Italian Lakes cycling experience

This weeklong guided cycling experience showcases the region around the Italian and Swiss Lake District, offering undulating roads and climbs for intermediate cyclists, who love to climb.


When you think of cycling destinations, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano; Lake Como and Varese might not necessarily be at the top of your list, so we created a map of Strava climbing segments in the Italian-Swiss Lake District.

Take a look at Cycling Resources at our website.

Cycle the road less travelled: rolling hills wooded valleys, narrow climbs, fast descends. We have designed our cycling holiday around the Italian and Swiss Lake District to be enjoyable, funny and flexible.

Nestled in the heart of Lombardy, close to Piedmont and Switzerland, in the foothills of the Italian-Swiss Pre-Alps, our two hotels in Varese and at Colmegna on the shores of Lake Maggiore provide the perfect launchpad from which to explore the best lakeside riding and and the mountainous roads in between.

Ultimately, April, May, June, September and October are the ideal months to visit tourist for a cycling trip. The weather is ideal and you’ll avoid the heat and extra tourist traffic of peak summer.

You can get here by car and by train. The area is accessed from the North via the Gotthard Pass or via Simplon Pass througt the Swiss Alps. From the South via Milan or Bergamo. It’s also well-integrated into the Swiss rail network and into the Italian rail network.
There’s Milan Malpensa Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Milan Bergamo Airport and a small airport in Lugano with flights from Geneva and Zurich.

Start location: Varese
End location: Colmegna
Duration: 7 days, 7 nights, 6 days riding
Limit: 10/12 guests
Level of difficulty: intermediate and advanced
Terrain: rarely flat, mostly rolling and mountains

Avg. daily distance: main route 80 km – 50 mi; challenge route 94 km – 58 mi
Avg. daily ascent: main route 1,501 m. – 4,923 ft; challenge route 2,009 m. – 6,591 ft

Have easy access to ten lakes through valleys, narrow climbs, fast downhills without forgetting to enjoy what our area has to offer: age-old villas, parks, churches and hermitages which were built from Sixteenth Century to the Nineteenth Century, exibitions, history, art, culture. In particular we suggest Villa Panza, Villa della Porta Bozzolo, Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Sacro Monte of Varese (historic site on the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage List).

– 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 when you’ll be back to the hotel
– 7 dinners
– A skilled bike guide
– Luggage transport when you move from the first hotel to the second hotel
– 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

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