What to expect
Stay on the shores of Lake Garda and look forward to a perfect combination of waterside cycling, World Heritage cities, mouth-watering cuisine and excellent Italian wines. Returning to your hotel each evening, you’ll really get under the skin of the historic port town of Desenzano, with its lovely promenades and winding alleys, or the ancient cobbled town of Sirmione, which sits on a peninsula. The cycle route follows quiet roads and well-marked tracks – some sections are more demanding than others but an electric bike will give you a boost on the uphills and there’s the option of a rest day by the lake.
As you cycle through the Italian countryside, you’ll pass peach orchards, kiwi plantations and cypress-topped hills. You’ll ride along beautiful riverside trails through world-class vineyards and cycle away from the lake to reach the cultural centres of Trento, Verona and Mantua. Take your time exploring the Renaissance palaces, enchanting streets and stylish boutiques in these cities, before returning to your base on Lake Garda.
If you're looking for Lake Garda tour which is perfect for all ages, take a look at our family tour.
At a glance
- 6 nights in a choice of a 3* or 4* hotel
- Renaissance palaces and UNESCO landmarks in Verona and Mantua
- Blue lake waters, green vineyards and sweet smelling fruit orchards
- Stunning cycle routes with optional rest days
Day 1 (Sun):
Arrive in Desenzano/Sirmione
Arrive in the historic lakeside holiday town of Desenzano or the beautiful, neighbouring peninsula town of Sirmione. Spend an evening exploring the cobbled streets and relaxing in a restaurant.
Day 2 (Mon):
31 miles (50 km) + transfer + boat trip
Start with a one and a half hour minibus transfer to Trento to explore the old town with its cathedral and the magnificent 13th century Buonconsiglio Castle. Follow the River Adige to Rovereto and cycle west towards Lake Garda, stopping off at Mori to try the much acclaimed pistachio ice cream. After a short climb, descend towards the lakeside resort of Torbole and continue to the holiday hotspot of Riva. Take a mid-afternoon ferry boat back to Sirmione or Desenzano, sailing down the entire length of the lake.
Day 3 (Tue):
34 miles (55 km) + train
Take a half hour train to Verona from Desenzano, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Experience the city’s Renaissance palaces, the Roman arena and enchanting streets. Ride over gently rolling hills, passing cypress trees and vineyards, touring back to the southern shore of the lake.
Day 4 (Wed):
41 miles (65 km) + train
Beautiful trails lead you along the River Mincio southwards to Mantua. This thousand-year-old town of the royal Gonzaga family is packed with impressive artwork. Visit the stone towers of the Palazzo Ducale, the stunning cathedral and the house of Rigoletto at Piazza Sordello before the one and a half hour train takes you back to Desenzano.
Day 5 (Thu):
31 miles (50 km)
Cycle along quiet roads passing vineyards, peach orchards, and kiwi plantations to Solferino, where Garibaldi united Italy during the Battle of Solferino. On your way back to Lake Garda, cycle through the pretty Lugana wine region.
Day 6 (Fri):
38 miles (60 km) + train
Cycle along the lake shore towards Cavalgese di Riviera for magnificent views of Lake Garda. Follow the Naviglio Grande Bresciano (a canal with a bike path) to the Roman city of Brescia, before taking the fifteen minute train back to Desenzano.
Day 7 (Sat):
Depart from Desenzano/Sirmione
Make your way home after breakfast or extend your holiday with an extra night.
Sirmione - Suisse 3*
This 3* hotel sits on the peninsula of Sirmione and offers all rooms with air-conditioning and great views of Lake Garda. The outdoor pool is a great place for relaxing after your day's cycling.
Sirmione - Blu Lake 4*
This family-run hotel is ideally located at the entrance to Sirmione's old town. All rooms offer views over the lake and the hotel has an outdoor pool and lovely rooftop terrace.
Desenzano - Lido International 4*
This family-run 4* hotel is close to the historic port town of Desenzano, with its' small squares and lovely promenades. All rooms offer a view over the lake from the terrace or balcony and guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, private pebble beach or simply relax on the terrace or lawn.
Dates & Prices
Please choose your hotel, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance
- 6 nights in the destination and hotel of your choice - choose between 3 and 4 star hotels
- Board Basis: Bed & breakfast
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- All train and bus transfers as shown within the itinerary
- Boat excursion on Lake Garda from Riva to Sirmione on day two
- One pistachio ice cream in Mori
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax where applicable (payable locally)
Pannier, handlebar bag, comfortable gel saddle, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears
How to Get There
News, Reviews & FAQs
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Do I have to cycle every day?
As you are based in one hotel you can relax on any day you wish.
What other customers have said
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The tour was very well planned on behalf of Freedom Treks. The only thing we had a bad experience with was taking the train from Brescia as we had trouble getting information from staff at the train station regarding platform.Omar Henningsson, Iceland, June 2019
Really good experience from initial enquiry right through to departing the hotel.Stuart Macdonald, September 2015