Italy – Lakes of Lombardy
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This northern Italian cycle runs from east to west mainly in the hillier areas south of the big Alpine lakes in the Lombard region. The cycle also takes in the Cycling Route del Sole and with Eurovelo routes including "La Via dei Pellegrini".
The cycle takes you from the wonderful harbour fortress of Peschiera by Lake Garda as you follow fragments of an ancient Roman road, towards Lake Como. An overnight stay in Como is included in the trip, whose magnificent cathedral testifies to the ancient strength of this city, with a myriad of pedestrian streets leading to the central Piazza Cavour overlooking the lake. Our trip finishes up by Lake Maggiore with the Alps magestically in our horizon.
Being well connected with the main international tourist cycling routes, the beautiful scenery of the areas and the rich artistic sights make this an wonderful route. You will generally find little traffic on these roads with some sections where cars are not allowed.
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Arrival Peschiera del Garda
After your arrival you can check in to your accommodation and enjoy the town or relax.
Peschiera is surrounded by the river Mincio, a small jewel of architecture, enclosed in a mighty sixteenth-century pentagonal wall with beautiful ramparts and imposing access doors.
Peschiera del Garda ~ Brescia 53km
You cycle downstream on the Mincio River through a terrain of peaceful rolling hills to the enchanting Castellaro Lagusello, surrounded by a medieval a wall. Through the vineyards you arrive at the tower of San Martino and after the lakeside town of Desenzano, a short climb takes you to hilltops overlooking Lake Garda. Following fragments of an ancient Roman road, you traverse the moraine hills from the Abbey of Maguzzano to arrive at the Romanesque Parish of Pontenove with its romantic 1700s bridge. Arrival in Brescia, a city rich in Roman and medieval remains, surmounted by the ancient castle
Brescia ~ Lake Iseo (35km) 35 km
Today is a short and relaxing cycle that leads you into Franciacorta, a land of wines of excellence. The route takes you to Rodengo Saiano, home to a Benedictine abbey where monks still live, passes near the castles of Passirano and Clusane and at the Sebino Nature Reserve, a protected area rich in water birds, and then ends on the banks of the lovely Lake Iseo. Your destination today is Sarnico on the banks for the Oglio River.
Lake Iseo ~ Bergamo (35 km)
You cycle along the Oglio river that comes out from Lake Iseo; in short you reach Grumello del Monte, a pretty village with the stone houses; then, past a small bridge, you enter the beautiful medieval old town of Montello, all in stone. The day on the bike ends in Bergamo, the pearl of northern Italy, where you will arrive early enough to visit both the elegant lower town, but above all the splendid upper town, accessible by a funicular.
Bergamo ~ Lake Garlate (40 km)
Today you arrive at the branch of Lake Como called Lago di Lecco. The route takes us to Mapello, where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna of Prada; another place of great spirituality is Sotto il Monte, the town where Pope John XXIII was born; his birth place is a nice free museum. A memorable experience is the crossing of the river Adda on a Leonardesque ferry pulled by cable. You reach Garlate by pedaling through the green of the beautiful cyclepath along the Adda
Garlate ~ Como (40 km)
This is the day when you cycle past the largest number of lakes, all very small: Annone, Pusiano, Alserio, partially riding on dirt roads. The end of the path is the most beautiful part; in Solzago you take the Passeggiata Voltiana that takes its name from Alessandro Volta, buried nearby; with an exciting descent first through the woods and then along a beautiful road you will arrive in the centre of Como and then on the shores of the beautiful lake.
Como ~ Ranco (Lake Maggiore) 60km
The last day you set off along the lake surrounded by splendid villas, in particular Villa Olmo, in the direction of Cernobbio. You cross the border with Switzerland and then you reach Varese and immediately after its lake with the bike path; along the Monate lake from the clear waters where it is possible to swim. Finally you are in Ispra on the Lake Maggiore and passing through the green Quassa cycle path you arrive to Ranco, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the lake.
- 7 nights in 3* and 4* hotels, including breakfast
- Luggage transfer ( one piece of luggage per person )
- Road book, maps, information ( one book per room )
- 7 Day service hotline
Bike rental is not included in our 2023 tour price. This is an additional:
€110.00 Hybrid Bike
€230.00 Electric Bike
€ 5.00 Helmet rental
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2023 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€1025.00 per person sharing for 2 or 3 pax
€ 890.00 per person sharing for 4 or more pax
€ 265.00 single room occupancy
Self Guided Tour Information
Self guided tours start every Saturday from 26 March to 24 September; other dates available for 4 pax or more
How to get to the start point:
The closest airport is Verona; there is a shuttle bus from the airport to the train station of Verona Porta Nuova, from there there’s a direct train to Peschiera del Garda.
From Milano Airports (Linate and Malpensa) take the bus to Milano central station and then the train to Peschiera
From Bergamo Airport take the bus to Brescia train station and then the train to Peschiera
Peschiera del Garda is linked directly to the train stations of Milano (1 hour), Brescia (25minutes) and Verona (15 minutes)
From Austria/Innsbruck take Highway A22/E45, exit Affi/Lago di Garda sud, then follow direction
“Peschiera” on SR450 until Peschiera.
From Austria/Villach take Highway A23/E55 until the end, then A4/E70 direction Venezia/Padova/Verona/Milano and exit PESCHIERA
From Switzerland/Chiasso take Highway A9/E35 until Milano, then A4/E70 direction Verona and exit PESCHIERA
The first hotel is located near the train station.
For more details please have a look at the tour dossier. As always please contact us in the office for more information (email@example.com).
PESCHIERA DEL GARDA
Day 1: Hotel Bell Arrivo***
Day 2: Hotel NH Brescia****
Day 3: Hotel NH Bergamo***
Day 4: Hotel Nuovo***
Day 5: Hotel Tre Re***
Day 6: Hotel Belvedere