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Cycle through the magnificent glacial valleys of South Tyrol and Trentino and discover the traditional lifestyle in the quaint old towns along the way. From the high alpine Passo Resia at 1455m you descend 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 through premium vineyards and lush apple orchards. Visit charming towns such as Silandro, with the highest church tower in South Tyrol, and elegant Merano boasting a still very traditional atmosphere. In Bolzano savour a creamy cappuccino and enjoy magnificent views on the surrounding hills covered with vines and the rugged Dolomite spires in the background. In Trento make sure to visit the Piazza Duomo with its beautiful fountain and the impressive Buonconsiglio castle.
|Day 1||Arrival in Silandro|
Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders in German), chief town of the Venosta Valley 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.
|Day 2||Transfer to Passo di Resia and ride to Silandro (50 km)|
After breakfast, at 10.00am, you will be picked up and transferred to the starting point of the day’s ride at the Passo Resia (about 1 hour trip) where you will have your bike fitting and trip briefing. Coasting along Lake Resia you will pass by the submersed church tower pointing out above the water surface. Wind 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 it’s only a short stretch to Silandro.
|Day 3||Ride from Silandro to Merano (38 km)|
Descending through the Venosta Valley you ride amidst the marvellous scenery of snow-capped mountains 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 the broad glacial valley. Reach Merano, a famous Spa town since IX century. Princess Sissi spent long periods of time convalescing thanks to the area’s particular microclimate. During the afternoon go for a stroll along the beautiful promenade and discover the picturesque hidden corners of this magical place.
|Day 4||Ride from Merano to Caldaro via Bolzano (47,5 km)|
Riding in between apple orchards you reach the town of 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 (Kaltern in German) to the shores of homonymous lake.
|Day 5||Ride from Caldaro to Trento (53 km)|
From the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro the ride follows the panoramic ‘Strada del Vino’ (Wine road) through numerous small wine villages. From here you descend into the Adige valley and enter the cycle path that takes you to Trento. Along the way why not try one of the ‘Bici Grill’ (cyclists bar) and visit century old villages like Egna and Salorno. Arrive in Trento and spend your free afternoon exploring the city. Your accommodation is in the old city centre.
|Day 6||Ride from Trento to Riva del Garda (48 km)|
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), then head westward gently climbing till you reach a small pass with stunning views on Lake Garda. A short descent brings you to the old town of Riva del Garda Riding through narrow medieval alleys you reach your hotel.
For those who wants to cycle more, it is possible to book an extra night in Riva del Garda and make this spectacular loop ride leading you into the ‘Valle dei Laghi’ (Valley of the Lakes). The nearby elegant town of Arco, a lovely quaint town filled with palm trees, situated on the slopes of a steep rock formation with a medieval castle perched on top. On a bicycle path amidst apple orchards and vineyards you cycle onward to the Lago di Cavedine, a beautiful alpine lake with crystal clear waters. This is a great place to stop for lunch while you enjoy the scenery of the imposing rock faces of Monte Brento and Monte Casale rising up hundreds of meters. You then traverse the rockslide area of the Marocche di Dro and reach Arco once again. Ride to Torbole and along the shores of Lake Garda until you arrive in Riva del Garda.
|Day 7||Arrivederci Riva del Garda!|
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart from Riva del Garda to Rovereto by bus or taxi, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer. From Rovereto train station you can easily reach your departing airport.
6 nights in double rooms in 3* hotels with breakfast
Hotel Goldene Rose***S is a family run hotel centrally located in SIlandro and it offers well-finished, elegant and spacious rooms with free Wifi, TV and some of these have a balcony. Breakfast is very good and the restaurant offers typical local dishes. Owners are welcoming. Structure also have a Spa.
This hotel is a little bit far from Merano's city center and it offers welcoming and well-finished rooms with satellite TV, free Wifi, private bathroom, some of these have balcony, telephone. The structure has a relax area with sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool. Breakfast is rich with fresh fruits, homemade cake and biological products.
Hotel Mendelblick is located above the historical town of Caldaro and it offers well-finished, spacious and welcoming rooms. These have private bathroom, TV, telephone and some of these have a balcony. The structure has a swimming pool and a sauna in the garden. Highly breakfast rich.
Hotel America is centrally located at 2000 meters only from train station. Hotel has spacious, well-furnished rooms with air conditioning/heating, TV, free Wifi, electric kettle. Buffet breakfast is very good and abundant, both savoury and sweet. Staff is welcoming and helpful.
Hotel Portici is located in the principal square of Riva del Garda at 20 meters from the lake's shores. The building offers a restaurant-pizzeria and a wellness centre with fee. Rooms are modern, elegant with free Wifi, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, private bathroom. Breakfast is served in the square.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included:
· 6 nights in double rooms in 3* hotels with breakfast
· Luggage transfer
· Telephone support 24 hours
· Bike theft insurance
· Maps and detailed itinerary
· Transfer with luggage from Silandro-Resia Pass
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Possible sojourn taxes
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single rooms supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.