South Tyrol to Lake Garda

Northern Italy Italy: (ZZ-BKITFA09)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/biking_italy_south_tyrol_lake_garda.aspx

Introduction
Northern Italy Italy
From the north east of the Dolomites the bike path takes you through the valley Pustertal to Brunico and then on to the bishop’s town of Bressanone. From here you cycle to the capital town of South Tyrol, Bolzano, to visit the oldest Tyrolean, the Ice Man. After a short visit to the spa town of Merano with its Mediterranean flair you cycle along the river Etsch through orchards and fields to Lake Garda, the most popular lake in Italy.

Easy tour for connoisseurs; you cycle alongside rivers on a slight descent – mostly on cycling paths. Between the valley Etschtal and Lake Garda there is only one long ascent. There is plenty of time to look at cultural places of interest or relax along the way.

Accomodation

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

Description
Accommodations consist of a mixture of 3 and 4 star hotels offering 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. 260-270km total.

Rental bikes:
21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100 km)

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Hochpustertal (Villabassa/Dobbiaco)
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free private parking available near the hotel.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Brixen/Bressanone


Day 2: Hochpustertal – Bressanone/Brixen
First the cycle path leads past the well-known Braies Valley, which stretches towards the south. Past the Olanger reservoir, always following the Rienz river, you reach the Michael Pacher town of Brunico. Continue leisurely through the lower Pustertal valley, you will pass the ruins of the Mühlbacher Klause and reach the Eisacktal valley. Shortly before Bressanone you can visit the monastery of Neustift. In Bressanone, it is worthwhile to take a tour of the well-kept old town with its old town with its arcades and cathedral.
Biking approx. 65 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Bressanone/Brixen 


Day 3: Bressanone/Brixen – Bolzano/Bozen
Today, you cycle from Brixen through the Dürer town of Klausen, always along the Eisack river to Waidbruck (view of the Trostburg castle). Here the valley narrows and leads you into the Bozen basin. The town where two cultures meet awaits you.
Biking approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Bolzano/Bozen 


Day 4: Merano – Bozen/Bolzano
In the morning transfer by train from Bolzano to the spa town of Merano with its Mediterranean flair. After a stroll and along the Passer promenade or after a visit to the unique gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, you can cycle leisurely along the Wine Road through orchards and famous wine growing areas to Bolzano. wine-growing areas to Bolzano.
Biking approx. 45 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Bolzano/Bozen 


Day 5: Bolzano/Bozen – Trento/Trient
Here you have two options for continuing from Bolzano to Salurn: either via the old railway line to Überetsch to Überetsch and on to Kaltern to the Kalterer See lake or through the wide Etschtal valley on the river dam.
You now leave the German-speaking part of South Tyrol at the Salurner Klause and cycle through the famous Trentino wine-growing regions to the wine-growing areas to the bishop‘s town of Trento.
Biking approx. 65 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Trento/Trient


Day 6: Trento/Trient – Riva del Garda
Passing the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto, you now leave the Adige Valley and reach the Garda Lake via the Passo S. Giovanni (387 m above sea level) to Lake Garda.
Biking approx. 50 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Riva del Garda


Day 7: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for South Tyrol to Lake Garda

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts, Transfers according to program (Bressanone to Hochpustertal and Blozano-Merano), Luggage transfers, Tour information package (maps, route descriptions…) & Phone hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20227 day self-guided tour - High€830$995
  • B
    20227 day self-guided tour - Mid€750$900
  • C
    20227 day self-guided tour - Low€690$830
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2022 Shuttle bus every Sunday from Riva del garda to Brixen/Bressanone, pp 60 $70
2022 Bike rental, pp (for entire week) 90 $110
2022 Bike TOP rental, pp (for entire week) 130 $155
2022 Ebike rental, pp (for entire week) 190 $230
2022 Single supplement 200 $240
2022 Extra nights - please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  MinReserve
B 2022 04/24 - 04/30 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 05/01 - 05/07 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 05/08 - 05/14 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 05/15 - 05/21 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 05/22 - 05/28 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 05/29 - 06/04 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 06/05 - 06/11 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
B 2022 06/12 - 06/18 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Expired
A 2022 06/19 - 06/25 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Expired
A 2022 06/26 - 07/02 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 07/03 - 07/09 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 07/10 - 07/16 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 07/17 - 07/23 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 07/24 - 07/30 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 07/31 - 08/06 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 09/04 - 09/10 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
A 2022 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Hig... 5 Reserve
B 2022 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Reserve
B 2022 09/25 - 10/01 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Mid 5 Reserve
C 2022 10/02 - 10/08 7d / 6n 7 day self-guided tour - Low 5 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.

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For South Tyrol to Lake Garda (ZZ-BKITFA09):
Due to the momentary unstable situation we have revised our booking policy by modifying it as follows:
- Modification of the reservation possible up to 28 days before arrival
- If the situation is more critical, in the face of official and legal restrictions or strict regulations due to the Covid 19 pandemic, rebooking will be possible up to 14 days before arrival.
This provision will be valid until further revoked!

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

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: