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Italian Lakes - cycling

Local guides and a choice of itineraries
Gentle valley rides or mountain climbs
Three-star hotel in a riverside town

 
 
 
 

Italy cycling – authentic Italy

Join us as we cycle in the beautiful valleys of the Italian Alps and around two spectacular lakes - Iseo and Endine. Each year we have been improving the holiday and it is now the most versatile of the cycling trips in the Oak Hall programme, suitable for the keenest cyclists who want to challenge themselves, through to those who wish to cycle at a more gentle pace. 

We offer four different itineraries depending on your choice of speed and distance, making it suitable for anyone who has at least a basic level of riding ability and is looking for an active break in beautiful scenery. There is also a choice of city bikes, mountain bikes or a limited number of road bikes. 
 

The glorious Oglio Valley

In the glorious Oglio Valley the river flows into Lake Iseo. We will be based in a three-star hotel, north of the lake, in the riverside town of Boario Terme.

From here we will hire bikes locally and enjoy various cycle rides to the surrounding towns, lakes and places of interest. This is set to be an authentic Italian experience, with captivating culture, stunning scenery, fine food - and did we mention the incredible ice cream?
 
 

Choice of four different itineraries

This cycling holiday will operate in a slightly different way to others that we run. At the start of the week, the team will discuss with you which of these four itineraries you would like to follow for the week:

i) a series of gentle rides along the valleys of around 15–25 miles each day. A few hills provide some spectacular views;

ii) longer rides with a range of 30–45 miles and including some hills;

iii) rides based on the second itinerary but going faster and further each day

iv) an all out cycling experience with longer distances, taking in lakes and mountains 

The routes will generally use quiet roads and cycle paths throughout, and will be led by a local guide or Oak Hall team member. 

 
"Blessed and refreshed and encouraged by the holiday. Wonderful organisation."
Sheila, Aug 2016
 

Valleys or mountains

The four itineraries combine an exciting range of locations. We cycle around two lakes, one of which (Lake Iseo) is 25km long. We also visit the island of Monte Isola, historic towns such as Pisogne and Lovere and for those who wish, there is the chance to test yourself against the Giro D’Italia mountain climbs and other challenging routes in the area.

As an example of another day, the first group will head along the river, with the option of a picnic lunch near the beautiful port town of Lovere. The second group will head up the valley to Capo di Ponte, which includes a UNESCO site displaying ancient rock engravings. The third group will go up to lake Endine and come back via lake Iseo and the fourth group will follow the Giro d’Italia route up the mountain to the ski resort of Montecampione.

 

A choice of bikes

At the point of booking on the website, you can select the type of bike you would prefer to use. If you plan to follow one of the more relaxed itineraries, a city style bike (which is more comfortable and has less gears) would probably be the most obvious choice. If you prefer to do one of the more challenging routes, a mountain bike or road bike could be a good choice, both of which have more gears. Mountain bikes have thicker tyres, which provide stability. Road bikes, with drop handle bars, have thinner tyres, giving less friction and a smoother ride, though they take a while to master if you are not used to them.
 

Rest and relaxation

We will have a day of rest and relaxation in between all the adventures, with the chance to visit a number of fascinating sights in the vicinity. 

On one evening a professional ex-tour rider (tour de France, Giro D'Italia etc) will give an interesting presentation about 'Life on the grand tours'. 

At the end of each day we will enjoy hearing an inspiring Bible talk together.
 

Dates/Prices

Summer 2018

All departures for this destination have been completed this year but please look here again soon for details of next year. (Summer dates are usually released towards the end of November and winter towards the end of May. If any dates are available sooner they will be shown on this page when they are confirmed).

In the meantime, please click on the relevant tab at the top of the screen (eg Summer or Winter) to browse our site for alternatives.

See you soon!