Luxury Lakes and vineyards

Breathtaking scenerary, fabulous cycling with a touch of Italian flair.

The truth is that Italians are effortless masters of refinement. The expressions of which can be found in the Northern Lakes with opulent villas overlooking Lake Garda, Lake Como, or Lake Iseo. Riding along the lake’s endless cycle paths and quiet roads makes cycling accessible and fun. In truth all the lakes offer a very different experience both on and off the bike. The splendour and luxurious feel of Lake Garda, the stunning beauty of Lake Como and the understated way those living on Lake Iseo go about there daily lives are all to be enjoyed on this holiday of a cycling lifetime.

This is holiday for the cyclists that appreciates life on the bike as much as on. It is perfect for couples, groups or even the individual that are looking for new friendship to be found over a glass of fine Italian wine. As with all our trips and is the hallmark of our service you can expect to unearth ‘real’ Italy. This can only found when travelling with experts, local experts, whose passion for Italy is matched by their desire to share the joy of the most beautiful country in Europe.


Package Highlights

  • Take a boat trip to Monte Isola and ride around this enchanting island. Cycling paradise as it is car less

  • Be thrilled by Bellagio as you look out over Lake Como

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

  • Stroll around the enchanting Citta Alta di Bergamo

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

  • Be inspired by Lake Garda as you enjoy an ice-cream in Sirmione

  • Essentials: Superb 4* Accomadation
  • Duration: 6 nights | 7 days
  • Dates 220: 24-30 July | 24- 30August
  • Max Rider: 12
  • Non Rider: Welcome
  • Price: €2,325

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Arrive

  • FLY INTO:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • MEETING LOCATION:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • MEETING TIME:

    14:00PM

Depart

  • FLY OUT:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • DEPART LOCATION:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • DEPART TIME:

    14:00Pm


Day 1

Meals: Dinner
Destinations: Lake Garda | Hotel Palace | Desenzano
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: Breakfast | Dinner
Destinations: Lake Garda | Hotel Palace | Desenzano
Ride: 35km | Flat

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: Breakfast | Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo | Hotel Araba Fenice | Pilzone
Ride: 65km | Flat

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: Breakfast | Dinner
Destinations: Lake Iseo | Hotel Araba Fenice | Pilzone
Ride: 40km | Rolling

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: Breakfast | Dinner
Destinations: Lake Como | Hotel Barchetta
Ride: 42km | Flat

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: Breakfast
Destinations: Lake Como | Hotel Barchetta Excelsior | Como
Ride: 45km | Rolling

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.

 

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 Guides

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Danielle Ratto

Italy Bike Tours Head Guide. Grand Tour Stage Winner.

  • Age 29

  • Italian, Spanish and English

  • Rides a Supernova

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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 ****

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Palace Hotel Desenzano is a 4 star Hotel on Lake Garda which lies between the beautiful towns of Desenzano and Sirmione, well known for their historical beauty and thermal water. Palace Hotel wellness area offers relax to its guests, with sauna, steam bath and emotional pathway.

A wide range of wellness treatments and massage are at Palace Hotel guests’ disposal. The rooftop terrace panoramic pool is the best way to relax when not on the bike.

HOTLE PALACE

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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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The city and Lake Como: there is no such landscape in the world! At the Hotel Barchetta Excelsior you are surrounded by beauty: the villas with their gardens, art exhibitions, silk outlets, boutiques, romantic boat trips, renowned golf clubs. Just choose what you like the most and don't worry if your stay is short: every single moment you spend on Lake Como will be unique and unforgettable.  

Hotel Barchetta

What a race, spectacular backdrop and brilliant organised by the Italy Bike Tours team.
— Gary M | Giro Lombardia 2018

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