Ladies on the Lake

Here come the girls. Everything you need from a cycling holiday.

There are many reasons to choose a cycling holiday and we understand that the best cycling holidays are shared with friends both new and old. Our Ladies on the Lakes cycling week has been hand crafted for cyclists wishing to enjoy life off the bike as on it. Based on Lake Iseo and within one hour of four major airports this is the cycling holiday with less fuss, more fun all in stunning surroundings of Lombardia. The accommodation as one might expect is wonderful with both lake and mountain views. The food simply outstanding and cooked with a passion only found in Italy. This isn’t Majorca. This is holiday that combines the very best riding, with an off bike programme that allows you to open the door to authentic Italy. Interests of wine, food and history all satisfied in the company of our expert team.


Package Highlights

  • Take a boat trip to Monte Isola and ride around this enchanting island

  • Ride the rolling hills of the Franciacorta wine region and learn why Italians choose Franciacorta

  • Enjoy an exquisite evening meal in our favourite mountain lodge overlooking Lake Iseo

  • Be inspired by Lake Endine and it’s enchanting landscape

  • Take a ride to the high Alps. Mortirolo anyone?

  • Essentials: Superb 4* Accomadation
  • Duration: 6 nights | 7 days
  • Dates 220: 20-26 June
  • Max Rider: 16
  • Non Rider: Welcome
  • Price: €999

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Arrive

  • FLY INTO:

    Milan Bergamo Airport

  • MEETING LOCATION:

    Milan Bergamo Airport

  • MEETING TIME:

    12:00PM

Depart

  • FLY OUT:

    Milan Bergamo Airport

  • DEPART LOCATION:

    Milan Bergamo Airport

  • DEPART TIME:

    15:00Pm


Day 1

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride: 35km | Rolling

On arrival at the airport you will meet by one of our friendly staff and transferred (heading East) towards the southerly tip of Lake Garda. Desenzano is rightly considered to be one of the jewels of the crown of Lake Garda. Hotel Palace the perfect place to ride from, relax and unwind after long travel.

For those hiring bikes we will be available to do a bike fit and make any adjustments that maybe necessary. Fitting pedals, lights, saddles etc is our work and not yours! In the late afternoon we will head off on our first ride along the western part of Lake Garda. Our destination is San Felice, a small fishing town which overlooks Sirmione. This beautiful ride is the perfect start to your trip of a cycling lifetime.

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Day 2

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride:

After a peaceful nights sleep and leisurely breakfast we today head over to Bardolino on the cost road. Along the way we will pass Sirmione, a place we will visit in the evening for ice cream and a stroll around the ancient town. The ride today, is largely flat and designed to take you through some of the most attractive parts of the easterly side of Lake Garda. Highlights include Pecheria and Cisano.

We will be stopping on the way and for a cuppicino and our staff will be only to educate you on the ways of coffee drinking (Italian style!). On a arrival in Bardolino you will have an opportunity to shower and change before having free time to wander around and soak in the Italian sunshine.

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Day 3

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride:

This morning we take the short transfer from Desenzano to Lake Iseo, the home of Italy Bike Tours. A place so blessed in beauty and tranquillity you will be sure to want to return. On arrival at Hotel Araba Fenice you will have time to unpack, maybe take a swim in the pool or even in the lake.

Our ride today is the longest of the week but in many ways the easiest. With little traffic, flat roads and Europe’s best cycle path this really is what great cycling holidays are all about. We will delight in showing why Lake Iseo is regarded as the best kept secret in Italy. Lovere, a town synonamous with the Giro d’Italia is our coffee stop for sure. Of all the northern Lakes it is Lake Iseo that offers the most for cyclists of all abilities.

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Day 4

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride:

Breakfast overlooking Lake Iseo and free time in the morning to explore the market in Iseo town centre. A chance to observe Italian life, unspoilt by mass tourism and retaining a so much of what is good about life. A life so many of us crave in busy, over scheduled and hectic lives. Iseo is famous for the first statue of Garibaldi being erected near the turn of the 1900’s. It is also steeped in history related to WW1 and the Roman empire.

Today’s ride is stunning. We head south away from Iseo in to the wine region of Franciacorta. It is difficult to imagine two contrasting areas to cycle (Lake Iseo and Franciacorta). Within 10 minutes we leave the shores of the Lake and wind our way through endless vineyards boasting some of the most famous names in Italian wine production. A visit to our favourite canteen at Barone Pizzini coupled with laugh at Barbar Santa Gulia makes this a day to remember.

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Day 5

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride:

This morning we take the transfer to our final destination of the week in Lake Como. On the way we will stop for lunch in Bergamo Citta Alta. Those in the know will already understand that this is a must when visiting Lombardia. With plenty of free time to explore and buy souvenirs this is a chance to push the pause button mid holiday. Why not take the funicular to the Castle overlooking Milan?

On arrival at Hotel Barchetta the bikes will be unloaded and our late afternoon ride heads north along the westerly show of Lake Como. After a short climb out of Como the road is largely flat towards our destination of Argegno. We thought we would stop for ice cream along the way but we will let you decide! Those looking for a little more challenge on the way home can take a short climb towards the border of Switzerland.

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Day 6

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo| Hotel Aaraba Fenice | Iseo
Ride:

After the now customary excellent breakfast we transfer you and the bikes over to the east of Lake Como. Our destination and start point is Malgrate. A pretty town over looking larger Lecco. From Malgrate we take the road hugging the shoreline to Bellagio. Bellagio needs no introduction and rest assured we have plenty of time in hand to explore one of the wealthiest areas in Italy.

No trip to Lake Como is complete without boat journey and today is no exception. The bikes and the group we take the short trip across the Lake to Cadenabbia. iPhones at the ready for photo’s! The journey back to Como along westerly shore will be familiar as we once again pass Aregno.

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Day 7

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Airport
Ride: N|A

All good things must come to an end and this morning with heavy hearts and emotional goodbyes we will transfer you to you next destination as agreed prior to your arrival.

 

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What’s included?

  • Private Transfers

  • 4* Accommodation

  • IBT Gift Bundle

  • Experienced team of professionals

  • Beautifully planned rides

  • Five Dinners

  • Some Lunches

  • Mechanical support

  • EX Pro Guide

  • Support Vehicle

  • Full off bike programme *email us for more details

What’s not included...?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Flights

  • Alcohol beverages


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Bianchi Bike Hire

We are delighted to be able to offer clients the opportunity to experience these bikes in the terrain they were built for. The Bianchi Aria offers both style and comfort. The handling in particular make it the perfect bike to hire to our clients looking for a responsive yet pleasurable ride.

Components:

  • Full Ultergra

  • 54-30

  • Wheels Vision Team 35 Comp

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Our Guide

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Alberto Tochella

Worked for Italy Bike Tours for three years. Much Loved.

  • 25

  • Italian, Bresciani and English

  • Rides a Specialize Tarmac


HOTELs araba fenice ****

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Hotel Araba Fenice is situated close to the main cities of Lombardy, Emilia and Veneto and a few kilometers from major airports, highways and railway stations, it is the ideal place for holiday makers searching for a taste of authentic Italy. With friendly staff, spectacular views and a great outdoor pool.

ARABA FENICE

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