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Lake Garda and the Adige River Cycle route

Italy Bike Tours

Bike from Bolzano to Verona or end your tour at Lake Garda

  • Mountain scenery, green landscapes, and gently flowing rivers; this beautiful Italy bike tour offers you all this! From the Austrian border through the Italian South Tyrol, you will bike along quiet and beautiful routes, past peaceful villages and picturesque little castles.

    Highlights of this tour include a boat excursion on the breathtaking Lake Garda, where you can enjoy this impressive expanse of water and it's beautiful surroundings from a really unique perspective. At the end of the tour you’ll reach fascinating Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its imposing Roman arena, or if you prefer, you can end your tour at Lake Garda.

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  • 8-Days

    Season 1: £ 669 $ 1,347 780 $ 1186 NOK 7410 kr 6840 $ 889

    Season 2:  £ 729 $ 1,468 850 $ 1292 NOK 8075 kr 7454 $ 969

    Season 3: £ 771 $ 1,555 900 $ 1368 NOK 8550 kr 7892 $ 1,026

    Single supplement: £ 197 $ 397 230 $ 350 NOK 2185 kr 2017 $ 262  

    Season 1: April 20 - May 3 and September 28 - October 5, 2019
    Season 2: May 4 - June 21 and September 7 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: June 22 to September 6, 2019

    7-Days

    Season 1: £ 591 $ 1,192 690 $ 1049 NOK 6555 kr 6051 $ 787

    Season 2:  £ 643 $ 1,295 750 $ 1140 NOK 7125 kr 6577 $ 855

    Season 3: £ 686 $ 1,382 800 $ 1216 NOK 7600 kr 7015 $ 912

    Single supplement: £ 171 $ 345 200 $ 304 NOK 1900 kr 1754 $ 228  

    Season 1: April 20 - May 3 and September 28 - October 5, 2019
    Season 2: May 4 - June 21 and September 7 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: June 22 to September 6, 2019

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 94 $ 190 110 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125

    Child trailer: £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97

    Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17

    8-Day tour transfer Verona to Bolzano (bike included, min. 4 persons)*: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91 *Available Saturdays (other days on request)

    Extra nights:

    Bolzano: £ 64 $ 130 75 $ 114 NOK 713 kr 658 $ 86

    Single room: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Verona: £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74  

    Single room: £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97

    please note

    Discount in triple room for 3rd person: £ 111 $ 225 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148

    Child discounts:
    100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
    50% 3-6 years 
    30% 7-10 years

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich and then with Air Dolomiti to Bolzano, or fly to Innsbruck, Verona, Venice or Milan and take the train to Bolzano.

    Local Travel

    Train to Bolzano from Munich airport (4½ hr); from Innsbruck (2 hr); from Verona airport (1½ hr); or from Milan (3½ hr). Hotel is just a short distance away from Bolzano train station.

    Climate

    Be sure to check local weather conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in degree Fahrenheit in Bolzano are: 64º/43º in April, 72º/51º May, 79/º56º June, 84º/61º July, 82º/60º August, 76º/54º September, and 64º/44º for October.

    Recommended

    Extra night in Verona after the tour.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available for this tour. It may also be possible to combine this tour with the bike & boat tour, Mantova to Venice.


Skill Level

This bike trip in Italy is considered easy to moderate. It is not very demanding since it takes place on mainly flat roads however the total vertical distance is 830/1040 m. The South Tyrol region is provided with an excellent bike friendly system. You can ride almost exclusively on well maintained, asphalted bike paths, part of which run along the Adige River banks. Towards Lake Garda, there is a more challenging climb to face. Every cycling day (with the exception of day 7) can be shortened by taking a train.

Where You’ll Stay

Very nice, comfortable 3 to 4 star hotels, all with air conditioning and private facilities. Most hotels are within or very near to city center.

What’s Included

  • 6 or 7 nights' hotel accommodations
  • Welcome briefing
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Tour information packet
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 6 or 7-day service hotline
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Resia pass
  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda (only for the 8-Day tour)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Bolzano and Verona.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
From690 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Departures on Wednesdays, Saturdays from April 20 to October 5, 2019

Additionally, Sundays from June 23 to August 25, 2019

*Special departure dates available for groups of at least 5.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lake Garda and the Adige River Cycle route Map

Two options are possible for this tour. One, an 8-day tour that finished in Verona, the other, a 7-day tour that finished at Lake Garda. You decide!

 

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Merano - Bolzano/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 6: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, + boat ride, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Verona

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
If you arrive early in the morning you can take a stroll around the old market town of Bolzano. Bolzano has a famous commercial and tourist center and also has a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoying the Italian countryside along the way, you will be transferred by vehicle to Resia up to 1500 meters in elevation, where you will start your bike tour. The majestic bike path will take you past the gorgeous lake. Passing through very small, unique villages including Montemaria, Clusio, & Glorenza, you will eventually end today's biking in Silandro.

Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
The bike tour continues through a gently rolling countryside along the Etsch River, passing through orchards and nice landmarks like the imposing Dornsberg Castle. You bike to Merano, the second biggest city in South Tyrol, which lies in the center of a valley with stunning, endless mountains in the background.

Day 4: Merano - Bolzano/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Today you will bike along tranquil country roads and bike paths as far as the Adige River and the Isarco confluence. While the scenery is hard not to enjoy, you ride past quiet little towns like Nalles and Andriano. You continue to cycle until Bolzano. Take your time for a walk around this friendly and beautiful bilingual city, capital of South Tyrol.

Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Bike the Adige River pass the apple orchards, vineyards, and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Salorno is best known for the ruins of the medieval castle Castello dei Litigi, situated on a limestone rock high above the Adige Valley, You end the day in Trento. This city is hidden from tourists, so take your time to have a look behind the splendid walls of its painted buildings. You will discover something really worth seeing.

Day 6: Trento - Peschiera del Garda, 32 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride
Still along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here you continue on a gently rising slope west in the direction of Lake Garda. Upon arrival in Riva, you absolutely shouldn't miss the sight of the lake from above! After seeing the lake from above, you can enjoy the view from below on your boat cruise across the lake. Its scenery will really amaze you. The boat will take you all the way to Peschiera del Garda. The boat trip on Lake Garda alone will never be forgotten.

Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona, one of the most important and beautiful cities of Italy.

Day 8: Departure from Verona
Your bike holiday in Italy ends after breakfast, individual departure.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Merano - Bolzano/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 6: Trento – Garda Lake, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Departure from Garda Lake

All distances are approximate

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
If you arrive early in the morning you can take a stroll around the old market town of Bolzano. Bolzano has a famous commercial and tourist centre and also has a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoying the Italian countryside along the way, you will be transferred by vehicle to Resia up to 1500 meters in elevation, where you will start your bike tour. The majestic bike path will take you past the gorgeous lake. Passing through very small, unique villages including Montemaria, Clusio, & Glorenza, you will eventually end today's biking in Silandro.

Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
The bike tour continues through a gently rolling countryside along the Etsch River, passing through orchards and nice landmarks like the imposing Dornsberg Castle. You bike to Merano, the second biggest city in South Tyrol, which lies in the center of a valley with stunning, endless mountains in the background.

Day 4: Merano - Bolzano/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Today you will bike along tranquil country roads and bike paths as far as the Adige River and the Isarco confluence. While the scenery is hard not to enjoy, you ride past quiet little towns like Nalles and Andriano. You continue to cycle until Bolzano. Take your time for a walk around this friendly and beautiful bilingual city, capital of South Tyrol.

Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Bike the Adige River besides the apple orchards, vineyards, and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Salorno is best known for the ruins of the medieval castle Castello dei Litigi, situated on a limestone rock high above the Adige Valley, You end the day in Trento. This city is hidden from tourists, so take your time to have a look behind the splendid walls of its painted buildings. You will discover something really worth seeing.

Day 6: Trento – Garda Lake, 31 mi. (50 km)
The river Adige will take you to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view over the Garda Lake, before starting your (well deserved) descent to the lake shore.

Day 7: Departure from Garda Lake 

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Tour Reviews

  • Rosana S. 6 months ago

    The best trip i’ve ever done was through Danubio, from Passau to Vienna. It was perfect, the scenery, the route, the boat. It was my first time in a bike and tour trip. It was in 2016 and since then it,’s the only way i like to travel. A new world for me, I felt like a child recovering my childhood near from nature!

  • Hjördís María J. 1 year ago

    The staff on the boat were wonderful and the food they served from this tiny kitchen was great!

  • June B. 2 years ago

    Not only did the scenery make a life long memory, the friendships we made will always be cherished and kept for another trip. Book early for better hotel stays, sometimes the party gets split up into different hotels and all hotels are not the same. The ability to get in the heart of all the different cities is incredible and would not happen if we had rented a car vs biking from city to city, the highlight city was Bolzano Italy, picture perfect, plenty of highlights to see, the best view was biking down in to lake Garda form the steep hill in Riva breath taking views make sure to pack a bottle opener and pick up some wine and cups for the fairy ride ! We cannot wait to plan our next bike tour.

  • Elizabeth Goodall 4 years ago

    Fourth trip with tripsite, all good and we keep coming back! Map books and directions have been the only things needing improvement, nothing we couldn't figure out but some confusion arose, eg getting out of Munich, some directions on the Resiapass Bolzano routes, to name two, otherwise no complaints.

  • Adrian Maciejewski 4 years ago

    During my trip I didn't obtain the maps and associated documents which made parts of my trip extremely frustrating.

  • Marcia Macdonald 4 years ago

    We enjoyed the trip and we're pleased it was geared to our level of ability. We have recommended it to many friends. We will likely organize a group to go on one of your trip in the future.

    • Chris 11 months ago

      Hi, thanks for this. When you say geared to level of ability, is it really very easy (without too much preparation) and did you find 4 hrs a day on a bike hard going. Was it self guided, rather than all cycling in a group? Thanks

  • Alexander Benediktsson 7 years ago

    Thank you for the great trip! I've already booked another from your company for next year. All of my friend here in Iceland have asked me about your company and I know that some of them have already booked trips for next year.

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