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Along the Via Claudia Augusta 8IV

Austria   |  Italy

A tour of contrasts: mountains, rivers, lovely vineyards and the Mediterranean flair of Lake Garda are combined with historical sites along the 2000 year old Roman road.

A tour of contrasts: mountains, rivers, lovely vineyards and the Mediterranean flair of Lake Garda are combined with historical sites along the 2000 year old Roman road.

We start our journey in Innsbruck, the pearl of Tyrol, and follow an old pilgrimage route over the Mieminger Sonnenplateau. From here, we will cross the main Alpine ridge (by bike or by shuttle) via the Via Claudia, a historic trade route. We can now enjoy a ride downhill to the Vinschgau valley, savouring the scents of juicy apple orchards. In the background we can see the glaciers of the Ortler and the dramatic summits of the Dolomites – a valley which couldn't be more beautiful.

Further South, we can see that viticulture has defined the life of the the people living in this area for centuries. Ancient castles and historic cities such as Trento enchant us and gently introduce us to the Mediterranean flair with sunshine, palm trees and gelato at Lake Garda which already awaits us. The view from Monte Baldo over the huge lake is incredibly breath-taking and the glass of Amarone from the Valpolicella so enticing, one wishes for time to stop.

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Start/Finish: Innsbruck / Verona
Nearest airport: Innsbruck
Duration: 8 nights
Route: safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and streets
Accommodations: charming and carefully selected hotels
Highlights: Mieming Plateau, Gurgl Valley, Lago di Resia (Lake Reschen), Glorenza (Glurns), Merano (Meran), Laas marble bridge, labyrinth garden in Tscherms, San Romedio (Sanctuary of San Romedio), Monte Baldo, Giardino di Pojega
Minimum number of participants: 6
Please note paragraph 4.2. a) of our terms and conditions of travel to find out more about the cancellation of tour through Edelweiss Bike Travel when the minimum number of participants is not reached - Terms and Conditions
9 days vacation
7 day riding route

DAY 1: Arrival in Innsbruck
Please arrive at the hotel before 4pm for our welcome get-together.
DAY 2: Innsbruck - Kronburg
Crossing the Mieminger Sonnenplateau we cycle down into the Inntal valley and follow an old pilgrimage path to the cloister Kronburg.
[distance: 51 km, uphill: 1060 m; 32 miles, uphill: 3478 ft]
DAY 3: Kronburg - Glorenza (Glurns)
Per bike or shuttlebus we will continue our journey to cross the Alpine Ridge. We will pass by Reschensee, with its bizarre church tower that rises from the middle of the lake. From there we ride downhill to Vinschgau and the village Glurns, which is known to be the smallest village in Italy.
[distance: 88 km, uphill: 1260 m; 55 miles, uphill: 4219 ft]
DAY 4: Glorenza (Glurns) - St. Pauls
The Vinschgau welcomes us with endless apple orchards, framed by the glaciers of the Ortler. A stone quarry strikes us featuring the finest white Italian marble. The labyrinth garden in Meran is a true treasure, and offers the perfect place to enjoy a tasty lunch beside a romantic brook and mill wheel.
[distance: 82 km, uphill: 280 m; 51 miles, uphill: 919 ft]
DAY 5: St. Pauls - Trento
From here you will see vineyards as far as your eyes can reach, century-old cultures. Via an old mule track we will pass by San Remedio, where the mountain valley opens up and we reach Trentino.
[distance: 79 km, uphill: 1720 m; 49 miles, uphill: 1720 ft]
DAY 6: Trento - Riva del Garda
We will leave the Dolomites behind us and dive right into the Mediterranean flair of Garda lake. Enjoy the Italian sun and the pristine waters of the lake. Breathe in the sweet smells of lavender and rosemary and relax.
[distance: 47 km, uphill: 200 m; 29 miles, uphill: 656 ft]
DAY 7: Riva del Garda - Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella
Today we will travel by cable car to the top of Monte Baldo, which offers us a last magnificent view over the lake before we say goodbye. We will continue our journey to Valpolicella, known for its very delicious wine. We will certainly make sure to try some.
[distance: 62 km, 610 m; 39 miles, uphill: 2001 ft]
DAY 8: Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella - Verona
We cannot leave Valpolicella without having visited Villa Rizzardi in Negrar. From here we head south towards Verona, enjoying the views and wonders of the river Etsch. We will cycle over an old Roman bridge as we enter the town. Another highlight awaits us, both culinary and cultural.
[distance: 39 km, uphill: 900 m; 24 miles, uphill: 2953 ft]
DAY 9: Departure from Verona
We will be happy to take you to the nearest train station or airport. We wish you a pleasant journey home.

Tour prices 2019

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 2.840,-
Riese & Müller Nevo
$ 3.140,-
Single room supplement$ 260,-

Tour prices 2020

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 2.840,- *
Riese & Müller Nevo
$ 3.140,- *
Single room supplement$ 260,- *
* Please note that the dates and prices for 2020 are not confirmed yet. The dates shown on our website are preliminary dates for 2020 and might change. Also, for this tour there are yet no prices confirmed for 2020. If the tour price differs more than 5% from last year’s pricing you can cancel your participation until October 31, 2019 without any cancellation fee.

CUSTOM TOURS: For custom tour bookings please refer to the pricing included in the special tour offer for your tour. If having any questions please contact our service team at customtours@edelweissbike.com!

Prices start at $ 2.840,-

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22.06. - 30.06.2019
31.08. - 08.09.2019

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20.06. - 28.06.2020
29.08. - 06.09.2020

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