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Italy – Dolomites To Lake Garda Cycling Tour

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
From: $ 1,234 $ 176 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience easy Italian riding. Most routes are flat or downhill.
  • Visit to spectacular blue lakes such as Lake Caldaro/Kaltern and Lake Garda
  • See beautiful views as you descend through the Venosta Valley
  • Enjoy tasting local cuisine of typical hearty dishes

Short Description

A fantastic bike tour downhill in the Dolomites of Italy through the magnificent glacial valleys of South Tyrol and the Dolomites of Trentino to discover the traditional lifestyle in the quaint old towns along the way. From the high alpine Passo Resia at 1455m you descend on your bike all the way down to the sub-Mediterranean shores of Lake Garda. En route you will witness grand views of the Alps and Dolomites and pedal your bike through premium vineyards and lush apple orchards.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Silandro
End City Verona

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Lake Garda Verona

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Trip Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation in typical local 3 and 4 inns - usually the best in town
  • Breakfast daily - quality offerings for a day on the bike
  • People and bike transfer from the hotel in Silandro to Passo Resia on Day 2 at 10:00 hrs
  • Orientation on Day 2 with our local English speaking representative with bike set up, navigation material review
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 24-hour telephone assistance to our local support to help with any questions or problems
  • Road book with maps and detailed ride itineraries to make navigation even easier
  • Pre travel documentation including site information, recommendations, packing lists and more
  • Suggestions for visitation and dining
  • All trip planning and onward travel services
  • Pre trip documents include GPX files for personal device if requested in advance
  • Customer incentives & post trip offers
  • OPTIONS to add on to your trip include the thermal baths in Merano, a visit to the “Forst” beer factory in Merano, visit of the Archeological museum in Bolzano, the Trentino Guest card, which allows you to enter some museums or attractions and use some public transportation, or a private boat tour in Riva del Garda.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Silandro (Saturday) - see arrival options below

Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders) on SATURDAY and settle-in at your cozy family run hotel. Then leisurely stroll through town to discover its many sights like the steep church tower, the highest of South Tyrol. You can enjoy a dinner on your own tonight; we will provide some suggestions. An orientation will take place in the morning to set up bikes, go over routes, and get you started.

To arrive: Flights to Verona or Innsbruck are closest, then train travel to Silandro. From Verona, take a train that changes in Bolzano and Merona; and allow 4 hours travel time.

Day 2: Transfer to Passo di Resia and ride to Silandro; 50 km; 350 ascending & 1300m descending

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, and after an orientation, a private transfer will take you up to starting point of the today’s ride at the Passo Resia (about 1 hour trip). Coasting along Lake Resia you will pass by the submerged church tower pointing out above the surface before winding down on a panoramic bike path amidst alpine meadows. Passing through beautiful villages like Burgusio and Clusio around lunchtime you arrive at the impressive fortified town of Glorenza. A quiet cycle path along the Adige River takes you through endless apple orchards to the village of Lasa, where you can visit the marble museum. From here its only a short stretch to your destination in Silandro, same hotel as last night. Dinner on your own.

Day 3: Ride from Silandro to Merano ; 38 km - 105 ascending & 470m descent

Descending through the Venosta valley you ride, enjoying the marvelous scenery of snow-capped mountains covered and endless pine forests. Stop for a cappuccino in the lively town of Naturno and watch the local life. The bike path then winds down a narrow gorge before entering a broad glacial valley. Lovely Merano is now close and during the afternoon go for a stroll on its beautiful promenade and discover all the beautiful hidden angles of this magical place. Dinner on your own. (B) Be sure to have luggage ready by 9am at the front desk for transfer to your next hotel. 

Day 4: Ride from Merano to Caldaro via Bolzano ; 47.5km rolling 340m Ascending & 475m decent

Meals: Breakfast

From Merano you ride to Bolzano, the majestic capital of South Tyrol. From here the bike path heads south winding through rolling vineyards leading you up past the village of Caldaro to the shores of the Lake Caldaro/Kaltern, where your hotel is located. Nice 3-star hotel with swimming pool awaits. Dinner on your own.

Day 5: Ride from Caldaro to Trento ; 53km rolling 295m ascending & 325m decent

Meals: Breakfast

From the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro the ride follows the beautiful ‘Strada del Vino’ (Wine road) leading through numerous small wine villages. From here you descend into the Adige valley and enter a bike path that takes you all the way to Trento. Along the way make a stop at one of the ‘Bici Grill’ (cyclists bar) and visit century old villages like Egna and Salorno. Arrive in Trento and spend your free afternoon to explore the city. Your accommodation is in the old city center. Dinner on your own.

Day 6: Ride from Trento to Riva del Garda ; 48 km rolling; 150m ascent & 500m descent

Meals: Breakfast

The first part of the route follows a bike path along the blue-green waters of the Adige River to reach the town of Rovereto (30km). Heading westward you then reach a small pass from where a short descent starts with stunning views on Lake Garda. Through narrow medieval alleys you enter the old town of Riva del Garda to reach your hotel. Dinner on your own.

Day 7: Goodbye Riva del Garda!

The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked an extension in Verona or in another city, or other optional services. If you have extra time, we recommend an extra night in Riva Del Garda. If you are into Wind surfing or Kite Surfing, this is a great place to try it. Rental bikes can be left at the hotel.

Return: public bus from Riva del Garda to Rovereto where you can get the train to Verona.

Optional extra day: For those wanting to cycle some more, today's spectacular ride takes you into the ‘Valle dei Laghi’ (Valley of the Lakes). The nearby elegant town of Arco, a former spa resort because of its fabulous climate, is situated on the slopes of a steep rock formation with a castle set on top. Further up the valley enormous rock faces rise up, attracting climbers worldwide, and you’ll find ancient farmhouses, olive groves, vineyards and numerous small lakes.

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Accomodations

Hotel Golden Rose

Silandro

Your charming hotel in South Tyrol heisen We warmly welcome at Hotel Goldene Rose in Schlanders - Vinschgau. The Hotel Goldene Rose is not just any hotel, it is a hotel with history, charm and style. and that for over 100 years. The hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in Silandro, over 37 stylish and comfortably appointed guest rooms and holiday apartments.


Hotel Zima

Merano

In Hotel Zima enjoyment starts already early in the morning: Breakfast is considered very important: Our fine selected Breakfast buffet offers biological food, fresh fruits and homemade cakes, we bake fresh bread every day and our natural products are from the local mountain farmers. Why not going outdoors and enjoy our terrace for having breakfast? In the afternoon we serve tea and coffee, and homemade bisquists We serve tyrolean and italian snacks in the late afternoon, if you prefer staying at home. In the evening close a very beautiful Vacation day with a good glass from our cellars.

 

Hotel Mendelblick

Calgaro Dolomites

All of the Garni hotel's spacious double rooms and suites provide our guests with an atmosphere of sheer comfort and hospitality, two qualities which we are particularly proud of in South Tyrol. Our modern rooms are equipped with shower, WC, digital SAT-TV with flat screen, safe, hair-dryer and direct dial telephone. The perfect combination of stylish architecture and innovative interior design creates individual havens of comfort and style giving you the space you need to relax and feel at home on your walking or wine holidays in South Tyrol.


Hotel America

 Trento

Hotel America, in the heart of Trento historical centre. At a short walking distance from Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom cathedral, it is the perfect hotel if you have business in town or if you are an art or nature loving tourist. The Hotel, which includes bar and a restaurant, has 67 comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms. All have ensuite bathrooms with tub shower hair-dryer, satellite color TV, telephone, minibar, air conditioning and internet wireless. Some rooms have a magnificent view of the old town and of Castello del Buonconsiglio, enshrined in the beautiful Trentino Mountains surrounding the city.


Hotel Portici

Riva del Garda Dolomites

Hotel located close to the harbor of Riva del Garda with a wonderful view onto the main square, the Hotel Portici Garda 4 stars has an enviable central position by the lake. The Gentilini family have run the hotel since 1990 with a passion and an attention to detail that will make your stay memorable. Hotel Portici in Riva del Garda, completely renovated in 2012 is proud to offer it's guests a new wellness center and private garage, bike storage. For the services offered and room types available, it is an ideal choice for couples, sporting types and families.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation:  Once your deposit is received, a reservation confirmation is made and final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure.  If you wish to cancel your tour, you must submit your request to us in writing by email or postal mail.  If a cancellation is made after receipt of the deposit but before the 60-day final payment due date, all deposits are returned except US$200 per person. Within 60 days, but more than 45 days, the entire deposit becomes non-refundable, and from 45 days additional cancellation penalties may apply, up to 100% of tour costs. No refunds are available once the trip commences. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to this cancellation policy, including for reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control.  For this reason, we strongly encourage Participants to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Pre-Departure Cancellations or Changes by Pure Adventures: We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. While it is rare, in the event of cancellation, a check for a full refund will be issued to you, which constitutes full settlement.  If the tour is cancelled within 45 days of departure, an additional discount will be made for an alternate trip with Pure Adventures or one of its affiliates in addition to the full refund.  In the event that, prior to departure, we make any significant changes because of a problem with a supplier, for example a hotel bankruptcy, we will, as soon as reasonably possible, notify you of available alternatives.  Such changes may require a supplemental payment from you or possibly a refund.  No refunds under this paragraph will be provided due to cancellations or changes due to Force Majeure.

No Reimbursements Due to Changes or Cancellations: We will not reimburse Participants for any personal expenses such as airline tickets, other travel or hotel expenses due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

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