Famous <i>Goldenes Dachl</i> or Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria where Emperor Maximilian I would watch festivals etc. Photo via Flickr:Michela Simoncini

Flag of Venice, Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:svetico

Innsbruck to Venice

Austria, Italy Bike Tours

Bike tour in Austria and Italy from the Alps to the Adriatic

  • This bike tour of Austria and Italy begins at the Brennero Pass, a mountain pass through the Alps which forms the border between the two countries. This has been one of the main entrances from the north and, since Roman times, the principal road between the Eastern Alps in Germany and the Po River Valley of Italy. You will cycle downhill through ancient villages, fortresses, and the green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach the Veneto region, with a stop at the palm-lined shores of Lake Garda and then Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its impressive Roman arena. Further on you’ll discover Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip, the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small “calli”.

    Hightlights:

    • Italy, need we say more?
    • Adige Cycle Path
    • Lake atmosphere
    • City center of Vicenza
    • Padua and its Prato della Valle
    • Venice!
  • Season 1: £ 949 $ 1,514 1005 NOK 9966 kr 9200 $ 1,196 Season 2: £ 1025 $ 1,634 1085 NOK 10760 kr 9932 $ 1,291 Season 3: £ 1072 $ 1,710 1135 NOK 11255 kr 10390 $ 1,351 Single supplement (all seasons): £ 246 $ 392 260 NOK 2578 kr 2380 $ 309 Season 1: April 5 to May 2, 2018 
    Season 2: May 3 to June 20 and September 6 to September 21, 20183
    Season 3: June 21 to September 5, 2018 

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 118 $ 188 125 NOK 1240 kr 1144 $ 149 Extra nights:
    Innsbruck
    Twin/double: £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 Single: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 Mestre
    Twin/double: £ 61 $ 98 65 NOK 645 kr 595 $ 77 Single: £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101 Venice
    Twin/double, from: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 Single, from: £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 *Discount for third person, triple room: £ 161 $ 256 170 NOK 1686 kr 1556 $ 202 *Triple rooms (usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway)

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    You can fly into Innsbruck (INN), located 5 km from Verona, Verona (VRN), located at 270 km, or Venice (VCE), at 400 km.

    Local Travel

    All airports are well connected by trains to Verona.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A very good website to explore regional weather including high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.


Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided, 10 day tour which traverses the most beautiful cycle path in Italy, the Adige River cycle route. On the stretch from Lake Garda to Venice, you ride on secondary streets with very little traffic. You encounter only a few short climbs and descents, making this route suitable for most. Only 5% of this tour takes place over unpaved roads. Total length of this tour is from 375 km to 440 km. Total vertical climbing from 730 meters to 1,160 m. There is a possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on days 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in hotels of the 3 and 4 star category. Some hotels located in the more mountainous regions of Italy can be without air conditioning. Upon request, your last night can be on the island of Venice instead of the mainland, Mestre but do keep in mind that your rental bikes must be dropped off in Mestre.

What’s Included

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 27 gear Shimano Deore hybrid city touring bike with aluminum framae, mudguard, rear rack, gel saddle, anti-puncture Schwalbe tires.
  • Bike accessories: cycle computer, one pannier, one front handlebar bag OR one map holder, one water bottle, one repair kit (tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tire levers), one combination bike lock
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero
  • 4-hours ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches, dinners
  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Helmets (may be requested at time of reserving for supplement. See pricing. Suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61.
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length10 days
From1005 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible on Thursdays or Fridays from April 5 to September 21, 2018
Season 1: April 5 to May 2, 2018 
Season 2: May 3 to June 20 and September 6 to September 21, 20183
Season 3: June 21 to September 5, 2018 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Innsbruck
Day 2: Innsbruck – Bressanone, 25 mi. (40 km by transfer) plus, 34 mi. (55 km by bike)
Day 3:  Bressanone – Bolzano, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bolzano – Trento, 41 mi./44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 5:  Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera, 31 mi. (50 km by bike + ferry)
Day 6: Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona, 37/22 mi.  (60/35 km)
Day 7: Verona – Vicenza, 47/25 mi. (75/40 km)
Day 8: Vicenza – Padua, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 9:  Padua – Mestre/Venice, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 10: Mestre or Venice

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road work) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches. In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Riva del Garda to Peschiera/Desenzano), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice. In case of cancellation the ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus). The same applies if the ferry boat service is no longer operating (for example at the end of the season).

Day 1: Innsbruck
Individual arrival.

Day 2: Innsbruck – Bressanone (40 km by transfer + 55 km by bike)
A private transfer will take you to Brennero, where you’ll start cycling into the green Isarco valley. Your cycling day continues without difficulties through villages and lush green meadows till Fortezza, where you will see the ancient fort. Lake Varna awaits you for a relaxing break before you reach Bressanone.

Day 3:  Bressanone – Bolzano (45 km)
You continue along the same cycle path and will have the opportunity to visit the huge Sabiona medieval monastery, built on a rocky-hill and dominating the Isarco valley. Overnight in Bolzano.

Day 4: Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
Today the ride leads along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento.

Day 5:  Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
Still following the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of Lake Garda.

Day 6: Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona. Worth visiting are the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno, and Juliet’s House.

Day 7: Verona – Vicenza (75/40 km)
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza. The old city center of the city is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings of Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. If you feel the distance is too great,  you can shorten the itinerary from several railway stations.

Day 8: Vicenza – Padua (45 km)
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe, "Prato della Valle".

Day 9:  Padua – Mestre/Venice (40 km)
You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland. (You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement.) Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and the train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, so you must dismount and walk your bike.

Day 10:  Mestre or Venice

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