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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: $4,595Collection: 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
  • Spend the night in a cozy refuge tucked into the Lessini Mountains, the starting point for a hike to historic WWI trenches

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 Veneto!

    Your guides will meet you in Verona, and then we’re off to start riding through the heart of the Custoza wine region. Pedal to the fairytale village of Borghetto where we’ll stop for some gelato or a photo in front of the iconic medieval bridge. Then take a longer ride out to the fortified village of Castellaro or follow the winding Mincio River straight to our boutique hotel. Several battles for Italy’s unification in the 1800s took place in this countryside, and the Red Cross was founded nearby in the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino. Tonight, we’ll taste the Veneto’s best pumpkin tortelli (hand-stuffed pasta served in broth or melted butter) on the riverside terrace of our favorite local restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Custoza, Borghetto sul Mincio, Castellaro Lagusello
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 1,014 feet / 309 meters
    Longer Option: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,456 feet / 444 meters
    Accommodations: Corte Guastalla

  • Day 2

    Renaissance Mantua

    Wake to the peace and quiet of the Veronese countryside and head to breakfast. 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: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 492 feet / 150 meters
    Longer Option: 53 miles / 86 km, elevation gain: 1,256 feet / 383 meters
    Accommodations: Corte Guastalla

  • Day 3

    The Heights of Monte Baldo

    Leave the bikes behind—today we’re heading 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 head 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. Later, we venture deep into the alpine pastures of the Lessini Mountains on a sunset hike that arrives to our mountain-top refuge. Settle in for a hearty dinner and rest in your cozy, cabin-style accommodations.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Garda, Bardolino, Sant’Ambrogio
    Accomplished: 3-4 hours hiking; rock climbing; swimming
    Accommodations: Rifugio Castelberto

  • Day 5

    The Lessini Mountains

    Wake up in the tranquil setting of the Lessini Mountains ready to hike to the well-preserved WWI trenches that litter 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 pool with sweeping views of Verona. Tonight we’ll head into Verona for dinner, gelato, and perhaps an opera performance in the ancient Roman amphitheater.

    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
Younger Travelers
  • This itinerary is designed with children age 9 and older in mind. The itinerary can be tweaked 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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