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Merano to Lake Garda 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1
Spring, summer or autumn South Tyrol is always worth a trip especially by bike. Glistening ice caves, mountain massifs, bountiful orchards and vineyards transform your journey into a sensuous adventure. You cycle downwards into the valley along the river Adige until Bolzano. Relax, recuperate and enjoy a bottle of the world renowned Kalterer wine. Appreciate the well-maintained and stunning cycling paths to your final stop, the impressive Lake Garda - the crowning finale of this very attractive tour.
An easy cycle tour, mainly on cycle paths. Only towards lake Caldaro and lake Garda will you come across minor ascents.
If you would like to rent a bike (85 EUR) or e-bike (189 EUR incl. insurance), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Arrival in Meran
Travel documents and rental bikes (if booked) are to be found at the hotel.
Day Trip Vinschgau/Merano approx. 70km
Take the train line ‘Vinschgaubahn’ towards the mountain pass ‘Reschenpass’. From the town of Mals onwards to Glurns (perfectly preserved Medieval city wall). Via the Montani ruins past Schlanders and heading south to Merano. Castles and palaces dot your way or tower high above (i.e. Juval castle owned by the Austrian mountaineer Reinhold Messner). While cycling enjoy marvellous views of the impressive ‘Ortler’ massif and the ’Stilfserjoch’. This stage can be shortened if you wish.
Merano – Bolzano approx. 45km
Via Lana (Schnatterpeck altar) and through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area. The South Tyrolian wine route passes several well-fortified castles, palaces and ruins. Continue on towards Eppan and along the base of Sigmundskron castle (Messner-Mountain museum) to Bolzano (pergolas, ‘Ötzi’ museum).
Bolzano - Auer approx. 30km
There are two ways to get to lake Caldaro: either the slightly hilly way on the bike path via Eppan or on the flat cycle path along the Adige dam until the charming wine village Auer.
Auer – Trento approx. 45km
From Auer you continue on the cycle path along the Adige dam. The ‘Salurner Klause’ is the end of the German speaking part of South Tyrol. The route leads you through the famous Trentino wine regions into the ancient diocesan town Trento (lovely old part of town, cathedral, Buonconsiglio palace).
Trento – Torbole/Riva approx. 45km
Shortly after the old Tyrolian border town of Rovereto, our cycling tour leaves the Adige valley. In Mori you will taste the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna. After the only ascent worth mentioning (approx. 150m) over the small San Giovanni pass, the path leads downhill along the lake towards Torbole. The cycle tour either ends in Riva or Torbole.
Departure or extension
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Oct 09 2021||Oct 15 2021||10||Single rooms||868€|
If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.
Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote