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Bike Paths of Lake Garda - Sightseer Tour tour

Bike Paths of Lake Garda - Sightseer Tour

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 3,690 $ 461 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Spin through vineyards and along the shores of Lake Garda, boat ride
  • Arco, famous for rock climbing, bike path through a stunning mountain valley, lake swimming
  • Forested bike path, views of Lake Garda, the elegant city of Trento
  • Guided walk of Trento's underground, train ride, Borgo Valsugana
  • Enjoying stunning views, and WWI forts that overlook the valley

Short Description

Wind your way along bike paths in two of Italy's premier bike friendly regions! Your ride begins in the Valpolicella wine area, and you'll pedal through the Trentino Alto Adige / Südtirol, a semi-independent region which is characterized by stunning mountains and river valleys. The cycling ends in Bassano del Grappa, back in the Veneto region.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Verona
End City Bassano del Grappa

Trip Includes

  • Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine- some maybe informal pizza, or poolside tapas;
  • guided walk Trento
  • boat trip Lake garda
  • scenic train to Valsugana
  • 2 or 3 bilingual tour leaders
  • van support plus
  • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
  • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
  • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels.
  • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
  • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
  • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too!
  • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
  • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
  • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
  • Daily mileage options.
  • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Verona - shuttle to the starting hotel

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Quaranta

We recommend that you arrive early to explore the famous city of Verona. Visit the balcony that inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and attend the opera at the impressive Roman arena! Meet the group late morning for a transfer to the tour starting hotel to fit bikes, relax at the pool over a light lunch, and have a test ride together. The ride takes you to a group wine tasting at Dante Alighieri's eldest son's estate. Enjoy a visit of the estate which has been in the family for 22 generations and a tasting of the fine Amarone and Valpolicella wines. Return to the hotel for an elegant dinner tonight.

Distance: Test Ride.

Day 2: Pedal to Lake Garda

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Liberty(May and June) : Du Lac et Du Parc(July and August)

You'll cross out of the Valpolicella wine growing area along a canal with spectacular views onto the Adige River Valley. A short climb takes you into the Bardolino vineyards which flank Lake Garda's southern edge. Small country lanes meander to the promenade of Lake Garda where you'll board a ferry to reach the northernmost tip of magnificent Lake Garda. A dip in the lake is a refreshing reward for your ride efforts.

Distance: 18km (11 miles).

Day 3: Riva del Garda

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Liberty(May and June) : Du Lac et Du Parc(July and August)

Today features a variety of options! You can bicycle as far north as you would like along the well-manicured Sarca Valley bike path. Or follow the path to the town of Arco, which is internationally known for its outdoor activities like mountain biking and rock climbing. Or, you might prefer to hangout and enjoy the resort town of Riva with its beaches and water sport activities (wind-surfing anyone?).

Distance: 26km (16 miles).  

Day 4: Riva to Trento

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Aquila d'Oro

This morning we'll shuttle to the top of a low ridge and then cruise downhill to the Adige river, Italy's second longest river. More bike paths take you to the northern Italian town of Trento, capital of the Italy's autonomous region of Trentino Alto Adige or Südtirol.

Distance: 44km (28 miles).

Day 5: Borgo Valsugana

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Locanda in Borgo

Take a leisurely morning in Trento to relax, wander the streets, and enjoy a special visit to the underground Roman city of old Tridentum. This afternoon we'll train to Valsugana, a small village nestled in between the striking cliffs of the Alps' foothills.

Distance: Rest Day.

Day 6: Borgo Valsugana

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Locanda in Borgo

Relax and enjoy your spa hotel, or take a leisurely pedal upstream along the river bike path. The path meanders through orchards, skirting small villages, one of which hosts an interesting scarecrow museum featuring photos and a few retirees who were brought in from the field!

Distance: 20km (13 miles).

Day 7: Valsugana to Bassano del Grappa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Ca Sette

Continue your journey along the Valsugana bike path enjoying stunning views, and WWI forts that overlook the valley. The route follows "Via Claudia Augusta", an ancient Roman road which ran 550km and crossed the Alps to link the Po valley just south of here with Germany to the north. You'll slowly emerge from the narrow valley to reach the town of Bassano, with its iconic wooden bridge across the river. Bassano is a key producer of grappa and there are several distilleries in town. Tonight we'll enjoy a special feast in celebration of our week together biking northern Italy's bike paths.

Distance: 57km (35 miles).

Day 8: Tour Ends

Meals: Breakfast

Stick around a day or two and enjoy Bassano, or head to Venice which is just an hour away. Whatever you decide, Buon Viaggio!

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Price Per Day: $ 461 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 1,000
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 550

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Hotels:

  • Villa Ca Sette
  • Locanda in Borgo
  • Hotel Aquila d'Oro
  • Du Lac et Du Parc
  • Hotel Villa Quaranta

 

Cancellation Policy:

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, including trip cancellation/interruption insurance. All cancellations must be received in writing or via confirmed email. A minimum $150 handling fee per participant will be retained for all cancellations.

The following table explains cancellation fees for all tours:

Days before departure  Cancellation fee per participant

If 91days or more before departure cancellation fee is $150 (transfer policy can be applied, see below)

If it is 90 to 61days cancellation fee is full deposit amount

If it is 60 to 31days cancellation fee is 50% of tour price*

If it is 30 to 0days cancellation fee will be 100% of the tour price; 30% of the tour price* may be placed on account to be used for travel prior to December 31 of the following tour season**

Funds placed on account cannot be used toward TourzPlus trip offerings

*Tour price is defined as the listed tour price including any fees and discounts applied to your tour invoice.

** ExpeditionPlus! Tour cancellation fee cannot be placed on account.

Refunds can take 1-3 weeks to process from the date written cancellation is received. No refunds are possible after the tour begins; no refunds are issued for an unexpected late arrival or early departure.Refunds are for tour price only and do not include transportation, hotel or other personal expenses incurred on the part of tour participants.

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Trip Excludes

  • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
  • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tour Leader gratuity

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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