Italy & Switzerland - 3 Lakes and More ****
This Italian bike tour was booked directly with Road Bike Tours Italy which was then a relatively new bike touring company. The company has a range of road bike tours across Northern and Central Italy and we opted for the tour that seemed to best suit our riding abilities as it was relatively flat most of the time and daily distances were manageable. Because of the newness of the company there were only the two of us participating and we had a fabulous time with the couple that were running the tours. Luca is the guide and for this tour his partner Michalia was the bus driver. Accommodation was mostly 3 or 4 star, the food was excellent, the riding ranged from very good to very challenging and the Bianchi road bikes were a pleasure to ride, albeit they had manual gears and calliper brake which required getting used to. The three lakes, Maggiore, Como and Iseo, were a pleasure to ride around and the ride into and out of Switzerland from Lake Maggiore introduced both a tough climb and a very different perspective to Italy.