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.
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.
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?