Innsbruck to Verona Cycling Holiday

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, to gorgeous Lake Garda and finally 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 .

Innsbruck to Verona Cycling Holiday

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, to gorgeous Lake Garda and finally 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 : 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

This morning you will be taken 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

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 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 plus ferry

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 : End of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. 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 for adults 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.

Innsbrück: Hotel AC Innsbruck

Bressanone: Hotel Jarolim

Bolzano: Hotel Chrys

Trento: Hotel Buonconsiglio

Peschiera del Garda: Hotel Bell’Arrivo

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 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.

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