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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: $3,895Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Dig into a lesson in hand-crafting fresh pasta during a cooking demonstration
  • 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!

    Meet your guides at the Verona train station for a quick transfer to Borghetto sul Mincio where our adventure begins. At this very special hotel and former millhouse, enjoy a light lunch on the river followed by a bike fitting and safety talk. We’ll head out on our first ride through the surrounding area to the walled village of Castellaro Lagusello. 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 celebrate the start of our trip with a hands-on cooking class hosted by our friends Alberto and Manuela.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Borghetto sul Mincio, Oliosi, Santa Lucia
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 164 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 228 meters
    Accommodations: Il Borghetto

  • Day 2

    Mantua

    Wake to the gentle sound of the Mincio River running past your window. Today we bike to Mantua, home to an impressive concentration of Italian Renaissance art. Follow the winding course of the Mincio River downstream through this famously fertile land and cross one of the four artificial lakes into Mantua. We’ll explore the Renaissance architecture of the town before lunch at our favorite osteria in the main square. This afternoon, 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. For dinner, sample Il Borghetto’s famous tortelli pasta along the riverbank.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mantua, Goito, Falzoni
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 79 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 91 meters
    Accommodations: Il Borghetto

  • 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: Hiking
    Accommodations: Hotel Sole

  • 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: Rock climbing; hiking; 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: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 233 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 183 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Younger Travelers
  • This tour is recommended for children age 9 and older
  • 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 provided to all children on tour
  • Must be 7 years old to participate in Via Ferrata activity
Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy
Pick-Up Location: 11:00am at the Porto Nuova Train Station in Verona

Depart

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Porto Nuova Train Station in Verona

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
  • 5 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and 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

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

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