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Innsbruck to Riva Del Garda

Innsbruck to Riva Del Garda

The best of The Via Claudia Augusta

Austria, Italy

8 Days | 7 Nights, approx. 330 km
Self-guided individual tour
Suitable for children from the age of 12 (high amount of cycling enthusiasm required)

Grade of difficulty: Moderate
Mostly paved cycling paths and rural roads as well as less travelled back roads and village roads; enjoyable daily stages between 40 to 65 kilometres; short incline from Nauders to Lake Reschen; some longer descents from Lake Reschen to Merano
Shuttle transfer to conveniently manage Reschen Pass starting from Landeck

About 2000 years ago the adopted son of imperator Augustus, General Drusus realized over his military career the significance of well-maintained and quickly passable transport routes from the northern Roman provinces to the Mediterranean.

For that reason it was more than necessary to build a pass road to link the northern and southern parts of the empire divided by the Alps. The Via Claudia Augusta, completed within 60 years, is an exemplary sample of Roman construction and a masterpiece of antique engineering. With this road, the Romans had built the first proper mountain road across the Fern Pass and the Reschen Pass.

Nowadays the Via Claudia Augusta enables cyclists to experience a unique and stunning crossing of the Alps and to get to know the most beautiful sides of the former Roman domain. Thanks to organized transfer across the Reschen Pass you can do so without too much effort. Of course, it's still your choice whether to use the transfers or to use your own muscle strength.

The variety of different landscapes along the Via Claudia Augusta and also the many options offered make this bicycle tour a unique adventure which you have to experience for yourself!

Bike and Hotel

Bike and HotelYou cycle during the day and stay at hotel over night.

Easy

EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Medium

Medium- combination of flats and rolling hills sections

Self Guided

Self GuidedYou cycle alone without a cycling guide with provided itinerary, maps, GPS - exact documents depends on the exact tour.

Standard

StandardYou can rent a standard bike.

E-bike

E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available

No

NoYou can use your own bike

Breakfast

BreakfastBuffet breakfast are included in price of accommodation

Half-board

Half-boardHalf-board available

Linear

Linear

Itinerary

Day 1 - Innsbruck

Welcome to 3-time Olympic City of Innsbruck. The city in the heart of the Alps is best known as a winter sport destination with special flair but you’ll be surprised about the colorful ambiance awaiting you in the warmer seasons. So please make sure to take your time to enjoy the cultural variety of Innsbruck.

Day 2 - Innsbruck - Imst (approx. 65 km)

InnCycle Path measures some 500 kilometres from St. Moritz in Switzerland to Passau in Germany. Some of those kilometres you’ll ride through the Inn Valley, surrounded by imposing mountain chains. The more or less flat bicycle path leads the way to the famous Cistercian monastery of Stams and then on to the Rafting and Canyoning centre of Haiming. A romantic and slightly hilly ride through a beautiful pine forest will bring you to Imst. Just before Imst, by Roppen you reach a Kneipp water-treading basin Römerbad, where you can cool off your legs on hot days.

Day 3 - Imst – Burgusio/Malles/Glorenza (approx. 55 km | without Transfer approx. 105 km)

After a hearty breakfast you cycle from Imst to Landeck. From there we take the shuttle up to Nauders. Soon afterwards you cross the border to Italy at Reschen pass and with it the main Alpine ridge. You cycle downwards towards Malles past Reschenstausee reservoir with the sunken church tower of Altgraun, one of the most famous photo motifs of Italy. Enjoy the first evening on South Tyrolean soil and enjoy strolling through the old alleyways of the town.

Day 4 - Burgusio/Malles/Glorenza – Merano (approx. 65 km)

Today you cross the entire Val Venosta. The route leads from an altitude of more than 1,000m down to the town of Merano that is located at an altitude of 350m. Most of the route follows the course of River Adige.

This pleasant cycling stretch leads down to the smallest town of the Alps, the town of Glorenza. Past the marble town of Laas you get to Naturns and eventually – past the impressive Kastellbell castle – to the spa town of Merano. Enjoy an evening walk through town along the “Passer” promenade surrounded by subtropical flora

Day 5 - Merano – Lake Caldaro Region/Ora (approx. 50 km)

There is plenty to see along this route: Niederlana’s famous Schnatterpeckaltar, the largest Gothic wing altar in the Alpine area, the highest church tower of the South Tyrol in Terlan and a great number of fortresses and ruins on both valley slopes. And - after the optional visit of Bolzano you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to refresh your legs at Lake Caldaro.

Day 6 - Lake Caldaro Region/Ora – Trento (approx. 50 km)

Today you cycle along River Adige that is lined by orchards until you get to Salorno. The German-speaking part of the South Tyrol ends here. The stage finishes in the town of Trento which features an old town worth seeing with historic buildings like the cathedral and Buonconsiglio castle.

Day 7 - Trento – Riva del Garda (approx. 50 km)

The last stage leads past Rovereto and Mori to Lake Garda. After a brief ascent up Passo S. Giovanni (150m) you can enjoy a fantastic view while riding downhill to the lake and Riva/Torbole.

Day 8 - Riva del Garda

Breakfast, departure, unless you are prolonging your holiday

Map

Innsbruck to Riva Del Garda

Included

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3-Star hotels
  • 7 Overnight stays including large breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Shuttle transfer from Landeck to Nauders/Reschen Pass
  • Extensive travel papers | GPS-data available on demand
  • Visitor’s tax at all stopovers
  • Phone service daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm p.m.

Price

Price per person in double room
Season A: EUR 798
Season B (from May 15th): EUR 839
Season C (from August 5th): EUR 865

Single room surcharge - EUR 208
Half-board surcharge - EUR 194

Optional

  • Bike rental (incl. 14 l saddle bag and tool kit) EUR 75
  • Electric Bike EUR 170
  • Extra night in Innsbruck|Riva del Garda EUR 69|79
  • Single room surcharge in Innsbruck|Riva del Garda EUR 30|38
  • Transfer Riva - Innsbruck (Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun) EUR 80
  • Vehicle transfer Innsbruck – Riva del Garda - on request

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