Come and experience the beautiful scenery and appealing culture of the Lake Garda region - without the hassle of having to change your hotel! From your base by Lake Garda, this cycling tour visits the cities of Trento, Verona, Brescia, and Mantua with their Renaissance palaces and squares, Romanesque cathedrals and antique forums. And after a day in the saddle, you can cool off in the gentle waters of Lake Garda itself - or enjoy some of the many wonderful wines for which the Veneto region is known.
There are 3 hotel options available:
Hotel Lido International 4**** (Desenzano) - A few minutes walk from the beautiful harbour city of Desenzano. The rooms have a balcony and lake view. The hotel has a lovely terrace, sunbathing area, pool with views over the lake and a private pebble beach ensuring you have a relaxing evening after your cycling excursions.
Hotel Miramar 3*** (Sirmione) - The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the lovely old town of Sirmione. The hotel has a beautiful garden with a pool and a private bathing beach. Rooms are air conditioned and have a balcony with lake view.
Hotel Suisse 3*** (Sirmione) - The hotel is located on the small penninsula of Sirmione. All rooms have been renovated quite recently, have air-conditioning and balcony with lake views. After a day cycling you can relax in the new pool or on the sun terrace.
Each tour starts on a SUNDAY.
Low season - March 29th - April 18th / September 28th - October 11th
Mid Season - April 19th - June 7th / September 7th - September 27th
High Season - June 8th - September 6th
Trip prices are subject to Low, Mid or High Season costs and are per person in a double room bed and breakfast:
Hotel Lido/Low = £481
Hotel Lido/Mid = £521
Hotel Lido/High = £593
Hotel Miramar/Low = £425
Hotel Miramar/Mid = £457
Hotel Miramar/High = £481
Hotel Suisse/Low = £400
Hotel Suisse/Mid = £440
Hotel Suisse/High = £481
(Visitor's taxes at Hotel Suisse and Hotel Miramar are not included)
The cost of the holiday does NOT include flights, which must be self-booked. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED EMAIL CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING FROM EMMA AT BIKE EVENTS.
Please note that this cycling holiday, run in conjunction with our partners, Eurobike, is SELF-GUIDED. The route is signed, with route notes and map provided and all luggage transfers between hotels attended to. However there is NO accompanying cycle tour guide.
|Basic Trip Cost||See above|
|Includes||Overnight accommodation in your selected hotel
Personal tour information
Luggage transfer between hotels
Excellently planned routes with directional signs
Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
Bus transfer Lake Garda - Trento incl. bike
Train transfer Brescia - Lake Garda incl. bike
Bus or train transfer Lake Garda - Verona incl. bike
Boat excursion on Lake Garda incl. bike
|Distance||Average 56km per day|
|Challenge Rating||The route is flat to slightly hilly. You will cycle on bike trails, side roads, and sometimes on country lanes. Only short sections have to be cycled on roads with more traffic, especially when entering or leaving cities.|
|Getting There: Car||Take the exit for Sirmione or Desenzano on A4/E70 motorway. Free parking spaces in hotel grounds (cannot be reserved).|
|Getting There: Train||Take a train to Desenzano via Verona, then by taxi or bus to Sirmione.|
|Options||Optional hire bike £56 (standard 21 or 7 gears) £128 (electric bike)|
|Route Details||Day 1: Arrival in Sirmione/Desenzano
Tour infomation and hire bike fitting, if applicable. Acclimatise by taking a stroll through the old town!
Day 2: Trip to Trento (approx 50km + Boat Excursion)
Morning transfer by minibus to Trento (an interesting old town with cathedral and castle) then you'll follow the river Adige via Rovereto to Mori towards Lake Garda. After a short climb, it's downhill towards the lake at Torbole and on to Riva. From here, a boat trip take you the entire length of the lake returning you to Sirmione.
Day 3: Trip to Verona (approx. 55km)
Morning minibus or train transfer to Verona. The home of Romeo and Juliet is packed with Renaissance palaces, colourful squares, the Roman arena and many welcoming cafes. The route then crosses gently rolling hills past cypress trees and vineyards, returning you to the southern shore of Lake Garda
Day 4: Trip to Mantua (approx. 65km)
Todays trails will lead you along the river Mincio southwards to Mantua. This fabulous thousand-year-old town with its castle, piazzas, rotunda, clocktower and shady courtyards never fails to impress its visitors. A return train trip takes you back to the hotel at the end of the day.
Day 5: Trip into the History of Italy (approx. 50km)
Todays route takes quiet backroads through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations to the town of Solferino, where Garibaldi united Italy in the famous “Battle of Solferino”. Returning to Lake Garda, the route passes vineyards famous for the local lugana and pinot bianco wines.
Day 6: Trip to Brescia (approx. 60km)
Following the shore towards Cavalgese di Riviera, today will offer unforgettable views of Lake Garda. The route then follows the Naviglio Grande Bresciano (canal with bike path) to Brescia with its Roman ruins and many places of interest. Return train to Sirmione.
Day 7: Departure
|Other Info||British Airways, Easyjet and Monarch Airways all fly to Verona from Manchester and/or London Gatwick (different operators at each airport so please check).
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