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Who wouldn’t want to experience the best of Europe in one trip? The Dolomites to Lake Garda seven-day, self-guided cycling tour through Pure Adventures Tours allows you to witness the breathtaking alps as well as the sunny vineyards of Italy. The Dolomites, part of the southern Alps, overlook the glacial valleys of South Tyrol. Move through these to the sub-Mediterranean Lake Garda — the largest lake in Italy. View old churches, drink famous cappuccinos, and do so in the midst of some of the tallest mountains in Italy. Not for the beginning cyclist, this route is sure to leave you feeling in awe of the most plentiful parts of Italy.
Arrival to Silandro by train or private transfer. Departure from Riva del Garda; nearby train at Rovereto or optional transfer.
Not Included: Choice of Bike Rental – Hybrid or E-bike
Note: In some cities, you may have to pay the local CITY TAX on the spot in cash when checking out of the hotel. The amount varies depending on the city and hotel but is generally 1-2 Euros per person per night.
Our on site expert will meet you for orientation and then provide support throughout your trip. They live in the region and know it so well!
Need to Know:
Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders in German,) chief town of the Venosta Valley and settle in at your cozy family-run hotel. Then, leisurely stroll through town to discover its many sights, such as the steep church tower, the highest of South Tyrol.
To arrive: Flights to Verona or Innsbruck are closest, then train travel to Silandro. From Verona, take a train that changes in Bolzano and Merona; and allow 4 hours travel time. We can arrange private transfers from Verona, Innsbruck, or Venice.
Meals: on own
Highlights: Silandro exploration
At 10:00 am and after you have breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the starting point of the day’s ride at the Passo Resia (about 1 hour trip) where you will have your bike fitting and trip briefing. Coasting along Lake Resia, you will pass by the submersed church tower pointing out above the water surface. Wind down on a panoramic bike path amidst alpine meadows, passing through beautiful villages like Burgusio and Clusio. Around lunchtime you arrive at the impressive fortified town of Glorenza. A quiet cycle path along the Adige River takes you through endless apple orchards to the village of Lasa, where you can visit the marble museum. From here it’s only a short stretch to Silandro.
Distance: 50 km, 350 ascending & 1300 m descending
Highlights: Lake Resia, alpine meadows, lakes, fortified town of Glorenza, river path, marble museum
Descending through the Venosta valley you ride amidst the marvelous scenery of snow-capped mountains and endless pine forests. Stop for a cappuccino in the lively town of Naturno and watch the local life. The bike path then winds down a narrow gorge before entering the broad glacial valley. Reach Merano, a famous spa town since IX century. Princess Sissi spent long periods of time convalescing thanks to the area’s particular micro-climate. During the afternoon, go for a stroll along the beautiful promenade and discover the picturesque hidden corners of this truly magical place.
Distance: 38 km – 105 ascending & 470 m descending
Highlights: beautiful Venosta & glacial valley riding, Naturno, famous town of Merano
Riding in between apple orchards, you reach the town of Bolzano, the majestic capital of South Tyrol. From here the bike path heads south winding through rolling vineyards leading you up past the village of Caldaro (Kaltern in German) to the shores of the glimmering lake.
Distance: 47.5 km rolling, 340 m ascending & 475 m descending
Highlights: beautiful views with vineyards, Bolzano, Caldaro
Overnight: Caldaro Dolomites
From the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro the ride follows the panoramic ‘Strada del Vino’ (Wine road) through numerous small wine villages. From here you descend into the Adige valley and enter the cycle path that takes you to Trento. Along the way why not try one of the ‘Bici Grill’ (cyclists bar) and visit century old villages like Egna and Salorno. Arrive in Trento and spend your free afternoon exploring the city. Your accommodation is in the old city centre.
Distance: 53 km rolling, 295 m ascending & 325 m descending
Highlights: Lake Caldaro, Strada del Vino, Trento & historic villages
The first part of today’s route follows a bike path along the blue-green waters of the Adige River to reach the town of Rovereto (30km). Continuing on, you head westward, gently climbing until you reach a small pass with stunning views on the magnificent Lake Garda. A short descent brings you to the perfectly situated, old town of Riva del Garda. Riding through narrow medieval alleys, you then reach your hotel for a good night of well-earned rest.
Distance: 48 km rolling, 150 m ascending & 500 m descending
Highlights: Adige River, Rovereto, Lake Garda
Overnight: Riva del Garda Dolomites
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart from Riva del Garda to Rovereto by bus or taxi, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer arranged with us. From Rovereto train station you can easily reach your departing airport. Please let us know if you would like to continue on, extending your stay in this beautiful region or in Europe, in general. Our experts are happy to assist you in creating the perfect extension!
An extra night in Riva del Garda with an additional loop ride is available and easily added if you have an extra day! Ask us for information.
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three Star and 1 Four Star Hotels:
Upgraded Four Star Hotels:
Rates vary with available hotels; ask us for rates on your dates
Hybrid Bike Rental: 150 euros
Road Bike Rental: not available
E-bike Rental: 205 euros
Bike Rental Details Page
Extra Nights in Silandro and Riva del Garda – easy to add, rates from 140 euros/room/night including breakfast; ask us for a quote on your dates; varies with lodging selected
Transfers: We can arrange transfers from Verona airport or Innsbruck to Silandro at the start. We can also arrange transfers from Riva to Rovereto, Verona, or Innsbruck. Ask us for rates
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
The trip was altogether quite lovely and I must say, by far the easiest we’ve done! Not only so much down hill but the bike paths. I was surprised at how many cyclists there were although by my observations, I would guess that 75-80% were using e-bikes. The Dolimites were amazing! So glad they are memories I’ll have. At my age the chances of going back to places grows less. While driving around after we saw quite a few cyclists (not on ebikes) climbing one of the mountains that I’m guessing was as tough as Mont Ventoux…..maybe tougher! Ages up to 50-55 I’d say. Impressive. Our hotels were lovely with great breakfasts. We loved all of the upgrades. Of course the Lamm Hotel was amazing! A most luxurious way to end our holidays.
The one observation/complaint we’d like to make was that there were a couple of detours where they were doing repairs and we got a bit lost. Once you get off track it’s really hard to find one’s way back. The guys at the bike store the 2nd day were helpful with adjustments, but our odometers stopped working on about day 3. Beyond all that we really did have a great time. 🙂
Fantastic scenery, we had a great time. I was only a little bit annoyed with supplied maps, so in the end I’ve used Google maps. Also, accommodation in Rive del Garda was not as good as the other towns. Overall, it was great! Thanks Branko
The hotels in Matera and Polignano were fantastic. Unfortunately in the bathroom in my hotel in Alberobello was a bit of a mess everything got wet once the shower came on but the bed was wonderful.
Spectacular scenery, quality ebikes, directions were good and bike trail mostly car free. Thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Would have liked to have been able to spend more time in Bolzano, it was so nice
Everyone should visit this part of Italy and use this tour to do that.