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Trentino Dolomites from Passo Resia to Lake Garda
Trentino Dolomites from Passo Resia to Lake Garda
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7 days
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 5
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period:
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ITBT120
price from € 810
Trentino Dolomites from Passo Resia to Lake Garda
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Bike Tour: Trentino Dolomites from Passo Resia to Lake Garda - 7 days

Cycle through the magnificent glacial valleys of South Tyrol and Trentino and discover the traditional lifestyle in the quaint old towns along the way. From the high alpine Passo Resia at 1455m you descend all the way down to the sub-Mediterranean shores of Lake Garda. En route you will witness grand views of the Alps and Dolomites and pedal through premium vineyards and lush apple orchards. Visit charming towns such as Silandro, with the highest church tower in South Tyrol, and elegant Merano boasting a still very traditional atmosphere. In Bolzano savour a creamy cappuccino and enjoy magnificent views on the surrounding hills covered with vines and the rugged Dolomite spires in the background. In Trento make sure to visit the Piazza Duomo with its beautiful fountain and the impressive Buonconsiglio castle.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Silandro
Day 2: Transfer to Passo di Resia and ride to Silandro
Day 3: Ride from Silandro to Merano
Day 4: Ride from Merano to Caldaro via Bolzano
Day 5: Ride from Caldaro to Trento
Day 6: Ride from Trento to Riva del Garda
Day 7: Arrivederci Riva del Garda!

Day 1:    Arrival in Silandro

Arrive in Silandro (Schlanders in German), chief town of the Venosta Valley and settle-in at your cozy family run hotel. Then, leisurely stroll through town to discover its many sights like the steep church tower, the highest of South Tyrol.

 

Day 2:    Transfer to Passo di Resia and ride to Silandro
50 km

After breakfast, at 10.00am, you will be picked up and transferred to the starting point of the day’s ride at the Passo Resia (about 1 hour trip) where you will have your bike fitting and trip briefing. Coasting along Lake Resia you will pass by the submersed church tower pointing out above the water surface. Wind down on a panoramic bike path amidst alpine meadows, passing through beautiful villages like Burgusio and Clusio. Around lunchtime you arrive at the impressive fortified town of Glorenza. A quiet cycle path along the Adige River takes you through endless apple orchards to the village of Lasa, where you can visit the marble museum. From here it’s only a short stretch to Silandro.

50 km, 350m climb, 1300m descent 

 

Day 3:    Ride from Silandro to Merano
38 km

Descending through the Venosta Valley you ride amidst the marvellous scenery of snow-capped mountains and endless pine forests. Stop for a cappuccino in the lively town of Naturno and watch the local life. The bike path then winds down a narrow gorge before entering the broad glacial valley. Reach Merano, a famous Spa town since IX century. Princess Sissi spent long periods of time convalescing thanks to the area’s particular microclimate. During the afternoon go for a stroll along the beautiful promenade and discover the picturesque hidden corners of this magical place.

38 km, 150m ascent, 470m descent

 

Day 4:    Ride from Merano to Caldaro via Bolzano
48 km

Riding in between apple orchards you reach the town of Bolzano, the majestic capital of South Tyrol. From here the bike path heads south winding through rolling vineyards leading you up past the village of Caldaro (Kaltern in German) to the shores of homonymous lake.

48 km, 340m ascent, 475m descent

 

Day 5:    Ride from Caldaro to Trento
53 km

From the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro the ride follows the panoramic ‘Strada del Vino’ (Wine road) through numerous small wine villages. From here you descend into the Adige valley and enter the cycle path that takes you to Trento. Along the way why not try one of the ‘Bici Grill’ (cyclists bar) and visit century old villages like Egna and Salorno. Arrive in Trento and spend your free afternoon exploring the city. Your accommodation is in the old city centre.

53 km, 295m ascent, 325m descent

 

Day 6:    Ride from Trento to Riva del Garda
48 km

The first part of the route follows a bike path along the blue-green waters of the Adige River to reach the town of Rovereto (30km), then head westward gently climbing till you reach a small pass with stunning views on Lake Garda. A short descent brings you to the old town of Riva del Garda Riding through narrow medieval alleys you reach your hotel.

48 km, 150m ascent, 500m descent

 

Optional extra Day:   Circular ride in Riva del Garda

For those who wants to cycle more, it is possible to book an extra night in Riva del Garda and make this spectacular loop ride leading you into the ‘Valle dei Laghi’ (Valley of the Lakes). The nearby elegant town of Arco, a lovely quaint town filled with palm trees, situated on the slopes of a steep rock formation with a medieval castle perched on top. On a bicycle path amidst apple orchards and vineyards you cycle onward to the Lago di Cavedine, a beautiful alpine lake with crystal clear waters. This is a great place to stop for lunch while you enjoy the scenery of the imposing rock faces of Monte Brento and Monte Casale rising up hundreds of meters. You then traverse the rockslide area of the Marocche di Dro and reach Arco once again. Ride to Torbole and along the shores of Lake Garda until you arrive in Riva del Garda.

45 km, 390m ascent, 390m descent

 

Day 7:    Arrivederci Riva del Garda!

The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart from Riva del Garda to Rovereto by bus or taxi, unless you have pre-booked a private transfer. From Rovereto train station you can easily reach your departing airport.

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