A bikepacking weekend between Franciacorta and Lake Iseo with breathtaking lakeside landscapes and fine vineyards. Start for your self guided gravel tour to discover wonderful natural areas.

Iseo Lake and Franciacorta

129,00 € p.p.
Self Guided Tour
Difficulty 
Duration 2 days


Adventure Bike
Single room supplement

Description

A short bicycle holiday, a cycling weekend between Lake Iseo, the rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards typical of the Franciacorta wine area. Two days of gravel riding on the historic routes of the Via Valeriana with magical views of Lake Iseo and along the docile and pedalable dirt roads that cross the hills south of the Lombard lake basin.

Stage by stage

Introduction

Franciacorta and Lake Iseo Gravel Bicycle Tour is a 115 km (71 miles) bike tour that develops between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia to discover the Sebino, a lake basin nestled in the mountains close to the Alpine giants. Its ring configuration allows you to have a complete view of the lake, to admire its views and to appreciate the gravel routes within the Franciacorta wine area.

1st stage: Rovato - Riva di Solto

(50 km 700m D+: paved 75%; gravel/cycle path 25%)(31 miles 2296 feet elevation gain)

From Rovato you cycle along the foothills path, an almost flat route composed of easy sections of path, country roads and secondary asphalted roads that develop around the hilly relief of Monte Orfano. Continuing through pleasant ups and downs, you pass through fine historic villages until you reach Sarnico, the gateway to Lake Iseo. With unique views of Monte Isola, the highest lake island in Europe, you can walk along the Bergamo side of the lake to the pretty town of Riva di Solto.

2a tappa: Riva di Solto - Rovato

(65 km 700m D+: paved 60%; gravel/cycle path 40%)(40 miles 2296 feet elevation gain)

After admiring the ramparts of Bögn di Zorzino and the cliffs overlooking the lake along the fantastic Vello - Toline cycle/pedestrian path, you climb up the Via Valeriana, a timeless historical itinerary among olive groves and silent medieval villages. After passing the evocative setting of the Sebino peat bogs, a varied and fun journey is undertaken within the morainic amphitheater of Franciacorta, an area of ​​limited extension in which the climate is favorable to quality viticulture.

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Franciacorta and Lake Iseo Gravel Weekend

Sparkling wine
and lakeside paths

Ride through Franciacorta vineyards and enjoy the peaceful lakeside cycling paths

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Highlights

  • A good ride on the Via Valeriana, historic connection from the Alps to the plain
  • The views over Lake Iseo
  • The famous Pyramids of Zone (if you have time and strength to climb to the village)
  • The vineyards of Franciacorta
  • A wine tasting of Franciacorta wine in a cellar
  • The Natural Reserve Torbiere del Sebino

Accomodation

The overnight stay is provided in a 3* or 4* hotel in a double room with private facilities in Riva di Solto. If the facilities are not available, we will guarantee alternative accommodation of the same level in a location not far away.

Type of terrain

The cycling weekend develops on the hills of Franciacorta and close to the Lombard Prealps, along secondary roads, dirt roads and never technical paths, with slopes and gradients that require medium training. The lakeside villages are connected by a panoramic road which can be busy at times and therefore, for a few kilometers, it is essential to have safety lights to be clearly visible. In Franciacorta the dirt roads can be pedaled and the slopes rarely become difficult.

Difficulty

    3 out of 5

The difficulty level of Franciacorta and Lake Iseo Gravel Weekend depends on 3 factors:

  • daily distances between 50 and 70 km (31 and 40 miles)
  • medium positive difference in height
  • easy paved ground for most of the route

If you are a traveler with good legs and who does not disdain views, dirt roads and a good glass of wine, this tour will captivate you and you will enjoy a fantastic bikepacking weekend between Franciacorta and Lake Iseo.

FAQ

For our trips there is the possibility to rent Bombtrack Beyond 1 adventure bikes (sizes M and L) with complete equipment: classic bicycle tourism rack and panniers or bikepacking bags.
You can participate with your bicycle but, before leaving, check the characteristics of the trip and the type of terrain to be sure it is the most suitable vehicle.
We always recommend wearing a helmet. Its use is mandatory on guided tours.
Yes, when booking you can indicate your dietary needs and we will notify the facilities.
Yes, on request and subject to availability of the facilities, with a supplement.
Our Tour Operator has an agreement with the Axa insurance company and offers all its travelers a medical - luggage insurance included in the travel price. The information set of the policy can be consulted and downloaded at this link.
Yes, our Tour Operator makes available to its travelers, thanks to the Axa insurance company, a "Gold" insurance that covers the risks of trip cancellation and illness and injury during the trip even in cases related to Covid. The information set of the "Gold" policy can be consulted and downloaded at this link.
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This is a SELF GUIDED CYCLING TOUR

A bikepacking trip with your partner, family, friends or simply alone will be the most authentic way to experience an unforgettable experience. While we will take care of the bureaucratic and organizational management, you will only have to think about having fun and spending your cycling holidays in tranquillity.

What's included

- GPS track tested by Life in Travel
- Digital Guide of the itinerary
- Detailed information of the route
- Telephone / Whatsapp assistance
- Overnight in a 3 * or 4 * hotel in a double room
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Medical Baggage insurance (MB)

What's NOT included

- Dinner and lunches with drinks
- Double room single use supplement
- Tourist tax
- Experiences / museums / monuments entrances
- Adventure bike and accessories rental
- Luggage transport
- Travel Waiver Insurance (MBA)
- Anything else not specified in "What is included"

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