Südtirol, Lake Garda & Valpolicella

10 Day Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Verona, Venice or Innsbruck airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Sankt Valentin auf der Haide.

Day 2

Sankt Valentin auf der Haide. After breakfast you’ll be equipped you with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore St. Valentin auf der Haide and the surrounding countryside. Our suggested route takes you around spectacular Reschensee, a lake famous for the rather surprising steeple rising out of the water. At the far end of the lake you arrive at picture perfect Reschen; the essence of a Tyrolean village. From Reschen you can also ride 2km to the summit of the Reschenpass for spectacular mountain and lake views over a picnic lunch.

Day 3

Sankt Valentin auf der Haide to Rabland: 35 miles (56km). At first glance, today’s route appears to be longer, but it’s virtually downhill all the way, so you can enjoy glorious freewheeling through vineyards and apple orchards with a majestic mountain backdrop. Highlights include the village of Burgeis; Glurns, a beautifully preserved medieval settlement with its original city walls still in tact; and Schlanders, the capital of the famous Vinschgau.

Day 4

Rabland to Kaltern: 27 miles (43km). Following the Adige valley downstream, it’s no surprise this region is the biggest apple producer in Europe (they harvest 5 billion a year), as the route weaves between one apple orchard after another, with lovely towns and beer-stops along the way. We suggest lunch in Merano, a tranquil lakeside town nestled in a basin between soaring mountains. As you wind your way from here towards Bolzano, the landscape feels increasingly Mediterranean as you approach Kaltern, a sunny region awash with cypress, fig and olive trees. After a happy day on the bike, you’ll have plenty of time to sample Kaltern’s finest export: the wine.

Day 5

Kaltern to Trento: 28 miles (46km). Leaving Kaltern now, you’ll have another opportunity for a refreshing dip, this time in the beautiful Kalterersee. The wine route continues through Tramin, another pretty town where there’s plenty to see, do and drink (the Gewürztraminer grape variety originates from here). We end the day in Trento, an attractive Italian city brimming with culture and history etched out in the form of Renaissance-style monuments, frescoed houses, churches and museums.

Day 6

Trento to Riva del Garda. 24 miles (38km). You’ll start today with a helping hand, as we transport you from your hotel to Cadine, about 6km away and, importantly, 300m above Trento. From here you can enjoy a beautiful downhill ride past numerous lakes (stopping for a dip whenever you fancy) and down the Sarca valley, where the river flows shallow and fast, forming waterfalls as it tumbles on. We recommend lunch on lake Toblino, where a striking castle on the water’s edge now functions as a restaurant with a mighty mountain view.

Day 7

Riva del Garda. Lake Garda is too beautiful to simply pass through, so today you have all the time in the world to enjoy its various delights. From here you can also explore the nearby villages of Torbole and Nago where you can wander through the tiny backstreets and around ancient churches. That is, of course, if you can tear yourself away from the sublime shores and flourishing vegetation of shimmering Lake Garda itself. With lovely little towns to potter around, al fresco dining with a lakeside view, and swimming in the glorious blue water, you might not want to leave at all.

Day 8

Riva del Garda to San Pietro in Cariano: 21 miles (34km). Another easy start to the day, with a morning ferry ride (pay locally) down the length of Lake Garda to Sirmione, an ancient municipality dating back to Roman times. Built prominently here on the water’s edge, the ‘Grottoes of Catullus’ are well worth a look. Once on shore, the route takes you to San Pietro in Cariano, in the heart of Valpollicella, an area renowned for its wine production. As luck would have it, your haven for the night is a winemaker’s villa – the perfect spot to sample the various delights on offer in the area - from dessert wines and strong wines made from dried grapes, to light, fragrant whites and Amarone, a rich dry red.

Day 9

San Pietro in Cariano. The day starts as all days in Italy should: with a strong coffee and a tasty breakfast on the sun terrace surrounded by vines. The final day is yours to do as you please – Verona is only about 15km away, so we suggest a pootle along the designated cycle routes into this famous Italian city of love.

Day 10

We say “Arrivederci” before transferring you direct from San Pietro in Cariano to your Verona, Venice or Innsbruck airport by train or minibus.