Lake Garda round trip
Where the lemons bloom
Cycle around Lake Garda. You will follow the riverside paths and also cycle to the inland into wonderfull valleys. Discover lesser-known lakes such as the wonderful Lake Ledro and the refreshing Lake Idro. Enjoy the wonderful views of the glittering lake and get to know the culinary highlights of the region. Best olive oil, excellent wines, aromatic citrus fruits and fresh freshwater fish are waiting for you.
1. day Arrival Desenzano/Sirmione
Arrive early and use the time for a first short tour. Enjoy the evening on the lake shore or in the center of Desenzano or Sirmione.
2. day Desenzano/Sirmione - Garda 45 km
Today you start you first tour through the Lugana wine-growing region to the banks of the Mincio. From here you follow the river to the historic fortress of Peschiera and back to Lake Garda. Enjoy the view of the lake for the next few kilometers as you cycle directly on the lake shore. Later you turn into the hinterland and cycle through apple orchards and the vineyards of Bardolino. The last kilometers run along the shore of the lake, which you follow to the wonderful town of Garda.
3. day Garda - Torbole/Riva 65 km
The tour starts in the direction of the Adige Valley. Enjoy the magnificent views of the lake as you cycle through olive groves and grape vines. In the Adige Valley, you follow the flat bike path to the north. In Mori you leave the Adige and cycle over the Passo San Giovanni to Torbole or to Riva. Be sure to stop before the fast descent, because a spectacular view of Lake Garda awaits you here!
4. day Excursion Sarca valley50 km
You follow on a well-developed cycle path the Sarca, one of the largest rivers in Trentino, to Pietramurata. The village is surrounded by the highest rocks and offers a great view. Enjoy the tranquility of the natural park before visiting the Arco Fortress. Enjoy the evening on the shores of Lake Garda.
5. day Torbole/Riva - Salò 65 km + Transfer
In the morning you take a transfer up to Lake Ledro. You follow the valley Ledro to the next alpine lake, Lake Idro. Vou follow the path along the lake for a while. You might even dare to take a bath in this lake with excellent water quality and a magnificent mountain panorama. The cycle path leads you slightly downhill through the Val Sabbia until you are back at Lake Garda. In the evening, stroll along the flower-bedecked promenade and enjoy a ice cream.
6. day Salò - Desenzano/Sirmione 40/45 km
Your last cycling stage has a few hills for you. Today you cycle through the hinterland, where the Lugang, the Chiaretto and the Groppello - typical and historic wines of Lake Garda - are pressed. After returning to Lake Garda, enjoy a glass of one of these wines at your destination and toast your wonderful journey.
7. day Departure Desenzano/Sirmione
Today your trip around Lake Garda ends after breakfast at the hotel. We would be happy to book extra nights for you. On your journey home, you will take many beautiful memories with you.
prices & services
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
02.04. – 15.04.2023
01.10. – 08.10.2023
16.04. – 13.05.2023
10.09. – 30.09.2023
14.05. – 09.09.2023
bookable additional nights
- Accommodation in 3 star and 4 star hotels
- Welcome briefing (German, English)
- Luggage transfer
- developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
- 1 transfer Torbole/Riva – Ledrosee, incl. your bike
- 1 pistachio ice cream en route to Torbole/Riva
- App for Navigation and GPS-data available
- Service hotline
Worth knowing about your bike trip
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
The nearest train station is Desenzano train station. Desenzano is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to the hotel. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Arrival by plane
There are four airports near the Lake Garda. Verona, Venice, Treviso and Bergamo can be reached cheaply from many German and European airports.
Parking facilities at the starthing hote
There are public garages/car parks for around €12 per day near the hotels. A reservation is not possible! Alternatively, there are free, nonguarded parking spaces outside of the town centres. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of the bike paths
The route is mostly gently hilly with several longer climbs. You ride on cycle paths and side roads with little traffic. More traffic must be expected at city entrances and exits and on short connecting sections.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between either 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Touring information and rental bikes
The personal tour information with rental bike takes place on the day of arrival in the hotel. Any changes will be announced upon arrival at the reception.
Special dates are bookable on request.
Cycling in italy
In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Extra costs which are not included in the tour price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the hotel.
7 days hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
The Lake Garda Region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive natural regions in Europe. The sight of the lake alone to Goethe was worth a detour. The mild climate, the lush mediterranean vegetation and picturesque villages in front of an impressive mountain landscape, which then changes into a gentle hilly landscape covered with wine and olive trees - all this is simply the epitome of romantic Italy, the "country in where the lemons bloom." The continually moving glaciers around 10,000 years ago created the largest Italian lake. The lake covers an area of 370 km², is 52 km long and has a width of 4 km in the north and about 17 km in the south.
With its approximately 20,000 inhabitants, Desenzano is the largest city on the lake and far less dominated by tourism than the neighboring cities. Around the port and in the old town beautifully restored commercial houses attest to the long tradition of Desenzano as one of the most important commercial centers of Upper Italy.
A wide moat divides Sirmione's traffic-calmed old town from the mainland, which narrowly stretches four kilometers into Lake Garda and makes the much-visited town in the truest sense of the word the icing on the cake of the southern lakeside. Next to the only bridge, there is a beautiful water castle and the romantic, colorful old town makes dreams of Italy come true. To the north, the park-like top of the island invites you to an idyllic walk with a charming lake view.
Enjoy the urban atmosphere of the old town with its wide streets, numerous shops and long promenade that invites you to stroll. Taste a delicious wine that is grown in the hilly hinterland of the former fishing village. In the inland of Bardolino, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and olive groves, there are numerous wineries and oil mills that sell their products directly, offer wine and oil tasting and sometimes have small museums.
Take a stroll through the beautiful old village center with its winding streets and corners. Stroll past the small port with the typical buildings of the Vecchia Dogana and Casa Breust, the main square and the customs house (Casetta del Dazio). Torbole has developed into an international center for windsurfing and sailing. But hikers, climbers and mountain bikers will also find a wide range of activities around the village.
Sheltered in a narrow bay on the south-west of Lake Garda lies the elegant and lively Salò. The old town with a narrow pedestrian zone and many small boutiques of well-known Italian designers stretches behind the long, magnificent promenade. Excellent fish specialties are served in numerous cozy restaurants.