Sudtirol and The Dolomites to Lake Garda

7 Night Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Innsbruck or Verona and transfer by train or taxi to the base hotel in Brixen, the oldest town in the Sudtirol. Both Italian and German are spoken in the Sudtirol region, so Brixen is also known as Bressanone in Italian. Have a wonder through the baroque piazza before dinner, admiring the architecture and beguiling alpine backdrop.

Day 2

Toblach to Bruneck (19 miles/30 km). After breakfast, you will be transferred to Toblach (Dobbiaco) where you will be equipped with your bicycle. The route starts by following the Pragser Valley with stunning mountain scenery all around before a break at the barrier lake of Olanger Stausee. Then you continue along the River Rienz which reaches Bruneck (Brunico), the largest town in the valley with a historic Tyrolean centre with fantastic local eating and drinking on offer.

Day 3

Bruneck to Klausen (31 miles/50 km). Today you will continue cycling along the Pragser Valley into the Eisack Valley passing the medieval ruin of Muhlbacher Klause and the Neustift Monastery before cycling through the town of Brixen on route to the delightful village of Klausen (Chiusa) along the River Eisack. Klausen has an artistic heritage and is known as one of the most beautiful of Italy’s ancient villages, overlooked by the Saben monastery, which offers breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 4

Klausen to Bolzano (16 miles/25 km). Still following the Eisack Valley, today’s route takes you to Bolzano, past Ponte Gardena with a great view of the 12th Century Castle Trostburg, one of the most splendid castles in the South Tyrol. As you wind your way south, the valley gets narrower before you reach the capital of the South Tyrol, Bolzano (Bozen). Bolzano is a flourishing city with Italian as its main langrage and seen as the gateway to the Dolomites. The medieval centre is an ideal spot for enjoying a coffee, visiting the market or enjoying the mix of culture. The Archaeology Museum is also worth a visit, known for its 3,500-year-old Neolithic mummy called Otzi the Iceman!

Day 5

Merano (Optional Round Trip) (28 miles/45km). You will start today with a train transfer (included) to the spa town of Merano (Meran), a tranquil lakeside town nestled in a basin between soaring mountains. Enjoy the botanical gardens, art nouveau buildings and old town of Merano, a town with a distinctive Mediterranean feel. The region is the biggest apple producer in Europe (they harvest 5 billion a year, so the ride back to Bolzano weaves between one apple orchard after another. After a happy day on the bike, you’ll have plenty of time to sample another famous export, wine!

Day 6

Bolzano to Trento (41 miles/65km). There are two ways to start your ride today, either along the old railway track to Uberetsch via Caldaro with time for a quick dip in the Kalterer See lake or along the wide Etsch valley bike path offering a more direct route. Both routes each Salorno at the half way point, where you leave the South Tyrol region and enter the famous Trento wine growing region. 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 monuments.

Day 7

Trento to Riva del Garda/Torbole (25 miles/40km). Your last day in the saddle heads towards Lake Garda via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto before an ascent over the San Giovanni pass. From here you will enjoy the beautiful ride down through flourishing vegetation to shimmering Lake Garda itself. Lake Garda is so beautiful you won’t want to leave so we recommend an extra few nights.

Day 8

We say “Arrivederci” before transferring you to Verona.

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