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

Start at your hotel in Innsbruck at 15:00. On guided tours, you will walk a short distance to the funicular and cable cars that whisk you into the Nordkette range. From the summits of Seegrube (1905m) and Hafelekar (2334m) you will enjoy stunning panoramas overlooking the city to the south (where you’ll be heading tomorrow) and the majestic Karwendel to the north. Return by cable car to the city center in time for dinner. 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

Begin with a transfer to the top of the Brenner Pass, where you will be fitted to your rental bikes. 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 Trento 65km

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. Finish your ride early this afternoon in Trento, home to Italy’s highest ranked university and the beautiful Buonconsiglio Castle. An early arrival will allow time to explore the sights of the city. You might also opt to ride the cable car to the village of Sardagna where there are pleasant paths to explore. BLD
Grand Hotel Trento, or
NH Trento, Trento


Day 6

Trento to Riva del Garda 47km

Your ride today delivers huge vistas. You will take the gentle climb to Passo San Giovanni before the road 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
Hotel Luise, or

Parc Hotel Flora, 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

US 3650 C 4195

(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, taxes)

US 3475 C 3995

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

Single Occupancy

US 1105 C 1270

Bicycle Rental

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

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.