Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

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 as it follows cycle paths for the most of the way.

Riva del Garda

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 Torbole and Riva on stunning Lake Garda.

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.

Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

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 as it follows cycle paths for the most of the way.

Riva del Garda

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 Torbole and Riva on stunning Lake Garda.

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

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.

Day 1 : Arrive 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 + train

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 in this pleasant alpine town.

Day 3 : Brixen – Bolzano
25 miles/40 kms

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 (included with the Brixen card) 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 awesome views from the higher alpine.

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

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 : Auer – Trento
28 miles/45 kms

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 – Torbole/Riva/northern Lake Garda
28 miles/45 kms

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 : End of trip

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

Bikes

On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular Plus bike or an electric bike.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

The regular Plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) and the frame provides a more sporty riding position. High quality, suntour suspension forks ensure a comfortable ride on these bikes. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available to buy (payable locally, €35). This must be advised 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.

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