Day 1: Arrival
At 5:00pm we meet in the hotel lobby and visit the heart of the Alpes with its famous Golden Roof on a guided city tour. After that, the evening is free to spend.
Overnight in Innsbruck
Day 2: Innsbruck – Meran (28 miles/45 km)
On Sunday morning we leave the Tyrolian capital by bus. Heading up through the Inn Valley we traverse the Reschen Pass. Here where the steeple protrudes from the lake we mount our bikes. Our itinerary follows the Roman military road Via Augusta Claudia to Glurns, the smallest town of South Tyrol. Here we invite you for lunch.
In the afternoon we will change to the Vinschger railway which has again been put into operation in 2005. Even from afar we discover Meran, the probably most beautiful city of South Tyrol. In the thermal city Meran we will stay. For dinner we meet in the excellent hotel restaurant.
Overnight in Meran
Day 3: Meran round trip (16 miles/25 km)
In the morning we have a guided tour through the gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle. It is a unique garden world nestled into a twelve-hectare amphitheatre with numerous plants of different origin. Afterwards a bus takes us to the beautiful Passeier valley in the north of Meran. Andreas Hofer, the Tyrolian freedom fighter, who gave the Napoleon troops more than once a good scare, was born here. Surrounded by the Stubaier, Ötztaler and Sarntaler Alps it is a popular destination for nature lovers.
Heading along the track on the river Passer, our bikes take us southwards. Lush meadows alternate with meadow countryside. In the late afternoon we get back to Meran. Who wants to resign from today’s programme can relax in thermal spa of Meran. It is just a few steps from the hotel (entrance is included in the tour price).
Overnight in Meran
Day 4: Meran – Bolzano (25 miles/40 km)
We leave Meran on our bikes and get soon to Lana where we visit the famous Schnatterpeck altar. This monumental late Gothic wood carving is said to be the biggest winged altar of the whole alpine region. Splendid residences, proud castles and busy wineyards are edging our following cycle path. We cycle the whole day through orchards and vineyards. We take this opportunity to visit one of the numerous vineyards of Alto Adige and to enjoy some of these great wines.
Afterwards we pedal to Bolzano, the capital of Alto Adige. In the heart of the old town we stay. It has a big park and a pool both welcome you to relax there. For dinner we go to a nice restaurant.
Overnight in Bolzano
Day 5: Bolzano – Trento (28 miles/45 km)
In the morning we take the steepest funicular railway of Europe up to the Mendel Pass. The Mendel railway overcomes an altitude of 850 meters in twelve minutes. Far away we can see the rose garden, where the mythical dwarf-king Laurin was striving for the love of a princess against Dietrich of Bern. Our bikes are rolling down to the Val di Non, the Nons valley. Every third eaten apple in Italy comes from this area.
We leave our bikes at the Rotalis van and take the train. Afterwards we cycle along the “Etschradweg” heading to Trent. The hotel awaits us directly before the gates of the medieval old town. Trent is a pearl which is neglected by most of the tourists who head southwards. There is enough time to stroll around the bishop’s city. After a guided tour we invite you to a typical Italian pizza.
Overnight in Trento
Day 6: Trento – Riva del Garda (31 miles/50 km)
We discover fortified castles in the mountainsides while we are following our track southwards. We leave the Etsch valley and cycle to above Lake Garda, where we have a magnificent panoramic view among the blue sparkling water surface. A racy descent takes us to riparian town Torbole, where we invite you for lunch into an excellent fish restaurant.
Afterwards there are only a few miles to Riva del Garda where our hotel, situated directly at the lake, awaits us. We are going to stay here for two nights. Though lunch is included in the travel arrangement of today, the rest of the afternoon and the evening is free to spend. Enjoy a refreshing bath, stroll along the promenade to the enchanting old town of Riva and finish the evening with a glass of wine under the starlit sky.
Overnight in Riva del Garda
Day 7: Monte Baldo excursion (28 miles/45 km)
We leave Riva by boat and enjoy the morning peace on the water. Soon we reach Malcesine and the valley station of Monte Baldo cableway. In a few minutes, the cableway takes us to an altitude of 1800 meters. On a slight ascent we reach the highest point of our tour, before we can enjoy one of the most amazing descents (under poor weather conditions we have to change the program due to the alpine terrain). Today's destination is Garda. From there we take a bus back to our beautiful hotel in Riva. For our farewell dinner we will get especially spoiled.
Overnight in Riva del Garda
Day 8: Verona and departure
In the morning a bus takes us to Verona. On a guided city tour, we'll have a lot of time for the hometown of Romeo and Juliette. Large places like the Piazza Bra or the medieval Piazza delle Erbe as well as numerous churches and palaces show impressingly the former wealth of the city. By noon our tour ends at the center station of Verona. Regularly leaving trains go northwards and the surrounding airports can easily be reached.