Innsbruck to Lake Garda

This tour will take you wthrough well-known and popular cities, including Innsbruck, Merano, and Trento. Following the River Inn and the Adige, you will ride, via Lake Reschensee and Lake Caldaro, to Lake Garda. Your way will be lined by and incredible panorama of mountains. From Reschen to Lake Garda you will discover a different landscape as you cycle past beautiful orchards and vineyards. Discover a more tranquil way to explore the Southern slopes of the Alps, with Freewheel Holidays.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

Today you will have a welcome briefing and, for those with rental bikes, bike fitting. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Innsbruck. We recommend visiting the famous old town, here you will find the city tower with its iconic “Golden Roof”.

The former towpath, along the river Inn, will serve as your cycle lane today. It will take you by the foot of the Martinswand (mountain face) and through little villages and market towns to Stams (baroque Cistercian convent). From here, you will continue your tour via Haiming to Imst, which is also known as the “Merano of North Tyrol”.

Again, riding along the river Inn, today you will pass the monastery Zams on your way to Landeck. A bus will take you from there to Nauders. Here you will face a climb, however it is less than 100 metres in altitude to reach the mountain pass, Reschenpass. From there, you can enjoy riding downhill to Lake Reschensee, before continuing on minor roads to Mals (many towers in the centre) or to Burgeis at the foot of the castle Marienburg.

Today, you will begin with a trip to Glurns, where you will find perfectly preserved medieval city walls. Then, you will cycle past the Montani ruins, through Schlanders and down into Merano. Cycling past the beautiful Juval Castle owned by mountaineer Reinhold Messner along the way, enjoy the spectacular views of mountain massif Ortlermassiv and the mountain pass Stilfserjoch.

On day 5, you will ride through Lana and past the Schnatterpeck Altar, an impressively carved and gilded winged gothic altar, and continue through extensive orchards and vineyards on the South Tyrolean Wine Road, one of the oldest wine routes in Italy. Discover magnificent fortresses, castles, and ruins along the way such as Hocheppan castle, which is positioned high above the Val d’Adige, eventually arriving at Lake Caldaro. You will then stay overnight in the quaint wine town of Auer in South Tyrol.

You will cycle along the river Adige, and partially through delightful orchards before reaching Salorno, where the German speaking area of South Tyrol comes to an end. Discover the famous Trentino vineyards, where Trentino is renowned for its known for sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyards are located next to the dam ways, which will lead you to the beautiful town of Trento, boasting its colourful old town, cathedral, and castle Buonconsiglio, situated on a rocky hill in the centre of the city.

Today’s route will take you on the bike paths along the river Adige, through the city of Roverto at the southern edge of the Italian Alps and continuing to Mori. The route will take you westwards towards the majestic Lake Garda. Sample the world- famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna located in Mori and continue on a short climb up the Passo San Giovanni mountain pass (150 metres) where you will be exposed to spectacular scenery, and finally head down towards the idyllic Lake Garda to Torbole or Riva.

With the tour coming to an end, you will return your bike if you rented one and collect your luggage. You will either depart Lake Garda on this day, or alternatively there is an option to extend your stay if you wish.

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Route overview

Difficulty Level: Moderate

This route will take you on stunning cycle paths through the river valleys of the river Inn and river Adige, along a number of service roads between magnificent orchards and vineyards. You will ride from the Inntal valley to the Reschenpass in the Italian Alps. From there, the route will take you on a pleasant downhill cycle for more than 1,200 metres in altitude. Along the way, you will be required to cycle up a number of small climbs.

Starting Location: Innsbruck, Austria.

Bike hire options

This cycling holiday benefits from high-quality bike hire options that have been carefully selected for the tour. Each well-maintained bike has modern V-brakes, aluminium wheels and puncture-proof tyres based around a KTM frame. Dynamo lights, small panniers, repair accessories, a handlebar bag and a comfortable saddle ensure that you have everything you need for an enjoyable cycle tour. Rental bike insurance is included in every booking.


Standard Unisex Bike 21/24-gears

Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm (heights approx. 148 cm to 190 cm)


Standard Men’s Bike 21-gears with crossbar

Sizes: 63 / 60 / 56-51 cm (heights approx. 165 cm to 205 cm)


Rental Bike PLUS
Rental Bike PLUS is designed for a slightly sportier sitting position and finely tuned gears offer excellent riding flexibility. The KTM aluminium frame has a high-quality Suntour suspension fork and puncture-proof tyres.
Sizes: 63 / 60 / 55 / 51 / 50 / 46 cm (heights approx. 155 cm to 205 cm)


Unisex Electric Bike
The electric bikes available on this tour assist up to 25 km/h whilst pedalling. The pedalec motor is in the bottom bracket of the frame and the detachable batteries last for approximately 120 km. Each bike has an illuminated LCD and 8-speed internal hub gears. They weigh 23 kg and have a back-pedal brake. Only limited numbers are available.
Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 46 ‘xs’ cm (heights approx. 148 cm to 195 cm)

What’s included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Well developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English with route maps, route description,local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • 1 Bus transfer from Landeck – Nauders, incl. your bike
  • 1 Pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
  • Route signposting
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Not included

  • Optional extras
  • E-Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning, costs EUR 95 per person, EUR 29 extra for your own bike, to be paid in advance, reservation is necessary
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
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