Cycling tour Italy: The Adige cycle path from Nauders to Lake Garda to Verona

8 Days

Your trip

The Adige is the longest river in South Tyrol. Follow it on the Etsch cycle path from Nauders in Tyrol to the largest lake in Italy, the fantastically located Lake Garda!

You cycle along the Etsch cycle path through picturesque vineyards and orchards with wonderful views of the mountains of South Tyrol.

The Adige cycle path always leads you slightly downhill or flat along, making it ideal for cyclists. Only shortly before you reach your destination, Lake Garda, does it start to climb slightly. You will be rewarded with a great view of the lake, which you can really enjoy again on the last day during a Lake Garda boat trip.

Accommodation

You will stay in selected, good hotels or inns of the 3*** or 4**** category.

Catering

Daily rich breakfast buffet or a large extended breakfast. When booking half board (not Merano & Bolzano): 4 x 3-course dinner with choice of main course (partly in restaurants near the hotel).

The route/requirement

You cycle mostly on paved bike paths. Daily stages between 49 and 68 km; in total about 320 km. The kilometers may vary depending on the location of the hotels.

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

Note

We also offer this tour in a shorter 7-day variant to Lake Garda.

Rental bicycles

Sturdy touring bikes, 7 gears with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 gears with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights.

If you are taller than 1.90 m or shorter than 1.60 m, we will request wheels with a 66 frame or 26 inch wheels for you.

Electric bikes: unisex bikes with electric pedal assistance; 8-speed gears with freewheel; range approx. 70 km (depending on riding style); suitable for heights 1.60 m – 1.90 m

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.

Car/Parking

An unguarded parking lot is available to you free of charge near the hotel, at the cable car station in Nauders.

Return transfer from Verona to Nauders

Comfortable by bus:

> in May, June and September: every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

> in July, August: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

> in October: Saturdays and Sundays only

It is possible to bring your own bikes on the bus transfer (up to a tire width of 5 cm, overwidth – on request, please specify when booking)

On all other days, the return journey from Verona to Nauders is possible on your own by train. The train transports bicycles depending on the traffic situation. In reality, this is usually successful.

Country information

Information on entry requirements to Austria and Italy can be found on our page under country information. Please read our notes on package tours on the ARB page.

From day to day

Arrival :
Day 1

Individual arrival

Come to South Tyrol to the Reschen Pass with the world famous Lago di Resia to Nauders. You will receive all the travel information as well as your rental bikes if you have booked them. An unguarded parking lot is available near the hotel, at the cable car station in Nauders.

Overnight stay in 3*** Gasthof Martha or equivalent.

Hotel
Nauders - Naturno :
Day 2

Bike tour Nauders – Schlanders Naturns, approx. 70 km, 350 m ↑ 1,200 m ↓, approx. 6 h

Today begins the first stage of your bike tour on the Adige cycle path!

Along the Adige river you cycle always gently sloping through well-tended orchards, at the church tower Graun to Glurns, the smallest town in South Tyrol, through the Vinschgau valley to Schlanders or Naturns (townscape, castle).

Overnight stay in a 3*** cabaret hotel or equivalent

Breakfast
Hotel
Naturno - Bolzano :
Day 3

Bike tour Naturno – Bolzano, approx. 46 km, 60 m ↑ 350 m ↓, approx. 4 h

First a short stretch on side roads, you cycle partly level, slightly hilly to Nals, then past the Dornsberg Castle to Merano. The route along the Etsch cycle path is very beautiful on flat paths via Andrian to the Adige/Eisack estuary near the massive Sigmundskron Castle; bike paths lead you directly to the center of of Bolzano (Ötzi Museum, Lauben, Cathedral, Gries Church with Pacher Altar, etc.).

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel

Breakfast
Hotel
Bolzano- Trento :
Day 4

Bolzano- Trento bike tour, approx. 60 km, 100 m ↑ 200 m ↓, approx. 5 h

Continuing along the Adige river you cycle always level to Neumarkt-Auer and the Salurner Klause. So you reach San Michele all’Adige and the center of the old council city of Trento (cathedral, castle, Neptune’s Fountain, picturesque townscape, numerous shopping opportunities, town hall, Roman finds, etc.).
Overnight stay in 4**** hotel (e.g. Grand Hotel) or in 3*** hotel (e.g. Hotel Everest)

Breakfast
Hotel
Trento - Lake Garda :
Day 5

Bike tour Trento – Lake Garda: Riva or Arco , approx. 53 km

Through picturesque vineyards, the Adige cycle path takes you to Rovereto (old town, monuments) and Mori. Slightly ascending you will reach San Giovanni. Continue via Torbole along Lake Garda to Arco (option 1) or Riva (option 2).

Note: An overnight stay in Riva del Garda is also possible for an extra charge (Opt. 2).
Unfortunately, due to complaints about the quality of the rooms and service, we cannot recommend this option at this time.

Overnight at the 3*** Hotel Olivo or equivalent in Arco (option 1, standard route).

Breakfast
Lake Garda - Cavaion Veronese :
Day 6

Bike tour Lake Garda – Cavaion Veronese, approx. 65 km & 15 minutes by bus

First you will be taken by a short bus transfer to San Giovanni (3 km) from where you will start the bike tour. continue level to slightly downhill to San Roco; on the Adige cycle path you ride via Ala to Brentino-Belluno after a short climb you reach the Albaré on a piece of secondary road; on bike paths directly to the hotel in Cavaion Veronese

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cavaion Veronese - Verona :
Day 7

Bike tour Cavaion Veronese – Verona, approx. 41 km

About 2.5 km on a side road to Canale Cammuzoni. Along this former irrigationSystems for the fortresses of Verona and Mantua you just cycle along the bike path away from the traffic with very beautiful views over the Adige to the 1st cyclist lookout tower and on to Bussolengo. After about 1.5 km Side road continue along this body of water to the center of Verona.


Possibility to visit the city. Especially worth seeing is the famous Arena di Verona with the grandiose Opera Festival, as well as Castelvecchio, Ponte Scaligero, Piazza delle Erbe and many more. Visit to the Arena di Verona (“Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi, Carmen, Aida and many more), after the Colosseum in Rome and the Arena of Capua, the third largest of the preserved ancient amphitheaters.

At the festival time, please remember the dress code & evening dress. Game schedule see under www.arena.it.
Category: unnumbered stone steps (gradinata); pick up tickets at gate 16; price: € 40,00 per person.

Overnight stay in a 4**** hotel; e.g. Hotel Fiera.

Journey home or extension :
Day 8

Individual journey home or extension

We are happy to book you an extra night in Verona or your return journey by bus to Nauders.

Services

contain

  • 7 x overnight stays with breakfast according to the itinerary
  • Luggage transport daily incl. Liability up to € 700,- / person, delivery until approx. 18:30 o'clock
  • Bus transfer Riva or Arco - San Giovanni including bike, approx. 3 km
  • when booking: 3 x half board, not in Bolzano, Arco / Riva, Cavaion/Affi, Verona
  • 8 days service phone
  • unguarded private parking lot in Nauders
  • Info package with tour map in German
  • GPS data on request
  • Saddlebag rental - also for customers' own bicycles

not included

  • Local taxes: local taxes are sometimes charged in Italy. This tax is depending on the place of accommodation approx. € 3,50,- p.p. / night and is to be paid directly at the hotel
  • Passenger transfer back to Nauders
  • Return transfer of own bikes from Arco/Riva to Nauders

Dates and prices

Arrival days 2024: daily in the …
Season 1 30.09. – 06.10.
Season 2 08.07. – 14.07., 03.08. – 08.08. and 16.09. – 29.09.
Season 3 09.08. – 15.09.
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 610 € 840 € 930 €
Single room w. breakfast 840 € 1.070 € 1.160 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Nauders double room with breakfast 70 € 70 € 70 €
Extra night in Nauders single room with breakfast 90 € 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Verona double room with breakfast 75 € 75 € 75 €
Extra night in Verona single room with breakfast 100 € 100 € 100 €
Extra night in Arco / Riva double room with breakfast 75 € 75 € 75 €
Extra night in Arco / Riva single room with breakfast 120 € 120 € 120 €
Additional services
3 x half board, not in Bolzano, Arco / Riva, Cavaion/Affi, Verona 85 € 85 € 85 €
Return transfer own bike with insurance 70 € 70 € 70 €
Return transfer own bike without insurance 50 € 50 € 50 €
Return transfer by train, see below. 50 € 50 € 50 €
Return transfer by bus, see below. 70 € 70 € 70 €
Note: Return transfer own bike with / without insurance is possible only for bus return, not for train return. The return bus ride will be:
> Thu – Sun in May, June and Sept.
> Fri – Sun in July and August
> Sat, Sun in October.
Return by train is possible from Mon – Wed.
Taking customer’s own wheels with a rim width over 5 cm only possible on request.
Rental bicycles
E-bike 195 € 195 € 195 €
Touring bike 95 € 95 € 95 €
Children discounts
Discount for 2 adults in double room, maximum 1 extra bed in double or shared room.
> Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 6 years old 100%
> Child as 3rd pers in the room from 6 and under 12 years (“Child 1”) 50%

Questions

Are there child discounts or family discounts?

Yes. If you have at least 2 adults in a double room, a maximum of 1 extra bed can be added on request under the following conditions:
0 – under 6 years: 100% discount
6 – under 12 years: 50% discount, please book as “Child 1”.
12 – under 16 years: 25% discount, please book as “child 2

Can I stay one night longer or arrive one night earlier?

Yes, certainly, with pleasure.
Please book “extra night” for extra nights on Lake Garda in Arco or Riva.
For additional nights in Nauders please book “Additional night starting point”.

What does half board mean?

If you book the option “half board”, you will receive 3 x a 3-course evening menu. Please note: This is NOT valid for Bolzano, Arco / Riva, Cavaion /Affi and Verona!

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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