Verona + Lake Garda Family Bike + Adventure Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Veneto
  • Duration: 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
  • Level: One
  • Price From: $3895
  • Single Supplement: $500


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Explore the crossroads of Northern Italy where alpine lakes and art cities come together to create an incredible fusion of natural landscapes and cultural treasures. Swim in the clear waters of Lake Garda, cycle along the shady banks of the Mincio River to the Renaissance city of Mantua, and hike through cow-populated pastures to enjoy jaw-dropping vistas. Opt for a night at the opera in Verona’s Roman amphitheater or a rock climb above Lake Garda. From a cooking class with our friends Alberto and Manuela to a night at a beautiful mountain refuge, this trip is designed to create family memories that will last a lifetime.


Tour by Day

Day One: 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: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Borghetto sul Mincio, Oliosi, Santa Lucia
Accomplished: 15 miles / 24 km (Longer option: 29 miles / 47 km)
Accommodations: Il Borghetto

Day Two: 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: 23 miles / 37 km (Longer option: 37 mile / 60 km)
Accommodations: Il Borghetto

Day Three: 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: Hike on Monte Baldo
Accommodations: Hotel Sole

Day Four: 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, and swimming
Accommodations: Rifugio Castelberto

Day Five: 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: 28 miles / 45 km (Longer option: 54 miles / 87 km) and a short walk in the Lessini mountains
Accommodations: Relais Fra Lorenzo

Day Six: 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