Italian Lakes & Swiss Alpes Tour
Dates – June 27th – July 5th
Location – Northern Italian Lakes region & Swiss Alpes
Airport – Milan airport pickup & drop off
Terrain: Rolling hills to high mountain passes
Difficulty Levels: Strong Intermediate to Advanced (****)
Daily Mileage – 40-70 mile route options with 3,500ft-8,000 ft.
Discover the centuries old allure of Northern Italy’s lake’s region and the inspiring,pristine mountain passes of Swiss Alpes. Sparkling lakes,hillside forests, green pastures and fresh mountain air are synonymous for this cycling vacation in Northern Italy and Switzerland .Your daily cycling routes will take you along the great lakes and villas of Maggiore, Orta to the quaint waters and hidden hamlets of Lake Como and Bellagio before moving on to the majestically soaring mountain passes Switzerland . Cycle from hotel to hotel while being enthralled by the unsurpassed natural beauty of Swiss Alpes and rich culture,history and gastronomy of Italy’s Northern lakes region.
June 27th: Depart the USA for Italy.
June 28th: Welcome to Milan! Airport pickup and then you’ll check-in to our local deluxe hotel. After our mechanics help you build your bike you can either relax by the pool or take a train or taxi into downtown Milan for great sightseeing or shopping. Join us at our “Welcome Meeting & Group Dinner” later this evening and meet your fellow guests and indulge in a meal of fine Italian cuisine & wine.
June 29th: A short van transfer takes us to the gateway of the romantic lakes region and the town of Arona. You’ll cycle along the magnificent blue Lago Maggiore. Enjoy lunch overlooking quaint Lago d’Orta in the fishing village of Orta San Giulio. Afterwards you’ll ride the Alto Piano ridge with a final descent into the medieval village of Stresa. Enjoy a dip in the pool at our luxury 4-Star lakeside villa before a delicious group dinner enjoyed alfresco of local Lombardy specialties.
June 30th: A ferry ride across Lago Maggiore takes us cycling past lakeside villages framed by alpine mountains in the distance. After a light lunch along Lake Lugano, we’re off for a 2nd ferry ride across Lake Como to our deluxe 4-Star villa hotel in charming Bellagio! We’ll spend two nights in this beautiful ancient village.
July 1st: After a filling buffet breakfast you can choose between relaxing by the pool overlooking Lake Como below or challenging the famous climb to the famous “Chapel of Cyclists”- the Madonna d’Ghisalo. Explore the world of cycling history at the new cycling museum where bikes from Coppi to Pantani are on display. Indulge in a massage before exploring Bellagio’s cobbled streets with plenty of shopping, outdoor cafes and ancient buildings.
July 2nd: Hotel check out. Load bikes/luggage at 7am. Breakfast 7:00-7:30am. Vans depart Bellagio @ 8am for transfer to Bellinzona (approx. 2 hrs. transfer) Cycle Bellinzona to Ilanz into the Swiss Alps. (Passo del San Bernardino) Hotel check-in for 1 night.
July 3rd: Todays ride has some of the most fantastic panoramic vistas you’ve ever experienced as we ride over the scenic Oberal Pass. We’ll overnight in the mountain village of Andermatt in a luxury hotel set in the shadows of the Swiss Alps.
July 4th: Our final riding day has us cycling another majestic route that includes the famous Furka Pass and the Nufenen Pass. The views at the top are unreal – you’ll feel like you are on top of the world! After lunch in Airolo, we’ll van transfer back into Italy to our Milan airport hotel. Late afternoon airport or train station shuttles or you can stay an OPTIONAL NIGHT and have one final farewell Italian dinner. Shuttle service tomorrow morning as well.
July 5th: Airport shuttles offered.