Experience the beautiful scenery and appealing culture of the Lake Garda region - without having to change your hotel! From your base by Lake Garda, this seven day cycling tour visits the cities of Trento, Verona, Brescia, and Mantua with their Renaissance palaces and squares, Romanesque cathedrals and antique forums. After a day in the saddle, you can cool off in the gentle waters of Lake Garda itself - or enjoy some of the wonderful wines for which the Veneto region is known.
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There are three hotel options available:
Hotel Lido International, Desenzano 4**** 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. www.lido-international.com
Hotel Blu Lake, Sirmione 4**** Located at the entrance to Sirmione's old town, the generous hotel rooms have a balcony and view over the lake. Relax each evening in your hotel on the magnificent rooftop terrace and enjoy views of the lake over a glass of wine. www.blulakesirmionehotel.it
Hotel Suisse, Sirmione 3*** - The hotel is located on the narrow 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 sunny terrace. www.suissehotelsirmione.com
Each tour starts on a SUNDAY & a WEDNESDAY . Tour dates:
Low season - April 20th - April 29th / October 1st - October 15th
Mid Season - April 30th - May 27th / September 10th - September 30th
High Season - May 28th - September 9th
Trip prices are subject to Low, Mid or High Season costs and are per person in a double room bed and breakfast:
Hotel Lido / Hotel Blu Lake - Low £580
Hotel Lido / Hotel Blu Lake - Mid £625
Hotel Lido / Hotel Blu Lake - High £710
Hotel Suisse - Low £484
Hotel Suisse - Mid £529
Hotel Suisse - High £574
Visitor taxes are not included
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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 fro Bike Events.
Bike Events is not liable in the circumstance of travel arrangements made prior to receiving confirmation.
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||Accommodation in your selected hotel
Personal tour information and welcome briefing
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
Train transfer Mantua - Lake Garda incl. bike
Train transfer Lake Garda - Verona incl. bike
Boat excursion on Lake Garda incl. bike
A pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
Price per person based on double room - single room surcharges from £236
|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 del Garda train station, then by taxi or bus to Sirmione.|
|Options||Optional hire bike £68 (standard 21 or 7 gears) £154 (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 to Rovereto. Cycle west to Mori and try the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna. 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 or Desenzano.
Day 3: Trip to Verona (approx. 55km)
Morning minibus to Verona. The city 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).
Where visitor's tax is due, it is not included in the tour price.
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