Ideal for cycling, Lake Maggiore’s landscape provides endless beauty on the south side of the Alps with its rolling mountains. With Varese’s many famous names in the cycling world, you can be sure this destination is a must-see for avid cyclists.
The Sacro Monte di Varese is one of the nine “sacred mountains” in Italy. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of the Holy Road, with its 14 chapels, and the Sanctuary. At the top of the mountain there is also a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops.
While temperatures in summer are warm, in winter this is considerably cooler.
4 day Bike Tour of Northern Italy Lakes
Cycle the beautiful Lake District of Northern Italy. Experience the peaceful country roads in Varese. The Tour of Lombardy and the Giro d`Italia always visiting this world famous region right in the middle of the Italian/Swiss border. Challenging climbs and great views are waiting for you during this fully supported cycling holiday across Northern Italy. Cycle the Italian Alps through beautiful valleys with little traffic and panoramic roads. The Lake District has ten lakes that surround Varese. Our base will be a fantastic three star Bike-hotel in Varese also known as the “Garden City”PDF Download: Detailed maps and profiles
- Cycle through the Varese country roads, where many famous cyclists have once travelled!
- Make the most of your stay with cycling specialists working in your hotel to advise you on the trails and bikes!
- Explore the beautiful countryside that Varese has to offer beside Lake Maggiore.
- Accommodation in Eco Hotel Ungheria
- All inclusive basis - 4 high calorie breakfasts, 3 protein content packed lunches, 3 afternoon buffet snacks, 4 dinners.
- A skilled bike guide for 3 loops
- Maps and information material
- Daily laundry service for cycling clothing
- Workstand tool bench for basic bike maintenance
- Bike recovery assistance incase of breakdown
- Free Wi-Fi
- Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
- Return airport transfers
- Bike Hire
- Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything not specified above
1 – Saturday - Arrival
After your arrival in our Bike Hotel Ungheria there will be evening pre-tour briefing.
2 – Sunday - Tre Valli Varesine, option Brezzo di Bedero, Monte Sette Termini
Daily route: distance 60.3 miles – 97,2 km; ascent 3,412 ft – 1.040 m.
Avid option: distance 58.7 miles – 94,6 km; ascent 5,184 ft – 1.580 m.
Today's ride crosses three valleys in the upper region of Varese: Valcuvia, Valganna, Valmarchirolo. The route is very undulating. You will find peaceful roads and lakes with panoramic views, with some short climbs. The Ardena climb is the longest (length 2 miles – 3,2 km, average gradient 6,0%, max 8%). We ride along Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Brinzio, Lake Ganna and Lake Ghirla. Along our route there is the Abbey of Ganna and Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno where you can stop and visit. There are two climbs in the avid option: Brezzo di Bedero climb (length 1.1 mile - 1,8 km, average gradient 8%, max 10%), and Sette Termini climb (length 7 miles - 11,2 km, average gradient 6%, max 10%).
3 - Monday - Loop Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori, option Sacro Monte and top Monte Campo dei Fiori
Daily route: distance 28 miles - 45 km ; ascent 1,780 ft - 540 m .
Avid option: distance 38 miles – 61,4 km; ascent 4,413 ft – 1.345 m.
Our route today follows the loop around the Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori. If you are able to climb, you have the choice to straight up Sacro Monte of Varese, UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site. We continue to the summit of Monte Campo dei Fiori. The climb is challenging (length 5.2 miles – 8,2 km, average gradient 8%, max 13%). From here a magnificent panorama opens before us of the Alps and of Monte Rosa on one side and flatlands on the other. Monte Campo dei Fiori is known as the “balcony of Varese”.
4 – Tuesday - Loop of Lake Lugano, option Malcantone, Colmegna, Luino
Daily route: distance 53.8 miles – 86,7 km; ascent 1,608 ft - 490 m.
Avid option: distance 70.2 miles - 113 km; ascent 4,528 ft – 1.380 m.
The main route is a beautiful flat ride around the Lake Lugano, almost completely in Switzerland. We cross the Valcuvia valley, and then our ride unwinds along Lake Lugano, with views of Monte Generoso and of Monte Lema. The ride of Malcantone, Colmegnino, Luino (avid option) offers great landscapes in Switzerland. It will take in some climbs and offer spectacular views across Lake Lugano, the swiss region of Malcantone and the surrounding mountains: Monte Generoso and Monte Lema. You may meet profession cyclists training in this area. Then the route flattens along the shores of Lake Maggiore, Tresa River and Lake Lugano. There are two climbs in the avid option: Vernate climb (length 2.6 miles - 4,2 km, average gradient 6%), and Cademario climb (length 5 miles - 8 km, average gradient 7,5%, max 12%).
5 – Wednesday - Departure
Breakfast and departure.
Detailed map info in PDF attachment
Additional nights and/or bike hire can be organised for an added supplement - please contact customer service for more information. Discounts available for groups of 4 or more riders, please enquire.
Eco Hotel Ungheria
The Eco Hotel Ungheria is the perfect place to stay for cycling enthusiasts, with a specialized team ready to help you get on your way and explore the nearby cycle routes. Receiving the European Eco-label certification, the hotel, as its name suggests, has a central focus of being eco-friendly in their services.
Each of the rooms is spacious with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV and free wi-fi – making it a true resting place for after your day’s activities. The breakfast room is open each morning and serves fresh fruit and pastries.
Nearest Airport: Milan Malpenso Airport (approx. 30mins)
Other airports: Milan Linate Airport (1hr15mins)
Head to the SS336 and A8. Then continue onto the SS707 in Buguggiate. Drive until Viale Luigi Borri/SP233 in Varese.
By Public Transport
Trenord and Trenitalia train stations are closest to the Hotel (both 1.2miles from Eco Bike Hotel)
By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.
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