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.

Highlights

  • 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

Trip Details

Price
$3,895
Single Supplement
$600
Length
6 days / 5 nights
Level
Easy
Total Mileage
108 miles
Daily Average
27 miles
Terrain
Mostly flat with some hills
Start/End Locations
Malles/Trento
Trip Dates
06/19/18 - 06/24/18
09/04/18 - 09/09/18
= Sold Out

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Glorenza warm-up ride and the higher Venosta Valley

Welcome to Sud Tyrol! Today we meet you at 12 pm at Bolzano’s train station for a 2-hour shuttle ride to our hotel in Malles. En route, we’ll stop for a bite at the Forst Brewery “Bier Garten,” a locals regular. After arriving to Malles, we’ll do a brief intro followed by a warm-up ride to the towns: Glorenza, Clusio, and Laudes. The valley is wide and open, the air clean with the scent of flowers. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Ortles mountain to the south and Monte Maria’s abbey to the north.

Rabla and Mid-Venosta Valley

On today’s ride, we go from Glorenza at about 3,000 feet, to Merano at 1,700 feet in the beautiful Val Venosta/Vinschgau along the River Adige. With high mountains and ancient castles watching over us, we ride in the wide, open valley through a magical alpine atmosphere. Most of the ride is on country roads free from traf c, winding through apple orchards, pastures and forests. We will have lunch close to the historical center of Silandro then in the afternoon we arrive near the romantic spa town of Merano, a traditional stop for travelers, a former capital town, rich with history and culture.

Merano to Bolzano

We’ll have a relaxing day today heading through the wide Lower Venosta Valley downhill to the regional capital of Bolzano. Along the ride you’ll notice how gradually vineyards replace orchards, a sign that you’re now on the ‘wine roads’ of Sud Tyrol. Here, the Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon blanc rate at the top of the World. In the afternoon take time to wander around the bustling town center of Bolzano with a local guide.

Hike on the Renon Plateau

We’ll take a cable car from Bolzano to reach the Renon Plateau, which we’ll then traverse through wide elds and splendid forests, with views of the Catinaccio, Rosengarten, and Latemar ranges of the western Dolomites.

On our way back an unforgettable experience awaits us: a Ciclismo Classico lunch in Oberbozen in the company of beautiful Avelignesi horses and Tibetan llamas! In the afternoon we’ll visit the Archaeological Museum that houses Otzi, the 5,300-year-old mummy found nearby in Val Senales.

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.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast at around 9 am, we bid you a fond farewell and shuttle you to Trento train station (5 minutes, across the park from the hotel). Why not spend a couple of days in Verona, the fair city of Romeo and Juliet?



What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar, seat bags and bike pump
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle at 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
  • 1 beer tasting/brewery visit

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations and breakfasts
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • 4 dinners

Meet the Guides