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8 Days St. Moritz to Milan Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Switzerland and Italy

Unique Cycling Holiday Switzerland and Italy

This special route will lead you from Switzerland to Italy, from the Alps to Milan, passing Lake Lecco. It is a varied cycling tour from the high mountains to the capital of fashion and design is. From Tirano, you will follow the cycling path, Sentiero Valtellina, to Lake Como and the River Adda to Milan. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 134 miles / 215 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 170 EUR

Highlights

  • Relaxed and fun biking
  • Boat ride through Lake Como
  • Cross the Alps with amazing views
  • Exciting journey from Switzerland to Italy
  • Ride in the famed path of Martesana
  • Daily yummy buffet breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: German, English
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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will be staying in three or four-star hotels. You may choose between a double or single room.

Enjoy St. Moritz, Switzerland on night one.

Doze off in Tirano, Italy on night two.

Relax in Morbegno for nights three and four.

Get cozy in Lecco on night five.

Unwind in Trezzo sull‘Adda on night six.

Have a well-earned rest in Milan on night seven.

Program

You will admire a unique panoramic view starting from the transfer in St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy. You will enjoy the cycling path “Sentiero Valtellina,” traversing the valley to Colico and witnessing a marvelous view over the Lake Como and the surrounding mountains.

You will take a boat in Bellagio, the pearl of the lake, and take a rest before reaching Lecco. Then, you will follow the River Adda, in the direction of Vaprio D’Adda where the river will show you the border between the provinces Milan and Bergamo. You will continue on the cycling path of the channel Martesana.

Along the track, you will find old power utilities which where the first ones to supply Milan with electricity. It is said that the genius, Leonardo da Vinci, has designed part of the channel. The landscape which will accompany you to Milan is a bit unexpected, formed by farmhouses, magnificent villas, jetties, old rural houses and villages, and immersed in well-manicured gardens.

Day 1: Arrival in St. Moritz

You will have an Individual arrival in the first hotel in St. Moritz. If you arrive early, you can use your time to explore the famous tourist destination. St. Moritz is immersed in nature, surrounded by majestic summits, kissed by the sun, shining nearly 322 days a year, and with waters with the highest mineral concentration in Switzerland.

Day 2: St. Moritz - Tirano

Enjoy your free morning. The afternoon is devoted to one of the most spectacular Alps crossing. From St. Moritz to Tirano, you will enjoy the most breathtaking panoramic view. You will go high up to the shimmering glaciers and back down again to the Apennine Peninsula of Italy, connecting different language regions and cultures. You will stay overnight in Tirano.

Day 3: Tirano - Morbegno (approximately 40 miles / 65 kilometers)

On day three, you will get your bikes. A slightly downhill ride will take you along the River Adda through the Veltlin Valley, passing the small village Teglio, to the capital city of the homonymous province, Sondrio. The first stage will end in Morbegno with a beautiful historic center rich in buildings of a fascinating past.

Without hurry, you will stroll through the streets and admire the beautiful facades of ancient palaces with small wrought iron balconies. You will also visit the abbey church, San Giovanni Battista, a staggeringly Baroque edifice from the 17th to 18th Century.

There are more churches worth to be visited but one of the architectural emblems of the city is Ponte di Ganda. Some culinary highlights include Bitto, the typical cheese of Veltlin, to be found also in the recipe for “Pizzoccheri.”

Day 4: Round trip in Morbegno (approximately 25 to 31 miles / 40 to 50 kilometers)

Depending on your physical condition, you can choose between different cycling tours. You can ride to Colico (19 kilometers), the extreme point of Lake Como, where you can get lost between the hills of the ancient part and visit Forti Del Montecchio and Fuentes.

You can also cycle to Lungolago to try out different watersports and relax at the coast of the lake. Another possibility is an exploration of a part of the stage in direction Lake Mezzola (16 kilometers) or until Chiavenna.

Day 5: Morbegno - Colico - Lecco (approximately 9 miles / 15 kilometers and boat transfer)

From Colico, you will cross the lake by boat. From the boat, you will admire the unique beauties of the landscape and have a rest at the pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Lecco, surrounded by famous mountains such as the Grigne-group and the Resegone.

In the historic center, you can visit the remains of the 300-year-old wall of Azzone Visconti, the antique marketplaces, and theater as well as the Basilica of San Nicoló with its high church steeple showing the direction of the harbor.

Day 6: Lecco - Trezzo sull‘Adda (approximately 25 miles / 40 kilometers)

Again, you will cycle along the River Adda. Along the route, various highlights will catch your eye such as the historical center of Edison or power utilities, cloisters, typical venues, and sceneries of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Day 7: Trezzo sull‘Adda - Milan (approximately 28 miles / 45 kilometers)

On your last stage, you will cycle on the famous cycling path of Martesana, a shipping channel completed in 1496 under Ludovico il Moro or Ludovico Sforza. Amongst the different places of interests, you will notice the lordly villas of Melzi a Vaprio, Aitelli a Inzago, and Serbelloni a Gorgonzola, just to name a few of them.

You will also see numerous mills, small churches, old factories, and laundries. Slowly you will enter the city of Milan. Coming from the north and following the cycling paths of the city, you will reach your hotel. FUNActive Tours suggests that spend an extra night in the capital of fashion of Italy to get to know better the artistic and cultural beauties of the city.

Day 8: Departure day

You can depart individually or possibility extend your stay.

Bikes

You may rent a 21-gear ladies‘ and men’s bicycle, seven-gear unisex with backpedal, or an e-bike unisex model. For all the bike routes, FUNActive Tours can provide high-quality rental bikes and additional equipment if requested. The bikes have been especially designed for the bike tours. They are comfortable, safe, and sturdy bikes and therefore, perfect to undertake tours of several days duration.

The rental bikes are 21-gears touring bikes. Seven-gears touring bikes (unisex model) are also available if requested. The bikes and appending equipment (repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, wheel- lock, and saddle bag) will be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel, they will take care of the return.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Boat ride in Lake Como
  • Stroll through the historical Morbegno and visit San Giovanni Battista

Location

This cycling tour will take place in St. Moritz in Switzerland, Tirano, Morbegno, Colico, Lecco, Trezzo sull‘Adda, and Milan in Italy.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be served with a breakfast buffet daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover Lecco's Visconti wall, antique market, theater, and Basilica of San Nicoló
  • Explore St. Moritz
  • Ride to Colico and take a trip to Forti Del Montecchio and Fuentes
  • Spend an extra night in Milan
  • Travel to Lake Mezzola
  • Try out watersports and relax at the coast of Lungolago
  • Try the culinary highlight, Bitto
  • Visit Ponte di Ganda

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer from St. Moritz to Tirano (own bikes excluded)
  • Boat trip on day 5 around Lake Como
  • Well-planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places of interest, and important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for during the entire tour

What's not included

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure at the end of the tour
  • Drinks and all extras
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Not mentioned entries
  • Travel insurance
  • All not expressly mentioned under What is Included

How to get there

Driving directions from Zurich, Basel, Munich, and Milan

  • You can reach Engadin from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Austria over the Chur-Thusis-Tiefencastle, coming from Zurich.
  • Ride over the Julier-pass, coming from Basel
  • Travel over the Albula-pass, which is open only in summer.
  • Journey through Zernez, coming from Munich.
  • Traverse Lecco-Maloja, coming from Milan.

Arrival by bus

There is a good connection with public transport from Milan to Chiavenna and from Chiavenna to St. Moritz by bus.

Arrival by train

Trains and timetables from Milan to Chiavenna are available as well as for St. Moritz or Pontresina.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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