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THE LAKES OF LOMBARDY 

From Lake Garda to Lake Maggiore

a 8 days self guided cycling tour

 

A fabulous cycling tour in a flourishing and varied landscape, in which you cross national parks, oases and natural reserves. You cycle along waterways zigzagging between green hills, passing characteristic villages, castles... always admiring the brilliance of the sun reflecting on the crystal clear water surfaces of the lakes. This cycling tour starts in Peschiera on the shores of Lake Garda. The next days you will cycle from east till west crossing the hills south of the big Alpine lakes. The first part follows the river Mincio, cycling along the cycle path 'Ciclopista del Sole' (a part of Eurovelo 7). At lake Como the route meets the Way of Pilgrims (Via dei Pellegrini), Eurovelo 5. You will pass hermitages, fortresses and picturesque villages, which preserve artistic treasures of exceptional value, ancient noble palaces and castles with famous botanical gardens enclosing a peerless silence. The tour ends at Lake Maggiore where you could make a relaxing boot trip on the lake with a visit to the enchanting Borromee Islands (isola Bella, isola Madre ed isola dei Pescatori)

 

 

 

Programme
Day 1

Individual arrival in Peschiera

The historical centre of Peschiera, a town on the shore of lake Garda, is surrounded by cannels. Garda lake is the largest lake of Italy and the beautiful landscape has inspired many writers like  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Franz Kafka. The centre of Peschiera is walled-in.

 

Day 2

Peschiera del Garda  - Brescia

If you choose the long, quieter and more hilly route, cycle along the Mincio cyclepath and then pass by San Martino della Battaglia with its big tower which reminds us of the wars of independence. The short route passes closer to the lake and takes you to Desenzano and Sirmione, one of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda. Arrival in Brecia, a city rich in Roman and medieval remains, dominated by an ancient castle. 

Distance: 53 km / 33 miles - 63 km  / 39 miles

 

Day 3

Brescia Iseo Lake /Sarnico 

Today's route passes the Abbey of Rodengo of the Benedictines congregation, one of the most impressive and rich monuments of the North of Italy. In the 10th century the abbey was founded by the monks of Cluny. The next stop is Provaglio d'Iseo, at the foot of mount Monte Cognolo (674m), located in the region of Franciacorta and famous for its wine production. The nearby Torbiere Sabine is an important national reserve with a rich flora and fauna. You can visit the castle of Clusane

Distance: 35 km / 22 miles

 

Day 4

Iseo Lake /Sarnico - Bergamo

Today is full of green rolling hills, vineyards, small villages and castles. You will pass the castle of  Grumello and Montello.  Bergamo is divided in a upper medieval town centre and a modern lower part, which are connected by a cable train. 

Distance: 35 km / 22 miles

 

Day 5

Bergamo Garlate (Lake of Lecco)
After breakfast in the saddle and after a nice ride you come to the sanctuary of Mapello, located at the foot of Monte Giovanni XXIII where a big part of the monuments are connected with the life of Pope John XXIII. very interesting is the leonardesco ferry boat of Olginate. Your overnight stay will be at the lake or in Lecco, a town which was rewarded in 2013 as Alpine town.

Distance: 45 km / 28 miles

 

Day 6

Garlate and surroundings lake Annone & Pusiano lake Como

A new day dedicated to many lakes, beautiful views, stunning nature and the small church of Albavilla. The end of today is Lake Como, a lake of Glacial origin and the third lake of Italy. This pre-alpine lake surrounded by a crown of mountains with peaks up to 2700 m high, is not only spectacular but also rich in history and tradition. In the 17th and 18th century it became a popular retreat for aristocratic and famous writers like Stendhal and Flaubert, but also nowadays it is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.

Distance: 40 km / 25 miles

 

Day 7

Lake Como - the lakes of Varese & Monate Lake Maggiore

Today's ride take you to the Romanesque oratory o San Martino at Albiolo (12th century). In the interior there are nice frescoes of the 14th and 15th century. Also today there is no lack of water because you pass the lakes of Varese, Monate and you cycle along  the river Ticino. The grand final is Lake Maggiore, the most western of the prealpine lakes, and the town of Sesto Calende with its abbey dedicated to San Donato (9th-10th century) Lake Maggiore was featured in Ernest Hemingway's infamous novel, A Farewell to Arms. You could make a relaxed boot trip on the lake !

Distance:  60 km / 37 miles

 

Day 8 Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:  

  • 7 nights in *** and **** star hotels

  • 7 x breakfast  

  • luggage transportation (1 piece per person)

  • Route descriptions in English, travel documents and maps (1 per room)

  • back-up service-hotline

 

Not included:

  • local tourist taxes

 

Dates

every Saturday from 28 March to 26th September (on request with min. 4 people it is possible to start on another day). 

Level 2/3 Medium difficulty: You cycle through a hilly landscape mostly on quiet country roads and sometimes cycle paths. The steeper climbs are short and the longer ones not too steep. The daily distances are restricted to between 35km  / 22 miles and 72 km / 44 miles. Total length: 255 km / 158 miles or  280km  / 1747 miles 
Prices p. p. 2020 In double room  915,00
In single room   1.170,00
Half board not available
Bike rental (21-speed bike)  95,00
Helmet 5,00