7 / 10 day Independent Tour A wonderful bike tour starting in Innsbruck, deep in the heart of the Austrian Alps. After a train transfer to the Italian border in the Brennero Pass: you’ll cycle downhill through ancient villages, past forts, and the green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach […]
7 / 10 day Independent Tour
A wonderful bike tour starting in Innsbruck, deep in the heart of the Austrian Alps. After a train transfer to the Italian border in the Brennero Pass: you’ll cycle downhill through ancient villages, past forts, and the green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach Veneto region, with a stop at the Lake Garda, perhaps finish in Juliet’s Verona, or carry on through Vicenza, Padova and finally…Venice!
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in the lovely capital city of the Austrian Tirol.
Innsbruck–Bressanone (45 km cycle + 30 km train ).
A train transfer will take you to Brennero, where you’ll start cycling into the green Isarco valley. The cycle path follows the old train line, slightly downhill until you reach the beautiful village of Vipiteno. Your cycling day continues with no difficulties through nice villages and green meadows till Fortezza, where you will see the ancient fort. Lake Varna awaits you for a relaxing break before you reach Bressanone.
Bressanone–Bolzano (45 km).
Continue along the same cycle path, with few kms today: you’ll have the opportunity to visit the huge Sabiona medieval monastery, built on a rocky-hill and dominating the Isarco-valley. Overnight
Bolzano–Trento (65/70 km)
You will ride mostly along the Adige River,
through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The
pathways lead to Trento, a blend of Italian and Austrian cultures.
Trento–Peschiera/Desenzano (50 km + boat).
Always pedalling along the banks of the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and then on to Riva on the lakeshore. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.
Peschiera/Desenzano–Verona (35/60 km).
Today you head to Verona. With the Adige bisecting it, this is one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.
End your tour in Verona, or add a three night extension into Venice.
Verona–Vicenza (75 km or 40 km).
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly
region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. The old city centre is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world.
The ones who consider this stage too long can take a train from a choice of railway stations.
Vicenza–Padova (50 km).
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest city squares of Europe “Prato della Valle”.
Padova–Mestre/Venice (40 km).
The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto countryside. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the country villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland. You may chose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement.
|Rating: Easy to Moderate|
|This tour is not very demanding since it takes place mainly downhill, or along flat roads with only a few rolling parts. Towards Lake Garda there is a more challenging climb to face.
The itinerary is mainly on one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy. Continuing from Lake Garda to Venice the itinerary is developed riding on secondary streets with low traffic.
Trains with bike transportation connect all the cities of the tour.
A 4-hour ferry cruise through Lake Garda is included. The train transfers on day 2 and on day 7 are not included in the price.
|Airport / Transfers|
|The nearest airports are Innsbruck, Verona, or Munich. Regular bus and train service is available from airports to innsbruck, where your tour starts.|
Schedule & Price
Every Thursday and Friday from May 8th to September 26th
Any departure date can be organised with at least 6 persons in your party!
|Price per person, double occ. – 6 night option CAD||$1060|
|Single room surcharge||$300|
|June 26 to September 5 High Season surcharge||$65|
|Price per person, double occ. – 9 night option CAD||$1540|
|Single room surcharge||$400|
|June 26 to September 5 High Season surcharge||$95|
|This tour includes:|
|• accommodation in superior class hotels rated 3 & 4 star, all rooms with private facilities
• buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport
• tour information at your first hotel by our representative
• hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• boat excursion on the Lake Garda
• 7 day service helpline
– all major Italian cities have introduced a hotel tax of approx 2 euro per person/day, to be paid locally