Munich – Lake Garda
From the banks of river Isar to the Lake Garda
Join pure leisure cycling with the adventure of traversing the Alps from Germany over Austria to Italy – starting from the capital of Bavaria – Munich and ending on the coast of the most popular lake of Italy, the Lake Gardasee, which seems a patch of sea set between the Alps and northern Italy’s Pianura Padana.
From Bressanone you cycle on the Eisacktal cycle path and then along the river Etsch to the biggest lake of Italy, lake Garda. On cycling paths or small side roads you will experience three countries with their various regions and lots of outstanding natural and cultural beauties. The tour starts in the capital of Bavaria – Munich – and leads along Bavarian lakes and Tyrolean rivers to the Austrian-Italian border. Through the Wipptal and Eisacktal you cycle into South Tyrol’s capital Bolzano, where you may pay a visit to the oldest Tyrolean – Ötzi – the Iceman. Along the river Etsch fruit meadows and green fields will accompany your way to Lake Garda. The cycling tour from Munich to Lake Garda is a very varied tour. The most demanding stage over the Alps (Innsbruck–Brenner) can be shortened by train or bus. Between the Etsch Valley and Lake Garda there is only one long ascent. There is plenty of time to look at cultural places of interest or relax along the way.
8 days / 7 nights
Day 1: Munich
Individual arrival to the first hotel in Munich.
Day 2: Munich – Bad Tölz
(approx. 60 km)
You leave Munich along the river Isar. It goes past monasteries, through Bavarian villages and the Isar Auen to the rafting town of Bad Tölz with its old town.
Day 3: Bad Tölz – Maurach/Jenbach/Schwaz
(approx. 70 km)
From Bad Tölz along the river Isar to lake Sylvensteinsee. Through the Karwendel Nature Park you will cross the German-Austrian border and rach the holiday region Achensee and the same named mounatin lake. If you like, you can take a boat trip on the Achensee. Overnight stay depending on availavility in Maurach/Jenbach/Schwaz.
Day 4: Maurach/Jenbach Schwaz – Brixen/Bressanone
(approx. 90 km + train or bus)
From Jenbach you cycle on the cycling path - the river Inn along – into Tyrol’s capital Innsbruck. Visit the historic city with its famous „Goldene Dachl“ (Golden Roof) or go on an excursion on Mount Isel with its ski-jump or the Tirol Panorama „Berg-Isel-Museum” in remembrance of the battle of Mount Isel under the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer. The demanding part from Innsbruck to the Brennero pass, border between Austria and Italy and at the same time watershed and cultural axis, will be done by transfer (train or bus). Only a few buildings remind of the former border between the two European countries. From the Brennero you cycle along the old railway track to Vipiteno and further on to Bressanone.
Day 5: Brixen/Bressanone – Bozen/Bolzano
(approx. 40 km)
The tour continues along the Eisacktal valley past the city of Ponte Gardena with a view of the castle Trostburg. From here the valley gets narrower on its way to the capital town of South Tyrol, Bolzano. The town itself has much to offer, the arcades, the lawns by the river, a visit to the Ice Man in the Archaeological Museum or sitting and drinking a coffee in one of the many cafes in town.
Day 6: Bozen/Bolzano – Trento
(approx. 65 - 70 km)
From Bolzano there are two ways to get to Salorno. Either along the old railway track to Überetsch and then further on to Caldaro and its famous and beautiful lake Kalterer See, or through the wide Etsch Valley along the bike path. At Salorno you leave the German speaking province of South Tyrol and enter the famous Trento wine growing region and the Diocese town of Trento.
Day 7: Trento – Riva del Garda/Torbole
(approx. 45 - 50 km)
The Etschradweg leads you futher to the South. After passing the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto you leave the Etschtal valley and go over the San Giovanni Pass rising to 287 m in altitude above sea level on the route to Lake Garda.
Day 8: Riva del Garda/Torbole
Return transfer to Munich or possibility to extend your stay.
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By car: From the North - motorway A9, from the South using the Brennero motorway A22 to Austria and along the E45 to Germany and then on the A8 to Munich.
By train: Munich train station. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Low Cost flights to the airports Munich, Innsbruck, Treviso or Venice Marco Polo. On request we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the tour.
Hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!
The car can be parked on the parking facilities of the first hotel in Munich, at a charge. Parking has to be booked in advance and paid on the spot. You have to leave your car key in the hotel.
Return transfer from the hotel at Lake Garda to hotel in Munich every Saturday, € 178,00 per person (minimum 4 persons, bicycle included – reservation required, payment upon booking).
• 21-gears men’s and woman’s bicycle
• E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100km)
• Accommodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category
• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Personal tour information
• Transfer by train or bus from Innsbruck to the Brennerpass
• Well planned routes
• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
• Arrival to the starting point of the tour
• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
• Lunch, Dinner
• Not mentioned entries
• Rental bikes and travel insurance
• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“
Questions and answers
The car can be parked in the first hotel. Reservation in advance; payment on site; the car key must be handed in at the hotel.
This section of the rout is demanding and would have to be travelled on a busy state road.
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