Inntal Etschtal Lake Garda – crossing the Alps by bike sportive

8 Days

Your trip

Wow. On the bike across the Alps.

This is one of our few trips that combine aspiration and athleticism with the glory of the mountains. In this respect, this beautiful bike trip is a little provocation. Alps and bike. That means climbing, suffering, sweat, joy and freezing. Yes, just as well. But it also means a view, rest and pride in what has been achieved. This tour takes you from the Inn Valley, the capital of Tyrol, over the main ridge of the Alps through the lovely valleys of South Tyrol to sun-drenched Lake Garda.

Beautiful cities like Innsbruck, Merano and Trento are on the way. The courses of the Inn and Adige rivers lead to Lake Garda via Lake Resia and Lake Caldaro. Impressive mountain ranges form an imposing panorama. And from Reschen to Lake Garda, orchards and vineyards characterize the route: from blossom to harvest, it is always cycling season on the southern slopes of the Alps.

Are you in the mood for cycling and lake and mountains – but less for competitive sports ?

We also offer this trip as a pleasure tour .

Experience the mountains and lakes of the high mountains, the sun of South Tyrol and the vastness of the valleys by bike: the hospitality will inspire you, the magnificent nature will enchant you!

Accommodation

You will stay in family and family-friendly 3*** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Catering

every day a rich breakfast is included

Route and requirements

Follow the well-developed bike path from the Inn Valley through Tyrol and South Tyrol to Lake Garda. Discover unique natural and cultural highlights along the way. In total, you will cover 450 kilometers on this tour with your Bicycle back.

Beautifully laid out bike paths lead along the Inn and Adige rivers. Numerous farm roads allow you to cycle largely car-free between the orchards and vineyards in peace and enjoyment. If you like, we will bring you by transfer from the Inn Valley to the Reschen Pass. You will then ride rapidly downhill for 1,200 meters in altitude. In between, there are smaller climbs every now and then.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.

Rental bike PLUS: the sportier option! High-quality equipment, for example, with 27-speed Shimano Deore XT gears, hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11 and Suntour suspension fork.

Electric bikes: unisex bikes with electric pedal assist up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with freewheel; range approx. 120 – 180 km (depending on riding style), 550 Wh battery detachable with mobile charger, hydraulic brakes.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival by train

Travel relaxed by train. Innsbruck is easily accessible by train. If you rent the bikes with us, you will also not have any stress with the bike transport. Just get on the train with you, on vacation, ready, go! Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn(www.bahn.de) or Österreichische Bundesbahn, www.oebb.at.

Return transfer

For the return journey to Innsbruck we recommend you to book our transfer.

The return journey by public transport ‘on your own’ is possible, but inconvenient and connected with several changes bus and train: You take a public bus from Riva or Torbole to Rovereto. From there you go by train to Innsbruck

If you book the return transfer through us, you can drive back relaxed in the morning on Saturday. You simply leave your rental bike at zielhitel. You can take your own bike in the transport. Please be sure to book the return transfer at the time of booking: Please book transfer person and transfer own bike without insurance.

Car/Parking

Parking is available on site from about 17,- / day. You can pay on the spot or you can book the parking option right away.

Note

Our tip, if you don’t want to load yourself up quite so much and still want to cross the Alps: We also offer this trip as a pleasure tour .

Country information

Please note our information on entering Austria and Italy under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Unforgettable

  • The life experience by bike across the Alps
  • The magnificent panorama of the Ortles
  • The fruit paradise of South Tyrol and olives over olive groves on Lake Garda
  • The Reschen Pass

From day to day

Arrival to Innsbruck :
Day 1

Arrival to Innsbruck

Come to the capital of Tyrol on the Inn River. Visit the famous old town with its city tower and “Goldenes Dachl”. We await you with an informational interview hand out the rental bikes, if booked.

Parking is available at the hotel for a fee in a limited number.

Innsbruck - Landeck :
Day 2

Bike tour Innsbruck – Landeck, approx. 85 km, 500 m ↑, 300 m ↓, approx. 7 h

You cycle out the Inn valley along the former towpath along the river. Drive past the foot of the Martinswand through smaller villages and markets to Stams with its famous, baroque Cistercian monastery and grammar school.

The tour then continues via Haiming to Imst, the “Merano of North Tyrol” and Landeck.

Breakfast
Landeck - Reschensee :
Day 3

Bike tour Landeck – Reschensee, approx. 60 km, 1,200 m ↑, 500 m ↓, approx. 6 h

From Landeck, the route goes up the Innradweg to Martina in Switzerland. From here the route leads uphill over the Reschen Pass to Italy. You can also bypass the Reschen Pass by bus from Landeck for an additional charge.

For the certainly demanding climb you will be rewarded with a magnificent mountain panorama.

Breakfast
Resia - Merano :
Day 4

Bike tour Reschen – Merano, approx. 80 km, 200 m ↑, 1,400 m ↓, approx. 6 h

First we go to Glurns with its impressive, completely preserved medieval city wall. Via the Montani ruins through Schlanders, the route descends to Merano.

Castles and palaces , such as. also the famous Juval Castle of Reinhold Messner, are located on or high above the trail. The impressive Ortler massif and the Stelvio pass captivate the eye.

Since 2004, the Vinschgau railroad between Mals and Meran has been in operation again, which can be used to cover part of the route at almost any time.

Breakfast
Merano - Lake Kaltern - Bolzano :
Day 5

Bike tour Merano – Lake Kaltern – Bolzano, approx. 70 km, 350 m ↑↓, approx. 5 h

Via Lana with the Schnatterpeck altar, the route passes through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area of the South Tyrolean Wine Road, past many fortified castles, palaces and ruins, as well as the “cathedral in the countryside” in St. Pauls to Lake Kaltern.

From here the route leads over the idyllic Montiggl lakes to Bolzano. An evening walk through the beautiful Altstat is another highlight of today’s tour.

Breakfast
Bolzano - Trento :
Day 6

Bolzano – Trento bike tour, approx. 70 km, 100 m ↑, 170 m ↓, approx. 5 h

Mostly along the Adige river, partly through the orchards to Salurn, where the German-speaking South Tyrol ends. The famous Trentino vineyards lie to the side of the dam paths.

These lead up to Trento with its worth seeing old town with cathedral and Buonconsiglio Castle.

Breakfast
Trento - Lake Garda :
Day 7

Bike tour Trento – Lake Garda, approx. 55 km, 100 m ↑, 140 m ↓, approx. 4 h

On bike paths along the Adige river via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto to Mori. From here the tour heads west towards Lake Garda.

In Mori, taste the widely known pistachio ice cream at Gelateria Bologna. After a short climb at the small Passo S. Giovanni (150 m) follows the descent to the lake to Torbole or Riva.

Breakfast
Extension or journey home :
Day 8

Extension or journey home

Congratulations! You have earned a vacation. Can we book you one or two extra nights at the lake?

When planning, please note that the return transfer by bus is only possible on Saturdays.

Breakfast

Services

Included in the tour price

  • Overnight stays as booked
  • rich cyclist breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 bus transfer Landeck - Nauders incl. Wheel
  • 1 Lake Garda pistachio ice cream
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room, Personal tour information (DE, EN, FR)
  • 1 pistachio ice cream or 1 freshly squeezed fruit juice on Lake Garda
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline
  • if booked: Rental bike incl. Rental bike insurance
  • if booked: return transfer to Innsbruck

not included

  • Tourist tax, if due
  • Arrival, departure
  • All extras that are not listed under included

Dates and prices

Arrival days 2024: every Saturday and Wednesday in …
Season 1 27.04. – 10.05. and 28.09. – 06.10.
Season 2 11.05. – 24.05. and 07.09. – 27.09.
Season 3 25.05. – 06.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 1.200 € 1.290 € 1.350 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.530 € 1.620 € 1.680 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Innsbruck double room with breakfast 90 € 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Innsbruck SR with breakfast 140 € 140 € 140 €
Extra night in Torbole/Riva double room with breakfast 100 € 100 € 100 €
Extra night in Torbole/Riva single room with breakfast 160 € 160 € 160 €
Additional services
Parking at the starting hotel per car and day 17 €
Return transfer by bus 100 €
Return transfer own bike without insurance 40 €
Note: Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning. When booking, please specify “return transport person” and, if necessary, additionally “return transport bicycle without insurance”.
Rental bicycles
Touring bike Premium 180 € 180 € 180 €
E-bike 270 € 270 € 270 €

Map

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! Also, in many places you have freedom to shorten the path or make it different. The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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