Self-guided Bike and family / Original tour

IT033

Italy / South Tyrol

Where hospitality is second nature

If a good break is long overdue but time is short, Nalles in Alto Adige (also known as South Tyrol) might just do the trick. As usual, your bike will give you the freedom to enjoy the Great Outdoors here – all in the knowledge that your home from home is a wonderful and welcoming hotel. We will sort out your routes and programmes – you just pick, choose and enjoy.
  • Day by Day

    1. Nalles
    Individual arrival and first night. A firm favourite with nature lovers, Nalles is also known as "Rose Village" on account of the abundance of rosebushes in the area.

    2. Nalles – Bolzano (40 km or 20 km by bike + train) + cable car to Renon
    From Nalles you head for Bolzano on your bike. The capital of the Alto Adige / South Tyrol region, Bolzano also represents the crossroads between the Italian and Germanic worlds – from culture and cuisine to history and language. The town's museum is also the home of "Ötzi" the Iceman, still going strong after 5,300 birthdays. From Bolzano, a scenic ride in a cable car whisks you up to the Renon Plateau, renowned for its Earth Pyramids, a natural phenomenon. Lying at the very heart of South Tyrol, Renon also offers some spectacular views across the Dolomites.

    3. Nalles – Merano (train + 25 km by bike)
    A train hop brings you to Merano. The main spa town in South Tyrol, Merano has welcomed many a dignitary through the years to its thermal waters and temperate climate, among them "Sissi", Empress Elizabeth of Austria. While Art Nouveau has influenced much of the town's architecture, the spa building is a thoroughly contemporary affair: designed by Matteo Thun, it boldly reflects the surrounding mountainscape on its ample surfaces. The Terme offer wellness treatments using locally-sourced natural products and access to 25 pools, tubs and tanks (of which 15 are open year-round and 10 during the summer). If a wellness session comes high on your list, this is the place to tick that one off (but bring your bathers!). Back on your bike, you cycle through the Burggrafenamt district and along the Adige River cycleway – a landscape of apple plantations, vineyards and tiny alpine hamlets – all the way back to Nalles.

    4. Nalles – Silandro (train + 35 km by bike)
    Once you have reached Silandro by train, you head once again for Merano, but this time along the Venosta Valley. These hillsides too are carpeted with apple trees and gloriously scenic, but the chance for more cultural discovery is never far: castles, museums and churches beckon, and why not take a second bite at Merano? If you opt for a session at the spa today, the train can ferry you back to Nalles with no further cycling. Alternatively, for a change of scenery you could catch a train from Bolzano to Bressanone, and then follow the Isarco River back down to Bolzano. Bressanone's Baroque cathedral is quite a gem, and the Augustinian abbey in Varna/Novacella makes for an unusual visit: while its library is reminiscent of a Harry Potter set and fascinates children and parents alike, the more grown-up visitor can also enjoy tasting some of Italy's finest white wines. The valley cycleway leads you past Fortezza and onwards down to Bolzano, where you can catch a train back to Nalles.

    5. Nalles
    After breakfast, end of tour.

     

    Please note that although this itinerary is finely tuned, tried and tested, there may be circumstances beyond the control of Girolibero that require you to decide for yourself how to deal with them. Whatever changes there may be, however (whether due to the weather, local authorities or some logistical issue), please rest assured that this region is renowned for its outstanding cycleway network and abundance of options to suit all ages and interests.

     

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 80/100 km
    Total vertical up: 120/160 m
    Terrain: 100% tarmac
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: every day

    The tour is centre-based and rated as easy, with a few short and unchallenging inclines. The route is largely along tarmacked cycleways and a small number of quiet roads. It is designed for cyclists who prefer flat terrain, an easy pace and stopping for frequent breaks. It is suitable for all levels of ability, including newcomers to a cycling holiday.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

  • How to get there

    Nalles is connected with the following airports:

    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 250 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 have personally chosen this 3* hotel mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities.

    Hotel Wilma 3* (or equivalent if not available): www.hotelwilma.com
    The family-run Hotel Wilma is situated among orchards and vineyards, close to the Tyrolean Alps, which you can admire from the panoramic terrace. It is an oasis of calm with a cosy spa area plus an outdoor and an indoor pool. Typical South Tyrol dishes are served in the restaurant together with a very good wine selection from the hotel canteen.

    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 rollaway
    • a family room could be converted into two double/twin rooms next to each other, according to availability

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models.


    Features:

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

     

    You can also rent helmets for adults as well as children’s bikes and devices:

    • Child seat: it is suitable for a maximum payload of 22 kg (0-4 yrs).
    • Child trailer: with one seat and suitable for children who cannot ride a bike (0-4 yrs). The child trailer is designed for a maximum payload of 30 kg. More info on www.croozer.com.
    • Follow-me tandem: a clever latch system enables the child's bike to lock firmly onto the tail of the adult bike as and when necessary (4-7 yrs). Adjustable only for the kids bike wheels size 20". The maximum weight of the child can be 27 kg. More info on www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Child bikes: bike frames with 20” and 24” wheels
    • Family tandem: this is an innovative solution for cycling with one child (aged 4-12).

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 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. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • hotel voucher to be given to the reception upon arrival
    • information on the cities, towns and villages of the tour
    • Girolibero Greens booklets:
      1) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
      2) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 4 Client reviews
    • Silvia

      Departure 26-30 August 2017

      Online from 05 September 2017

      Splendidi paesaggi e ottimo l'Hotel Wilma! Se Girolibero propone anche dei nuovi itinerari mi piacerebbe tornare!
    • Stefania

      Departure 23-27 June 2017

      Online from 04 July 2017

      Carino. Per i bambini un po' noioso.
    • Tommaso

      Departure 27-31 August 2016

      Online from 12 September 2016

      Organizzazione molto buona, soprattutto per quanto riguarda tutto il materiale riguardante le biciclette. Assistenza telefonica tempestiva. Albergo piacevole. Gli itinerari sono giusti anche per famiglie con bambini.
    • Pier Luigi

      Departure 2016

      Online from 02 August 2016

      Ci siamo trovati molto bene in hotel. Le bici erano perfette per l itinerario proposto mentre è risultato poco utile il follow me tandem. La vacanza di tre giorni in bici consigliataci è risultata ideale essendo alla prima esperienza del genere. La road map però non prevedeva tutti gli itinerari proposti.

Tour details

 

from 450 €

5 days / 4 nights, 3* hotel

Tour type:
Self-guided

 

Departures:

Every day from 5.05 to 22.09.2018

 

Seasons:

Season 1: 5.05 - 29.06 and 25.08 - 22.09.2018
Season 2: 30.06 - 24.08.2018

 

Price per person:

450 € in double room, 3* hotel

 

Included:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Maps, Roadbook
  • Hotline service

Not included:

  • Local taxes (approx. € 10)
  • All train transfers
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements:

30 € Saison 2
75 € Girolibero bike
170 € Electro-bike
160 € Family tandem
85 € child trailer
80 € child bike
15 € helmet

Additional free accessories for children on demand:
- child seat
- FollowMe-Tandem (to connect parent’s and child’s bikes)

 

Reductions (3rd/4th person in room):
60 € adults
100% 0-5 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
30% 6-11 years

 

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