What to expect
Tour from the mountain city of Innsbruck in Austria to the medieval streets of Venice in Italy. Riding downhill past the ancient villages and green meadows of South Tyrol, the cycling is easy going and there are plenty of opportunities for breaks along the way. The Baroque castles, ornate cathedrals and mountain fortresses you'll pass make beautiful settings for a snack stop, and a leisurely stretch alongside the Adige River takes you to the sparkling shores of Lake Garda, where you can rest your legs with a ferry cruise across the water.
Each medieval village and historic market town you visit tells a different story – the wine village or Ora, the romantic arcades of Egna and the 1100 year old town of Bressanone are just a handful of the highlight along with, of course, the World Heritage city of Venice on the Adriatic coast.
At a glance
- Grand mountains, green meadows and the blue waters of the Adriatic sea
- Medieval monasteries, mountain fortresses and gilded roofs
- Easy cycling along clear paths and gentle downhill routes
- Renaissance architecture and waterside palaces in Verona and Venice.
Arrive in Innsbruck
Arrive in Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol region and share our love for this scenic city – as you wander around colourful streets and gaze up at the famous gilded roof, you’ll get a fresh perspective of the sparkling Nordkette Alps around every corner. A fantastic city to start your adventure from, you may want to arrive a day early to fully appreciate it.
Innsbruck - Bressanone
34 miles (55 km)
Start with a private transfer to Brennero and pick up the cycle path into the green Isarco Valley. It’s a gentle downhill ride along an old train line to the romantic medieval village of Vipiteno – a great place to stop for a wander. Continue along easygoing cycle paths, passing enchanting villages and velvety green meadows to the stunning fort of Fortezza. Take a rest on the tranquil shores of Lake Varna before continuing to the cultural capital of Bressanone.
Bressanone - Bolzano
28 miles (45 km)
The cycle path tours past the Sabiona medieval monastery which dominates the Isarco Valley from its rocky hilltop position. Continue to Bolzano and spend an evening in the lively streets of South Tyrol’s capital city.
There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.
Bolzano - Trento
41/44 miles (65/70 km)
Enjoy a beautiful day, cycling alongside the Adige River. Pass through leafy orchards, sprawling vineyards and stop off at typical Tyrol villages, such as the wine village of Ora, the colourful Medieval trade centre of Egna and the fortress at Salorno. Continue along cool waterside pathways to Trento, one of the most upmarket and expensive towns in Italy.
There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.
Trento - Peschiera/Desenzano
31 miles (50 km)
Pedal along the Adige to reach the castles and museums of Rovereto. Continue west towards Lake Garda and get ready for a short ascent before whizzing down to the colourful towns of Torbole and Riva on the shores of Lake Garda. Pop your bikes on the ferry and cruise across to Garda’s southern shore.
Peschiera/Desenzano - Verona
22/38 miles (35/60 km)
Cycling into Verona is truly memorable. The 2000 year old Roman Arena, Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House are top sights to tick off, or simply wander around the pink hued streets, relax in a wine bar or eat as much gelato as you like, guilt free.
Please note: Distances on Day 6 are dependent on the location of your overnight accommodation.
Verona - Vicenza
47 miles or 25 miles + train (70km or 35 km + train)
Marvel at the mountains of Monti Berici and take in the views of Vicenza city, home to 16th century palaces designed by Andrea Palladio. Cycle here from Verona or take it easy and travel the first half by train.
Vicenza - Padova Thermal District
31 miles (50km)
Pass the impressive Palladian Villa Rotonda and cycle alongside the Bacchiglione River before continuing on to the thermal district of Padova.
Padova Thermal District - Mestre/Venice
34 miles (55km)
Enjoy an easy ride through rural Veneto as you cycle alongside the Benta Canal with the breeze on your back. Pass the villas of Venetian nobles as you pedal into the astounding island city of Venice.
Depart from Venice/Mestre
Check out after breakfast by 9am or extend your stay to fully appreciate Venice's magnificent canals, architecture and marble bridges.
3 & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3 and 4 star hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 9 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
- Board Basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Informal welcome breifing - day two on the transfer
- Local contact number for assistance
- Entrance to Villa Valmarana
- Ice-cream in Vincenza
- Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero on day two
- 4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda from Riva to Peschiera or Desenzano
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Local taxes (approx €10-15)
- Train transfers
- 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying guests (triple room price shown on calendar already includes reduction)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers.
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Innsbruck or Munich
Take the bus or taxi from Innsbruck airport to the centre. If flying to Munich, take the train (Bahn) to Innsbruck.
Take a bus or train to the airport.
Fly from Venice.
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I love cycling, the Tyrol and Italy so combining all three in one trip was bound to be a winner. Disembarking from the coach after passing through the incredibly busy Brenner Pass we mounted our bikes in fantastic sunshine to hit the first downhill section following an old railway line through tunnels to our first hotel at Bressanone. We set the routine this day for the rest of the tour with a stop for morning coffee at a little Cafe in Colle Isarco and lunch at the lovely picturesque town of Vipiteno. The Fascinating point about this first part of the trip was where did Austrian speaking stop and Italian start? The town and street names were perhaps the biggest clues. At Bressanone the street names were predominantly Austrian. By the time you arrive in Bolzano the streets have two names Austrian first and Italian second, then Trento (day four) Italian was first and Austrian second. The cycle route following the Adige was fabulous, well maintained and easy going. The mountain scenery was spectacular and there were loads of stops for photos. At various points there were pit-stops catering especially for cyclists so we never missed a coffee break.John Gardner, UK, October 2018
An interesting route from the mountains to the sea. Interesting scenery, some excellent cycle tracks and time to investigate some lovely old towns.Pam Hamer, September 2016