Adige River And Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (13 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Resia / Verona
  • Distance

    180 miles/290 kms
  • Themes

    FamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-120CIT
Price From £537

Overview

The Adige River cycle path has to be one of the most enjoyable and scenic leisure-cycling routes in Europe. Starting from the head of the Resia Pass, close to the Austrian border, this idyllic cycle path follows the Adige River as it descends through stunning alpine landscapes past quaint mountain villages and historic towns to Lake Garda.

If you’re looking for carefree, easy cycling on quiet cycle paths through jaw-dropping scenery then look no further – the Adige River and Lake Garda Cycling Holiday really should be on your leisure cycling bucket list.

The route starts high in the Italian Alps at the head of the Resia/Reschen Pass and follows the Adige River as it descends along the stunning Venosta Valley. You’ll be cycling on a traffic free, tarmac cycle path. The going is easy, being predominantly downhill, allowing plenty of time to drink in the panoramic alpine vistas that unfold all around.

Adige Cycle path - Italy - F

Quiet, easy, scenic cycling – perfect!

You’ll cycle past small villages and medieval towns, some of which originate from Roman times as this is the route of the Via Claudia Augusta, a trans-alpine path first opened in 46 AD. As you descend, the fruit orchards begin to give way to vineyards and the Adige turns from a tumbling mountain stream to a fully fledged river.

Shortly after the town of Trento you face the one, short, easy climb of the route – don’t worry it’s not that long and there’s no penalty for walking or taking a breather. Your efforts are rewarded with an exhilarating descent to the stunning northern shore of Lake Garda. If you opt for the 6 night version, then you’ll spend the last night of your tour in one of the pretty lakeside towns on the northern shore, such as Riva, Torbole or Nago. If you opt for the 7 night version then you will enjoy a ferry ride down to the lake’s southern shore and spend the night in Peschiera/Decensano area. On your last day of cycling you cycle to the historic city of Verona, with its Roman Amphitheatre.

The vast majority of this route is on tarmac cycle paths with some very short stretches on quiet roads. the busiest section would be in Verona. The route is predominantly downhill or level making it a good choice for families and anyone with a basic level of fitness. It’s also possible to shorten each ride with train rides ( except day 7).

Itinerary & Map

The majority of this route is on tarmac cycle paths with some short stretches on quiet roads. The route is predominantly downhill or level making it a good choice for families and anyone with a basic level of fitness.

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Day 1: Arrrive Bolzano

Bolzano - F

Bolzano

Your holiday begins in or near the alpine town of Bolzano. It’s the capital of the South Tyrol region and sits at the southern end of the Brenner Pass in the Italian Alps. There’s plenty to see and do here from taking a cable car up one of surrounding mountains for an alpine walk to visiting Bolzano’s most famous resident, ‘Ötzi’, a 5,000 year old neolithic iceman who’s well-preserved remains were discovered in a nearby glacier in 1991. The town consistently ranks highly in the most-popular-town-to live-in stakes thanks to its culture, restaurants, pleasant climate and alpine air. A wander through the bustling historic old town with its narrow cobbled streets is a must. Here you’ll find an excellent choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.  Get a good night’s sleep to prepare yourself for your cycling adventure that starts in the morning.

Day 2: Resia Pass – Silandro, 31 miles/50 kms

Church Tower Resia Lake

Church Tower Resia Lake

After breakfast you are picked up and transferred by van with your bikes to the top of the Resia Pass (German Reschen Pass) in the Venosta Valley. The scenic journey takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and you disembark in the village of Resia (1500m) which enjoys a stunning location at the northern end of Resia Lake surrounded by picturesque alpine meadows and granite peaks. The lake is actually artificial and was created just after World War II immersing some local villages. Today’s ride really is special as you’ll be pedalling along the peaceful Adige Cycle Path beside the babbling Adige River, enjoying jaw-dropping alpine vistas all the way. Because you’ve started at the top of the pass the cycling is predominantly downhill and in our opinion leisure cycling really doesn’t get much better than this. The gorgeous natural scenery is interrupted only by charming alpine villages such as Burgeis, Malles and Sluderno. All too soon, you arrive at your overnight stop in the pretty town of Silandro.

Day 3: Silandro – Merano, 25 miles/40 kms

Adige Cycle Path

Adige Cycle Path

After breakfast you rejoin the idyllic cycle path and continue on down the Venosta Valley beside the tumbling Adige River letting the impressive alpine scenery roll past. As well as being scenic, the Venosta Valley is also fertile and on today’s ride you’ll pass many fruit orchards as apricots, apples, strawberries and pears all thrive here. In the village of Laces you could lock the bikes up and take the cable car up to 1740m to the tiny village of San Martino Al Monte. Here you can enjoy fabulous views along the valley and admire one of the most beautiful pilgrimage churches of the South Tyrol. More easy riding beside the Adige River brings you to the town of Merano your home for the evening. Merano is a spa town and a visit to its centrally located thermal pool complex is highly recommended, particularly after a long day in the saddle.

Day 4: Merano – Bolzano, 22 miles, 35-40 kms

Adige Cycle Path

Carefree cycling beside the Adige River

By now you’ll be getting into a pleasant rhythm and the legs will know what’s expected of them. More leisurely cycling along the Adige cycle path today as you descend the Upper Adige Valley to Bolzano (where your holiday began three days ago). The valley is wide and fertile and we recommend detouring from the cycle path to small alpine villages such as Nals and Andriano for an ice-cream or coffee break. Your trusty guide, The Adige River, finally delivers you to Bolzano where you’ll stop for the night. Take a stroll through the atmospheric old town along the narrow arcade-lined lanes or visit the Reinhold Messner Climbing Museum. If it’s hot you might opt for an afternoon at the open-air swimming pool.

Day 5: Bolzano – Trento, 41-44 miles/65-70 kms

Trento - Italy*

Trento

Today there are two route options to choose from. The easiest and most direct route leads you south along the lower Adige valley beside the river which is bigger now, swollen by its confluence with the Eisack River at Bolzano. The second, slightly longer option includes a couple of short climbs but the payoff is a ride through the stunning Caladaro Valley to Lake Caldaro. The lake is one of the warmest in the alps and just perfect for a swim if the weather is hot. The two routes converge in the Adige Valley near the town of Ora from where you continue your journey south.  For centuries this wide fertile valley has been one of the primary north-south trading routes through the alps and the scenery is spectacular. Tiny, white alpine villages, perched on the green mountainsides on either side of the valley, are overlooked by towering granite peaks. The easy, level cycle path sticks resolutely to the valley floor leading you through the small pleasant villages of Ora, Egna and Salomo before arriving at Trento, today’s destination.  Trento has a long and colourful history, thanks to its strategic position on one of the Alps’ main passes. Head for the picturesque medieval city centre to absorb the atmosphere and learn more.

Day 6: Trento – Lake Garda, 32 miles/50kms (plus ferry journey if you opt for the 7 night version)

Torbole

Torbole – Lake Garda

Leaving Trento you continue down the valley to Rovereto where you leave the Adige River and cycle up a ridge to escape the valley. The climb is rewarded with an exhilarating freewheel down to the northern shoreline of stunning Lake Garda.

If you opt for the 6 night version of this tour then your holiday will finish with a night in one of the charming towns on Lake Garda’s north shore. If you choose the the 7 night version then you’ll enjoy a wonderful ferry ride the entire length of the Lake to Peschiera on the southern shore. The scenery from the boat is spectacular with sheer limestone cliffs and tree-lined hillsides plunging down into the deep blue lake. Pretty villages line the shore and brightly coloured windsurfing sails flit to and fro across the lake’s surface. Disembark in Peschiera and make your way to your nearby hotel.

Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona, 37-22 miles/60-35kms

Verona - Italy

Verona

Leave Lake Garda behind and cycle eastwards through open countryside to the Roman city of Verona. Shakespeare chose the beautiful city as the setting for Romeo and Juliet and you can visit Casa di Giulietta, purported to be the location of the famous balcony scene. The wonderful Arena, a crumbling Roman amphitheatre still hosts lavish productions today and you may wish to time your arrival to coincide with a particular performance – use this link to research further but be sure to book in advance as most performances are sold out months in advance. Ascend the Lamberti tower for a great view over the city, enjoy an ice cream in the buzzing Piazza Bra and stroll through the atmospheric old town exploring the maze-like streets.

 

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Wednesday & Saturday from 20 April - to 22 June & 26 August - 05 October
Arrivals every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday from 23 June - 25 August

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2019 Prices
019-120CIT
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

6 or 7 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 or 7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Transfer Bolzano - Resia Pass, day 2
4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda - 7 night tour only
Welcome briefing
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Bolzano, double/twin, superior (£75)
Extra night Bolzano, single, superior (£99)
Extra night Verona, double/twin, superior (£65)
Extra night Verona, single, superior (£84)
Bike with pannier & lock . See practical information. (£78)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£184)
Helmet (£17)

Reductions

Children 0-2 yrs free sharing with two adults
50% for children 3-6 yrs sharing with two adults
30% for children 7-10 yrs sharing with two adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear city bikes with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, odometer and lock plus one repair kit per room.

Electric bikes, child seats and child bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

 

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Bolzano: Premstaller Gardenhotel Bolzano
Silandro: Pension Schweitzer
Merano: Hotel Flora
Trento: Grand Hotel Trento
Riva/ Nago-Torbole area: Eco Hotel Bonapace  (6 night tour only)
Peschiera/Desenzano: Hotel Puccini
Verona: Hotel San Marco

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Verona or Venice airport and then take the train to Bolzano. From Verona the train takes approximately 2 hours and from Venice approximately 3 hours. Fly back from Verona (Venice is also possible).

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains in Italy here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 13 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 24/10/2018
  • Name - Merle Turner
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Provided clear and informative information inputs for the understanding of each of multiple (3 different trips) cycle trips making the selection process very easy..
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Exceeded all expectations in great trails, beautiful senery, great lodging and good directions
  • Date - 04/10/2018
  • Name - Jean-Pierre Parenty
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally and Andy were super at the booking and information stage.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Very well planned trip through a gorgeous region.
  • Date - 19/09/2018
  • Name - Susan Lyons
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Prompt answers to queries plus helpful advice.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We loved the fact it was nearly all on a cycle track. The scenery particularly the first couple of days was spectacular.

    There was too much faffing about collecting people and forgotten bikes the first day. It was after 11 am before we actually got on our bikes.

    The day getting to the ferry at lake Garda felt like too much pressure. No time for a decent lunch stop and no time for a swim! Plus arrival at hotel in Peschiera was too late to use the pool. I think day 6, Trento to Peschiera would be better as two days for folk like us.

    The hotel in Mantova was disappointing. Felt more like 2 than 3 stars. Though the staff were nice.
  • Date - 03/09/2018
  • Name - Josh
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  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Stephen Russell
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Flexitreks were excellent, we wanted to customise the end of our trip, they made it very easy to do.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Our first cycling holiday, can't wait till the next one. Beautiful region of Italy.
  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Very helpful and thank you for organising a tandem.
    More help/ advice with transfers would be helpful.
  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Mike Hamblin
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Andy provided some great advice on suitable trip for myself and my two sons. The choice to go to Mantova was a good one as such a beautiful relaxing ride on the final day and still had chance to visit Verona on following day by train.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fabulous trip along the beautiful Adige river with some interesting cycling and opportunity to take breaks in scenic local towns. The cycling was varied though generally downhill, we took option to take some of the hillier variants available. Hotels generally fine and no issues with bag transfers. Only minor point would be to stay in alternate hotel in Bolzano on first day, as far out of centre and no books available to cycle in.
    Really enjoyable trip and would throughly recommend
  • Date - 21/08/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Enthusiastic about their tours, willing to spend time providing information, very helpful
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Beautiful scenery, comfortable well maintained bikes, well organised
  • Date - 14/08/2018
  • Name - David Pead
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything worked very well. The cycling was excellent, mainly along cycling paths and through apple orchards. We wanted "easy" cycling and it was - with the vast majority of it heading down (very little "up") following the river. The luggage moved to each hotel perfectly and every hotel was a pleasure to stay in. The ferry across Lake Garda at the end was a fitting and beautiful finale to the holiday. All in all, we had an excellent time
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The holiday was good value for money
  • Date - 16/07/2018
  • Name - Ernest Munro
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Recommended tour by Flexitreks and all arrangements straight forward.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Excellent trip. All hotels good apart from the first one in Bolzano called
    Premstaller.A dump and miles
    Away from the town.Cost us a fortune in taxis.The boat ride on Lake Garda took 5 and a half hours!! Far too long. Cycling excellent and most downhill.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : We aim to please.

    Product : Thanks for the feedback Ernest. Sorry to hear you were not so keen on the Premstaller but glad you had an excellent trip all the same. The ferry journey on Lake Garda tends to divide opinion - some really appreciate the break and the fantastic scenery, others find it a bit too long - you are obviously in the latter category.
  • Date - 23/11/2017
  • Name - Marie Louise
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Booking process very easy and friendly.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We absolutely loved this holiday. The route led us through ever-changing but always picturesque scenery. The hotels were all quite different but always of a good standard and it was nice to explore a different place each evening. High points for us were Bolzano, Silandro, the route between Resia and Merano, and the route between Bolzano and Lake Garda. One small point - it would have been nice to have spent more time in Riva del Garda as that looked a lovely place but we had to rush for the ferry
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Marie. We do actually now offer a version of this route that finishes in Riva del Garda and allows guests to enjoy an evening in this lovely lakeside town.
  • Date - 24/10/2017
  • Name - Ann Johnson
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Friendly and reply quickly.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We mostly enjoyed this trip. The organisation was always very good, bags always delivered by the time we arrived at the hotel. The odometers didn't work the first day which made the directions a bit hard to follow.
    We didn't particularly enjoy the last day (which is not to say that other people wouldn't like it). If you enjoy orienteering and lots of fiddly instructions and you don't mind mixing it with fast moving, very close traffic then it would probably be fine. For us taking the train from Lake Garda and spending extra time in Verona would have been a better option.
    The other days were lovely, riding along the Adige as it developed from a rushing stream to a wide slowing moving river. It was a nice time of year, not too hot and the trees starting to turn gold - really beautiful.
    The hotels were good, quite diverse. Our favourite was the Pension Schweitzer in Silandro where the staff were particularly friendly and helpful. The least favourite was the Premstaller Gardenhotel.
    All in all we enjoyed the trip a lot and would recommend it to others.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback Ann. We now offer a shorter version of this route that finishes at the northern end of Lake Garda, thus avoiding the ride into Verona. It's also worth pointing out that the other alternative is to finish in Mantova, rather than Verona - a more pleasant final day's ride in our opinion.
  • Date - 14/06/2017
  • Name - Susan Neilson
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - As always, Ally provided excellent customer service - even suggesting an alternative option (which we were so pleased we took) and putting us through to Andy to find out more about how the trip.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Very varied scenery with good cycle paths this was a perfect holiday to see more of the Dolomites and Lake Garda whilst following the Adige River. We took the alternative route cycling from Peschiera to Mantova which was a lovely contrast to the north of the lake.
    The hotels were all very clean, the oransing company, Girolibero, ensured our cases were always ready for us when we arrived and were very quick to sort out a minor problem with a bike.
  • Flexitreks response - Great to meet you both on this trip and thanks for the lovely review.