CYCLING AROUND

LAKE GARDA

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EUR 799.00

Italy - Cycling around Lake Garda

- Shimmering lakes, green valleys and well-fortified castles -

It may be a few years before the cycle path around Italy's largest lake is complete. But with us, you can make your dream a reality today. Cycle along the lakeshore, along flower-lined promenades and let your eye wander over the vast, glistening surface of the water. Take a refreshing dip in the lesser-known but equally enchanting lakes of Ledro and Idro. The views in the valley are stunning. Beautifully laid-out cycle routes lead through the fertile Etsch Valley, the panoramic Sarca Valley and the romantic Val Sabbia.

In addition to the impressive scenery, the Lake Garda region also offers exceptional cuisine. Taste the best olive oil, excellent wines, ripe citrus fruits and delicious freshwater fish every day of your holiday. So what are you waiting for, it's all ready for you! This tour has everything you need for a fantastic cycling holiday in Italy.

About the route
You will cycle on cycle paths and side roads with very little traffic. Overall, the terrain is slightly hilly with several longer climbs as well. When entering and leaving a town and on short connecting stretches, expect slightly heavier traffic.

Highlights on this tour

  • Historic ports
  • Wonderful views of Lake Garda
  • The enchanting Lake Ledro
  • Bardolino vineyards

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Day 1 Arrival in Desenzano/Sirmione

Take a walk through the historic centre and along the lake.

Day 2 Desenzano/Sirmione to Garda

You'll cycle through gently hilly terrain through the Lugana wine region to the banks of the Mincio River. This river leads you to the historic fortress complex of Peschiera and back to Lake Garda. For a few kilometres the cycle path runs directly along the lake shore and later takes you a little into the hinterland. Through orchards and Bardolino vineyards, you return to the shore, which you follow under shady pines all the way to the charming lakeside town of Garda.


approx. 45km
Day 3 Garda to Torbole/Riva

You leave the bank in the direction of the Etsch river valley. Here you enjoy once again the wonderful view of the lake and follow the cycle route through olive groves and vineyards. At the Etsch cycle path you then continue leisurely northwards, always accompanied by countless fruit trees. Already at Mori you leave the river again and continue over Passo san Giovanni to Torbole or on to Riva. Shortly before you reach Lake Garda again, you can once more enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and the Sarca Valley.


approx. 65km
Day 4 Round trip to the Sarca Valley

One of the largest rivers in Trentino is the Sarca. You follow it along a well-maintained cycle path from Torbole and into the valley as far as Pietramurata. The village is surrounded by the highest mountainsides on Lake Garda and offers stunning views. Enjoy the tranquillity of this natural park and visit the fortress of Arco before reaching the shores of Lake Garda again.


approx. 50km
Day 5 Torbole/Riva to Salò

In the morning, a transfer will take you to Lake Ledro. You follow the same named valley to the next picturesque alpine lake. Lake Idro is your companion for a while. You will be delighted by its excellent water quality and its wonderful mountain panorama. Along the cycle path through the Val Sabbia valley, you then cycle steadily downhill until the mighty Lake Garda opens up before you again. In Salò, stroll along the flower-lined promenade and enjoy a delicious Gelato.


approx. 65km + a transfer
Day 6 Salò to Desenzano/Sirmione

The last stage takes you on slightly hilly terrain into the backcountry. Here the characteristic and historic wines of Lake Garda are pressed, such as Lugana, Chiaretto and Groppello. Once you have reached the starting point of your holiday, we recommend that you raise a glass of one of these types of wine and toast to a wonderful and eventful cycling holiday.


approx. 40km or approx. 45km
Day 7 Return or extension

The journey is now over. You leave your hotel in the morning.

Price includes

Not included
  • Transportation to/from Italy
  • Tourist tax (if due)
  • Handling fee (EUR 20)
  • optional: Bike rental, including bike insurance
EUR 799.00

Practical info

General information

The price is based upon two people sharing. It is also possible travel alone in a single room. If you travel alone a single room is necessary.

On this tour you will be on your own supplied with maps, route descriptions and luggage transfers. That means that your time is your own and you have plenty of time to enjoy the stages in your own pace.

Check the price quickly
You can quickly check the price of your desired trip without having to fill in anything. Here's how:

  1. Choose your desired start date
  2. Click on the green button "See price and reserve your holiday" and go to the booking form
  3. Select number of people, add any optional extras and see the price at the bottom of the page (you don't have to fill in anything on the form).

Get a quote
For example, if you want a flight included or changes to the trip, you can order a quote for this using the "Get a quote" button. Remember to describe in detail what, if anything, you want changed.

The process of your booking
When you book, we will start booking hotels and arranging all the practical details of the trip. This process typically takes 2-5 working days, but some bookings may take longer. If you are arranging your own transport, we recommend that you wait until we have confirmed your booking before arranging this.

Dates
If you can select the date in the tour calendar at the top of this page, this is a possible start date. We continually update the tours with sold-out dates, after which those dates will turn red and cannot be selected.

Bike rental

On all our cycling holidays it is possible bring your own bike but it also possible to rent a bike for the tour. The bikes you can rent are all perfectly suited for the tour and the local terrain and all bikes are perfectly maintained. If you want to rent a bike on your holiday, then you select this on the booking form where you can also see the price. Remember to write your height in the message field when you book so that we know which size bike you need.

PHOTOS OF THE BIKES ARE BELOW THIS TEXT

On this tour it is possible to rent the following bikes:

  • Unisex 21-gear bike – with free wheel
  • Unisex 7-gear bike – with back pedal breaks
  • Gents bike 21 gear – with free wheel
  • PLUS gents bike 27 gear – with free wheel
  • Unisex ebike – with backpedal breaks

 

Equipment included in the bike rental:

  • Saddle bag (water repellent)
  • Handlebar bag (water repellent)
  • Service-set with tools and extra bicycle tube
  • Combination lock

 

Roadside assistance

All bikes are equipped with puncture resistant tyres which means that it is virtually impossible to puncture. No rule without exceptions, so should you experience a punctured tyre then you can quickly fix it by using the tools in the service-set. If the damage is greater than a simply puncture then you simply call us and we make sure that your bike is fixed or you will be supplied with a new bike as quickly as possible.

 

Insurance is included

Insurance against theft and damages are included in the bike rental. Should you have any problems of this nature then all you have to do is to let us know and we will supply a new bike as quickly as possible. Naturally, careless or mischievous behavior is exempt from this.  

Unisex 21-gear bike – with free wheel / Unisex 7-gear bike – with back pedal breaks

Bike rental Cycling holidays standard bike

Gents bike 21 gear – with free wheel

Gents bike standard bike cycling holiday

PLUS gents bike 27 gear – with free wheel

Plus bike rental for cycling holiday

Unisex ebike – with backpedal breaks

Ebike rental cycling holiday with ebike

Transportation / Flights

The flights to/from Verona, Venice or Milan are not included in the price. You can easily find a suitable flight via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner.

Notice: we recommend that you book with us and wait for the confirmation before you book your flights.

It works like this:

  1. You book your chosen holiday with us
  2. We confirm your holiday (usually within 2-5 working days)
  3. You arrange your transportation

Book a quote
If you prefer that we handle your flight, then we would be happy to arrange this for you. You simply book a quote below the map on this page and we will return with a quote as soon as possible (usually within 48 working hours). Please note that we add a handling fee of 45 euro to each flight and this means that the flight will be cheaper if you book it yourself.

Accommodation

On this trip you will stay in 3- and 4-star hotels.

In the itinerary you can see examples of the hotels we use most often on this trip. If there are no vacancies in the hotels when you book the trip, we will book hotels of equivalent quality.

We can arrange extra nights before or after the trip. This can be selected when you book your trip.

Food & Drink

Breakfast is included every day. It is easy to find lunch in the small villages before the walks and you will have plenty of choices for dinner in the many restaurants.

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer is included on this tour. Upon arrival at the first hotel you will be given luggage tags along with the rest of the welcome package. You fill out the luggage tags and put them on your bags where they will remain for the duration of the tour.

Your luggage is picked up from the hotel lobby around 9am every morning and will arrive at your next hotel at 6pm at the latest (often long before that). If there are any special exceptions to the luggage transfer you will be notified upon arrival.

Luggage transfer includes one bag per guest and the bags can weigh 20kg each.

Route & Difficulty

This tour has difficulty grade 3.

Grade 3
Longer distances in hilly terrain, often with steep climbs. The distance is usually 65 – 80 km or 40 – 50 miles per day. Requires good shape and health. We highly recommend that you practice on some longer rides before you leave home.

Read more about our Grading System

Tour documentation

You will recieve the following documentation

Upon booking
You recieve practical information about the tour in a digital format

One month before arrival
You recieve your hotel list and your voucher (hotel list is often supplied upon booking)

Upon arrival
You recieve the welcome package which contains the printed version of the road book, luggage tags, local specific vouchers and if you have rented bikes then they will also be delivered and fitted at the first hotel.

Children's discount and shared rooms

On this trip there is a discount for children and people sharing a room with "two fully paying adults". The discount depends on the child’s age, as follows:

Children under 5.99 years: free of charge
Children between 6 and 11.99 years: 50% discount
Children between 12 - 14.99 years: 25% discount
People from 15 years and up: 10% discount

Example 1
2 adults and 1 child. In this case it’s very easy because you are staying in the same room. The child will receive a discount in relation to the above prices.

Example 2
2 adults and 2 children (age 5 and 13 years old): in this case you have two options. If you want to stay in two double rooms, then we apply the full price for all participants. If you want to sleep in the same room (eg. a family room), both children will receive a discount (respectively free or 25%)

Example 3
2 adults and 3 children (age: 7, 13 and 15 years). Here you will probably need two double rooms, where the youngest child is sleeping with the parents.  Therefore, there will only be a discount for the youngest child of 7 years who will receive a 50% discount.

Example 4
3 adults who want to sleep in the same double room. Then extra adult will receive a 10% discount.

Notice
On our booking form you can only choose "adults" because our website cannot calculate children's discount by itself. Therefore, you should simply enter the details of the children's age, date of birth and, if desired, the room distribution in the notification area when you book the trip. Then we arrange and adjust the price later after.

It is important that you understand that it is your own responsibility when you choose to bring your children on the trips. You should check the difficulty levels descriptions and from there, consider whether the specific trip is suitable for your child. In general, we do not recommend that children under the age of 15 participate in trips where the difficulty is over 2.

Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate, you can see the data below:
The statistics are from yr.no.

Klima Verona

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