Go on an amazing cycling trips over the Alps along the Via Claudia Augusta! This famous road was completed within 60 years, is an exemplary sample of Roman construction and a masterpiece of antique engineering. With this road, the Romans had built the first proper mountain road across the Fern Pass and the Reschen Pass. Nowadays the Via Claudia Augusta enables cyclists to experience a unique and stunning crossing of the Alps and to get to know the most beautiful sides of the former Roman domain. And thanks to organized transfers across the two passes you can do so without too much effort. Of course, it's still your choice whether to use the transfers or to use your own muscle strength. The variety of different landscapes along the Via Claudia Augusta and also the many options offered make this bicycle tour a unique adventure which you have to experience for yourself!
Day 1: Individual arrival to Augsburg
Your cycle holiday starts in "Augusta Vindelicorum“ the Roman town.
Day 2: Augsburg - Landsberg, ~50 km
The place name Augsburg derives from the Roman name of the town "Augusta Vindelicorum“, which was founded in 15 B.C. under the rule of Emperor Augustus. Augsburg’s popularity however, was established with its role as a Fugger town. Therefore, a visit of the Fuggerei, which is the world’s oldest project for social housing still in use today, is a must. Schongau features a picturesque old town and almost completely preserved town wall. The stage to Landsberg is thought to be a comfy "run in“ on almost flat terrain.
Day 3: Landsberg - Region Schongau, ~45 km
On the horizon you can already see the Alps but you get to enjoy the beauty of the region Pfaffenwinkel first. Schongau features a picturesque old town and almost completely preserved town walls.
Day 4: Region Schongau - Füssen, ~40 km
Having left the old town of Schongau the cycling path along River Lech takes you into the Tyrol. Before heading over the border from Germany to Austria the beautiful fairy tale-like Neuschwanstein castle awaits you.
Day 5: Füssen - Imst, ~40 km | without transfer ~70 km
Today the tour takes us from Füssen to Reutte. From there our transfer brings you across Fern Pass in a comfortable way. From Fernstein castle you cycle past Nassereith and through the picturesque Gurgltal Valley to Imst. A "beery" adventure awaits you at the microbrewery at Starkenberg castle.
Day 6: Imst - Burgusio/Malles/Glorenza, ~55 km | without transfer ~105 km
After a hearty breakfast you cycle from Imst to Landeck. From there we take the shuttle up to Nauders. Soon afterwards you cross the border to Italy at Reschen pass and with it the main Alpine ridge. You cycle downwards towards Malles past Reschenstausee reservoir with the sunken church tower of Altgraun, one of the most famous photo motifs of Italy. Enjoy the first evening on South Tyrolean soil and enjoy strolling through the old alleyways of the town.
Day 7: Burgusio/Malles/Glorenza - Merano, ~65 km
Today you cross the entire Val Venosta. The route leads from an altitude of more than 1,000m down to the town of Merano that is located at an altitude of 350m. Most of the route follows the course of River Adige. From your starting place this pleasant cycling stretch leads down to the smallest town of the Alps, the town of Glorenza. Past the marble town of Laas you get to Naturns and eventually - past the impressive Kastellbell castle - to the spa town of Merano. Enjoy an evening walk through town along the "Passer" promenade surrounded by subtropical flora.
Day 8: Merano - Bolzano, ~50 km
There is plenty to see along this route: Niederlana’s famous Schnatterpeckaltar, the largest Gothic wing altar in the Alpine area, the highest church tower of the South Tyrol in Terlan and a great number of fortresses and ruins on both valley slopes. The region also offers plenty of culinary delights: asparagus in Terlan, tasty chestnuts in Nals and last but not least excellent regional wines. As you reach the pedestrian zone of Bolzano you’ll soon realize the southern flair of the city.
Day 9: Individual return journey or extension
8 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels
8x breakfast buffet
luggage transport from hotel to hotel
transfer across Fern Pass and Reschen Pass
detailed documentation and tour description
self-guided tour - 9 days / 8 nights
arrival every Saturday
season I (948 €/person in double)
season II (+46 €/person)
season III (+72 €/person)
'arrival any day'
4 persons minimum
route (1)-(2): ~335 km
flat and gently hilly on cycling paths and less travelled back roads, transfer by minivan over the two passes
by car: to Augsburg
by train: station Augsburg
by plane: airport Munich
transfers back from Bolzano to Augsburg every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for 135 €/person
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