Ride among the Dolomites through valleys and old towns
Explore two provinces on this beautiful ride through South Tyrol and Trento. You’ll ride 270km from Bressanone, the oldest town in South Tyrol, to Lake Garda, the crown jewel of Trento. During the week-and-a-day tour, you’ll pedal among the vivid Dolomites through forested valleys and countryside areas. Stop in several hamlets, villages, and larger cities for a full experience of the culture present in this area.
What makes this area unique is its clash of cultures. In most cities you visit, you’ll find that the residents speak Italian and German, and most likely English. Visit an old spa town with Mediterranean vibes and botanical gardens, sip espresso on any number of patios, ride through valleys, and of course, end the tour in the breathtaking Lake Garda with its blue water and colourful peaks. The South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour brings you into a picturesque world with a unique cultural experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Highlights of the South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour
South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Bressanone
You’re in the oldest town in South Tyrol and ready to start an unforgettable journey. If you arrive early enough, take some time to explore this gorgeous Italian town nestled in the Dolomites.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bressanone
Day 2 Bike from Dobbiaco/Toblach to Bressanone
In the morning transfer from Bressanone to Dobbiaco. Bike delivery in Dobbiaco. Today’s tour takes you along the cycle path past the well-known valley Pragsertal, which stretches to the south. Following the river Rienz, the bike path goes past the Olang dam and onto the Michael Pacher town of Brunico. Continue on through the Pustertal Valley, pass the Mühlbacher Klause ruins and enter into the Eisacktal Valley. Shortly before Bressanone, you can visit the Neustift Abbey, and the historical centre in Bressanone is well worth a visit too.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bressanone
Day 3 Bike to Bolzano
Starting in Bressanone, you follow the Eisacktal Valley bike path alongside the river Eisack and cycle through the many vineyards which mainly produce white wine, past the picturesque town of Chiusa which is worth stopping to look at, and onto the capital town of Bolzano. Bolzano itself has much to offer, the arcades, the lawns by the river, a visit to the Ice Man in the Archaeological Museum or sitting and drinking a coffee in one of the many cafes in the town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bolzano
Day 4 Train to Merano and Ride Back to Bolzano
Start the day with a pleasant train ride to Merano, an old spa town in South Tyrol with Mediterranean vibes. Spend the morning here visiting the botanical gardens, medieval buildings, and ornate boulevards.
Leaving Merano on your bike, you’ll ride through fragrant orchards and return to Bolzano for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bolzano
Day 5 Long Ride to Trento
Fill up on breakfast, because your longest ride of the week is today. You have two options to reach your destination: ride an old railway track and include a visit to Lake Kalter and Caldaro village or continue on the wide and paved bike path in the Etsch Valley.
Further south, you’ll leave South Tyrol province and enter the renowned wine-producing area of Trento. Arrive in Trento in the evening and treat yourself to a glass of locally-made wine.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trento
Day 6 Cycle to Lake Garda
After a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready for one last day of riding. As you pedal through the spectacular Etsch Valley, an iconic vision of the Alps, villages, and towns or northern Italy will come into view intermittently. You’ll get a heart-pumping opportunity as you climb San Giovanni Pass, then enjoy a descent to Lake Garda. This absolute gem of a town will look like an oasis after a week of riding. With the sparkling blue lake at the foreground of the Alps and the town built right on the shore, you’ll have no trouble enjoying a night here.
Find a patio and indulge in one more night of Italian hospitality with food and ever-flowing wine.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lake Garda
Day 7 Departure
Enjoy your final breakfast and check out of the hotel to end your tour. You can choose to extend your stay when you book—and you might want to, because Lake Garda is breathtaking!
Overnight Location: None
South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour Price and Dates
This guided tour in Italy is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and the number of people per room.
The best time to travel to South Tyrol for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall (May-September). Note there are no departures possible from August 3-21.
Private Self-Guided South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Important note: the departures on this tour are available on Sundays only. In some cases, it’s available to arrange the departures on different weekdays for groups of 5 and more (please enquire).
Low Season (From April 18th to June 18th and from September 12th to October 1st):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,125 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $875 USD per person
High season (from June 19th to September 11th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,225 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD per person
Accommodation on the South Tyrol to Lake Garda 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 on the spot. This is normally no more than $25 USD per person.
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. If you prefer a single room in your group, the required supplement is included in the listed price.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel in Bressanone
This stunning place is the oldest town in Tyrol. Nestled among the Dolomites and near a river confluence, you’ll wonder if you stumbled into a postcard.
Hotel in Bolzano
As the capital of South Tyrol, Bolzano acts as a unique hub of Austrian–Italian culture. Make sure to take a hike above the town for sweeping panoramic views.
Hotel in Trento
Trento is an important cultural centre with several restored monuments, museums, and cathedrals. It’s an outdoor recreation hub and chock-full of culture.
Hotel in Lake Garda
You will want to extend your stay as soon as you land in this gem. The town is built right on the lake with peaks imposing on the other side. The views will never disappoint.
What’s Included in the South Tyrol to Lake Garda Bike Tour?
6 breakfasts are included.
Accommodation for 6 nights is included in the tour. Additional nights before and after the tour can be booked as a supplement.
Transportation during the Tour
While you cycle between hotels, transportation for your luggage is included. Transfers mentioned in the itinerary are also included. Arrival and departure transfers are not included.
- Tour information in English
- Well-planned routes
- Detail route descriptions
- Detailed maps
- 24-hour telephone assistance
- Guide services
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, or other meals not previously mentioned
- Travel insurance and tourism tax
- Flights and public transportation
- Visas if required
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Extra nights in any accommodation
- Bike rental:
- Hybrid bike: $95 USD
- Premium bike: $150 USD
- E-Bike: $225 USD
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