Lake Como to Lake Garda Cycling Experience

6 nights from £1095.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Lake Garda and Lake Como views
  • Riding in some of the most picturesque countryside in Europe
  • Experiencing La Dolce Vita in northern Italy
  • Various levels of daily riding to suit your needs
Lake Como to Lake Garda Cycling Experience
6 nights from £1095.00
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WE LOVEThe two great lakes
Lake Garda and Lake Como are two of the most famous and beautiful lakes in Europe. Cycling holidays in Italy allow you to experience stunning vistas, phenomenal lakeside riding and everything in between.
WE LOVEThe Madonna del Ghisallo
No ride in Lake Como would be complete without a visit to the Madonna del Ghisallo, a hill named after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The apparition saved a medieval count from attacking bandits and the hill became a patron saint for travellers, and latterly cyclists. Visit the museum and explore cycling folklore.

What's Included

Our suggested Lake Como to Lake Garda cycling experience

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival at Lake Como

Fly into Milan airport and make your way to your Lake Como accommodation in Belaggio. If you have time, consider introducing yourself to the surrounding area by taking a spin to Onno. The trip there and back to the beautiful lakeside village of Onno is short and leisurely. There are no hills and very little traffic, which is perfect for warming up the legs. There is even an ice cream shop near Onno where you can sit and relax before heading back to your hotel.

Total distance16.5kmTotal climb100m
Day 2Madonna del Ghisallo

Saddle up for a legendary climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo, named after the chapel at the top. Inside the chapel, a flame serves as a reminder for those who have died cycling on Italian roads, and the walls are adorned with champions’ donated jerseys and bikes. This includes Fabio Casartelli’s bike, which is still distorted from his crash in the 1995 Tour de France. After tackling the difficult 10.6km climb, you can the take a stab at the Colma di Sormano climb before descending along the lake back to your hotel.

Total distance50kmTotal climb1300m
Day 3Valley of Cheese

Named after the abundance of places to try the local mountain cheeses en route, today you will experience a scenic ride into the Valley of Cheese. You’ll be riding on mainly the bike path into the mountains surrounding Lake Como, with panoramic views and picturesque villages. Hop on the ferry that takes you across Lake Como and into your climb of the day, Colle di Balisio. Make sure to stop for a snack at the Alva market, then ride back to your hotel right beside the lake’s water. Transfer to your next hotel at Lake Garda this evening.

Total distance60kmTotal climb700m
Day 4Colline Moreniche

On undulating terrain, today you will get a chance to visit the towns and villages just south of Lake Garda. Colline Morenich is the Italian name for the gentle hills in this area, which roll seamlessly into each other. There are many places to stop for lunch in the sleepy villages, particularly Volta Mantovana and Solferino. Be in awe of the luscious vineyards and vast fields full of vibrant greens in an area famous for its wine as you loop your way around the quiet roads. If you would prefer to join our supported guided rides at Lake Garda, please let us know!

Total distance66kmTotal climb587m
Day 5Clockwise Loop

Explore the Southern half of Lake Garda, with much of your route next to the lake’s sparkling edge. Your first climb will be small but steep, however the glimpses of Lake Garda and mountains in the distance makes the hard work worth it. You will also pass through quaint, traditionally Italian towns, including the laid back Gardone Riviera situated overlooking the lake. Use the ferry to reach the other half of the route across the lake. Take off your helmet and feel the wind in your hair as you find yourself in the middle of Lake Garda.

Total distance94.8kmTotal climb850m
Day 6The Lap!

Get to know Lake Garda a bit better, and embark on an epic journey around its whole perimeter. Although not an easy route, you will be rewarded with incredible views over the lake for the majority of your ride. For the most part, the ascent is spread out evenly without any steep climbs, yet there is one. Chockablock full of switchbacks, the biggest climb takes you 15.6km above your route by Lake Garda, and at the summit offers panoramic scenery down into the valley and lake.

Total distance169.1kmTotal climb2290m
Day 7Return Home or Extend Your Trip

Today you have the freedom to say goodbye to Lake Garda and return home, or extend your trip and spend more time exploring the lake’s abundance of spectacular routes.

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What to ExpectFrom Various levels of daily riding in some of the most picturesque countryside

For La Dolce Vita, look no further than Lake Gard and Lake Como, arguably the most beautiful area in Europe. Chocolate-box towns appear all round the lake whilst spectacular old church spires stand triumphantly above the buildings.

The dramatic mountainsides flank the lakes and make for spectacular views and even better cycling. Visit the Madonna del Ghisallo in Como and enjoy watersports in Garda where you can join the throngs of windsurfers and kiteboarders catching the lake’s winds. Vineyards populate the hillsides of both lakes. Ride through Valpolicella, stop for a glass of local red, and take in the sights and smells of the olive trees and lemon groves.

55km avg
Expect to ride an average of 50-60km per day on the easier rides
70km avg
Expect to ride an average of 60-80km per day on the harder rides
110km avg
Expect to ride an average of 90-130km per day on the epic rides

How's the Weather? in Lake Garda & Lake Como

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins in Spring and the earliest time to enjoy riding is from April. Temperatures begin to rise to late teens and the air is wonderfully crisp and fresh.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is the most popular time to ride. Temperatures don't tend to fluctuate much between mid to late 20s and so you will feel plenty of sunshine on your back.
The AutumnSeptember to November
September is a great time to visit the Italian lakes as temperatures begin to drop from the summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn with temperatures around the mid 20s in September and gradually falling through the season.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in the north of Italy as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

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