Peschiera: Boat Tour on Lake Garda with lunch


Daydreaming… Everyone does it every now and then… Especially right before we go to our holiday destination! Have you ever heard about the Lake Garda Cruise? A wonderful boat tour on Lake Garda, around its deep blue waters. Now, let your imagination run wild… We’re about to set sail!

Among the offerings you can find on Lake Garda, the Lake Garda Cruise is one of the most popular options. As the name suggests, it is a real “mini-cruise”on the largest lake in Italy. This boat tour on Lake Garda takes about 4 hours and includes lunch. To be sure of a place, especially in July and August, it is recommended to book 2 days in advance. To do this, you can book at the tourist offices in Peschiera del Garda and Lazise, ​​or by clicking the desired day on the calendar here right from this article.

In 4 hours you will be able to admire one village after the other from the water. A nice moment to test yourself and see if you know the names of the towns!


The boat “Nave Mincio” is moored at the end of the lake promenade Lungolago Garibaldi in Peschiera. You can recognize it thanks to the small circular portholes and for its green cords. If you look up, you can also see the captain’s cockpit.

Once you leave, the first destination is Lazise. A village that you will easily recognize thanks to the imposing Scaliger Castle, south of the center. It was built to defend the village against anyone who tried to disturb the harmony within its walls. Following the beautiful promenade that connects Lazise, ​​Bardolino and Garda, we come to the first higher mountain hill at the foot of Monte Baldo, and known as Rocca di Garda.

The Rocca of Garda is a mountainous relief, located sheer on the shores of the lake. It will be hard not to look up while the ship goes throughout the waves, under the promontory that will overlook it from above. After that, the picturesque Villa Canossa appears. Nestled between the slopes of the Monte Baldo, the 6TH century villa is a private property of the same family. Therefore, feel lucky to have the possibility to admire it from the lake: it’s the only way to appreciate its beauty.

Credits: Paolo Tralli – @paolotrl

Among the places to visit at the Lake Garda, the next three deserve a special mention. I’m sure you’ve already heard about them!

Your boat trip on Lake Garda continues! We will arrive in front of Punta San Vigilio, where all worries disappear and a deep peace overwhelms the heart of those who come close. Do you see the Locanda and the small harbour? This beautiful place can be visited for free and if you will be here anyway, I recommend dining at the Locanda, this is also possible without a reservation in advance.

At this point, the Nave Mincio will change course, heading west. You will begin to see the largest (and difficult to reach) island of Lake Garda; Isola del Garda. Why is it difficult to reach? Because the island is private and inhabited by the Cavazza family. The only way to visit it is through a small private tour departing from different ports of the lake. If you want to discover more, read the article on how to visit Isola del Garda.

Next to Isola del Garda you can see another smaller island; Isola San Biagio. You can recognize this island by the many flowering shrubs. This pearl is also known as Isola dei Conigli; Bunny Island, because there used to be those little fluffy bunnies hopping around everywhere.

In the beginning of this year, the waterlevel was so low that there was a piece of dry land between the island and Manerba del Garda, making it possibile to reach the island of San Biagio on foot!

Isola del Garda
Credits: Paolo Tralli – Paolotrl (IG)


The places to visit on the Lake Garda share all little paradisiac beaches. From the boat you will be lucky to be able to take some pictures of the most beautiful ones.

The first one is Baia Verde of Manerba, near Porto Torchio. A myriad of white pebbles create a small strip of land, where you will surely spot someone sunbathing. Lifting our eyes, the fascinating promontory of the Rocca di Manerba will stand out.

If I had to make a ranking of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda, the Rocca di Manerba would definitely be on the podium. The view that you can see from the point of this rock over the horizon is indescribable. From the Nave Mincio you not only can appreciate the beauty of this giant rock, but also that of the large nature reserve below. Sheltered from the sun’s rays, several paths develop that lead to small coves, where the water is transparent.

We are almost at the end of this journey, before we head back, we will sail along the peninsula that was so beloved by the poet Catullus. I am of course talking about Sirmione. Huge sand colored stone slabs surround the edge of this piece of land as they slowly disappear into the lake. It is only possible to view it on foot in one area: the world-famous Jamaica Beach. This beach is jealously guarded by the Roman Villa; Grotte di Catullo, the ancient remains of what is said to have been the poet’s home.

Enjoy the final moments of this incredible journey… It’s time to go back!


The boat tour on Lake Garda with the Nave Mincio is scheduled at 10:30 AM, in the available dates on the calendar. From the middle of May, the Lake Garda Cruise is starting every day, except on Monday. The ship is located in Lungolago Garibaldi, in front of the Hotel Al Fiore.

This boat trip therefore starts in Peschiera del Garda. From the center, you exit the entrance arch; Porta Verona and turn left after the second bridge, then you just continue on the sidewalk along the lake. The Nave Mincio will soon be visibile in the distance and you will reach it in around 5 minutes on foot.

It’s always best to be present at least 10 minutes in advance in order to start the tour on time. Furthermore, as I mentioned before, the tour lasts 4 hours and can be booked directly on our website (on the calendar you find above or right of this article). Otherwise, come meet us at Tourism Peschiera Infopoint and IAT Tourism Lazise. We will be happy to reserve it for you!

Price of the Lake Garda Cruise:

  • The full price for adults and youngsters over 10 years is 55 €;
  • Children between 3 and 9 years cost 30 €;
  • For the little ones under 3, the tour is for free.
  • I remind you that the lunch is included: obviously it will be a typical Italian pasta dish.

Last useful information before booking the Lake Garda Cruise departing from Peschiera del Garda:

  • This tour is easily full so we recommend booking 72 hours in advance to ensure availability.
  • The boat is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers for children.
  • Pets are not allowed on board.
  • This tour is only available with an english speaking captain.

NOT TO FORGET: bathing suit, towel, a bottle of water, sunglasses and obviously your ticket… The Lake Garda Cruise is waiting for you!


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