Bolzano to Verona Cycling Break

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.

The above video was shot in June 2017 and depicts the sites and scenes from the section between Bolzano and Lake Garda.

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.

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.

Bolzano to Verona Cycling Break

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.

The above video was shot in June 2017 and depicts the sites and scenes from the section between Bolzano and Lake Garda.

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.

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

Day 1 : Arrive 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. 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 to 44 miles/ 65 to 70 kms

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

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. (If the ferry is not able to operate due to weather conditions, technical probelms or if it is out of season, you wil be transferred by bus to your hotel, south of the lake).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 to 38 miles/ 35 to 60 kms

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.

Bikes

The Regular bikes provided are comfortable, modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds and gel saddles. These bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available as are child bikes, child trailers and child seats.

The smallest child bike frames are suitable for children between 120 and 135cm and in the event the child gets tired, can be connected via a clever bracket to one of the adult bikes (see image). These Follow-Me tandems must be requested at the time of booking.

Child seats are free of charge and can accommodate children, aged 1 to 5, weighing up to 22 kg. Please request yours at the time of booking.

Child trailers are suitable for infants up to 4 years of age (max weight 35kg) and are 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 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.

Bolzano: Hotel Regina

Trento: Grand Hotel Trento

Peschiera: Hotel Puccini

Verona: Hotel Leon D’Oro

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.

You can also take the train all the way from the UK – checkout this article in the Guardian.

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