Lakes of Northern Italy – Road Bike Tour 8/5 Days – All inclusive

Option 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days of cycling – 1,200 euro
Option 5 days / 4 nights / 3 days of cycling – 660 euro

A guided road cycling holiday across the Northern Italy’s Lake District
Lake Maggiore – Lake Varese – Lake Lugano – Lake Como (Madonna del Ghisallo)
Contact us: INFO@GPSVARESE.IT
Read on the website at http://www.gpsvarese.it/i_index.asp

Average daily distance: Main Tour approx. 49 miles – 80 km; Avid option approx. 59 miles – 95 km
Total distance: Main tour 286 miles – 461 km ; Avid option 352 miles – 569 km
Total ascent: Main tour 16,043 feet – 4.890 metres; Avid option 27,930 feet – 8.513 metres

Price per person in Euro (Double room): 8 days – Euro 1,200.00
Price per person in Euro (Double room): 5 days – Euro 660.00

Scheduled dates 2017:
May 6th – 13th 2017 (or 10th if you want 5 days)
May 13th – 20th 2017 (or 17th if you want 5 days)
May 27th – June 3rd 2017 (or 31st if you want 5 days)
June 3rd – 10th 2017 (or 7th if you want 5 days)
June 17th – 24st 2017 (or 21st if you want 5 days)
July 1st – 8th 2017 (or 5th if you want 5 days)
July 8th – 15th 2017 (or 12th if you want 5 days)
July 22nd – 29th 2017 (or 26th if you want 5 days)
July 29th – August 5nd 2017 (or 2nd if you want 5 days)
August 19th – 26rd 2017 (or 23rd if you want 5 days)
September 2nd – 9th 2017 (or 6th if you want 5 days)
September 9th – 16th 2017 (or 13th if you want 5 days)
September 23rd – 30th 2017 (or 27th if you want 5 days)
September 30th – October 7th 2017 (or 4th if you want 5 days)

Other dates are possible and we’ll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 12 guests.

Accomodation
All daily rides start from our Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria (a 3 star hotel) located in the town of Varese (Italy).
Lakes of Northern Italy Bike Tour is a centre based cycling holiday.

The hotel is a family business and all the siblings work there. Our staff shares the Italian passion for cycling with our guests. There is a special locked with CCTV bicycle storage room, where the bikes are protected against weather and theft. We also have a bike workshop with a bench, bike stand and racks. All meals are included.

Everyday we prepare fresh baking at breakfast, a bike packet (strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches) for your daily ride and a afternoon buffet snack when you’ll be back at the hotel.

The hotel is family owned and operated for three generations. All the family works here.
Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria and GPSVarese are composed by the same team that works together.

We simply believe in the idea we can transform the Lake of Northern Italy’s Lake District in a recreational bicycling area for riders who are coming from all over the world and in a holiday place for non-riders as well, so you can realise how the total experience of staying at our bike hotel and the biking experience seamlessly tie the two together.

We offer special activities for non-riders guests, or if you want a rest day.

Tours feature undulating and peaceful roads with little traffic among gently rolling hillsides, valleys and mountains, challenging climbs, descents and above all, views across the Prealps, Alps, the Monte Rosa Massif and Italy’s northern lakes.

Ten lakes of different sizes surround Varese. You will mainly follow small and scenic roads, with few road signs. Our professional guides are natives of Varese and their experience can help you find the best routes including those hidden lanes and special discoveries you will not find on a map.
Our guide does the navigation so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Some stops are planned along the tour. You can visit villas, gardens, museums, churches, castles and other attractions.

The AIS European Training Centre (ETC) for Australian athletes is located in Gavirate on the shores of Lake Varese.

The quiet region of Varese houses the U23 and women’s team base, and the Orica Bike Exchange service course. The teams train on our roads.

Level of difficulty: intermediate and challenging – Terrain: rarely flat, mostly rolling / hilly
The tours are geared toward riders with experience, good fitness and a decent level of skill who should be able to ride 50 miles – 80 km daily with 2,900 feet – 900 metres elevation gain.

Some climbs are challenging but not very long, from 1.2 mile – 2 km up to 5.6 miles – 9 km. Our region has a typically hilly and mountainous landscape and therefore the tour profile is characterized by a continuous up and down. However there are shortcuts for getting back to hotel.

Highlights
• Panoramic view from the top of the Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori with the Alps on one side and flatlands on the other.
• Historic villas and gardens in Varese area.
• Villa Panza at Varese, Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno, the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, the Cloister of Voltorre, Fortress of Angera, the Abbey of Ganna and Monastery of Torba.
• Loop of Lake Lugano.
• Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo at Magreglio (CO)
• Activities beyond the bike tour, or if you are a non-rider guest.

Tour details / Daily plan
Each day you’ll decide between an easier route with some climbs and an avid option with more climbs. We have planed three extra daily rides: Madonna del Ghisallo, Mottarone and Lake Orta , Alpe Trarego. See the description at the bottom.

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 miles – 96 km; ascent 3,412 ft – 1.040 m.
Avid option: distance 60 miles – 96 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%, maximum 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%, maximum 10%), and Sette Termini climb (length 7 miles – 11,2 km, average gradient 6%, maximum 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 39 miles – 62 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%, maximum 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 51 miles – 82 km; ascent 1,608 ft – 490 m.
Avid option: distance 66 miles – 107 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 (long tour) 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%, maximum 12%).

5 – Wednesday – Arcumeggia, Sant’Antonio, San Michele, option Passo Cuvignone
Daily route: distance 38 miles – 61 km; ascent 4,003 ft – 1.120 m.
Avid option: distance 43 miles – 70 km; ascent 4,442 ft – 1.354 m.

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 (length 2.2 miles – 3,6 kms, average gradient 7%), San Michele climb (length 1.5 mile – 2,4 km, average gradient 10%) and Brinzio climb (length 5.1 miles – 8,2 km, average gradient 3,5%, maximum 8%). There is a challenging climb in the avid option: Passo del Cuvignone (length 5.9 miles – 9,5 km, average gradient 8,2%, maximum 13%). 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
Daily route: distance 58 miles – 94 km ; ascent 2,592 ft – 790 m.

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” (length 3.4 miles – 5,4 km, average gradient 3%, maximum 6%).

7 – Friday – Loop of 7 lakes North stretch, option Alpe Tedesco, Cuasso, Ardena, Marzio
Daily route: distance 56 miles – 90 km; ascent 2,953 – ft 900 m.
Avid option: distance 73 miles – 118 km; ascent 5,748 ft – 1.752 m.

The ride in the upper region of Varese is undulating and there are some short climbs. We reach Lago Maggiore and follow its shores 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”( length 3.4 miles – 5,4 kms, average gradient 3%, maximum 6%).
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 (length 2.9 miles – 4,7 km, average gradient 8%) that separates Valganna from Valcuvia. After 2.5 miles – 4 km of flat along the shores of Lake Lugano, we climb again towards Ardena (length 2 miles – 3,2 km, average gradient 6%, maximum 8%) and we finally arrive in the village of Marzio (length 2.4 miles – 3,9 km, average gradient 8,2%, maximum 10%).

8 – Saturday – Departure
Breakfast and departure.

Extra daily ride – Madonna del Ghisallo
Distance: 97 mi – 156 km; (by train 72 mi – 116 km); ascent 5,740 ft – 1.750 m.
During your stay, you can choose to ride over towards Lake Como and go up to the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo. The small Chapel is at Magreglio (CO) between the two branches of Lake Como. It’s an all-day ride. We can come back to hotel by train from Como station, so the ride is will long 72 miles – 116 km.
The Madonna del Ghisallo is venerated by international cycling as patroness of cycling and the place has become the focus of many riders’ pilgrimages.
To ride over towards Lake Como and up to the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo, we cross the Swiss pre-alpine mountains and we ride along Lake Lugano and Lake Como’s shores, passing through the lake side villages of Menaggio and Bellagio where the Madonna del Ghisallo climb starts (length 6,5 miles – 10,5 km, average gradient 5,2%, max 10%) .

Extra daily ride – Mottarone and Lake Orta
Distance 85 miles – 136 km; ascent 6.725 ft – 2.050 m.
It’s an all-day ride (approx. 80 miles – 130 km). It unwinds through the gently rolling hillside, among Lake Orta Lake and Lake Maggiore. From Angera (by bike) we cross Lake Maggiore on a boat ride. After a short initial flat section along the shores of Lake Maggiore we continue over towards Lake Orta and the village of Orta San Giulio. We climb towards and over the Alto Vergante ridge that separates the Lago d’Orta from the Lago Maggiore. Then our ride takes us along the foothills of Mottarone Mountain and to Stresa, on the shores of Lago Maggiore again, after a descent. From there we climb up to the village of Magognino near a golf camp , before returning to Arona and crossing Lake Maggiore again. The route has continuous ups and downs. There are 2 small climbs: from Orta San Giulio to Armeno and from Stresa to Magognino. If you want, you have the choice to climb up to the summit of the Mottarone Mountain, where there is a panoramic views of the Alps, including Monte Rosa and all lakes (additional length 7.5 miles – 12 km, average gradient 7,6%, maximum 14%).

Extra daily ride – Alpe Trarego
Distance 73.3 miles – 118 km; (by train 51 miles – 82 km); ascent 8,100 ft – 2.470 m.
It’s a short ride, but very challenging. The Alpe Trarego climb is a back road (length 7.5 miles – 16 km, average gradient 10%, maximum 13%) riding through dense woods and arriving on a natural balcony that takes in some of the most beautiful scenery of the region. From Laveno (by bike) we take a ferry to Verbania and we cross Lake Maggiore. After a short initial flat section along the shores of Lake Maggiore we reach Cannero Riviera. From there we climb up to the Alpe Trarego. A long descent leads us directly into Verbania and crossing Lake Maggiore again we come back to hotel by train from Laveno station.

Included services
• 7 nights in double room
• 7 high-calorie continental breakfasts
• 6 bike packets, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
• 6 afternoon buffet snacks on your return to the hotel
• 7 dinners in a local Italian restaurant (menù: Italian aperitivo, first course, main course with side dish, water and coffee)
• A skilled bike guide for 6 loops
• Maps and information material
• Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
• Workstand tool bench for basic maintenance
• Isotonic drink or water for your ride
• Washing and cleaning area for bikes
• Daily laundry service for your cycle clothing
• Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
• Free Internet Wi-Fi
• Car parking

Upon request
• bike hire
• transfer to and from Airport Milan Malpensa

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