Dolce Vita at Lake Garda
Culture, wine and Lakes! This is a perfect mix to enjoy the “dolce vita” of Italy without having to pack the suitcase every day. Welcome to a cycle tour spoiling all senses: high arts and culture in the cities Trento, Verona, Brescia and Mantua – not only the renaissance palaces of the city of Romeo and Juliet invite to stay, you will also love the dome place and the antique forum in Trento and Brescia. Enjoy the flair of Piazza Sordello in Mantua. Then there is Lake Garda – precious blue-green – for resting and relaxing or enjoying a refreshing swim. Another way of pampering yourself is tasting the local wines. Great Italian wines grow here, e.g. Valpolicella, Lambrusco, Bardolino, Lugana!
Hotel Lido International – Desenzano 4****
This hotel was renovated recently. Within a few minutes by foot you reach the beautiful harbour city of Desenzano. A lot of spots, beautiful promenades and narrow alleys are inviting you to pause. The rooms are equipped with balcony and lake view. The beautiful terrace, the sunbathing area, the splendid pool and the private shingle beach assure a great stay in relaxing atmosphere after your bike tours.
Hotel Blu Lake Sirmione 4****
The BLU LAKE SIRMIONE HOTEL, newly renovated in 2014, is situated in the best position between the two banks of the Sirmione peninsula. Although it is only 100 meters from the entrance of the old town with its Castello Scaligero and the beginning of the pedestrian zone, it is still in the area of free access. The BLU LAKE SIRMIONE has its own underground car park, green areas, bar service in the hotel and in the garden, on the roof a pool with sun terrace and bar to relax with an incomparable view from over the lake.
1. day Desenzano / Sirmione Arrival
Individual arrival to the hotel in Desenzano or Sirmione. After arrival you will have a personal tour information. During the information you will also get the bikes (if booked). We recommend taking a stroll through the old town.
2. day Trento approx. 50 km + boat
Welcome and tour information. Transfer to Trento (old town with dome, castle Buonconsiglio). Along the river Adige you cycle via Rovereto to Mori. Here you leave the river and cycle west to Lake Garda. After a brief climb you cycle down to Torbole and Riva. Enjoy your boat tour across the Lake back to Sirmione!
3. day Verona approx. 55 km
Transfer to Verona. The city of Romeo and Juliet with renaissance palaces, the Roman arena and many cosy places. Enjoy a stroll through the city. Over soft hills, past cypress trees and vineyards you cycle on to the south bank of Lake Garda.
4. day Excursion to Mantua approx. 65 km
Follow river Mincio southwards to Mantua. The 1000 year old city of the Gonzaga will enchant you with art and beauty. Visit Castello S. Giorgio and Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Sordello with the house of Rigoletto, the dome, Piazza Broletto and the old city hall, Piazza Erbe with justice-palace, clock tower, Rotunde S. Lorenzo and Basilica S. Andrea. Return journey by train.
5. day Excursion into the history of Italy approx. 50 km
Today you follow solitary roads, through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations to Solferino. Here Garibaldi won the famous “Battle of Solferino” and united Italy. Back to Lake Garda you cycle through the wine growing area Lugana.
6. day Excursion to Brescia approx. 60 km
Leaving Sirmione you cycle to Cavalgese di Riviera, enjoying unforgettable views of the Lake. Along Naviglio Grande Bresciano (canal with cycle path) you cycle on to Brescia, a city of Roman origin with many more points of interest. Return by train.
7. day Desenzano Abreise
Departure or extra days on Lake Garda.
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.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
05.04. – 25.04.2020
27.09. – 11.10.2020
26.04. – 30.05.2020
06.09. – 26.09.2020
31.05. – 05.09.2020
- 6 overnights with breakfast buffet style
- Personal welcome and tour information
- Boat cruise Lake Garda
- Transfer Gardasee - Trient
- Transfer Gardasee - Verona
- Transfer Mantua - Gardasee
- Transfer Brescia - Gardasee
- 1 pistachio ice cream
- Carefully elaborated route
- Special signposts
- One set of detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest, telephone numbers) per booked room
- 7 day hotline service
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
Desenzano is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Trier. 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 hotel
The hotel in Sirmione provides parking possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. A prereservation is not possible. In Blu Lake Hotel there is a private garage for a fee of € 18.00 per day, reservation not possible, payable on spot. 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 mainly flat, but there are also some hilly sections to master. You ride on cycle paths, side roads and sometimes on dirt roads. When entering and leaving the bigger cities, you have to expect more traffic at times.
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.
Transfer during the bike tour
The next train station to the hotels in Sirmione is the station of Desanzano which is approx. 7 km from the hotel. Please add this distance to the daily tours including a transfer by train.
Touring information and rental bikes
The personal route 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.
Coasts which are not included in the travel 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 24 hours-round-the-clock 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.
Just a few kilometers from Lake Garda, Rovereto is a beautiful city in the Vallagarina, around the imposing Castel Veneto (the seat of the Historical War Museum). Rovereto is known all over the world for the PEACE BELL that rings on the hill of Miravalle every evening one hundred times to remind of all the fallen of all wars.
Trento or Trient? Trient or Trento? What can be more symbolic for the city between Dolomites and Lake Garda than the presence of both names. For centuries it has been a melting pot of Italian, German and Austrian culture. The neat Renaissance and Baroque architecture, which is found in the palaces and churches of the city, has southern charm and at the same time reminds us of the abundance of Central Europe.
The Arena of Verona is a well-preserved Roman amphitheater. Originally it had a size of 152 x 123 m, now only 138 x 109 m at a height of exactly 24.1 meters, but it is still the third-largest of the ancient amphitheaters after the Coliseum in Rome and the Arena of Capua. The arena was built in the 1st century from white and red limestone, which was partially taken for construction in the Middle Ages. Today, the arena is used for the world famous opera performances and now seats 22,000 spectators on 45 stairs on two inner rings.
South of Lake Garda, Mantua lies on the river Mincio, which leaves Lake Garda at Peschiera del Garda. Along the river, a beautiful cycle track leads to Mantua. Still little noticed by foreign tourists, Mantua offers a beautiful city flair, both within the medieval city walls as well as outside in the green parks surrounding the three lakes surrounding Mantua.
Solferino is a small town ten kilometers south of Lake Garda in the Italian province of Mantua. The town was made famous by the Battle of Solferino on June 24, 1859, which was a milestone on the road to Italy as a state. The Geneva businessman Henry Dunant arrived in the evening of the battle in Solferino and seeing the thousands of victims he developed the idea to found the relief organization Red Cross.
The Lombard capital of Brescia is about 30 kilometers from the south-west of Lake Garda and is worth visiting, not only for its numerous art treasures. The cultural monuments of the city provide an almost complete testimony of the past 2000 years. On a tour of Brescia's old town you will find ancient buildings, early Christian sacred art, Romanesque and gothic churches as well as impressive squares and palaces.