Pedal through history in France
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This incredibly scenic tour is one of great contrasts: dramatic mountain terrain and the shimmering flat waters of Lake Garda. You'll discover old-world villages in the hills and vibrant cities brimming with culture, history and great gastronomy. The cycle route is mainly along valley bike paths, but as there are a few inclines, we suggest using an e-bike if you want to keep it easy all the way
Day 1 | Arrive in Silandro
Our English-speaking local staff will meet you at hotel for bike fitting. Welcome talk on skype or in person, tbd, which includes a detailed overview of itinerary and introduction to GPS use, making sure you will be ready for the adventure that awaits.
Day 2 | Cycle the Val Venosta
Ride up the valley toward Malles and its tidy town centre. On the way, visit the small town of Lasa and its marble quarries; the Churburg Castle near Sluderno; and the fortified walled town of Glorenza / Glurns. After Malles, travelers can continue cycling upvalley, if desired, through really beautiful scenery and spectacular cycling completely on paved bike paths. Optionally, there is a train from Silandro that goes to Sluderno and Malles. Then travelers can continue cycling up valley as far they’d like, eventually returning by bike or train to Silandro. There is also the option to book a cycle shuttle (requires advance reservation) up to the Resia Pass on the border with Austria, where they can see the amazing underwater church (its spires jut out of a beautiful lake).
Day 3 | Silandro to Merano
Easier day today offering the chance to take it easy or ride up the valley from Silandro or from Merano if for more cycling. There is also a wonderful brewery just before Merano, for beer lovers, and plenty of sightseeing to do in Merano. Our hotel has a great location on the riverfront strand, with outdoor café and restaurant.
Day 4 | Merano to Caldaro
The direct route involves cycling over a wonderful bike path through a river valley nestled in the Alps, with rolling hills and three short climbs. Or, the longer route with a detour through Bolzano that allows you to visit this beautiful city, and the option to visit the now-famous Archeological Museum of Bolzano, where Ozi the Iceman is exhibited. For more excitement, there’s the option to bike a few additional km and take the funicular up to a plateau above the valley, where you can bike along the plateau on small, winding traffic-less roads. Return to the valley north of Bolzano and then have time to visit the town and continue pedaling through the beautiful Caldaro wine region.
Distance 42km, 50km or 55km
Day 5 | Caldaro to Trento
Continue cycling mostly over bike paths today, joining one of the most famous bike paths, the Adige bike path. Entering the beautiful city of Trento you can enjoy sightseeing and city strolling as well as great restaurants in the heart of the German region of Italy. Alternatively, from Caldaro you can take the funicular up to Passo Mendola, from htere pedaling the beautiful Val di Non, followed by a fun descent to Trento from the mountains.
Distance 64 km or 68km
Day 6 | Trento to Riva del Garda
A shuttle this morning takes you and your bicycle to Cadine, up above Trento where you’ll begin a stunning ride through the Sarca Valley, cycling through the Arco and its world-famous peaks, eventually reaching Riva del Garda, on the northern shore of the majestic Garda Lake.
Distance 40 km
Day 7 | Riva del Garda to Verona
Experience Lake Garda by getting on a ferry boat from the boat dock at Riva, for a lovely 3-hour cruise crossing the stretch of Lake Garda. The boat lands in the peninsula of Sirmione on the south shore of the lake, with a very picturesque old town center and the impressive ruins of a Roman villa that are worth visiting. From here, it’s an 8km bike ride to Peschiera di Garda, another beautiful fortified medieval town on the south shore of Lake Garda. After visiting Peschiera, you can board the train to Verona.
Day 8 | Tour ends in Verona
After breakfast, explore lovely Verona, home of an amazingly preserved Roman amphitheater and the famous setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Located in the historic centre of Trento, close to the Castello del Buonconsiglio and the Duomo. A pleasant 15-minute walk through the historic centre will take you to the Muse, the new science museum designed by Renzo Piano.
This family run boutique hotel in Merano enjoys a perfect location right in the centre of the spa town and the Meran countryside. It is the only 4 star hotel on the Passer promenade opposite the Therme Meran, in the immediate vicinity of the shopping area and only a few minutes away from the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
The lake side Hotel Bellavista is a well-finished and comfortable hotel with a touch of simplicity and a refined style. Each room has bright and spacious windows with amazing view of the lake.
Located in Caldaro Sulla Strada del Vino, Hotel Weingarten is within a 15-minute drive of Lake Caldaro and Palaonda. Enjoy a well earned drink next to the pool after a day in the saddle.
Hotel Pension Schweitzer is a lovely family run hotel in Silandro and a great base from which to explore the region. Founded in 1970, it has been a home to many travelers down the years and its lovely garden has been a great place to relax and enjoy the Venosta Valley throughout this time.
Pepita Lodge is located in an elegant building of the late 1800s, located in the heart of the city of Verona, a stone's throw from the Verona Arena and the shopping streets.
|Departure Date 2020||Nights||Board Basis||Adult Price|
|April - October (2 Pax)||7||B&B||£1,625pp|
|April - October (3-4 Pax)||7||B&B||£1,495pp|
|April - October (5+ Pax)||7||B&B||£1,375pp|
|April - October (2 Pax)||7||Half-Board||£1,775pp|
|April - October (3-4 Pax)||7||Half-Board||£1,595pp|
|April - October (5+ pax)||7||Half-Board||£1,475pp|
Departure days: Mondays and Sundays (other days available on request but may incur a small supplement)
E-Bike Supplement: £120 pp
Premium Titanium Bike Upgrade: £80 pp
GPS Device Rental: £45
Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Please speak to our Activities Experts for more details.
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