Innsbruck to Verona via Brenner Pass & Lake Garda Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £819 per person
Other durations available on request.
Full holiday prices by date are shown on the ‘Book Now’ tab.
Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the ancient trade route from Innsbruck to Verona
• Old railway lines and pathways have converted to modern cycling paths
• Stop off at Brixen, Bolzano and Trento along the way
• Explore the best of the Tyrol and the Mediterranean Italy
Cycle Route Profile
You will cycle on beautiful bike paths along the river valleys of Eisack and Adige. From Ala you will pedal short sections on side roads with little traffic. You will be taken up to the Brenner Pass from where the route will take you downhill 1,300 meters in altitude. There are only a few short climbs on Lake Kalterer See and before Verona. This is a bike tour for everyone!
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Innsbruck
Welcome briefing and bike fitting. For the rest of the day, we recommend visiting Innsbruck’s famous old town with its city tower and its “Golden Roof”.
Day 2: Innsbruck – Brixen approx. 50 km + transfer Brennerpass
After breakfast drive to the Brenner Pass (train or minibus). From the small border town of Brenner along the newly built cycle path, usually along the river Eisack, first to the small village of Gossensass and then immediately to the once mighty Fugger town of Vipiteno.
Continue to Thumberg and the beautiful Reifenstein Castle until you reach Stilfes and Mittewald Franzensfeste with its famous fortress. The bike path continues to the beautiful and quiet Lake Vahrn, to Vahrn and finally to the episcopal city of Bressanone, today’s stage destination.
Day 3: Brixen – Bolzano approx. 40 km
You will cycle through the town of Klausen, along the river Eisack to Waidbruck (view of the castle Trostburg). Here, the valley narrows and leads you to the Bolzano basin. The city of two cultures is waiting for you (archeological museum with Ötzi, the Iceman) – access into the museum with Brixen card on that day included.
Day 4: Bolzano –Auer approx. 30 km
Through numerous beautiful orchards and vineyards near the South Tyrolian wine route, you’re passing various castles and ruins while cycling to the Lake Kalterer See and to the charming winetown, Auer.
Day 5: Auer – Trento approx. 45 km
You will ride your bike from Auer on the Adige river dam bike path. At the Salurner Klause, the German speaking South Tyrol ends. The route will lead you through famous wine regions of Trentino to the old Episcopal city of Trento (old town, cathedral, castle Buonconsiglio).
Day 6: Trento – Lake Garda South approx. 50 km + boat trip
First, you will continue to cycle along the Adige, to Rovereto from here the tour leads westwards towards Lake Garda. In Mori you will taste the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna. After a short ascent, you will descend down to the lake to Torbole and on to Riva. From here, a boat trip will take you down the entire length of the lake to Sirmione or Desenzano.
Day 7: Lake Garda South – Verona approx. 50 km
Partly flat and partly hilly, the route will take you through the vineyards on to Verona, a town full of sights (the Festival Arena, Juliet’s house, the old town walls).
Day 8: Departure or extension
You will cycle on beautiful bike paths along the river valleys of Eisack and Adige. From Ala you will pedal short sections on side roads with little traffic.
You will be taken up to the Brenner Pass from where the route will take you downhill 1,300 meters in altitude. There are only a few short climbs on Lake Kalterer See and before Verona. This is a bike tour for everyone!
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Innsbruck to Verona tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses 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 service hotline.
|Innsbruck to Verona||Sample Hotel List|
|Innsbruck||Austria Trend Congress ****|
|Brixen||Hotel Krone ****|
|Bolzano||Hotel Scala Stiegl ****|
|Auer||Bio-Hotel&Residence Kaufmann ***|
|Trento||Hotel Everest ***|
|Ala/Rivalta||Albergo Olivo **|
|Verona||Hotel San Marco ****|
- Accommodation as already mentioned
– Breakfast buffet
– Welcome briefing (German, English)
– Luggage transfer between the hotels
– Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French, with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
– 1 Bus transfer from Innsbruck – Brenner incl. your bike or Landeck – Nauders incl. your bike
– 1 Boat ride on Lake Garda incl. your bike; just with variations via Lake Garda
– 1 Brixen card (free use of South Tyrolean public transportation, a roundtrip ride with the cable car Plose, free admission to Acquarena water park, free admission to nearly all South Tyrolean museums,)
– GPS-data is available
– 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
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle 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. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.
Innsbruck to Verona, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Saturdays between 25.04.2020 and 10.10.2020
Season 1: 25.04. – 08.05.2020 | 26.09. – 10.10.2020
Season 2: 09.05. – 19.06.2020 | 12.09. – 25.09.2020
Season 3: 20.06. – 11.09.2020
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £819 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £869 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £909 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £209
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels
Extra Nights (Prices are per person per night)
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single Supplement (SGL/BB)
Innsbruck: £69 | £30
Verona: £69 | £30
Venice/Mainland: £69 | £40
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.
Holiday Price: £819
Single Supplement: £209