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From the Alps to Lake Como on Sentiero Valtellina
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From the Alps to Lake Como on Sentiero Valtellina
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From the Alps to Lake Como on Sentiero Valtellina


Bike Tour: From the Alps to Lake Como on Sentiero Valtellina - 6 days

The Valtellina cycle path is a cycle-pedestrian route that runs along the river Adda between Bormio and Lake Como. Along the route, surrounded by greenery and embraced by the Rhaetian Alps with their characteristic terraced vineyards and the Orobian Alps, it is possible to discover at a leisurely pace the small villages and the scenic and natural beauty of Valtellina. There are many well-equipped rest areas and bike hire points, as well as accommodation and restaurants where you can enjoy the rich wine and food tradition! Happy cycling!

Day 1: Arrival in Tirano
Day 2: Transfer to Bormio and ride to Tirano
Day 3: Ride from Tirano to Sondrio
Day 4: Ride from Sondrio to Colico
Day 5: Ride in Valchiavenna to Acquafraggia waterfalls
Day 6: Departure from Colico

Day 1:    Arrival in Tirano

Your trip starts in Tirano, just few kilometres from the Swiss border. Tirano is one of the most picturesque towns in Valtellina. The famous UNESCO-listed Bernina Express railway starts its route from here and passes next to the majestic Basilica della Madonna di Tirano, the only Basilica in the province of Sondrio and one of the most monumental renaissance buildings in Valtellina. In Tirano there’s a warm, appealing atmosphere for gourmands, culture-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts to bask in. While meandering through Tirano’s picture book lanes, you can’t miss the ancient Sforza walls with the Bormina, Milanese and Poschiavina gates, the castle of Santa Maria, the bell tower of the Church of San Martino and the wealth of lavish buildings.

You can extend your stay and take the famous Bernina “red train” to experience a ride through the Alpine landscape.

Day 2:    Transfer to Bormio and ride to Tirano
37 km

After breakfast a private transfer will take you and the bikes to Bormio from where you will start your daily cycle downhill back to Tirano. The landscape changes here, taking on a noticeably alpine feel. The first descend takes you through Sant’Antonio Morignone, a village no longer in existence after the dramatic landslide of 1987. Halfway along the route, there’s an exit signposted for Mazzo di Valtellina, a medieval village perhaps best known as the starting point for the iconic Mortirolo climb. 

Challenge: 37 km, 130 m ascent, 885 m descent

Day 3:    Ride from Tirano to Sondrio
31 km

The day’s route is quite easy and follows all the way the cycle path. Following the River Poschiavino exiting the town of Tirano and then the River Adda. From here, it flits in and out of the woods with the addition of some quiet country lanes taking you through San Giacomo village. Once you’ve passed Baghetto, you join a public road to ride through ancient villages before reaching the town of Sondrio, capital of the valley, on quiet country lanes.

Challenge: 31 km, 80 m ascent, 220 m descent

Optional extra day – Loop ride in Sondrio

Day 4:    Ride from Sondrio to Colico
46 km

There are several riding stables and an ostrich farm in this section. The route passes through the small villages of Campovico, Paniga and Desco the lower part of Valtellina – before reaching Morbegno and its expo grounds. The Sentiero finishes off in the centre of Colico with a stretch along the lakeside. 

Challenge: 46 km, 75 m ascent, 150 m descent

Day 5:    Ride in Valchiavenna to Acquafraggia waterfalls
30 km

The Valchiavenna cycle trail is a low-altitude path that starts in Colico (Lake Como) and arrives on the Swiss border. Here you can clearly see the fruits of the intermingling of two very diverse cultures, which has created a decidedly Central European atmosphere. From Chiavenna it is possible to continue on the cycle path to the tiny village of Piuro, which boasts archaeological digs, the Acquafraggia waterfalls and the magnificent Palazzo Vertemate, which is an absolute must-see. Take the train back to Colico.

Challenge: 30/60 km, 90/500 m ascent, 500 m descent

Day 6:    Departure from Colico

The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other supplementary services. 


Nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast included


Seggiolino portapacchi 


Phone holder


Included on request


Front and rear lights


1 rear bag


inner tube, 3 CO2 canisters with dispenser, tyre levers, allen wrenches, 1 Fast canister, 1 First Aid Kit, wet wipes

Model: Winora, Haibike

Shimano hydraulic disc brake

Shimano, Sram 9 - 10 speed

Yamaha, Bosch power: 500Wh, 630Wh

Wheel: 27.5”, 28”, 29”

winora-yucatan-8-wave-night-time-blue-1 haibike-sduro-trekking-1 

Model: Elios


Shimano Nexus - 7V speed

Wheels 26'' or 28''

city bike donna 28 city bike uomo 28 dx 

Practical info

5 nights included

3-star hotels

Breakfast included

Bike rental available

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transfer included

Tirano and Colico (return) train stations

Parking available at the hotel

GPS tracks available 

Medical and luggage travel insurance

Arrival info

The closest airport to Tirano is Milano Airport

From Milano you can take a train or bus to Milano Centrale train station and then you can take a train to Tirano. Sometimes you have to change once in Lecco.

More information about timetables and train ticktes here: www.trenitalia.com/en

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