Italy : Lombardy

Cycling the Italian Lakes

Trip code: C07TL

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Cycle between seven beautiful Italian Lakes
  • Sample the excellent local wines and traditional cuisine
  • Explore medieval towns, popular resort towns, and swim in the famous lakes

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Begin your cycling journey from Lake Garda, riding along the beautiful 'Ciclopista del Sole' past the glistening lake shore and Mincio river. Visit the bustling resorts of Desenzano and Sirmione, known as the most beautiful towns on Lake Garda, before arriving in Breschia, a city rich in Roman and medieval remains.

A relaxing ride brings you to Franciacorta, a land of excellent local wines where the nearby Benedictine abbey stands proud amongst the castles of Passirano and Clusane. The second Italian lake you reach is the much smaller Lake Iseo, known for its abundance of water birds within this protected area. Following the Oglio river from Lake Iseo takes you through the medieval old town of Montello, before reaching Bergamo. A pearl of Northern Italy, you'll have the afternoon to explore both the lower and upper towns of Bergamo, accessible by funicular.

You'll soon reach the blue shores of Lake Lecco, a branch of Lake Como, where you ride along the green cycle path of the Adda. Pass by the small lakes of Annone, Pusiano, & Alserio, before arriving in the centre of Como and of course its famous lake.

Your last day takes you across the border into Switzerland, along the Monate lake with opportunities to swim in in the clear waters. Finally, you arrive in Ispra on Lake Maggiore with spectacular views all around. The natural beauty of these places, the rich cuisine and excellent local wines, give colour and culture to your cycling holiday, creating some incredible memories of the Italian Lakes.

Terrain

This route is mostly on roads with low traffic density, partly following a cycle path. There are some stretches on roads with traffic, especially near towns such as Brescia, Bergamo and Como.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Peschiera del Garda (Lake Garda)

After arriving in Peschiera del Garda, enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the shores of Lake Garda or the towns fortress surrounded by the river Mincio. With beautiful ramparts and imposing doors, this small jewel of architecture is enclosed an incredible 16th century pentagonal wall.

You stay at Hotel Dori.

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Hotel Dori, Peschiera del Garda

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Just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Garda and the historic centre, this is a quiet hotel with modern rooms. Guests can enjoy an excellent breakfast and a drink at the bar on the terrace. There is a good variety of restaurants within walking distance for evening meals.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 2: Peschiera del Garda to Brescia (50km/31.1mi or 60km/37.3mi)

Choose between two routes today. First is the longer, quieter route along the Mincio cycle path which passes San Martino della Battaglia with its big tower reminiscent of the wars of independence. Secondly, the short route passes closer to the lake and takes you to Desenzano and Sirmione, one of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda. Arrive in Brescia, a beautiful city rich in Roman and medieval remains, surmounted by the ancient castle.

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You stay at Hotel Igea.

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Hotel Igea, Brescia

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This lovely hotel is a great base to explore the historical city centre of Brescia. Rooms are comfortable and offer all the amenities you require. A delicious buffet breakfast is served, and for dinner, the hotel restaurant offers an a la carte menu.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 3: Brescia to Lake Iseo (36km/22.4mi)

Today is a shorter ride that leads you into Franciacorta, an area known for excellent wines. Continue onto Rodengo Saiano, home to a Benedictine abbey where the monks still live. Pass near the castles of Passirano and Clusane and by the Sebino Nature Reserve, a protected area rich in water birds. You will end on the banks of the lovely Lake Iseo.

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You stay at Hotel Stazione.

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Hotel Stazione, Paratico

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Aircon
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A family-run hotel since 1957, all 39 rooms are well furnished, some with a small balcony overlooking the beautiful lake. Guests can enjoy regional dishes in the rustic restaurant or from the lovely summer terrace.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 4: Lake Iseo to Bergamo (38km/23.6mi)

Cycle along the Oglio river that comes out from Lake Iseo. You reach Grumello del Monte, a pretty village with the stone houses, then enter the beautiful medieval old town of Montello, all in stone. Your day ends in Bergamo, the pearl of northern Italy, where you should arrive early enough to visit both the elegant lower town and the splendid upper town, accessible by funicular.

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You stay at Hotel Best Western Piemontese.

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Hotel Best Western Piemontese, Bergamo

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Located on the main avenue in Bergamo, there's plenty to explore from your hotel. All 50 rooms are finely furnished and a lovely breakfast is served in the dining room.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 5: Bergamo to Lake of Lecco (45km/28.0mi)

Today takes you to an area of Lake Como called Lago di Lecco. The route goes 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; there's a good museum here that you can visit. A memorable experience is crossing the river Adda on a Leonardesque ferry pulled by cable. You reach Garlate along the Adda cycle path.

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You stay at Hotel Best Western Nuovo.

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Hotel Best Western Nuovo, Garlate

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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


Rooms are modern and welcoming with all the comforts for a lovely stay. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily and the restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 6: Garlate to Lake Como (44km/27.3mi)

Today you ride past a variety of smaller lakes, Annone, Pusiano & Alserio, partially riding on dirt roads. The end of the path is the most beautiful as you arrive in Solzago and take the Passeggiata Voltiana (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, then onto the shores of the beautiful lake.

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You stay at Hotel Tre Re.

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Hotel Tre Re, Como

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Located in a historic building in the centre of Como, this charming hotel is just a few metres from the lake, the funicular, and the main tourist attractions. Their characteristic restaurant has a large frescoed ceiling and serves high-quality Italian cuisine.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 7: Lake Como to Lake Maggiore (62km/38.5mi)

Your last ride goes along the lake surrounded by splendid villas, in particular Villa Olmo, in the direction of Cernobbio. You cross the border with Switzerland, then reach Varese and immediately after its beautiful lake. Along the Monate lake, you can swim in the clear waters before finally arriving in Ispra on Lake Maggiore, passing through the green Quassa cyclepath into Ranco; here are spectacular views of Lake Maggiore.

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You stay at Hotel Belvedere.

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Hotel Belvedere, Ranco

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

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TV
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Aircon
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Originally a tavern when it opened its doors back in 1865, the Belvedere is now a stylish hotel with stunning views over the banks of Lake Maggiore in the peaceful setting of Ranco with a seasonal swimming pool. Their celebrated restaurant serves seasonal dishes offering a 'taste of the lakes'.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 8: Depart Ranco

After breakfast, leave Ranco and the beautiful Italian lakes.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £328.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £328.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Verona with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
  • Upgrade to e-bike
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways London Gatwick to Verona, then local taxi to hotel in Peschiera del Garda (25mins - paid locally).

Return: Taxi from hotel to Sesto Calende station approx. 15mins, then rail Sesto Calende to Milan Airport (approx. 1hr - both paid locally) then EasyJet Milan to London Gatwick. Alternatively, arrange a local taxi from your hotel in Ranco to Milan Airport (approx. 45mins - paid locally).

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Very good service. Daily updates on progess. Booking was completed quickly and to a high standard.

15 Jun 2024

Very helpful and knowledgable. Couldn’t be faulted

Andrew Phillips, 30 Jan 2024

Friendly, well informed, clear, helpful, efficiently sorted through the booking.

John Taylor, 24 Oct 2023

When I phoned and spoke to an adviser she was very helpful and attentive and did everything expected. She was quick to get back in touch with details and quick to follow up.

Two other advisers followed up previously when I made a partial booking but did not continue but despite me emailing one and also trying the 'chat' service I had got no response except a standard acknowledgement of my contact.

Tim Wilyman, 11 Jul 2023


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1899

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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