Day 1: Innsbruck
Welcome briefing and bike fitting. For the rest of the day we recommend visiting Innsbruck with such highlights as the town tower and "Goldenes Dachl" (Golden Roof).
Overnight in Innsbruck.
Day 2: Innsbruck – Imst (40 miles/65 km)
You will pedal on the former towpath along the river Inn, at the foot of Martinswand (mountain face) and through little villages and market towns to Stams (baroque Cistercian convent). Then, you will continue your tour via Haiming to Imst, the so-called "Merano of North Tyrol."
Overnight in Imst.
Day 3: Imst – Burgeis/Mals (30 miles/50 km + bus transfer)
Today, you will cycle along the river Inn, past the monastery Zams to Landeck. A bus will take you to Nauders from where you will cycle less than 100 meters in altitude uphill to the mountain pass Reschenpass. From there, you will cycle downhill to Lake Reschensee and continue on minor roads to Mals (many towers in the center) or to Burgeis at the foot of the castle Marienburg.
Overnight in Mals/Burgeis.
Day 4: Mals/Burgeis – Merano (40 miles/65 km)
Your day starts with a trip to Glurns (perfectly preserved medieval city walls). Then, you will cycle via the Montani ruins, through Schlanders, down to Merano. On your way, you will come across some pretty castles (mountaineer Reinhold Messner’s castle Juval) and you will get marvelous views of the impressive mountain massif Ortlermassiv and the mountain pass Stilfserjoch. Since 2004, the Venosta train (Vinschgaubahn) has been operating again between Mals and Merano. You can almost always take this train to travel a part of your journey.
Overnight in Merano.
Day 5: Passeiertal/Merano (25 miles/40 km)
On the fifth day, you will have the opportunity to ride your bike into the Passeiertal valley to the Sandwirt inn (birthplace of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer). Alternatively, you can hike on the famous Tappeiner trail or go shopping at the famous arcades of Merano.
Overnight in Merano.
Day 6: Merano – Auer (31 miles/50 km)
Today’s stage will take you via Lana (Schnatterpeck Altar) and through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area of the South Tyrolean Wine Road, past many fortresses, castles, and ruins such as Hocheppan (famous frescos) to Lake Kalterersee. Ending the day in the cozy wine town of Auer.
Overnight in Auer.
Day 7: Auer – Bolzano (22 miles/35 km)
Leaving the charming wine towns behind you, you will cycle on flat routes through the Adige valley or via the Montiggler lakes (scenic, but more demanding route), past Sigmundskron to Bolzano (arcades, "Ötzi" museum).
Overnight in Bolzano.
Day 8: Individual Departure from Bolzano
Individual departure or extended stay. Return transportation to Innsbruck is available by train or mini-bus.