(7 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT015

Italy / River Adige Cycle Route

Resia Pass to Verona

This beautiful tour offers you mountain scenery, green landscapes and gently flowing rivers. From the Austrian border through the Italian South Tyrol you will cycle along quiet and beautiful routes, past peaceful villages and picturesque little castles and cloisters. Highlight of the tour is a boat excursion on the Lake Garda, where you will enjoy this impressive expanse of water from a really unique perspective. At the end of the tour you will reach the fascinating Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its imposing Roman arena.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Bolzano
    Individual arrival. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano has always been at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist city, whose charming centre is dotted with colourful houses in typical Tyrolean style.

    2. Resia Pass – Silandro (50 km)
    We will drive you to Resia up to 1,500 metres of height, where your cycling tour starts. The majestic cycle lane will take you past the lake Resia with its amazing church tower and the cloister of Montemaria. Further, you will pass through the hamlets Clusio, Glorenza (Italy’s smallest walled town) and Lasa (famous for its marble), until you reach Silandro.

    3. Silandro – Merano (40 km)
    The tour continues along the river Adige, passing through orchards and nice landmarks like the imposing castle Dornsberg. Finally, you will arrive in beautiful Merano, the second biggest town of South Tyrol: take a walk in its lovely city centre and don’t miss its famous thermal baths.

    4. Merano – Bolzano/surroundings (35/40 Km)
    Cycling on cycle paths and secondary roads you will reach the confluence of the rivers Isarco and Adige. Along the way you will admire the biggest apple plantation in Europe and in Lana you can even visit the apple museum.

    5. Bolzano/surroundings – Trento (70/65 Km)
    You will start riding along the River Adige cycle path, through orchards and the vineyards of the renowned Wine Route. Half way between Bolzano and Trento you will reach Salorno, which represents the linguistic border between the German and the Italian world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.
     
    6. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
    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 and the little town of Torbole. Then in Riva del Garda you will take a ferry to reach the southern part of the lake.

    7. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
    After crossing the hilly landscape surrounding the Garda Lake, you will meet again the river Adige, which will take you into Verona, one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.
     
    8. Verona
    After breakfast, end of services.

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

    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 foreseen (for example at the end of the season).

     

     

  • Route profile

     

    • Total length: 280/305 km
    • Total vertical up: 560/890 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: every day except day 7


    Mainly along flat roads with only a few rolling parts. The region of South Tyrol is provided with an excellently built cycle lanes system. You can ride almost exclusively on well planned, traffic free cycle lanes, part of which run along the Adige banks.
    Towards Lake Garda there is a bit more challenging climb to face.

     

    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.
    This tour is also suitable for children. The longest stage, from Bolzano to Trento, can be shortened by taking the train.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Bolzano is connected with the following airports:
    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 240 km, Venice: 280 km, Treviso: 280 km, Milan: 300 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated mainly in 3* hotels, with few 4* hotels and a cozy and typical guesthouse in Silandro.

    All rooms have en suite facilities. Most hotels have air conditioning while some smaller hotels and hotels located in mountain areas of northern Italy can be without air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

    • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano
    • Tandem www.pedalpower.de


    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system 


    You can also rent:

    • Child bikes | 20” and 24” wheels
    • Child seat | max 22 kg | 1-5 yrs
    • Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat | www.croozer.com
    • Follow-me tandem for 20” child bike | max 30 kg | 6-8 yrs | www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Family tandem | 1 adult + 1 child 6-8 yrs

     

    These accessories can only be mounted on unisex 27-gear Shimano Deore Touring bikes.


    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag per room
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    • 1 combination bike lock


    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

    Important notes:
    We recommend that you bring your own reusable water bottle with you.

    In order to cycle smoothly following our App, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the App can be used offline, too).

     

  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

     

    1. Link to download the App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

     

    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

     

    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list (due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may change just before your arrival)
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Voucher for the transfer Bolzano-Resia Pass
    • Garda Lake ferry-boat voucher: show this voucher to the ticket office in Riva del Garda to get your passage by ferry-boat to Peschiera or Desenzano del Garda

     

     

     

     

  • By your side

    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 7 Client reviews
    • Massimo

      Departure 11-18 September 2019

      Online from 02 October 2019

      Percorso semplice e affascinante. Pochissime possibilità di errore nel decidere il percorso. Siamo stati fortunatissimi con temperature elevate e niente pioggia!
    • Gaetano

      Departure 27 July - 03 August 2019

      Online from 08 August 2019

    • Trond

      Departure 29 June - 06 July 2019

      Online from 15 July 2019

      We did really enjoy this tour.
    • Ilse

      Departure 26 June - 03 July 2019

      Online from 08 July 2019

      Toller Urlaub, wir würden sofort wieder fahren.
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      Colin, Scotland

      Departure 2016

      Online from 16 May 2016


      Everything first class. Bikes great, luggage transfer excellent, route finding documentation spot on, Hotels wonderful (but let's say average for the Albergo Alle Torre in Merano). Company staff (especially Daniel in Bolzano) really nice. Would definitely recommend!
    • Colin, Scotland

      Departure 2016

      Online from 13 May 2016


      Thank you for organising an amazing experience. Everything was terrific ... Hotels, bikes, luggage transfers, and wonderful route-finding documentation. I thoroughly recommend this to any moderate cyclist! Thanks
    • Bruce A - USA

      Departure 2009

      Online from 03 March 2010

      Hi all. Just returned from our trip to the Dolomites. Beautiful area and such a contrast with such a strong German influence. Further random thoughts: Girolibero - excellent company and staff. Recommended. Bikes - excellent, light, properly maintained save for brakes which needed some attention. Pannier and cyclometer on each....nice. Itinerary - very good as it included mostly dedicated bike/ped. paths and passed through many apple orchards and vineyards. Some pleasant villages. Limited competition with auto traffic. Hotels - there was one really wonderful four * hotel (Grand Hotel, Trento) and one very good three * hotel (Hotel Scala, Bolzano). All hotels had pleasant reception staff. Breakfasts ranged from excellent (Grand Hotel) to just so-so (Hotel Puccini, Peschiera)... Pet peeve is lack of WiFi in some of the hotels. Maps/Guide - excellent and in English. Suggestions: include north on all along with a scale. A better city scale would be helpful as the somewhat gross city maps only put you near a hotel so successive approximations were the norm in finding most. Bottom line - definitely would recommend this trip and the tour operator. Thanks for booking the trip and hope to book more in the future. Cheers, Bruce A

Tour details

 

from 760 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, mainly 3* hotels, with few 4* hotels and a cozy and typical guesthouse in Silandro

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departure dates

SU 01.05 - 25.09.2022
WE 29.06 - 31.08.2022
Special departure dates for at least 6 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1 | 1.05 - 21.05 and 18.09 - 25.09.2022
Season 2 | 12.06 - 2.07 and 28.08 - 17.09.2022
Season 3 | 22.05 - 11.06 and 3.07 - 27.08.2022


Price per person
Season 1 | 1.05 - 21.05 and 18.09 - 25.09.2022
mainly 3* hotels, with few 4* hotels and a cozy and typical guesthouse in Silandro

760 € in double room
1,010 € in single room

3rd person in triple room:
640 €  >11 years
530 € 7-10 years
380 € 3-6 years
Free 0-2 years - baby cot to be paid on site

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Resia Pass
  • 4-hours ferry cruise on Lake Garda (bike included)
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person

Season 2
12.06 - 2.07 and 28.08 - 17.09.2022
80 € >11 years
56 € 7-10 years
40 € 3-6 years

Season 3
22.05 - 11.06 and 3.07 - 27.08.2022
120 € >11 years
84 € 7-10 years
60 € 3-6 years

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage
85 € Touring bike
220 € E-bike
85 € Child bike | 20” and 24" wheels
85 € Child bike | 20” wheels wtih FollowMe-Tandem
170 € Family and Adult Tandems
85 € Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 54-61 cm
Free Child rear seat | max 22 kg

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast
75 / 125 € in Bolzano
70 / 95 € in Verona

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