Weekender Tour
Cycling experience

Varese cycling experience

This weekender cycling experience based in Varese in Northern Italian Lakes will let you enjoy these lakes and mountains around by bike.
Varese is
a hillside town located in Lombardy, close to Piedmont and to Switzerland, at the foothills of the Italian and Swiss Pre-Alps, 25 km in a crow flies from Milan Malpensa Airport and can be reached in a 43-minute train ride every hour (no change). How to Get Here

Lake Maggiore is 20km -13mi away, Lake Lugano 15km - 9mi, Lake Como 80km - 50mi. The southern end of area is relatively flat (approx 300 metres .a.s.l. – 990 feet .a.s.l.) and more peopled, but the northern end is hilly and mountainous (the peaks are approx 1.000 metres a.s.l. - 3,280 feet a.s.l. or more) as the lakes reach the foothills of the Alps in Switzerland.

This 4-day experience is for intermediate and advanced cyclists, who love to climb.
4 nights and 3 days of cycling.

In just a few days you can see the best views and the hidden gems that the Varese region around Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano have to offer.
The Italian Lake District has some of the best cycling roads to suit a wide range of cycling abilities and skills because there is so much variety. The lake roads are flat and there are many roads up in the mountains for climbing.

Have a look at our road cycling routes, so you can get the most out of the cycling experience.

Cycling experience based in Varese

Varese is very well-known for amatour cycling, having organised the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2018 and it also hosts the annual UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine in October.
The race course winds up and down among the Lakes of Lugano, Maggiore and Varese with some tough climbs in between.
Learn more about UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine.

Tourist attractions during the cycling experience

You can ride through wooded valleys, narrow climbs, fast descends without forgetting to enjoy what our area 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 Weekender road bike tour prices per person in Euro

Double room
€ 900.00
Single 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
Weekender Tour Varese

September 6rd – 10st 2024
October 18th – 22nd 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 Weekender Bike Tour usually starts on Friday in Varese and ends on Tuesday in Varese and it's based on one hotel.

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 double 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
  • Maps and information material
  • The digital map of the routes drawn by us, so you can look at it on smartphone dispaly
  • 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

Weekender 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 ~ Thursday - Arrival

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

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

2 ~ Friday, 3 ~ Saturday, 4 ~ Sunday

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

  • Around five lakes (100 km, 950 m) or (102 km, 1,265 m),
  • Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori (45 km, 540 m) or (61 km, 1,205 m),
  • Try the UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine (98 km, 1,600 m),
  • Lake Como and Valle Intelvi (110 km, 1,300 m),
  • Madonna del Ghisallo (120 km, 1,200 m),
  • Lake Lugano up and down (103 km, 1,850 m) or (127 km, 2,250 m),
  • Sant'Antonio, San Michele, Monte Sette Termini, Cuvignone (62 km, 1,202 m) or (75 km, 1,750 m),
  • Through the Swiss region of Malcantone (81 km, 1,078 m) or (87 km, 1,305 m).

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

5 ~ Monday - Departure

Breakfast and departure.

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