Innsbruck to Venice
This incredible cycle route follows ancient trade routes and will lead you from the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck to the Festival City of Verona. Utilizing old railroad tracks and dam pathways that have been converted into modern cycle paths for most of the route, you can enjoy the impressive towns and mountain views almost without being disturbed by any traffic. There are some great cities such as Brixen, Bolzano, and Trento that are sure to provide cultural highlights on the way!
The landscape at the Brenner Pass, at 1,370 meters of altitude, is almost alpine, and in Brixen beautiful orchards and quaint vineyards dominate the scenery. At the Salurner Klause you will enter “real” Italy. From here you will experience Mediterranean flora and fauna. This beautiful bike tour is sure to offer a lot of variety – whether it is nature, culture, or cuisine you wish to experience; this tour has something to offer for everyone!
From £1375.00 P/P
After making your own way to Innsbruck you will have a welcome brief and have your bikes fitted. After this, why not take a walk around the old town and see the city tower and “Golden Roof”.
After waking up in Innsbruck, it’s time to head up on either train or minibus to the Brenner Pass. Brenner is a small border town to Italy, from here you will peddle on a cycle lane predominantly by the river Eisack. This path will lead you through the small village of Gossensass and then onto Sterzing, which was home to the Fugger. From here you will head to Thumberg, home of the stunning Reifenstein castle. Next head through Stilfes and Mittenwald on to Franzensfeste, home to a famous fortress. Along the cycle lane you will go all the way to Lake Varna and then Brixen – today’s destination.
As you cycle by the Eisack River your first stop will be in Klausen and on to Waidbruck, which has an amazing view of Castle Trostburg. From here you will start heading to the Bolzano Basin, where the valley becomes noticeably thinner. Your destination for the night is Bolzano, a city which binds two cultures in a fascinating way. Enjoy attractions such as the Archaeological Museum with Ötzi the Iceman.
The river Adige will form the scenery for most of the day, as well as some orchards on the way to Salurn. Salurn is where South Tyrol stops being German speaking. Peddle on to Trento where you can explore the gorgeous architecture and old town.
Here you will see the Adige valley getting even narrower with amazing scenery. Here are impressive mountains towering, on which majestic castles were built centuries ago to guard them on the below trade routes. One of today’s important points is Ala, don’t miss this Mozart city. Your stop for the night will be Rivalta which is accessible on a cycling route.
On day 6 you will head to Verona on the excellent bike trail by the river Adige. On this day there is a long distance to cover so there will be few stops. Verona is Romeo and Juliet town! Enjoy their balcony and statue, as well as the exciting amphitheatre.
Today’s route will start off flat until you reach the Monto Berici hills and then the excursion area of Vicenza, where you can find a beautiful view of the city. You can cut this distance by doing the first part on train to San Bonifacioln. Once you get to Vincenza enjoy the old town with its Palladio spirit and the architecture from the Middle Ages.
On the route out of Vincenza there are many Venetian villas, for example the Villa Rotonda. As you go along the river Bacchiglione you will get to Abano Terme, which is a popular Italian spa town. Padua is easily accessible from Abano Terme by bus, as well as St Anthony and the scholars. You can choose what you want to do this evening, you can stay in Abano Terme and enjoy the thermal baths, or you can opt to stay overnight in Padua (this will cost a little extra)
On your last day of cycling, the sea is the goal! With a pleasant wind helping you on the route, enjoy landscapes of meadows and fields. You will eventually reach your destination of Venice, which you will reach by an frequent bus service.
Either the trip ends here, or you can add on more days.
You will cycle on beautiful bike paths along the Eisack and Adige river valleys. From Verona you will mainly cycle on quiet side roads. You will be taken up to the Brenner Pass from where you shall descend 1,300 meters in altitude. There are only a few short climbs on Lake Caldaro and before Verona. If you prolong the tour to Venice, the only exhausting part is the Monte Berici before Vicenza (about 400 meters in altitude). This is a bike tour for everyone!
Total distance cycled: 400 km
Starting point of the cycling holiday: Innsbruck
Route Map (for guidance only):
All route notes, maps and information for this cycling holiday will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX files are available for most of the cycling holidays we offer.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Standard Bike Hire
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing (German, English)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Well developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- NEW – Entrance to Villa La Rotonda Gardens included
- Bus transfer from Innsbruck – Brenner incl. your bike
- 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)
- Route signposting
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
- Flights to/from the start and finish
- Evening meals (unless stated)
- Local daily taxes (payable at the hotel)
- Water bottles
- Travel insurance
- Transfers (unless stated)
- Bike Rental
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.