Verona + Lake Garda Bike Tour

Veneto: A Land of Imagination and Poetry

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Sip wine with Nicola, our friend and local Amarone winemaker, in the cellar at his family farmhouse
  • Ride an idyllic bike path into the heart of Renaissance Mantua to explore the frescoed palaces and cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a dip in Lake Garda during a private boat ride across Italy’s largest lake
  • Spend two nights at the unforgettable Byblos Art Hotel, strategically situated between the fascinating city of Verona and the Amarone wine-producing region of the Valpolicella
  • Visit the Lessini Mountains where historic WWI trenches contrast with peaceful views over the Valpolicella

Eat

Gnocchi, pumpkin tortelli and bigoli pasta, risotto, Asiago cheese, polenta, and sbrisolona (a traditional dessert made from semolina and almonds)

Drink

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

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  • 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. Here, get fitted for your bike and head out on a warmup ride through rich local farmland. We’ll stop for lunch with the locals in the fortified village of Castellaro before looping back to Borghetto. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at our hotel and exploring Borghetto’s boutiques and footbridges, or opt for a longer ride through the vineyards of the Custoza wine region. 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, Castellaro Lagusello
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 932 feet / 284 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 1,640 feet / 500 meters
    Accommodations: Corte Regia or Regia Rosetta

  • Day 2

    Renaissance Mantua

    Wake to the peaceful sounds of the Mincio River and enjoy breakfast on the terrace. 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. Admire the Renaissance architecture of the town before meeting our friend Antonia who will welcome us into her family’s palazzo for a home-made lunch. After lunch, opt to complete the ride back to the hotel or take a lift in the van. Tonight, our chef friend Serena will show us true Italian hospitality as we make pasta and share Italian cocktails at a cooking class that feels more like an intimate 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

    Lake Garda

    Today we’ll ride along the southern shores of Lake Garda. The idyllic terrain belies the historic summer of 1859, when Italian, French, and Austrian armies clashed here in a battle that set Italy on a path to unification. Soak up this history at the monumental tower of San Martino before continuing to Sirmione, the quaint lakefront town where we’ll board our private boat for a lunchtime cruise on Lake Garda. Take in the mountain scenery and cool down with a dip in the brilliant blue waters of Italy’s largest lake. We’ll disembark in Bardolino where you can challenge yourself with an extra ride or transfer right to our stunning Relais & Châteaux accommodations. This evening, meet a local winemaker for a private vineyard dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castellaro Lagusello, Sirmione, Bardolino
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 958 feet / 292 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 2,027 feet / 618 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Cordevigo 

  • Day 4

    Valpolicella and Verona

    Stop for lunch at a chic locanda nestled within the vineyards below the towering gorge before arriving at Byblos Art Hotel, one of Italy’s most unique five-star properties. This re-interpreted 16th-century villa is filled with modern works by acclaimed contemporary artists, such as Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor. Spend your free night immersed in the impressive permanent collection of esteemed art or head to Verona, just a short transfer away. Explore the cobbled streets, monumental Roman amphitheater and renowned dining scene before heading back to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Cavaion, Rivoli, Corrubbio
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 1,181 feet / 360 meters
    Shorter Option:
    20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 1,082 feet / 330 meters
    Accommodations: Byblos Art Hotel

  • Day 5

    The Lessini Mountains

    Today we’ll enjoy a scenic drive up into the Lessini Mountains for a short walk through the mountain pastures to visit historic WWI trenches. The panoramic views of the Dolomites and valleys above Verona are worth the trip alone! Afterward, we’ll hop on our bikes for a long, gradual descent along the ridgelines of the Valpolicella. Enjoy a glass of Amarone with the winemaker himself at a picnic lunch before pedaling through the vineyards and back to Byblos. Tonight, after an aperitivo, we’ll bid farewell to this beautiful region with dinner at our favorite trattoria.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lessini Mountains, Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, Fumane
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 774 feet / 236 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 1,837 feet / 560 meters
    Accommodations: Byblos Art Hotel

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to the Veneto

    If you would like to ride this morning, you can do a final loop through the surrounding vineyards. Your guides will then transfer you to the Verona train station to say goodbye as you head on 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: 10:00 am
Departure Details

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

Please note that Arrival + Departure Details for 2025 tours could be subject to change.

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2024Single Supplement From: $900
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Weather by Month
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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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Synapse 2 RLE

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price

Quick 1 Disc

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Included in trip price

Quick 3

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Included in trip price

Turbo Vado SL 4.0

Manufacturer: Specialized

Type: Hybrid E-Bike

Included in trip price