returns approx. 7.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £46

You will travel through the fertile Po Plain and the Apennines to reach Florence, one of the most celebrated cities in the world, famous for its art, history and fascinating position.

Operates: Tuesday
Departure: From 7am (returns approx. 9.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £67

Important Information:

The advertised program of events is dependent upon achieving a minimum number of participants and, therefore, some events may not always be available due to insufficient demand or, in some cases, adverse weather conditions.

Passions from Emilia: Visit Modena which is known as the birthplace of the famous tenor Pavarotti, home of the renowned car brand Ferrari and country of Lambrusco and balsamic vinegar. The route initially delights the many motoring enthusiasts with a visit of the Ferrari museum in Maranello. Then the lovers of good food take charge with a snack accompanied by Lambrusco wine tasting and a visit of a traditional balsamic vinegar cellar.

Operates: Thursday
Departure: From 7am (returns approx. 7.30pm)
Duration: Full Day
From: £66

Hotels in Lake Garda

Aqualux Hotel & Spa, Lake Garda
Aqualux Hotel & Spa , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
This recently built hotel, located between the green hills of Monte Felice and Bardolino...
Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, Lake Garda
Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Located just outside the resort of Bardolino, Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort is set within...
Hotel Corte Valier, Lake Garda
Hotel Corte Valier , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Hotel Corte Valier occupies a prime location on the shores of Lake Garda. Stunning views are...
Hotel Excelsior Bay, Lake Garda
Hotel Excelsior Bay , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The Hotel Excelsior Bay occupies a superb position with splendid views and is situated on the...
Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Grand Hotel Gardone , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Built in 1884, the Grand Hotel Gardone still retains the elegance, warmth and charm of a past era...
Grand Hotel Terme, Lake Garda
Grand Hotel Terme , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
Situated adjacent to the Scaligeri Castle on the Sirmione peninsula, Grand Hotel Terme is in a...
Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc, Lake Garda
Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Wonderfully and uniquely positioned in its own vast magnificent park, the Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc...
Hotel Garden, Lake Garda
Hotel Garden , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Originally a large country house, the Hotel Garden opened in the early 1960s and has quickly become...
Hotel Kristal Palace, Lake Garda
Hotel Kristal Palace , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The stylish Hotel Kristal Palace is located in a quiet residential area, only a three-minute walk...
Hotel Olivi Thermae & Natural Spa, Lake Garda
Hotel Olivi Thermae & Natural Spa , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
A favourite with Citalia guests for its welcoming family atmosphere, the charming Hotel Olivi...
Le Ali Del Frassino, Lake Garda
Le Ali Del Frassino , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Located on the banks of Lake Frassino within 17 acres of nature reserve, and just one mile from the...
Lefay Resort and Spa, Lake Garda
Lefay Resort and Spa , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
Lefay Resort & Spa is located in a secluded and peaceful area overlooking the lake in Gargnano,...
Lido Palace, Lake Garda
Lido Palace , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
The Lido Palace Hotel in Riva del Garda reopened in 2011 and, while it retains its liberty...
Hotel Lucia, Lake Garda
Hotel Lucia , Lake Garda
Rating: 3
Surrounded by the beautiful Alto Garda Park, the charming Hotel Lucia is set on the hills, in a...
Hotel Maximilian, Lake Garda
Hotel Maximilian , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The Hotel Maximilian, comprising of a main building and two annexes, is beautifully set in a...
Hotel Nazionale Boutique, Lake Garda
Hotel Nazionale Boutique , Lake Garda
Rating: 3
Hotel Nazionale Boutique is a unique and contemporary asset to the Citalia Lake Garda collection....
Palazzo Arzaga, Lake Garda
Palazzo Arzaga , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
A member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World', the 15th century Palazzo Arzaga Hotel is rich in...
Park Hotel Imperial, Lake Garda
Park Hotel Imperial , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
The Park Hotel Imperial is a serene oasis tucked away in lush green grounds on the shore of Lake...
Hotel Piccolo Mondo, Lake Garda
Hotel Piccolo Mondo , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Set back from the main road, only 100 metres from the shore of Lake Garda and 185 metres from the...
Regina Adelaide, Lake Garda
Regina Adelaide , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The Regina Adelaide in Garda is a beautiful Art Nouveau villa dating back to the early 20th...
Hotel Salo du Parc, Lake Garda
Hotel Salo du Parc , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The spacious, peaceful Hotel Salò du Parc is just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Salò, a...
Hotel Savoy Palace, Lake Garda
Hotel Savoy Palace , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Step into the luxuries of the Belle Époque with the refined and charming Hotel Savoy Palace,...
Hotel Sirmione, Lake Garda
Hotel Sirmione , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Hotel Sirmione enjoys a prime location next to the Scaligeri Castle on the famous Sirmione...
Hotel Sole, Lake Garda
Hotel Sole , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
Hotel Sole boats an enviable position in Riva del Garda's lively piazza, close to the lake and the...
Hotel Spiaggia d'Oro, Lake Garda
Hotel Spiaggia d'Oro , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
This stylish and intimate family-run hotel has a superb lakeside setting and yet is only...
Hotel Val di Sogno, Lake Garda
Hotel Val di Sogno , Lake Garda
Rating: 4
The charming family-run Hotel Val di Sogno occupies an enviable lakefront position with only a...
Hotel Villa Cortine Palace, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa Cortine Palace , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
One of the most prestigious hotels on Lake Garda, the Hotel Villa Cortine Palace embodies elegance...
Hotel Villa del Sogno, Lake Garda
Hotel Villa del Sogno , Lake Garda
Rating: 5
The charming 19th century Hotel Villa del Sogno is set in its own secluded grounds and is...