South Tyrol Cycling Tour

Northern Italy Italy: (ZZ-BKITFA08)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/biking_italy_south_tyrol.aspx

Introduction
Northern Italy Italy
Whilst travelling along the well-built cycle paths, you will get to know all about this South Tyrol. The unspoilt nature with its roaring rivers, the mountains and lakes with their legends, customs, and a culture of a country influenced by history, and the South Tyrolean hospitality with its specialities and excellent wines.

This bike tour takes you along the cycle paths from eastern Pustertal and the Dolomites to the capital town of Bolzano; to lake Kalterer See, the spa town of Merano and into the Vinschgau Valley. A transfer takes you over the Jaufen Pass and from there you cycle to the town of Vipiteno where you get back and cycle to the Bishop’s town of Bressanone, official seat of the Bishop and provincial Diocese of the Catholic Church.

An easy tour for everyone! In the last few years, the bike paths in the valleys have been reconstructed and in some cases, newly built. Although South Tyrol is better known for its mountains, you can also find easy bike paths in the valleys without great differences of altitude.

Accomodation

Accommodations
During this trip, nights are spent in different locations.

Description
You can choose your preferred accommodation category:
- standard: 3 and 4 star hotels 
- charm: 4 star hotels
All accommodations offer private bedrooms with ensuite facilities.

Local tax
Some cities charge a tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or check-out at the hotels.
This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and the number of days of stay. It is usually between 1 and 5 € per person per night.


Meals
All breakfasts are included.

Riding

Approx. 280-300km total.

Rental bikes:
21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
TOP bike (unisex model - male mod on request)
E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery; range up to 100 km)

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Brixen/Bressanone
Individual arrival at the hotel in Bressanone.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Brixen/Bressanone


Day 2: Hochpustertal
In the morning transfer from Bressanone to Dobbiaco. Bike delivery in Dobbiaco. Today’s tour takes you along the cycle path past the well-known valley Pragsertal, which stretches to the south. Following the river Rienz, the bike path goes over the Olang dam and onto the Michael Pacher town of Brunico. Continue on through the Pustertal Valley, pass the Mühlbacher Klause ruins and enter into the Eisacktal Valley. Shortly before Bressanone, you can visit the Neustift Abbey, and the historical centre in Bressanone is well worth a visit too.
Biking approx. 65 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Brixen/Bressanone


Day 3: Brixen/Bressanone to Bozen/Bolzano
Starting in Bressanone, you follow the Eisacktal Valley bike path alongside the river Eisack and cycle through the many vineyards which mainly produce white wine, past the picturesque town of Chiusa which is worth stopping to look at, and onto the capital town of Bolzano. Bolzano itself has much to offer, the arcades, the lawns by the river, a visit to the Ice Man in the Archaeological Museum or sitting and drinking a coffee in one of the many cafes in the town.
Biking approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Bozen/Bolzano


Day 4: Eppan/Appiano & Lake Kalterer See
Tour in the famous wine growing areas around lake Kalterer See. Passing by Castle Sigmundskron, you first cycle to Appiano, the largest wine growing area in South Tyrol. Appiano has a superb compilation of innumerable castles, manor houses, churches and farms. After Appiano you carry on towards Caldaro. Those who want can take a detour at San Michele to the idyllic Montiggler lakes and have a swim. The village of Caldaro is worth visiting, as well as the Wine Growing Museum. Just past Caldaro you arrive at the lake before turning into the Etsch cycle path back to Bolzano.
Biking approx. 45 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Bozen/Bolzano


Day 5: Bozen/Bolzano to Meran/Merano
You leave Bolzano via Sigmundskron Castle and then follow the Wine Road through the orchards. The famous South Tyrolean apples come from this area. The oldest winery in South Tyrol which is situated in Andriano lies on the way. From here you carry on to Terlano, Nalles and then to Lana, which is worth visiting, before arriving in the spa town of Merano. While in Merano, don’t forget to visit the Botanical Gardens at Schloss Trauttmansdorff.
Biking approx. 35-40 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Meran/Merano


Day 6: Mals/Malles
The train takes you from Merano to Malles in the Vinschgau Valley. From here you can cycle through the whole valley towards Merano. The first stop is in Glorenza, the smallest town in South Tyrol, and you carry on through the orchards to Prato allo Stelvio, Lasa, Silandro, Naturno and then back to Merano.
Biking approx. 60 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Meran/Merano


Day 7: Jaufenpass to Brixen/Bressanone
Transfer from Merano to the Jaufenpass (2,092 m) and then on to Vipiteno. You may cycle also downhill from the top of the Jaufenpass through the countryside and enjoy the wonderful scenery! From Vipiteno you cycle southwards along the cycle path through the Eisacktal Valley to the former customs checkpoint at Fortezza and then heading back to the bishop town of Bressanone.
Biking approx. 35-50 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Brixen/Bressanone


Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for South Tyrol Cycling Tour

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts, Tour information package (maps, route descriptions…). Luggage transfer, Transfers according to program (Bressanone-Alta Pusteria, Nerano-Malles ad Merano-Jaufenpass-Vipiteno), Video briefieng, Navigation app & Phone hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20248 day self-guided tour (standard) - High€885$975
    • Single supplement€225$250
  • B
    20248 day self-guided tour (standard) - Mid€785$865
    • Single supplement€225$250
  • C
    20248 day self-guided tour (standard) - Low€750$825
    • Single supplement€225$250
  • D
    20248 day self-guided tour (charm) - High€1470$1620
    • Single supplement€250$275
  • E
    20248 day self-guided tour (charm) - Mid€1380$1520
    • Single supplement€250$275
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.1

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2024 Bike rental, pp (for entire week) 100 $110
2024 Bike TOP rental, pp (for entire week) 170 $190
2024 Ebike rental, pp (for entire week) 250 $275
2024 Extra nights - please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2024 05/15 - 05/22 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
E 2024 05/15 - 05/22 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
E 2024 05/18 - 05/25 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
B 2024 05/18 - 05/25 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
B 2024 05/22 - 05/29 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
E 2024 05/22 - 05/29 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 05/25 - 06/01 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 05/25 - 06/01 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 05/26 - 06/02 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 05/26 - 06/02 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 05/29 - 06/05 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 05/29 - 06/05 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/01 - 06/08 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/01 - 06/08 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/02 - 06/09 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/02 - 06/09 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/05 - 06/12 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/05 - 06/12 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/08 - 06/15 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/08 - 06/15 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/09 - 06/16 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/09 - 06/16 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/15 - 06/22 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/15 - 06/22 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/16 - 06/23 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/16 - 06/23 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/19 - 06/26 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/19 - 06/26 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/22 - 06/29 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/22 - 06/29 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/23 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/23 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/29 - 07/06 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/29 - 07/06 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 06/30 - 07/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/30 - 07/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/03 - 07/10 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/03 - 07/10 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/06 - 07/13 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/06 - 07/13 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/07 - 07/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/07 - 07/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/10 - 07/17 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/10 - 07/17 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/13 - 07/20 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/13 - 07/20 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/14 - 07/21 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/14 - 07/21 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
D 2024 07/17 - 07/24 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/17 - 07/24 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/20 - 07/27 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/20 - 07/27 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/21 - 07/28 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/21 - 07/28 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/28 - 08/04 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/28 - 08/04 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/03 - 08/10 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/03 - 08/10 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/04 - 08/11 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/04 - 08/11 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/25 - 09/01 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/25 - 09/01 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/01 - 09/08 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/01 - 09/08 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/08 - 09/15 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/08 - 09/15 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2024 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (char... 2 /10 Reserve
C 2024 09/15 - 09/22 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided tour (stan... 2 /10 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom dates possible for groups of 5+ pax

Rates do not include:

Drinks, Lunches and dinners, Rental bikes & travel insurance.
Tourist tax (if requested) has to be paid on the spot.

Other Info
Meeting: Brixen/Bressanone
Airport: Innsbruck (Austria)
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                Bolzano area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

44

49

59

66

75

81

85

84

76

65

52

44

Average Low Temperature (°F)

25

29

37

43

51

57

61

60

54

45

34

26

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

10

15

19

24

27

30

29

24

18

11

7

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-4

-1

3

6

11

14

16

16

12

7

1

-3

Source: NOAA


Seasons

Spring
The image of the landscape in the province of Bolzano is rather diversified in the spring season. While in the Alpine areas snow might fall, the fruit orchards in the valleys prepare for the spring blossom. From the end of March, there are more and more sunny days, making you get out to experience the landscape and make the first hiking and cycling tours. Even in April precipitations are quite rare.
The temperatures differ from area to area. In southern parts, in the surroundings of Bolzano (Bassa Atesina, Oltradige and Strada del Vino), May is already a rather mild month.

Summer
In the valleys of the southern areas it is getting hot. The southern municipalities of the valley basin, located between 200 and 500 m asl, are similar to the city of Bolzano as far as temperatures are concerned.

Autumn
Autumn is the period that is ideal for making walks in lower mountain ranges and high-plateaus. But what about the temperatures? Also in autumn lower located areas such as the valley basin of Bolzano, Merano and the Wine Route differ from higher realms, where already in late autumn the first snowflakes provide a foretaste on winter.

Winter
Snow falls regularly in the province of South Tyrol, but good weather and sunshine prevails. The reason for this constellation is the main Alpine divide and further mountain chains, paring South Tyrol from too heavy precipitations. Of course also in winter, there are regional differences.
The amount of snow in the valley basins round Bolzano and the Bassa Atesina for example are rather meagre. But the temperatures around zero make Lake Caldaro freeze, enabling you to experience ice skating. Larger amounts of snow fall in higher located areas such as the Val Venosta, Valgardena and Val Pusteria, ideal for skiing. In those areas, winter season lasts longer than in the south of South Tyrol.

What To Bring: