From Lake Garda to the Adriatic 25015 Desenzano del Garda, Province of Brescia, Italy
Price : £566
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 186m/300km
Tour Code : GL011
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair. Peschiera del Garda, one of the lakes most southerly towns, provides the perfect setting for this scenic tour along some of the regions most famous cycle paths.

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Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair. Peschiera del Garda, one of the lakes most southerly towns, provides the perfect setting for this scenic tour along some of the regions most famous cycle paths.

Weaving your way towards the Adriatic, you’ll find that this scenic tour is also not short of historical points of interest. From the city of Ferrara – surrounded by 9km of ancient city walls – to Pomposa and its astonishing 9th century Abbey – it’s the famous Renaissance architecture of the region which really dominates the scene. Look no further than the Belriguardo and Verginese Delizie for examples of seamless fusion between Renaissance vision and natural landscape, earning both villas the award of UNESCO World Heritage Site in their own right.

As you head towards the sea, through Valeggio and its 600,000 sqm green oasis, alongside the majestic river Po and through the Mesola Forest Nature reserve, it will soon become clear that this tour is one of the most scenic route’s the region has to offer.

  • Lake Garda – Sail across the lake beloved by poets and artists through the ages

  • Ferrara and Mantua – Two Renaissance jewels which have flourished along the Po river banks

  • Po Delta and Adriatic Sea – Cycling through broad swathe of lagoons, fishing farms and beaches;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera del Garda

Day 2: Peschiera del Farda – Mantua: 45km

Day 3: Mantua – Ostiglia/Sermide: 45/65km

Day 4: Osilglia/Sermide – Ferrara: 45/65km

Day 5: Ferrara Round Tour: 50km

Day 6: Ferrara – Ostellato/Pomposa: 40/70km

Day 7: Po Delta Round Tour: 65/70km

Day 8: Po Delta – Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera del Garda

Arriving in Peschiera, stroll around the town’s 16th century island fortress for an insight into a time when Austria controlled the region. Having explored the local history, relax in one of the towns many outdoor bars over a chilled glass of Lugana, a delicious local white wine.

Day 2: Peschiera del Farda – Mantua: 45km

Leaving Peschiera, you’ll cycle down the River Mincio along Italy’s most famous cycle path. Passing the iconic watermills of Borghetto and the 600,000 sq/m green oasis of Parco Sigurta in Valeggio, the stage ends in Mantua, a little visited cultural hub, surrounded by three beautiful lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Mantua – Ostiglia/Sermide: 45/65km

Cycling along the lakes of Mantua and the River Mincio, today’s route leads you to the historic lock of Governolo before joining Italy’s largest waterway, the majestic River Po. With a detour to the Polirone Abbey at San Benedetto before rejoining the Po, eventually you’ll arrive for your overnight stay in either Ostiglia or Sermide.

Day 4: Osilglia/Sermide – Ferrara: 45/65km

Continuing along the Po, you’ll arrive at Stellata where an 11th century star shaped fortress named Rocca Possente once controlled the river’s shipping from its floodplain. Pushing on you’ll veer off at Bondeno to join the scenic cycle path of the Burana Canal, which takes you to Ferrara. Once ruled by the Este dynasty, the enchanting city of Ferrara is a key city state of the Italian Renaissance.

Day 5: Ferrara Round Tour: 50km

A day dedicated to the quaint countryside that surrounds Ferrara and explains what earned it the title of ‘Bike Capital’ of Italy. This ancient Italian city has attracted many influential architects and artists for centuries past, the historic little-touched centre of the thriving university town overshadowed by its astonishing original city walls.

Day 6: Ferrara – Ostellato/Pomposa: 40/70km

Today’s stage brings with it the visit to two if the Este family’s celebrated Delizie: Belriguardo and Verginese. Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, both form part of the collection of country retreats and hunting lodges of the area playfully referred to as ‘Delights’. Along with Ferrara they are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites by virtue of the seamless fusion of Renaissance vision and natural landscape. Continuing on you’ll stop overnight in either Ostellato or Pomposa, home to its 9th century Abbey – a major centre for learning in the Dark Ages.

Day 7: Po Delta Round Tour: 65/70km

The final stage of your tour is dedicated to a round trip of the infamous Po Delta. Depending on the location of the previous nights stay in wither Ostellato or Pomposa, you’ll take one of two routes.Overnight in Ostellato: Cycling along the cycle path to Comacchio, a small historic town in the heart of the lagoon, you’ll be met by its 13 interconnected islets, each linked by bridges and canals. Pushing deeper into the lagoon, you’ll explore its famous fishing farms or ‘valleys’ dominated by the fishermen’s shacks and natural salt marshes.Overnight in Pomposa: Heading towards the coast through the Mesola Forest Nature reserve, you emerge at the whimsical fisherman’s harbour of Goro and its striking waterfront. This is the core of Po Delta, its fishing valleys and brackish lagoon which is home to over 300 species of birds. A truly awe-inspiring feat of nature and perfect setting for the end of this tour, here you’ll spend your last evening as part of the tour.

Day 8: Po Delta – Departure

After breakfast we bid you adieu. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights 3/4* hotel accommodation

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes €10-15

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Return transfers from Po Delta to Peschiera Del Garda

  • Extra B&B night in Peschiera del Garda

  • Extra B&B night in Po Delta area

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona airport get a bus to Stazione Verona Porta Nuova and then a train to Peschiera del Garda (approx 35 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From the Po Delta get a taxi to Adria, then a train to Venezia Mestre and a bus on to Venice airport (approx 2 1/2 hours).

Price : £566
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 186m/300km
Tour Code : GL011
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair. Peschiera del Garda, one of the lakes most southerly towns, provides the perfect setting for this scenic tour along some of the regions most famous cycle paths.

Read More

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair. Peschiera del Garda, one of the lakes most southerly towns, provides the perfect setting for this scenic tour along some of the regions most famous cycle paths.

Weaving your way towards the Adriatic, you’ll find that this scenic tour is also not short of historical points of interest. From the city of Ferrara – surrounded by 9km of ancient city walls – to Pomposa and its astonishing 9th century Abbey – it’s the famous Renaissance architecture of the region which really dominates the scene. Look no further than the Belriguardo and Verginese Delizie for examples of seamless fusion between Renaissance vision and natural landscape, earning both villas the award of UNESCO World Heritage Site in their own right.

As you head towards the sea, through Valeggio and its 600,000 sqm green oasis, alongside the majestic river Po and through the Mesola Forest Nature reserve, it will soon become clear that this tour is one of the most scenic route’s the region has to offer.

  • Lake Garda – Sail across the lake beloved by poets and artists through the ages

  • Ferrara and Mantua – Two Renaissance jewels which have flourished along the Po river banks

  • Po Delta and Adriatic Sea – Cycling through broad swathe of lagoons, fishing farms and beaches;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera del Garda

Day 2: Peschiera del Farda – Mantua: 45km

Day 3: Mantua – Ostiglia/Sermide: 45/65km

Day 4: Osilglia/Sermide – Ferrara: 45/65km

Day 5: Ferrara Round Tour: 50km

Day 6: Ferrara – Ostellato/Pomposa: 40/70km

Day 7: Po Delta Round Tour: 65/70km

Day 8: Po Delta – Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera del Garda

Arriving in Peschiera, stroll around the town’s 16th century island fortress for an insight into a time when Austria controlled the region. Having explored the local history, relax in one of the towns many outdoor bars over a chilled glass of Lugana, a delicious local white wine.

Day 2: Peschiera del Farda – Mantua: 45km

Leaving Peschiera, you’ll cycle down the River Mincio along Italy’s most famous cycle path. Passing the iconic watermills of Borghetto and the 600,000 sq/m green oasis of Parco Sigurta in Valeggio, the stage ends in Mantua, a little visited cultural hub, surrounded by three beautiful lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Mantua – Ostiglia/Sermide: 45/65km

Cycling along the lakes of Mantua and the River Mincio, today’s route leads you to the historic lock of Governolo before joining Italy’s largest waterway, the majestic River Po. With a detour to the Polirone Abbey at San Benedetto before rejoining the Po, eventually you’ll arrive for your overnight stay in either Ostiglia or Sermide.

Day 4: Osilglia/Sermide – Ferrara: 45/65km

Continuing along the Po, you’ll arrive at Stellata where an 11th century star shaped fortress named Rocca Possente once controlled the river’s shipping from its floodplain. Pushing on you’ll veer off at Bondeno to join the scenic cycle path of the Burana Canal, which takes you to Ferrara. Once ruled by the Este dynasty, the enchanting city of Ferrara is a key city state of the Italian Renaissance.

Day 5: Ferrara Round Tour: 50km

A day dedicated to the quaint countryside that surrounds Ferrara and explains what earned it the title of ‘Bike Capital’ of Italy. This ancient Italian city has attracted many influential architects and artists for centuries past, the historic little-touched centre of the thriving university town overshadowed by its astonishing original city walls.

Day 6: Ferrara – Ostellato/Pomposa: 40/70km

Today’s stage brings with it the visit to two if the Este family’s celebrated Delizie: Belriguardo and Verginese. Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, both form part of the collection of country retreats and hunting lodges of the area playfully referred to as ‘Delights’. Along with Ferrara they are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites by virtue of the seamless fusion of Renaissance vision and natural landscape. Continuing on you’ll stop overnight in either Ostellato or Pomposa, home to its 9th century Abbey – a major centre for learning in the Dark Ages.

Day 7: Po Delta Round Tour: 65/70km

The final stage of your tour is dedicated to a round trip of the infamous Po Delta. Depending on the location of the previous nights stay in wither Ostellato or Pomposa, you’ll take one of two routes.Overnight in Ostellato: Cycling along the cycle path to Comacchio, a small historic town in the heart of the lagoon, you’ll be met by its 13 interconnected islets, each linked by bridges and canals. Pushing deeper into the lagoon, you’ll explore its famous fishing farms or ‘valleys’ dominated by the fishermen’s shacks and natural salt marshes.Overnight in Pomposa: Heading towards the coast through the Mesola Forest Nature reserve, you emerge at the whimsical fisherman’s harbour of Goro and its striking waterfront. This is the core of Po Delta, its fishing valleys and brackish lagoon which is home to over 300 species of birds. A truly awe-inspiring feat of nature and perfect setting for the end of this tour, here you’ll spend your last evening as part of the tour.

Day 8: Po Delta – Departure

After breakfast we bid you adieu. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights 3/4* hotel accommodation

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes €10-15

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Return transfers from Po Delta to Peschiera Del Garda

  • Extra B&B night in Peschiera del Garda

  • Extra B&B night in Po Delta area

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona airport get a bus to Stazione Verona Porta Nuova and then a train to Peschiera del Garda (approx 35 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From the Po Delta get a taxi to Adria, then a train to Venezia Mestre and a bus on to Venice airport (approx 2 1/2 hours).

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