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.
Italian Lakes Cycling Holiday with 6 days of Guided Cycling
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 Itinerary
- 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 - 7 high calorie breakfast, 6 protein content packed lunches, 6 afternoon buffet snacks, 7 dinners.
- 6days of guided cycling
- 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
- 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
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. 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, and Sette Termini climb.
3 - Monday - Loop Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori, option Sacro Monte and top Monte Campo dei Fiori
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. 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
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 professional 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, and Cademario climb.
5 – Wednesday - Arcumeggia, Sant’Antonio, San Michele, option Passo Cuvignone
Today we ride in Valcuvia valley again. Along our route there are Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno, the quaint village of Arcumeggia, known as “Painted Village”, and the small village of San Michele. There are three climbs in the main route: Arcumeggia climb, San Michele climb and Brinzio climb. There is a challenging climb in the avid option: Passo del Cuvignone. This climb however offers rewarding views across Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese and Monte Rosa. The Passo Cuvignone is many cyclists' favourite training ground.
6 – Thursday - Azzate, Fortress of Angera, lake Comabbio, Lake Monate
The route in the lower region of Varese is winding, with lots of up and down, through a number of the small villages and through the gently rolling hillside, among Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate and Lake Maggiore: Italy’s second largest lake. We see the panoramic view from Azzate and then we reach Angera, a medieval town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where you can visit the Fortress of Angera. This ride includes a soft climb known as the “Sasso di Gavirate”.
7 – Friday - Loop of 7 lakes North stretch, option Alpe Tedesco, Cuasso, Ardena, Marzio
The ride in the upper region of Varese is undulating and there are some short climbs. We reach Lago Maggiore and follow itsshores between the towns of Luino and Laveno. Woods surround most of the route. Next we reach the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, on the banks of Lake Maggiore, that, if you want, you can visit. After a winding and panoramic road we come back following a climb known as the “Sasso di Gavirate”. If you choose the avid option there are challenging climbs and exhilarating descents in a pristine and well preserved natural environment. If you want we can climb towards and over Alpe Tedesco ridge that separates Valganna from Valcuvia. After 2.5 miles - 4 km of flat along the shores of Lake Lugano, we climb again towards Ardena and we finally arrive in the village of Marzio.
8 – Saturday - Departure
Breakfast and departure.
For detailed Itinerary, please see attachment above
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. Additional day trips available.
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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