Relaxed waterfront towns,cosmopolitan cities, traditional pastel-painted Alpine villages
Unique fusion of mountain and Mediterranean climates and cultures
Flower-filled meadows, sun-soaked vineyards, terraced fruit orchards
Imposing Tyrol castles and historic Renaissance palaces
Riva, 'Pearl of Lake Garda' - with optional extra nights available
This self-guided cycling holiday introduces you to the sunny Trentino-Alto Adige, a timeless bilingual region at the crossroads of Italy and Austria, close to the border with Switzerland, and home, according to Goethe, to "the most beautiful wine garden in Europe".
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the region is a Mecca for all types of outdoor enthusiast. In the rural north, endless orchards and vineyards are punctuated with kite-surfing lakes, hiking trails and cycling paths, while, further south, sailing clubs and plush motor yachts add a touch of Mediterranean glamour to the lemon-lined shores of Lake Garda.
Starting in the traditional Italian mountain village of Silandro, in the heart of the unspoiled Val Venosta, the cycling follows a linear route south passing Alpine meadows, pretty wine villages, historic spa towns and ancient art cities before a final downhill spin brings you to the shores of Riva, 'Pearl of Lake Garda', famed for its pine-fringed beaches, sailing and stunning sunsets.
This holiday has been carefully crafted to include lots of 'out-of-the-saddle' experiences too. You'll visit riverside Merano, a place of retreat for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, beautiful Bolzano (ranked as the top city in Italy in a recent quality-of-life survey), and cosmopolitan Trento, whose rich architectural interest stems from its fascinating blend of Renaissance and Germanic influences.
|Meals||Buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Bolzano rail station at 15:14 (Pick up), then transfer to hotel, 55 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Rovereto rail station by 08:02 (Drop off), transfer provided.|
|Rail Options||Verona Porta Nuova to Bolzano 13:45/15:14. Return: Rail Rovereto to Verona Porta Nuova 08:02/08:44.|
|Rail Supplement||Inquire for prices.|
|Singles||Add $34 per night. Solo traveler supplement is an additional $33 per night.|
|Other details||Child: Over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults; inquire for prices. Room upgrade: Prices from $14 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Merano and Riva del Garda. Prices from $86 per person, per night based on 2 s|
|Hotels||**** (3 nights), *** (6 nights)|