What to expect
Discover the delights of Italy’s South Tyrol region on a tour with leisurely cycling, that follows the Adige river downhill from the mountain town of Bolzano to the twinkling waters of Lake Garda. You’ll cycle through magnificent valleys with immense mountain backdrops, past grand castles, through fragrant vineyards and stop in delightful Alpine towns. With cycle rides between 15-28 miles (25-45km), you’re free to ride at your own pace and take time to explore the charms of north-east Italy.
You’ll notice the distinct blend of cultures, food and language as you cycle from the Austrian/German-influenced north of Italy. Town’s including Merano and Trento offer fascinating stops along the way, with an enjoyable mix of established architecture and contemporary culture.
At a glance
- Vineyards, mountains, castles & orchards
- The beautiful Adige river valley and Lake Garda
- Two nights in Bolzano with its unique Austrian & Italian influences
- Easy rides along dedicated cycle paths
Arrive in Bolzano
Check-in to your hotel in Bolzano, where your travel documents and bikes (if hired) will be waiting for you.
Merano - Bolzano
22 miles (35 km) + train ride
Begin the day with a train ride to the beautiful Alpine spa town of Merano, from where you will begin your first ride of this tour, which loops back around to Bolzano. Pedal past vibrantly coloured vineyards and orchards, grand palaces and castles, with the option to stop and explore the beautiful gardens at Tschrems, or take a dip in the Nalser swimming pools. Once back in Bolzano, take time to explore the beautiful greenery of this small city, with its combined Austro-Italian architectural influences. The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is a particular highlight.
Bolzano – Auer
16 miles (25 km)
Riding along the Adige river, you’ll pedal away from Bolzano with the scent of apple orchard’s in the air. You’ll see the Adige valley open up before you as you ride towards Auer, with the rolling landscape of the river accompanied by breathtaking mountain scenery. Upon arriving in Auer, stop by one of the local restaurants and taste some of the wonderful regional food, paired with a famous South Tyrolian wine.
Auer – Trento
28 miles (45 km)
On today’s ride, you’ll head through abundant vineyards, with the option to stop off and enjoy a rock-climbing area for children and castle ruins. As you head towards Trento, you’ll notice that the language and architecture changes from Austrian-inspired, to distinctly more Italian. Stop in the sophisticated city of Trento and see ancient palaces, frescoed facades and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Trento – Roverto
16 miles (25 km)
Have a relaxed morning in Trento, before hopping onto your bikes and beginning today’s ride. Cycle past the magnificent Beseno castle, which towers above the valley and on to Roverto. This fascinating town was once a Roman outpost and it is still home to a collection of noble palaces, inspired by Venetian architecture.
Roverto – Lake Garda
16 miles (25 km)
Saddle up for your final ride of this tour, where you’ll leave the Adige valley and ride towards the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Stop in the town of Mori for a taste of the highly recommended pistachio ice cream in the gelateria Bologna, before riding the only hill of this tour, a very short 150m section that can also be achieved by pushing your bike. From here, it’s a wonderful downhill ride towards Lake Garda. Your stay tonight will either be in the town of Torbole or Riva.
Departure from Torbole or Riva
Start making your way home after breakfast, or extend your stay in Lake Garda.
3* & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 4* and 3* 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.
- 3* & 4* Hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transfer
Dates & Prices
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- 6 nights accommodation: 3* & 4* hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS route available on request)
- Pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, comfortable gel saddle, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears
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