Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT024

Italy / Lake Garda

Peschiera, Verona and Mincio river

Formed as a stunning result of the last glaciation, the enchanting attractiveness of Lake Garda has enraptured all its visitors even beginning in 1786 with Wolfgang Goethe, its first illustrious tourist and promoter. Exceptional place between the hilly and mountainous dolomitic landscape and the Lake Garda seascape is what you will find here. Alpine atmosphere as well as colours and flavours unique of the Mediterranean will follow you on your tour through medieval villages and castles.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Arrival in Peschiera del Garda, a veritable fortress-city completely surrounded by water, an architectural jewel of art and culture.

     

    2. Peschiera round tour (40 km)
    First day on bike among fruit plantations and vineyards of the eminent still white wine Lugana, characteristic of this region. You arrive in Solferino, the site of the famous battle that ended the Italian Second War of Independence, providing the basis for a united Italy.

     

    3. Desenzano round tour (45 km)
    In search of another highly-valued place on the west bank of the lake, you will ride on to Desenzano for a round tour on the sweet morainic hills. For the less athletic, the town offers various possibilities to spend several hours relaxing peacefully on the banks of the lake. Transfer by train from Desenzano to Peschiera for the overnight.
     
    4. Garda round tour (ferry + 30 km by bike)
    Today you’ll cycle among hills and hamlets surrounding the lake, thanks to a short ferry transfer to Garda, the small town which gave its name to the lake. Once in Garda, you’ll start cycling towards Bardolino, famous for the red wine, and from there you’ll go back to Peschiera, crossing the sweet lake landscape.
     
    5. Verona round tour (40 km)
    Pedal towards Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, with the river Adige passing through it; this is one of the most beautiful cities in Veneto. Don’t miss the Roman Arena, the stunning Church of San Zeno and, naturally, Juliet’s House. Transfer by train from Verona to Peschiera del Garda for the overnight.
     
    6. Borghetto/Custoza round tour (40 km)
    Following the river Mincio you’ll cycle along the most famous Italian cycle path, until you reach lovely Borghetto, one of the “most beautiful hamlets of Italy”. On the nearby hill you can visit Valeggio, famous for the typical tortellini and the park Sigurtà. Then you‘ll go on among the hills until Custoza, battle field during the Italian Risorgimento and today well-known for its DOC wine, the “Bianco di Custoza”. Finally you’ll go back to Peschiera along quiet country roads.
     
    7. Peschiera del Garda
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

    In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Peschiera to Garda), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice.

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 170/190 km
    • Total vertical up: 950/1140 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved


    You will ride along routes which are on rural/secondary roads or cycle paths in the area of Garda Lake. The entrance to Verona has slightly more traffic but only for a short stretch. 

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Peschiera is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 25 km, Bergamo: 95 km, Venice: 150 km.

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We have personally chosen this 3* hotel mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities and are equipped with air conditioning.

     

    Hotel Puccini 3* (or equivalent if not available): www.hotelpuccini.it

     

    About 500 meters from the old town centre on the Lake Garda side promenade. Gardaland amusement park is located just 2.5 Kms from the hotel. All rooms are very big, bright, well furnished with the most modern comforts. Free parking and big pool garden.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    - Standard road bike with carbon fork
    - E-bike
    - Tandem

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel may be changed just before your arrival
    - hotel voucher to be given to the reception
    - train tickets Desenzano-Peschiera and Verona-Peschiera
    - ferry ticket Peschiera-Garda
    - information on the cities, towns and villages of the tour

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    2) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

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Tour details

 

from 525 €

7 Days / 6 Nights, 3* hotel

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

Every day 6.04 - 5.10.2019

 

Seasons
Season 1: 6.04 - 28.04 and 29.09 - 5.10.2019
Season 2: 29.04 - 29.05 and 2.09 - 28.09.2019
Season 3: 30.05 - 1.09.2019

 

Price per person
525 € in double room, 3* hotel

 

Included

  • 6 overnights
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Maps, Roadbook
  • Train tickets Desenzano-Peschiera and Verona-Peschiera
  • Ferry ticket Peschiera-Garda 
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 8 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
200 € single room
70 € season 2
120 € season 3
80 € Girolibero bike
190 € E-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
from 60/85 € in Peschiera del Garda
65/85 € in Verona

 

Reductions

100 € 3rd/4th person in room

 

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