Sud Tyrol Roll
A Dream Come True: Alpine Cycling without Climbs
Here’s a unique concept: a cycling journey between the Italian and German culture on a spectacular spin along the Dolomites – without the hills! Cyclists of all abilities will enjoy this cultural and scenically diverse tour that glides (mostly downhill) along the Adige/Etsch River Valley and affords stunning views of the Dolomites to the east and the Alps to the west. Meander from the base of the Resia Pass toward the romantic cities of Merano, Bolzano and Trento along flat, rolling roads and the cyclist’s paradise “Ciclopista del Sole” (bike path of the sun) until the biggest of the Italian lakes, the beautiful Garda. The first five days will be spent in an area that belongs to Italy but is predominantly characterized by a strong Tirolian culture and German is the official language spoken here. Capture the best of the lush Trentino Alto Adige and Trentino regions: fill each day with magnificent scenery, visits to ancient castles, delicious mountain cuisine, and fascinating encounters with locals and with Ötzi, the ice man of 5,300 years ago. Pedal along the famous “Strada del Vino” (literally, wine road) and enjoy countless stops in small villages, a wine tasting and visits to the artistically rich towns of Glorenza, Bolzano, and Trento. For a change of pace, hike for the day through lush mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and framed by snowcapped peaks. The tour will end in the northernmost of Lake Garda famous for its mild climate suitable for cyclists and windsurfers.
- Stunning alpine cycling in the Venosta Valley and hiking on the Renon Plateau
- Discover the delicious mountain cuisine and the local beers and wines
- Explore Bolzano and Trento and some of the best gelato in Italy
- Overnights in elegant mountain lodges and historical hotels
- Quiet routes along “Ciclopista del Sole” bike path
- Discover the northern part of Lake Garda, with its bustling cycling and surfing atmosphere
Day by Day
Glorenza warm up ride and the higher Venosta Valley
Today we meet you at 12pm at Bolzano’s train station for a 1.5-hours shuttle ride to our hotel in Glorenza. At 1:30pm we meet at the hotel for a light lunch and intro meeting, followed by a warm-up ride to the towns around Glorenza: Clusio, Laudes, Malles and more. The valley is wide and open, the air clean with the scent of flowers, and you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Ortles mountain to the south and Monte Maria’s abbey to the north.
Malles and the Mid Ventosa Valley to Merano
On today’s ride we go from Glorenza at about 3000 ft, to Merano at 1700 ft in the beautiful Val Venosta /Vinschgau along the River Adige. With high mountains and ancient castles watching over us, we ride in the valley in a magic alpine atmosphere. Most of the itinerary is on country roads, often closed to traffic, winding through apple orchards, pastures and forests. We will have lunch close to the historical center of Silandro. In the afternoon we arrive near the romantic town of Merano, a traditional stop for travelers, and have dinner in a lovely Tyrolean atmosphere.
Merano to Bolzano
A relaxing day through the wide Lower Venosta valley heading downhill to the regional capital of Bolzano. Enjoy the views of Merano, the thermal resort frequented by Austrian royalty. We'll stop along the way to visit the Mountain Museum that Reinhold Messner, legendary climber, set in his castle of Firmiano.
Hike on the Renon Plateau
We take a cable car from Bolzano to reach the Renon Plateau, which we then traverse through wide fields and splendid forests, with a view on the Catinaccio, Rosengarten, and Latemar ranges of the western Dolomites. On our way back an unforgettable experience awaits us: our first Ciclismo Classico picnic in Oberbozen in the company of beautiful Avelignesi horses and Tibetan lamas. In the afternoon visit the Archaeological Museum that houses Otzi, the 5,300-year-old mummy found nearby in Val Senales, then celebrate with our first wine tasting sampling some local vintages!
Bolzano to Trento
Slowly savor a long, flat ride past vineyards, orchards, rivers and the lovely Lake Caldaro on the “Ciclopista del Sole” (bike path of the sun). After lunch we’ll enter into the regional capital of Trento and have a guided tour of this ancient Roman town.
After breakfast around 9 am, we bid you a fond farewell and shuttle you to Rovereto train station (25 minutes) where you can connect to other Italian cities. Or why not spend a couple of days in Verona, the fair city of Romeo and Juliet, or head to Venezia for a complete sensory immersion?
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle to the beginning and at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Walking tours of Bolzano and Trento with local guides
- Hiking on the Renon Plateau
- 2 wine tastings
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations and breakfasts
- All breakfasts
- 2 picnic lunches
- 5 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Set in the center of the city this hotel is known all over Europe for representing the city and its tradition, combining modern and characteristic aspects.
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