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Italy – Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling Tour

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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.

Why Travel with Pure Adventures in the Dolomites: Local Knowledge | Meeting the North American Traveler Expectations | Curated Optional & Unique Experiences | Independent but not Alone | Read Details 

Arrival & Departure Locations

Arrival to Silandro by train or private transfer. Departure from Riva del Garda; nearby train at Rovereto or optional transfer.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation in typical local 3 and 4 inns – usually the best in town
  • Breakfast daily – quality offerings for a day on the bike
  • People and bike transfer from the hotel in Silandro to Passo Resia on Day 2 at 10:00 hrs
  • Private orientation with our local English speaking representative with bike set up, navigation material review
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 24-hour telephone assistance to our local support to help with any questions or problems
  • Road book with maps and detailed ride itineraries to make navigation even easier
  • Pre-travel documentation including site information, recommendations, packing lists and more
  • Suggestions for visitation and dining
  • All trip planning and onward travel services
  • Pre-trip documents include GPX files for personal device if requested in advance
  • Customer incentives & post trip offers
  • OPTIONS to add on to your trip include the thermal baths in Merano, a visit to the “Forst” beer factory in Merano, visit of the Archeological museum in Bolzano, the Trentino Guest card, which allows you to enter some museums or attractions and use some public transportation, or a private boat tour in Riva del Garda.

Not Included: Choice of Bike Rental – Hybrid or E-bike

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:
  • Silandro: Hotel Golden Rose ***
  • Merano: Hotel Zima ***
  • Caldaro: Hotel Mendelblick ***
  • Trento: Hotel America ***
  • Riva del Garda: Hotel Portici ****

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.

About: Stay in charming, bike-friendly 3 & 4-star inns in excellent village locations along the route – in old towns and along lakes. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities, breakfast included. Please inquire if you are interested in upgrades.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Innsbruck Stop Over
  • Private Transfers To/From Silandro and Riva del Garda
  • Olive Oil & Wine Tasting in Riva del Garda: appr. 15 euros/person
  • Additional Nights / Rest Days
  • Special Tasting Dinner in Riva del Garda
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

Cycling guide Angel LopezOur 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!  

Tour Highlights
  • Easy Italian riding; most routes are flat or downhill
  • Spectacular blue lakes such as Lake Caldaro/Kaltern and Lake Garda
  • Cycling with view of the magnificent and very famous Dolomite Mountains
  • Beautiful views as you descend through the Venosta Valley
  • Delicious local cuisine of typical hearty dishes found only in this region
  • Unique blended influences of both Italy and Austria
  • Regional wines and olive oil found along the way

Need to Know:

  • Tour is available starting on any Saturday from April 25 – October 10.
  • It can start another day of the week for a supplement when less than 4 participants. See Rates below.
  • Arriving at your starting location can take around 4 hours with a couple train changes; private transfers available for supplemental cost.
  • We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. 
  • Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or moreplease inquire.
  • Level 2+ – rolling countryside, occasional hills of low percents but this trip is mostly downhill with distances averaging around 45 km per day.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Silandro (Saturday)

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
Overnight: Silandro

Day 2Transfer to Passo di Resia and Ride to Silandro: 50 km, 350 ascending & 1300 m descending

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 50 km, 350 ascending & 1300 m descending
Highlights: Lake Resia, alpine meadows, lakes, fortified town of Glorenza, river path, marble museum
Overnight: Silandro

Day 3Ride from Silandro to Merano: 38 km - 105 ascending & 470 m descending

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 38 km – 105 ascending & 470 m descending
Highlights: beautiful Venosta & glacial valley riding, Naturno, famous town of Merano
Overnight: Merano

Day 4Ride from Merano to Caldaro via Bolzano: 47.5 km rolling, 340 m ascending & 475 m descending

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 47.5 km rolling, 340 m ascending & 475 m descending
Highlights: beautiful views with vineyards, Bolzano, Caldaro
Overnight: Caldaro Dolomites

Day 5Ride from Caldaro to Trento: 53 km rolling, 295 m ascending & 325 m descending

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 53 km rolling, 295 m ascending & 325 m descending
Highlights: Lake Caldaro, Strada del Vino, Trento & historic villages
Overnight: Trento

Day 6Ride from Trento to Riva del Garda: 48 km rolling, 150 m ascending & 500 m descending

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 48 km rolling, 150 m ascending & 500 m descending
Highlights: Adige River, Rovereto, Lake Garda
Overnight: Riva del Garda Dolomites

Day 7Arrivederci Riva del Garda!

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.

Meals: breakfast

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Dolomites Bike Tour
Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Superior Three Star and 1 Four Star Hotels:

  • 2 persons:  1045 euros/person – Low Season starting April 25; finishing Oct 10
  • 2 persons:  1135 euros/person – High Season (June 20 – Sept 15)
  • Single Supplement:  195 Euros/person (low season; applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement:  595 Euros (low season; costs normally shared by others are paid by 1 traveler)

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

Important Notes:

  • City taxes of 1-3 euros/person/day apply at some hotels; you will pay locally at checkout.
  • Non-Saturday Start: Supplements apply for 1/2/3 person parties; with parties of 4 or more starts on other days go without supplements; subject to availability. Ask us for supplement start rates!

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

 

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
Ready to book? Our well-traveled, knowledgeable and dedicated team is standing by and eager to make your travel dreams come true. Call now at 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8 am-5 pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or email us.   
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Patricia Peacock-Evans

Couple Traveller

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. 🙂

October 25, 2019

BrankoRistic

Group Traveller

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

June 5, 2019

teryl

Couple Traveller

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.

March 25, 2019

AnnettePriest

Couple Traveller

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

December 18, 2018

Pedro Cabral

Couple Traveller

Everyone should visit this part of Italy and use this tour to do that.

October 3, 2018
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