Day 1: Bolzano. Our tour starts in Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol region and a beautiful Alpine town. You will notice a definite German influence on the architecture, language, and food. You can explore the city or venture out to the surrounding mountains to admire the beauty of the Dolomites. If you would like, you can opt to spend the night in a castle just outside of town!
Day 2: Bike Bolzano to Trento (20 or 40 miles, 225ft net elevation loss). Our first day of biking takes us along the Adige River through a gorgeous valley. We bike past apple orchards and vineyards on a flat bike path, free of cars allowing you to enjoy the scenery. After 20 miles at the halfway point, you can either ride in the van or continue biking on to Trento.
Day 3: Bike Trento to Lake Garda (30 miles, 300ft net elevation loss). Today we continue biking south along the Adige River. After a short uphill push we come to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. We coast downhill to the lakefront town of Torbole, a great place to shop or eat beside the lake. We then take a ferry to the charming town of Malcesine where we spend the next two nights at a gorgeous lakefront hotel.
Day 4: Lake Garda Rest Day. Today is a free day to explore the beautiful lake. Set beneath majestic mountains, you will be mesmerized by how beautiful Lake Garda is. You can relax by the lake, visit the town's castle, take a gondola up to the top of Monte Baldo, or partake in one of the many adventure activities such as mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning, hiking, kayaking, or windsurfing, among others.
Day 5: Bike Lake Garda to Verona (19 miles, 30ft net elevation loss). After a delicious lakeside breakfast, we take a ferry to the southern end of Lake Garda where we begin biking again. We go through quaint small towns before arriving in Verona. We arrive in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the city, see buildings dating back to the Romans (including the Arena, a mini-Colosseum), visit some of the museums, or go shopping at one of the many stores and boutiques.
Day 6: Bike Verona to a Winery (6 miles, 40ft net elevation loss). We begin biking later than usual today, giving you more time to enjoy Verona. Our short ride takes us to a winery where we spend the night at the beautifully restored 16th century estate. In the afternoon you can partake in a wine tasting to try the winery’s organic wines. You can also kayak in a stream that runs through the property, take a stroll in the vineyards, relax by the pool, or take a cooking class!
Day 7: Bike Winery to Vicenza (27 miles, 30ft net elevation loss). Today’s biking is through beautiful wine country! The vineyards make for stunning scenery, the route is flat and easy, and we stop at the incredible medieval town of Soave. This is where Soave wine comes from, and the town’s imposing castle and walls are some of the best preserved in all of Italy. After a lunch break, we continue on to Vicenza where our bike tour ends. This is another beautiful city, and we finish the trip with a delicious Italian dinner to reminisce over the past week's unforgettable memories.
Day 8: Farewell Vicenza. Now that the biking is over, you can stay longer in Vicenza or continue on to Venice or Milan, both of which are easily accessible by train. We can also arrange to continue to Venice by bike if you would like to have a mountains to sea bike tour!
Pre/Post Trip Travels. If you would like to explore more of Italy, Venice and Milan are easily accessible from our biking trip. You can hop across the Adriatic Sea to go on our Adriatic Adventure tour, or head north into the Alps. There are dozens of other European cities that you can fly to directly from Milan, Venice or Verona if you want to make a larger European tour!