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Views of Lake Garda from Peschiera del Garda
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Highlights

  • Relaxed Italian cycling discovery from Verona to Lake Garda
  • Explore Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet
  • Ride to the vineyards of Soave and sample the local Verdicchio
  • Visit Lake Garda’s delightful villages and the hot springs of Sirmione
  • Dine on fresh gnocchi in Mantova’s cobbled piazzas

Ride from the Renaissance city of Verona to the southern shores of Lake Garda on this relaxed cycling tour across the Veneto Plains.

Explore Verona’s streets and step back through the centuries, visiting Romeo and Juliet’s courtyard and the majesty of ‘The Arena’, an exquisitely preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Cycle across the River Adige and pedal through vineyards to the wine town of Soave, pairing local white wines with bowls of fresh gnocchi. Head across the Veneto plains to the cobbled streets and piazzas of Mantova, the inspiration behind Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto.

Follow a series of waterways to Lake Garda and spend two nights in Peschiera del Garda. Take a lakeside ride to the towns of Lazise and Bardolino or for a more relaxing day, hop on a ferry to the stunning village of Sirmione and spend the afternoon soaking in the hot springs. Round off the day, dining al fresco with a chilled bottle of Verdicchio and freshly grilled Garda fish.


Day 1 Arrive Verona

Verona airport is easily linked with Verona’s old town via a 20 minute shuttle airport bus service.


On arrival, head to the Piazza Brâ and discover Verona’s exceptionally well preserved Roman amphitheatre, dating back to 1st century BC. Brimming with Renaissance architecture and the romance of Romeo and Juliet, exploring the surrounding streets where cafes serve gelato and sweet pastries.


Overnight: Verona


Day 2 Loop Cycle Soave Vineyards

Leaving the lively streets of Verona, cross the River Adige and cycle along country lanes to the fortified wine town of Soave. Encircled by medieval fortifications, Soave town has a picture book setting. Sample a selection of locally produced white wines accompanied by the classic regional dish of gnocchi. Later, return to Verona by way of a riverside cycleway.


Cycle: 57km


Dinner: Verona


Day 3 Cycle to Mantova

Cycle south west across the Veneto plains as you pedal Mantova. Surrounded by 3 lakes, the cobbled piazzas of Mantova were the inspiration behind Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto. Explore the piazzas of Sordello, Broletto and Erbe and later relax at a lakeside café. The perfect setting to soak up the sunshine over a chilled bottle of local Mantovano wine.


Cycle: 50km


Dinner: Mantova


Day 4 Cycle to Peschiera del Garda

The route today follows a series of waterways along easy going country lanes and cycleways to the southern lakeside town of Perchiera del Garda. Spending the next 2 nights in Pescheria allows ample time to explore the lake by bike and ferry. On arrival head to the beach and relax with the setting sun before dining in one the many family run trattorias in historic town centre.


Cycle: 45km


Overnight: Peschiera del Garda


Day 5 Cycle to Garda Town / Visit Sirmione

Hop in the saddle for your last day of riding and cycle along the lake shore to the town of Garda. Cycle through the old town of Lazise and take a waterside coffee stop in Bardolino. On arrival in Garda sample a lunch of fresh lake fish before returning to Peschiera by ferry.


Alternatively, take a day off the bikes and catch a ferry to the lakeside town of Sirmione. Sitting at the edge of a peninsula, the town is possibly Lake Garda’s prettiest and the hot springs of Sirmione are the perfect way to round off a relaxing day.


Optional Cycle: 30 km


Overnight: Peschiera del Garda


Day 6 Onward Travel

Depending on your onward travel arrangements, spend the morning relaxing pool or lakeside. Peschieria train station has regular services to Verona (20 min journey time). 


Accommodation


During this trip you will stay in a selection of 3* hotels. We regularly use the following properties but will accommodate you in a hotel of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.


Meals

Included are 5 breakfasts. Breakfast usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of
booking.


Lunches and dinners are not included. Your route notes will suggest a number of local places to dine
and of course, being in the heart of Veneto means you're never too far from a bowl of fresh gnochhi.


Single Rooms

If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.



 

 

 



Il Sogno di Giulietta

Enter via the courtyard of Romeo and Juliette. This charming historic house, has elegant rooms and in the evening the courtyard is reserved for hotel guests only. Only a few minutes walk from the historic sights, IL Sogno di Giulietta is only a short walk from the cafes and bars of Piazza Bra.



 

 

 



Hotel Broletto

Located in the heart of the historical centre, Hotel Broletto is a short walk to the Piazza Sordello, Sant Andrea Cathedral and Dukes Palace. Comfortable, traditional rooms have a contemporary twist. The hotel is also easily reached after a day of cycling.



 

 

 



Hotel San Marco

Overlooking Lake Garda, Hotel San Marco is only a few minutes walk from the historical centre and ferry port. On arrival, relax poolside or simply cross the street to soak up lake life. In the morning, enjoy breakfast on the peaceful terrace before heading out for a day of exploration.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from April to October and we suggest that you contact us as soon as
possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


This cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic. The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure.


Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.


Rental Bikes

21 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.


EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.


If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.



If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and
frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests
you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire
bikes.


If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.


General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Getting to Verona / From Peschiera del Garda

Getting to Verona


For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com


By Air


Verona Airport offers a number of airline services across Europe. An all day shuttle bus service links Verona airport and Verona centre (journey time 20 mins). 


Venice Marco Polo Airport also has extensive airline connections to most major cities. The airport shuttle bus connects with Venice Mestre train station (20 mins). From here it is an hour train journey to Verona centre.


Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.


Getting from Peschiera del Garda



By Air


Peschiera del Garda does not have an airport but has excellent and regular train services to Verona (15 mins), Venice (1hr 30 mins) and Milan (1hr 10mins).


Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.


Included

  • 5 nights 3* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • Baggage Transfer
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to Verona / from Peschiera del Garda
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry journeys on the lake

Extras

  • Bike Hire
  • EBike Hire
  • Extra Nights
  • Arrival or Departure Transfers
  • Single Room Supplement(s)

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances between 30 km—57km. Once you have left the towns and cities much of the cycling is on quiet roads or cycle ways along rivers and through the countryside. You will encounter some stretches of very shallow hills on the first day of cycling, but these usually don't last for too long. .

It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your trip so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to visit historic sights and sample locally produced food and wine.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially May to June and September.

Can I take my own bike?

Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.

When is the best time of year?

April can be fresher with cooler evenings and are generally much quieter in the cities and towns. In May and September the days are beautifully warm, as the piazzas and lake towns buzz with life. During June, July and August you may encounter one of the regions many music or lake festivals. During these months days are gloriously long and hot so you may decide to cycle earlier in the day or take an extra long lunch to savour the local foods and avoid the midday heat!

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