Bolzano to Verona Cycling Break

  • 4.6
    (5 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bolzano / Verona
  • Distance

    103 miles/165 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-103CIT
Price From £389

Overview

This Bolzano to Verona cycling break packs a lot of scenery and experiences into such a short cycling holiday. Cycle from high in the Dolomites down to spectacular Lake Garda and then on to the historic and beautiful city of Verona.

High peaks, green valleys and tumbling rivers characterise the first two days of this tour. This is followed by the grand serenity of Lake Garda with it’s pretty fishing villages and deep placid waters. Onwards then to the magical and historical city of Verona where the Roma Arena, the Roman Theatre, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and of course Juliet’s house, ‘Casa di Giulietta’ await you.

The video above was shot in June 2017 and depicts days 2 and 3 of the itinerary

This leisurely cycling holiday follows cycle paths and quiet country roads. It’s all either level or slightly downhill and can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities.

Itinerary & Map

This leisurely cycling holiday follows cycle paths and quiet country roads. It’s all either level or slightly downhill and can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities.

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Day 1 Arrive Bolzano

Cycling Holidays in Italy - Bolzano

Bolzano

On arrival in Bolzano, check in at your hotel and then spend the rest of the day exploring this alpine town surrounded by spectacular scenery.  Your welcome briefing is scheduled for approximately 7pm. You are in the South Tyrol, a region that once belonged to Austria and the local people are happy conversing in either German or Italian – many also speak English. Visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see world famous ‘Ötzi’ the mummified remains of a man who lived 3, 300 years ago. The perfectly preserved body emerged from a glacier in the nearby Ötz Valley in 1991. You can also take a cable car ride up into the surrounding peaks to enjoy the views and perhaps go for an alpine walk.

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento, 41-44 miles/65-70 kms

Adige Valley - North of Trento

Adige Valley – North of Trento

After breakfast your cycling adventure begins in earnest as you ride downhill alongside the Adige river through the Adige Valley to Trento.

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 3: Trento – Peschiera/Desenzano, 32 miles/ 50 kms + ferry

Torbole

Torbole – Lake Garda

Leaving Trento you continue downhill to Rovereto where you leave the Adige River and cycle up a ridge to escape the valley. The short climb is rewarded with an exhilarating freewheel downhill to stunning Lake Garda. You can relax now and enjoy a wonderful ferry ride along the entire length of the Lake from Torbole on the north shore to Peschiera in the south. The scenery is spectacular with high 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. Take time to visit Sirmione, a medieval settlement on a tiny peninsular protruding out into the Lake.

Day 4: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona, 22-38 miles/35-60 kms

Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra – 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 amphitheater 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 5: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday and Sunday from 25 March - 15 May & 07 September - 21 October
Arrivals every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 16 May - 06 September

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2017 Prices
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Welcome briefing
4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
Local assistance

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Extra night Bolzano/Verona, double/twin (£63)
Extra night Bolzano/Verona, single (£82)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£52)
Electric bike (£114)
Helmet (£17)

Reductions

90% for children 0-2 yrs sharing with two adults
50% for children 3-5 yrs sharing with two adults
30% for children 6-8 yrs sharing with two adults

Notes

Superior: A mix of 3-4 star accommodation

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 are also available for hire.

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

See the gallery for images of all bikes available.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation 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: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses.

Bolzano: Hotel Scala
Trento: Grand Hotel Trento
Desenzano del Garda: Hotel Giardineto
Verona: Hotel San Marco Verona

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 either 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.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains in Italy here.

Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 5 reviews 4.6
  • Date - 17/07/2017
  • Name - Fiona Jones
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Would definately recommend flexi tours and would happily use again.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very well organised and good equipment / cycles. We did find the ferry trip too long and uncomfortable. It would have been nice to have the option to go on the quicker ferry and have the bikes transported by different means. We arrived at the hotel late, a quick dip in the pool and out for dinner - would have been nice to have had time to relax and enjoy the pool!

    Generally the hotels were very good - The rooms in the Puccini in Peschiera weren't so good and I know our friends room was smokey. That said the rooms were clean!
  • Date - 06/06/2017
  • Name - Jeremy Putt
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - A good, efficient and informative service
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The route is great with some fantastic views and countryside. However the head wind was pretty strong on the approach to Trento. The main negative was the fast turnaround required each night and then the following morning. It might be better to consider an alternative route with two circular cycles so that a return to the same hotel for a second night might be an option. The boat ride to the bottom of Lake Garda is too long, as we didn't get to our rooms until 8pm. Why not stop overnight half-way down the lake and then get another boat to the bottom the next morning?
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback and suggestions Jeremy. Yes, you can encounter a headwind on hot afternoons approaching Trento and at your welcome meeting you should have been warned of this and advised to start cycling early to avoid it - my apologies if this didn't happen. The loop ride idea has not been suggested before but if we receive more requests we will of course give it due consideration.


    If we break up the ferry journey on Lake Garda then customers would lose another day as there is only one ferry a day that travels the length of the lake, so you would not be able to start cycling from Peschiera to Verona until early evening.

  • Date - 11/05/2017
  • Name - Liam Doe
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Well organised, good communication & would recommend it.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Brand new bikes, clear instructions & advice.
  • Flexitreks response - Excellent - so glad you enjoyed your Italian cycling break Liam.
  • Date - 06/10/2016
  • Name - James Edwards
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - We had a great time. From the start, we were kept well informed and questions answered promptly by phone and email whenever we had them. Once we went on the trip, everything was organised and we could just relax. We would highly recommend!
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Brilliant, loved every minute of it. Wished we had done a little bit of training before hand though! We would happily do it again.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the lovely feedback James. Don't worry, I think we all wish we'd done more training before starting a tour. You enjoyed it and that's the main thing!
  • Date - 11/09/2016
  • Name - Ann
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Helpful as last minute holiday
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Great route, beautiful surroundings, medieval villages and towns to visit en route,
    Good directions, exc could have been clearer in Verona.
    Hotels good standard. Breakfasts variable.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Ann, we're glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday in northern Italy.