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

Classic Self-Guided - Silandro to Verona - 8 days

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, capping off 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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  • 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

    Accommodation: Pension Schweitzer, or similar.

  • 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: 50 km (31 miles)
    Elevation gain: +400 m (1312 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.

    Accommodation: Pension Schweitzer, or similar.

  • 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: 36 km (22 miles)
    Elevation gain: +105 m (344 ft)

    For additional mileageand 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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Aurora, or similar.

  • Day 4

    Cycling Merano to Bolzano via Caldaro

    Highlights: Val Venosta, Caldaro Wine Region, Bolzano

    Cycle yet another wonderful bike path through this river valley nestled in the Alps, following the Adige River towards Bolzano, through vineyards and apple orchards. As the valley widens and then narrows, you’ll approach the shadow of Firmiano Castle, now a museum founded by famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Once in Bolzano, take a leisurely stroll through the city's bustling streets and elegant palaces, relax in the lively main square, and don't miss the renowned Ötzi Museum, housing the mummy of Ötzi the Iceman found in the glaciers of the nearby peaks.

    For additional cycling, take a detour climbing up from the valley to the town of Caldaro (Kaltern in German), 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 at a wine estate. You may also choose to visit Caldaro tomorrow, on your way to Trento!

    Short option: Daily distance 34 km (21 miles); Elevation gain + 121m (396 ft).
    Longer option: 70km (43 miles); Elevation gain + 607m (1990 ft).

    Accommodation: Hotel Figl, or similar.

  • Day 5

    Cycling Bolzano to Trento

    Highlights: Adige River Valley, Mezzocorona, Trento

    You keep on cycling South today, enjoy a clear view of the Alps all around you. Our itinerary moves away from the main cycle path on occasion, giving you the opportunity to visit the small town of Neumarkt-Egna, Salorno, Mezzocorona, and San Michele all'Adige. In San Michele you can visit an interesting ethnographic museum about life in the Alps. Continuing on, you will cycle the remaining route to Trento on the familiar bike path next to the Adige River. A rich cultural center, Trento boasts a fascinating history and has enough monuments, castles, frescoed palaces, and stately promenades to prove it.

    If you skipped visting the Caldaro wine region yesterday, or if you’d like to cycle through this valley again today, this ride is available as an optional, longer ride.

    Short option: Daily distance 74 km (46 miles); Elevation gain + 334 m (1214 ft)
    Longer option: Daily distance 82km (51 miles); Elevation gain + 535 m (1755 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel America , or similar.

  • 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: 45 km (28 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 294 m (964 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

  • 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.

    Sirmione to Peschiera - Daily distance: 24 km (15 miles), with + 143 m (469 ft) elevation gain
    If continuing to Verona: total of 59 km (36 miles), with + 357 m (1171 ft) elevation gain
    Riva to Verona - Total distance: 90 km (55 miles), with + 709 m (2326 ft) elevation gain

    Accommodation: Pepita Lodge, or similar.

  • 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 Includes
7 nights lodging in 3- and 4-star hotels
All breakfasts
Bike fitting and briefing in English by our professional staff at tour start
Access to smartphone app with tracks and digital roadbook
Extensive pre-tour travel documentation, including detailed arrival, departure, and tour planning information
Luggage transfer
Shuttle on day 6 (Trento to Cadine)

Not included
Bicycle rental (see Prices tab)
Airfare or transportation to and from the tour start and end
City hotel tax (2 to 5 euro per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler)
Entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included
Any meals or beverages not indicated as included
Any type of insurance (medical, trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, bike rental)
Ferry boat ticket for cruising the Lake Garda (day 7)

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 nights: If you'd like to add nights before or after the tour, please inquire - we will be happy to provide a quote and add the nights to your tour package.

Extra meals & activities: (please inquire for price and availability)

Cooking classes available in various tour locations! Organized by Le Cesarine, experts in Italian culinary experiences. You will be hosted by a local at their home - your "Cesarina" - in a class that lasts about three hours, during which you will help the Cesarina prepare three courses. In the fourth and final hour, you will enjoy the meal (lunch or dinner) which you prepared during the class. Water and one bottle of house wine for every 3 people are included.


Navigation and roadbook:
On our self-guided tours, detailed tour information and route navigation tracks are provided through the free smartphone app Ride With GPS - our "digital roadbook" - which includes daily routes, maps, elevation profiles, and ride descriptions; schedules and hotel itinerary; cultural and sightseeing information, visit suggestions; emergency numbers and more, all stored in one organized, easy to use app. Downloading the app content also allows for offline mode navigation. Participants can also upload the routes to their own GPS device, and even print the detailed route notes before leaving home

On our self-guided tours, GPS device rental, as well as a printed roadbook, are available at an optional extra fee:
  • GPS device rental: €50
  • Printed roadbook: €45 (second copy of printed roadbook €15)

  • For more information on our navigation options, as well as the smartphone app, please read our blog: What's it like to navigate on our self-guided tours?.

    Luggage transfers
    Luggage transfers are included in your package. The luggage is normally collected from 09.30 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.00 hrs. Please use the luggage tags provided by Cycle Europe on all your luggage being transferred. Please have your luggage ready before the driver comes to collect it, otherwise 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.

    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.

    Tour code: itbs3929
    Countries Italy
    Begin/End Silandro (Schlanders) / Verona
    Arrive/Depart Starting point: Pension Schweitzer - Via Dante, 1, Silandro
  • If you are flying into Venice Airport (VCE):
    - You can reach the Mestre train station from the Venice Airport by taxi (about 20 minutes ride) or you can take a bus
    - You can take a train to Merano from Mestre station. The train journey will be around 4h and will have one or two changes. Please check train schedules and prices on Trenitalia website (enter Venezia Mestre as "From" and Merano Meran as "To")
    - You can reach Silandro Hotel from Merano by taxi (about 40min ride)
  • If you are flying into Verona Airport (VRN):
  • - You can reach the Verona Train Station by the Airport shuttle bus
    - You can reach Merano from the Verona Porta Nuova train station by train with a 3h trip with one connection in Bolzano.
    - You can reach Silandro Hotel from Merano using a taxi (about 40min ride)

    Private Transfers are also available - contact us for prices

    The meeting time for our self-guided tours is typically set between 2pm and 4pm. We recommend travelers plan accordingly allowing plenty of time to arrive at the determined meeting place. Please note a late fee may be applied for late arrivals - please see our terms page for details

    Ending point: Pepita Lodge - Corso Porta Nuova, 103, Verona
    We recommend flying out of Verona Airport "Valerio Catullo"
    - Taxis from the hotel to Verona airport take about 15/20 minutes (depending on traffic)
    - You can take a 10 minutes walk reaching the Verona train station and then catching the airport shuttle bus

    Private Transfers are also available - inquire for prices

    Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates, which may vary from the hotels listed above.)
    Total Distance approx. 335 km (209 miles), plus optional rides almost every day (see itinerary for details)
    Daily Distance From 24 to 66 km (15-41 miles) per day, plus optional ride options.

    Rating 101 to 301
    About Tour Ratings »
    Notes Difficulty Description: this tour is rated a 1 out of 3 if cycling the base rides every day; If cycling the optional, more challenging rides, this tour is rated a 2 or a 3, depending on the rides selected.

    This itinerary includes short stretches of bike paths with hard packed dirt/gravel sections that could prove difficult for less experienced cyclists if using a road bike with thin tires; if you are not experienced on hard packed dirt/gravel, we recommend renting our aluminum hybrid bike or our e-bikes, with thicker tires that make the bike paths easier to manage. If you have any questions about this, please ask us, we'll be happy to answer in detail.

    Please click on the Rating link below for a detailed explanation of our difficult rating system.
    Terms Terms & Conditions
    Dates Prices Single Supplement
    Dates This tour is available between May 1 and September 30

    *2024 published price, with 4 participants on departure, in shared double rooms.

    For departures with 2 or 3 participants, the price per person is €1595.

    Starts every Sunday. Other start days available by request (extra fee applies). Please note that starting on certain days of the week will make some visits (such as museums or tastings) impossible.

    Solo traveler departures (only one person on the departure) are also available with a supplemental fee. This fee includes the cost of the single/double room supplement, as well as a GPS unit with the pre-loaded routes.

    Group Discounts for participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.

    For more ways to save, see our Discounts and Promotions page

    High-Season surcharge (May, June, September and early October): a €100 per person surcharge is applied on high-season departures. If joining an existing, confirmed departure date, the fee may be waived - please inquire.

    2024 confirmed daperture dates:

    May 5, 26
    June 9, 16
    July 7, 14, 21

    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: €130
    Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €170
    E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €255
    Tandem: €295 (priced per bike, for 2 cyclists)
    Tag-along or kid trailer: €80

    Bike rental insurance is available for purchase with all our rental bikes – see details in the Bike Rental Insurance section of our Terms and Conditions page.

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


    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.

    Additional useful information:

    • Do you have any questions about how our bike tours work? Check out our FAQs page!

    • Curious about the difference between our Casual and Classic self-guided tours? Check out our introduction blog on Casual Self-Guided Tours.

    • We offer various tools for navigation - this page details what it's like to navigate on our self-guided tours.

    • If the self-guided formula isn't right for you, check out this blog introducing the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
    Prices €1395 per person * Single Supplement €245 fee (in single room or double room for single use)

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    • This was a beautiful cycling trip in South Tyrol Italy, a self-guided tour from Cycle Europe. The latter was an easy company to deal with for bike rental, hotel arrangements, and a wealth of information for the tour--at a value price. The hotels selected were all different and individually interesting for a great sampling of the area. Every staff encountered in person and via email was friendly and responsive.

      John Z.

    • Great venue, good value from Cycle Europe in terms of hotels and equipment. Very friendly staff and a good website.

      John Z.

    • 10 out of 10 - Thanks so much. It was a wonderful trip. We will be talking about it for years to come.

      Michael D., USA, 2019

    • 10 out of 10 - We had a great 50th anniversary trip. This included grandchildren ages 5,7,15 plus 4 parents and my wife Ann. Ann who had never done a trip like this rented an ebike. She was tremendously successful as was all the rest of us. Riding through the Dolomites was pure pleasure. What a way to celebrate. Thanks

      Robert D., USA, 2019