HIDDEN GEMS

6 NIGHTS

COMFORT

LEVEL 2-3

430 KM

10,000 M

ITALIAN LAKES CYCLE TOUR

Welcome to paradise on earth & the exquisite regions of Piedmont & Lombardy, home to the spectacular Lakes of Como, Lugano & Maggiore.

Enjoy a relaxed cycling itinerary which showcases this beautiful region, alongside gorgeous food and Italian hospitality. Rides can be taken at the riders own pace, complimented with delicious food typical of the region.

On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Varenna, Lake Como
Optional warm-up ride: Lierna, 14 km, 200 m

Day 2:

Monte Basso, 88 km, 3,100 m

Day 3:

Varenna to Lake Como, 57 km, 1,600 m
Via Bellagio, the Madonna del Ghisallo Shrine, and Sormano

Day 4:

Lago di Lugano & Switzerland, 112 km, 2,300 m

Day 5:

Lago di Como to Lago di Maggiore, 78 km, 1,100 m

Day 6:

Ascona, 83 km, 1,700 m

Day 7:

Departure

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Yes! The Tour of the Italian Lakes is for anyone who enjoys cycling and would like to indulge in Italian culture. Riders are welcome to take climbs at their own pace and will enjoy the full backup of an Eat Sleep Cycle support vehicle and team.

The support vehicle will never be from the group should you wish to take a break, making this tour accessible for Level 2 (Intermediate) riders. For Level 1 (Leisure) riders consider an electric bike or talk to us about the shorter rides available. We are experienced at adjusting rides to suit different rider levels within a group. Please give us a call if you have any doubts or questions.

We can customise the ride itinerary for groups of 6 or more riders and make this a custom camp.

MAP

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • LAKE COMO
  • LAKE LUGANO
  • LAKE MAGGIORE
  • MADONNA DEL GHISALLO (THE CYCLING SHRINE)
  • MONTE BASSO

ITALIAN LAKES TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Guided Rides

Enjoy first class guiding from your dedicated cycling guides throughout the week.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced professionals from all walks of life. Fun, friendly and patient, you will never be left behind.

Stop at the best cafè stops for lunch & snack breaks – these are at your own cost.

Quick Facts
  • LAKE COMO PLAYS HOST EVERY YEAR TO THE TOUR OF LOMBARDY
  • LAKE MAGGIORE IS THE SECOND LARGEST LAKE IN ITALY
  • LAKE MAGGIORE IS BOTH ITALIAN AND SWISS

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Half Board

The Italian Lakes are known for fresh, local, seasonal produce. Fresh fish is on the menu, alongside cheeses and regional specialities of Larian & Angera regions.

Lake Maggiore is known for its cured meats, best enjoyed alongside local wines from the Novara hills.

The tour includes breakfast every day as well as 3 evening meals at our hotels. Guests are free to explore the towns on 3 evenings – we can make restaurant recommendations & reservations for you.

Lunches will be at our favourite cafes along the routes and guests are invited to choose from the menu. These are at the riders own expense.

Italian Hospitality

Varenna, Lake Como (2 nights)

The perfect location to enjoy the sunset over Lake Como.

Hotel Posta * * *, Cernobbio, Lake Como (2 nights)

Located a 1 min walk from the beach in the quiet village of Moltralso, this hotel offers a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and a fabulous restaurant serving local, seasonal produce.

Hotel Cannero * * * *, Cannero Riviera (2 nights)

Located in Cannero Riviera on the banks of Lake Maggiore this is a delightful hotel with a seasonal outdoor pool and onsite restaurant, bar & lounge.

*Accommodation shown subject to availability at time of booking.

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

23rd – 29th June 2019

6th – 12th September 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€2,299*

Single Supplement €499

Travel Logistics

Arrive: Fly in to Milan Airport, a 1 hour 20 min transfer to Varenna. Land in time for an 12 noon group transfer.

Departure: Fly out of Milan Airport, a 1 hour 20 min transfer from Cannero Riviera. Book flights departing after 14:00 for a group transfer departing at 10:30.

Guests are responsible for booking their own flights and travel insurance.

What's Included?

Cycling: 6 guided rides
Accommodation: 3*/ 4* Hotel
Food: Breakfast, ride nutrition & 3 evening meals
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Group transferes

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE AND CYCLE TRANS DOLOMITES

Tackle the iconic climbs of the Dolomites ahead of your week in the Italian Lakes. Our Trans Dolomites tour runs from the 16th – 23rd June & 30th August – 6th September 2019.

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

Classic Climbs of the Alps

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Tour Guides

EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

Classic Climbs of the Alps 5 star reviews

5 STAR REVIEWS

You’ll be back!
98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

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