This is a great family self-guided cycling holiday in Italy. Lake Garda is not only a beautiful location but nearby are theme parks such as Garda Land, Sealife centre, Canevaworld and a Safari park. These are great for kids of all ages and yes we mean adults as well who enjoy these type of activities. Not only this but surrounding as some wonderful historic towns and botanic gardens. The cycling has been designed with families in mind, only small inclines and using cycle paths and minor roads, but please be aware Peschiera del Garda can get busy in the peak summer months.
Peschiera del Garda
Routes have been designed with families in mind. You will cycle mostly on cycleways and quiet roads. There are no significant climbs.
The 3-star hotel Puccini which is about 500 metres from the old town centre on the Lake Garda side promenade. The Garda land amusement park is located just 2.5 Km from the hotel. All rooms are big, bright, well furnished with the most modern comforts. Free parking and also a big garden with swimming pool.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
You can fly into Verona, Bergamo or Venice airports and easily take the train to Peschiera del Garda on the south shore of Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the longest Italian lake at just under 33 miles 52km long. The Lake itself was formed during the Ice Age, and the name originates from a town on the east shore dating from the 8th century. The area has a mild climate and the area is very popular tourism and wine production. Once you arrive maybe take the first walk down to the old town, it is extremely pretty with nice harbour, shops, art shops and of course many restaurants.
Today is the first day of biking. You shall head out on your bike towards Solferino among the Lugana vineyards which are typical white wines of this area. You’ll reach Solferino which was the location of the famous battle that in 1859 ended the Italian Second War of Independence which provided the basis for a united Italy. Indeed this whole region has been subject to many battles over the ages of time. It may be surprising that Italy was once ruled by Austrians, French, Spanish and some Italian States and north Italy tended to be the battleground.
This famous battle was the basis of the Geneva Convention, as a Swiss businessman, Mr Dunant witnessed and was horrified by the wounded soldiers and on this return to his home city of Geneva started working on the Geneva Convention to protect not only soldiers in Battle but all involved. Now you cycle back to Peschiera by bike.
Leaving by bike today from Peschiera, we head south for the Sigurtà Garden Park. You skirt the River Mincio along the famous local cycleway that leads to Mantua. Your first port of call is the riverside hamlet of Borghetto. This little hamlet is a gem and even better it has not really been found by international tourism. It is renowned, along with neighbouring Valeggio, for its tortellini. Take time to walk through the little streets, look at the pretty shops and houses and admire the bridge across the Mincio. Just above the town is the Sigurtà Park which covers a surface area of 600,000 sq. metres, with paths linking 18 ponds, meadows, a labyrinthine maze and a medicinal plants garden. A truly amazing place to explore. You now return to your hotel by bike.
Of course, being a fixed location holiday you can decide which days you ride and which days you go to the theme parks. But on this schedule, today’s is strictly for the kids (of all ages!). There is Garda land, one of Europe’s top theme parks, offering dozens of rides and attractions. The park can be reached by free shuttle service from Peschiera station. Alternatively, you can enjoy the Canevaworld Aquapark or the Sealife Aquarium.
If you like animals and most of us do then the Parco Natura Viva is a must to visit. Parco Natura is a zoological park where “the animals actually look contented”, well that is what we thought on our visit and today’s ride takes us into the heart of a conservation project with a difference, which includes a number of endangered species.
All kids like to go out on the water so today they get their wish. First, you take the ferry north to the town of Garda, the town which gave its name to the lake. You will then cycle among small hills and hamlets surrounding the lake back towards your hotel. You shall cycle towards Bardolino, famous for the red wine, and from there you’ll cycle back to Peschiera, crossing the sweet lake landscape.
After breakfast departure and your onward travels.
To Verona, Bergamo or Venice airports and then by train to Peschiera del Garda.
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