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Gateway to the Dolomites: Biking Bolzano to Lake Garda

E-Bikes Available on this TourSurround yourself with breathtaking scenery on cycling routes that won’t leave you breathless.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 33 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Perfect for those trying a bike vacation for the first time.
  • Airfare Packages Available

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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Gateway to the Dolomites: Biking Bolzano to Lake Garda

One stunning landscape after another unfolds before you as you coast down mountain slopes, traverse emerald valleys, slice through dramatic ravines, and witness the splendor of Lake Garda. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a true taste of the region, including its famed wines, cheeses, farm-fresh produce and a hearty Tyrolean breakfast. You’ll also find a warm welcome in a region renowned for hospitality, when you step off the bike to meet the locals where they live and work.

Cultural Highlights

  • Ponder the legend of King Laurin as you trace the Isarco River under the shifting colors of the Rosengarten mountain range.
  • See the landscape open before you as you cycle to Sigmundskron Castle, a museum dedicated to mountain people and culture.
  • View soaring mountains as you gently climb past the sloping vineyards of the Kalterer Valley.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at a mountain hamlet famous for its Gewürztraminer.
  • Choose where to dine in a region whose restaurants have received a record 23 Michelin stars.
  • Savor house-made specialties from the gourmet restaurant of your hotel in a ski-resort town beloved by celebrities.
  • Savor a tasty snack during a visit with a local cheesemaker.
  • See spectacular mountains rising around you as you spin through dramatic canyons and ravines.
  • Stroll along a lakeside promenade.
  • Cycle a Mediterranean-like paradise around Lake Garda.
  • Delight in a taste of vino santo, fresh bread, plump tomatoes and other specialties at a family-run farm.
  • Prepare for the day’s cycling with a delicious, hearty breakfast.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and very moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 33 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Bolzano
May 74º/49º  Jun 80º/55º  Jul 84.6º/58.6º  Aug 82.9º/58.1º  Sep 77º/52º  Oct 65.7º/41.9º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Bolzano
May 3.2   Jun 3.2   Jul 3.6   Aug 3.6   Sep 2.6   Oct 2.2

What’s Included:

Ebikes Available on this Tour

E-Bikes Available on this tour.

Limited quantities — first come, first served. Learn more.

Bicycle Vacation Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • And the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions:
    Pre-trip: Innsbruck, Austria – 2 nights for only $395
    Post-trip: Milan – 2 nights from only $345-$695*

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Day 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Innsbruck (Austria)

Depart from home for Austria. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Day 2: Arrive in Innsbruck

VBT Air Package guests: Upon your arrival at the Innsbruck airport, a local VBT representative will meet you outside the customs area to help you transfer to your hotel (approximately 10 minutes). The representative will be holding a VBT sign.

If you are going to be delayed meeting the transfer representative due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our Airport staff know by calling or sending a text message to +43 664 300 7178. The drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will be responsible for your own transfer. You may also contact One Call travel assistance (information available in your final docs) to advise them of your delay, and they will contact VBT’s transfer service.

Please note: Your hotel room may not be available until 4:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Hotel: Hotel Schwarzer Adler
Alternate Hotel: Hotel GoldenerAdler

Day 3: Transfer to Bolzano (Italy) / VBT Bicycle Vacation begins

VBT-Bicycle-Vacation-only guests: Your tour starts at 2:00 p.m. at our Bolzano hotel (Parkotel Laurin, Via Laurin 4, Bolzano, Phone +39 0471 311000). Your Trip Leaders will meet you in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments. Please have lunch before meeting your group and Trip Leaders. If your arrival at our Bolzano hotel will be later than 2:00 p.m. or if you are delayed, please call the hotel and ask the front desk to pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders. If you prefer to board our private coach reserved for the Air Package guests in Innsbruck, and transfer to Bolzano, make sure you are at 10:30 am outside our Innsbruck Hotel. VBT uses two properties in Innsbruck. Please call us to determine which property will be used for your departure.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Enjoy a late breakfastthis morning or a stroll in Innsbruck Old Town, which is only 5 minute walk from your hotel. At 10:30 a.m., board a private coach and transfer to Bolzano, Italy, arriving at your centrally located hotel around 12:00 p.m. The coach will be parked just outside your Innsbruck hotel and will have a VBT sign. If you brought your own saddle or pedals, carry them on with you and hand them to the leaders as you meet them later this morning. Your Trip Leaders will welcome you on your arrival in Bolzano and offer tips for lunch on your own. Your rooms may not be ready until 3:00 p.m. You are welcome to store your luggage with the reception desk.

Meet with your group at 2:00 p.m. for a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Your biking clothes are not required to attend this meeting. By session’s end, your rooms will be ready, and you will have time to settle in and change into your biking clothes. Later, enjoy a warm-up ride along easy and scenic bike paths outside the city. You will cycle along the Talfer River to the Talfer Meadows and the foot of the medieval Runkelstein castle, one of the most majestic castles in the valleys surrounding Bolzano. Later, as you ride along the Isarco River, the Rosengarten range rises before you. The summits of these mountains change color to various shades of red and purple during sunset; legend attributes this magical show to the dwarf King Laurin, who was able to change the hue of his favorite roses in the twilight.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail at the legendary hotel bar while you admire the unique artwork and fresco paintings that depict the saga of King Laurin. Its entire collection includes around 200 original 20th-century works, from woodcuts to canvas pieces, from Impressionism to German New Objectivity. Exquisite works can be found in the guestrooms, parlors and the hotel’s private park.

Tonight a special welcome dinner is served in the elegant rooms or terrace of your hotel.

Hotel: Parkhotel Laurin
Meals: B (for Air package guests only), D
Daily Options: 9.4 miles (15 km)

Day 4: The Wine Road to Lake Caldaro / Wine tasting

After a hearty buffet breakfast, you cycle directly from your hotel, tracing an easy bike path out of town along the Isarco River. The landscape opens up as you skirt the foot of Sigmundskron Castle, one of six mountain museums established by the South Tyrolean extreme mountaineer, Reinhold Messner, and dedicated to mountain people and culture.

At the confluence of the Adige and Isarco Rivers, the route gently climbs past the sloping vineyards of the Kalterer Valley. As you ascend, marvel at the views of the valley ringed by soaring mountains. Your route will remain easy for the rest of the day as you pass the quaint villages of Ueberetsch and San Michele, pausing for lunch in Kalter. These mountain hamlets are famous for their Gewürztraminer wine. Stop at one of the oldest for a visit and tasting.

Early this afternoon, you will cycle by Lake Caldaro, the warmest bathing lake in the Alps and continue your alpine reel on an easy bike path along the Adige River. This rewarding ride leads back to your hotel.

You have the rest of the day to stroll the beautiful Old Town of Bolzano, exploring its narrow alleyways, old manor houses and Romanesque and Gothic structures famously constructed by the Schiche brothers from Augsburg, Germany. You might stop to visit the Museum of Archaeology, whose main attraction is Oetzi the Iceman, the famous glacier mummy discovered fully clothed in 1991. As you wander this alpine town, its food culture comes to life, as its streets are dotted with many organic food shops selling fresh products from nearby farms. Indulge in the local bounty when you choose a restaurant for dinner on own. South Tyrol’s excellent cuisine is reflected in its numerous award-winning restaurants; in 2016, 18 of the region’s restaurants received a record 23 Michelin stars.

Hotel: Parkhotel Laurin
Meals: B
Daily Options: 11 or 32 miles (17.7 or 51.3 km)

Day 5: Bike the Sole Valley / Madonna di Campiglio

Setting off this morning, you will skirt the Noce River, following a well-paved bike path into the verdant Sole Valley, a spectacular expanse of emerald green watched over by the dramatic Stelvio National Park mountain range to the north and the Adamello and Brenta Dolomites Natural Reserve to the south. During this invigorating ride starting in the unspoiled Pejo Valley along the tranquil river, you will cycle in open meadows and shaded spruce woods, passing apple orchards and scenic picnic areas that beg you to stop a moment and take it all in. Later, the magnificent Ortles Group mountains appear. A particularly charming highlight of the morning is the village of Pellizzano, an ancient cluster of stone buildings and a frescoed medieval church. After lunch on your own at the restaurant of the main rafting center of the valley, you may cycle a few more miles and even join an optional hill climb into the Meledrio Valley—the gateway to the ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, known as the “Pearl of the Brenta Dolomites.” You will stay in this picturesque corner of Trentino Alto Adige for the next two nights.

Often compared to the toniest of European destinations, Madonna di Campiglio gained fame in the 19th century when Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (popularly known as “Sissi”) vacationed here. Celebrities still flock here to indulge in its ski-resort atmosphere. In summer, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts find it the perfect locale for hiking, rock climbing and, of, course biking. Unwind at your family-run, mountain hotel, enjoying the sauna and spa before dinner at the gourmet restaurant. You will savor its house-made dishes and organic selections, such as salmon trout from the nearby Sarca River served with apples from the Non Valley.

Hotel: Hotel Chalet del Sogno
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Chalet del Brenta
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 16.7, 21.7 or 25.7 miles (26.8, 34.7or 41.3 km)

Day 6: Waterfalls / Mountain village of Madonna di Campiglio

Awake this morning to the staggering beauty that encircles Madonna and your chalet. After a hearty breakfast prepared by your warm hosts, set off on a breathtaking day of riding amid the Adamello and Brenta Dolomites. Begin with an inspiring reel into the Vallesinella Valley, passing patches of high spruce trees, before pausing to visit a local cheesemaker at a family-run farm, the perfect setting for an informal merenda (traditional light snack). You’ll taste some of the best milk here as the cows are grazed in high mountain pastures during summer. Later, enjoy lunch on your own. Early this afternoon continue on your bike into the narrow and dramatic Genova Valley, cut in a canyon between peaks of the Adamello and Presanello ranges. The Sarca River flows through this astonishing deep-cut ravine, dropping as it flows to form several scenic waterfalls. The Nardis Falls are almost close enough to touch as you ride past. Enjoy the ride at your pace, and even opt to ride a few harder miles toward the bottom of the valley to see more waterfalls.

Later, shuttle back to Madonna and spend the afternoon as you wish. Board a cable car to one of the peaks for magnificent views and walks among splendid landscapes. Stop for a drink at a rifugio. Or shop in the local boutiques for some of the region’s renowned felt objects or sweaters. Tonight, you are treated to regional Trentino specialties at your hotel restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Chalet del Sogno
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Chalet del Brenta
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 13.6 or 27.2 miles (21.7 or 43.6 km)

Day 7: Sarca River Ride / Picnic / Lake Garda

Today promises invigorating and beautiful rides along paved road as you lose elevation, leaving the Dolomites for Pinzolo and Lake Garda. Wide-open views of the Presanella and Adamello peaks and the Brenta Dolomites unfold, with their perennial glaciers and jagged pinnacles. In Carisolo, you enter the Rendena Valley and pedal along a well-paved and energizing bikeway along the banks of the Sarca River. In Stenico, you’ll pause for an included picnic lunch hosted at a local osteria by two smiling locals, Licia and Nicola. You may be interested in visiting its wonderful castle, where ancient fine inlaid furniture, weapons, frescoes, stoves and much more testify the skills of local craftsmen in earlier centuries. After Stenico and a slight ascent, you begin one of the most spectacular stretches of the week as you follow a route through the Limaro canyon. This downhill route meanders along the roaring Sarca River and the natural ravine enclosed by towering rock faces of Monte Casale.

You will end your spectacular reel in Sarche, where you enjoy a well-deserved gelato. A short shuttle takes you to your elegant hotel in Riva del Garda. After settling in, you have free time to explore the luxurious hotel gardens that stretch to the lake shore. A short, easy walk on the lake promenade delivers you to the heart of Riva, beautifully nestled at the foot of a steep rocky mountain. Dine on your own at the hotel restaurant, or linger in Riva for an array of options.

Hotel: Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 20.2, 26.2,  or 34.4 miles (32.3, 41.9 or 55.1  km)

Day 8: Riva del Garda / Arco / Vino santo tasting / Lake Cavedine/Farewell dinner is a 16th C manor house

Mountains surrounding Lake Garda shield the valley from cooler air currents, creating a Mediterranean climate where olive and fruit trees, vineyards, exotic flowers and even palms all thrive. You will set off into this paradise today as you depart directly from your hotel and cycle north on mostly flat terrain to Sarca River Park, where the Sarca spills into Lake Garda. Up to 18 habitats are protected here. As your ride continues, you will pass several inviting places that deserve a closer look. Pause in the quaint village of Arco, with its castle looming from a high spur. Take in the stark beauty of the Marocche di Dro habitat, an unexpectedly dry and desolate pocket. Pedal through the vineyard-blanketed wine region of Sarche. Later, arrive on the verdant quiet shores of intimate Lake Cavedine, where the Pedrotti family has invited you to join them for lunch on their winemaking farm. Enjoy simple specialties such as fragrant tomatoes grown in the Gresta Valley, freshly baked bread, and meats and cheeses from nearby organic farms. Here you’ll taste the local vino santo, a sweet and satisfying meditation wine that the Pedrotti family has made in the same way for generations.

After a rewarding lunch, you will loop back to Riva and your hotel. Later this afternoon, you may treat yourself to the luxurious spa and wellness center located in the property’s majestic park, and maybe go for a swim in Lake Garda. Our farewell dinner is in Riva tonight, hosted in a manor house of 1600s

Hotel: Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 20.2 or 35.1 miles (32.4 or 56.2 km)

Day 9: Ferry to Gargnano / Transfer to Milan / VBT Bicycle Vacation ends

VBT Bicycle Vacation only guests: After breakfast, walk to the ferry embarcadero where you embark a scenic 2-hour cruise on Lake Garda to Gargnano. The ferry is scheduled to depart Riva at 9:25 am and arrive at Gargnano at 11:37 am. Make sure you are ready to disembark at the scheduled time. There is a bar and restrooms onboard for your comfort. In this picturesque village, there’ll be time to  pick up some lunch or maybe a gelato. After, together with the Air Package guests, you will depart at 12:00 noon by bus to Milan, arriving at approximately 3:00 pm.

When you disembark in Gargnano, walk left toward a small square with docked boats. On the square you will find Azzurro gelato shop, a bar and a grocery store, if you like to buy some refreshments. Then continue left walking up cobbled Via Roma for approx. 600 feet. At the end of the road on PIAZZA BOLDRINI and on your left, you will find a private coach with a VBT sign, ready to leave at 12:00 noon for Milan. The driver will make a short stop on the motorway before getting to destination. Your tour ends here at our centrally located hotel in Largo Cairoli. From here, a taxi or public transportation can take you the airport or train station at your own expense.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, walk to the ferry embarcadero where you embark a scenic 2-hour cruise on Lake Garda to Gargnano. The ferry is scheduled to depart Riva at 9:25 am and arrive at Gargnano at 11:37 am. Make sure you are ready to disembark at the scheduled time. There is a bar and restrooms onboard for your comfort. In this picturesque village, there’ll be time to  pick up some lunch or maybe a gelato. After, you will depart at 12:00 noon by bus to your centrally-located hotel in Milan, arriving at approximately 3:00 pm. When you disembark in Gargnano, walk left toward a small square with docked boats. On the square you will find Azzurro gelato shop, a bar and a grocery store, if you like to buy some refreshments. Then continue left walking up cobbled Via Roma for approx. 600 feet. At the end of the road on PIAZZA BOLDRINI and on your left, you will find a private coach with a VBT sign, ready to leave at 12:00 noon for Milan. The driver will make a short stop on the motorway before getting to destination. In Milanyou may join VBT’s local guide on an orientation walk. If you have chosen VBT’s independent Post-Trip Extension to Milan, you will remain here for three nights. Your local representative can help you make the most of your stay. VBT’s City Information includes recommendations for restaurants, museums, and transportation in the area, and will help you explore on your own.

Hotel: Una Hotel Cusani
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Cavour
Meals: B

Day 10: Depart for home

After breakfast* this morning, transfer to Malpensa Airport (approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the reception desk to verify the times when breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Hotel Schwarzer Adler

Occupying one of the oldest buildings in Innsbruck, the Hotel Schwarzer Adler exudes traditional Tyrolean style. This fine property boasts a long history of hospitality; Innsbruck’s Old Town and cable car stations are a short walk away. On the ground floor, the customary and cozy wooden Stuben host the breakfast room and restaurant. At the rooftop bar, admire the decorative old cable car wagon and spectacular views of the nearby Alps. The hotel’s sister property, the modern Hotel Der Adler, is nearby and offers more 360º vistas of the mountains. A/C is available.
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Parkhotel Laurin

One of Bolzano’s most elegant properties, the Parkhotel Laurin, occupies one of the most beautiful buildings in town. Its intimate bar is legendary, full of lush fresco paintings depicting the saga of King Laurin. The hotel houses unique artwork: its entire collection includes around 200 original 20th-century works, from woodcuts to canvas pieces, from Impressionism to German New Objectivity. Exquisite works can be found in the guestrooms, parlors and in the hotel’s private park. The breakfast room is adorned with decorative hand-painted paper. A/C is available.
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Hotel Chalet del Sogno

The small and intimate Hotel Chalet del Sogno is a family-run property where the owners are always available. “Sogno” is Italian for “dream” and you’ll surely fall into a blissful reverie during your stay in Madonna di Campiglio. The staff is elegantly dressed in local Dirndl costume, typical of the Tyrol area. Large wood-furnished bedrooms offer balconies and breathtaking vistas over the mountains. In the wellness and fitness center, indulge in the indoor swimming pool equipped with countercurrent, two saunas, a steam bath, and more. An expert guide and Olympic athlete, the owner is available for suggestions and assistance. A/C is available.
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Du Lac et Du Park Grand Resort

The Du Lac et Du Park Grand Resort consists of three buildings set in a 17-acre park planted with large and rare trees and manicured gardens that extend to the shores of Lake Garda. The city center is just a half mile away and accessible via a picturesque lakeside promenade. During your stay, savor the carefully prepared dishes at its two restaurants, one of which enjoys an intimate and elegant setting in the heart of the property’s gardens. The wellness center, too, is surrounded by fragrant florals and delightful pathways. Take advantage of two outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool, a relaxing way to end your invigorating days on the bike. A/C is available.
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Una Hotel Cusani

The Una Hotel is centrally located a half mile from the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Via Dante, which leads to the pedestrian-only shopping and theatre district, is down the street. You can also stroll to the nearby Brera district and Sta. Maria delle Grazie Convent, home to The Last Supper by Da Vinci. The Sforza Castle art museum is across the street. If you want to explore further afield, Cairoli metro station is nearby. The Una hotel chain is well known for comfort, design and its attentive staff. A/C is available.
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