Cycling Italy’s Lakes District

Cycling Italy's Lakes District
  • Length 7 days
  • From USD$4395
  • Style/Level Classic 3.5
  • Countries Italy
  • Begin/End Verbania / Como
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Italy’s Lakes District has always been a transition zone between peninsular Italy and Alpine Europe. This series of lakes created by the melt-water of alpine glaciers enjoys a unique micro-climate that harbors olive and citrus groves, exotic botanic gardens, villas, and extraordinary vistas. Long an attraction for writers and artists, the Lake District provides an incomparable bicycle experience. You’ll cycle from Lago Maggiore to Lake Lugano and Lake Como on this tour.

***If this sounds great but you’d prefer a longer tour, check out our Cycling Italy’s Lakes District Plus! tour.***

Highlights

  • Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Lake Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland, Campione d’Italia, Lake Como, Madonna del Ghisallo Bicycle Museum, Two 2-night stays

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We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

The currencies on tour will be Euros in Italy and Swiss Francs in Switzerland, though Euros will be accepted in Switzerland as well. Please note that it is not possible to withdraw Euros from ATMs in Switzerland with US-American credit cards.


Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 6-12, 2024 USD$4395 USD$550 Sold out – wait list available.
DateSep 6-12, 2024
PriceUSD$4395
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteSold out – wait list available.

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  • Total distance 208 km (128 miles)
  • Average daily distance Average distance per riding day 44 km (27 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.5

Highlights: Italy’s most famous Alpine lake, Stresa, the Borromean Islands

Meet this afternoon in Verbania, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, perhaps the most celebrated lake in Italy’s lake district. Surrounded by 7,000 foot alpine peaks Lake Maggiore enjoys a warm micro-climate that has attracted vacationers since the Milanese aristocracy began building villas here in the 17th century. Come early and visit the Borromean Islands, including Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori (of the “fishermen”), the villas of Stresa, and the botanic gardens of Pallanza. We fit bicycles this afternoon and will suggest a warm up ride for you on a bike path along the lake. Welcome dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Grand Hotel Majestic

Highlights: Ferry across Lake Maggiore, Lugano Switzerland, Rail to Trail Bike Path to Ponte Tresa, Swiss chocolate

Enjoy the views across Lake Maggiore and into the high Alps as we ferry across Lake Maggiore to Laveno, the only natural harbor on the east side of the lake. From here you’ll pedal into the Cuvia Valley and over a small pass into Val Ganna where we join a rails to trails bike path to Ponte Tresa, where we will cross the border into Switzerland. Your ride continues along Lake Lugano for more great views on the Swiss Alps before arriving in the bustling city of Lugano, your destination for today.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel International au Lac

Highlights: Explore the bustling city of Lugano, loop ride

This morning you have plenty of options: take a little more time to explore this vibrant city’s shopping and museum opportunities; or take the funicular to the top of Monte Bre’ for a spectacular view over the lake. For those who want to ride there is the chance to go for a ride along the shores and hills of Lake Lugano your climbing efforts will be rewarded with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel International au Lac

Highlights: Lake Lugano climbing towards the Swiss/Italian border, or ferry on Lugano Lake back to Italy, Menaggio

Unlike Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, which are shared between Italy and Switzerland, Lake Como is strictly Italian. Lake Como (also called Lario) is one of the most beautiful of the Italian lakes. It is famous for its villas, including Villa d’Este in Cernobbio and Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo. There is a shorter (15 km – 10 miles) and easier ride option available. We’ll spend the next two nights on the shores of Lake Como.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel du Lac e La Dependance , Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

Highlights: Villa Melzi, Villa Serbelloni, Madonna del Ghisallo Bicycle Museum

There are plenty of opportunities to explore today: Visit the lakeside gardens of Villas Melzi and Serbelloni; ferry to Varenna and visit the gardens of Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero. If you are looking for a cycling challenge you can pedal to the internationally known Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and bicycle museum at the top of the pass near Magréglio, not far from Bellagio.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel du Lac e La Dependance , Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

Highlights: Como, lakeside riding

Our ride today takes us along the Lecco arm of Lake Como and up a short climb to Asso. From here we head downhill towards the plain. Our destination is the famous city of Como at the southern-most end of Lake Como.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Albergo Firenze

Highlights: Como

Stick around and explore this lovely city or head to Venice or Milan both well-connected by train. Whatever you do enjoy!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • A bike tour for Italy lovers! The Italian Lakes are amazingly beautiful and the cycling routes challenging.

    Dick G., Centennial, CO
  • Superb.

    Philippe A., Paris, France
  • Wonderful Trip! Stunning scenery, great food, great overall experience. The best way to see Italy.

    Cheryl P., Atlanta, GA