Day 1: Individual arrival to Sirmione/Desenzano
Welcome briefing and distribution of bikes. You can spend the evening strolling through the old town.
Day 2: Trento (31 miles/50 km + boat tour)
The day begins with a minibus transfer to Trento, famous for its old town, cathedral, and Buonconsiglio Castle. From Trento, you cycle along the Adige River via Rovereto to Mori. At Mori the route leaves the river, cycling west to Lake Garda. In Mori, you will try the world famous pistachio ice cream in the Gelateria Bologna. After a brief climb, you cycle down to the lake and on to Torbole and Riva. The day ends with a boat tour across the lake and back to Sirmione or Desenzano.
Day 3: Verona (35 miles/55 km)
After a minibus or train transfer to Verona, you can enjoy a stroll through the city of Romeo and Juliet. Over soft hills, past cypress trees and vineyards, you cycle from Verona to the south bank of Lake Garda--for Goethe the lake was "a delicious spectacle," for the Roman poet Catull "a shining star."
Day 4: Mantua (41 miles/65 km)
Today's route follows wonderful paths along the Mincio River southwards to Mantua. The 1,000-year-old city of the royal Gonzaga family will impress you with its fabulous art and beauty. Visit such sites as the Castello San Giorgio, Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Sordello with the house of Rigoletto, the cathedral, the Piazza Broletto with the old city hall, the Piazza Erbe with the courthouse palace, the clock tower, the rotunda of San Lorenzo, and the Basilica of St. Andrew are worth seeing. You return by train.
Day 5: Excursion into the history of Italy (31 miles/50 km)
Today you follow solitary roads through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations to Solferino. It is at Solferino that Garibaldi won the famous "Battle of Solferino" that united Italy. On the return journey, you cycle to Lake Garda through Lugana, a well-known wine area.
Day 6: Brescia (37 miles/60 km)
Leaving Sirmione you cycle along the lakeshore to Cavalgese di Riviera with unforgettable views of Lake Garda. Along Naviglio Grande Bresciano, a canal cycle path, you continue to Brescia, a city of Roman origin. You return by train.
Day 7: Departure
Departure or extra days on Lake Garda.