Sud Tyrol Family

A Leisurely Spin Along Lakes, Rivers, and One of Europe’s Finest Bike Paths

Do you want to experience the majesty of the Dolomites but are worried about the diverse range of cycling abilities on a family tour? Never fear, we have created the ideal active adventure in the Sud Tyrol area that offers a little of something for everyone. Cycle the scenic roads along the Adige and Etsch River Valley with their breathtaking views of this stunning alpine landscape situated between the monumental Dolomites and the magnificent Alps. Enjoy the rolling roads from the Venosta Valley, traverse the “Ciclopista del Sole” (bike path of the sun), and conclude your cycling journey with an awe-inspiring descent into Lake Garda. This amazing bike tour features a blend of Italian and Germanic cultures – introducing you to the best of the region’s Tirolian mountain cuisine, beers, and wines. Each day will be filled with unique adventures as you learn about Otzi, the 5, 300 year old mummy housed at the Archeological Museum, challenge yourself to escape the labyrinth at the Kränzel winery, enjoy a picnic in Oberbozen surrounded by the beautiful Avelignesi horses and Tibetan lamas, and choose between rock climbing, kayaking, wind surfing or mountain biking in the Lake Garda district. This exciting family tour captures the best of the lush Alto Adige and Trentino regions and provides a plethora of cultural activities, scenic bicycle rides, and a taste of the Tirolian lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Stunning alpine cycling in the Venosta Valley and hiking on the Renon Plateau
  • Learn more about Ötzi, the 5,300 year-old mummy found in this area
  • Discover the delicious mountain cuisine and the local beers and wines
  • Explore Bolzano, Riva del Garda and enjoy some of the best gelato in Italy
  • Overnights in elegant mountain lodges and historical hotels
  • Quiet routes along “Ciclopista del Sole” bike path
  • Savor the tranquil atmosphere of Lake of Caldaro and Garda with bustling multi-sport activities available
  • Visit the Medieval Castle of Roncolo and the Adventure Park of Terlano

Trip Details:

Biking Family Culture

Price: $4,195

Single Supplement: $700

Length: 7 days / 6 nights

Level: Family

Total Mileage: 78 miles

Daily Average: 13 miles

Terrain: Flat, 2 hour hike

Start/End Locations: Rabla/Riva del Garda

Trip Dates:

  • 07/01/18 - 07/07/18
  • 07/15/18 - 07/21/18
  • 08/05/18 - 08/11/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Day by Day

Rablà and the mid Venosta Valley

Today we meet you at 12pm at Bolzano’s train station for a 30-min shuttle ride to our hotel in Rablà/Rabland. At 12:30pm we meet at the hotel for a light lunch and intro meeting followed by a warm up ride in the area. The valley is wide and open, the air clean with the scent of flowers, and you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Ortles mountain and ancient castles while we ride in a magic alpine atmosphere. Most of the itinerary is on country roads, often closed to traffic, winding through apple orchards, pastures and forests: this is the best location to start our family tour at the crossroads between Austrian and Italian culture.

Rablà 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. Take an optional detour to enjoy the villages of Appiano and Caldaro and in the afternoon take time to wander around the bustling town center of Bolzano with a local guide. If time allows, other activities today include an extraordinary visit the labyrinth of the Kränzel winery, a marvelous manor with huge vineyards and fields on an area of 10 acres used for an enchanting labyrinth.

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.

Loop to Lake Caldaro

Slowly savor a long, flat loop ride past vineyards, orchards, rivers and the lovely Lake Caldaro on the “Ciclopista del Sole” (bike path of the sun). We enjoy lunch on the lake and have the opportunity to swim and also take a ride on a paddle boat in its clean water, before our last dinner in Bolzano.

Riva del Garda

Today we take a 1-hour shuttle to Rovereto a quaint town built around an imposing Venetian castle, from where we start our exciting ride along the Adige River, through a sea of vineyards and en route to the Italy’s Lake District. This is a grand finale to our Sud Tyrol excursion with a descent to Garda Lake along a spectacular route with breathtaking scenery.

Activity day

Today you can enjoy different sport activities available including rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, wind-surfing, hiking, mountain biking or also take an opitional ride on the back roads of the upper Garda Lake District towards Arco and the Sarca River Valley. Due to its mild climate and abundance greenery, the Sarca Valley is also an important wine producer.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast at around 9am we bid you a fond farewell and shuttle you to Rovereto train station (30min) 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?

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Child and adult 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
  • Mountain hike
  • Visit at Bolzano Archeological Museum
  • Walking tours of Bolzano with local guides
  • 1 wine tasting

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 picnics or lunches
  • 5 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.

For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!

Hotel Rossl

Arrive, relax, and appreciate the pleasures... At Hotel Rossl you will find all the comforts to help you feel right at home from the
moment you step foot inside. The rooms are comfortable,spacious and the hotel features also a pool and spa.
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Hotel Luna

A relaxing and unforgettable holiday in South Tyrol awaits you in the heart of Bolzano’s historical center, at the Luna Mondschein Park Hotel. A stylish property, a stunning park, a spa and the extraordinary Dolomite Mountains in the immediate vicinity: what traveller could wish for more?
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Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc

A warm, hospitable and charming climate is created by the hotel's impeccable service and its spacious rooms in a enclosed refined Central European atmosphere. Water sports and other activities are available to entertain kids and adults.
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