Cycling Italy's Alpine Valleys

Cycling Italy's Alpine Valleys

Pedal along bike paths in two of Italy's finest bike-friendly regions! Begin your ride cycling through the lush meadows of the Venosta Valley with views of Alpine peaks and glaciers in the distance. Perfect for couples or friends with varied cycling abilities, this tour takes you along pristine bike paths and small towns as you enjoy pedaling by the lush meadows and glaciers in the background. Along the way, you'll pedal past some of the best preserved castles in the region, vineyards and orchards, and visit historic cities including Merano, Bolzano, Trento and Bassano del Grappa - with plenty of opportunities to explore cafes in central plazas. This tour is a perfect blend of fascinating Austro-Italian history and the famous beauty and tranquility of Northern Italy's mountains, lakes and valleys.


***If this sounds great but want to spend more time on your bike, check out our Cycling Italy’s Alpine Valleys Plus! Venice, which extends this tour by 4 days.***

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 187km (116 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 37km (23 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0 Classic
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Shuttle from Bolzano (Bozen) to Glorenza / Bassano del Grappa
  • Price / From USD$3945
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    3 - two night stays, Small medieval walled town of Glorenza, Adige River riding, Merano and its chic thermal spa town center, Gondola ride and dinner in a traditional “maso” in a mountain valley, Dedicated scenic bike paths, Views to the Dolomites and the Alps, Guided visit of Trento and Vicenza, Land art installation visit of Arte Sella.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary; guided walk of Glorenza; guided walk Trento; Lasa marble visit; scenic train to Valsugana; and the usual (see below).

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Innsbruck (INN) / Venice (VCE) or Innsbruck (INN)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Mostly flat, on bike paths, some easy gravel stretches, a few gentle uphills

  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    31km / 234m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    3
    18km / 61m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 0.5
    4
    40km / 235m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    5
    Rest day
    6
    68km / 234m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    7
    56km / 240m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    8
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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DAY 1: Meet in Bolzano (Bozen) shuttle to Glorenza

Highlights: Medieval Glorenza, visit of Castel Coira, bike fitting, welcome dinner

Meet at 10 a.m. in Bolzano (Bozen in German) for our transfer to Glorenza where the cycling portion of our journey will begin. We highly recommend arriving a few days early in Bolzano to visit the archaeological museum and see its most famous resident, Otzi, a man from the Copper Age who was perfectly preserved in ice until his discovery in the early 90’s. In a few days we’ll pedal under the peaks where he was found, so take time to visit him and learn more about the area. This afternoon, we’ll visit one of the best preserved castles in the entire region, fit our bikes and enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 2: Resia Lake loop

Highlights: Lake and glacier views, bell tower in the lake, Burgusio castle, guided walk of Glorenza

This morning we’ll shuttle to the picturesque Alpine Lake Resia. We’ll bicycle around the gorgeous lake that hides the village of Curon beneath its waters. The only remnant of the village is its bell tower which rises from the midst of the lake. It's an exciting descent from here and you’ll have a chance to visit the Burgusio Castle before returning to Glorenza for a guided walk and a visit to its historic mill before a light dinner together. Anybody with free time or an interest in whisky can visit Italy’s only distillery located just outside Glorenza's city walls!

  • Distance: 31km (19mi)
  • Gain: 234m (768ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Ride Glorenza to Lasa and the chic town of Merano

Highlights: Bike paths along the Adige river, Lasa marble, the gardens of Traumannsdorf Castle, home of Forst beer

We’ll enjoy a quiet ride through apple orchards on the bike path to the small town of Lasa. Despite its small size, Lasa’s marble craftsmanship can be found worldwide. Interestingly enough Lasa’s first large order was 86,000 crosses and Star of David in the 1950's for U.S. military cemeteries around the world. After our visit of this impressive artisan industry, we’ll catch a train to Merano where you can explore its trendy streets and cafes, take one of the two well-signed walks around town, or enjoy Italy’s most famous gardens at Trautmannsdorf Castle. Rivaling Cortina d’Ampezzo as a destination for jet-setting European visitors to the Italian Alps, Merano has long been a mountain resort for heads of the Austrian Empire, European princes and princesses and modern day celebrities.

  • Distance: 18km (11mi)
  • Gain: 61m (200ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 0.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Ride Merano to Bolzano along the Adige river

Highlights: Langrein vineyards, apple orchards, old city of Bolzano/Bozen, special dinner

We’ll leave the Venosta Valley today and head back to the large town of Bolzano - or Bozen in German. Pedal through vineyards and apple orchards as the valley widens and then narrows as you approach the city under the shadow of the Firmiano Castle. The castle is now a museum founded by one of the world’s most famous mountaineers from this region, Reinhold Messner. Enter the city along tranquil bike paths and enjoy our centrally located hotel. This evening, a special gondola ride above town brings us to a local farm where we’ll enjoy views on the Dolomite mountains and hearty homemade dishes.

  • Distance: 40km (25mi)
  • Gain: 235m (771ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Borgo Valsugana

Highlights: Guided walk of Trento, train ride, Borgo Valsugana

This morning we’ll leave Bolzano by train and head to Trento, capital of the Italy's autonomous region of Trentino Alto Adige/ Südtirol. This compact colorful city center was the seat of the Council of Trent in the 16th century, where the Catholic Church held one of its most important councils for over 20 years to determine how to handle the Protestant Reformation. Enjoy a special visit of the city and castle before we take a short train ride to our next valley and the small town of Borgo Valsugana, a quaint village nestled between the striking cliffs of the Alps' foothills.

DAY 6: Borgo Valsugana

Highlights: Spa hotel, scarecrow museum, Arte Sella

Relax and enjoy the hotel spa, or take a leisurely spin upstream along the bike path. The path meanders through orchards, and skirts small villages - one of which hosts an interesting Scarecrow Museum featuring a few ‘retired’ scarecrows. A highlight along the way is Lake Caldonazzo where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. A special evening event in the mountains awaits!

  • Distance: 68km (42mi)
  • Gain: 234m (768ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Valsugana to Bassano del Grappa

Highlights: WWI fort, wooden bridge of Bassano, grappa

Continue your journey along the Valsugana bike path enjoying stunning views, and WWI forts that overlook the valley. The route follows "Via Claudia Augusta," an ancient Roman road which ran 550 km and crossed the Alps to link the Po valley (which is just south of us) and Germany (to the north of us). You'll slowly emerge from the narrow valley to reach the town of Bassano, with its iconic wooden bridge across the river. Bassano is a key producer of grappa and there are several distilleries in town.

  • Distance: 56km (35mi)
  • Gain: 240m (787ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Farewell!

Highlights: Continue exploring Italy

We hope you've enjoyed your bike tour through some of Italy's most beautiful alpine valleys. Venice is nearby as is Milan or Bologna. Wherever your onward travels take you - buon viaggio!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Meet in Bolzano (Bozen) shuttle to Glorenza

Meet the complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle on Day 1 at at 10:00 a.m. at the Meeting Hotel, the Hotel Greif in Bolzano (Bozen). Your spot on the shuttle is already reserved.

Note: As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Innsbruck Airport (INN).

How to get to the Meeting Hotel

  1. Taxi from Innsbruck Airport to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (central station) (20 min/EUR 20-25)
  2. Train from Innsbruck Hbf to Bolzano Bozen (several direct departures a day) (2 hours/fares vary)
  3. Taxi from the Bolzano (Bozen) station to the DAy 1 Hotel (5 min/EUR 10)

Look up Austrian train schedules at Oebb.at or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Day 8: Departure Information

Farewell!

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio

We recommend flying out of Venice (VCE).

How to get to the Venice Airport

  1. Taxi from the ending hotel to the Bassano del Grappa train station (5 min/EUR 10))
  2. Train from Bassano del Grappa to Venezia Mestre (if you plan to go explore Venice, go to Venezia Santa Lucia) (1 hour/fares vary)
  3. Airport Shuttle Bus from Venezia Mestre to the Venice Airport (20 min/EUR 8)

Look up Italian train schedules at Trenitalia.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

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Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Each day was better than the last. Could not have been better. The bike fit to a tee. The paths were comfortable. Dinner in the Dolomites was a real treat.

    Dan C., Boulder, CO - July 2019
  • A terrific tour with great sights, easy bike paths, lots of gentle downhills, great food and restaurant selections. We loved the castle tours and sculpture gardens. Just the right balance of city and country.

    Valerie C., Boulder CO - July 2019
  • Amazing travel experience not to be missed! We loved the flexibility in ride lengths and terrain. All of us could do what we liked!

    Rebecca J., Pepperell, MA - July 2019
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