- Leisurely biking along cycle paths in the secluded Val di Ledro
- Refreshing swims in family friendly lakes: Ledro, Garda, Clavedine
- Stopping for ice cream at local gelaterias
- Having a picnic on the shores of Lake Clavedine
- Exploring Ledro Land Art within the Forest of Pur
- Biking along the Mincio river to Berghetto and stopping for the local speciality; Tortelloni
Every single day of the holiday was good, but our favourite was the final cycling day, Arco was lovely and very scenic. We would without a doubt recommend a Skedaddle holiday.
Following your arrival into Verona (VRN) airport, you will be transferred to your delightful accommodation in the Valley di Ledro, located North of Lake Garda (approx. 1h30 minutes). This idyllic valley, set between high mountains and a small alpine lake, is an ideal base for the first part of your trip.
You will be met by your local representative who will hand over bikes (if renting) and talk your through your cycling holiday in this stunning region.
- Meals: Breakfast
A great start to this cycling holiday as we take you on a meandering journey on cycle paths along the Ledro Valley.
Setting off not far from the lake, the cycle route takes you along the valley passing through the quaint Tiarno villages, with their narrow streets and small piazzas. With plenty of time, you can ride to the lake and enjoy an afternoon swim at one the many family-friendly beaches.
A great Italian gelateria is within walking distance from the lake, as well as a selection of pizzarias and restaurants.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today’s ride will take you to Malga Cita. A “malga” in Italian is an “alpine hut“, normally associated with a prairie where animals graze. Leaving the lake side, you’ll take a lovely country lane up an alpine valley, surrounded by tall mountains and forests.
On the way to Malga Cita, leaving your bikes, you’ll follow a well-marked path to Ledro Land Art within the Forest of Pur. Here you’ll discover art pieces that merge with nature, a really fun spot to explore with the kids.
Back in the saddle and you’ll ride to the end of the valley. Malga Cita is an ideal spot for a picnic lunch where you can enjoy the relaxing ambience of the surrounding mountains.
You’ll return back the same way, back to the lake and along the lake-side path to your hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast
Leaving this idyllic valley, today you’ll be heading towards Lake Garda. The cycle route is a classic for all kinds of cyclists so be sure to say ciao along the way.
Lake Ledro being higher in altitude than lake Garda, means the route has a downwards bias so sit back in your saddle and enjoy the ride! The first section meanders through small villages, with the highlight being Ponale, an ancient military road that connected the two valleys, contouring the side of the lake, on a gradual descent. It is a classic spot for anyone visiting Lake Garda, as the views are completely stunning.
With big smiles, you’ll arrive in Riva, a bustling lake-side town and plenty of ice cream shops to choose from. A very bike friendly place, cycle paths connect various parts of town and the valleys around. You will be based near the lake for the next two days.
- Meals: Breakfast
A lovely ride through the outstanding Sarca Valley is on the cards today. A full day exploring the beautiful vineyards, fruit groves and mirror-like lakes with the ever-present dramatic rock faces either side of you the whole way.
The route follows a cycle path from Torbole and Riva to Arco, along the Sarca River. Crossing a Roman bridge in Dro, you‘re likely to see local children enjoying a swim in some natural pools of the Sarca River!
Next stop in Lake Clavedine, an idyllic location for a picnic by the cool lake. On your return loop, stopping in Pietramurata, you can do a little wine and / or ice cream tasting to finish of the day.
This is a great day of cycling mainly on cycle paths with some outstanding views!
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll journey southwards. After a morning ferry journey (approx 1 hour) you’ll have the chance to explore the charming little village of Limone, perched on the side of the lake.
From here you have the option of testing out the brand new cycle path along the lakeside, (which has already been described by some as the most scenic cyclepath ever created!) It’s an 8 km round ride, offering brilliant views of the lake.
Once back in Limone, you can board the next ferry to Peschiera (approx 2 hours). Your hotel is a short ride away from the ferry terminal, and ideally located to wander into the old part of Peschiera.
- Meals: Breakfast
Leaving Peschiera, you’ll follow the leisurely cycle path of the Mincio, which links Peschiera and Mantova. Stopping off at Borghetto, officially named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, we recommend sampling the tasty tortellini, which originated in this region.
Back on your bikes, you’ll soon reach the Garden Park of Sigurta. Here you and the kids will have the chance to explore the educational play farm, with its labyrinth-like maze and shimmering ponds scattered through its lush garden.
Meandering through tranquil countryside, you’ll return to Peschiera.
Around 70% of the route is traffic free, with the remaining 30% taking you along a mixture of cyclepaths (some mixed use / shared with pedestrians) and cycle lanes separating you from traffic.
Traffic levels on the roads remain relatively low as we have designed the route with families in mind, the only exceptions being when you ride into towns such as Riva del Garda and Peschiera where you may experience more cars on the roads.
You’ll be riding predominantly on tarmac, with some short sections on hard-packed gravel and some grassy trails.
Day 5 will pose the biggest challenge with a climb to Lake Clavedine, but most of the route is pretty easy-going for those with a basic level of fitness.
With this in mind we recommend trekking bikes/hybrid bikes, or e-bikes for the grown ups, with at least 18 gears, and wheels with 28 road tire for this trip. The route is not suitable for road bikes.
Family Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 1 and 2 holidays
Suitable for those looking for a relaxed ride
Occasional ups and downs
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 1-2, will have aspects of both our grade 1 and grade 2 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those looking for an accessible cycling holiday with manageable daily distances, along predominately flat terrain, however there will be some days / sections where we’d expect you to be up for a slightly cheeky challenge. It might be that the distances are a little longer on some days or that the terrain is slightly more undulating, but the rides are still relaxed and manageable for families who are generally fit and healthy.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2022 15 Apr – 30 Oct
Season 1 – £1315 02 May – 24 Jun and 04 Sep – 30 Oct
Season 2 – £1440 15 Apr – 01 May and 25 Jun – 03 Sep
2023 14 Apr – 30 Oct
Season 1 – £1315 27 Apr – 17 Jun and 04 Sep – 30 Oct
Season 2 – £1440 14 Apr – 26 Apr and 18 Jun – 03 Sep
We can offer the following discounts for children under 18:
- 25% discount for any child travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers
- 40% discount for any child sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers
A) Hotel accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Pre-loaded GPS unit (1 per group)
F) Luggage transfer between hotels
G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Verona airport (VRN)
H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Verona airport (VRN)
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike
C) Single room (available if required)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Ferries on day 6
J) Local city tax to be paid locally (amount varies, approx. €2 per day)
K) Airport transfers on non-scheduled arrival/departure days
Herdip, London, UKWe recommend...
Every single day of the holiday was good, but our favourite was the final cycling day, Arco was lovely and very scenic.
The holiday was really well organised, and the service provided by Saddle Skedaddle very good, always being easy to contact and keeping us updated. There was lots of detail and regular contact pre-trip, which makes it feel like you provide a lovely personal touch.
We would without a doubt recommend a Skedaddle holiday.