Italy BIking Tour
La Dolce Vita
Delicious food, incredible scenery, and thousands of years of history – you will experience all of this on our Italy biking tour! Biking along the Adige River from the edge of the Alps down to beautiful wine country, you will fall in love with the small towns and vibrant culture while biking mostly on a flat, bikes-only path.
September 12th – 18th
*additional dates by request
7 Days/ 6 Nights
12 guests maximum
$2,195 per person
Italy Biking Tour Highlights
The Carpe Mundo Touch
Our Italy tour combines incredible culinary moments with authentic cultural experiences. Italy is known for it’s delectable food, and rightfully so! On our Italy Biking tour, you will sample some of Italy’s classic meals. Try not to drool as you imagine artfully prepared pastas, gourmet pizza, homemade bruschetta and delicious truffle dishes. Italy is a food lover’s delight! Our biking journey takes us through one of Italy’s premier wine growing regions (Tre Venezie) where you can sample unique regional wines. Ready to savor a glass and kick back after a day of biking? You’ll enjoy spending the night at a historic winery estate where the wine making process and local history is explored even further!
Our itinerary features small towns and stunning landscapes sure to charm. Let the mountain views astound you in the typical Alpine town of Bolzano. We make our way to Lake Garda, a top Italian destination with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere to accompany the stunning views. History buff? You’ll adore Verona. A quintessential Italian city with a 2,000 year old Roman arena and enough romantic vibes to serve as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Lake Garda is the adventure capital of Italy. Optional excursions include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, windsurfing, paddleboarding or kayaking – there are so many ways to live out your ultimate Italy dream trip!
This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, group preferences, and other circumstances. Click on each day to discover a more detailed description of the itinerary.
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!
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. (20 or 40 miles, 225ft 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. (30 miles, 300ft net elevation loss)
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.
After a delicious lakeside breakfast, we take a ferry to the southern end of Lake Garda to the town of Bardolino where we begin biking again. We bike along the lake to the town of Lazise before heading away from the lake and into wine country. Biking past vineyards and wineries, we arrive to a stunning villa hotel in the Valpolicella region where will spend the next two nights. (10 miles, 30ft net elevation loss)
The Valpolicella region is one of Italy’s premier wine growing regions, and biking past the vineyards and rolling hills is the best way to experience it! We will stop at a couple of the wineries, and if you decide you enjoy wine tasting more than biking then rest assured the van is available to drive you around! If you’d like another rest day, you can enjoy a relaxing day at the villa. In the evening, partake in an optional cooking class where you can learn the secrets to Italian cuisine. (mileage varies)
Today’s shorter ride takes us to Verona, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Surrounded on three sides by the Adige River, Verona has buildings dating back to the Romans (including the Arena, a mini-Colosseum) and is famous for being the location where Romeo & Juliet took place. Verona has excellent shopping and several great museums- if you have the time we recommend spending an extra day or two in the city after the tour ends. (6 miles, 40ft net elevation loss)
Dates & Prices
2020 Trip Dates
September 12th - 18th
Custom Dates (Choose Your Own!)
$2,195 per person*
*Prices are in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.
We pride ourselves on offering one of the smallest group sizes and best leader to guest ratios in the industry. Our average group size is 6-8 people, the maximum for this tour is 12 guests, and we never exceed a guide to customer ratio of 1:8. Our small groups allow us to personalize the trip based on the group to best suit your travel needs and preferences. Larger groups are available as a custom/private tour.
Accommodations: The accommodations are some of the highlights of the trip! In Bolzano, you have the option to stay in an amazing medieval castle outside the city. When at Lake Garda, we stay at a lakefront hotel with panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Near Verona, we spend two nights at a winery in a charming centuries old villa!
Payment Terms & Conditions: If you are thinking about signing up for a trip but are not yet ready to commit, we offer a 5 day courtesy hold. To secure your space on a trip, a $500 per person deposit is required and can be paid by check or credit card. The remaining trip balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the trip. If you decide to cancel more than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, you will receive a Carpe Mundo credit that is transferable with no expiration for the amount paid, or we will refund your payment less a $250/person cancellation fee. If you decide to cancel less than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, no refunds or credits will be available.
Single Supplement: Single accommodations are available for an additional fee, based on availability. If you are willing to be placed in a room with someone else from the trip, we will match you with another traveler if possible and waive the single supplement fee.
Packing List: A suggested packing list as well as additional information on travel to Italy can be found in our Customer Information packet. Luggage transport is provided from town to town, so you only need to bike with the few essential items that you need during the day.
Release of Liability: We require that everyone participating in a Carpe Mundo trip completes and e-signs an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release waiver as well as a Medical Information Form. You will receive these after you have registered for a trip, and they must be completed prior to your trip.
Insurance: Due to the nature and locations of our trips, we highly recommend that everyone participating in a trip has medical insurance that provides coverage while abroad. Although not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance or a travel protection plan for your trip. We adhere to our cancellation policy, and these plans will protect your trip purchase in the event you cancel under certain circumstances.