Innsbruck to Verona Bike
Our Innsbruck to Verona trip has been designed to bring you the best of northern Italy without the grueling pedaling of a mountain tour. Thanks to an ingenious series of bike paths and trails, you can cycle easily and scenically from town to town, past orchards and vineyards, to the shores of Lake Garda and on to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Verona. We begin in the elegant ski-town of Innsbruck and then shuttle into the countryside to start our ride. The tour finishes in Verona, famous for its Roman amphitheater and picturesque medieval streets. Our tour combines cycling with a hearty dose of history, culture, and of course delicious food and wine. It’s a great way to explore one of the most beautiful regions of Europe!
Innsbruck to Verona Bike itinerary
Independent arrival in Innsbruck and dinner on your own tonight. Innsbruck is now known primarily as a winter ski resort, but it was important as a key spot along the Brenner Pass for millennia, controlling the transport and communications link between the north and the south, and the easiest route across the Alps. It became the capital of the Tyrol in the 15th century and grew into a wealthy and powerful city, with a castle, a university and beautiful churches. Overnight Innsbruck. Hotel included. Dinner not included.
We have a 1.5 hour shuttle this morning from Austria into the Italian countryside to start our first ride. We begin in Glorenza, a perfectly preserved fortified town from the Middle Ages whose walls, towers and gates remain intact. We head out on the bike path and make our way gradually (and almost all downhill!) to Merano, an elegant spa-town which once attracted the élite of the Austrian Empire. Along the way we pass acres of apple orchards and other fruits being grown in the verdant valley. The Ride: 63 kms on paved trail, almost all gradual downhill (shorter rides can be arranged, or test your mettle on the super-challening Passo dello Stelvio!). Overnight Merano. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
We head south today along another bike path that follows the Adige River. The orchards give way to vineyards and we eventually make our way onto the “strada del vino” (the “wine route”) that rises above the valley below. Our destination is the charming wine village of Caldaro, which produces Trentino-Alto Adige's finest reds. We put your taste buds to the test at a wine tasting this afternoon followed by dinner in the village's delightful piazza. The Ride: 60 km. Overnight Caldaro. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
We drop back down into the valley this morning for a visit of the beautiful Tyrolean city of Bolzano. Since the 1300's the region was part of Hapsburg territory before being ceded to Italy in 1919 after the break-up of the Hapsburg Empire after World War One. Enjoy a walk in the old city center, or visit the Archaeology museum, featuring Ötzi, the remarkably intact 5,000-year-old mummy discovered twenty years ago in the Alpine ice. The ride back takes you through a sea of leafy vineyards to your hotel, where you'll have time to enjoy a massage in the hotel spa if you so choose. Overnight Caldaro. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Our longest day of riding takes us to the beautiful and historical city of Trento, but don’t worry, shorter options are always possible as the bike path follows the train line (and of course, tougher climbs are always an option, as we ride beneath 3,000 m/9,000 ft mountains on both sides!). Trento has been blessed with a wealth of historical treasures, from an astounding cathedral (where the Council of Trent met in the 16th century to spearhead the Counter-Reformation), to an imposing and perfectly preserved castle, to the ruins of the Roman city lying directly under the squares and alleyways of the Renaissance city above. The Ride: 73 kms or 66 kms. Overnight Trento. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Take some time this morning to visit Trento’s marvelous castle before heading out mid-morning for our ride. We bike along the Adige River to Rovereto, whose surrounding mountains were heavily fought over during World War I. A former railway track leads us through a pass and eventually opens up high above the blue waters of Lake Garda. Enjoy the only true “flying downhill” of the trip as you descend to the shores of Italy’s largest lake. Tonight is a “Free Night” so you are free to dine as you like. The Ride: 50 km. Overnight Torbole sul Garda. Hotel and breakfast included. Dinner not included.
Bike along the shores of the lake this morning and rub elbows with the local cyclists out on their daily ride. We stop for lunch in the historic town of Garda, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Stroll the medieval streets and enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood before heading out again. After another hour's ride we drop the bikes and get a van transfer to the amazing city of Verona. It was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site for the architecture of its city center, which grew up over 2,000 years around a nearly intact Roman amphitheater. It’s also the city where Romeo and Juliet “lived” in Shakespeare’s drama (you can even visit the famous balcony and ask Romeo wherefore art he is). Enjoy a final dinner together at one of the city's finest restaurants. The Ride: 65 km. Overnight Verona. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
The trip ends after breakfast this morning in Verona, which is well connected with the rest of Italy by train. Breakfast included.
Although this is a mountainous area, we have devised routes which follow easy bike paths along the rivers and old railroad lines in the valleys. We ride between 50 – 70 km a day, with optional extensions as well as van support, which allows you to ride as much (or as little!) as you like. If you would rather have a more challenging trip, that is also possible as we will be surrounded by mountains most of the week. There are even some famous climbs that are right on the route (like the Passo Stelvio and the Passo Mendola). Please contact us for more details.
Activity rating: 2 out of 5 = Easy to Moderate: Flat to rolling terrain. Daily activity is 4 to 5 hours. Max distance about 70 kms (42 miles). Note: Most of the riding is on bike paths, but you will encounter some traffic when entering the towns we visit. Optional challenging rides are available for the ambitious cyclist!
Trip Cost Includes: 7 nights accommodations (in 3-4 star hotels); 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners, bilingual guides for the duration of the tour; support vehicle; visits as noted the itinerary; hybrid bike rental. Road bikes available for an additional supplement. All departures are accompanied by two guides.
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Getting There: the trip starts with your arrival in Innsbruck, Austria, which you can get to via air or train.
Air: The most convenient airport to the beginning of the trip is obviously Innsbruck, and Verona for the departure. Both of these airports have regular flight connections with European gateway airports. There are also numerous low-cost airlines that service airports in the area but they change their schedules or even names so quickly that we can’t keep up! Please see your preferred airport’s website to see what combination of flights work for you. For more information on airport options, see the “Transport Info” page on our website.
Rail: Both Innsbruck and Verona are also easily reachable by train from larger cities (Innsbruck is 2-3 hours by train from Munich, while Verona is 1.5 hrs from Venice, Bologna and Bergamo). See the Trenitalia website (in English) at this link. For alternative high-speed rail travel, see the Italo website. For complete information on using the Italian train system, see our blog post.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends with a van transfer to Verona, so you are free to make air or rail connections from there.
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The impressive Alps keep you company on most of this tour, until you reach the shores of stunning Lake Garda. A nice combination of easy bike paths and optional challenging climbs. There is so much to absorb on this tour, whether your interests are artistic, historical, architectural, or purely cycling. Well worth it!