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Bike Paths of Lake Garda - Sightseer Tour

  • Itinerary Summary

    Wind your way along bike paths in two of Italy's premier bike friendly regions! Your ride begins in the Valpolicella wine area, and you'll pedal through the Trentino Alto Adige / Südtirol, a semi-independent region which is characterized by stunning mountains and river valleys. The cycling ends in Bassano del Grappa, back in the Veneto region. The perfect vacation if you are looking for the opportunity to...

    • ...relish traffic-free routes along designated bike paths and quiet country roads
    • ...appreciate gentle cycling terrain
    • ...enjoy a variety of activities including a train and boat ride
    • ...stay in delightful hotels without having to pack each night
    • ...engage with family and friends while exercising and relaxing in a gorgeous area

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    1. Day 1: Meet in Verona - shuttle to the starting hotel

      Highlights: Valpolicella vineyards, welcome dinner

      We recommend that you arrive early to explore the famous city of Verona. Visit the balcony that inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and attend the opera at the impressive Roman arena! Meet the group late morning for a transfer to the tour starting hotel to fit bikes, relax at the pool over a light lunch, and have a test ride together. The ride takes you to a group wine tasting at Dante Alighieri's eldest son's estate. Enjoy a visit of the estate which has been in the family for 22 generations and a tasting of the fine Amarone and Valpolicella wines. Return to the hotel for an elegant dinner tonight.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel Villa Quaranta

    2. Day 2: Pedal to Lake Garda

      Highlights: Spin through vineyards and along the shores of Lake Garda, boat ride

      You'll cross out of the Valpolicella wine growing area along a canal with spectacular views onto the Adige River Valley. A short climb takes you into the Bardolino vineyards which flank Lake Garda's southern edge. Small country lanes meander to the promenade of Lake Garda where you'll board a ferry to reach the northernmost tip of magnificent Lake Garda. A dip in the lake is a refreshing reward for your ride efforts.

      Distance: 18km (11 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: June - Grand Hotel Liberty

      August - Du Lac et Du Parc

    3. Day 3: Riva del Garda

      Highlights: Arco, famous for rock climbing, bike path through a stunning mountain valley, lake swimming

      Today features a variety of options! You can bicycle as far north as you would like along the well-manicured Sarca Valley bike path. Or follow the path to the town of Arco, which is internationally known for its outdoor activities like mountain biking and rock climbing. Or, you might prefer to hangout and enjoy the resort town of Riva with its beaches and water sport activities (wind-surfing anyone?).

      Distance: 26km (16 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: June - Grand Hotel Liberty

      August - Du Lac et Du Parc

    4. Day 4: Riva to Trento

      Highlights: Forested bike path, views of Lake Garda, the elegant city of Trento

      This morning we'll shuttle to the top of a low ridge and then cruise downhill to the Adige river, Italy's second longest river. More bike paths take you to the northern Italian town of Trento, capital of the Italy's autonomous region of Trentino Alto Adige or Südtirol.

      Distance: 44km (28 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Aquila d'Oro

    5. Day 5: Borgo Valsugana

      Highlights: Guided walk of Trento's underground, train ride, Borgo Valsugana

      Take a leisurely morning in Trento to relax, wander the streets, and enjoy a special visit to the underground Roman city of old Tridentum. This afternoon we'll train to Valsugana, a small village nestled in between the striking cliffs of the Alps' foothills.

      Distance: Rest Day. Meals: B

      Lodging: Locanda in Borgo

    6. Day 6: Borgo Valsugana

      Highlights: Spa hotel, orchards, scarecrow museum

      Relax and enjoy your spa hotel, or take a leisurely pedal upstream along the river bike path. The path meanders through orchards, skirting small villages, one of which hosts an interesting scarecrow museum featuring photos and a few retirees who were brought in from the field!

      Distance: 20km (13 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Locanda in Borgo

    7. Day 7: Valsugana to Bassano del Grappa

      Highlights: WWI fort, wooden bridge of Bassano, grappa

      Continue your journey along the Valsugana bike path enjoying stunning views, and WWI forts that overlook the valley. The route follows "Via Claudia Augusta", an ancient Roman road which ran 550km and crossed the Alps to link the Po valley just south of here with Germany to the north. You'll slowly emerge from the narrow valley to reach the town of Bassano, with its iconic wooden bridge across the river. Bassano is a key producer of grappa and there are several distilleries in town. Tonight we'll enjoy a special feast in celebration of our week together biking northern Italy's bike paths.

      Distance: 57km (35 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Villa Ca Sette

    8. Day 8: Tour Ends

      Highlights: Bassano del Grappa

      Stick around a day or two and enjoy Bassano, or head to Venice which is just an hour away. Whatever you decide, Buon Viaggio!

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Verona, Lake Garda, Dedicated bike paths, Views to the Dolomites and the Alps, Trento, Underground guided walk of Roman Trento, Family friendly hotels (many with pools), boat trip on Lake Garda, Train ride into Valsugana
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine- some maybe informal pizza, or poolside tapas; guided walk Trento; boat trip Lake garda; scenic train to Valsugana; 2 or 3 bilingual tour leaders; van support plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Verona / Padova
    • Arrive/Depart

      Venice or Milan
    • Total Distance

      165km (102 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 33km (20 miles)
    • Rating

      101 Gentle rides mostly on dedicated bike paths and country lanes.
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Single Supplement Notes
    Jun 25-Jul 2, 2016 $3695 $550 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
    May 27-Jun 3, 2017 TBA TBA Book it
    Jun 24-Jul 1, 2017 TBA TBA Book it
    Jul 15-22, 2017 TBA TBA Book it
    Aug 26-Sep 2, 2017 TBA TBA Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • Enjoyable, fun and scenic! The routes were fantastic and Michela and Silvia were the absolute BEST! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

      Joe F., Bonita Springs, FL
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The bike paths - no traffic! Keep up the great work of organizing tours!!

      Lynton C., Pokeno, New Zealand
    • Rich in culture and beautiful scenery. The tour leaders continue to be one of the best aspects of your trips. They look out for you, give you valuable insights, treat you with respect and work with you to get the best possible experience. They are fun to be around and they make you appreciate the culture and surroundings. ExperiencePlus! trips are something I look forward to every year and the whole company has treated me very well over the years and I appreciate it very much.

      Mike T., West Caldwell, NJ
    • A really enjoyable tour of amazing scenery through vineyards and orchards along peaceful bike paths.

      Tracy C., Easton on the Hill

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