Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

  • 4.9
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Brixen / Lake Garda
  • Distance

    140 miles/225 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    014-108CIT
Price From £583

Overview

An easy and scenic cycling holiday, following gently descending alpine cycle paths from Brixen, in the Dolomites, to Bolzano, Lake Caldaro, Trento and finally the beautiful towns of Riva and Torbole on the northern shore of glistening Lake Garda. Jaw dropping Alpine scenery from start to finish.

This highly enjoyable alpine cycling holiday is so easy it almost feels like cheating. Despite being surrounded by high mountain peaks the route manages to avoid all but the most minor of climbs. It’s a great choice for first timers and families families as it follows cycle paths for the most of the way.

The mountains make for an awe-inspiring backdrop and there’s plenty to see in the pretty, historic towns you’ll be staying in along the way  such as tyrolean Brixen, historic Bolzano and cosmopolitan Trento. Cycling through the extensive vineyards down to Lake Caldaro is a memorable experience as is the final freewheel down to Torble and Riva on stunning Lake Garda.

The video above was shot in June 2017 and depicts days 4, 5 and 6 of the itinerary

This is an easy cycle tour that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. There is only one climb of any note during the whole trip, and the rest of the way comprises flat and scenic riverside cycle paths.

 

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycle tour that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. There is only one climb of any note during the whole trip, and the rest of the way comprises flat and scenic riverside cycle paths.

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Day 1: Arrive Brixen

Brixen - South Tyrol - Italy*

Brixen

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Brixen. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore. You’ll spend two nights in this typical South Tyrolean town. The locals converse in both German and Italian, the town’s Italian name is Bressanone. Wander round the atmospheric old town and visit the ornate cathedral located on the charming town square.

Day 2: Brixen – Niederndorf/Toblach – Brixen, 40 miles/65 kms

Toblach Lake - Puster Valley - Italy*

Toblach Lake – Puster Valley

You’ll leave Brixen by train to enter the Pustertal valley where you’ll start your ride. Although you’re covering 40 miles today, it’s mostly downhill, so relax and enjoy the views along the River Rienz. You’ll pass Olanger Stausee Lake as you make your way to the lower Pustertal valley and then into the Eisacktal valley. Throughout today’s ride the alpine scenery all around you is jaw dropping. the kilometers melt away and before you know it you are back in Brixen for your second night on this pleasant alpine town.

Day 3: Brixen – Bolzano, 25 miles/40 kms

Village of Klausen in the Isarco Valley - South Tyrol

Klausen in the Isarco Valley – South Tyrol

Leave Brixen behind, making your way further into the South Tyrolean heartland. Stop en-route at Klausen, another idyllic, small alpine town and then follow the Eisack and Waidbruck rivers to Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. Visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see world famous ‘Oetzi’ the mummified remains of a man who lived 3, 300 years ago. The perfectly preserved body emerged from a glacier in the nearby Oetz Valley in 1991. You can also take a cable car ride up into the surrounding peaks to enjoy awesome views from the higher alpine.

Day 4: Bolzano – Lake Caldaro/Tramin/Auer, 19 miles/30 kms

Lake Caldaro (aka Kalterersee) South Tyrol - Italy*

Lake Caldaro

Today you can choose your route, depending on what you want to see and how you feel about scaling a few small hills. Both routes eventually bring you to picturesque Lake Caldaro surrounded by vineyards. Weather permitting, you might like to cool off with a dip before pedaling the last few kilometers to the charming wine town of Auer where you spend the night.

Day 5: Kaltern/Tramin/Auer – Trento, 28 miles/45 kms

Trento - Italy*

Trento

Today you’ll ride along the Adige River bike path and cross from the South Tyrol into Trentino . You’ll pass through fertile wine growing country as you approach the prosperous regional capital Trento, where you’ll spend the night. Thanks to its strategic position on one of the Alps’ main passes the city has a long and colourful history – head for the picturesque medieval city centre to absorb the atmosphere and learn more.

Day 6: Trento – Riva/northern Lake Garda, 28 miles/45 kms

Cyclists approaching Lake Garda

Coasting down to Lake Garda

Leaving Trento behind, it won’t be long before you reach the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto and say goodbye to the Adige Valley. In Mori you are invited to taste delicious pistachio ice cream from a local gelateria. This sugar hit should help you to tackle the climb up the San Giovanni pass from where you can enjoy breathtaking views down over Lake Garda. Freewheel down to the northern end of the lake to the picturesque towns of Riva and Torbole. Check into your hotel and then go for a stroll along the lake-shore promenade to admire the dramatic setting. Steep granite mountains plunge into the lake from on high. Bathers enjoy swimming in the shallows whilst further out windsurfers and kitesurfers flit backwards and forwards in the reliable afternoon breeze. The lake is 50kms long and its circumference measures 145kms. There are lots of interesting towns and villages around it’s shoreline and you may wish to bolt on a couple of extra nights to enjoy this beautiful region at your leisure.

Day 7: Riva/northern Lake Garda

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

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday and Sunday from 27 April to 06 October

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Train Brixen - Toblach, day 2
Pistachio ice cream in Mori on day 6
Brixen discount card
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Brixen, double/twin, superior (£69)
Extra night Brixen, single, superior (£103)
Extra night northern Lake Garda, double/twin, superior (£69)
Extra night northern Lake Garda, single, superior (£97)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£90)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£201)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern city bikes with 21 speeds, and comfortable saddle with upright riding position

The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, pump and a repair kit.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, you are able to buy a helmet locally for around 35 euros. It must be requested at the time of booking.

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: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Brixen: Hotel Goldene Krone
Bolzano: Stiegl Scala
Kaltern/Tramin/Auer: Hotel Kaufmann
Trento: Grand Hotel Trento
Riva/Torbole: Hotel Caravel

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 Innsbruck or Verona and then take a train to Brixen.

Research flights from the UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.9
  • Date - 19/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - I liked talking to the lady at Flexitreks. She was well informed and charming. I liked the minimum paperwork.
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    5.0
  • Product comment - Wonderful breakfasts, very nice staff at comfortable and usually stylish hotels. Excellent wine and coffee. Brilliant countryside and views. Plenty of exercise.
  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Yes
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Fun and good value with great scenery.
  • Date - 16/07/2018
  • Name - Campbell Stewart
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Fun and value
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fun and value. Excellent.