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Lake Garda – One Hotel Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £649 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights

• Castle Buonconsiglio
• Verona the city of Romeo & Juliet
• Solferino – Famous “Battle of Solferino”
• Cavalgese di Riviera
• Splendid views of Lake Garda

Cycle Route features
Culture, wine, and lakes: a perfect mix; and you will experience the “dolce vita” without having to change your hotel.

Welcome to a cycle tour which will stimulate both, your soul and your senses: high art and culture in the cities of Trento, Verona, Brescia, and Mantua – not only the Renaissance palaces of the city of Romeo and Juliet invite you to stay, also the cathedral square in Trento and the antique forum in Brescia will enchant you.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Piazza Sordello in Mantua. Lake Garda, a blue-green emerald, invites you to relax on its banks or to cool off in its refreshing waters. Or you relax while drinking a glass of wine, since in this region some of the most famous Italian wines are grown. Valpolicella, Lambrusco, Bardolino, Lugana…as we said…”dolce vita“.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Sirmione/Desenzano

Tour information and bike fitting. We recommend taking a stroll through the old town.

Day 2: Trip to Trento approx. 50 km + Boat Excursion

The day starts with a transfer by minibus to Trento (old town with cathedral, castle Buonconsiglio). Then, you will follow the river Adige to Rovereto. From here, you will cycle westwards in the direction of Lake Garda. In Mori you will try the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna.

After a short climb, you will cycle downhill towards the lake in Torbole and further to Riva. From here, a boat will then take you down the entire length of the lake and back to Sirmione or Desenzano.

Day 3: Trip to Verona approx. 55 km

A minibus or train will take you to Verona. The city of Romeo and Juliet with its Renaissance palaces, the Roman arena and many cosy places invite you to stay for a stroll.

Over gently rolling hills, past cypress trees and vineyards, the tour will take you back to the southern shore of the lake – for Goethe the lake was “a delicious spectacle”, for the Roman poet Catull “a shining star”.

Day 4: Trip to Mantua approx. 65 km

Beautiful trails will lead you along the river Mincio southwards to Mantua. The thousand-year-old town of the royal Gonzaga family impresses its visitors with its art and beauty.

The Castello S. Giorgio and the Palazzo Ducale, the Piazza Sordello with the house of Rigoletto, the cathedral, the Piazza Broletto with the old city hall, the Piazza Erbe with the courthouse palace, the clock tower, the rotunda of San Lorenzo, and the Basilica of St. Andrew are worth seeing. The train will take you back to your hotel.

Day 5: Trip into the History of Italy approx. 50 km

Today, you will follow lonely roads, through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations to Solferino – the place, where Garibaldi united Italy in the famous “Battle of Solferino”. On your way back to Lake Garda, you will cycle through the area where the delicious wines of Lugana are grown.

Day 6: Trip to Brescia approx. 60 km

Today, you will ride your bicycle along the lake shore towards Cavalgese di Riviera and get some unforgettable views of Lake Garda.

Then, you will follow the Naviglio Grande Bresciano (canal with bike path) to Brescia – a city of Roman origin with many more places of interest. The train will take you back to Sirmione.

Day 7: Departure

Map & Route Information

Route profile
The route is flat to slightly hilly. You will cycle on bike trails, side roads, and sometimes on country lanes.

Only short sections have to be cycled on roads with more traffic, especially when entering or leaving cities.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map.

Tour Information

Hotel Information

The Lake Garda – One Hotel tour stays in a 3* or 4* hotelcarefully chosen for it’s location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

- Accommodation in your selected hotel
– Breakfast buffet
– Welcome briefing
– Developed route
– Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
– Boat excursion on Lake Garda incl. your bike
– Bus transfer from Lake Garda – Trento incl. your bike
– Train journey from Brescia – Lake Garda, from Mantua. Lake Garda and from Lake Garda – Verona, all incl. your bike
– 1 x pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
– Route signposting
– GPS-data is available
– Service hotline

Hotel Information

Hotel Lido International – Desenzano 4****

The hotel Lido International**** of the family Ferrari is equipped with every comfort of a 4**** hotel.
The historic port town of Desenzano is not far from the hotel, where many small squares, beautiful promenades, and winding alleys invite you to stay for a while.
All of the spacious rooms have balconies/terrace from which one gets a direct view of the lake.
The beautiful terraces, the lawn for sunbathing, the wonderful swimming pool, and the private pebble beach make for a great stay in a relaxed atmosphere after your cycling tours.
www.lido-international.com

Hotel Suisse – Sirmione 3***

The hotel is located on the narrow peninsula of Sirmione.
All rooms have been renovated recently and warm colours make for a pleasant atmosphere.
Air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, and bathtub/toilet are part of each room.
From the little balcony of your room you can enjoy a great view of the lake. The newly created pool is there for your relaxation after a day of cycling. Or you can sit on the sunny terrace and enjoy your breakfast or “aperitivo”.
www.suissehotelsirmione.com

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.

Accessories

We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

About the Rental Bikes

This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.

You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.

Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)

Unisex

Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)

Men's Bike

Electric Bike (Colour may vary)

E-Bike

Rental Bike PLUS

E-Bike

For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.

Accessories

If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.

All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.

You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.

Gears

7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).

Frame Sizing

When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.

We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!

Bike Hire Insurance

This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.

Electric Bike Hire

Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?

Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.

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Your Prices

Lake Garda – One Hotel, 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands

Sundays and Tuesdays between 05.04. and 11.10.2020

Season 1: 05.04. – 25.04.2020 | 27.09. – 11.10.2020
Season 2: 26.04. – 30.05.2020 | 06.09. – 26.09.2020
Season 3: 31.05. – 05.09.2020

Lido Int: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £769
Season 2: £819
Season 3: £919
Single Room Supplement: £289
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Blu Lake: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £769
Season 2: £819
Season 3: £919
Single Room Supplement: £289
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Hotel Suisse: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £649
Season 2: £709
Season 3: £769
Single Room Supplement: £259
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Cat A: Hotel Lido International 4**** in Desenzano
Cat A: Blu Lake 4**** in Sirmione
Cat B: Hotel Suisse 3*** in Sirmione

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: From £649
Single Supplement: From £249

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