Innsbruck to Verona Cycling Holiday

  • 4.7
    (11 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Innsbruck / Verona
  • Distance

    165 miles/265 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-105CIT
Price From £555

Overview

This highly enjoyable cycling holiday packs a lot of highlights into a relatively short cycle tour, leading you from the alpine town of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol, through the Brenner Pass alongside the Adige River, via Trento and gorgeous Lake Garda to the beautiful city of Verona.

On this ride the scenery is ever changing, providing you with a visual progress report as you make your way from the high alpine peaks through lush green valleys and cool mountain rivers, past vineyards, orchards and lakeside villages onto the Veneto plains and finally Verona.

Verona - Italy

Verona – Italy

Most of the route is along cycle paths and quiet roads. There are a few busier sections as you enter some towns and one or two hills just before Lake Garda.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycle trip. Most of the route is along cycle paths and quiet roads. There are a few busier sections as you enter some towns and one or two hills just before Lake Garda.

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Day 1: Innsbruck.

Innsbruck - Austria*

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is a bustling town in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol. Take a cable car ride up to one of the surrounding peaks to enjoy a stunning alpine panorama or visit the Bergisel ski jump and take the elevator to the viewing platform to appreciate the terrifying view that awaits contestants. The town itself offers a wealth of bars and restaurants serving hearty Tyrolean specialities.

Day 2: Innsbruck – Bressanone, 35 miles/55 kms plus transfer

Brixen - South Tyrol - Italy*

Brixen

This morning your welcome briefing is scheduled for approximately 8am and then your  driver will deliver you to the nearby Brenner Pass where your bikes are handed over and your first day’s ride begins. You are now in the South Tyrol, an area that once belonged to Austria but which is now Italy. The route is mostly downhill and follows an old railway line. You cycle through small villages including Fortezza with its ancient fort. Enjoy a well-earned break alongside Lake Varna before riding on into Bressanone (aka Brixen) where you spend the night.

Day 3: Bressanone – Bolzano, 28 miles/45 kms

Village of Klausen in the Isarco Valley - South Tyrol

Klausen in the Isarco Valley – South Tyrol

Cycling on through the lush Isarco valley, past vineyards and orchards. You may choose to visit the huge and impressive Sabiona Benedictine monastery, built on a rocky-outcrop above the valley. You spend the night in Bolzano a pleasant alpine town. We recommend a visit to 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.

Day 4: Bolzano – Trento, 41-44 miles/65-70 kms

This short video depicts days 4 and 5 of the route

 

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 5: Trento – Peschiera/Desenzano, 32 miles/50 kms plus ferry

Torbole -Lake Garda - Italy*

Torbole – Lake Garda

Leaving Trento you continue downhill to Rovereto where you leave the Adige River and cycle up a shallow 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 6: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona 22-38 miles/35-60 kms

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 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 7: End of trip

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

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Thursday and Friday from 04 April to 20 September

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2019 Prices
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Transfer Innsbrück - Brennero
4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
Local assistance

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Extra night Innsbrück/Verona, double/twin, superior (£70)
Extra night Innsbrück/Verona, single, superior (£89)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£78)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£184)
Helmet (£17)

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 gel 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 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.

Innsbrück: Hotel Congress Innsbruck
Bressanone: Grüner Baum Hotels
Bolzano: Hotel Chrys
Trento: Nh Trento
Peschiera del Garda: Hotel Bell’Arrivo
Verona: Hotel Leopardi

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 Munich. Train journey from Munich approximately one hour 45 mins. Alternatively fly into Verona and take the train to Innsbruck. The train journey from Verona will take approximately 3hrs 30 mins.

Research flights from the UK here

Research trains here

Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 11 reviews 4.7
  • Date - 28/07/2018
  • Name - Jane
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Contact before we set off was very good and Ali was particularly helpful!
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We had no briefing what-so-ever before we set off. The chap shrugged his shoulders and said “follow brown signs”! This was somewhat worrying since this was our first ever cycling holiday. One lady in our group of 4 was given a mans bike and we had no repair kit or pump between the 4 of us (meant to have one between two). Eventually the bike was changed to a ladies bike but never did fit properly and we were given one repair kit.
  • Date - 26/06/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - I quite expect I would use Flexitreks again. I found communication prompt and easy
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The cycles provided were very good, with one panier and a a capacious handlebar bag.
    The route itself was quite varied. In the main downhill, or on the level, although the optional route by the Kalteresee did involve some stiff climbs.
    I was travelling by myself, but often bumped into other people, mainly Norwegian and German, doing the same trip and we were able to chat and compare notes.
    I particularly chose this trip because of the voyage down Lake Garda - very well worth it.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Very nice to hear - thank you.

    Product : Many thanks for taking the time to review this popular route. The optional diversion via Kalterersee does indeed involve a bit more climbing but we think the wonderful views, as you descend towards the lake, make it all worthwhile. The ferry ride the length of Lake Garda is both spectacular and a welcome opportunity to relax after the morning ride from Trento.
  • Date - 24/09/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - The whole holiday from speaking to the Flexitreks rep about the different options to starting out bike journey was brilliant. Great maps, bikes were good and the hotels along the way we're really nice too and our luggage always found us
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - It was everything Fkexitreks said it would be and more
  • Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed it so much and thanks for the great review.
  • Date - 15/09/2017
  • Name - Carloyn Radford
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything was handled well and communications all good.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Althought there were little issues, the company were always prompt to sort them out. The material given to us was great and the cycle way was fairly easy to find - only a few moments when we had to consult the instructions . I would recoments a gps mapping on the phone. We used Here we go which is an offline gps- especially for gettting to the hotel or onto the cucle track if you het lost. One word to the company - it would good to move the gear to hotels as early as possible - a couple of days arriving wet and having to wait for our gear was a bit annoying- but in the end a shower and relax on the bed worked well before the gear arrived so Im not rating the experience down becase of this. And - dont forget to give the e-bike charger to the at the begining of the journy - this will sort a lot of running around. Thanks to Alice for your communications and creating a txt line so we could sort any issues immediately . Over all the scenery was fabulous, the hotels good the ride exhilarating and the bikes great. The culture most interesting. Loved it.
  • Flexitreks response - We really appreciate the detailed review Carolyn. Our local supplier always tries to get the bags to the next hotels ASAP but sometimes logistics simply don't allow. For that reason, we always suggest taking a simple change of clothing in the pannier - if you think you'll arrive quite early.
  • Date - 08/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Pros:
    - good quality leisure bicycles
    - luggage was always there when we arrived at the hotel
    - hotels were very good and a nice variety
    - great routes along nice paths

    Cons:
    - the voucher said we could take the ferry at 2 different times, but didn't specify that the second ferry goes to another town which adds an hour of cycling (only 14km but in the dark along dangerous roads)
    - (tiny thing) it would have been useful to be recommended a good app to use with the GPX files
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Pros:
    - good quality leisure bicycles
    - luggage was always there when we arrived at the hotel
    - hotels were very good and a nice variety
    - great routes along nice paths

    Cons:
    - the voucher said we could take the ferry at 2 different times, but didn't specify that the second ferry goes to another town which adds an hour of cycling (only 14km but in the dark along dangerous roads)
    - (tiny thing) it would have been useful to be recommended a good app to use with the GPX files
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the useful feedback. We will definitely include some app advice with the GPX files for future customers.
  • Date - 25/06/2017
  • Name - John Alliston
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very quick response to any and all requests
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - One of the very best self guided cycling routes we've ever done.
  • Flexitreks response - Reviews don't get much better, or more succinct, than that! Thanks John
  • Date - 24/06/2017
  • Name - Michael Ledger
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent as ever.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Great hotels. Smooth transfers. Really enjoyed it. Bikes paths were excellent. Highly recommended.

    Some even better ifs:

    Lady who collected us from Innsbruck spoke little English. The front pannier boxes couldn't hold the maps on the outside but route was easy to follow. Would have loved a stay at the North End of Lake Garda as well.
  • Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday Michael. We are actually looking at how we can incorporate a night at the north end of Lake Garda into his trip in the future - great minds and all that!
  • Date - 12/05/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - The juggling process of booking own flights / securing hotels for trip went smoothly - we were booking at fairly short notice.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - A brilliant holiday from start to finish. From the moment we got our bikes we were overwhelmed by breathtaking views, literally something new at every turn, could hardly continue for wanting to take pictures.
    Bikes were reliable and well equipped, directions were almost foolproof and maps were useful for negotiating diversions. (Information for the Brennero to Bolzano section was better than for Bolzano onward). Classed as easy cycling as mostly downhill but don't be fooled - some stiff climbs along the way might challenge some cyclists.
    I would add that it is always best to stick to lunch break suggestions - there is often nothing suitable beyond. Always carry something to keep you going. We also wish we had taken more snacks and a coffee on board the ferry.
  • Flexitreks response - Great review with some very sound advice for future customers. Thanks
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Minimal involvement as we have used Flixitreks
    a few times now
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Lovely trip fantastic scenery good hotels . Definitely one of the best rides we have done
  • Flexitreks response - Yes, we love this trip too. Fabulous alpine scenery without much uphill riding - perfect!
  • Date - 25/07/2016
  • Name - David
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - - the service I received from Ally from Flexitreks was fantastic. She was prompt, friendly and helpful. She is an asset to your company and you should ensure you look after her!

    - the local contact who picked us up in Innsbruck unfortunately didn't speak any English (none at all) which made the initial start off a little challenging but we got there in the end.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - I was very impressed by the hotels and the cycling tracks for the first few days. Everything was well sign posted and easy to follow. The last day (Cycling to Verona) was very different with hardly any sign posts and the instructions in the booklet were not matching up with the street signs and detours etc very well which made thing a bit challenging but we got there in the end.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review David, its always nice to hear you're appreciated! Sorry about the language problem on arrival and the tricky directions in and around Verona, I've fed this back to our local people and asked them to investigate. I look forward to helping you with your next cycling holiday.
  • Date - 30/12/2015
  • Name - David Archer
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful guidance in terms of which holiday to choose, and where to fix up accommodation before and after the cycling part of our holiday
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Wonderful way to see beautiful scenery and sample the delights of Italian villages and towns, with accommodation all fixed up etc Good route guide for the most part, only one or two things lost in translation! Luggage always waiting for us on our arrival at next destination.
  • Flexitreks response - Dear David,
    Many thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback on your cycle trip with Flexitreks. We are glad you found our service helpful and enjoyed the trip. Thank you for your constructive comments on the route guides. We will certainly report this to our local suppliers so that they can improve them for the future. The Flexitreks team