The mountains of the Tyrol are some of the most admired in all of Europe. The Austrian region is famous for its classic alpine landscapes for good reason, and in the heart of it all is Innsbruck. This beautiful ride begins in the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, then skirts ancient trade routes - along mainly dedicated bike paths - towards the Festival City of Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'. Throughout the valleys of the Eisack and Adige rivers numerous old railroad tracks and dam pathways have been converted into modern cycling cycle paths. This enables you to experience the gorgeous mountain views without needing to worry about vehicles for most of the ride. Along the way, the alpine scenery at the 1370m Brenner Pass will keep you motivated in the saddle while great cities such as Brixen, Bolzano and Trento will provide further cultural highlights and welcome places to relax after cycling past orchards and vineyards. When the Mediterranean flora and fauna begin to appear you'll know you've arrived at Salurner Klause and Italy proper. At night, relax in comfortable hotels chosen for their location and soak up the warm atmosphere of the town squares with a well earned gelato and a relaxing stroll.
The trip is graded introductory to moderate (grade 2) with 6 cycle stages of between 30 and 65km (18.5 to 40mi) 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 metres 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 of Brenner, you will cycle on a newly extended bike path, mostly along the Eisack River, first to the little village of Gossensass and then 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 (with a view of Trostburg Castle). Here, the valley gets narrower and leads into the Bolzano basin. The city where two cultures meet is awaiting you with many attractions (including the Archaeological Museum with Ötzi, the Iceman – free admission with Brixen Card on day of arrival). Overnight Bolzano.
Today you pedal through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area of the South Tyrolean wine route. Passing many castles and ruins, as you cycle to the wine village of Eppan, and then 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 and where you will stay overnight.
As thee Adige valley gets narrower and narrower you get closer and closer to one of the most important historical trade routes. As you cycle you can admire the mountain ranges, which were once lined with impressive castles. 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 Adige river 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.
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