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Italy's Alpine Valleys - Sud Tyrol, Lake Garda and Verona

Classic Self-Guided Cycling - Silandro to Verona

Home to some of the country's best bike paths and backroads, discover North Italy traversing verdant valleys beneath Alpine peaks and mountain glaciers, and exploring charming small towns and vibrant historic cities. The tour begins close to the Austrian border, deep in the heart of the Sud Tyrol - here the Via Claudia Augusta made its way to the Italian peninsula through the Venosta Valley, historically the most important crossroads between north and south. You’ll glide down towards the Trentino region through fascinating cities like Merano and Bolzano, eventually crossing wine country as the climate becomes more Mediterranean near enchanting Lake Garda and its colorful waterfront towns – here you’ll have the chance to navigate the length of one of the grand Italian lakes (with bikes on hand!). The tour ends in lovely Verona – spend a couple of additional days here exploring this beautiful art city, or continue south along the Veneto towards majestic Venice, cappinig a grand Italian holiday.

This low-difficulty itinerary also offers more challenging rides easily reachable from the main route, to epic mountain climbs and passes. This is a great tour for couples, friends or families of mixed cycling abilities (and even for kids!) blending the culturally unique Austro-Italian north with everything that can be expected from an Italian bike tour – great food, cycling and scenery combine in this highlight-packed itinerary.
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2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available!
Book by March 31st, 2021 to receive €100 off per person.

Free premium bike rental!
Available on all departures through July 31st, 2021, the rental fee for our premium titanium-frame road or hybrid bikes is waived.

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  • Day 1

    Tour begins in Silandro

    Highlights: Welcome to Silandro in the Sud Tyrol

    Arrive in Silandro and meet us for a bike fitting and tour briefing. We'll go over the tour in detail, show you how to use your gps and navigation tools, and answer all your questions, getting you ready for the adventure ahead. In the heart of the Val Venosta along the Via Claudia Augusta, Silandro is considered a "market town" in this region dotted with farms, fruit orchards and pastures. A tidy and pretty town, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, it provides an excellent starting point for a bike tour, where you'll be able to stroll the streets and watch the locals go by in the afternoon.

    Daily Distance: after fitting your bike, you are free to test the bike cycling the distance of your choice

  • Day 2

    Cycling the Val Venosta

    Highlights: Alpine valley scenery; Tyrolean villages

    Today you'll start cycling gently up the valley, northwest towards the Austrian border and heading to Glorenza (Glurns), known for its pretty town centre and the imposing fortified walls encircling the old town. On the way, visit the small town of Lasa and its marble quarries (of such a high quality that's it's been mined since Roman times), with the Churburg Castle in sight. If you’d like to add some cycling, you can continue up valley to nearby Malles (or more, if desired) with more spectacular cycling, mostly on paved bike paths and with one small climb on the way

    Daily Distance: Round trip to Glorenza is 50km (31 miles) with 385ms cumulative gain (1200 ft).

    For additional mileage and more challenging cycling today, we recommend catching the train in Silandro (very easy to board for cyclists) going north to Malles, where the train line ends (purchase the Trentino Card which includes all train transport, funiculars and other options.) Then continue cycling up-valley as far you’d like towards the Resia Pass on the Austrian border; on the way, you'll see the amazing underwater church (its spires jut out of a beautiful lake). From the lake, it’s 43 km back to Silandro with 160m elevation gain and 960m elevation loss, most on a paved bike path.

  • Day 3

    Cycling Silandro to Merano

    Highlights: Lovely bike paths; Merano

    Today’s ride is very gentle, mostly downhill and allowing cyclists to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery. En route, stop to admire the Castelbello castle perched on a rocky cliff, and beer lovers will want to stop at the wonderful Forst brewery just before Merano. Situated in the basin of the Val Venosta, this vibrant small city has a Mediterranean feel - a mild climate allows for palm trees, grapevines and even olive trees to flourish here. Plenty of sightseeing to do here, and our hotel has a great location on the riverfront strand, with outdoor café and restaurant.

    Daily Distance: 37km (23 miles) with 120 ms cumulative gain (400 ft), mostly on bike paths following a valley nestled between the Alps.

    For additional mileage and challenging cycling today, climb to Castel Tyrol from Merano (about 8 km up valley, with 300m cumulative gain), or continue even further northeast towards the Austrian border

  • Day 4

    Cycling Merano to Caldaro

    Highlights: Bolzano; Caldaro Wine Region

    You'll cycle over yet another wonderful bike path through this river valley nestled in the Alps, with rolling hills and three short climbs. A slightly longer route detours into the city of Bolzano, and the option to visit the now famous Archeological Museum of Bolzano, where Ötzi the Iceman is exhibited. As provincial capital of the Sud Tyrol, Bolzano is both a modern and traditional city, and has been an important regional hub since medieval times. It also became an important tourist center since the Habsurbgs started coming here in the 18th century.

    Caldaro (Kaltern in German) is among the prettiest villages in the region, set in the heart of the namesake wine valley (the Caldaro Wine Route winds through here). The main attraction here is beautiful Lake Caldaro, famous for its gentle Mediterranean climate and surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards. Consider visiting a winery or schedule a tasting and dinner at a wine estate this evening!

    Daily Distance: Including the detour to Bolzano, total 50km (31 miles), with 350m cumulative gain (1100 ft).

    For additional cycling, there’s the option to bike a few more miles and take a funicular up to a spectacular plateau above the valley, biking along winding and narrow roads practically free of car traffic. Return to the valley north of Bolzano and then have time to visit the town and continue pedaling through the beautiful Caldaro wine region.

  • Day 5

    Cycling Caldaro To Trento

    Highlights: Caldaro Lake; Trento

    Continue cycling mostly over bike paths today, joining the Adige River bike paths, one of the most famous paths in Italy. On the way, you can stop at the lovely small town of Mezzocorona and get a glimpse of the Castel Gottardo. Entering the beautiful city of Trento, you can enjoy sightseeing and city strolling as well as great restaurants in the heart of the Austrian region of Italy. A rich cultural center, Trento boasts a fascinating history and has the monuments and castles, palaces covered with frescoes, and stately promenades to prove it.

    Daily Distance: 64km (40 miles), with 250m cumulative gain (820 feet). For more cycling today, take the funicular from Caldaro (with your bikes) up to Passo Mendola, from here pedaling the beautiful Val di Non, followed by a fun descent to Trento from the mountains.

  • Day 6

    Cycling Trento to Riva del Garda

    Highlights: The Sarca Valley and Arco; Riva del Garda and lake Garda

    A shuttle this morning takes you and your bicycle to Cadine, up above Trento where you’ll begin a stunning ride through the Sarca Valley, winding through the Arco area and its dramatic peaks (world-famous among climbers), eventually reaching Riva del Garda, on the northern shore of the majestic Garda Lake. Also known as the pearl of Lake Garda, Riva is a picturesque city that offers a great base from which to explore this naturally blessed region and its Mediterranean micro-climate. Having left behind the German region of Italy, you'll want to explore and find that perfect restaurant or trattoria along a pretty alley or on a beautiful piazza.

    Daily distance: 41km (26 miles), with 250m cumulative gain (800 feet)

  • Day 7

    By boat across Lake Garda to Verona

    Highlights: Lake Garda; Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda; Verona

    A wonderful way to experience Lake Garda today, you'll get on a ferry boat from the boat dock at Riva (with your bikes at hand) for a lovely 4-hour cruise crossing the stretch of Lake Garda. The views of the bright blue and magenta waters, surrounded by mountains and lush forests in this Mediterranean clime, is a real delight. The boat lands in the peninsula of Sirmione on the south shore of the lake, with a very picturesque old town center and the impressive ruins (and views) of a Roman villa that are worth visiting (also making for a great lunch stop). From here, you'll cycle to Peschiera del Garda, another beautiful fortified medieval town on the south shore of the lake. After visiting Peschiera, you can board the train to Verona (approx. 20 min train ride), or cycle an additional 33km (20 miles) through vineyards and fruit farms over gentle rolling hills to the grand city of Verona.

    Daily distance: 26km (17 miles) from Sirmione to Peschiera; if continuing to Verona, a total of 59km (37 miles) with 210m cumulative gain (690 feet)

  • Day 8

    Tour ends

    Highlights: Arrivederci!

    After breakfast, explore lovely Verona, home of an amazingly preserved Roman amphitheater and the famous setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.


    PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Includes WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 7 nights lodging in 3- and 4-star hotels, with breakfast
  • GPS device with pre-loaded navigation tracks provided via Ride With GPS.
  • Navigation tracks and digital tour roadbook provided via Ride With GPS (the tracks can also be delivered via email prior to your travel, for use on your personal GPS device). The tour roadbook including daily step-by-step cue guides, daily maps (high-level and detailed shots of route, as well as ins and outs of cities where needed), cultural and sightseeing information, daily lunch and dinner suggestions, emergency contact numbers, and more, all viewable on your phone
  • Extensive pre-tour travel documentation, including detailed arrival, departure, and tour planning information
  • Online introduction and tour briefing available in English, prior to travel, including detailed overview of itinerary, gps use and navigation, and more, ensuring traveler is ready for the adventure ahead
  • Shuttle on day 6 (Trento to Cadine)
  • Luggage transfer every day

  • NOT INCLUDED
  • Bicycle rental (see Prices tab)
  • Airfare or transportation to tour starting point
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged at additional fee - please inquire)
  • Entrance tickets
  • Meals and activities not specified
  • Vehicle support
  • Daily city tax (tassa di soggiorno) to be paid at every hotel, in person at check-out (usually between €1 and €4 per person, per night)
  • Train, shuttle or ferry tickets
  • Helmets (can be reserved prior to tour start)
  • Clipless/SPD pedals
  • Travel insurance

  • Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available & - please inquire.

    Lodging Upgrade: Room upgrades are possible in some hotels - please inquire for prices and availability

    Extra nightsPlease inquire about adding nights along the itinerary or before/after the tour.

    PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
    Countries Italy
    Begin/End Silandro (Schlanders) / Verona
    Arrive/Depart How to get there and away:
    In and out of Venice, Verona or Treviso airports in Italy, or Innsbruck airport in Austria (and train to Silandro). Starting point: Hotel in Silandro
    - Take a train to Silandro (with connection) or shuttle transsfer.

    - Ending point: Hotel in Verona
    - Flight out from the above airports, connected to verona by taxi, bus or train.

    Private airport transfers are available - please inquire for rates and conditions.

    Once you book your tour, we will send you detailed arrival and departure information to help you plan your travels.
    Total Distance approx. 335 km (209 miles), plus optional rides almost every day (see itinerary for details)
    Daily Distance 34-82 km (21-51 miles), plus optional mileage

    Difficulty Description: this tour is rated a 1 out of 3 if cycling the base rides every day; If doing the challenging additional rides every day, this tour is rated 3 out of 3.
    Rating 101 to 301
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    Notes Navigation and roadbook:
    On our CLASSIC self-guided tours, detailed daily information and route navigation are provided through a GPS device (one included for every two cyclists), a smartphone application, as well as a printed roadbook with thorough daily descriptions and maps. Our app allows you to download the information into your smartphone, where you can the daily routes even in offline mode. Hotel itinerary, daily ride descriptions, cultural information, visit suggestions, elevation profiles, and emergency numbers are all stored in one organized place. Downloading maps and routes also allows you to navigate in offline mode. If you prefer, you can download the routes into your GPS device and print the detailed route notes before leaving home and use them on tour, or rely on the detailed roadbook that we will print for you and delivery before the tour start

    For more information on the smartphone app, visit RideWithGPS Experiences.

    For more information on the GPS tracks and roadbook, please see the Tour Factsheet .

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    Luggage transfers are included in your package.
    The luggage is normally collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.30. Every piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. Please make sure yours have correct tags. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.

    Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
    Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.
    Terms Terms & Conditions
    Dates Prices Single Supplement
    Dates 2021 Dates available: from April-1 to October-31

    Starts every Sunday*

    * Other start days available by request, with a possible supplemental fee.

    A high-season surcharge of €50 per person applies in July and August

    Per person price based on double occupancy; minimum 2 participants per departures; Single rooms and Solo Traveler departures available - see supplemental fees on the right.


    2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available! Book by March 31st, 2021 to receive €100 off per person.

    Free premium bike rental! Available on all departures through July 31st, 2021, the rental fee for our premium titanium-frame road or hybrid bikes is waived.

    Group Discounts for 6 or more participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.
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    Don't have 8 days? Our shorter version of this tour still offers great cycling and all the highlights – end your cycling in Trento and transfer to Verona on the last day. If you have more days available and are interested in a true Grand Tour of the Italians Alps and Dolomites you can join this tour back to back with our Majestic Dolomites from Cortina to Bolzano tour.
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    Bike Rental options:
    We offer quality bikes in different styles, all great options for this bike tour. Our bikes are maintained and delivered in optimal working condition.

    The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point in Silandro and collection from ending point in Verona.

    Bike rental rates
    Aluminum hybrid: €120
    Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €160
    E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €240
    Tandem: €280 (priced per bike, for 2 cyclists)
    Tag-along or kid trailer: €80

    For detailed specs and photos of our bikes, see our website - Bike Rentals Italy.

    High-Season notes (May, September and early October):
    Hotels: may be subject to availability, and a hotel supplemental fee may be applied.
    Bike Availability: our premium (titanium-frame) bikes are also subject to availability.
    Prices €1175 per person

    2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available now!
    Single Supplement €230 fee for private, single room
    €350 fee for private, double room
    €790 solo traveler fee
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