Location is an approximation

Italian Lakes - cycling

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


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Oak Hall Holidays

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. It is the most versatile of the cycling trips in the Oak Hall programme, with four different itineraries, making it suitable for the keenest cyclists who want to challenge themselves, through to those who wish to cycle at a more gentle pace.

This is set to be an authentic Italian experience, with captivating culture, stunning scenery, fine food - and did we mention the incredible ice cream?


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 cycling holiday will operate in a slightly different way to others that we run, as the different groups follow four separate itineraries. This will enable you to choose your 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 a choice of bikes at the time of booking. Most people tend to choose mountain bikes (£95) but it is also possible to hire road bikes (£255). Road bikes are suited to those who would like to be in the fastest group and who have also used them before, as they take a little while to master.

There are also a small number of electric bikes available for hire (£175). If you haven't used an electric bike before it is worth trying one before the holiday to check that you enjoy using it, as it a different experience to a standard bike.   

Choice of itineraries

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. 

"Great company, great exercise, beautiful scenery - I couldn't ask for more! "

Valleys or mountains

The four itineraries offer 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.


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. 

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