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South Tyrol would like to tempt you on a two wheel trip! Whilst travelling along well-built cycle paths, you will get to know all about this little country, its  air and specialities. The unspoilt nature with its roaring rivers, the mountains and lakes with their legends, customs, and a culture of a country influenced by history, and the South Tyrolean hospitality with its specialities and excellent wines. This bike tour takes you along the cycle paths from eastern Pustertal and the Dolomites to the capital town of Bolzano; to lake Kalterer See, the spa town of Merano and into the Vinschgau Valley. A transfer takes you over the Jaufen Pass and from there you cycle to the town of Vipiteno where you get back and cycle to the Bishop’s town of Bressanone, official seat of the Bishop and provincial Diocese of the Catholic Church.

Characteristics of the route

An easy tour for everyone! In the last few years, the bike paths in the valleys have been re-constructed and in some cases, newly built. Although South Tyrol is better known for its mountains, you can also find easy bike paths in the valleys without great differences of altitude.

Tour programme

Day 1: Arrival in Brixen/Bressanone
Arrival at the hotel in Bressanone.

Day 2: Bressanone –Hochpustertal – Bressanone (approx. 65 km)
In the morning transfer from Bressanone to Toblach/Dobbiaco and bike delivery.
Today’s tour takes us along the cycle path past the well-known Prags Valley, which stretches to the south. This valley is one of the pearls of the Dolomites with its dark woods, white chalk cliffs and turquoise water of the lake “Pragser Wildsee”. Following the River Rienz, the bike path goes past the Olang Dam and onto the Michael Pacher town of Brunico. Continue on through the Pusteria Valley, pass the Mühlbacher Klause ruins and enter into the Eisacktal Valley. Shortly before Bressanone, you can visit the Neustift Abbey, and the historical centre is well worth a visit too.

Day 3: Brixen/Bressanone – Bozen/Bolzano (approx. 40 km)
Starting in Bressanone, you follow the Eisacktal Valley bike path alongside the River Eisack and cycle through the many vineyards which mainly produce white wine, past the picturesque town of Chiusa which is worth stopping to look at, and onto the capital town of Bolzano. Bolzano itself has much to offer, the arcades, the lawns by the river, a visit to the Ice Man in the Archaeological Museum or sitting and drinking a coffee in one of the many cafes in the town.

Day 4: Bozen/Bolzano – Eppan/Appiano - Lake Kalterer – Bozen/Bolzano (approx. 45 km)
Tour in the wine growing areas around Lake Kalterer. Passing by Castle Sigmundskron, you first cycle to Appiano, the largest wine growing area in South Tyrol. Appiano has a superb compilation of innumerable castles; manor houses, churches and farms. After Appiano you carry on towards Caldaro. Those who want can take a detour at St. Michael to the idyllic Montiggler lakes and have a swim. The village of Caldaro is worth visiting, as well as the Wine Growing Museum. Just past Caldaro you arrive at the lake before turning into the Etsch cycle path to return to Bolzano.

Day 5: Bozen/Bolzano – Meran/Merano (approx. 40 km)
You leave Bolzano via Sigmundskron Castle and then follow the Wine Road through the orchards. The famous South Tyrolean apples come from this area.
The oldest winery in South Tyrol which is situated in Andriano lies on the way. From here you carry on to Terlano, Nalles and then to Lana, which is worth visiting, before arriving in the spa town of Merano. The Mediterranean climate, that Empress Sissi once favoured, will surprise you. Blossoming parks and promenades, exotic plants, picturesque arcades, and the many Art Nouveau buildings give the town its special charm and flair. While in Meran, don’t forget to visit the Botanical Gardens at Schloss Trauttmansdorff.

Day 6: Merano – Malles - Merano (approx. 60 km)
The train takes you from Merano to Malles in the Vinschgau Valley. From here you can cycle through the whole valley towards Merano. The first stop is in Glurns/Glorenza, the smallest town in South Tyrol, and we carry on through the orchards to Prato allo Stelvio, Lasa, Silandro, Naturno and then back to Merano.

Day 7: Merano – Jaufenpass – Sterzing/Vipiteno – Brixen/Bressanone (approx. 35-50 km)
Transfer from Merano to the Jaufenpass (2092 m above sea level) and then on to Vipiteno. You may cycle also downhill from the top of the Jaufenpass through the countryside and enjoy the wonderful scenery! From Vipiteno you cycle southwards along the cycle path through the Eisacktal Valley to the former customs checkpoint at Fortezza and then heading back to Bressanone.

Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in hotels - 3*** and a 4****star category
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Bike rental
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • All transfers according to the programme: Brixen-Hochpustertal, Meran-Mals, Meran-Jaufenpass-Sterzing
  • Well planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the whole tour (German, Italian and English speaking)

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€115.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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€195.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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