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Cycling the Italian Lakes

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  • Holiday code
    C07TL
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $2780per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Upgrade to e-bike
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, swimming opportunities, lake & river routes

Italy: Lombardy

Cycling the Italian Lakes

  • 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

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.



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Cycling information

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 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.
Overnight Hotel Dori, Peschiera del Garda.

Day 2: Peschiera del Garda to Brescia (50KM/31MILES OR 60KM/37MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Igea, Brescia (breakfast included).

Day 3: Brescia to Lake Iseo (36KM/22MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Stazione, Paratico (breakfast included).

Day 4: Lake Iseo to Bergamo (38KM/23.5MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Piemontese, Bergamo (breakfast included).

Day 5: Bergamo to Lake of Lecco (45KM/28.5MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Best Western Nuovo, Garlate (breakfast included).

Day 6: Garlate to Lake Como (44KM/27MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Tre Re, Como (breakfast included).

Day 7: Lake Como to Lake Maggiore (62KM/38.5MILES)

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.
Overnight Hotel Belvedere, Ranco (breakfast included).

Day 8: Depart Ranco

After breakfast, leave Ranco and the beautiful Italian lakes.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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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.


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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.


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Hotel Stazione, Paratico

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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.


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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.


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Hotel Best Western Nuovo, Garlate

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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.


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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.


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Hotel Belvedere, Ranco

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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.

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Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. Below is a small selection of reviews we've received from our satisfied customers.


Guy Wilkins, 17/02/2024

I haven’t had the holiday yet so this seems a bit premature….! But so far I’m pleased with the friendly service from Stephanie


Eric Suddes, 20/01/2024

Megan was easily able to acquaint me with the advantages of my proposed holiday


Mark Gladman, 12/09/2023

Excellent service provided by Andrew and the team as always.


31/03/2023

Lauren was so helpful and very efficient.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts

Bike fitting at the start of your holiday

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Bike hire

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Saturdays only from 30th Mar 2024 to 14th Sep 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' button above.

If you need further information before you book simply complete our Holiday Enquiry Form and a member of our sales team will get back to you.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'Check availability' button below.