Bolzano to Verona: Orchards, Mountains & Timeless Culture

4.6/5 (11)
6 nights
30 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 959
Bike tour in Italy
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

Bolzano to Verona: Orchards, Mountains & Timeless Culture

4.6/5 (11)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

6 nights
30 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 959
Bike tour in Italy

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  • Discover the inspiring culture and nature of blissful Italy

    Nature or culture? This tour is the perfect combination of both! This bike tour from the capital of South Tyrol to the festival city of Verona takes you on a predominantly flat route along the Adige, cycling through sun-kissed, fertile orchards to cities of timeless culture set against unique mountain scenery.

    Immerse yourself in an icy world that existed 5000 years ago in the Ötzi Museum in Bolzano. Admire frescoes from the 13th to the 15th century in the cathedral of Trento. And, finally, start dreaming in the city where one of the most beautiful, tragic love stories of the world takes place: 'in fair Verona', setting of Romeo and Juliet.

    • Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy. Michael Heintz@Unsplash
    • Trento in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy. Mauro Sartori@Flickr
    • Great churches in Mantua (Mantova) in Veneto, Italy. Pedro@Flickr
    • Bolzano to Verona Italy Bike Tour
    • Sightseeing in Verona, Italy. Tom Podmore@Unsplash
    • Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy. Mauricio Munoz@Unsplash
    • Macarons in Verona, Italy. Teozac@Unsplash
    • Bolzano to Verona Italy Bike Tour

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    Highlights

    • South Tyrol Wine Road's many fortresses, castles, and ruins
    • St. Paul's 'Cathedral in the Countryside'
    • Trento
    • Lake Garda boat tour
    • Verona, romantic and Romanesque setting of Romeo and Juliet

    Learn More

    Learn more about our self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Italy.

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Verona.


    Bolzano to Verona

    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    • Out of Bolzano (photo by Janet Bychek)
    • Waiting for the ferry (photo by Janet Bychek)
    • Vineyard on the way to Auer from Bolzano (photo by Lizk)
    • Ice cream on the way to Lake Garda (photo by Lizk)
    • From the boat in Lake Garda (photo by Lizk)
    • Trento Roman Coliseum (photo by Lizk)
    • On the way to Verona (photo by Lizk)
    • Outside Bolzano (photo by CathyB)
    • Castle View (photo by CathyB)
    • Photo 3 (photo by CathyB)
    • Typical part of the Trail (photo by CathyB)
    • Bridge (photo by CathyB)
    • Trento (photo by CathyB)

    Bolzano to Verona

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Bolzano
    Arrive in Bolzano and receive your briefing and bike fitting. Afterwards, it's well worth touring around Bolzano's beautiful Old Town.

    Overnight in Bolzano.

    Day 2: Bolzano – Auer (19 miles/30 km)
    Today's route passes through sun-kissed orchards and verdant vineyards along the South Tyrolean Wine Road. You will pass many castles and ruins as you cycle to Lake Caldaro to soak up its blissful vistas. Then, continue on to the charming wine village of Auer.

    Overnight in Auer.

    Day 3: Auer – Trento (28 miles/45 km)
    Today you'll mainly be cycling on a fantastic bike path along the Adige, partly through fertile orchards until you reach Salorno, the end of the German-speaking South Tyrol. From Salurn, the tour heads to Trento, following lovely pathways along a dam.

    Overnight in Trento.

    Day 4: Trento – Lake Garda South (31 miles/50 km + boat trip)
    At first, you'll cycle along the Adige until Rovereto, from where the route turns westward towards Lake Garda. In Mori, you'll taste the famous pistachio ice cream at the Gelateria Bologna.

    After a short ascent and descent, you'll reach Torbole and Riva. From here, you'll embark on a memorable boat trip down the entire length of Lake Garda.

    Overnight in Lake Garda South.

    Day 5: Lake Garda South – Verona (31 miles/50 km)
    Our recommendation today is to take a tour of the historic centers of Desenzano and Sirmione, after which, you'll enjoy cycling the gently rolling hills towards Verona. You'll catch your first glimpse of the festival city, the romantic setting for two plays by the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, including the tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the lighter comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    This city of lustrous legacies was also the birthplace of Isotta Nogarola, the first alleged female humanist who played one of the most significant roles in the Italian Renaissance. Sensational sightseeing spots abound, from Piazza Bra, Porta Borsari and Piazza dei Signori e Arche Scaligere, to the Bra Molinari, Duomo, and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, with an unmissable literary moment at the Casa di Giulietta (Romeo and Juliet balcony)!

    Overnight in Verona.

    Day 6: Verona – Mantua – Verona (41 miles/65 km + train trip)
    Today's ride follows the River Mincio, an outflow of Lake Garda, to the charming town of Mantua. You'll then return to Verona by train (ticket included in tour price).

    Overnight in Verona.

    Day 7: Individual departure or extension

    Don't want the adventure to end? Consider taking a cycling day tour in the romantic and Romanesque city of Verona.


    Bolzano to Verona

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Bolzano: Parkhotel Laurin

    Auer: Hotel Villa Groff

    Trento: Hotel NH Trento

    Lake Garda South: Hotel Bonotto

    Verona: Hotel Indigo

    Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    Bolzano to Verona

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    The bikes available for rent on this tour are:

    • Standard touring bike, 21/24-speed, unisex 
    • Standard touring bike, 21-speed, men's frames, crossbar (upon request only)
    • Bike rental plus, 27-speed, upgrade (KTM standard touring bike with upgraded components)
    • Electrically assisted bike, Pedelec, unisex*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Equipment included with the bike rentals:

    • Saddle bag (water repellent), rear
    • Handlebar bag (water repellent), with clear cover on top for map viewing
    • Tools
    • Pump
    • Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
    • Combination lock

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are not included with the bike rentals. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.

    Specifications on standard touring bikes

    • Modern, high-resistant aluminum frame
    • V-brakes
    • Aluminium-rims
    • Reliable tires, which ensure high duration
    • Shimano Alivio derailleur on 21-speed
    • Selle Royal Saddles

    *Posture for 21-speed standard bikes will be upright for comfort

    Upgraded components on 27-speed standard bikes

    • Hydraulic Magura HS 11 brakes
    • Shimano Deore XT derailleur on 27-speed
    • High-quality Suntour suspension fork

    *Posture for 27-speed upgraded standard bikes will be upright and forward


    Bolzano to Verona

     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Departures Wednesday - Saturday: Mar 30-Oct 12, 2024.

    Season 1: Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024; Sep 28, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024

    Season 2: Apr 13, 2024 - May 10, 2024; Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

    Season 3: May 11, 2024 - Sep 6, 2024

    Prices

    Tour package

    Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
    Per person, double occupancy €959 €1029 €1099
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1318 €1388 €1458

    Bike Rentals

    Standard touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame €99
    Standard touring bike, 21-speed men's frame €99
    Bike rental plus, 27-speed, upgrade €169
    Electrically-assisted bike €259

    Extra Nights, Bolzano

    Per person, double occupancy €129
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €204

    Extra Nights, Verona

    Per person, double occupancy €85
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €124

    Transfer

    Per person, return transfer to Bolzano by minibus (Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday mornings)* €79

    *Please note if you plan to bring your own bike, contact us for transfer pricing.

    Included services

    • 6 nights accommodation in 3-and 4-star hotels
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfer
    • Detailed travel documents (1 set per room)
    • Service hotline
    • Welcome briefing
    • Train ticket from Mantua to Verona, including bike
    • Boat journey on Lake Garda, including bike
    • 1 pistachio ice cream or freshly squeezed fruit juice on the way to Lake Garda
    • App for Navigation and GPS-data

    Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.


    Tour Company


    Bolzano to Verona

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    You will cycle mainly on flat routes. There are some short climbs on the cycle path to Appiano and Lake Garda. You will find yourself on beautiful bike paths and country lanes. Unfortunately, moderate traffic is unavoidable on some short connecting roads.


    How to get there

    Tour Start
    Nearest airport: Innsbruck, Austria; Venice and Verona, Italy
    Nearest train station: Bolzano, Italy

    To get to Bolzano, you can fly into one of these international airports and take a train to Bolzano's train station. Buses are also available into Bolzano.

    Tour End
    Nearest airport and train station: Verona, Italy

    Other options include taking the train from Verona to Venice and flying out of Venice.

    There is a return transfer by minibus to Bolzano every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. It costs €79 per person (including bike). €39 for your own personal bike. Must be reserved in advance at the time of booking.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.


    Bolzano to Verona

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Janet Bychek 8 months ago

      Beautiful tour with great support

      We were given everything we needed. The hotels were lovely and had great breakfasts. Stefano, our support person was very helpful, and when we had a problem he solved it for us very quickly. I would use biketours again without hesitation

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 16
      How many tours have you completed?
      1st
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Janet Bychek 8 months ago

      Wonderful well organized trip

      Stefano, our organizer was so helpful. When I forgot something he saved the day.. The routes were stunning. The bikes worked well. The hotels were really nice with great breakfasts

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 16 2023
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Out of Bolzano (photo by Janet Bychek)
      • Waiting for the ferry (photo by Janet Bychek)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Skipper August 6, 2019

      Nice trip- some days better than others.

      The trip was nice. The first three days had pretty scenery and nice riding. The fourth day was mostly on roads and some areas not very exciting. The last day retraced some of the fourth day and seemed like it wasn’t really necessary. The signage at certain points was unclear (e.g., the bike path ended and it was unclear what to do next) and there was an actual mistake in directions arriving at the hotel in Verona. The GPS was not particularly helpful. The bike was a good quality, but one of the bikes didn’t have working lights.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      Two
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe August 7, 2019

        We appreciate you letting us know that this wasn't your ideal trip. Based on other reviews and more tour details the last two days are overall more countryside riding when compared with the first few. We understand how this could seem less exciting. Thanks again for submitting a review; we hope we can book something better suited to your tastes next time!

      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Chuck87 May 29, 2019

      Spectacular!

      My girlfriend and I did the self-guided tour. This was our first bike tour, and we both had an amazing time. The first 3 days were primarily on cycle paths while the last 2 days were mostly on country rides. Do be mindful that the last 2 days are slightly hillier while also having to navigate some traffic. Biking in to and out of Verona was slightly difficult due to the car traffic.

      The experience with the contracted tour company was very efficient and organized. Our luggage were always in the next hotel by the time we arrived. The bikes were sturdy. The directions were accurate (we downloaded the GPS tracks to our phone). The hotels were all very clean, private, and most importantly had very warm showers.

      Our favorite part of the tour was the city of Bolzano. It is unlike other cities in Italy, partly due to its German/Austrian influence. Take time to explore the city and also take the cable car up to Ritten and do some hiking prior to the start of the bike tour. The scenery is ridiculously beautiful.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 16th-May 22nd 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1 including this one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • LKDCG October 29, 2017

      Bolzano to Verona - Great Way to see Italian Countryside

      We chose the self-guided tour and would highly recommend it. Next time, we will have a GPS device. Most days were easy to follow, but one very tactical day resulted in us not seeing many sites, as we needed to keep an eye on our maps. The support was great in the sense that our luggage was available at our next hotel each day. All accommodations were very nice.

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 14-19, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Emma2714 August 18, 2017

      Well organised

      I appreciate the arrangement of transfering baggage service and the staff in Bolzano, who helped me get my passport because the previous hotel kept my passport. However, i am so stupid that I could not follow the route , its better to have direction, for example , head South.... The worst thing is the attitude of hotel is not good when I request I put my bike into my room, because, every accessory can be removed very soon, for example, my saddle, wheels, one point is money, my bike is expensive, because I can cycle fast if I ride my own bike,the other point is what can I do if my bike was stolen, it will ruin my trip,right? Although, they will help to lock into somewhere, Hotel San Marco, I have to push my bike going up and down from ground to basement 2, I could not use LIFT, it is not friendly !! Anyway, I will join again,hopefully, people try to understand others who bring their own bike!

      What was the date of your tour?
      2 Aug 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      no
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Lizk May 23, 2017

      An Amazing Trip in Beautiful Italy!

      We loved our bike trip from Bolzano to Verona! The scenery was stunning. We were very happy with the accommodations and the breakfasts!
      We got lost a few times but the GPX helped to know where we missed a turn. Also when we asked the local bikers they said follow me and got us back on track.

      We stopped in many of the small towns to some vino Rossa and lunch including Mezzocorona, Olios, and Borghetta!

      We were amazed how easy it was to take the boat trip and train with the bikes.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 10-16
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Vineyard on the way to Auer from Bolzano (photo by Lizk)
      • Ice cream on the way to Lake Garda (photo by Lizk)
      • From the boat in Lake Garda (photo by Lizk)
      • Trento Roman Coliseum (photo by Lizk)
      • On the way to Verona (photo by Lizk)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Bonjuk September 27, 2016

      Italy on Two Wheels

      Our fall trip was a wonderful way to see both bountiful orchards and vineyards and sample sights and history in small and larger cities. We enjoyed the beautiful river paths and scenery. And breakfast for kings and queens!

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 9-14
      How many tours have you completed?
      1, my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Colorado Kid September 26, 2016

      Spectacular Italy!

      The trip had a nice variety of terrain and locale, going from Bolzano to Verona. The first two days is bike paths going down the Adige Valley. However, the last three days added some ups and serious map reading as we went through the countryside. In a few places our guide book did not match up with the route.In a few places there was more traffic than some of our group were comfortable with.Hotels were great values and the food excellent. Lago di Garda is beautiful.It was a great trip.

      What was the date of your tour?
      9/10-9/14/016
      How many tours have you completed?
      2 with Bike Tours; 4 others
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • CathyB April 22, 2016

      Fantastic

      I did this tour (self-guided) in the Fall of 2014 and it was the best trip of my life. The Hotels were all clean, safe, and ideally situated in the towns. The maps were great. There were a few frustrations when navigating alone, but nothing I couldn't figure out. The company provided me with a route map and also with written directions; even after I left the map in a bar one nigh (oops) I was able to navigate fine with the written directions. The stickers used to place the route were also very helpful. Difficulty-wise, the first couple days were mostly flat and on well paved, well laid out bike paths; as the tour went on the terrain got hillier, but there were only a couple serious climbs (and even they weren't that bad). It was a great way to see parts of Italy that you wouldn't normally see if limited to a train, and it took me through some charming little towns that would escape most tourists attention. Experiences like hiking up a mountain to visit a mostly ruined castle, or dropping in on a winery outside of Verona and being fussed over by a sweet old Nonna, or an old, chain-smoking man draping his coat over my shoulders in a cafe, will never be forgotten. This was my second time in Italy and my first bike tour. I would strongly recommend learning a little bit of Italian as English is not widely spoken in the smaller towns; my smattering really helped me. Also, don't lose your map in a bar.

      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • Outside Bolzano (photo by CathyB)
      • Castle View (photo by CathyB)
      • Photo 3 (photo by CathyB)
      • Typical part of the Trail (photo by CathyB)
      • Bridge (photo by CathyB)
      • Trento (photo by CathyB)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Zephyr February 17, 2016

      The Two Italys: from Alto Adige to Trentino and South

      How many tours have you completed?
      six
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection

    Bolzano to Verona

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