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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

The Dolomites to Lake Garda | Self Guided

The South Tyrol and Dolomites incredible natural beauty engulfs you on this tour, as you weave through deep valleys and apple orchards down to the Mediterranean-esque shores of Lake Garda. Ancient castles, medieval towns, rustic villages and vineyards punctuate the journey, all with a spectacular mountain backdrop.

What not to miss

  • Sampling fine Italian wines and alfresco dining on the shores of Lake Garda
  • The Spa town of Merano with its Mediterranean flair
  • Saben Monastery’s stunning views from Klausen

What's included

  • 3-star / 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Touring bike with pannier and handlebar bags
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Assistance whenever needed
  • GPS information available
  • Train from Bolzano to Merano
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

The Dolomites to Lake Garda | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

GrünerBaum Hotel, Bressanone

4 star

This hotel consists of four buildings adorning over 5000m² of wellness facilities, perfect for relaxation. 

Hotel Corso, Brunico

4 star

Situated in the heart of the beautiful South Tyrolean town of Brunico / Bruneck, this 17th-century building combines elegance with modern comforts.

Hotel Post Gries, Bolzano

3 star

This lovely 3-star hotel is just a few minutes walk from the old town. Located in the historical square Piazza Gries, this family-run hotel is full of charm and tradition. 

Parkhotel Post, Klausen

3 star

Located in Klausen - 'The City of Artists' - this hotel is framed by the magnificent Dolomites. Sitting within the medieval city walls, this hotel is in one of the most beautiful locations in Italy. 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

The Dolomites to Lake Garda | Self Guided

Day 1

Arrive at Innsbruck or Verona

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 wander through the lovely baroque piazza before dinner, admiring the architecture and beguiling alpine backdrop.

Day 2

From Toblach to Bruneck | Distance 19 miles (30km)

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

From Bruneck to Klausen | Distance 31 miles (50km)

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

From Klausen to Bolzano | Distance 16 miles (25km)

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) | Distance 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

From Bolzano to Trento | Distance 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

From Trento to Riva del Garda / Torbole | Distance 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.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

The Dolomites to Lake Garda | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

The Dolomites to Lake Garda | Self Guided

2019 Dates and Prices

Tour Only Prices

2019 Departure Dates (Wednesday and Sundays) Nights  Adult Price  
28th April & 25th/29th September  7 £745 Enquire Now
1st May to 3rd July  7 £845 Enquire Now
7th July to 22nd September  7 £925 Enquire Now

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates (Wednesday and Sundays) Nights  Adult Price  
28th April & 25th/29th September  7 £1115 Enquire Now
1st May to 3rd July  7 £1205 Enquire Now
7th July to 22nd September  7 £1295  Enquire Now

Single Supplement: £150 per person

Ebike Supplement: £90 per person

Extra Night in Brixen: £67 per night

Extra Night in Riva del Garda: £67 per night per person

Extra Night in Riva del Garda: £117 per night per person

Any day departures are available for groups of 5 or more passengers.

*Prices with travel included based on either flights to Innsbruck and a private transfer to Brixen or flights to Verona, then shuttle bus to train station and train to Brixen. Return transfers to Verona. 

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

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