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First trip to Lake Garda

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First trip to Lake Garda

Hi, We are two couples in our early 30s, and going to Lake Garda early July for 11 nights with First Choice. We are staying at The hotel Biseti in Garda, and chose Garda as seems to be a large resort, and central to everything. Has anyone stayed here at all?

We would like to go on day trips to Verona and Venice, as well as maybe see an opera. Has anyone done any of the wine tours in the region at all or any of the excursions with First Choice?

We would also like to visit some of the other places round the lake. Can anyone recommend some good places to go? Fun things to do by day or night etc?

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1. Re: First trip to Lake Garda

There is a local Bus to Verona, really not far, for Venice take the organised trip, it is a long day but gives you a taste of this beautiful

City, (that's all)

Last year we did the Dolomites trip organised by First Choice, a well worth trip,

Do not miss Bardolino walking distance, Malcesine should not be missed a good day by boat, ,

Lake Garda is beautiful,

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2. Re: First trip to Lake Garda

Best town for shopping is Riva --- go by ferry "Tour of the Lake" ticket for relaxing day out.

The historic town of Sirmione is fantastic, but gets very crowded.

Lazise is a lovely old town a bit different from Garda or Bardolino

For something really different visit the Vittoriale degli Italiani which is on the hillside above Gardone. It is not well sign posted or advertised by the tourist office possibly because of sensitivity about its fascist associations, but it is a truly stunning place to visit, slightly weird but truly unique.

See tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g194772-d5799…

You will also want to go to the traveling lakeside street market that goes up and down the lake, as I recall on Thursday mornings it is in Bardolino and on Friday Garda town.

As a previous poster has mentioned Bardolino is a really nice town within easy walking distance along the lake side path, much like Garda smaller but less crowded and the shopping streets are less claustrophobic.

Beyond Bardolio, the little marina Cisano is a short distance, --- route takes through a boatyard full of classic Riva wooden speed boats.

Edited: 4:01 am, May 23, 2010
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