Escape Tour
Lake Maggiore
cycling experience

Lake Maggiore cycling experience

This 4-day cycling experience based in Colmegna on Lake Maggiore is real escape and riding on few-traffic roads for intermediate cyclists, who love to climb.
4 nights and 3 days of cycling.
Northern part of Lake Maggiore offers some unexpected areas of beauty and roads that are great for cycling as they have little traffic and good climbs.
You can explore it, climbing up and away from the lake before heading back to lakeside.

That mean you can get the most out of the cycling experience.
It’s such an attractive area that you will find it hard to keep your eyes on the road rather than the view.
Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake and set against the resplendent backdrop of the Pre-Alps and of the Monte Rosa Massif.

Lake Maggiore extends from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland far into the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy.

Cycling experience based on Lake Maggiore

The accommodation at Relais Villa Porta in Colmegna will be as delightful as the region’s magnificent scenery.
There are plenty of routes for road cycling around the Northern part of Lake Maggiore and its mountains. The lakeside roads are typically wider than around Lake Como, and quieter than Lake Garda. It's a more popular spot amongst the local road cyclists: a perfect country, in other words, for a cycling experience.
We have designed a cycling esperience around Lake Maggiore to be enjoyable, funny and flexible.
Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

Tourist attractions during the cycling experience

You can ride through wooded valleys, narrow climbs, fast descends without forgetting to enjoy what the Italian Lake District has to offer: ancient villas, parks, churches and hermitages which were built from Sixteenth Century to the Nineteenth Century, exibitions, history, art, culture.
In particular we suggest to visit Villa della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno, Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso on Lake Maggiore and Sacro Monte of Varese (historic site on the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage List).

Learn more about the best tourist attractions around.

2024 Escape road bike tour prices per person in Euro

Apartment room for 2 persons
€ 900.00
Single use apartment room supplement
€ 160.00

Start location:
End location:
4 days, 4 nights, 3 days of cycling
Maximum limit:
8 guests
Level of difficulty:
intermediate and advanced
rarely flat, mostly undulating and hilly

Avg. daily distance:
main route 80 km
challenge route 94 km
Avg. daily elevation:
main route 1,100 m
challenge route 1,600 m.


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2024 scheduled dates
Escape Tour Lake Maggiore

August 26th – 30th 2024
September 23rd – 27st 2024
October 7th – 11th 2024

Other dates are possible and we can create a departure for you.
Please contact us, so we will see how we can help you.


The Escape bike usually starts on Monday in Colmegna and ends on Friday in Colmegna and it's based on one hotel.
4 nights and 3 days of cycling.

Our bike tours are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the tour. If zero guests have booked one of our tours, we reserve the right to cancel it.

Book with confidence with our flexible: Terms & Conditions .

Included services in bike tour:

  • 4 nights in apartment room
  • 4 high-calorie continental breakfasts
  • 3 packed lunches, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
  • 3 post ride lunches when you go back to the hotel
  • 4 dinners
  • Double occupancy as standard
  • A skilled bike guide
  • Any travel by ferry or train along the rides
  • The digital map of the routes drawn by us, so you can look at it on smartphone dispaly
  • Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
  • Workstand tool bench for basic maintenance
  • Isotonic drinks or water for your ride
  • Washing and cleaning area for bikes
  • Daily laundry service for your cycle clothing
  • Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
  • Free Internet Wi-Fi

Not included:

  • Bike hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical and physiotherapy services
  • Transfer to and from Airport
  • Entrance fees Castles, Villas, Museums
  • Any extra-beverage and other extras at dinner

Escape Road Bike Tour
Details / Daily Routes


Expect small groups up to 8 riders with a guide leading the way on the road. The reason is to ensure the best riding. In such a way we can garantee you the best quality and attention. If there are more guests, it is better a split-up in two groups during the daily rides.

We generally meet at the bikes at 8.00/8.30 in the morning getting back to the hotel in the afternoon at 14.00/15.00, so you can enjoy a post ride lunch. The rest of the day is relax time. A coffee stop, stops for feeding on the way and for regrouping are suggested during the daily ride.
We all together leave, as a team. Generally each daily route has a main route and and a longer one after a few kms, so you can take a shortcut or tackle the longer way.
However the last part of the daily route is the same. In such a way there are opportunities of meeting and regrouping before going back together to hotel for the post ride lunch in the afternoon.

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one guide on the road with the group.
The guide leads the way on the road giving you the flexibility to ride at your own pace expecially along the climbs, regrouping at the summits. There is no vehicle support.

You can see the CLIMBING SEGMENTS ON STRAVA in the Italian and Swiss Lake District on Google Maps.
Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Each day there are two or more ride options available each varying in distance and difficulty.
Day by day we can suggest multiple ride options to accommodate the different needs.

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1 ~ Monday - Arrival

Assembling your own bike or delivery of rental bike and pre-tour briefing.

Accomodation: Relais Villa Porta in Colmegna

2 ~ Tuesday, 3 ~ Wednesday, 4 ~ Thursday

We have selected several rides which start from Colmegna. You can choose from them.
Some of them:

  • Locarno, Ascona and Brissago vistas (81 km, 820 m) or (93 km, 1,130 m),
  • Sant'Antonio, San Michele, Monte Sette Termini, Cuvignone (68 km, 1,540 m) or (90 km, 2,350 m),
  • Val Veddasca, Alpe Neggia, Passo Forcora (56 km, 1,420 m) or (61 km, 1,670 m),
  • Val Verzasca and Jump Bridge in Lavartezzo (115 km, 900 m),
  • Loop around Northern Lake Maggiore (92 km, 520 m) or (120 km, 1,740 m),
  • Centovalli and Val Canobbina (96 km, 1,105 m),
  • Through the Swiss region of Malcantone (63 km, 990 m) or (70 km, 1,250 m),
  • Lake Lugano up and down (95 km, 896 m) or (108 km, 1,380 m),
  • Try the UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine (81 km, 1,550 m).

Accomodation: Relais Villa Porta in Colmegna

5 ~ Friday - Departure

Breakfast and departure.

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