Verona to Salzburg

Swoop and soar through epic passes in two mountainous regions.

Experience the dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian and Austrian Alps. Ride over exhilarating passes, climb by soaring spires and downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wildflowers on alpine routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists. Renew your body and spirit, awaken to a rich mixture of culture and celebrate the enrichment on this bike tour in the heart of the Dolomites. Start in Veneto, pass through the entirety of Trentino and the dolomites until you get to Austria.

Highlights

  • Stay in authentic and unique hotels and inns
  • Spectacular rides over some of the most famous passes in the Italian Dolomites
  • Guided tours of Verona, the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet, and Salzburg, the magical, musical city of Mozart
  • HIke the tre cime di Lavaredo, a UNESCO natural monument
  • Climb the famous High Route of Austria’s Grossglockner

Trip Details

Price
$6,995
Single Supplement
$1000
Length
13 days / 12 nights
Level
Advanced
Total Mileage
424 miles
Daily Average
42 miles
Terrain
Lots of climbing
Start/End Locations
Verona, Italy/Salzburg, Austria
Trip Dates
07/23/18 - 08/04/18

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Itinerary

Verona Warm-Up

Welcome to Verona! Today, we meet at 12:00 pm in the lobby of our hotel in Verona for introductions. We have a light lunch in a restaurant and afterward, we do a bike fitting and a warm-up ride along the beautiful Adige river. This is followed by a guided tour of the romantic city of Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, and a special welcome dinner!

Verona to Riva del Garda

Our first full-day ride starts out rolling through the vineyards of Amarone and Valpolicella and crossing the Adige valley, which provides well-earned views over the entire Lago di Garda. Then we have a long and exhilarating descent 1,200 meters all the way to the lake. Riva Del Garda is at the northernmost point of the Lake. We’ll have time to explore this gem of a lakeside town.

Riva del Garda to Pinzolo

We climb out of the gorgeous lake valley towards the “Gruppo Brenta” the westernmost mountains of the Dolomite range. The morning climb is long but not too steep and provides some spectacular views of the lake and the tiny mountain villages. We pass Lago di Tenno before descending into a lovely green valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. After a short but steep climb to Stenico, we enjoy a delicious picnic overlooking the Sarca river. The rest of the day’s ride descends along a tiny road through a delightful river valley.

Pinzolo to Bolzano

We’re officially in premier Italian ski country! From Pinzolo (2,296 ft) we climb up through Madonna di Campiglio (4,921 ft), a skier's (and cyclists) paradise in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. The gorgeous mountain range is in view at all times with peaks that soar over 9,000 ft, the highest being Cima Brenta. Our first official mountain pass of the trip is Carlo Magno (5,518). We’ll stop for photo ops at the top before an amazing descent. At the base, we begin our ride through the Valle di Sole (Valley of Sun) and climb again up to Cloz (2,595 ft). Below you can see the Lago di Giustina, and ride along a lovely ridge covered with orchards of the prized Trentino apples through Fondo (3,241 ft).

Bolzano Rest Day or Hike

Today is a day to rest up a bit and stretch other leg muscles, while we take an easy hike up the Oberbozen (above Bolzano), Renon Plateau (3,937 ft). With amazing views of the famous Rosengarden, Sciliar and Latemar Dolomite groups we’ll see the mountains through which we will ride tomorrow. We stop at Kaiserhof, a llama farm, with our friends Walter and Sabine Mayer. After lunch on your own, we descend back to Bolzano. Bolzano is filled with great restaurants, and one of the best gelaterie in Italy (and therefore the world). We also visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where, like a time traveler, we will meet Oetzi and his artifacts—he has a mummy that dates back to 5,000 years ago!

Bolzano to Canazei

Today we’ll be skirting just below the Sciliar and Rosengarden with their dramatic peaks directly above us. We leave Bolzano on the flat bike path, but the situation soon changes as we climb towards the Val di Tires and up to Passo di Pinei (4,714 ft). After passing through several quirky alpine towns, we stop for lunch in Santa Cristina Val Gardena, and then it’s another 10 km until we start the climb to the second pass, Passo di Sella (7,362 ft). A long, steep descent takes us to the little gem of a Sud Tyrolean town of Canazei (4,806 ft).

Canazei to Cortina

We cycle along the same passes as Italy’s annual Giro d’Italia. Our first long climb faces the gorgeous Gruppo Sella, then rises above the Passo Pordoi and finally the dramatic Passo Falzarego. This entire area is an outdoor WW1 museum as it is the site where major battles were fought. Today we experience the landscape’s inherent peace and tranquility mixed with the majesty of some of the worlds most beautiful mountains.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike

Although today is a designated rest day, we have planned an outing to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. We will have lunch in a typical Malga just in front of the three peaks. Cortina is often described as the Aspen of Italy, though its history is much older. Cortina hosted the Olympic Games in the ‘60s and continues to thrive as a mecca for all mountain sports enthusiasts, as well as also being known as one of the worlds “glitziest” mountain towns.

Cortina to Lienz

The first 15 miles we climb over Passo Tre Croce, to the scenic tranquility of Lago Misurina, and continue skirting around the base of the imposing and spectacular Monte Cristallo through the Ampezzo Dolomites to Dobbiaco. We’ll follow a beautifully maintained system of bicycle paths through the wide Pusteria Valley all the way from Dobbiaco, passing the Italian/Austrian boarder, to the understated, city of Lienz, the capital of Eastern Tyrol. The quaint medieval city center of Lienz is a well restored pedestrian zone for shopping or an optimal place to chill with a nice aperitivo before dinner.

Lienz to Zell am See

We leave the Lienzer Dolomiten heading north through the valley next to the river Winklern, approaching the majestic Grossglockner. The highlight of the tour and possibly of many rides you’ve done, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes us up to areas 8,202 ft above sea level, through majestic mountain scenery in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The effort is great but well worth the views at the top!

Zell am See to Werfen

We leave the Austrian oasis of Zell Am See and pedal along a gorgeous valley through quaint farm villages. The mountains in the distance are a dramatic backdrop to our entire ride. Make sure to take lots of photos in the morning between miles 3-10. We begin climbing out of this river valley (tough at times) and at the top of our second climb we will have a delicious Austrian lunch. After lunch, a long descent into Mulbach, then one last climb to Pfarwerfen and then down to Werfen.

Werfen to Salzburg

Today we have a guided visit of Werfen’s castle. An easy, casual, delightful finish brings you to the enchanting city of Salzburg without even breaking a sweat. A lovely bike path takes you all the way to Mozart Platz through farmland and tiny villages. Get those Sound of Music tunes in your head; this is the land of Maria Von Trapp and Mozart! We will try to get in early so we have time to roam Salzburg’s delightful streets.

Auf Wiedersehen!

After breakfast around 9 am we offer one group shuttle to the Salzburg airport. Or, why not extend your stay in Salzburg?

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle at the end of the tour to Salzburg airport

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Guided tour of Verona and Salzburg
  • Entrance to museums

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 9 dinners

Meet the Guides