Brenner Pass to Verona Cycling Holiday

This leisurely cycling holiday leads you on a wonderful journey through sensational, ever-changing scenery from high up on the Brenner Pass close to the Austrian border, via gorgeous Lake Garda to the beautiful Roman 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

Cyclists on the Adige cycle path

Highlights include the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds you as you follow the cycle path southwards, the charming medieval towns of Bolzano and Trento and the sensational views on the descent to Lake Garda.

This very easy route, follows a glorious, gently descending cycle path. As such, it is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities .

Brenner Pass to Verona Cycling Holiday

This leisurely cycling holiday leads you on a wonderful journey through sensational, ever-changing scenery from high up on the Brenner Pass close to the Austrian border, via gorgeous Lake Garda to the beautiful Roman 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

Cyclists on the Adige cycle path

Highlights include the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds you as you follow the cycle path southwards, the charming medieval towns of Bolzano and Trento and the sensational views on the descent to Lake Garda.

This very easy route, follows a glorious, gently descending cycle path. As such, it is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities .

Itinerary

Day 1 : 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 : Brenner Pass – Bressanone
35 miles/55 kms

This morning you and your bikes will be transferred up the valley to the Brenner Pass from where your cycling adventure begins. The route is mostly downhill and follows an old railway line along the Isarco valley. You cycle through small villages including Fortezza with its ancient fort. Enjoy a well-earned break alongside Lake Varna before riding on to the pretty alpine town of Bressanone, your overnight stop. Take a stroll around the cobbled streets of the historic old town and you'll eventually find your way to the beautiful town square, dominated by the ornate 18th century cathedral.

Day 3 : Bressanone – Bolzano
28 miles/45 kms

This morning you continue along 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. The alpine scenery on either side of the wide valley is jaw dropping and it almost feels like cheating to coast along the gently descending cycle path. The path flirts with the Isarco River, which is actually the 2nd largest river in Italy. Today's destination is the medieval town Bolzano (where you spend your first night) so in the afternoon you can relax or take in the sights that you did not manage to see during your first visit.

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

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

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 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 7 : Verona - end of trip

After breakfast it’s 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

Theft and damage insurance is included with all bike rentals on this tour.

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: Hotel Magdalener Hof

Bressanone: Hotel Jarolim

Bolzano: Hotel Magdalener Hof

Trento: Grand Hotel Trento

Peschiera del Garda: Hotel Bell’Arrivo

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.

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