Self-guided: Italy’s Alpine Valleys – Sud Tyrol, Lake Garda and Verona

Self Guided Tour in the Alpine Valleys of Italy
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$2295
  • Style/Level Self-Guided 2.0
  • Countries Italy
  • Begin/End Silandro (Schlanders) / Verona

Home to some of the country’s best bike paths and backroads, discover Northern Italy’s verdant valleys and explore small towns and vibrant historic cities. The tour begins close on the Austrian border, deep in the heart of the Sud Tyrol. You’ll glide down towards the Trentino region through fascinating cities like Merano and Bolzano, eventually crossing into wine country as the climate becomes more Mediterranean near enchanting Lake Garda and its colorful waterfront towns.

This itinerary also offers the possibility to challenge yourself with epic mountain climbs and passes with options easily reachable from the main route. Making it a great tour for couples, friends or families of mixed cycling abilities (and even for kids!)


  • Alpine valley scenery and Tyrolean villages

  • Gorgeous bike paths

  • Val Venosta

  • Caldaro Wine Region

  • Merano, Bolzano, Trento, and Verona

  • Sarco Valley and Arco

  • Boat ride on Lake Garda

    Extra meals & activities: (please inquire for price and availability)
    Cooking classes available in various tour locations! Organized by Le Cesarine, experts in Italian culinary experiences. You will be hosted by a local at their home – your “Cesarina” – in a class that lasts about three hours, during which you will help the Cesarina prepare three courses.


Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

  • The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to change according to availability.
  • Ferry boat ticket for cruising Lake Garda on day 7 not included.
  • City hotel taxes are not included.

From USD $2,295

  • PRICING: Based on double occupancy. Departures for solo travelers will incur supplemental fees.
  • HIGH SEASON SURCHARGE: USD $120 per person for bookings in May, June, September and early October.
  • START DAYS: This tour departs any Sunday between May 1 and September 30. Other start days of the week may be available on request, for USD $300. Please note that changing the start day could make some cultural visits and activities impossible.
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Date Price Private room fee Note
Jul 17-24, 2024 USD$2295 USD$300
Sep 22-29, 2024 2295 USD$300
DateJul 17-24, 2024
Private room feeUSD$300
DateSep 22-29, 2024
Private room feeUSD$300

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  • Total distance 324 km (201 miles), plus optional rides almost every day (see itinerary for details)
  • Average daily distance 54 km (34 miles), optional miles available
  • Tour style Self-Guided
  • Tour level 2.0

Highlights: Welcome to Silandro in the Sud Tyrol

Arrive in Silandro and meet us for a bike fitting and tour briefing. We’ll go over the tour in detail, show you how to use your gps and navigation tools, and answer all your questions, getting you ready for the adventure ahead. In the heart of the Val Venosta along the Via Claudia Augusta, Silandro is considered a “market town” in this region dotted with farms, fruit orchards and pastures. A tidy and pretty town, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, it provides an excellent starting point for a bike tour, where you’ll be able to stroll the streets and watch the locals go by in the afternoon.

Daily Distance: after fitting your bike, you are free to test the bike cycling the distance of your choice

Accommodation: Pension Schweitzer, or similar.

Highlights: Alpine valley scenery; Tyrolean villages

Today you’ll start cycling gently up the valley, northwest towards the Austrian border and heading to Glorenza (Glurns), known for its pretty town centre and the imposing fortified walls encircling the old town. On the way, visit the small town of Lasa and its marble quarries (of such a high quality that’s it’s been mined since Roman times), with the Churburg Castle in sight. If you’d like to add some cycling, you can continue up valley to nearby Malles (or more, if desired) with more spectacular cycling, mostly on paved bike paths and with one small climb on the way.

Daily distance: 50 km (31 miles)
Elevation gain: +400 m (1312 ft)

For additional mileage and more challenging cycling today, we recommend catching the train in Silandro (very easy to board for cyclists) going north to Malles, where the train line ends (purchase the Trentino Card which includes all train transport, funiculars and other options.) Then continue cycling up-valley as far you’d like towards the Resia Pass on the Austrian border; on the way, you’ll see the amazing underwater church (its spires jut out of a beautiful lake). From the lake, it’s 43 km back to Silandro with 160m elevation gain and 960m elevation loss, most on a paved bike path.

Accommodation: Pension Schweitzer, or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: Lovely bike paths; Merano

Today’s ride is very gentle, mostly downhill and allowing cyclists to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery. En route, stop to admire the Castelbello castle perched on a rocky cliff, and beer lovers will want to stop at the wonderful Forst brewery just before Merano. Situated in the basin of the Val Venosta, this vibrant small city has a Mediterranean feel – a mild climate allows for palm trees, grapevines and even olive trees to flourish here. Plenty of sightseeing to do here, and our hotel has a great location on the riverfront strand, with outdoor café and restaurant.

Daily distance: 36 km (22 miles)
Elevation gain: +105 m (344 ft)

For additional mileageand challenging cycling today, climb to Castel Tyrol from Merano (about 8 km up valley, with 300m cumulative gain), or continue even further northeast towards the Austrian border.

Accommodation: Hotel Aurora, or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: Val Venosta, Caldaro Wine Region, Bolzano

Cycle yet another wonderful bike path through this river valley nestled in the Alps, following the Adige River towards Bolzano, through vineyards and apple orchards. As the valley widens and then narrows, you’ll approach the shadow of Firmiano Castle, now a museum founded by famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Once in Bolzano, take a leisurely stroll through the city’s bustling streets and elegant palaces, relax in the lively main square, and don’t miss the renowned Ötzi Museum, housing the mummy of Ötzi the Iceman found in the glaciers of the nearby peaks.

For additional cycling, take a detour climbing up from the valley to the town of Caldaro (Kaltern in German), among the prettiest villages in the region. Set in the heart of the namesake wine valley (the Caldaro Wine Route winds through here), the main attraction here is beautiful Lake Caldaro, famous for its gentle Mediterranean climate and surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards. Consider visiting a winery or schedule a tasting at a wine estate. You may also choose to visit Caldaro tomorrow, on your way to Trento!

Short option: Daily distance 34 km (21 miles); Elevation gain + 121m (396 ft).
Longer option: 70km (43 miles); Elevation gain + 607m (1990 ft).

Accommodation: Hotel Figl, or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: Adige River Valley, Mezzocorona, Trento

You keep on cycling South today, enjoy a clear view of the Alps all around you. Our itinerary moves away from the main cycle path on occasion, giving you the opportunity to visit the small town of Neumarkt-Egna, Salorno, Mezzocorona, and San Michele all’Adige. In San Michele you can visit an interesting ethnographic museum about life in the Alps. Continuing on, you will cycle the remaining route to Trento on the familiar bike path next to the Adige River. A rich cultural center, Trento boasts a fascinating history and has enough monuments, castles, frescoed palaces, and stately promenades to prove it.

If you skipped visting the Caldaro wine region yesterday, or if you’d like to cycle through this valley again today, this ride is available as an optional, longer ride.

Short option: Daily distance 74 km (46 miles); Elevation gain + 334 m (1214 ft)
Longer option: Daily distance 82km (51 miles); Elevation gain + 535 m (1755 ft)

Accommodation: Hotel America , or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: The Sarca Valley and Arco; Riva del Garda and lake Garda

A shuttle this morning takes you and your bicycle to Cadine, up above Trento where you’ll begin a stunning ride through the Sarca Valley, winding through the Arco area and its dramatic peaks (world-famous among climbers), eventually reaching Riva del Garda, on the northern shore of the majestic Garda Lake. Also known as the pearl of Lake Garda, Riva is a picturesque city that offers a great base from which to explore this naturally blessed region and its Mediterranean micro-climate. Having left behind the German region of Italy, you’ll want to explore and find that perfect restaurant or trattoria along a pretty alley or on a beautiful piazza.

Daily distance: 45 km (28 miles)
Elevation gain: + 294 m (964 ft)

Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: Lake Garda; Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda; Verona

A wonderful way to experience Lake Garda today, you’ll get on a ferry boat from the boat dock at Riva (with your bikes at hand) for a lovely 4-hour cruise crossing the stretch of Lake Garda. The views of the bright blue and magenta waters, surrounded by mountains and lush forests in this Mediterranean clime, is a real delight. The boat lands in the peninsula of Sirmione on the south shore of the lake, with a very picturesque old town center and the impressive ruins (and views) of a Roman villa that are worth visiting (also making for a great lunch stop). From here, you’ll cycle to Peschiera del Garda, another beautiful fortified medieval town on the south shore of the lake. After visiting Peschiera, you can board the train to Verona (approx. 20 min train ride), or cycle an additional 33km (20 miles) through vineyards and fruit farms over gentle rolling hills to the grand city of Verona.

Sirmione to Peschiera – Daily distance: 24 km (15 miles), with + 143 m (469 ft) elevation gain
If continuing to Verona: total of 59 km (36 miles), with + 357 m (1171 ft) elevation gain
Riva to Verona – Total distance: 90 km (55 miles), with + 709 m (2326 ft) elevation gain

Accommodation: Pepita Lodge, or similar.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights: Arrivederci!

After breakfast, explore lovely Verona, home of an amazingly preserved Roman amphitheater and the famous setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

PLEASE NOTE: The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Meals : Breakfast

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