The trail is paved and in good condition, nearly all the trip is on protected cycle paths.
Start: Silandro Finish: Riva del Garda
Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders in German), the chief town of Venosta Valley, and settle in at your welcoming family-run hotel. Later, a leisurely stroll reveals many sumptuous sights including a soaring steeple, the tallest in South Tyrol.
Start off with a one-hour transfer to Passo Resia, have your bike adjusted then hit the road! Cruising past Lake Resia a strange steeple juts out of the water and the route snakes downhill past quaint villages like Burgusio and Clusio. This panoramic bike path leads next to fabulous fortified Glorenza, where you stop for lunch . . . with a view! Pedalling along the peaceful River Adige, your route meanders among apple orchards. Linger in Lasa at the marble museum and end your day with a short stretch to Silandro.
Challenge: 50 km, 350 m ascent, 1300 m descent
Roll down Venosta Valley beneath snowy peaks and pedal into pine woods for a bit of shade. Lively Naturno makes an ideal spot for a coffee break and some people-watching. The next scenic section leads down a narrow gorge then bursts out into an immense glacial valley. Historic Merano dates back to the 9th century and in the 19th Princess Sissi spent time here, recuperating in the spa town’s mild microclimate. You can rest and relax too and stretch your legs as you amble the pretty promenade to surprising hidden corners.
Challenge: 38 km, 150 m ascent, 470 m descent
Shoot through rows upon rows of apple trees riding to majestic Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. As your route turns south the bike path winds among vineyards then rolls past Caldaro, Kaltern in German, to the lakeshore.
Challenge: 48 km, 340 m ascent, 475 m descent
Strike out from pristine Lake Caldaro on the ‘Strada del Vino’ wine route and stop off in a wine-making village along the way. Zoom down into the Adige Valley and connect to the cycle path to Trento. Take a breather at a ‘Bici Grill’ bar for cyclists and take time to explore ancient Egna and Salorno. Later you can get lost on dreamy lanes in Trento’s Old Quarter.
Challenge: 53 km, 295 m ascent, 325 m descent
The bike path sticks close to the River Adige on its way to Rovereto. Then a gentle ascent leads west to the pass and your reward: stunning views over Lake Garda. Round your day off with one final section downhill and take Riva del Garda’s twisting lanes all the way to your hotel.
Challenge: 48 km, 150 m ascent, 500 m descent
Optional extra route
Book an extra night in Riva del Garda and cycle the Valley of the Lakes, a spectacular loop ride into ‘Valle dei Laghi’. Pause to take pictures in palm-studded Arco, with its medieval castle perched on a rock. Vineyards and apple orchards lead to crystal-clear Lago di Cavedine and a scenic lunch stop by below Montes Brento and Casale. Traversing rocky slopes in Marocche di Dro you cycle back to Arco then take the Garda lakeshore ‘home’ to Riva del Garda.
Challenge: 45 km, 390 m ascent, 390 m descent
Your bike adventure comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure is from Riva del Garda, by bus or taxi. An optional private transfer can be booked in advance. There are easy connections from Rovereto train station to your airport of departure.
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.
If you ar looking for a calm and friendly place in close vicinity to the lake Kalterer Sea and its restaurants and lidos this hotel is a good choice
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.