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Three cyclists on a cycle path in the mountains

South Tyrol Cycle Tour

On cycle paths along rivers Isarco and Adige

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7 Days / 6 Nights
Easy
Three cyclists on a cycle path in the mountains

South Tyrol exudes a truly unique way of life, making a journey to this region hold the potential for something extraordinary. Italian simplicity coupled with the beauty of nature, charming cities, delectable cuisine, and boundless hospitality. What more could one desire? Of course, the first-rate cycling paths and routes that guide you along the Isarco and Adige rivers from Bressanone via Bolzano to Merano.

Before embarking on your cycling tour, you'll have ample time to explore the beautiful town of Bressanone and savor your first Italian and South Tyrolean delights. On Day 2, you'll begin by taking the train to the Brenner Pass and then cycle through the picturesque Isarco Valley, where castles and fortresses line your route.

The path to Bolzano leads you along an old railway track and through countless vineyards, before the next day's agenda includes a visit to Sigmundskron Castle and an opportunity to enjoy a swim in South Tyrol's lakes. On the stage to Merano, you'll first follow the Isarco and then the Adige River on top-notch cycling paths. As a grand finale, you'll cycle through the Venosta, with the towering King Ortler, the highest peak in South Tyrol, accompanying you!

  • Swimming in the lakes of South Tyrol: In addition to the impressive mountain scenery, the crystal-clear lakes are a must-visit. Feel free to take a plunge – after all, Lake Caldaro is known as the warmest bathing lake in the Alps. Serene and surrounded by forests and wetlands, the Montiggler Lakes are located in a nature reserve and are equally inviting for a swim.
  • Fragrant Orchards: Viticulture and fruit growing play an important role in South Tyrol - the many hours of sunshine offer the ideal climate. First and foremost, you will encounter apple trees on the tour, after all, there are over 7,000 growing farms in the region. But be sure to also taste the peaches, apricots, plums and wine!
  • Mediterranean lifestyle in Merano: A casual walk through the historic town will transport you to the city's enchanting ambiance. Meander down Merano's Laubengasse, where you can find gifts for your dear ones and enjoy a delightful cappuccino or a cooling gelato at the local cafés. Don't miss a visit to the Botanical Gardens at Trautmannsdorff Castle, and make sure to explore the Post Bridge and the thermal baths; they're all worthwhile stops.

With stage lengths ranging from 35 to 70 kilometers and two included train rides, this tour is perfect for leisure cyclists. In addition to the tours, you'll have plenty of time for swimming, leisurely strolls, and enjoyment. The cycling paths are excellently developed, and the panoramas are simply magnificent!

South Tyrol enthusiasts really get their money's worth at Eurobike, as we have dedicated numerous tours to this region.

Itinerary at a glance

On wonderfully laid out cycle paths you pedal past high mountains, fragrant orchards and juicy grapevines. Enjoy the light Italian way of life in Bressanone, Bolzano and Merano.

Handover of the travel documents and, if applicable, the rental bikes. A first walk through the charming old town is recommended.

Hotel (example): Hotel Krone

 

 

In the morning there will be a transfer by train to the Brennero Pass. From the small border town Brennero, you will cycle on a newly extended bike path, mostly along the river Isarco, first to the little village Gossensass and immediately afterwards to Vipiteno, the once mighty city of the Fugger. Here you can enjoy a long break before you will continue your tour on the bike path downhill to the beautiful Castle Reifenstein and Franzensfeste with the famous fortress. From there, only a few kilometers remain on your way back to Bressanone.

Hotel (example): Hotel Krone

 

The old railway line from Bressanone to Bolzano has been adapted into a wonderful cycle path. The route leads gently downhill through the medieval town of Chiusa with its Säben monastery. The valley becomes narrower and narrower and the vineyards of Italy's northernmost wine-growing region come closer. Bolzano is reached all too soon! You should not miss a walk through the Laubengasse to the famous "Ötzimuseum" and a glass of wine at Waltherplatz.

Hotel (example): Mondschein

 

Along the cycle path past Sigmundskron Castle with the Messner Mountain Museum to Appiano and on with fantastic views over the valley to Lake Caldaro. Wine and apples in abundance line the path. Back to Bolzano via the Lake Monticolo nature reserve with wonderful swimming opportunities.

Hotel (example): Mondschein

 

From Bolzano you head southwards along the Isarco River and then on the new cycle path directly following the Adige River to Merano. The spa town at the confluence of the Passirio and Adige rivers awaits you with many sights. Visit the Provincial Castle, stroll along the Tappeinerweg and enjoy a creamy gelato on the spa promenade.

Hotel (example): City Hotel

 

Take the Venosta Railway towards the Resia Pass. First, we go from Malles to Glorenza with its wonderfully preserved medieval town wall. Via the mining ruins we head through Silandro and down to Merano. Castles and palaces lie along the way, high above the path. Views of the impressive Ortler massif and the Stilfserjoch can be enjoyed while cycling. The route can be shortened as you like.

Hotel (example): City Hotel

 

Day
07
Departure or extension

Route Information

Easy

Easy cycle tour mainly on cycle paths. Only to Lake Kaltern do you have to overcome minor inclines.

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Prices & Dates

Category: 4****-hotels in Bressanone and Bolzano, 3***-hotel in Merano

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
50 cm |
51 cm |
55 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 train ride Bressanone – Brennero incl. your bike
  • 1 ride with Venosta railway Merano – Malles incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

OPTIONAL

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

ARRIVAL/ PARKING/ DEPARTURE

  • Bressano train station
  • Innsbruck or Verona airport
  • Garage, costs approx. EUR 10/day, no reservation possible
  • Free and unguarded parking on the outskirts of Bressanone
  • Good train connections between Merano and Bressanone

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the Package Travel Act can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Vanessa Bräumann

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