Traverse Bavaria, the Alps, and the Italian plains on this epic self-guided bike tour
Challenge yourself on this thrilling 9-day tour from Germany, through Austria, to Italy. Visit three countries, ride through the Alps, explore world-class cities, and finish the tour in La Serenissima, the idyllic Venice. This bike tour puts your cardiovascular stamina to the test, but your efforts will be worth it for the iconic Alps views.
Each day of this tour offers something different, including comfortable accommodation in a new town each night. By spending the tour almost constantly in motion from Munich to Venice, you’ll leave with memories of a super-stimulating journey from start to finish. You’ll cycle on small side roads, along old railway tracks and great rivers as you traverse Bavaria, the Alps, and finally, the Italian countryside as you draw nearer to the Adriatic Sea. The tour finishes in the most iconic Italian city, Venice, where you can indulge in a final feast of local food and wine. Do you need to shake things up in your life? The Munich to Venice Bike Tour might be the catalyst for inspiration!
Highlights of the Munich to Venice Bike Tour
Munich to Venice Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Munich
Find your way to Munich, the cultural hub of Bavaria. Check-in to your hotel and spend the evening discovering this grand city on foot.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Munich
Day 2 Cycle to Bad Tölz
Indulge in a filling German breakfast before collecting your bike and starting the first ride of the tour. Today’s route leads along the Isar River, past monasteries, and through many traditional Bavarian villages.
You’ll reach Bad Tölz with plenty of time to find an inviting tavern and taste some local brew.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bad Tölz
Distance: 6 hours, 60km
Day 3 Ride to Maurach, Austria
Have a big breakfast to fuel up for a long ride today. Start riding along a river until Lake Sylvenstein comes into view, and then continue riding through Karwendel Nature Park.
Midday, you cross the Austrian border and pass by Lake Achen, a gorgeous lake nestled amid great peaks. In the evening, reach Maurach, a breathtaking town tucked in a basin in the Alps. (Note: depending on availability, you might stay in Jenbach.)
Overnight Location: Hotel in Maurach (or Jenbach)
Distance: 7 hours, 70km
Day 4 Ride to Rio di Pusteria
Today won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! Start the day with breafkast and begin the ride to Innsbruck. Stop here for a coffee and a quick tour of the city. From here, you’ll take a train or bus transfer to shorten the ride and cut out the most demanding hill to Brennero Pass. At the pass, which marks the Italian border, you’ll descend along an old railway track to reach Rio di Pusteria.
Find some local fare and enjoy a well-earned sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Rio di Pusteria
Distance: 9.5 hours, 95km
Day 5 Cycle to Villabassa/Dobbiaco
Enjoy breakfast with plenty of Italian espresso before heading out today. You’ll ride along the Rienz River, admiring its emerald waters that wind through South Tyrol. Feel free to stop at a couple of museums to break up your ride. An old castle in Brunico hosts one of the museums—a sight to see in itself.
Keep pushing alongside the river until you reach Villabassa or Dobbiaco for the night (depending on availability). If you rented a bike from the tour company, you can pop into their shop in Dobbiaco for a tune-up if needed.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villabassa or Dobbiaco
Distance: 5–6 hours, 50–55km
Day 6 Ride through the Dolomites
Today’s ride is almost too spectacular for words. After breakfast, you’ll ride along the old railway that cuts through the Dolomites, a UNESCO-recognized area with numerous impressive peaks, lakes, and rivers. Visit Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), an iconic image, and continue downhill to the enchanting village of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Continue downhill with massifs on both sides, turn into a valley, and arrive in Pieve di Cadore in time for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pieve di Cadore
Distance: 6–7 hours, 60–65km
Day 7 Cycle along the Pieve River to Conegliano
Enjoy an early breakfast and get going. Following the tranquil Piave River for a short time, you’ll soon connect to a newer bike trail and continue to Longarone. This town was rebuilt in 1963 after a flood washed away the village completely.
Conegliano awaits as your destination this evening, and treat yourself to a glass of prosecco—this is where it’s produced!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Conegliano
Distance: 8 hours, 80 km
Day 8 Ride into the Floating City of Venice
Bid farewell to the Alps this morning as you set off in the direction of the Adriatic Sea. Appreciate the flatter terrain as you draw nearer to Venice, first stopping in “little Venice” if you wish (Treviso).
Follow the Sile River and soon one of the most famous cities worldwide, Venice, comes into view. If you have time, take a canal tour of this indisputably dreamy city. Spoil yourself with a smorgasbord of Venetian food and wine to celebrate your week of riding from Germany to Italy.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Venice
Distance: 9.5 hours, 95km
Day 9 Departure
Your tour ends after breakfast and check-out. You can organize your own departure transfer, or maybe you’ll feel inspired to stay another night (or five) in Venice.
Overnight Location: None
Munich to Venice Bike Tour Price and Dates
This guided tour in Germany, Austria, and Italy is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room.
The best time to travel to the Alps for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall. This tour is available from April to October. Note that from September 16, 2021, to October 4, 2021, no departures from Munich are available, however, you can start in Bad Tölz with a train journey from Munich included in the tour price. No departures are available from August 5th to 20th. The tour begins on Saturdays and Sundays. However, alternative departure dates might be available on request for groups of 5 and more.
Private Self-Guided Munich to Venice Bike Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
Low season (from May 1st to June 19th and from September 12th to October 10th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,450 USD
- Price per person staying in a double room: $1,150 USD
High season (from June 20th to August 4th and from August 20th to September 11th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,525 USD
- Price per person staying in a double room: $1,225 USD
Accommodation on the Munich to Venice Bike Tour
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star hotels. Tourist tax, if requested at the hotel, is not included and will have to be paid upon arrival.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement. If you are in a group but prefer a single room, the required supplement is included in the listed price.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel in Munich
Enjoy a stay in this well-loved German city with classic architecture and the mountains you’ll explore in the distance. Taverns, restaurants, and activities abound.
Hotel in Bad Tölz
Located in Bavaria, Bad Tölz will keep you entertained during your stay. Many great hikes await or walk the city to browse shops, parks, fountains, and taverns.
Hotel in Maurach
Right next to a magical lake among mountains, you’ll find Maurach. It’s a charming town that becomes a popular ski destination in winter.
Hotel in Rio di Pusteria
Enjoy a tranquil stay in this mountain village tucked in the Puster Valley. Cycle the cobblestone streets in the centre, or just enjoy the nature all around you.
Villabassa or Dobbiaco
Both of these mountain villages will take your breath away. Amid the Puster Valley, you’ll be surrounded by peaks and fields as far as you can see.
Hotel in Pieve di Cadore
This town is a natural gateway to the Dolomites. It’s set in absolutely stunning countryside with great grey peaks as a constant backdrop.
Hotel in Conegliano
Relax in this stunning town with ancient architecture and peaks in every direction. Prosecco production is rampant in this region, so treat yourself to a glass!
Hotel in Venice
You already have an image in your head of this city: the City of Canals, the Floating City, La Serenissima. Cultural sights abound here, and foodies will have a heyday.
What’s Included in the Munich to Venice Bike Tour?
8 breakfasts are included.
Accommodation for 8 nights is included in the tour.
Transportation during the Tour
While you cycle between hotels, transportation for your luggage is included. Transfers mentioned in the itinerary are included. Arrival and departure transfers are not included but can be requested at booking as a supplement.
- Tour information in English
- Well-planned routes
- Detail route descriptions
- Detailed maps
- 24-hour telephone assistance
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Guide services
- Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
- Entrance fees of any kind
- Travel insurance and tourism tax
- Flights or public transportation
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Extra nights in any accommodation
- Bike rental:
- 21-gear hybrid bike: $175 USD
- E-bike (unisex, 500 W battery, up to 100 km): $275 USD
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