Holidays on Lake Garda
Lake Garda is a popular destination holidaymakers from all over Europe. Germans, Austrians and Dutch are especially drawn to the combination of lakes, mountains, Italian cuisine and sunshine. But since this site is in English, the subject of "Holidays on Lake Garda" will relate mainly to those coming from the UK and Eire.
Although the heading above says "package holidays" and although some of the main operators feature Lake Garda, the type of holiday here is very much a speciality niche in the travel business: lakes and mountains holidays.
One of the biggest specialists in this area is Inghams, who are actually owned by the Swiss-based Hotelplan subsidiary of Migros.
There are also specialist walking holidays available. Flights are to Verona on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Thomson Holidays and Crystal Holidays are both now owned by the European travel giant TUI. They both also offer holidays on Lake Garda in the following resorts: Bardolino, Desenzano, Garda, Gardone Riviera, Lazise, Limone, Maderno, Malcesine, Peschiera, Riva del Garda, Sirmione, Torbole and Torri del Benaco. Thomson and Crystal flights are to Verona on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The availability of flights to the smaller airports and the proliferation of airlines has made it far easier for independent holidays to Lake Garda to be booked online.
Ryanair currently have flights going to the following airports relevant to Lake Garda: Bergamo (which they call Milan), Brescia (which they call Verona-Brescia), Verona and Treviso (which they call Venice-Treviso).
Easyjet fly to the following destinations in northern Italy: Milan (both airports), Venice and Innsbruck.
British Airways have a regular scheduled flight to Verona and many other airlines have scheduled services to either of the Milan airports or to Venice.
Look at the airport websites on our Lake Garda Travel page to see whether there are special airport transfers available to a chosen resort. Otherwise the best option is probably to contact the accommodation that you are looking at to see what they recommend (there are good public transport options available - again see the travel page for more details).
Many of the hotels around Lake Garda are members of one of the online booking sites. Each of the indidivual resorts covered (see list on the right) has a full list of five- to three-star hotels (and unlike other sites the list is not made up of properties who paid money for being featured!) and a map of the resort showing where the hotels are located.