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Verona Family Bike + Adventure Tour

Lake Garda and the Land of the Italian Fairytale

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,695Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Hand-craft fresh pasta during an evening of Italian hospitality with our friend and chef, Serena
  • Hike a footpath up Monte Baldo, the mountain above Lake Garda that offers the Veneto’s greatest views
  • Learn the Italian form of mild mountaineering known as via ferrata
  • Swim or sun on the shores of Italy’s largest lake
  • Explore historic WWI trenches in the Lessini mountains before biking all way across the Valpolicella to Verona

Eat

Polenta, tortelli pasta, risotto, and seafood

Drink

World-renowned local wines like Amarone, Ripasso, Bardolino, Valpolicella, and Prosecco

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Veneto

    Your guides will meet you in Verona, and then we’re off to the fairytale village of Borghetto on the banks of the Mincio River. Enjoy a welcome lunch and get fitted for your bike before we take off on a warmup ride to the fortified village of Castellaro. This tiny lakeside hamlet is listed as one of Italy’s Borghi piu Belli (most beautiful villages). Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Borghetto’s boutiques and footbridges, relaxing at our hotel, or enjoying a longer ride. Tonight, we’ll taste the Veneto’s best pumpkin tortelli—the hand-stuffed pasta that’s a regional specialty—on the riverside terrace of our favorite local restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Borghetto sul Mincio, Custoza, Santa Lucia
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 650 feet / 198 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 1,568 feet / 478 meters
    Accommodations: Corte Regia or Regia Rosetta

  • Day 2

    Renaissance Mantua

    Breakfast awaits as you wake to the peace and quiet of the Veronese countryside. Today, we follow the winding course of the river through this famously fertile land to reach Mantua, home to one of Italy’s greatest concentrations of Renaissance art. Explore the Renaissance architecture of the town before enjoying lunch at our favorite osteria off the main square. After lunch, opt to complete the ride back to the hotel or take a lift in the van to a local water park and spend the afternoon riding waterslides with the locals. Tonight, our chef friend Serena will show us true Italian hospitality as we make pasta and laughter at a cooking class that feels more like a dinner party.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mantua, Goito, Falzoni
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 338 feet / 103 meters
    Longer Option: 41 miles / 66 km, elevation gain: 774 feet / 236 meters
    Accommodations: Corte Regia or Regia Rosetta

  • Day 3

    The Heights of Monte Baldo

    Leave the bikes behind—today we’re making our way up Monte Baldo, the huge massif dominating the eastern shore of Lake Garda, via a footpath along the mountain’s crest. This is one of Europe’s most scenically spectacular hikes with 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. We’ll stop for lunch in a typical mountain hut before shuttling down to the lakeside town of Riva del Garda, then reward yourself with an afternoon of relaxing on the sunny shores and swimming in Italy’s largest lake.      

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Monte Baldo, Riva del Garda
    Accomplished: 3-4 hours hiking
    Accommodations: Hotel du Lac et du Parc

  • Day 4

    Via Ferrata

    Today we’ll venture into the mountains north of Lake Garda to try our hand at via ferrata. This form of Italian mountaineering combines hiking and rock climbing and can be adapted for all levels of explorers. Scramble up to the heights above Arco for breathtaking views of the lake and mountains below. After a picnic lunch, cool off with a dip in the river or dare to dive in from the old Roman bridge. This evening, visit a local balsamic vinegar producer to see how it’s made and taste it during dinner with a view from their terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Garda, Tenno, Arco
    Accomplished: 3-4 hours hiking; rock climbing; swimming
    Accommodations: Hotel du Lac et du Parc

  • Day 5

    The Lessini Mountains

    Get an early start in the tranquil Lessini Mountains, where we’ll hike to the well-preserved WWI trenches scattered across the plateau. We stop into a local malga for a quick taste of the cheese being made from fresh milk, then hop on our bikes for a long, gradual descent along the ridgelines of the Valpolicella. A picnic lunch is served at a local farmhouse, then pedal on through vineyards to the valley floor. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the hotel pool before enjoying dinner and gelato in Verona.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lessini Mountains, San Rocco, Verona
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 656 feet / 200 meters
    Shorter Option: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 610 feet / 186 meters
    Accommodations: Relais Fra Lorenzo

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to Verona

    Spend your last morning in Verona riding an optional loop through the hills behind the city, or seize the opportunity to sleep in and take a final riverside stroll. Transfer to the Verona train station and bid farewell to your guides on the way to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Verona

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy Pick-Up Location: Porta Nuova Train Station in Verona Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy Drop-Off Location: Porta Nuova Train Station in Verona Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

For the hikes on this tour, we strongly recommend bringing hiking boots or trail shoes with good traction (not running shoes or sneakers). Moisture-wicking clothing or daypacks are also recommended, but not required.

Younger Travelers
  • This itinerary is designed with children age 9 and older in mind. The itinerary can be customized for your family’s needs. For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike.
  • Trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles are provided to all children on tour
  • Please note, children must be age 6 and older to participate in the via ferrata activity

Weather by Month

Average Temperature + Precipitation

Average Temperature + Precipitation

 
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High (°F)
41°
46°
55°
63°
72°
79°
84°
82°
75°
64°
52°
43°
Low (°F)
28°
32°
37°
45°
52°
59°
64°
63°
57°
46°
37°
30°
Rain (in)
125
125
251
251
376
376
251
251
376
376
376
251

Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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