The trip we propose for this all-Italian week is more that a simple bike tour. It is a gastronomic journey along the most renowned wine regions in Italy. Experiencing new fragrances and tastes, this journey will introduce you to an area that connects the Iseo Lake to the Garda Lake, passing by the historic city of Brescia. These territories are home to great natural vegetation, with a characteristic Mediterranean flora that includes olive trees and vines, covering the gentle hills, which make this territory a perfect exploration site on a bike seat.
We will depart from the Franciacorta area, known all over the world for the Franciacorta D.O.C wine, and we will visit the Majolini wine cellar and experience the hospitality of the Agriturismo al Rocol. We will then reach the Iseo Lake through hills covered by vines and cycle paths. This glacial Lake surrounded by tall mountains circles the “Montisola”: the biggest lake island in Europe, where we will admire old fisher ports and we will discover the traditional methods of fish conservation.
From an historical point of view, we will go back in time to the Roman era and to the middle Ages. We will bike on the cycle paths that run along the River Oglio until we get to the Soncino Castle, the castle with medieval origins that represents the power of the noble families of the time.
We will enjoy the history of Brescia, music included, where a private jazz concert will create a magical night. Brescia is an ancient roman city dating back to the 1200 BC, which later became a medieval town with the arrival of Charlemagne. We will visit the ancient ruins of the Capitolino temple and the castle by bike, guided by an expert touristic guide.
The Garda Lake will be the beautiful background to our tour; we will enter the hinterland characterized by gentle hills and steep mountains. We will visit the Belmonte di Muscoline wine cellar, which is one of the few organic wine cellars in the area, where we will taste their products, from wine to fruit juices and jam. We will then reach Salò and we will officially be on the Garda Lake, the big lake that measures 229 miles and touches three Italian states: namely, Trentino, Veneto, and Lombardy. The old city of Salò was the seat of the Republic of Salò during the fascist period and now is a tranquil little town with its nice harbor and boardwalk.
Cycling toward Sirmione, we will cross the Valtensi, discovering green hills covered in olive trees and vines, where we won’t miss the tasting of the typical local wine called Lugana.

At the end of the trip we will have crossed three wine regions, visited wine cellars and tasted local products every day, cycled immersed in the nature surrounding the Garda Lake and the Iseo Lake, and learned about the history and culture of the region thanks to the visit of Roman Brescia and the jazz concert.

Day 1: Welcome to Franciacorta

Your guide will meet you at the Majolini wine cellar, where our staff will accompany you from the airport. We will proceed, with private transportation, towards the beautiful wine region called “Franciacorta”, where we will visit the wine cellar majolini, famous for the art gallery in its interior space.
A welcome happy hour (aperitivo) will be offered for you with a tasting and a presentation of the journey in the cellar. We will then move to our Agriturismo immersed in the Franciacorta region: dinner and night stay.

Day 2: Franciacorta through vines and history- Slow Food Class

After breakfast we will bike toward some peat bogs, crossing with our bikes one of the most prestigious wine region in the world. We will reach the Iseo Lake, from where we will embark on the ferry to Montisola. We will enjoy a delicious meal on the island with many local products and we will go back to the mainland in the afternoon by ferry.
We will reach our agriturismo with a mini-van. We will join a cooking class taught by the agriturismo’s chef, where we will learn how to cook typical products coupled with the wine of the cellar. The dinner will feature our in-class creations. Night stau at the Agriturismo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Technical Info

  • Natural characteristics: secondary roads across the country side; Iseo Lake
  • Level: Easy
  • Type of path: paved way
  • Length: 30 km/ 18.6 miles
  • Difference in altitude: irrelevant
  • Water and refreshment during the tour: yes
  • Rescue Service

Day 3: Between history and music

After breakfast we will move with private transportation to the cycle path of the Iseo Lake, which we will cover until the Soncino Castle, along the Oglio River. We will have lunch in an historical joint where the owner Luigi will be honored to let us taste some typical example of local specialties coupled with a selection of wine. We will head to Brescia after lunch. The dinner will take place downtown, followed by an exclusive jazz concert, organized especially for us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Technical Info

  • Natural characteristics: Secondary roads across the country side, Iseo Lake
  • Level: Easy
  • Type of path: cycling path
  • Length: 40 km/ 24.8 miles
  • Difference in altitude: irrelevant
  • Water and refreshment during the tour: yes
  • Rescue Service

Day 4: From the Romans to the Garda Wine

Visit of Roman Brescia with a historian guide of Brescia; we will climb up by bike directed to the organic cellar called Muscoline, (region of the red wine of Garda) where we will arrive just in the time for a light lunch based on local products, and for the visit of the wine cellar with a tasting. After the tasting, we will go through the cycling path in the direction of Salò, where we will settle in our hotel, situated just on the banks of the Cena Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Technical Info

  • Natural characteristics: Secondary roads across the country side, Garda Lake
  • Level: Easy
  • Type of path: paved way
  • Length: 40 km/ 24.8 miles
  • Difference in altitude: 300m
  • Water and refreshment during the tour: yes
  • Rescue Service

Day 5: The wine of Lugana; Salò-Desanzano-Sirmione on cycling paths

After breakfast we will hop on our bikes and begin cycling on the path to the Garda Lake. We will visit one of the most prestigious wine cellar of this winemaking region (Lugana region). A light lunch immersed in the nature will be served and then transfer to Sirmione, in one of the most exclusive hotels of the whole region. The afternoon will be dedicated to the famous Catullus thermal baths in Sirmione. You will be free to explore the surroundings for dinner. Night stay in a luxury hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Technical Info

  • Sightseeing: cycle path along the lake, vines, wine cellars, thermal baths
  • Level: Easy
  • Type of path: paved way, dirt roads
  • Length: 50 km/ 31 miles
  • Difference in altitude: irrelevant
  • Water and refreshment during the tour: yes
  • Rescue Service

Day 6: “The Garda Lake: from Sirmione to the Sigurtà Park, cruising on the scenic cycling path”

We will visit the park that has more than 4000 floral species. We will then cycle towards “San Martino della Battaglia”, crossing beautiful vines, where we will stop for a quick lunch with a visit to one of the local wine cellars. Back to Sirmione by private transport with a final dinner at the “Ristorante la Speranzina”.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Technical Info

  • Sightseeing: medieval towns, vines, wine cellars
  • Level: Easy
  • Type of path: paved way, dirt roads
  • Length: 45 km/ 27.9 miles
  • Difference in altitude: irrelevant
  • Water and refreshment during the tour: yes
  • Rescue Service

Day 7: Goodbyes

After breakfast, we will go to the airport according to the flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast

AGRITURISMO ROCOL

You can live in closed contact with nature, know the old agricultural traditions, delight your palate with genuine and home-made food and Franciacorta D.o.c.g. wines home-made food and Franciacorta D.o.c.g. wines

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HOTEL VILLA FENAROLI PALACE HOTEL

One of the most renowned villas of the XVIII century in Lombardy: Villa Fenaroli.

Villa Fenaroli Palace Hotel, the former luxury estate of the Avogadro and Fenaroli aristocratic families, has lost none of its charm from that period.

 

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HOTEL BELLERIVE

Charming and cozy Hotel on the bank of Garda lake


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HOTEL VILLA CORTINE PALACE HOTEL

Luxury and exclusive at Sirmione village on the bank of Garda lake

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What’s included

Accommodation, meals, transportation

  • 6 nights in luxury accommodation facilities, complete with breakfast, 5 lunches as in the program, 5 dinners as in the program
  • Transport from the airport to the starting point of the tour (Cantina Majolini)
  • Transport from the ending point to the airport
  • Transfer, loading and unloading of baggage

Technical support and Nutrition

  • Travel insurance
  • Bikes appropriate for the tour
  • Helmet
  • Garmin trip computer with cardio armband to control the heartbeat and calories
  • Local expert guide present throughout the trip
  • Gps files that you can download
  • Support car for mechanical issues and rescue services
  • Nutritional support
  • Personalized Technical data sheet with the info from the Tour

Cooking class and visit to wine cellars and thermal baths

  • Visit to 4 cellars of 4 winemaking regions
  • Guided tour of Roman Brescia
  • Private Cooking class with local products
  • Private Jazz concert
  • Entrance to the Catullus thermal baths (Sirmione)

Non-included

  • Flight rates
  • Drinks
  • Personal Extras

Extra Services

  • Hotel booking and guided tour of Verona for an extra day

Note: the tour could potentially be subjected to changes based on the weather conditions, and on the discretion of the guide.

Cycling level

Accomodations

Features

Tour leader

  • Stefano Boni

    Stefano Boni

    Umpire, secretary, and superintendent, a graduate from the National School of FIG. Stefano Boni has a rounded experience in the world of golf which ...

Details

Viaggio eno-gastronomico in bici 6notti/7giorni livello occasionale, strutture luxury e luxury superior

Price

Per person based on 4 people in double room starting from 3500 euro

Specials

For totally luxury experience .... by Hotels luxury superior, to sophisticated restaurants and the activities most exclusive Experiences which will be given special attention to the world of wine from the vineyards , cellars and tasting , the dishes combined with the finest wines

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