Terrain: Mostly on cycle paths on flat ground and along river banks for much of the way. There is one climb on the approach to Lake Garda before Riva.
Bolzano, Hotel Scala Stiegl
Merano, Albergo alla Torre
Trento, Grand Hotel
Peschiera, Hotel Puccini
Day 1 : B&B
Day 2 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 3 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 4 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 5 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 6 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 7 : Breakfast, B&B
Day 8 : Breakfast
Extra nigts are available on request.
A superb ride from the Austrian border down to Verona' boat trip on Lake Garda included!
This exciting tour starts in Resia at the head of a large man-made lake close to the Austrian border. You are technically in Italy but the area has a distinctly Germanic feel to it. From your vantage point at almost 5,000 feet you will cycle on dedicated cycle tracks down the picturesque Val Venosta, passing the attractive towns of Malles (Mals) and Italy’s smallest city Glorenza (Glurns). The mountains either side of you rise up to over 13,000 feet as you descend the valley of the River Adige to the stylish spa town of Merano, and then on to Bolzano, the regional capital.
Lake Garda is your destination as you cycle further down the Adige valley past apple orchards and vineyards. The boat trip from Riva del Garda down the lake to Peschiera is a definite highlight of your holiday with the ever-changing perspective of lake and mountains unfolding before you. Peschiera is a delightful walled town with a traffic–free centre. From Peschiera you have a short ride east to Verona, one of Italy’s most elegant cities. You may wish to add one or more nights in Verona to appreciate the Arena, the splendid Piazza delle Erbe, and other sights. You could combine cycling with opera : the Verona Festival is in full swing in July and August, so plan ahead and give yourself a real treat if you're a fan!
This is a very appealing tour. You ride almost exclusively on dedicated cycle paths on flat ground or downhill alongside the River Adige for much of the way. There is one challenging section on the approach to Lake Garda. The mixture of lake and mountain scenery and the marvellous city of Verona make the tour a definite winner!
* For a detailed blog of this tour as written by Simon from the Freewheel team - see here
http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/blog/ Or call Simon directly on 0161 703 5823.
4 Night Holiday Option:
Arrive in Bolzano for first night; transfer to Resia - 2nd night Silandro - 3rd night Merano - 4th night Bolzano This tour option is the 'top half' of the longer itinerary, showing you the beautiful mountain and valley landscapes of Italy's South Tyrol region.
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