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Cycling around Maggiore Lake


Lakes, islands, rivers, natural parks, wildlife sanctuaries, botanical gardens, places of worship, historic settlements, wine and food tasting, adventure parks……. a full and environmentally-friendly holiday in the land of the pre-alpine lakes, interrupted only by the pleasant sound of your bike (mountain bike or city bike).  you will visit 5 pre-alpine lakes,3 islands,3 natural parks, a wildlife sanctuary a botanical garden. You will experiment local gourmet cuisine and wines.


DAY BY DAY CYCLING PROGRAM


ISPRA

Day 1 – Ispra-  Arrival and settling in

Arrival in Ispra and settling in to the beautiful 18th Century villa (a former seminary school). Free day with the possibility of organising excursions or extra activities. Evening pre-tour briefing.

ANGERA AND SORROUNDINGS

Day 2 – Ispra – Ispra, 26 km

A short, first stage where you are immediately riding in natural surroundings. The views over Lake Maggiore are breathtaking; the forests and the wildlife sanctuarypeaceful and suiting. Visit the the Rocca di Angera and make a refreshing stop at a local ‘agriturismo’ farmhouse along the way.

THE THREE LAKES TOUR

Day 3 – Ispra – Ispra, 51 km

The lakes and their cycleways – A day dedicated to the lakes (Comabbio, Varese and Monate) and to the stunning views that can be admired while riding along their cycleways. Visit the ice-houses and haveo a grappa-tasting at an historic local producer barrel room.

A CRUISE ON THE LAKE

Day 4 – Rest Day

Cruise on Lake Maggiore. After lots of riding it’s now time to enjoy a bit of relaxation, taking a boat across the calm waters of Lake Maggiore. Visit the famous Borromeo islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori) and enjoy a pleasant lunch in one of the traditional lake restaurants on Isola dei Pescatori.

SANTA CATERINA DEL SASSO

Day 5 – Ispra – Verbania, 44 km

Today you are back on the saddle. Riding along quiet minor roads you reach the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso.You then continue to a nearby valley where you can visit a superb noble villa and explore the picturesque local villages. Crossing the lake (by boat) you reach Verbania.


IN ADDITION: CULINARY DELIGHT


Verbania – Verbania, Km 36

A slightly more difficult day with a climb of 3 km (average gradient of 8%) but your efforts will be well rewarded. You follow Lake Maggiore and Lake Mergazzo (passing through old stone-built villages). Stop and visit the fascinating marble quarries from which the stone of the Duomo in Milan was extracted. Have lunch in an ancient trattoria where chef Davide will guide your senses through a discovery of Piedmont culinary delights.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

duration: 7 night 8 days

meals: 3 suppers

mileage: 258 km

daily average: 43 km

grade: medium/easy



 

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