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Cycle Verona to Lake Garda

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • 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.
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What To Expect

The tour is graded easy to moderate. Each ride is 35-57km and follows cycle paths and country roads from Verona to Lake Garda. By day, explore Roman and Renaissance sights and in the evening dine on fresh pasta dishes, washed down with local white wines. Spending 2 nights in Verona and Lake Garda means there is plenty of time to take the tour at your own pace, recharging each evening in comfortable, characterful 3* hotels.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Navigation

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.

Accommodation Information

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 ofbooking.

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.

Included
  • 5 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Verona / from Peschiera del Garda
  • Bike hire (or upgrade to e-bike hire)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Ferry journeys on the lake
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire
  • Upgrade to e-bike hire
  • Arrival or departure transfers

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.

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.

Equipment

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Verona Day 2 Loop Cycle Soave Vineyards 35.5 miles / 57 km Day 3 Cycle to Mantova 31 miles / 50 km Day 4 Cycle to Peschiera del Garda 28 miles / 45 km Day 5 Cycle to Garda Town / Visit Sirmione 19 miles / 30 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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