Cycling tour Italy: The Adige cycle path from the Reschen Pass to Lake Garda

7 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.

> 4 daily stages between 49 and 68 km; total approx. 230 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 an 8-day variant to Verona.

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 Riva/Arco to Nauders

Comfortable by bus:

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In October only Saturday; 07.+ 14.10. Pick up in Riva / Arco (near hotel, central meeting points) and bus transfer to Nauders with change in Rovereto. Remaining days: Return to Nauders on your own.

It is possible to bring your own wheels in the course of the bus transfer (up to a tire width of 5 cm, over-width – on request). Surcharge € 45,- without or € 90,- with transport insurance (please specify when booking)

Due to the changes, we do not recommend taking the train on this tour. However, the return journey by train is basically possible to organize on your own, especially if you return on Mon-Thu.

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 -Naturns :
Day 2

Bike tour Nauders – Schlanders Naturns, approx. 55 km, 350 m ↑ 1,000 m ↓, approx. 5 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 with its famous castle and pretty townscape.

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

Breakfast
Hotel
Naturno - Merano :
Day 3

Cycle tour Silandro Naturno – Merano, approx. 35 km, 50 m ↑ 450 m ↓, approx. 4 h

You cycle through well-tended orchards, past Dornsberg Castle to Merano.

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel

Breakfast
Hotel
Merano - Bolzano :
Day 4

Bike tour Merano – Bolzano, approx. 35 km, 50 m ↑ 100 m ↓, approx. 3 h

On flat cycle paths through vineyards, the route leads beautifully to Sigmundskron Castle. The bike path leads to the center with the famous arbors.

Overnight at 3*** or 4**** Hotel Sheranton.

Breakfast
Hotel
Bolzano - Trentoo :
Day 5

Bolzano – Trento bike tour, approx. 60 km, 200 m ↑ 240 m ↓, approx. 4 h

Always staying on the Adige river, you reach the Salurner Klause (once German/Italian language border). Continue to San Michele dell’ Adige and the center of the council city of Trento (cathedral, castle).

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel.

Breakfast
Trento - Lake Garda :
Day 6

Bike tour Trento – Lake Garda to Arco or Riva del Garda, 220 m ↑ 340 m ↓, approx. 4 h

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
Hotel
Journey home :
Day 7

Individual journey home or extension

Booking extra night or return by bus to Nauders.

Our recommendation for the extra days: aLake Garda boat trip from Riva to Limone & back (without bike).

Services

contain

  • 6 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
  • 7 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. and 06.10.
Season 2 05.07. – 14.07., 03.08. – 08.08. and 13.09. – 29.09.
Season 3 16.05. – 04.07. and 09.08. – 12.09.
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 575 € 780 € 840 €
Single room w. breakfast 775 € 980 € 990 €
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 Arco / Riva double room with breakfast 75 € 85 € 85 €
Extra night in Arco / Riva single room with breakfast 115 € 125 € 125 €
Additional services
3 x half board in Nauders, Schlanders/Naturns, Trento 85 € 85 € 85 €
Return transfer own bike with insurance 70 € 70 € 70 €
Return transfer own bike without insurance 50 € 50 € 50 €
Return transfer by bus, see below. 70 € 70 € 70 €
Note: Return transfer own bike with / without insurance is only possible with bus return.
The return bus ride will be:
> In May, June, Sept. : Thu + Fri + Sat + Sun
> in July, August : Fri + Sat + Sun
> in October : Sat + Sun.
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%
> 3rd pers in room from 12 years (“child2”) 25%
Note: Please select “Child 1” or “Child 2” in the booking, depending on the age.

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”.

Is there a return transfer from Lake Garda to Nauders for people and bicycles?

Yes. a return transfer for you and your own bike with / without insurance is only possible with bus return.
Return bus transportation can be provided:
> in May, June, Sept. : Thu + Fri + Sat + Sun
> in July, August : Fri + Sat + Sun
> in October : Sat + Sun.

Please book “transfer person” and if necessary “return transfer own bike WITH / WITHOUT insurance”.

On other days, please return by train.

Please note: You simply drop off rental bikes at your destination. So you don’t have to worry about return transportation for rental bikes.

What does half board mean?

If you book the option “half board”, you will receive 3 x a 3-course evening menu, each in Nauders, Schlanders/Naturns, Trento, so NOT in Merano and Bolzano and Arco / Riva!

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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