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Italy

Lake Garda Explorer

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,575 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Italy

Lake Garda Explorer

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,575 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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A cycling vacation in Italy designed for families who are looking for a week of gentle cycling and fun activities for the children. You'll have time to enjoy the fantastic lake side location, the hotel swimming pools and of course, delicious Italian food & icecream!
You will begin your ride south of the lake, at Peschiera. It's an ideal location to explore the lake and surrounding rolling hills through quiet country lanes and picturesque vineyards, stopping to visit Castellaro Lagusello and Sigurtà Garden Park. Views of the lake are absolutely breathtaking, and there is no better way to finish the day than by settling down with a tasty Italian gelato or a swim in the lake!
A ferry trip will take you across the lake to Limone, allowing time in the afternoon to explore this lovely lakeside town. Here, you can take the new cycle path along the lakeside, which has been designated the most beautiful cycle path in the world! Back in Limone, you take the second ferry across the lake to Riva. The final part of your trip on the north side of the lake is full to the brim of yet more cycling through magnificent landscapes as the lake is surrounded by towering mountains. Your final ride to the Sarca Valley is simply lovely!
Exploring the beautiful vineyards, orchard and mirror-like lakes with the ever present dramatic rock faces either side of you the whole way, is a great way to end a fantastic and unforgettable vacation. 
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Highlights

  • Biking along the Mincio river to Berghetto
  • Riding to one of the most picturesque villages in Italy
  • Cycling through the vineyards and fruit groves of Colline Moreniche
  • Options of activities such as Via Ferrata and canyoning for children
  • Stopping for icecream at the local gelaterias
  • Having a picnic on the shores of Lake Cavedine

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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.

Herdip, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Verona Airport - Transfer to Peschiera

Following your arrival into Verona (VRN) airport, you will be transferred to your delightful accommodation in Peschiera, located south of the lake (approx. 30 minutes). This idyllic town is an ideal base for the first part of your trip.

Day 2
Loop Ride - Mincio Cycle Path / Sigurta Garden Park
21 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • 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 children 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.

Day 3
Loop Ride - South of the Lake
21 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Leaving Peschiera and the lake behind, today you’ll follow quiet country lanes, through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations in the rolling hills of the region known as Le Colline Moreniche. Meandering past typical farm holdings, you’ll arrive at Castellaro Lagusello, a quaint village and ideal location to stop for lunch in one of the local trattorias, after visiting the castle and tower. You can also visit the nearby park and heart-shaped lake.

Heading back to Lake Garda you’ll cycle through the magnificent growing area of Lugana wine, stopping on the way in Pozzolengo.

Day 4
Rest Day - Amusement Parks / Ride to Verona
21 Miles / 35 Kms Approx (Return by Train)
  • Meals: Breakfast

There are a number of amusement parks to choose from in the area of Peschiera, from the Disney style Gardaland, to Garda Marine Land and Aquapark. You can either cycle there, or take one of the many shuttles that link Peschiera to the parks.

If you wish to cycle today, we have a lovely route which leads you to Verona (28 Kms Approx.) and you can return by train. Verona is the city of Romeo and Juliet, with renaissance palaces, the roman arena and many cosy places to visit. From Peschiera, you’ll head inland through rolling hills cultivated with kiwi, peach plantations and olive groves. The last section into Verona is a ride along the Adige cyclepath, leading you into the old city. Once you have arrived you will have time to enjoy a stroll through the city, before riding to the station to take your train back to Peschiera.

Day 5
Ferry to Torbole / Ride to Arco
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll journey northwards. After a morning ferry journey (approx 2 hours) 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, the most scenic cyclepath ever created! It’s an 8 Km round ride, but offers the brilliant views of the lake. Once back in Limone, you can board the next ferry to Torbole (approx 1 hour).

Turning away from the lake you’ll cycle to Arco, past plum plantations and olive groves. Arco is a quaint little town, set below a majestic limestone cliff where a castle dominates the valley. Arco will be your home for the rest of the week.

Day 6
Activity Day
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

There are an array of activities on offer to keep you and your children entertained today.

Options include windsurfing on the lake, canyoning and Via Ferrata (a protected climbing route found in the Alps). These can be booked in advance and they are run and lead by experienced guides. Specifically designed for families, it’s a great way of breaking up the week and having a day out of the saddle. Please enquire with the office team for details.

Alternatively you may wish to cycle, or a take a leisurely stroll, through Riva del Garda. Enjoy the narrow streets and little piazzas, or take your swimming gear and towels, and go for a refreshing dip in the lake!

Day 7
Loop Ride - North of the Lake
18 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

A final 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. Stopping in Pietramurata, you can try some wine, and indulge in some local food. This is a great day of cycling and a superb way to end a fantastic an unforgettable cycling holiday.

Day 8
Departure from Arco - Transfer to Verona Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to this charming part of Italy as we transfer you back to the airport for your return flight home (approx. 1 hour).

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The Cycling

Terrain

You will be riding on a mix of cycle paths and country roads. Around 60% of the route is traffic free, with the remaining 40% on quiet roads (some shared with, generally, low levels of traffic). Day 7 will pose the biggest challenge with a climb up to Lake Clavedine, but the rest of the week is relatively laid back. You’ll be riding predominantly on tarmac, with only very short sections on hard-packed gravel. With this in mind we recommend trekking bikes/hybrid bikes with at least 18 gears, and wheels with 28 road tire for this trip. The route is not suitable for road bikes.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 : Gentle

Distances generally of between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day

For those looking for an easy-going route

Mainly on the flat

Some undulations and the odd cheeky climb

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?

Maybe you and your family have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual vacation? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet, safe roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these trips might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 trip to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, occasionally heading out as a family for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures available from April to October.

We can offer children under the age of 18 (when travelling with two fully paying passengers) a 35% discount off the trip cost, and if sharing a room with two adults, we can offer 40%.

Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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Whats Included Tick

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) Luggage transfer between hotels

F) Pre-loaded GPS unit (1 per group)

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 Cross

A) Bike hire (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) Trains and ferries en route

J) Local city tax to be paid locally (amount varies)

K) Activity on day 6

L) Airport transfers on non-scheduled arrival/departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your trip.

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Verona airport (VRN). Please arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 11.00 and 19.00.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

You’ll stay in centrally located, comfortable 3 star hotels all with en-suite facilities and swimming pools. All hotels have been carefully selected for their location, local cuisine and service.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically hybrids, or when a smaller frame is needed, mountain bikes with semi slick tyres adapted for road use. If you do decide to hire we will include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets when you make your booking.

Hire bikes also come with pannier racks and bags, emergency repair kit, including spare inner tubes, map holders, bike pump and bike lock.

E-bikes are on request and it may take a day or two to confirm we have one available. Please request at the time of booking by selecting the e-bike supplement and we will confirm as soon as possible. For your family we have a selection of children’s bikes, child/baby seats (6 months – 5 years) and trailers (Baby – 5 years).

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