north of Italy is sadly neglected by holiday companies. Between the wars the
Italian Lake District was hugely popular amongst travellers doing the Grand
Tour, we even stay at one of the hotels designed to cater for that group of
people, The Palace Grand Hotel at Varese. We spend time at three of the great
Italian lakes as well as visiting 3 to 4 of the less well-known lakes, riding
on the lakeside cycle paths, as well as passing a number of small ones.
The Gavia pass is one of the spectacles of the Alps as it is little visited. It
is 100m lower than the Stelvio but in my opinion it is vastly superior. We
climb up the long side, approximately 2300m of climbing that day. The road up
was only tarmacked 10 years ago. Stelvio is just high. There is only one pass
in France higher, the Col de l'Iseran. We descend the Stelvio on a lovely
alternative route through Switzerland where we will need to take a shuttle
though a tiny road tunnel back into Italy at Livigno which is a gorgeous hidden
alpine valley. We spend a day at Livigno with lovely walks or cycle rides round
Lake Livigno. The day before the Gavia we have the option of cycling the
Mortirolo Pass, a notoriously tough pass, but well worth it for the views at
From Livigno we ride to Lake Como, where we can visit some of the stunning
lakeside villas on our free day. From Lake Como we ride back into Switzerland
staying at Lake Lugano before moving on to Lake Maggiore, the second largest
lake in Italy. On the return route we visit some smaller lakes, Lago di Varese,
Lago di Comabbio and others. From Varese we ride up the mountain that overlooks
the city, where there is a medieval village perched on a shoulder with a famous
14 chapel walk, with each chapel designed by a different architect.
Return minibus transfer from Bergamo Orio al
Serio airport or Bergamo station to the hotel in Città Altà.
15 nights hotel on half board basis, sharing room.
Vehicle support on cycling days.
Ferry to Bellagio and to Nesso to Arogno.
Shuttle through Munt la Schera tunnel.
Price does not include:
Travel to and from Bergamo from your home.
Drinks with evening meals.
Lunches or refreshments during the day.
Ferry tickets on the rest day at Lake Como.
Entry fees at any attractions visited.
Other internal travel.
Any other personal expenses.
Single occupancy supplement (£250, subject to
Bike transport to and from the UK, £80 extra (maximum
of 8 bikes can be carried).
Numbers on the tour;
Maximum number of participants - 18, plus the tour leader and driver
Prospectus (including further information and maps) and Booking Form