The trail is paved and in good quality, almost all the trip in protected cycle path.
Start: Silandro Finish: Riva del Garda
Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders in German), chief town of the Venosta Valley and settle-in at your cozy family run hotel. Then, leisurely stroll through town to discover its many sights like the steep church tower, the highest of South Tyrol.
After breakfast, at 10.00am, you will be picked up and transferred to the starting point of the day’s ride at the Passo Resia (about 1 hour trip) where you will have your bike fitting and trip briefing. Coasting along Lake Resia you will pass by the submersed church tower pointing out above the water surface. Wind down on a panoramic bike path amidst alpine meadows, passing through beautiful villages like Burgusio and Clusio. Around lunchtime you arrive at the impressive fortified town of Glorenza. A quiet cycle path along the Adige River takes you through endless apple orchards to the village of Lasa, where you can visit the marble museum. From here it’s only a short stretch to Silandro.
Descending through the Venosta Valley you ride amidst the marvellous scenery of snow-capped mountains and endless pine forests. Stop for a cappuccino in the lively town of Naturno and watch the local life. The bike path then winds down a narrow gorge before entering the broad glacial valley. Reach Merano, a famous Spa town since IX century. Princess Sissi spent long periods of time convalescing thanks to the area’s particular microclimate. During the afternoon go for a stroll along the beautiful promenade and discover the picturesque hidden corners of this magical place.
Challenge: 3 hours, 38 km, 150m ascent, 470m descent
Riding in between apple orchards you reach the town of Bolzano, the majestic capital of South Tyrol. From here the bike path heads south winding through rolling vineyards leading you up past the village of Caldaro (Kaltern in German) to the shores of homonymous lake.
Challenge: 4 hours, 48 km, 340m ascent, 475m descent
From the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro the ride follows the panoramic ‘Strada del Vino’ (Wine road) through numerous small wine villages. From here you descend into the Adige valley and enter the cycle path that takes you to Trento. Along the way why not try one of the ‘Bici Grill’ (cyclists bar) and visit century old villages like Egna and Salorno. Arrive in Trento and spend your free afternoon exploring the city. Your accommodation is in the old city centre.
Challenge: 4.5 hours, 53 km, 295m ascent, 325m descent
The first part of the route follows a bike path along the blue-green waters of the Adige River to reach the town of Rovereto (30km), then head westward gently climbing till you reach a small pass with stunning views on Lake Garda. A short descent brings you to the old town of Riva del Garda Riding through narrow medieval alleys you reach your hotel.
Challenge: 4 hours, 48 km, 150m ascent, 500m descent
Optional extra Day: Circular ride in Riva del Garda
For those who wants to cycle more, it is possible to book an extra night in Riva del Garda and make this spectacular loop ride leading you into the ‘Valle dei Laghi’ (Valley of the Lakes). The nearby elegant town of Arco, a lovely quaint town filled with palm trees, situated on the slopes of a steep rock formation with a medieval castle perched on top. On a bicycle path amidst apple orchards and vineyards you cycle onward to the Lago di Cavedine, a beautiful alpine lake with crystal clear waters. This is a great place to stop for lunch while you enjoy the scenery of the imposing rock faces of Monte Brento and Monte Casale rising up hundreds of meters. You then traverse the rockslide area of the Marocche di Dro and reach Arco once again. Ride to Torbole and along the shores of Lake Garda until you arrive in Riva del Garda.
Challenge: 45 km, 390m ascent, 390m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart from Riva del Garda to Rovereto by bus or taxi, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer. From Rovereto train station you can easily reach your departing airport.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable 3* hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) in Silandro or/ and Riva di Garda
Hotel Goldene Rose is a family run hotel centrally located in SIlandro and it offers well-finished, elegant and spacious rooms with free Wifi, TV and some of these have a balcony. Breakfast is very good and the restaurant offers typical local dishes. Owners are welcoming. Structure also have a Spa.
This hotel is a little bit far from Merano's city center and it offers welcoming and well-finished rooms with satellite TV, free Wifi, private bathroom, some of these have balcony, telephone. The structure has a relax area with sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool. Breakfast is rich with fresh fruits, homemade cake and biological products.
Hotel America is centrally located at 2000 meters only from train station. Hotel has spacious, well-furnished rooms with air conditioning/heating, TV, free Wifi, electric kettle. Buffet breakfast is very good and abundant, both savoury and sweet. Staff is welcoming and helpful.
Hotel Portici is located in the principal square of Riva del Garda at 20 meters from the lake's shores. The building offers a restaurant-pizzeria and a wellness centre with fee. Rooms are modern, elegant with free Wifi, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, private bathroom. Breakfast is served in the square.
You can start on any Saturday, subject to availability, only from April 24th to September 25th
If you are at least 4 participants, you can start any day of the week, subject to availability, with no extra cost. Supplements will apply for less than 4 people starting any other day of the week (price on request)
IMPORTANT: luggage is guaranteed to be delivered by 4pm
If you come with your own car, please note that the hotels we use in Silandro do not have a private parking lot of their own, but there are free park areas in town.
HIBRID RENTAL BIKE
Kalkhoff Endeavour 24
Kalkhoff Jubilee Advance i7
GPS tracks are available on request.