Guided bike tour in Lombardy and Veneto to discover the lakes of Iseo and Garda. Start your guided cycling holiday following the cycle paths on the shores of the lakes of Iseo and Garda and alongside the waterways that arise in the nearby Alps.

Northern Lakes Tour

419,00 € p.p.
Guided Tour
Difficulty 
Duration 4 days


Adventure Bike
Single room supplement

Description

This tour will be activated from a minimum of 6 participants up to a maximum of 12 participants

Four days by bike through cities, historic centers and fortified villages registered in the Register of World Heritage Sites. A guided cycling holiday following the cycle paths on the shores of the lakes of Iseo and Garda and alongside the waterways that arise in the nearby Alps. A tour where you can combine the experience of pedaling with Italian excellence: food and wine, history and culture.

Stage by stage

Introduction

The Gravel Tour of the Northern Lakes is a 230 km (145 miles) bicycle trip that develops between Lombardy and Veneto along a hilly route that allows you to visit Bergamo, Brescia and Verona as well as the most representative centers of the Iseo and Garda Lakes, rich in history and charm.

1st stage: Bergamo – Lovere

(54 km 550 m D+)(34 miles 1804 feet elevation gain)

Our guided bike tour of the Lakes begins in Bergamo, city of the Thousand. After a visit within the walls of the Upper Town, take the cycle path of the Val Seriana, a pleasant route away from traffic that alternates between asphalted and unpaved sections following the course of the river Serio in countercurrent. From Clusone, the gateway to the Bergamo Prealps, you descend towards the nearby Lake Iseo, on whose banks Lovere rises, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

2nd stage: Lovere – Brescia

(62 km 300 m D+)(39 miles 984 feet elevation gain)

The entire crossing of the Brescian side of Lake Iseo takes place from Lovere, along the suggestive Vello - Toline cycle/pedestrian path. From Iseo the route winds its way into the Natural Reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, a wetland of international importance and habitat of various aquatic-marsh species. After passing the beautiful castle of Passirano, continue east along the cycle path to Brescia, the so called Leonessa d’Italia.

3rd stage: Brescia – Desenzano del Garda

(62 km 400 m D+)(39 miles 1312 feet elevation gain)

Following the cycle path, you enter the pre-alpine environment again until you reach the entrance to Val Sabbia. Nearby is Salò, a pretty town located on the Lombard banks of the Benaco, the second name of Lake Garda. It is with great satisfaction that you cycle inside the Valtenesi, a hilly area on which seven municipalities that overlook Lake Garda are located and where wine and oil are produced. You soon reach Desenzano del Garda.

4th stage: Desenzano del Garda – Verona

(53 km 350 m D+)(33 miles 1148 feet elevation gain)

Continuing on Lake Garda by bicycle and leaving the prestigious villages of Sirmione and Peschiera on our left, we immerse ourselves in the area of ​​the Garda Moraine Hills, where the mild climate and fertile soils are suitable for the cultivation of vines, olive trees and apples. Reached Ponti sul Mincio, the flat path is intercepted that allows you to reach Verona by bicycle.

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A Bikepacking Adventure between traditions and good food

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Highlights

  • Bergamo and its Venetian Walls
  • The cycle path in Val Seriana
  • The city of Lovere on Lake Iseo
  • The Natural Reserve of Torbiere del Sebino
  • The wine landscapes on the lakeside
  • Brescia, Leonessa d’Italia
  • A look at Valtenesi
  • The Garda Moraine Hills
  • The Castelvecchio Bridge in Verona

Accomodation

Overnight stays are provided in a 3* or 4* hotels in a double room with private facilities. If the facilities are not available, we will guarantee alternative accommodation of the same level in locations not far away.

Type of terrain

The itinerary develops in the plains and hills near the Prealps between the cities of Bergamo, Brescia and Verona. Cycle paths, secondary roads, asphalted cycle paths and dirt tracks with a sliding surface are covered. The moderate and well-distributed differences in height along the route allow you to savor all the beauties of the Tour of the Lakes with calm and tranquility.

Difficulty

    2 out of 5

The difficulty level of our Northern Lakes Tour depends on 3 factors:

  • daily distances between 50 and 65 km (33 and 39 miles)
  • average positive difference in height
  • asphalted ground and easy dirt roads

If you are a moderately trained traveler and you like to pedal slowly admiring the territory, this bikepacking trip will satisfy you widely, in a fascinating setting between Bergamo and Verona by visiting Lake Iseo and Lake Garda by bike.

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 GUIDED CYCLING TOUR

The most complete solution for small groups of 6 to 12 people, a guided cycling holiday. A certified cycling guide from the Life in Travel team will lead you to discover the area. You will travel in the company of other people and we will be creating a close-knit and united group to have fun and share a unique experience that will remain imprinted in the memories for years.

What's included

- Certified cycling guide
- GPS track tested by Life in Travel
- Digital Guide of the itinerary
- Detailed information of the route
- 3 overnight stays in a 3 * or 4 * hotel in a double room
- 3 Breakfasts at the hotel
- Luggage transport
- Medical baggage insurance (MB)

What's NOT included

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

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