Guided cycling holiday in Lombardy on gravel roads and plain paths. Start your guided bike tour with some friends, to discover castles, historic cities, rural villages and quiet river parks.

Lombardy Castles Tour

699,00 € p.p.
Guided Tour
Difficulty
Duration 6 days

Departure Date

Adventure Bike
Single room supplement

Description

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

This guided cycling tour of Lombardy's Castles will carry you in time and space, through cities of art, UNESCO sites, castles and fortified villages, connected by a net of cycling paths passing by Natural Reserves, amazing Rivers and Parks. This ring cycling holiday in Italy touches the hills area developing in the plain, an unique experience to have fun riding your adventure bike and discovering unexpected gravel routes together with the culinary excellences of this region.

Stage by stage

Introduction

This Guided Cycling Holiday in Italy called Lombardy Castles Gravel Tour is a 360 km (224 miles) bicycle trip that takes place within the Lombardy region with the sole exception of the city of Piacenza, located on the southern bank of the Po river in Emilia Romagna. It is developed with a ring configuration and allows you to ride through historic cities, fortified villages and areas of high natural value. Thanks to the almost total absence of altitude difference, it can be pedaled without particular difficulties.

1st stage: Bergamo – Romano di Lombardia

(65 km: paved 60%; gravel 40%)(40 miles)

The bike adventure begins in Bergamo, a city served by a transport network including the Orio al Serio international airport. We leave the city to cycle south along the park of the Serio river, passing through towns, castles and fortified villages of absolute value such as Malpaga and Cologno al Serio. Once we cross the historical places of the Fosso Bergamasco, we head towards Romano di Lombardia, the arrival point of this first stage.

2nd stage: Romano di Lombardia – Soncino

(50 km: paved 45%; gravel 55%)(31 miles)

Once we leave Romano di Lombardia with its Rocca Viscontea, we enter more and more into the heart of the fortified realities. From Cividate al Piano we deviate to skirt the Oglio river inside its namesake park. We continue along its course between placid bends and pleasant cycle paths until we reach the breathtaking medieval village of Soncino.

3rd stage: Soncino – Cremona

(60 km: paved 65%; gravel 35%)(37 miles)

From Soncino we continue on the Città Murate cycle path along the Oglio river until we enter the province of Cremona. Skirting the western bank of the river, we come to Genivolta and the Tombe Morte, a place from which various canals made to facilitate the irrigation of the fields branch off. Following one of these waterways between relaxing environments and away from traffic, we reach Cremona, the city of Torrazzo and the master luthiers.

4th stage: Cremona – Piacenza

(60 km: paved 40%; gravel 60%)(37 miles)

From Cremona we continue for several kilometers along the northern bank of the Po river to the small town of Maccastorna, whose symbol is represented by the imposing Castle of Belpavone. Once refreshed, we continue through main and secondary waterways in an area rich in biodiversity, in view of the now imminent arrival in Piacenza, seat of Palazzo Farnese, reachable only by crossing the Po river.

5th stage: Piacenza – Lodi

(55 km: paved 70%; gravel 30%)(34 miles)

Once we cross the watercourse that demarcates the regional borders between Emilia Romagna and Lombardy, we skirt its banks along cycle paths until we cross amusing dirt roads that lead us into the Brembiolo park, a pretty natural area that anticipates the entrance to the valuable historic center of Lodi.

6th stage: Lodi – Bergamo

(70 km: paved 40%; gravel 60%)(43 miles)

From Lodi we soon immerse ourselves in the Adda River Park, among amusing dirt roads and paths that run along the eastern bank of this emissary river of Lake Como. Having reached Trezzo sull'Adda, we cross the provincial borders entering the territory of the Serenissima. After visiting the former industrial village and UNESCO site of Crespi d'Adda, we continue along the Brembo river until we cross the finish line of this Cycling Holiday through the Lombard Castles in Bergamo, whose distinctive symbol is represented by the Venetian walls that surround the Città alta, the high City.

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Highlights

  • Cycling on the Eurovelo 8
  • Bergamo, the city of the Serenissima at the gates of the Alps
  • The fortified village of Soncino and its historic charm
  • The famous tortelli cremaschi (a special pasta) and coppa piacentina (cold cut)
  • The industrial village and UNESCO site of Crespi d’Adda
  • The amazing gravel paths in some of Lombardy's most known river parks, rich in biodiversity
  • Cremona and its Torrazzo

Accomodation

Overnight stays are provided in a 3 * or 4 * hotel 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 Po Valley within the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona, Piacenza, Lodi and Milan. The route, very varied from a naturalistic and architectural point of view, touches river parks, protected areas and waterways crossed by cycle paths and technically very easy dirt paths in the shade of local vegetation. In the historic centers of the cities, on the other hand, secondary roads and asphalted cycle paths allow you to pedal safely avoiding the dangers of traffic. Overall a tour with no gradients and with a good percentage of gravel, equal to 45%.

Difficulty

    2 out of 5

The difficulty level of this Lombardy Castles Gravel Tour depends on 3 factors:

  • daily distances between 50 and 70 km (31 and 43 miles)
  • positive difference in height not at all significant
  • asphalted ground and very smooth dirt roads

If you are a romantic traveler, you like cycling on flat dirt roads and you love combining the playful aspect with an experiential tourism made of folklore art and gastronomy, surely this bikepacking trip is for you!

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
- 5 overnights in a 3 * or 4 * hotel in a double room
- 5 breakfasts at the hotel
- Luggage transport
- Medical baggage insurance (MB)

What's NOT included

- Dinners 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 is included"

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