(13 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT196

Italy, Switzerland / St. Moritz, Bernina and Como Lake

Alps hopping for gourmands

Pedalling among the wonderful alpine landscapes between the Province of Sondrio and the Grisons Canton you will be able to experience an unforgettable tour on the mythical “Trenino Rosso del Bernina” (Bernina red train), relax at the St. Moritz spa, meditate in the Engadina mountains or take a dip in the Lake Como. Above all you will be able to taste the typical specialities of the Valtellina, like the bresaola and the pizzoccheri together with a good glass of nebbiolo.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Tirano
    Arrival. At only 2 kilometres from the Swiss border, Tirano is located at the crossroads between Valtellina and Valposchiavo.

    2. Tirano - Grosio - Tirano (30 km)
    Along the cycle path Sentiero Valtellina you go up along the river Adda as far as Grosio, an ancient medieval village dominated by two castles but inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri. After visiting the park and the Romanesque church of San Giorgio you pedal back to Tirano.

    3. Tirano - St. Moritz (25 km)
    Leaving Tirano by train you travel across the beautiful Swiss alpine scenery as far as the Bernina Pass from where the downhill stretch to Pontresina and then St. Moritz begins. St. Moritz is the best known tourist resort of the Engadine, famous for its hot springs and stunning ski slopes.

    4. St. Moritz - Chiavenna (50 km)
    Along the plateau of the Upper Engadine surrounded by mountains and forests you come across the lakes of Silvaplana, Champfèr and Sils. Once at the Maloja Pass, not far from the source of the river Inn, you go down to Val Bregaglia and continue cycling until you enter the Italian territory where the Cycle Route of Val Chiavenna begins. After the view of the imposing Acquafraggia waterfalls, celebrated by Leonardo da Vinci, you arrive in Chiavenna .

    5. Chiavenna - Colico (35 km)
    The course of the river Mera takes you from Chiavenna to Lake Mezzola. Then you continue southwards along the Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve until you come across the river Adda, which a little further flows into the Lake Como. Once in Colico, on the slopes of the Alps Orobie (Bergamo Alps), you can relax on the lakefront beach or you can reach the nearby town of Piona to visit its famous Cistercian abbey.

    6. Colico - Sondrio (50 km)
    Along the bike path of the Sentiero Valtellina you reach Morbegno, known for the typical Bitto cheese. You continue always on the valley floor in the most famous wine area of Valtellina as far as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Sassella, on the threshold of the town of Sondrio, the regional capital of the Valtellina.

    7. Sondrio - Tirano (30 km)
    You continue on the path Sentiero Valtellina, along the river Adda, alongside the famous terraced vineyards of the Rhaetian slope, through little villages until you finally reach Tirano for one last visit to the historic centre and the Renaissance Basilica with its impressive organ and the chapel of the Apparition.

    8. Tirano
    Departure after breakfast.

    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.

     

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 220 km
    Total vertical up: 720 m
    Terrain: 85 % tarmac, 15 % unpaved
    Train/bus connection among the overnight stays: day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by train/bus: day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

    The route is mainly on paved cycle paths with some unpaved stretches, all in good conditions. There are some short climbs.

     

    Some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Tirano is connected with the following airports:
    Milan 185 km, Verona 185 km, Bergamo 130 km, Venice 310 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 3* hotels, B&B and a first class hostel in St. Moritz.

    All rooms have en suite facilities.
    Some hotels located in mountainous places of Switzerland and 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
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano

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

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    Accessories
    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 cm. 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
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
    - train ticket from Tirano to Bernina Pass (bike included)
    - 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 will visit.
    2) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

     

  • By your side

    In Tirano you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - 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.

     

  • 13 Client reviews
    • Brian

      Departure 21-28 September 2019

      Online from 06 October 2019

      A wonderful variety of scenery from the cold windy summit of Bernina Pass to the decadent relaxation in Colico.
      There really were only very short times when we were on a busy road.
      The church in Tirano is magnificent, truly for us the most impressive we have seen in Europe. Others are bigger, but the one in Tirano was inspiring.
    • James

      Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019

      Online from 12 September 2019

    • Alberto

      Departure 03-10 August 2019

      Online from 16 August 2019

      Io mi sento di dare il massimo dei voti, per una vacanza in bici molto bella, dal punto di vista paesaggistico e culturale.
    • Rita

      Departure 06-13 July 2019

      Online from 29 July 2019

      Itinerario spettacolare e molto vario che offre panorami mozzafiato e non presenta particolari difficoltà. Da provare assolutamente!!!
    • Lindsay

      Departure 29 June - 06 July 2019

      Online from 12 July 2019

      A fantastic bike ride through beautiful scenery
    • Massimo

      Departure 11-18 August 2018

      Online from 27 September 2018

      Bel percorso, paesaggi meravigliosi, buoni gli alberghi, difficoltà fattibili da chiunque con un po' d'impegno, lo consiglio vivamente
    • Stefano Bruno

      Departure 05-12 August 2017

      Online from 17 August 2017

      Voto 7
      E' un percorso contrassegnato da diversi sali-scendi. Attraversando luoghi in alta quota, è possibile trovare la pioggia.
    • Andrea

      Departure 2017

      Online from 09 August 2017

      Siamo tornati dal viaggio da San Moritz al Lago di Como, partenza il 29/07 e rientro il 05/08.

      Il viaggio è stato organizzato bene, nessun imprevisto, la presentazione del viaggio è stata precisa e puntuale toccando tutti i punti del viaggio.

      Il viaggio è alla portata di tutti ed è molto vario: dal magnifico ghiacciaio del Bernina al Lago di Como il paesaggio è pieno di soste interessanti.

      Unico neo l'interruzione sulla pista ciclabile della Valtellina tra il Lago di Como e Sondrio che costringe ad un passaggio sulla statale piena di traffico.
      Grazie di tutto al prossimo viaggio!!!
    • Poul and Marete, Denmark

      Departure 2017

      Online from 07 August 2017

      We went on the tour 24/6 - 1/7/17.

      It was a fantastic holiday - one of the best and I' ve been doing biking tours since 1989 - Vietnam - California - Europe. The bikes were very, very good - better than our own bikes. It was a beautiful scenic route - very good idea with Bernina Express - and it was sunshine that day! The hotels were very good and for once in all these years, we were so lucky to have rooms with view to the sea or the mountains The logistic was perfect all the way through. Excellent.

      We have also been biking on Sardina with you, but through a danish company and it was excellent too.
      Thank you so much for a great holiday!

      Afterwards we stayed two nights in Bellagio and went to Ghisallo and the museum - on e-bikes lovely! The plan was also to go on e-bike from Cadenabdia to Laglio - George Clooney invited for coffee - but it was sunshine and Sunday, so it wasn't lovely at all with lots of traffic and especially motorcyclists - but as long they stay in Italy its ok.

      Lots of biking greetings
    • Elena

      Departure 22-29 July 2017

      Online from 04 August 2017

      Organizzazione impeccabile, bellissimi posti. Km fattibili per chiunque.
    • Massimo

      Departure 22-29 July 2017

      Online from 03 August 2017

      I panorami sono molto belli e le tappe ben distribuite. L'unico neo è rappresentato da un tratto obbligatorio da percorrere lungo una statale a causa di lavori in corso lungo la ciclabile, nella tappa da Sondrio a Tirano.
    • Rita

      Departure 15-22 July 2017

      Online from 27 July 2017

      Consiglio vivamente questa vacanza.
    • Michele

      Departure 05-09 July 2017

      Online from 19 July 2017

      L'itinerario è molto bello con panorami grandiosi su tutto il percorso a partire da da Ospizio Bernina, non è assolutamente impegnativo.
      Un grazie a Girolibero per la disponibilità e versatilità nell'avere adattato alle nostre esigenze il giro.

Tour details

 

from 840 €

8 Days / Nights, 3* hotels, B&B and a first class hostel in St. Moritz

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA 6.06 - 19.09.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people

 

Seasons
Season 1: 6.06 - 19.09.2020

Price per person
840 € in double room, 3* hotels, B&B and a first class hostel in St. Moritz

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps, Roadbook
  • Train ticket on day 3 from Tirano to Bernina Pass (bike included)
  • Hotline service


Not included

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


Supplements per person
230 € single room

Extra nights in Tirano on request

Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
195 € E-bike

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

Reductions
120 € 3rd person in room

 

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