From the north east of the Dolomites the bike path takes you through the Pustertal Valley to Bruneck and then on to the bishop’s town of Brixen. 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 Meran with its Mediterranean flair you cycle along the side of the River Adige through orchards and fields to Lake Garda, the well-loved lake in Italy. Highlights are: Bruneck (main town of the Pustertal Valley), Monastery of Neustift and the collegiate library, Diocese town of Brixen (cultural center of Tyrol), Säben Cloister in Klausen, Wine producing area of Kaltern and Tramin Bolzano (museums, promenades, culture ...), Spa town of Meran with its Mediterranean flair, Trento (old part of town, Castle Buonconsiglio), Rovereto (old Tyrolean border town), Lake Garda. By the way: The Dolomites owe their name to a French aristocrat by the name of Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801). After a scientific journey in the Alps, Dolomieu sent a rock sample from the Dolomites to the Swiss chemist Nicolas de Saussure. The letter analyzed the sample and presented this unknown mineral at a scientific meeting in 1796. He proposed to name this mineral after its discoverer.
Day 1: Arrival at Brixen
Arrive at the hotel in Brixen.
Day 2: Brixen - Toblach- Bruneck, ~30 km/19 miles
In the morning you will be transferred to Toblach in the Pustertal Valley. From here the bike path takes you past the famous Prags Valley. By following Rienz River you reach the town of Bruneck home to the well-known church altar constructor Michael Pacher.
Day 3: Bruneck - Klausen, ~50 km/31 miles
The tour continues along the lower Pustertal valley. You will pass the ruins of Mühlbacher Klause to get to the Eisack Valley. Before arriving in Brixen you can visit the abbay Augustiner Chorherrenstift in Neustift. From Brixen you follow again the Eisack River to finally get to Klausen.
Day 4: Klausen - Bolzano, ~25 km/16 miles
From Klausen you will follow your way to Waidbruck with a view of the Trostburg. From here the valley gets narrower on its way to the capital town of South Tyrol, Bolzano.
Day 5: Meran - Bolzano, ~45 km/28 miles
Transfer by train from Bolzano to the spa town Meran with its Mediterranean flair. From the spa town of Meran, you cycle through the orchards along the Adige Valley to Bolzano. Here you can wander through the arcades, visit the fruit market or just enjoy the flair of a town immersed in two cultures.
Day 6: Bolzano - Trento, ~65 km/40 miles
From Bolzano there are two ways to get to Salurn. Either along the old railway track to Adige and then on further to Kaltern and Lake Kaltern, or through the wide Adige Valley along the bike path. At Salurn you leave the German speaking province of South Tyrol and enter the famous Trento wine growing region and the Diocese town of Trento.
Day 7: Trento - Riva del Garda, ~40-50 km/25-31 miles
After passing the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto you leave the Adige Valley and go over the S. Giovanni Pass to Lake Garda.
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of your stay
7 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels
luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
transfer from Brixen to Toblach on day 2
transfer by train from Bolzano to Meran (bicycle included)
well planned routes
detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Wednesday and Sunday
no arrival possible
season I (669 €/person in double)
season II (+69 €/person)
'arrival any day'
If you are 5 or more persons you can arrive any other day of the week on request.
route (2): ~255-265 km/160-166 miles
along the rivers on a slight descent, one long ascent between Adige Valley and Lake Garda, mainly on cycle paths
how to get there
by car: highway over Brennero (A22) to Brixen
by train:station in Brixen
by plane: airport Innsbruck, Treviso and Venedig-Marco Polo
at the hotel for ~18 €/week or in hotel garage for ~45 €/week, on request
transfers back to the Pustertal Valley
every Saturday by shuttle bus from Riva del Garda to Brixen for 59 €/person incl. bike, reservation needed, airport transfers possible on request
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