Munich - Venice
From the Marienplatz to Markusplatz.
- 12 Days / 11 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrive in Munich
Tour information and the handing out of the bakes. This is Bavaria’s county capital and it is waiting for you with its many tourist attractions (English gardens, town hall, Hofbräuhaus…)
You leave the metropolis of Munich by following the River Isar and dive straight into untouched nature. The river bike path will remain your companion whilst you head South. Soon you will get to Lake Tegern, which is a popular destination by holiday makers in the Bavarian Alps. It is also one of the cleanest lakes in Bavaria.
Today you will also cycle along the river Isar to the impressive Sylvensteinsee via Lengries.
Next you head speedily into the Inn valley. You cycle along the Inn cycle path past Schwaz (Silberschaubergwerk) to Wattens. Our tip: visit the charming Swarovski crystal world! Then you continue via the saline town “Hall” with its historical Münzerturm along the steeply towering north chain mountains of the Tyrolean state capital. The historical old town with the golden roof and the modern Hungerburgbahn are impressive contrasts in this town.
After breakfast, you will travel up the Brennerpass (by train or by minibus). From the small border village called Brenner, you will cycle along a newly built cycle path mainly along the river Eisack until you get to the small village Gossensass and then into the previously powerful Fugger town, Sterzing. You then cycle downhill to Franzensfeste with its famous fortress. From here the cycle path runs to the East until you get to Mühlbach, the entrance of the southern Tyrolean Puster valley.
Today you will follow the cycle path along the Rienz through the Mühlbacher Klause and then continue until you get to the lower Puster valley and Bruneck with its very interesting Museum of Popular Art. The Olanger Stausee (reservoir) looks deep green on your way into the Hochpustertal. You then cycle feeling exhilarated to Toblach. The mountains around the Dolomites are impressive and you can discover more about them in the nature park house.
A short stage today will take you past lake Toblach and lake Dürren towards the South. The most famous Dolomite peaks, “the three peaks of Laveredo” are in constant sight. You will get to Corina d’Ampezzo where you will be staying tonight by cycling through the Höhlensteintal. The former mountain village also carries the name “Queen of the Dolomites”. Here you can enjoy the breath-taking view of the surrounding mountains. It’s not a surprise that this small district already developed in the 19th Century as a sophisticated holiday location.
The old railway line was converted into a cycle path, which you will be following today through the Boitetal valley until you get to Pieve di Cadore. In the historical town, you will get to the river Piave, which you will then follow South. Beautiful views will accompany on your way to Longarone, the youngest town on your tour. Due to a rockfall in the reservoir, this place was flooded and destroyed just 50 years ago. In the late 1960s, the rebuilding of the town began and there is now a museum there to remember the catastrophe.
Continue cycle along the river Piave until you get to Belluno (a trip to „little Venice in the mountains“ is possible). You will leave the river and cycle along the edge of Lago di Santa Croce, which is the second largest lake in Venetia after lake Garda. It is also a popular destination due to its turquoise blue water and its sandy banks. You will however continue on to the historical Vittorio Veneto until you get then get to Conegliano. Magnificent villas and palaces still characterise the view of this town today.
Now you finally leave the Alps behind you and cycle through the fertile plane. Everything that tastes good is cultivated here. Special attention is however paid to the famous “raddichio”, the famous red salad from Treviso. The town also gets called the „città delle aque“ due to its branched canals in the centre. Take a walk through the waterways and discover lots of little cosy places.
Next, the beautiful cycle path will take you along the river Sile. This river is only 95km long, but it is famous because it was mentioned in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Now your destination is getting close. Quiet side roads will lead you to your accommodation on the mainland before Venice. There are excellent bus connections into the lagoon town itself. Now you can say cheers with a glass of wine and where better than on the Markusplatz itself!
You will cycle along cycle paths until you get to Longarone and then on quiet side roads. In Italy you will have to deal with some busier roads when entering and leaving towns. Despite transfers across the Brennerpass you will have to conquer several hills in Bavaria and in the Puster valley. You will mainly cycle on tarmacked cycle paths. Only along the Isar and around lake Sylvenstein as well as between Toblach and Cortina d’Ampezzo will you have to cycle on longer sections of gravel paths.
Category: 3***- and 4****-hotels
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- Luggage transfer
- Transfer (bus or train) Innsbruck – Brenner incl. bike
- Detailed travel documents (maps showing the route, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
- GPS data available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Munich station
- Munich airport
- Car parking available at your first hotel for about € 5 per night; to be paid at the time, prior reservation through the hotel essential!
- Very good train connections from Venice back to Munich
- Where visitor’s tax is due, it is not included in the tour price!