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Gourmet, Wine, and Bike in the Südtirol

Eat – Drink – Bike – & Enjoy the panoramas of the Südtirol! Cycle from village to village, enjoying the variation in scenery, cuisine, and culture.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Brunico - Bruneck > Bolzano
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20

Service

Highlights

  • Experience the three rich cultures of the Dolomites – Italian, German, and Ladin – with their many traditions that make this region so unique
  • Cycle from village to village, enjoying the variation in scenery, cuisine, and culture from region to region
  • Experience the refined cuisine of northern Italy accompanied by excellent wines while traveling by bicycle
  • Combine haute cuisine, fine wines, and charming hotels with outdoor adventure
  • Explore hidden valleys, peaceful villages and the majestic Dolomites mountains, a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dates: This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing.

Activity Level: Moderate

For everybody in good and active physical health.

2016 COST:

  • Private Trip: From €2340 (per person, minimum 6 members)
  • Merano Extension: Available on request

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing upon arrival
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star superior hotel in Stegona/Brunico
  • 1 night accommodation in 4-star hotel in Bressanone
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star superior hotel in Bolzano
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • BikeMobil Card (combined bicycle rental and public transport) for 4 days
  • Novacella Abbey visit and wine tasting in Bressanone
  • Entrance at the pool complex Acquarena in Bressanone
  • Visit and wine tasting in Caldaro
  • Luggage transfer from Brunico to Bressanone
  • Luggage transfer from Bressanone to Bolzano
  • Professional bike guide for 4 days
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Merano Extension

  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Merano
  • BikeMobil Card (combined bicycle rental and public transport) for 2 days
  • Professional bike guide for 2 days
  • Luggage transfer from Bolzano to Merano
  • Airport transfers, and mountain bike / helmet rentals available on request.
  • Local medical and evacuation insurance available on request.

Itinerary

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Brunico / Bruneck, Dolomites

Arrive in Brunico / Bruneck on your own (private transfer available on request), and check in to your hotel. Situated at 850 meters (2,789’) above sea level, the picturesque town of Brunico enjoys a central location in the verdant Val Pusteria (Puster Valley), and is the heart and soul of this valley. Overlooking the town, and visible from a distance, is the Bruneck Castle, which houses the new “Messner Mountain Museum RIPA,” dedicated by South Tyrolean native, acclaimed climber, writer, photographer, and former member of the European Parliament, Reinhold Messner. Take some time during your visit to explore the museum, to walk along the Via Centrale enjoying the “Sissi style” architecture and the colored buildings of the old town, and to experience a small, big world as colorful as the seasons, and whose range of recreational activities is practically inexhaustible. In the afternoon, meet your professional bike guide who will provide a trip briefing, orientation, and maps, for your cycling adventure. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore the Brunico and Val Pusteria area. Enjoy dinner in your hotel. D… Hotel in Brunico (3-Star Superior)

Day 2 ~ San Candido / Innichen

After breakfast, visit the bike rental shop where you will rent bicycles (and helmets!) for your week in the Dolomites. Bike east towards the town of San Candido, across fields, meadows, and forests of the Alta Val Pusteria. San Candido lies at 1,175 meters (3,855’) in the Sesto Dolomites Natural Park, together with its hamlets: Versciaco, Prato Drava and Monte San Candido. Because of its charming valleys and to the opportunity to hike close to Austria, the village is a very beloved tourist resort. In summer, the majestic peaks surrounding San Candido are ideal for trekking, easy walks along the Drava river ad mountain bike tours. San Candido has been well-known since ancient times. Today you can admire some traces of its glorious past in the Romanesque church, the Museum of the Collegiate church, and the old thermal baths, which have been used since the Middle Ages. The parish church of St. Michele, the churches in the hamlets, the Burg cemetery, where many First-World-War soldiers are buried, and the Dolomythos Museum about the Dolomites, are also worth a visit. Gourmet lunch and dinner. (30km / 19 miles biking, 330m / 1,083’ ascent / descent.) B,L,D… Hotel in Brunico (3-Star Superior)

Day 3 ~ Bressanone / Brixen

After breakfast, bike towards the city of Bressanone, along the bike lanes of the lower part of Val Pusteria. From your hotel, you will ride following the bicycle path to Casteldarne and on to Rio Pusteria. At this point you will be half way through your biking day. Shortly after, you will encounter the small chapel of Stöcklvater (810m / 2,657’), the highest spot of the day; from the chapel bike downhill to Bressanone passing by the town of Aica. The third largest city and oldest town in the province, Bressanone (560 m / 1,837’), or Brixen in German, is the artistic and cultural capital of the valley. (Biking 42km / 26 miles, 400m / 1,312’ ascent / descent.) Enjoy lunch and a guided visit to the vineyard and the wine cellar or the Novacella Abbey. The Abbazia di Novacella is located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps. The mineral-rich soils, the elevation and the cool climate are all factors which explain the intense aromas and flavours as well as fruity, mouth-watering acidity found in the wines produced from the typical white Valle Isarco valley grape varieties. Here you will enjoy a guided tasting of four (4) red and white wines; you will also be able to visit the historic abbey and the library. Gourmet dinner. B,L,D… Hotel in Bressanone (4-Star)

Day 4 ~ Bolzano / Bozen

Bike south on the Val d’Isarco bike lane, alongside the Eisack River, which will lead you to the city of Bolzano (Bozen in German). The first town you will find on your path is the spectacular medieval Chiusa / Klausen. En route you can appreciate the view of the vineyards and apple orchards, which are one of the main sources of income for the valley, and the towns of Villandro and Barbiano. From Colma onwards, you will cycle where the old railway used to run, crossing bridges and tunnels that make your ride even more adventurous. Continue to the city of Bolzano / Bozen, where you can check in to your hotel for the next two nights. (46km / 28 miles bicycling, 300m / 984’ ascent and descent.) Bolzano / Bozen is the largest city in the South Tyrol, which is an autonomous province in Northern Italy authorized by a special statute which preserves the rights of the German-speaking minority in Italy. Gourmet lunch and dinner. B,L,D… Hotel in Bolzano (3-Star Superior)

Day 5 ~ Caldaro Wine Region

After breakfast, your bike route weaves up into the idyllic vineyard scenery around Eppan, and provides wide views into many country estates and manor houses, and then, into Caldaro/Kaltern. After encircling Lake Kaltern, the journey continues along the Adige River back to Bolzano/Bozen. Today you can enjoy a visit at the Kellerei Kaltern winery, one of the most important quality wine producers in Italy. The vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand, with strict guidelines for quality assurance, supervised by the cellar master. Enjoy a short tour and wine tasting, before you hop back on your bike and return to Bolzano. Gourmet lunch and dinner. (6km / 37 miles biking, 200m / 656’ ascent and descent.) B,L,D… Hotel in Bolzano (3-Star Superior)

Day 6 ~ Depart

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer on request). B…

Stay a little longer: Merano extension

Day 6 ~ Merano / Meran

The bike path from Bolzano to Merano connects South Tyrol’s two largest cities, and is considered to be one of the best in the province. The Bolzano-Merano path, part of the Adige bicycle path, is straight and not too steep; it can be done as a day trip, passing through varied countryside with apple trees, asparagus fields, and vineyards. The path affords beautiful views of the mountains, and is do-able even with small children. Today’s ride begins in Bolzano and, via Lana, leads to the center of Merano. Located between the Ötztal Mountains in the Gruppo di Tessa and the vineyards of Val d’Adige, the city of Merano (324m / 1,063’) offers many possibilities for those looking to partake in various holiday activities including cycling, as well as tennis, swimming in the natural pool, golf, horseback riding, and canoeing. Merano offers a wide network of cycling paths, clearly marked and surrounded by a natural landscape rich in culture. From the Adige Valley to the mountains, visitors can cycle with consistent temperatures through shady forests and flowering meadows, far away from the hustle and bustle of traffic. (33km / 20.5 mile biking, 60m / 197’ ascent and descent.) B,L,D… Hotel in Merano (3-Star)

Day 7 ~ Malles

Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta) is a true paradise for cyclists. Whether mountain bikers or families pleasantly cycling through the orchards, a valley full of scenic and cultural beauty awaits your urge to explore. Monuments of art history greet you from afar, but hidden gems of European class also wait for you to visit them. Take a very pleasant one-hour train ride to Malles. The stations dotted along the Venosta Valley line make up a unique series of cultural monuments, having undergone major refurbishment at the turn of this century, restoring them to their original beauty. The original stations in the Venosta Valley were built in 1906 following several modular criteria put forward by architect Willhelm Ritter von Flattich. While differing in size and configuration, these buildings share a variety of common traits. There is an homogeneity to all station buildings along the railway line. Indeed, modular architecture was very popular in railway buildings under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to the point where the Brennero and Pusteria Valley are regarded as a single architectural entity. When you arrive in Malles, your route back to Merano goes through fields, woods, along lakes, and along the Adige River, by streams and through meadows across the beautiful Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta). B,L,D… Hotel in Merano (3-Star)

Day 8 ~ Depart

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request). B…

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?

Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!

Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?

The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

Location

Cycle in northern Italy amid stunning views of the Alps and Dolomite mountains, stay in luxurious family run and boutique hotels in Bruneck, Brixen, Bolzano, and Merano, relax in spas, saunas and thermal baths after the rides, and feast on gourmet northern Italian cuisine and wines on this wonderful bike tour.

South Tyrol enchants with its appealing mixture of German traditions and Italian flair. Begin your tour in the medieval town of Brunico / Bruneck, the heart and soul of the verdant Val Pusteria. Ride through the green Puster Valley, which centers on the cathedral town of Bressanone / Brixen. Then onto Bolzano / Bozen, its surroundings graced by the mild climate. Pedal past idyllic vineyards around Eppan where the largest contiguous fruit growing region in Europe continues up to Lake Kaltern. Still want more? Extend your trip and roll down through the fertile Vinschgau Valley into Merano, one of the largest and best cities in the province, and on to Malles!

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