Innsbruck to Venice
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 gorge through the Alps which forms the border between the two countries. This had 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”.
- Italy, need we say more?
- Adige Cycle Path
- Lake atmosphere
- City center of Vicenza
- Padua and its Prato della Valle
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Season 1: £ 844 $ 1,501 € 1005 NOK 10134 kr 9354 $ 1,216 Season 2: £ 912 $ 1,621 € 1085 NOK 10940 kr 10099 $ 1,313 Season 3: £ 954 $ 1,695 € 1135 NOK 11445 kr 10564 $ 1,373 Single supplement (all seasons): £ 218 $ 388 € 260 NOK 2622 kr 2420 $ 315 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
Electric bike: £ 105 $ 187 € 125 NOK 1260 kr 1163 $ 151 Extra nights:
Twin/double: £ 59 $ 105 € 70 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Single: £ 76 $ 134 € 90 NOK 908 kr 838 $ 109 Mestre
Twin/double: £ 55 $ 97 € 65 NOK 655 kr 605 $ 79 Single: £ 71 $ 127 € 85 NOK 857 kr 791 $ 103 Venice
Twin/double, from: £ 76 $ 134 € 90 NOK 908 kr 838 $ 109 Single, from: £ 126 $ 224 € 150 NOK 1513 kr 1396 $ 182 *Discount for third person, triple room: £ 143 $ 254 € 170 NOK 1714 kr 1582 $ 206 *Triple rooms (usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway)
Helmets (please request at time of booking. Helmets available are for circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm: £ 13 $ 22 € 15 NOK 151 kr 140 $ 18
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
You can fly into Innsbruck (INN), located 5 km from Verona, Verona (VRN), located at 270 km, or Venice (VCE), at 400 km.
All airports are well connected by trains to Verona.
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.
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. Please see elevation gain information in each day to day description. 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.
- 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.
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, 2018
Season 3: June 21 to September 5, 2018
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
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. Elevation gain: 130 m.
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. Elevation gain: 30 m.
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. Elevation gain: 30/250 m.
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. Elevation gain: 140 m.
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. Elevation gain: 260/140 m.
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. Elevation gain: 440/230 m.
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". Elevation gain: 30 m.
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. If you opt to overnight in Venice, you will leave your bike at a designated hotel in Mestre. Your luggage will, however, be tranferred on to Venice. Elevation gain: 0 m.
Day 10: Mestre or Venice