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Varenna lake Comer

St. Moritz – Milan

From the glamorous winter sports town to the fashion metropolis

8 Days / 7 Nights
Varenna lake Comer

This unique route takes you by bike from Switzerland to Italy, from the Alps to Milan, past Lake Como. From the "Sentiero Valtellina", the cycle path that crosses the Valtellina valley to Colico, you have a marvellous view of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. Another experience is the boat that takes you to Bellagio, where you can enjoy the lake before reaching Lecco. From here you cycle along the River Adda towards Vaprio D'Adda, on the border between the provinces of Milan and Bergamo. After leaving the river Adda, you continue along the cycle path of the Martesana Canal. Along the way, you will see old power stations, the first to supply the city of Milan with electricity. The genius Leonardo da Vinci is said to have designed part of this canal. The landscape that accompanies you in Milan is a little unexpected and characterised by farmhouses, magnificent villas, old country houses and villages surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Itinerary at a glance

With the famous Bernina Express through Switzerland, by boat across the beautiful Lake Como and in between varied cycle tours in the footsteps of Da Vinci to the fashion city of Milan with its impressive cathedral.

Lose yourself in the streets and explore the history of this town. Worth seeing are the Sforza walls in the historic centre, the pilgrimage church "Our Lady of Tirano" and the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. Sample the delicacies of the local cuisine and wine. Bresaola, a delicious and healthy salami or pizzoccheri, a typical Valtellina tagliatelle made with buckwheat, are highly recommended.

Today you will be amazed and delighted by the journey on the famous "Bernina Express". The spectacular Alpine crossing takes you from Tirano to St. Moritz and returns in the evening. You will experience a fascinating journey through the Alps and breathtaking views. The highest point is reached at an altitude of 2253 metres, at the Ospizio Bernina. The stretch from Thusis to Tirano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today you start your tour with an easy descent along the River Adda. The "Sentiero Valtellina" cycle path takes you close to the small village of Teglio and on to Sondrio, the capital of the province of the same name. Morbegno has a beautiful old town centre, stroll through the narrow streets and admire the beautiful facades of the old buildings with their small wrought-iron balconies. Visit the church of St John the Baptist, a baroque collegiate church dating back to 1680, and one of the town's architectural landmarks is the Ganda Bridge, the only stone bridge over the River Adda.

Today you are spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering the surroundings of Colico. You can lose yourself in the hills by visiting the historic fort of Montecchio, the best preserved fortress from the First World War in Europe, or the fort of Fuentes, a Spanish military building dating back to 1600. You can also cycle along the lake promenade or explore the lake by water. Another option is a cycle tour to the north, towards Lake Mezzola or as far as the town of Chiavenna. Return along the same route, travelling slightly downhill, or take the train (not included).

In the morning, take a boat across the lake to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como. Take a break and enjoy the beauty of the lake. In the late afternoon, continue by boat to Lecco, the town where the writer Alessandro Manzoni wrote "I promessi sposi". Protected by numerous peaks, Lecco's historic centre still features the remains of the fortified village and the Azzone Visconti bridge. Also worth seeing are the Teatro della Società and the church of S. Nicolaus, whose tall bell tower indicates the direction of the harbour.

The beautiful cycle path on which you start today leads gently downhill along the River Adda. First you cycle through beautiful nature and then you will admire the canals and hydroelectric power stations. You will also follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, whose ingenuity was used to build the locks and ferries and you will also discover places that inspired him to paint La Gioconda.

On your last cycle tour, you will cycle along the famous Martesana cycle path, a shipping canal designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and completed in 1496. The various sights include various stately villas (Villa Melzi in Vaprio, Villa Aitelli in Inzago, Villa Serbelloni in Gorgonzola, to name but a few), numerous mills, churches and old factories. You will gradually approach Milan, where you will spend the night. Enjoy the city's vitality, beauty and artistic heritage.

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Route information


You cycle mainly on cycle paths and low-traffic side roads, sometimes on good gravel paths. You can expect to encounter more traffic when entering and leaving the city. The route always tends to be slightly downhill, but every now and then there is a small incline to contend with.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3***- and 4****-hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Rental bike partner e-bike
E-bike 7 to 21-speed
with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (English)
  • Luggage transfer (max. 20 kg)
  • 1 ride Bernina Express Tirano – St. Moritz – Tirano
  • 1 boat trip Colico – Bellagio - Lecco
  • App for Navigation
  • Service hotline (EN)

Optional extras

  • Transfer from Milano airport to Tirano on request, min. 2 persons.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Tirano train station
  • Bergamo or Milano airport

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!


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