Italy:

Innsbruck to Venice Bike Tour


Seven nights; six days of easy riding from the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic coast, cycling on paved paths and quiet country roads. Visit historical passes, villages and monasteries.

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Itinerary


Start: Innsbruck, your hotel, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Venice Mestre, 11:00, day eight.


Day 1:

Introductions and Innsbruck

Meet your guides and tour-mates at your hotel in Innsbruck at 16:00. This will give you an opportunity to test your bikes and warm up your legs to prepare for tomorrow’s start. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Hotel Innsbruck, or

Hotel Weissekreuz; Innsbruck

Day 2:

Innsbruck to Bressanone ~45km

Start the day with a transfer to the top of the Brenner Pass. From here you will be making your way mostly downhill towards Lake Garda. You will pass through picturesque villages and farmscapes and visit the historical town of Fortezza, called Franzensfeste by German speakers who make up almost 60% of the population. The massive 19th Century fortress has only recently been opened to the public. At the end of your ride you will settle in to your hotel in the stunning town of Bressanone, known as Brixen to German and English speakers. BLD
Hotel Elephant, or

Hotel Goldener Adler; Bressanone

Day 3:

Bressanone to Bolzano ~45km

Your ride today continues to follow the deep lush Isarco River valley, stopping to visit the 15th century Sabiona Monastery perched 200m above the village of Chiusa (Klausen in German). This Benedictine monastery is credited with being the hub from which Christianity spread throughout Tyrol. Your destination tonight is Bolzano in the heart of the Italian Dolomites at the confluence of the Isarco and Talvera rivers. You’ll have this evening to explore Bolzano on your own, savoring the city’s simple yet rustic alpine inspired cuisine. BLD
Stadt Hotel Cittá, or

Hotel Post Gries, Bolzano

Day 4:

Merano Loop Ride ~50km

Head north along the pista ciclabile through Terlano, Vilpiano and Gargazzone to Merano, home to a vast expanisve of botanical gardens, and a spectacular riverfront promenade. Cool off at 2000m elevation by gondola (or bike, if you choose), before heading back to Bolzano along a winding secondary road through a sea of vineyards. BL
Same lodging

Day 5:

Bolzano to Rovereto ~90km

Shortly after leaving Bolzano you’ll come along side the larger Adige River. Ride your bike past several beautiful villages today including Ora, Egna, and Salorno. This is the heart of the Trentino Alto Adige wine region, one of Italy’s best wine districts. Make a lunch stop in Trento, home to Italy’s highest ranked university and the beautiful Buonconsiglio Castle. Continue on to the quaint village of Rovereto. A short climb precedes the hotel, revealing breathtaking views of the valley below. BLD
Casa del Pittore, Rovereto

Day 6:

Rovereto to Riva del Garda ~25km to 50km

While holding back in kilometres, today's ride delivers huge in vistas. A gentle climb up to Passo San Giovanni unwinds as a long, joyous descent into the steep canyon-walled Lago di Garda. Meander through the cobble streets and the lush park waterfront of Riva, or go for an extra afternoon ride up to Arco, famous for its rock-climbers. BL
Grand Hotel Riva, Riva del Garda

Day 7:

Riva del Garda to Sirmione by ferry and ride to Verona

Journey to the foot of the lake by ferryboat, a 3-hour tour. Marvel at the fortified port, a castle in the water in Sirmione. After a wander through town, jump aboard your bike again and make tracks along the bike path through Peschiera, then once again along the Adige River (and its canal partner) for Verona, the medieval city whence Romeo and Juliet fell in love. BLD
Best Western Hotel Firenze, Verona

Day 8:

Farewells and transfer to Venice

Enjoy a final breakfast with the group before loading up for the 90-minute drive to Venice. B





Description




Note about the route:

Easy cycling on quiet roads and paved paths from the heart of the Austrian Alps through pretty villages and spectacular landscapes, leading to one of Italy's largest lakes, Lake Garda.






Leave the snow capped Alps behind as you cycle towards the Italian Po plains, and the Renaissance jewel of Venice on the Adriatic. Lush green valleys, forests, vineyards and orchards will make the backdrop for your adventure, and a boat ride the length of Lake Garda is a highlight. You will start with an exhilarating descent from the top of the Brenner Pass into the Isarco River valley. You will follow the Isarco to its confluence with the Adige on riverside roads and paths through picturesque villages, near ancient forts, and beween hillsides covered in vineyards and orchards. A relaxing boat ride will carry you the whole length of the famous Lago di Garda. A final transfer will take you to Venice, known affectionately as the Queen of the Adriatic. During the evenings, you will savor the region’s finest wines and cuisines, considered even by Italians to be the best the country has to offer, and you will rest in well appointed villas and inns. This is an easy ride through beautiful country that will appeal to active travelers who enjoy a relaxing pace, the comforts of hearty food, delicious wine, and comfortable rest.





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Spend an extra few days in Venice exploring its canals. Take a vaporetto to the intensely colourful island of Burano.

Spend a week before or after you tour exploring other parts of Italy and Western Europe.

Join one of our Eastern European tours.





Costs

Start:
Your hotel in Innsbruck, 16:00, day one.


Finish:
Venice, 11:00, day eight.



Guided Cost

US 3295 C 3695

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 simple picnic lunches, 5 dinners, van and guide support, ferry, maps and route notes, luggage handling)

Self-Guided Cost

US 3195 C 3595

(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, maps and route notes, luggage transfers)

Single Occupancy

US 895 C 995


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 235 C 265
Racing: US 355 C 395


*Contact us about savings when groups of four or more book self-guided tours!*


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.