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Lake Garda and the Adige River Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike from Bolzano to Verona or end your tour at Lake Garda

  • Mountain scenery, green landscapes, and gently flowing rivers; this beautiful bike tour in Italy 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, but are not limited to:

    • Bolzano
    • Boat excursion on the breathtaking Lake Garda
    • Adige River Cycling


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  • 2020

    8-Days

    Season 1: £ 675 $ 1,497 795 $ 1198 NOK 7486 kr 6910 $ 898

    Season 2: £ 743 $ 1,648 875 $ 1318 NOK 8240 kr 7606 $ 989

    Season 3:  £ 777 $ 1,723 915 $ 1379 NOK 8616 kr 7953 $ 1,034

    Single supplement: £ 204 $ 452 240 $ 362 NOK 2260 kr 2086 $ 271

    Season 1: May 3 to May 23 and September 23 to October 3, 2020
    Season 2: May 24 to June 26 and September 6 to September 22, 2020
    Season 3: April 22 to May 2 and June 27 to September 5, 2020 

    7-Days

    Season 1: £ 599 $ 1,328 705 $ 1062 NOK 6639 kr 6128 $ 797

    Season 2:  £ 658 $ 1,460 775 $ 1168 NOK 7298 kr 6737 $ 876

    Season 3:  £ 701 $ 1,554 825 $ 1243 NOK 7769 kr 7171 $ 932

    Single supplement £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

    Season 1: May 3 to May 23 and September 23 to October 3, 2020
    Season 2: May 24 to June 26 and September 6 to September 22, 2020
    Season 3: April 22 to May 2 and June 27 to September 5, 2020 


     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Child trailer: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96

    Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    8-Day tour transfer Verona to Bolzano (bike included, min. 4 persons)*: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90 *Available Saturdays (other days on request)

    Extra nights:

    Bolzano: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    Single room: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    Verona: £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73  

    Single room: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Child bike: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 Child trailer: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 Family and Adult Tandems: please ask
    Helmet rental (please reserve at time of booking): £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    Extra nightsBolzanoVeronaMantova 3 starMantova 4 star
    Twin/double £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 £ 38 $ 85 45 $ 68 NOK 424 kr 391 $ 51 please ask, price varies and depends on time of booking
    Single £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85  

    Transfers (available on Saturdays - other days on request only)
    Verona  - Bolzano, 1 - 8 ppl. sharing costs: £ 255 $ 565 300 $ 452 NOK 2825 kr 2608 $ 339 Mantova - Bolzano, 1 - 8 ppl. sharing costs: £ 331 $ 735 390 $ 588 NOK 3673 kr 3390 $ 441

     

    please note

    Discount in triple room for 3rd person, 8-day tour: £ 110 $ 245 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147 Discount in triple room for 3rd person, 7-day tour: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Child discounts:
    100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
    50% 3-6 years 
    30% 7-10 years

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich and then with Air Dolomiti to Bolzano, or fly to Innsbruck, Verona, Venice or Milan and take the train to Bolzano.

    Local Travel

    Train to Bolzano from Munich airport (4½ hr); from Innsbruck (2 hr); from Verona airport (1½ hr); or from Milan (3½ hr). Hotel is just a short distance away from Bolzano train station.

    Climate

    Be sure to check local weather conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in degree Fahrenheit in Bolzano are: 64º/43º in April, 72º/51º May, 79/º56º June, 84º/61º July, 82º/60º August, 76º/54º September, and 64º/44º for October.

    Recommended

    Extra night in Verona after the tour.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available for this tour. It may also be possible to combine this tour with the bike & boat tour, Mantova to Venice.


Tour Dates

2020

Departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 22 to October 3, 2020
Additional departures on Sundays from June 28 to August 23, 2020

Season 1: May 3 to May 23 and September 23 to October 3, 2020
Season 2: May 24 to June 26 and September 6 to September 22, 2020
Season 3: April 22 - May 2 and June 27 to September 5, 2020 

 

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 offers 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. Every cycling day (with the exception of day 7) can be shortened by taking a train.

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

  • 6 or 7 nights hotel accommodations
  • Welcome briefing
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Tour information packet
  • 27-speed city touring bike with Shimano Deore gearing featuring aluminum frame, mudguard, rear rack, and gel saddle
  • Accessories: cycle computer, one rear pannier, handles bar bag or map holder, water bottle, repair kit (spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys, and tire levers, bike lock
  • 6 or 7-day service hotline
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Resia pass
  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda (only for the 8-Day tour)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Bolzano and Verona.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
From795 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lake Garda and the Adige River Map

Two options are possible for this tour. One, an 8-day tour that finished in Verona, the other, a 7-day tour that finished at Lake Garda. You decide!

 

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/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 6: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, + boat ride, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Desenzano/Peschiera - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Verona

Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your tour. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadwork, which cannot be foreseen in advance. In this case please follow the indications you will find on-site.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
If you arrive early in the morning you can take a stroll around the old market town of Bolzano. Bolzano has a famous commercial and tourist center and also has a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

Day 2: Resiapass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoying the Italian countryside along the way, you will be transferred 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, and 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/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 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/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Bike the Adige River pass the apple orchards, vineyards, and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Salorno 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 tourists, 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
Continuing along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here you continue 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. Its 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.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Silandro - Merano, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Merano - Bolzano/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 km)
Day 5: Bolzano/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 6: Trento – Garda Lake, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Departure from Garda Lake

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. Bolzano has a famous commercial and tourist centre and also has a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

Day 2: Resia Pass - Silandro, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoying the Italian countryside along the way, you will be transferred 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/surroundings, 22/25 mi. (35/40 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/surroundings - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Bike the Adige River by the apple orchards and vineyards, and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Salorno 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 tourists, 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 – Garda Lake, 31 mi. (50 km)
The river Adige will take you to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view over the Garda Lake, before starting your (well deserved) descent to the lakeshore.

Day 7: Departure from Garda Lake 

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Tour Reviews

  • Rosana S. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The best trip i’ve ever done was through Danubio, from Passau to Vienna. It was perfect, the scenery, the route, the boat. It was my first time in a bike and tour trip. It was in 2016 and since then it,’s the only way i like to travel. A new world for me, I felt like a child recovering my childhood near from nature!

  • Hjördís María J. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The staff on the boat were wonderful and the food they served from this tiny kitchen was great!

  • June B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Not only did the scenery make a life long memory, the friendships we made will always be cherished and kept for another trip. Book early for better hotel stays, sometimes the party gets split up into different hotels and all hotels are not the same. The ability to get in the heart of all the different cities is incredible and would not happen if we had rented a car vs biking from city to city, the highlight city was Bolzano Italy, picture perfect, plenty of highlights to see, the best view was biking down in to lake Garda form the steep hill in Riva breath taking views make sure to pack a bottle opener and pick up some wine and cups for the fairy ride ! We cannot wait to plan our next bike tour.

  • Elizabeth Goodall 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Marcia Macdonald 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We enjoyed the trip and we're pleased it was geared to our level of ability. We have recommended it to many friends. We will likely organize a group to go on one of your trip in the future.

    • Chris 1 year ago    

      Hi, thanks for this. When you say geared to level of ability, is it really very easy (without too much preparation) and did you find 4 hrs a day on a bike hard going. Was it self guided, rather than all cycling in a group? Thanks

  • Alexander Benediktsson 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Thank you for the great trip! I've already booked another from your company for next year. All of my friend here in Iceland have asked me about your company and I know that some of them have already booked trips for next year.

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