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Travel on Lake Garda in October

Westerville, Ohio
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Travel on Lake Garda in October

We will be visiting Lake Garda the second week of October. I cannot find a schedule of ferry service or lake tours that include the dates of our visit-October 11 and 12. What are the options available for exploring the area along the lake with Desenzano as home base? What towns along the lake would have the most things to do and see at that time of the year? Our group is three adults and we are looking for budget/moderately priced transportation/restaurants/activities.

Anxious for your recommendations,


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1. Re: Travel on Lake Garda in October

The winter ferry schedule comes into operation from the 7th October and will be available shortly before this date. As a guide the following link is for last year's winter timetable and as you will see Desenzano did not have a very good service, note that Columns marked A and B only ran at weekends.


There is a bus service up the western side of the lake and another bus that would take you to Sirmione and Verona. To reach anywhere on the eastern shore you would need to use the ferry or two buses.



Transport links are actually better on the eastern shore, so it might be an idea to look at what towns you would like to visit.

In general the lake will still be quite busy with most hotels and restaurants open as normal, things don't really begin to close down until the end of the month/ beginning of Novmber. We have been on the lake for that last three years mid to late October and have had good weather, warm and sunny with just the odd shower but you do need to be prepared for anything.

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2. Re: Travel on Lake Garda in October

Normally after october 15th, in that area, the heating is on.

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3. Re: Travel on Lake Garda in October

What there is to do will depend on the weather, if it is bad weather a lot of the hotels and restaurants close if it's good weather most will be open, October is a month when it's best to be flexible so it would be better to book flights then nearer the time decide on your itinerary, you won't have a problem finding accommodation at the last minute in October.

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