Swiss town along the Bernina Pass. Flickr:Dennis Jarvis
All kinds of bikers enjoy the Morteratsch Glacier in the Bernina Range of the Bündner Alps in Switzerland. Flickr:Lukas Schlagenhauf

Bolzano lies in South Tyrol in Italy. Flickr:gdvicente torres

Saint Moritz to Lake Garda

Switzerland, Austria, Italy Bike Tours

Guided bike tour through an alpine landscape

  • You will begin this guided bike tour at the foot of a glacier in Switzerland and end your tour at Italy's largest lake, Lake Garda, known for its crystal clear waters. The names of the villages you cycle through will make your heart sing; Celerina, Zernez, and Lavin. This tour is a symphony for the senses. The Alpine landscape is the theme. The lower Engadine valley, dotted with small villages is the accompaniment. The rhythm of the pedaling, the beat of your heart, and the thrill of the beauty that surrounds you completes the experience in lovely harmony.

    Highlights:

    • Bernina Pass at 2330 meters
    • Cable car to Diavolezza, Morteratsch Glacier
    • Engadin Valley and its lakes
    • Cycling across the Reschenpass down to Meran
    • Lake Garda
    • St. Moritz

    You can begin your cycling holiday with a bike and boat tour from Aschaffenburg to Ludwigsburg on board the Iris. At the end of your biking and boating you can take a train from Stuttgart to Pontresina. Or, arrive early, visit Zermatt and book the Glacier Express, a beautiful train ride across the Swiss Alps. You can also add to your adventure at the end of your guided tour and spend some time in Verona.

  • Twin/double: £ 2289 $ 4,612 2670 $ 4058 NOK 25365 kr 23414 $ 3,044 Single: £ 309 $ 622 360 $ 547 NOK 3420 kr 3157 $ 410

    Twin/double: £ 2469 $ 4,975 2880 $ 4378 NOK 27360 kr 25255 $ 3,283 Single supplement: on request

     

    extra options

    Extra nights: 
    Morteratsch 
    Double/twin: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Single: £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143 Riva del Garda
    Pending
    Electric bike: £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171

    Extra nights:
    Pending
    Electric bike: £ 137 $ 276 160 $ 243 NOK 1520 kr 1403 $ 182

     

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Closest international airport for arrival is Zurich and for departure, Verona.

    Local Travel

    Traveling from Zurich to St. Moritz by train takes approx. 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours depending on departure time and type of train. One or two transfers are required. To travel to Verona from Riva Del Garda, you have a couple of options. You take a boat ride across the lake to Peschiera. Takes about 6 hours. From there you must take a train to Verona. A faster option would be to take a bus to Mori train station and then train to Verona. It takes about two hours. Once at Verona train station, you would take a bus to the airport.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The location of Lake Garda has a great impact on its climate. Italy’s largest lake is sandwiched between the Alps in the north and the Po Valley in the south. Although Lake Garda is referred to as a mountain lake, its climate is sub-Mediterranean. It brings warm summers and mild winters with low chances of rain. Summer ensures lovely sunshine. The Alps in the north protect the lake from cold winds. The south is influenced by the nearby Mediterranean sea and its warmer air. You will be beginning your tour at an altitude of approximately 1,850 meters and ending your tour at approximately 65 meters. So expect cool evenings and cool mornings. Remember to plan on layers, pack some cool weather items, and don’t forget your rain gear!

    Remarks

    Highly recommended to arrive a day or two early to become accustomed to the high altitude.


Where You’ll Stay

You will stay in carefully selected three star hotels and inns.

What’s Included

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Support vehicle with bike trailer
  • 5 out of 9 dinners
  • Picnic lunches during cycling days
  • Snacks, drinks, fruit for all cycling days
  • Tour guide
  • All transfers during the tour by van, bus or train
  • Cable cars and trains in Engadin
  • Bike rental, helmet, pannier and water bottle

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

After you tour, you may want to visit Verona and the Roman Arena or arrive earlier, visit Zermatt, and book the Glacier Express a beautiful train ride in panorama wagons across the Swiss Alps. If you have the time, start your European holiday in Germany on board the Iris for a a bike and boat tour from Aschaffenburg to Ludwigsburg.

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TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length10 days
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Tour Dates

August 27, 2019

September 22, 2020
October 1, 2020

 

Skill Level

This is a moderate guided bike tour in which you will traverse a varied terrain, that includes ascents and descents. An electric bike is highly recommended.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Morteratsch
Day 2: Morteratsch - Sils im Engadin - St. Moritz - Morteratsch, 15 mi. (24 km)
Day 3: Morteratsch - Pass Bernina (2330 m) - Diavolezza - Zuoz (Zernez), 20 mi. (32 km) with optional additional 7.5 mi. (12 km)
Day 4: Zernez-Guarda-Scuol-Nauders, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 5: Nauders - Reschen - Morter, 27 mi. (43 km) with optional additional, 4 mi. (7 km)
Day 6: Morter - Merano, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Meran - Bolzano- South Tirol Wine Road-Kalterersee-Neumarkt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Riva del Garda, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 9: Riva del Garda boat trip to Bardolino
Day 10: Departure

Day 1: Arrival at Morteratsch
A mountain train will take you from Sankt Moritz to Morteratsch. The hotel is located next to the station, very remote at the foot of the Morteratsch Glacier. The water runs wild and gives you the perfect noise to sleep like a baby in your mountain lodge style hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a great welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.

If you decide to arrive earlier, you will already receive a mountain pass, giving you free access to public transportation and all cable cars of the Engadin region!

Day 2: Morteratsch - Sils im Engadin - St. Moritz - Morteratsch, 15 mi. (24 km)
You start your day with a transfer to Sils im Engadin followed by bike fitting.Cycling begins along the lakes leading to St. Moritz, city of style, elegance and class. Home to two winter olympic games, St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination. You can get on the train back to the hotel from here or continue cycling back. Perhaps a a cable car up to Muottas Muragl to enjoy the outstanding views over mountains, glaciers, and sea will appeal to you! The first 24 km of this day is quite easy biking on mainly gravel paths. If you cycle back, there is a slight uphill to Pontresina and Morteratsch.

Day 3: Morteratsch - Pass Bernina (2330 m) - Diavolezza - Zuoz (Zernez), 20 mi. (32 km) with optional additional 7.5 mi. (12 km)
Since this is an alpine setting, we may as well do an alpine climb.  12 km  of slow but steady climbing is in store on a wide asphalt lane.  No big deal on an e-bike, but a challenge on a regular bike. The views and then the down hill await, 32 km from Bernina Pass to Zuoz.  Halfway down you stop to get on a cable car and have coffee at the viewing point of the Morteratsch Glacier. After another downhill, more relaxed cycling will follow  along the Inn River in the direction of Zernez. For those of you who are ready to get off the bike,  the tour ends in Zuoz. You can hop on a train to your hotel in Zernez. Those who want a real challenge can do a mountain bike style ride,  along a forest path that goes up and down along the foot of the mountains. 

Day 4: Zernez-Guarda-Scuol-Nauders, 17 mi. (28 km)
One of the most challenging days of biking is on the agenda today. Remember that with an electric bike, the difficulty rating changes completely. There are climbs today, approximately 400 meters. Leaving Zernez, the route follows the river to Lavin, where you will start climbing on a quiet gravel road up to Guarda. For those who are not into the climbing, an alternative shuttle will be offered from Zernez. Guarda is so gorgeous that it has to be included. It is known for its Engadiner style houses and farms. Second part of the day, after lunch, you will continue to cycle through Ardez and Ftan,  both villages on the hills, so still cycling that is moderate, no easy. Your reward is not only to see these lovely villages and the great views, but also the 3.5 km decent down to Scuol. From Scuol you take a bus with one transfer to get to Nauders in Austria. (48 minutes)

Day 5: Nauders - Reschen - Morter,  27 mi. (43 km) with optional additional, 4 mi. (7 km) 
For those who love to climb, cycle to the Reschenpass; 7 km of steady moderate climbing will get you there. Or  take the bus! You enjoy a coffeebreak at the lake site and start on this perfect bikepath down into the Vinschgau (South Tirol). You are now in Italy, but you wouldn’t immediately notice this, as the language is still predominantly German. Apples are grown here as far as you can see and the tour leads right through the orchards. If you cycle all the way, it is approx. 50 km.

Day 6: Morter - Merano, 19 mi. (30 km)​​​​​​​
Seems like an endless gorgeous cycle path following the river, and crossing the orchards and then you can see the end of the valley, the town of Meran below, and hairpin curves in a cyclepath going down. Certainly a grand way of entering the South Tirol region. You will be in Meran rather early to enjoy an afternoon in this Italian city, with its old inner city dating from the middle ages, also showing belle epoque buildings. Would you like to visit the Meran Therme (Spa) ? Cycling today is approx. 30 km.

Day 7: Meran - Bolzano- South Tirol Wine Road-Kalterersee-Neumarkt, 31 mi. (50 km)
After the bustling city, you cycle along the Adige River down to Bolzano and enter the bikepath along the vineyards from there. A great combination of apple orchards and vineyards are the lush green scenery you will cycle through. All you  need is a bit of sunshine and a bike and this is bike heaven. Some up, but mostly down hill. In Neumarkt, you will find another historic village with scraffito and arches. Your hotel is part of it, yet a very modern and stylish twist. You will have 50 km of cycling today, on a river bike path and also on rails to trails,  which is a section where there is some uphill, followed by a  beautiful descent to Lake Caldaro.

Day 8: Riva del Garda,  22 mi. (36 km)
On your last day of biking you are heading for your last stop on the tour in Riva del Garda. It’s gelato and pizza time! This is an area that is a favorite of tourists and has been for many decades already. For a lot of the Europeans, living in the more northern countries this was one of the first holidays outside of their own country. 

Your hotel, at the lake, will be a perfect spot to relax. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 9: Riva del Garda boat trip to Bardolino
On this last day of your tour, you decide. Perhaps you would enjoy a boat trip to one of the other lovely villages and find a nice market. There is lots to explore!

As a post trip, perhaps you would like to go to Verona?

Day 10: Departure

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