Bike Paths of Lake Garda - Sightseer Tour
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- ...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
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
**May 27th Departure will be staying at Hotel Villa Giona
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: Hotel Portici - Romantik and Wellness
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). Extra ride option: 32km (20 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Portici - Romantik and Wellness
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). Extra ride option: 20km (12 miles) or even longer options are available.
Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Aquila d'Oro
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
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). Extra ride options: 20-37km (13-23 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Locanda in Borgo
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
**August 26th departure will be staying at Hotel al Castello
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!
HighlightsVerona, 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 ValsuganaKeep in Mind: 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.
IncludesUse 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""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndVerona / Bassano del Grappa
Arrive/DepartVenice or Milan
Total Distance165km (102 miles). Optional Extra Rides: 89km (55 miles).
Daily DistanceAverage per riding day 33km (20 miles)
Rating101 Gentle rides mostly on dedicated bike paths and country lanes.
TermsTerms & Conditions
Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes May 27-Jun 3, 2017 US $3750.00 US $550.00 Book it Jun 24-Jul 1, 2017 US $3750.00 US $550.00 Departure with Special Guest: Norie Quintos. Book it Jul 15-22, 2017 US $3550.00 US $550.00 Guaranteed to Go! Book it Aug 26-Sep 2, 2017 US $3750.00 US $550.00 2 More to Guarantee the Departure. 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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The perfect mix of riding, culture, and food! Every day was great, but I especially enjoyed the trip to Arte Sella. The rides near Lake Garda were awesome! The champagne and olive oil tasting were also highlights. It was a fantastic trip.Colleen C., Longmont, CO
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