8 day gentle cycling tour
all inclusive

for beginner cyclists

Price per person in Euro:

Double room
€ 1,250.00
Single room supplement
€ 210.00

Start location:
Varese
End location:
Colmegna
Duration:
8 days, 7 nights, 6 riding days
Limit:
10/12 guests
Level of difficulty:
beginner
Terrain:
mostly flat, rarely hilly

Avg. daily distance:
main route 45 km – 28 mi
Total distance:
main route 268 km – 167 mi
Total ascent:
main tour 1,570 m – 5,150 ft

The perfect blend of riding and relaxation for slower cyclists who wish to explore Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Varese. Have fun with your cycling tour across the Lake District in Northern Italy.

Enjoy a deeper exploration of what Northern Italy's Lake District has to offer: ancient villas, parks, churches and hermitages which were built from Sixteenth Century to the Nineteenth Century, exibitions, history, art, culture. In particolar we suggest Villa Panza, Villa della Porta Bozzolo, Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Sacro Monte of Varese (historic site on the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage List).

8 day gentle cycling tour all inclusive
8 day gentle cycling tour all inclusive
8 day gentle cycling tour all inclusive

2018 scheduled dates

May 14th – 21st
June 4th – 11th
July 9th – 16th
August 13st – 20th
September 17th - 24th
October 8st – 15th

Our cycling tours are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the cycling tour. If zero guests have booked one of our cycling tours, we reserve the right to cancel it.

Other dates are possible and we'll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 12 guests.

Price per person in Euro

Double room
€ 1,250.00
Single room supplement
€ 210.00
Additional night double room and breakfast
€ 50.00
Additional night single room and breakfast
€ 80.00

Included services:

  • 7 nights in double room
  • 7 high-calorie continental breakfasts
  • 6 bike packets, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
  • 6 afternoon buffet when you’ll be back to the hotel
  • 7 dinners
  • A skilled bike guide
  • Support vehicle for getting to Lake Lugano on Thursday's ride
  • Luggage transport when you move from the first hotel to the second hotel
  • Maps and information material
  • Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
  • Workstand tool bench for basic maintenance
  • Isotonic drink or water for your ride
  • Washing and cleaning area for bikes
  • Daily laundry service for your cycle clothing
  • Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
  • Free Internet Wi-Fi
  • Car parking

Not included:

  • Bike hire
  • Access to Gym
  • Medical and physiotherapy services
  • Transfer to and from Airport
  • Entrance fees Castles, Villas, Museums
  • Any extra-beverage and other extras at dinner

CYCLING TOUR DETAIL / DAILY PLAN

Anyway the description is a draft. We can change places, distances and climbs if all the people on the same tour agreed.

1 ~ Monday - Arrival

After your arrival in our hotel there will be a pre-tour briefing.

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

2 ~ Tuesday – Lake Varese,Santa Caterina del Sasso, Lake Maggiore

Route: distance 40 km – 25 mi; elevation 310 m – 1,017 ft
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

Let's get started on our exploration of the foothills to the North of Varese. We'll ride close to Lake Varese. Then we'll get through the villages of Gavirate and Brebbia. At last we'll arrive to Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Its position on the lake is extraordinary and particularly spectacular, at the foot of a formidable rock cliff. The hermitage cannot be got by car, only on foot by descending 268 steps. After visiting the hermitage we'll continue the way along the shore of Lake Maggiore so we will arrive to Laveno. We can get on the train for coming back to Varese (return by train 45 minutes approx).

3 ~ Wednesday – Brinzio, Villa Della Porta Bozzolo, Lake Maggiore

Route: distance 33 km – 21 mi; elevation 150 m – 492 ft
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

Today's ride winds among Regional Park of Monte Campo dei Fiori and the town of Laveno on the shore of Lake Maggiore. At first we'll have to climb up to village of Brinzio. Then we'll visit Villa Della porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno. Constructed in the 16th century as a country residence, it was transformed in the 18th century into an aristocratic Villa. The interiors were embellished by rococo frescos and a terraced garden. The Villa is located in a valley called Valcuvia. At last we'll get to Laveno for coming back to Varese by train (return by train 45 minutes approx).

4 ~ Thursday – Lake Lugano, Lavena Ponte Tresa, Villa Panza

Route: distance 50 km – 31 mi; elevation 350 m – 1,148 ft
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

Today we'll get to Lake Lugano all together by support vehicle. We'll cross twice the border between Italy and Switzerland after a long flat stretch along Lake Lugano.
We'll came back to Varese through the long cycle path from the village of Lavena Ponte Tresa to the village of Ganna. The first part of cycle path is old and wooded railway. We'll ride close to three small lakes as well: (Lake Ghirla, Lake Ganna and Lake Brinzio) and across two valleys (Val Marchirolo and Valganna). Before coming back to hotel we'll visit Villa Panza in Varese where there are always art exhibitions.

5 ~ Friday - Valtravaglia, Luino, Lake Maggiore, Colmegna

Route: distance 52 km – 32 mi; elevation 250 m – 820 ft
Accomodation: Camin Hotel Colmegna

Today we'll transfer to our new accommodation to Colmegna on the shores of Lake Maggiore. We'll have to climb up to village of Brinzio another time. We'll get to the town of Luino on the shore of Lake Maggiore after a soft downhill and a long flat cycle path which crosses a valley called Valmarchirolo. A short stretch again between Luino and the village of Colmegna where is located the hotel.

6 ~ Saturday - around the Northern part of Lake Maggiore, Locarno, Ascona

Route: distance 56 km – 35 mi; elevation 210 m – 689 ft
Accomodation: Camin Hotel Colmegna

Today's ride a is a flat ride around the Northern part of Lake Maggiore. We'll ride through the pedestrian area of the cities of Locarno and Ascona, we'll cross twice the border between Italy and Switzerland, and we'll came back to the hotel by boat.
We'll cross Lake Maggiore from Cannobio or Cannero on a 15 minute boat ride.

7 ~ Sunday - along the shores of Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Cannero

Route: distance 37 km – 23 mi; elevation 300 m – 984 ft
Accomodation: Camin Hotel Colmegna

Again flat ride today. We'll ride along the shores of Lake Maggiore but a little more to the South.
We'll cross twice Lake Maggiore from Laveno to Verbania on a 20 minute ferry ride and from Cannero to Luino on a 15 minute boat ride.

8 ~ Monday - Departure

Breakfast and departure.