Munich to Venice Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | From £809 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Grand tour from Bavaria to the Adriatic Coast
• Enjoy the marvellous views onto the Lech valley
• Visit the royal palaces and the world famous church Wieskirche
• Cycle along the river Eisack
• Explore the pretty cathedral square in Trento
• Sample some Grappa in Bassano
Cycle Route Profile:
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. Due to the longer tours, we recommend that those doing the 8-day tour are sporty cyclists with good fitness or those who choose to cycle with E-bikes.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: 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…)
Day 2: Munich – Sylvensteinsee/Fall approx. 85 km
The Isar cycle path takes you through lush riparian forests to Bad Tölz via Wolfratshausen and Geretsried. This place really is on the intersection of two trade paths – the Isar and the old salt road from Reichenhall to Allgäu and it quickly developed into a booming cargo transfer site.
The richly ornamented town houses are still witness to this heyday. Today you will also cycle along the river Isar to the impressive Sylvensteinsee via Lengries.
Day 3: Sylvensteinsee/Fall – Innsbruck approx. 95 km
The reservoir resembles a fjord in the way that it is penned in by high mountains on the way to Austria. Soon after the border you will reach the famous lake Achensee. The mountains tower above you, whilst you cycle comfortably along the shore to Maurauch or Pertisau. 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.
Day 4: Innsbruck – Bruneck approx. 80 km + Transfer Brennerpass
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. 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.
Day 5: Bruneck – Cortina d`Ampezzo approx. 60 km
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. Afterwards the 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.
Day 6: Cortina d`Ampezzo – Conegliano approx. 115 km
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.
Day 7: Conegliano – Venice/Mestre approx. 95 km
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!
Day 8: Departure or extension
Cycle paths through the river valleys of Lech, Inn, Etsch and Brenta. Bus transfers via the mountain passes Fernpass and Reschenpass, and then followed by an descent of more than 1200 metres in altitude down to Venice.
Nevertheless there will be several small ascents, in order to stay away from traffic or when the cycle path stops following the course of the river.
From Bassano del Grappa you cycle on small roads with little traffic. On very short connecting sections or sometimes with town entrances and exits, cycling with moderate traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map.
The Munich to Venice tour stays in 3 star and 4 star hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Accommodation as mentioned
– Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
– Welcome briefing
– Luggage transfer
– Transfer (bus or train) Innsbruck – Brenner incl. bike
– Well developed route
– Detailed travel documents (maps showing the route, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– GPS data available
– Rental bike insurance
– Service hotline
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Munich to Venice, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 29.04. – 06.05.2017
Season 2: 07.05. – 23.06.2017
Season 3: 24.06. – 09.09.2017
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £809 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £859 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £899 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £219
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: £809
Single Supplement: £219