Following ancient trade routes, the bicycle route leads from the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck to the Festival City of Verona. Numerous old railroad tracks and dam pathways have been converted into modern cycle paths. Therefore, you can enjoy the impressive towns and mountain views almost without being disturbed by traffic. The great cities of Brixen, Bolzano, and Trento provide some fantastic cultural highlights on the way. The landscape at the Brenner Pass, at 1370 meters, appears almost alpine and in Brixen, orchards and vineyards dominate the natural scenery. At the Salurner Klause you will enter the "real" Italy with its Mediterranean flora and fauna. On this beautiful bike tour, you will find a lot of variety - whether nature, culture or cuisine, this tour has something to offer for everyone!
The trip is graded introductory to moderate (grade 2) with 6 cycle stages of between 30 and 60km on relatively low gradients. The cycling is on dedicated bike paths along the river valleys of Eisack and Adige for much of the trip. You will be taken up to the Brenner Pass from where the route will take you downhill 1,300 meters in altitude. There are only a few short climbs on Lake Caldaro and before Verona. To get the most out of this trip you should have a reasonable level of fitness which you have obtained through exercising 3-4 times per week as a minimum. If taking an e-bike option, the physical fitness requirement is reduced.
On arrival in the centre of Innsbruck, walk to your hotel which is ideally located to explore the sites of this lively town. You will have a welcome briefing and bike fitting. For the rest of the day, we recommend visiting Innsbruck’s famous old town with its City Tower and its “Golden Roof”.
After breakfast, there will be a transfer up to the Brenner Pass marking the border between Austria and Italy (by train or minibus). From the small border town Brenner, you will cycle on a newly extended bike path, mostly along the Eisack River, first to the little village of Gossensass and immediately afterwards to Sterzing, the once mighty city of the Fugger. The cycle route continues to Thumberg, to the beautiful Reifenstein Castle, and via Stilfes and Mittenwald to Franzensfeste with its famous fortress. The bike path passes the beautiful and quiet Lake Varna, to Varna and finally to Brixen, today's destination.
Cycle through the Dürer town Klausen along the Eisack River to Waidbruck (view of Castle Trostburg). Here, the valley gets narrower and leads into the Bolzano basin. The city where two cultures meet is awaiting its visitors with many attractions (Archaeological Museum with Ötzi, the Iceman – free admission with Brixen Card on day of arrival).
Today you pedal through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area of the South Tyrolean wine route, past many castles and ruins, to the wine village of Eppan, and further to Lake Caldaro. Tonight you overnight in the cosy wine town of Auer.
The cycle route today will take you primarily on a beautiful bike path along the Adige River and partially through beautiful orchards to Salurn, where the German speaking South Tyrol ends. The dam pathways lead to Trento with its lovely old town.
The Adige valley is getting narrower and narrower and the mountain ranges on which, for many centuries impressive castles guarded over, one of the most important trade routes are coming closer and closer. We recommend a visit to Rovereto and the city of Mozart, Ala. Continue on the bike path to Rivalta or Ala and your overnight accommodation.
The final day of cycling takes you along a well-developed bike trail along the river Adige to the heart of Verona, the magical city of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Discover this jewel of the Veneto at your leisure.
The trip concludes today after breakfast.
Per Person, Twin Share