The best way to understand the total experience of staying at our hotels and the cycling experience around the Italian-Swiss Lakes is to read their testimonials. Who can know better then them about what we are doing?
We had an amazing time taking part in the Northern Italy Gentle Bike tour.
It was challenging in parts but the views of the lakes and mountains were definitely worth the effort. Our tour guide, Stefano was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to ride with him.
The hotel was perfect and all the family and staff were very friendly and helpful.
We will definitely be back.
We, as a group, would like to thank you all for the warm and excellent service which was given to us during our 6 day cycling tour.
It was just fantastic from the first few minutes we arrived at the hotel to the last few minutes we left to the airport.
We were always treated very well both as far as all the services within the Hotel itself, to and during all the cycling routes we had!
Not to mention the fantastic and beautiful places we visited! The place itself is already beautiful and thanks to your team it was just a fantastic and unforgettable experience.
Food provided was always excellent, not to mention those energy snacks provided to us during the rides!
Keep it up guys and thanks for this unforgettable experience indeed!
Saluti a tutti. Ci Vediamo di sicuro
On behalf of my wife, Sandra, together with Carole and Roy Hill, I'd like to express my appreciation to the hotel, its serving staff and, especially, to our bicycle guide, Stefano, for making what could have been a distressing week in Varese such an enjoyable one.
When we made our reservation last April, we had no way of knowing that Roy would have a serious fall on his bicycle in Canada just weeks before leaving for Italy. The nearly 4 week gap following his fall in which Roy was unable to ride, obviously affected his ability to climb the hills around Varese.
That Stefano was able to alter our planned routes to make them less steep and shorter on such short notice showed remarkable planning flexibility.
After the first night, we also enjoyed all of the restaurants arranged for us to eat at - especially for me the two nights at the fish restaurant. And the after cycling late lunch servings "hit the spot" (I.e. they were exceptionally welcome).
The bicycle I rode on was among the best I have ridden because it was super light with easy changing gears.
Thanks again for a very enjoyable week in quite difficult conditions.
Sandra and I have now posted our pictures of our stay in Varese HERE (see archives/October 2015).
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our bike tour at the Hotel Ungheria in September 2015.
The hotel served all of our needs and the family running the hotel could not have been nicer to us than they were.
We were looking for a bike tour in Northern Italy with the following characteristics: affordable, challenging without being too difficult, nice roads with manageable traffic, and being around good people. The tour met all those needs.
The price was right and included seven nights in the hotel, all meals were included (we had plenty to eat and drink) along with rides to and from the restaurants, and it was very nice to have our bike clothes washed for us each day.
The daily bike rides had spectacular scenery and varied routes led very well by our guide Stefano.
There were some good climbs, like Monte Campo dei Fiori, that provided for a good workout.
Optional routes could be chosen depending on how ambitious the cyclist was that day.
Some day we would like to go back and do the ride over to Lake Como.
Traffic wasn't a problem. Each ride leaves the hotel in Varese and the first 5-6 miles go through the city and there are plenty of cars in that stretch out and back but after that traffic was mostly a non-issue and after the first day we were comfortable leaving and returning to the hotel.
We met and rode with five others on the tour and had a great time with them - riding, having meals together, and just sitting around chatting.
Thanks again to the hotel manager, Simone and his family for their hospitality and our tour leader, Stefano, for showing us the sights of Northern Italy and parts of Switzerland.
We hope to return before too long.
The hotel's website includes a great deal of information on the daily routes showing where they go and the range of difficulty for both the basic and avid options.
Use these to determine whether the gentle biker or road biker tour is best suited for you.
This is the email Stan Stewart sent out to his bike club: Sunnyvale-Cupertino Cycling Club
Subject: 2016 GPS Varese Schedule, Northern Italy into parts of Switzerland
If you're interested at all, I can provide any additional info you might want on this great week of riding (and great week of food!) for this GPS Varese road schedule. A very economical cost to boot.
I can promise you that no matter what your fitness level is, every day the ride can be designed to challenge you or alternately give you an easier day, if needed.
Once you get out of town (5-10 km) you essentially have NO traffic, great forests, beautiful views and very interesting historical towns to stop in, some dating from Roman times.
Besides getting in/out of town, the only other areas than can have some traffic are on a couple of sections of lakefront on Lake Lugano into Switzerland.
Without further delay, see below.
I have been to Italy many times visiting relatives and site seeing.
My stay at Hotel Ungheria and bike tour with Stefano is one of my most memorable trips.
The Segafredo family have created a warm, hospitable, traditional hotel experience complete with quiet rooms, a fantastic breakfast, food for a day of biking topped off with a classic northern Italian meal in a local Varese restaurant.
Stefano, with his local knowledge of the area, lead us through the magnificent countryside that surround 5 beautiful lakes.
I have fond memories of a wonderful week.
I highly recommend this adventure to anyone looking to experience the wonderful lakes region of Italy with the Segafredo family as hosts.