Biking Lake Garda, Italy. Photo via Flickr:amira_a

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Bolzano - Resiapass - Mantova

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Lake Garda!

Mountain scenery, green landscapes, and gently flowing rivers; this beautiful Italy bike tour offers you all this! From the Austrian border through the Italian South Tyrol, you will bike along quiet and beautiful routes, past peaceful villages and picturesque little castles.

Highlights of this tour include a boat excursion on the breathtaking Lake Garda, where you can enjoy this impressive expanse of water and it's beautiful surroundings from a really unique perspective.

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Skill Level

This bike trip in Italy is considered easy to moderate. It is not very demanding since it takes place on mainly flat roads however the total vertical distance is 830/1040 m. The South Tyrol region is provided with an excellent bike friendly system. You can ride almost exclusively on well maintained, asphalted bike paths, part of which run along the Adige River banks. Towards Lake Garda there is a more challenging climb to face. Parts of the tour between the bigger cities can be covered my train. Train travel in Italy is very cheap.

Where You’ll Stay

Very nice, comfortable 3 to 4 star hotels, all with air conditioning and private facilities. Most hotels are within or very near to city center.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Tour information packet
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Resiapass
  • Boat tour on Lake Garda

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Every Saturday from May 7 to September 17, 2016

Every Sunday from June 26 to August 21, 2016

*Special departure dates available for groups of at least 5.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bolzano - Resiapass - Mantova Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
Day 2: Resiapass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Merano - Bolzano, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Bolzano - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 6: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, 32 mi. + boat ride (50 km)
Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Verona

Varation 2:

Day 7: Peschiera/Desenzano - Mantova, 28 or 43 mi. (45/70 km)
Day 8: Departure from Mantova

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
If you arrive early in the morning you can take a stroll around the old market town of Bolzano. You will have more time the following Saturday to explore Bolzano more extensively.

Day 2: Resiapass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoying the Italian countryside along the way, you will be transfered by vehicle to Resia up to 1500 meters in elevation, where you will start your bike tour. The majestic bike path will take you past the gorgeous lake. Passing through very small, unique villages including Montemaria, Clusio, & Glorenza, you will eventually end today's biking in Silandro.

Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
The bike tour continues through a gently rolling countryside along the Etsch River, passing through orchards and nice landmarks like the imposing Dornsberg Castle. You bike to Merano, the second biggest city in South Tyrol, which lies in the center of a valley with stunning, endless mountains in the background.

Day 4: Merano - Bolzano, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you will bike along tranquil country roads and bike paths as far as the Adige River and the Isarco confluence. While the scenery is hard not to enjoy, you ride past quiet little towns like Nalles and Andriano. You continue to cycle until Bolzano. Take your time for a walk around this friendly and beautiful bilingual city, capital of South Tyrol.

Day 5: Bolzano - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Bike the Adige River besides the apple orchards, vineyards, and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Salarno is best known for the ruins of the medieval castle Castello dei Litigi, situated on a limestone rock high above the Adige Valley, You end the day in Trento. This city is hidden from  tourist, so take your time to have a look behind the splendid walls of its painted buildings. You will discover something really worth seeing.

Day 6: Trento - Peschiera del Garda, 32 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride
Still along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here you continue up on a gently rising slope west in the direction of Lake Garda. Upon arrival in Riva, you absolutely shouldn't miss the sight of the lake from above! After seeing the lake from above, you can enjoy the view from below on your boat cruise across the lake. It's scenery will really amaze you. The boat will take you all the way to Peschiera del Garda. The boat trip on Lake Garda alone will never be forgotten.

Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona, one of the most important and beautiful cities of Italy.

Day 8: Departure from Verona
Your bike holiday in Italy ends after breakfast, individual departure.

Variation 2:

Day 7: Peschiera/Desenzano - Mantova, 28 or 43 mi. (45/70 km)
Today you will bike along one of the most famous Italian bike paths, which runs parallel to the Mincio River. You will pass through the village of Borghetto, with its mills, and Valeggio sul Mincio, famous for the huge botanic park "Sigurtà". The trip ends in Mantova, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces, thanks to the assignment of the famous Gonzaga family. Mantova (in Italian, Mantua) is mentioned in Shakespeare's, Romeo & Juliet.
For variation of this day, you can choose to bike to Verona, crossed by the Adige River. Worth visiting are the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno, and Julia's House.

Day 8: Departure from Mantova
Your bike holiday in Italy ends after breakfast, individual departure.

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Customer Feedback

  • Elizabeth Goodall 10 months ago

    Fourth trip with tripsite, all good and we keep coming back! Map books and directions have been the only things needing improvement, nothing we couldn't figure out but some confusion arose, eg getting out of Munich, some directions on the Resiapass Bolzano routes, to name two, otherwise no complaints.

  • Adrian Maciejewski 10 months ago

    During my trip I didn't obtain the maps and associated documents which made parts of my trip extremely frustrating.

  • Marcia Macdonald 10 months ago

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