Verona + Lake Garda Bike Tour

Veneto: A Place of Imagination and Poetry

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

Tour Highlights

  • Sip wine with Gianni, our friend and local winemaker, in the cellar at his family farmhouse
  • Ride right into the city of Mantua, home to Italy’s largest concentration of Renaissance art
  • Breeze across beautiful Lake Garda on a sunset boat ride
  • Visit Verona’s Roman amphitheater, an ancient edifice that still hosts a popular series of opera performances in summer months
  • Hike through the Lessini Mountains to reach historic WWI trenches and awe-inspiring views over the valley

Eat

Polenta, tortelli pasta, risotto, and seafood

Drink

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

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Veneto

    Your guides will meet you in Verona, and then we’re off to Borghetto sul Mincio where our bike tour begins. At the hotel, enjoy a glass of regional Prosecco while we complete our bike fitting and safety talk. Then we’ll head off on our first ride through the Custoza wine region. Along the way, visit our friend Gianni to sample his selection of wines at his family’s farmhouse. After the tasting we’ll take an easy spin back to Borghetto. Tonight, enjoy the area’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: 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

    Renaissance Mantua

    Wake to the soothing sounds of the Mincio River outside your window. After breakfast, we’ll mount our bikes and follow the winding course of the river downstream through this famously fertile land to cross one of the four artificial lakes into Mantua, home to one of Italy’s greatest concentrations of Renaissance art. Here we’ll explore the Renaissance architecture of the town before enjoying lunch at our favorite osteria in the main square. After, opt to complete the ride back to the hotel or take a lift in the van. Tonight enjoy the incredible art of Italian hospitality, making pasta and sharing Italian cocktails with our friends Manuela and Alberto at a cooking class/dinner party/great excuse to hang out with the locals.

    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

    Lake Garda

    Today we’ll ride upriver through the heart of the Bardolino wine region along an idyllic ridge lined with olives and vineyards that overlooks Lake Garda. Visit our friend Francesco at the beautiful La Cà winery for a tasting of their Bardolino wines and lunch on their gorgeous patio. Then, ride down to the town of Bardolino and check into our lakeside hotel. Take a swim in the lake, explore the cobbled streets, visit the hotel’s pastry shop, or relax at the spa. This evening, we’ll take in the sublime alpine views as we explore the lake by boat before dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bardolino, Garda, Salo
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 245 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Regina Adelaide

  • Day 4

    Valpolicella and Verona

    This morning we’ll head into the wine-producing region of the Valpolicella. Opt for a challenging morning climb or start the ride high above Lake Garda. Our route follows small farm roads, offering ever-changing views of the lake. We’ll descend into the Adige River Valley for lunch at our favorite trattoria in the heart of the vineyards with some of the best local wines. Continue through the vineyards to our exotic Byblos Art Hotel. Relax and explore this unique hotel, or spend your free night in Verona, a short transfer away. If the opera is in town, you’ll have the option to purchase tickets and enjoy a performance at Verona’s Roman amphitheater or spend some time exploring the city before heading back to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Lake Garda, Cavaion, San Pietro
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 454 meters
    Shorter Option: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 223 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 some historical 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 chic farmhouse and restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lessini Mountains, San Rocco, Verona
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 281 meters
    Longer Option: 58 miles / 93 km, elevation gain: 1,135 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

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

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $500

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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 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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