Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour

Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour

Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour

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From $2,775USD

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Guided

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Highlights

Cycle through the to-die-for Italian Alps

Spend your days cycling through some of the finest mountain scenery on earth in the Italian Alps.

Witness a reel of unforgettable views, from snow-capped mountains to sapphire-blue lakes.

Unwind after rides in charming little villages and towns, enjoying the hospitality of the locals.

Ride at an accessible difficulty level, enjoying just enough of a challenge without exhausting yourself.

The Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour is a special cycling tour that leads you around the largest and most beautiful pre-alpine lakes in the Italian Alps, including Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Iseo. Cruise around these splendid Italian lakes with their postcard-worthy scenery, but also takes in the lush hills and valleys that lie well off the beaten tourist track.

Cycle routes that wind through places where nature is still unspoiled, where history seems to stand still, and where peace and tranquillity reign. From tiny villages to impressive mansions, this region and the lakes offer you splendid landscapes. The final stop on the tour will be Montisola on Lake Iseo, recently the setting for “The Floating Piers” by the artist Christo. Your accommodation will be carefully chosen, and together with excellent dinners made from local products, will complement your road bike tour perfectly. This is a dream waiting to be realized.

Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Meeting in Milan

In Milan, you’ll be welcomed by your guide before freshening up at the hotel. Spend today getting your bike set up and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Meina
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Ride Lake Maggiore to Santa Maria Maggiore

Ride from the Piedmontese town of Arona on the shores of Lake Maggiore this morning. You’ll ride along the entire perimeter of the lake and then get ready to face the Val Cannobina ascentNext is Sella di Pian di Sale, which leads to the Val Vigezzo where the Cannobino stream forms deep gorges. In Val Cannobi,na with its mountains, alpine farmsteads and pastures, you ride back in time.

Pedaling onwards, you’ll then reach the largest and most important town in the valley, Santa Maria Maggiore, a historic village situated on a high plain. Enjoy time to relax before dinner together.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Druogno
Distance
82km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Lake Maggiore North and East Shore

After a tasty breakfast, gear up for a long but easy ride. After riding through Re, the last municipality of Val Vigezzo, you will enter Switzerland in the Canton Ticino heading for Borgnone, then continue down towards Losone to reach the city of Locarno, situated on the north shore of Lake Maggiore. After your visit to Switzerland, you will head back into Italy. Riding to Luino, you’ll continue along the lake for the last part of today’s ride to Laveno-Mombello. This important town on the eastern shore of the lake is well-known for its marina.

This evening, you can check out Monte Sasso del Ferro, the mountain above the town. It can be reached by cable car and has one of the best views of the lake.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Laveno
Distance
90km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Lake Como and Rides to Domaso

After meeting for breakfast, you will leave by minibus to Lake Como. Hop on the bikes bound for Cernobbio, a renowned tourist resort on the western shore of the lake. Next, the Val d’Intelvi ascent is waiting for you with a view of the summit of Monte Generoso.

Leaving the mountains, head down to Porlezza, an important tourist resort on the shore of Lake Lugano. Continue downhill until you return to the western shore of Lake Como in Menaggio, which enjoys a superb view of the lake. Riding along the lake, you end your day’s ride in beautiful Dongo.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Domaso
Distance
64km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Ride to Bellagio

Begin today with a ride through the Colico Piano on the eastern shore of the lake to Varenna, where a ferry transfer takes you to Bellagio. Here, deal with the challenging ascent that leads to the sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists. If you feel up to the challenge, you can ride up to the sanctuary, otherwise you can reach your destination for the day a bit sooner: Bellagio, one of the most beautiful towns in the area.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bellagio
Distance
67km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Tour of Lake Iseo, Montisola and Franciacorta

After breakfast, transfer by minibus to Lake Iseo, where you will start the day’s ride in the beautiful Franciacorta. This pre-alpine lake with its characteristic “S” shape is in both the province of Brescia (east side) and Bergamo (west side). Pedaling clockwise, you will go through Predore and Riva di Solto. Reach a stretch of road from where you can admire the small beaches and old lakeside road (dating back to 1910!) that runs right next to the lake. With hairpin bends, short tunnels carved out of the rock, and a picturesque waterfall, it’s a scenic ride to Castro.

Carry on to Lovere, with its colorful alleys, ancient churches, and elegant squares. Stop in Sulzano for ice cream, admiring Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe. After Sulzano, you will pedal to Iseo and Sarnico, today’s endpoint.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bergamo
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Departure

After a delightful week, it’s time to continue onwards. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour is always run as a group tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for groups of 4 and more. Please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you.

Prices below are per person:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-05-07

Milan, Italy

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-05-13

Milan, Italy

75+
$2,775USDBook Now
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2023-05-21

Milan, Italy

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-05-27

Milan, Italy

75+
$2,775USDBook Now
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2023-06-18

Milan, Italy

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-06-24

Milan, Italy

75+
$2,775USDBook Now
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2023-07-16

Milan, Italy

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-21

Milan, Italy

75+
$2,775USDBook Now
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2023-09-17

Milan, Italy

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-23

Milan, Italy

75+
$2,775USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of €350EUR to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Villa Paradiso-Meina

This 19th-century villa is right across from Lake Maggiore. Enjoy well-equipped rooms and wonderful hospitality while you stay here.

Hotel Stella Alpina- Druogno

With super comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast, this hotel is the perfect spot to rest after your first day of riding.

Locanda Pozzetto Hotel

Tucked onto a wooded hillside with amazing lake views, Locanda Pozzetto is a down-to-earth hotel that used to be a local farmhouse.

Hotel Vischi

After a few days of riding, relaxing in the pool here will feel perfect. You’re only 2km from Lake Como in this relaxed hotel.

Hotel Silvio

With a dinner patio that overlooks Lake Como, Hotel Silvio has location going for it. Run by the same family for years, the hospitality here is on another level.

Cocca Hotel

This hotel has a contemporary feel, and the spa onsite is ideal after a week of riding. Take advantage of lovely rooms and top-notch service.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included on the Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

All required minibus transfers are included, and the minibus will be available to you throughout the tour should you need a break. Required ferry transfers are also included.

Also Included

  • Minibus assistance
  • Taxes
  • Technical bike guide and assistance
  • Technical bike shirt

Not included

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Medical insurance
  • Lunches
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Bike rental:
    • Road bike: €195EUR per bike
    • E-road bike: €495EUR per bike

Frequenty Asked Questions about Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour

How hard is Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. There will be 75-80km of daily riding with some steep ascents, but most of the terrain is relaxed.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour?

6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover road biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Milan to start this tour?

You can fly into any of the airports in Milan or arrive by train. You will be picked up from your arrival location to start the tour.

Is the Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guides are English-speaking.

Where does the Lakes of the Italian Alps by Bike Tour end?

The final stop on our tour will be Montisola, on Lake Iseo.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Bikes available are the Giant TCR Advanced 2 model in all sizes. In addition, you can choose between road bikes, trek bikes, and E-road bikes.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Can I change the departure date?

Yes, if you are a group of at least 4 people we can adapt our departures to suit your needs.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes, we can. All of the included restaurants can provide a personalized menu.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Specializing exploring Italy by bike, Road Bike Tours Italy operates with an attention to detail that allows each tour to capture the wishes of the traveller. Their bikes are meticulously maintained and their team strives for total customer satisfaction.

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Prices

From $2,775USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. There will be 75-80km of daily riding with some steep ascents, but most of the terrain is relaxed.


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