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Castles boat tour with Bardolino wine tasting and nibbles

4.2 (66)
Sirmione, IT
4.2 (66)
Sirmione, IT
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Discover the enchanting beauty and rich history of Lake Garda with the Castles boat tour. Set sail on the pristine waters and be captivated by the breathtaking landscape that surrounds you. Explore ancient Roman ruins, visit majestic castles, and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Villa Canossa. But that's not all. Indulge in a delightful Bardolino wine tasting experience, guided by a knowledgeable sommelier, and treat your taste buds to delicious nibbles. Immerse yourself in the charm of Sirmione as you pass by the drawbridge of the Scaligero castle. This unforgettable tour is a perfect blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover Lake Garda from a unique perspective.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Bardolino wine tasting with sommelier
  • Explore ancient Roman ruins from another viewpoint
  • Stop for a dive in front of Villa Canossa
  • Pass by the drawbridge of Scaligero castle
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Possibility to do a swim
  • Animali domestici non ammessi a bordo

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Introduction

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Lake Garda with the Castles boat tour. This unique experience offers a fresh perspective of the famous Italian lake, combining breathtaking scenery with a journey into its fascinating history. Prepare to be wowed as you embark on a four-hour adventure, filled with enchanting castles, ancient ruins, and stunning vineyards. Get ready for an unforgettable day of exploration, education, and indulgence.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect to embark on a journey that will both satisfy your adventurous spirit and tantalize your taste buds. The Castles boat tour will take you to some of Lake Garda's most iconic landmarks, including Castello Scaligero and the Grotte di Catullo, where you'll discover the rich history of the region. As you cruise along the lake's picturesque shores, you'll witness breathtaking landscapes and have the opportunity to indulge in a refreshing dive in front of Villa Canossa. The highlight of this experience, however, lies in the Bardolino wine tasting session, where a knowledgeable sommelier will guide you through the flavors and aromas of this renowned local wine, perfectly paired with delicious nibbles.

Who is this for?

This extraordinary tour is designed for anyone seeking a truly immersive and educational experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a wine lover, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, the Castles boat tour caters to all. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike can come together and embark on this adventure, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Lake Garda from a unique perspective, connecting with its history and indulging in its culinary delights.

Why book this?

The Castles boat tour offers a truly unique experience that combines history, breathtaking landscapes, and a delightful wine tasting session. Embark on a journey that will transport you back in time as you explore historical sites, such as Castello Scaligero and the Grotte di Catullo. The opportunity to savor the flavors of the renowned Bardolino wine, expertly guided by a sommelier, adds a touch of refined indulgence to this adventure. And with Villa Canossa and Torri del Benaco adding charm to your itinerary, the Castles boat tour promises to be an all-encompassing experience of Lake Garda's beauty and culture.

Good to know

For your convenience, the meeting point is Piazzale Porto, a small harbor in front of Sirmione castle. Look out for the blue umbrella and ask for Mr. Claudio for guidance. The tour lasts for a total of 240 minutes and includes various stops and pass-bys to ensure you get the best views of the castles and notable sights around the lake. Please note that inclusions and exclusions are specified separately, ensuring transparency and allowing you to plan accordingly. Be prepared for an incredible day filled with adventure, knowledge, and delightful flavors.

Reviews

Customers who have embarked on the Castles boat tour have been amazed by the beauty and historical significance of the sites visited. They praise the knowledgeable guides who provided intriguing insights into Lake Garda's past. Many have also raved about the Bardolino wine tasting, describing it as a highlight of the tour. The opportunity to swim in front of Villa Canossa was a refreshing and unforgettable experience for most. Overall, the tour receives high praise for its well-rounded itinerary, picturesque landscapes, and the chance to discover the region's rich history while indulging in its delightful wines and nibbles.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Castello Scaligero

(Pass by)

This is the first castle we'll see in our tour

Aquaria Thermal SPA

(Pass by)

We'll see this SPA at the beginning of the tour

Grotte di Catullo

(Pass by)

We'll see these ancient Roman ruins from another point of view

Castello Scaligero

(Pass by)

The second castle we'll see is Lazise's Scaligero castle.

Bardolino

Here we'll stop for a Bardolino wine taste

Punta di San Vigilio

(Pass by)

Picturesque landscape and stop for a dive in front at Villa Canossa

Torri del Benaco

(Pass by)

Here there is the last castle of our tour

Sirmione

(Pass by)

The tour will end passing by the drawbridge of the Scaligero castle

Reviews

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4.2 (66)

Brenda_H

A well planned speed boat trip around Lake Garda with wine tasting and canapés included. Our host was well informed and spoke excellent English. He took into consideration the age group of the boat and played age appropriate music which was enjoyed by all! Dropping anchor and swimming in the lake was a highlight. A fabulous way to see sound the towns and villages of Lake Garda avoiding the heat and traffic jams on the roads.

Robert_K

Fantastic setup. Got there in plenty of time. 2 full boats of people of all backgrounds!! Very pleasant and charismatic guide! Got to see all around the lake, lovely nibbles and wine and then topped off with a swim in the lake and Prosecco!! Fantastic day and would recommend

keithtP667CB

Not anything approaching the experience promised Wine tasting basically an hour in a bar Boats speeding and uncomfortable If you want a fast boat trip and a swim for 3 hours with an hour in a bar tasting 3 wines then go for it !!

Dana_W

As a solo female traveler, this was a great experience. To be honest, I didn’t learn a lot, but I didn’t care, it is such a great value, we spent 1hr at the wine tasting & tried 3 different wines and some snacks, we had the option of buying a bottle for over half off, I should have bought one to have on the boat! Then, we went swimming and they provided some Prosecco on the boat. If you are looking to really learn a lot, this is probably not for you, but if you are looking to relax on a boat around Lake Garda, have some wine, go swim, and meet some great people, do it!!

hannekathw

A lot of lovely castles and villages to see. The winetastingn was ok, but neither the food or the wines were presented, we had to Watch a tv-monitor or see video on YouTube, which is not easy when you share table with other people and it is Nice to talk to them instead of watching a screen. A presentation from one of the stad would be much better. It was lovely to swim in the lake, and a huge bonus to be served chilled prosecco after the swim. Nice boat driver and all in all a good experience.

Samantha_S

We missed the tour by 4 minutes. The traffic in the area & parking is a total nightmare we were running to the boat but ended up missing it. I'm hoping to get some sort of refund but haven't had time to call since we are traveling internationally. I have used Viator for many tours but this will be the last time as they don't seem very accomodating.

Taylor_V

Zero communication. Did not adequately express how much extra time was needed for traffic and parking - NEED AT LEAST AN HOUR EXTRA. Tried contacting with no response. Wouldn’t give refund even after multiple attempts to explain situation. There were 5 of us… not just one person missing from this tour.

Brenda_C

This tour was great, lots of fun, refreshing. The tour operators took time to ensure that everyone had a nice time. The boat ride was smooth. The winery was prepared when we arrived. The tastes were yummy! One note: We made the trip from Verona for the tour. Once arriving at Lake Garda, the traffic moves very slowly. In order to make it to the harbor on time, we hopped out of our taxi and walked the last two miles. We suggest allowing several hours for the trip from Verona to Sirmione.

ashleycT2192FZ

Taking a boat on the lake and going for a swim is excellent but this was neither a castle tour nor a wine tasting. The boat captain/tour guide did no introduction, gave no safety information (we had small kids on board and had to ask where life jackets were), and despite having a cooler of waters, did not tell us they existed until we asked. Our boat captain/guide brought us around to a few different castles, told us the name of the castle and that was it. No history, no information, no details. He brought the boat to the docks of a few towns and simply told us the town names. It was not remotely informational. Beautiful views, lake was stunning but this was essentially just a mode of transportation. The wine tasting and nibbles takes place in a cute town that you stop at but this was not like a wine tasting where you are told about the wines. It was simply drinking a little bit of a 3 different wines. Nibbles were fine but very small. Not enough food for a 4 hour ride. Overall, fine if you’re just interested in getting on a boat on the lake. Look elsewhere if you want to learn anything or experience a real wine tasting.

dawdle

Great fun, great Captain, lovely way to spend an afternoon on the water seeing the lakeside from another view and our fellow passengers were friendly and fun. Lunch and wine was lovely. About 20 of us the boat. Chance to jump off and swim in the gorgeous lake. It's via a large speed boat so it can be a bit noisy and wobbly, and you have to be able to climb out on to the docks but that's part of the fun. Sirmione is a beautiful, old and very touristy place but worth a visit - recommend having dinner after the boat trip and mooching about. Just plan on putting some logistical effort in to getting there as it is very busy/touristy area/hard to park (in high season at least.) We stayed the night in a hotel which had parking - can only access at certain times but was great experience driving through the peninsula through the throngs of tourists! Obviously take sunscreen but we had canopies over the boat. They provided water and a little prosecco too.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-25 20:47