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Tour by bicycle between Ossola Valley and Lake Maggiore

Tour by bicycle between Ossola Valley and Lake Maggiore

With this tour we want to entertain those people who often use the bike: all paths are mostly planned on asphalt roads and are intended for people with a good athletic training. During this tour guests will reach places quite far from Stresa and learn a lot about the manifold realities of our territory.

1st day: Arrival at Lake Maggiore

Arrival and accommodation in a 3-star-hotel at Lake Maggiore. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

2nd day: Ossola Valley

After breakfast starts a tour that will let you know the Ossola Valley "Oscela dei Leponzi" as it was once known, this long valley reaches one of the most controversial Alpine Pass: the Simplon Pass. The itinerary proposes a cultural and historical tour of the whole Ossola Valley and reaches the following places: Candoglia (with historical hints about Milan cathedral’s marble quarries), Vogogna (with its Visconteo Castle’s history), Trontano (with its old mills), Montecrestese (with its archaeological site), the Holy Calvary Mount of Domodossola (one of the most fascinating Holy Mounts in V.C.O. area) and finally Mergozzo (with its "fairy" lake).

Athletic information
cycling tourist time: 7 hours
average tourist tour time: 6 hours
average athletic tour time: 4,5 hours
top inclination: 13%
distance: about 110 km
suggested bike gears: from 53-14 to 39-27

3rd day: Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta

This demanding daily excursion follows Saint Giulio’s tracks. The itinerary is all on asphalt roads, but the path is rarely flat and presents a height difference of 1,600 metres. The highest place is in Coiromonte, at 950 metres above sea level. The tour touches both Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, during which the following villages will be visited: Agrano (with its mummy), Orta San Giulio (visit of the centre, Saint Giulio’s life and possibility to visit the "San Giulio" Island), Gignese (possibility to visit the Umbrella’s Museum), Comnago (with its “coppelle”, typical rocky engravings, and view on Lake Maggiore from the Saint Giulio’s church).

Athletic information
cycling tourist time: 7 hours
average tourist tour time: 5 hours
average athletic tour time: 4 hours
top inclination: 12%
distance: about 80 km
suggested bike gears: from 53-14 to 39-25

4th day: Borromean Islands 

Today we put bikes aside and visit the Borromean Gulf. From Stresa departure by motorboat with a local tourist guide to reach the "Isola Bella" (Beautiful Island) with its wonderful Baroque palace and Italian style garden; where you get lunch with fish menu in a good restaurant of the island. Then you reach the "Isola Superiore dei Pescatori" (Fishermen's Island) with its typical fishermen's village and to end the day visit of the "Isola Madre" (Mother Island) with its gorgeous English style garden.

5th day: High "Novarese" area

This daily excursion will be dedicated to a full immersion into the country culture and old traditions of the area. We will reach the High "Novarese" area, special vineyards region, where wines like Sizzano, Ghemme and Erbaluce are produced. The itinerary follows the many hills of the area and counts stop at: Bogogno (with its old Jesuit village, now numbered among the "Wine’s Towns"), Santa Cristina (Wine’s Town, located on a hill facing the Sesia Valley, possibility to visit the Peasant’s Art Museum), Borgomanero (with its old Medieval centre) and Arona (with the Saint Carlo’s statue).

Athletic information
cycling tourist time: 6 hours
average tourist tour time: 4 hours
average athletic tour time: 3 hours
top inclination: 12%
distance: about 80 km
suggested bike gears: from 53-14 to 39-23

6th day: Departure

Departure after breakfast.

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • 5 nights with half-board rate in 3-star-hotel at Lake Maggiore in double room;
  • 3 full-day cycle guided services as described;
  • 3 packets lunch for the bike excursions;
  • 1 full-day guided service for the Borromean Islands;
  • return transfer by motorboat from Stresa to the Borromean Islands;
  • entrance ticket for gardens and palaces of the Borromean Islands;
  • lunch at "Ristolounge Elvezia" on the Isola Bella (3-course-menu, drinks not included);
  • hotel's garage for the bicycle;
  • AMI insurance.
N.B. -  SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
  • entrance tickets museums during itineraries;
  • drinks during dinners in hotel;
  • hotel city tax.

Details
Price: starting from 675,00 € per person in double room
Number of days: 5 nights, 6 days, according to hotel availability
Minimum number of participants: 6 people
Period: from April to October 2017
Car: we consider you moving with your own car, transfer available on request