Italy - Lakes of Lombardia - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Riding into Switzerland from Lake Maggiore to Lake Lugano
- The ascent to Madonna del Ghisallo and the world famous cycling museum
- Picture postcard views of the Monte Rosa from Lake Maggiore
- Conquering Passo Maniva and the sweeping downhill to Lago di Idro
- Relaxing with a post-ride drink overlooking yet another beautiful lake
- Enjoying good food, fine wines and quality accommodation
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|1||Arrival: Milan Malpensa Airport||Non Riding Day||D|
|2||Angera to Cernobbio||56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.||900 Metres Approx.||B|
|3||Cernobbio to Bellagio (via Ghisallo)||47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.||1,300 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Bellagio to San Pellegrino||43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B D|
|5||San Pellegrino to Clusane||62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.||1,800 Metres Approx.||B|
|6||Clusane to Lago d’Idro||44 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||1,900 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Lago d’Idro to Lago di Garda||59 Miles / 95 Kms Approx.||1,200 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||Departure: Verona Airport||Non Riding Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
An excellent Skedaddle holiday...
Our guides Naomi and Christine were a great combination of skill, attentiveness and personality. They would be my top choice for guides on any holiday.
David, Adam and Kerry in the office were all excellent. Very helpful and responsive.
Really fun descents...
The hardness of the climbing was about what I was looking for – not super hard, but challenging, and some really fun descents. I was a little nervous about hiring a bike, but I was really happy with the bike I got.
Already planning my next Skedaddle trip...
Everything was excellent: bike, lunches, diners, locations, guides etc….were at the usual Skedaddle level – unbeatable!
Guides were faultless.
It was a lot harder than I expected but our excellent guides Wally and Stefano supported me through the hardest bits. Being a solo traveller at the last minute and the only female they made sure I was well looked after. Communication before the tour was fantastic. Guides were faultless. Too hard to pick one day. Everyday had its highlights. Ghizola, riding down into Lake Garda, Passo Zambla, and riding along the lakes through the frightening tunnels were all highlights.
As stated previously, Wally and Stefano were beyond excellent. They kept the group together and provided the support needed when things got tough. They were also delightful people without egos and clearly love what they are doing. We were lucky to have such a small group so we could all easily enjoy their company. I found them both very inspirational and would happily invite them to my home if they ever came to Australia. The office was helpful answering questions about the area and arranging for a drop off at the train station rather than the airport. I felt this tour was good value for money.
I had a wonderful time with the tour. Many thanks!
Both Nicola and Lieven were amazing. Both on the bikes, riding and in all aspects of support. Always with a smile. Great job boys. They truly made the holiday. I felt safe on the busy roads and was really well fed!!
One of the most enjoyable holidays I can remember...
The service was excellent- brilliant communication with head office in the weeks leading up to the trip, and extremely professional service from the three guides Danilo, Wally and Simone whilst on the trip. Also, Skedaddle roadside snacks and picnic lunches are superb.
My favourite day was climbing and descending the Passo Maniva on Day 6, I had such a sense of achievement after completing what was for me the most challenging thing that I have ever done on a bike.
Thank you so much – I had an excellent holiday on the Lakes of Lombardia trip, one of the most enjoyable holidays I can remember! :)
Alison, Surrey, UK
Superb routes and brilliant guides!
I had an absolutely amazing time in Italy. The routes were superb and the guides were brilliant – they looked after us all really well and made it such an enjoyable holiday. I also really appreciated the time Danilo, the tour leader, took to make sure my bike was set up correctly, as well as the number of pre holiday emails I had with Kerry and Jacky from the Skedaddle office who were both super patient with all my questions!
Sarah, Oxfordshire, UK
Another Skedaddle quality trip...
Lakes of Lombardia is a fantastic trip. I knew that the cycling would be challenging for me & I wasn’t disappointed!! But everything is doable ascents / distance / pace are very well planned. It’s fair to say I felt a great sense of achievement at the end of the trip.
The hotels were excellent and all very comfortable and the picnics prepared by the team were great and it worked really well to have picnic / restaurant lunches on alternate days.
The tour leader Dani was always relaxed but reassuring and very encouraging. Always gave very clear descriptions of the routes.
This was my second Skeddadle trip – have also used several other companies & I believe Skeddadle really deliver on quality trips -guides / routes / accommodation. I’m already thinking about which trip to choose next!
Elaine, Lancashire, UK
A fantastic route...
The tour does exactly what it advertises itself as. The route of the tour was fantastic, delivering some challenging riding in spectacular surroundings. The climbs on all days were enjoyable; especially up to S.Pietro and to Maniva. The traverses/descents through the gorges were great and obviously along the lake shores as well – bike paths were also interesting and relaxing. The tour leader was really great and she dealt most admirably with the group dynamics.
Bruce & Piera, Essex, UK
One of the most incredible experiences I have ever had...
San Pellegrino – Sarnico It had everything – ferry trip, short sharp leg warmer, a long, long climb through stunning Italian villages, an amazing downhill (I enjoyed the downhills) and then a great pace line through the twisting lake side tunnels that felt like the final miles of Milan San Remo to our hotel at lake Iseo.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Skedaddle and in particular the Lakes of Lombardy trip to another cyclist. I met some amazing people and saw some stunning sights, and have memories that will last forever.
The documentation provided and regular contact points meant I knew what was going to happen and when, how much had been paid, what was outstanding, when I was flying, what to expect out there, and my expectations were handled perfectly.
James, Newcastle, UK
One of my best ever holidays...
I would go so far as to say that this is one of my favourite ever holidays! There wasn’t a single problem with hotels, meals etc. Lunch’s etc were efficient and delicious – although having seen pictures of Vanessa’s lunch’s – I’ll have to come back for one of those!
Sheila, Belfast, UK
I would happily repeat every day again...
The holiday was extremely well organised throughout. We had a fantastic time and now we‘re looking forward to our next holiday with you. We sampled great company, stunning scenery, wonderful food and good accommodation.
Every day was different but all of them thoroughly enjoyable. The information provided was excellent. All in all very good value for money!
Thanks for yet another great holiday...
The cycling was wonderful – and proved just the challenge I was after. The hotels were first rate which was great after a hard day in the saddle. The guides all spoke English and were extremly helpful and supportive.
Jo, Sheffield, UK
All of the days on this trip were excellent. Our guides Naomi and Christina were excellent too!
Tracey, Cambridge, UK
Difficult to find fault!
Rides, hotel, food all good. My feeling is Naomi (tour guide) just about always get it right in leadership and organisation.
Mark, Sussex, UK
Our tour leader was first class!
Our tour leader was first class! Stefano was friendly, enthusiastic, superbly organised and a great ambassador for his country. Shame he has other commitments that prevent him from leading more trips. Wally and Stefano were superstars and made a huge contribution to the overall enjoyment of the trip. Wally is a living legend! He should be modelling for Rapha!!
Simon, London, UK
We didn’t know what to expect, having never done a group cycling holiday before. The service was outstanding – guides were both organised and reassuring.
Amanda & Stuart, North Yorkshire, UK
Naomi is a great guide and organiser. Very enthusiastic about her job, which is always a pleasure to see! I loved the cycling! The pass to the coffee stop on top with the band playing was very memorable.
Martha, Oxfordshire, UK
Customer service as it should be...
Naomi’s lunches are deservedly legendary. We had some great meals. Especially in Bellagio and Riva Del Garda. Fair prices too. Nothing phased Massimo. He’s a delightful man and a very good cyclist. I tried to catch him up a couple of climbs but he always had that bit extra. I received all the pre-trip information I needed and the pre-departure call from David is customer service as it should be.
Chis, Berkshire, UK
A superb tour leader!
Superb tour leader! Vanessa was incredibly professional, and ensured everyone understood the routes, how to regroup, and the stops during the day. She made sure everyone completed each day safely, yet still had an excellent ride covering all abilities. Vanessa was a fantastic tour lead, with a dry sense of humour and always charming. She made certain no stone was unturned in making sure that everyone was very well looked after.
Phillip, Hampshire, UK
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