Cycling adventures for the whole family: Lake Garda

Posted 24 Oct 2017

Keen for the children to share your love of cycling, but unsure about taking them on a long trip where you'll always be on the move? Then a single-centre holiday could be the answer. You'll stay in one hotel and have plenty of time to participate in scenic two-wheel excursions as well as a variety of fun activities.

Based on the peaceful shores of Italy's largest lake, our seven-day Lake Garda Single-Centre tour is perfect for families. The planned bike routes are mainly on quiet, flat roads devised with the younger traveller in mind. If you’re looking to give your little ones a taste of cycling adventures to come, this is the place to get them enthused!

Day 1: Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the lakeside Hotel Puccini. Settling in to your B&B accommodation means that you don’t have to go through the process of packing and unpacking every day. You can spend the afternoon relaxing by the large swimming pool or exploring the delightful fortress of Peschiera. Made up of cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses and narrow canals, the old town here feels like a mini-Venice.

Peschiera Lake Garda Single Centre holiday

Day 2: After being fitted out with your bikes and kit, you'll set off on the first cycle of the holiday: a 25-mile circular route gliding through the landscapes of the Lugana vineyards where you'll make your way towards Solferino. The children can learn a slice of Italian history here: this historic town was the site of a fierce 19th century battle that was part of the country's second war for independence, and a visit to the nearby museum will help bring it to life.

Day 3: A 21-mile cycle along the River Mincio will bring you to the charming Sigurta Garden Park. Spanning 600,000 square metres, this estate is made up of easy-to-explore paths linking ponds, meadows and expansive woodlands. If little ones are getting tired, you can take a rest from the bike and explore the park by train, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views.

Day 4: A welcome rest day and a chance to go on an optional excursion to Gardaland, one of Europe’s top theme parks – the children will love the fantasy kingdom and the excellent aquarium. If roller coasters aren't really your thing, you can spend the day splashing around in the sunshine at the nearby Canevaworld Aquapark.

Lake Garda Single Centre holiday sites sunny day

Day 5: It's back on the bikes today and off for a 21-mile route that will take you to the heart of Parco Natura Viva, a zoological park and conservation project set in 59 acres. Your little ones will love spotting giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs among the estate’s 1,500 animals.

Day 6: On your final day you'll travel by ferry to Garda, on the eastern side of the Lake. From here you'll hop on your bike for a 19-mile route that will take you through the old town's ancient cobbled streets before winding back along the lakeside. Before arriving back at the hotel, you'll stop off at Bardolino, a pretty medieval village which is known for its fine red wine – there’ll be time for grown-ups to sample a glass or two.

Day 7: After breakfast, it's time to say arrivederci to a wonderful holiday and head back to the airport.

Find out more about our fantastic tour here. 

Garda Lake Garda beautiful shimmering lake

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