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Transalp - Imst to Riva del Garda

In seven day stages you will ride across the Austrian and Italian Alps & Dolomites to end at the magnificent Lake Garda.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Imst > Riva del Garda
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20

Service

Crossing the Alps by road bike

Spectacular routes, stunning passes, well-known stage locations, and a seamless professional organization make this trip a unique and unforgettable experience.

Uncover the colorful landscapes of the Alps and Dolomites, enjoy superb biking in numerous sorts of terrain with experienced guidance & assistance by Panarotta bike staff.

Included:

  • 8 nights in hotels
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily packet lunch
  • 7 fantastic road bike stages
  • Tour leader/ bike guide throughout the entire program
  • Detailed bike route descriptions and GPS tracks
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Riva del Garda back to Imst

Not Included:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rental; from € 150 (8 days)
  • Bicycle Insurance
  • Personal expenses

 Itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Imst, a charming town situated in the heart of the Tyrolean region. Today we meet in our hotel, fine-tune our bike equipment, go for a spin and review the program of the upcoming days.

Day 2: Stage 1 > Imst - Brixen

Distance & elevation gain: 154 km + 2786 altimeters (95 mi. + 9140 ft)

Passes: Kühtai, Brenner

From Imst for several flat kilometersthe route takes us to the entrance of the Ötz Valley, where we start our climb up the 2017 meter high Kühtai Pass. This is definitely the most challenging part of today’s stage as in the next 18 kilometers we gain 1250 altimeters, and will be faced several 10% inclines. The following descent then leads us down to Sellrain, where we enter the Inn Valley to ride on to Innsbruck. From here we commence the climb up the Brenner Pass. With only 700 altimeters spread out over 35 kilometers, after previously having mastered the Kühtai, this ascent will seem like a ‘false flat’. From the heighest point, a nearly 40 kilometers long descent all the way to Brixen awaits us.

Day 3 : Stage 2 ​ > Brixen - St. Vigil

Distance & elevation gain: 111 km + 3059 altimeters (68 mi. + 10036 ft)

Passes: Sellajoch, Pordoijoch, Passo Campolongo

On today’s stage we venture right into the heart of the Dolomites and will ride the famous ‘Sellaronda’. From the Eisacktal, on small roads we head to the entrance of the Val Gardena. A 24 kilometer long ride takes us through this picturesque valley, and its quaint towns of St. Ulrich, St. Christina and Wolkenstein. Toward the end ascending along the north flank of the Langkofel we reach the Sellajoch (2234 meters), the world famous pass that will grant us a spectacular panorama of the Dolomites. Next up is beautifully winding Passo Pordoi at 2238 meters, and after a short descent into Arabba we then tackle our final climb, the Passo Campolongo. Our ‘Sellaronda’ ends after we ride down the mountain and into the ski resort of Corvara. From the nearby hamlet of Zwischenwater a short uphill of 200 altimeters brings us to our destination in St. Vigil.

Day 4: Stage 3 ​ > St. Vigil - Sillian

Distance & elevation gain: 132 km + 2697 altimeters (82 mi. + 8848 ft)

Passes: Furkelpass, Lago di Misurina, Passo Sant’Antonio, Kreuzbergpass

With the Dolomites at our back from St. Vigil the route leads steeply up and over the Furkelpass. From Olang we then continue on quiet back roads and bike lanes passing by small villages and farmhouses until we reach Toblach in the Hochpustertal. Here begins a scenic circuit around the Sextener Dolomites overlooking some of the most beautiful and famous mountains of the Dolomites. From Toblach we gently ascend until Schluderbach all the while having the impressive Drei Zinnen and the Monte Cristallo in our view. From the backside of the Drei Zinnen we reach the pristine alpine Lago di Misuria and commence a long descent to Auronzo. Here we face a steep climb of 600 altimeters up to the Passo Sant’Antonio. The following descent brings us to Padola from where we ride up the relatively easy Kreuzbergpass. The remainder of the stage is all downhill to the finish in Sillian. ​

Day 5: Stage 4 ​ > Sillian - Fiera di Primiero

Distance & elevation gain: 135 km + 2709 altimeters (83 mi. + 8887 ft)

Passes: Passo Cimabanche, Passo Giau, Forcella Aurine, Passo Cereda

Once more our way leads through the Sextener Dolomites. We warm up on the way to Passo Cimabanche to then continue downwards to Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of Italians most famous ski resort. Here the Dolomites reveal their remarkable beauty showing off its incredible peaks: Cristallo, Tofana, Sorapis and Antelao. From Cortina we ascend the legendary Passo Giau (2237 meters), truly one the most beautiful of all Dolomites passes. On the following 40 km descent from Passo Giau to Agordo batteries can be recharged, needed for the final 1000 altimeters climb up the Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda. Situated at the base of the awe-inspiring Pale di San Martino lies Fiera di Primiero, our destination of today. Time to say arrivederci to the Dolomites after three days of fantastic riding.

Day 6: Stage 5 ​ > Fiera di Primiero - Crespano del Grappa

Distance & elevation gain: 126 km + 2443 altimeters (78 mi. + 8015 ft)

Passes: Passo Croce d’Aune, Passo San Boldo, Monte Tomba

Leaving the Dolomites behind us the stage takes us from the scenery of rugged mountain peaks to the elegant land of the Prosecco-vines. With the remarkable rock spires of the Pale di San Martino at our backs, on flat roads we traverse the Primiero valley and later on enter the canyon of the Val Schener. Passing through remote mountain villages we then climb up the Passo Croce d’Aune, at 1011 meters. From here our route takes us down the hill to the town of Feltre, and then through the flats alongside the Piave river bed. Next the little Passo San Boldo (708 meters) awaits us. The gentle ascent up this pass is perhaps not very spectacular yet its descent all the more. Constructed during WWI, a steep and narrow road winds down the mountain through a series of tight switchbacks, some of them within tunnels! At the bottom of the hill we reach the Val Marino and proceed toward to the prosecco-capital of Valdobbiadine. Our grand finale today is formed by the climb up the Monte Tomba following beautiful quiet backroads. A pleasantly winding downhill brings us to Possagno, and to the finish line in Crespano del Grappa.

Day 7: Stage 6 > Crespano del Grappo - Levico Terme

Distance & elevation gain: 144 km + 3248 altimeters (90 mi. + 10656 ft)

Passes: Monte Grappa, Cima del Campo

A big stage lies ahead of us today and it will require our fullest commitment. After few kilometers we reach the bottom of the monstruous climb up the Monte Grappa; 26 kilometers & 1567 altimeters. Prepare yourself! After a long descent down the north side of the mountain, in the town Arsie we are presented our second climb of the day; at 1400 meters elevation the Cima del Campo pass will make us gain another 1100 altimeters. The thrilling downhill ride from the top will once again grant us spectacular views of the Pale di San Martino. We ride through Castello Tesino and eventually reach the Valsugana valley. Thirty more kilometers mainly on flat roads will then takes us to the finish in Levico Terme. With the Levico lake right at hand we will (likely) spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in its refreshing waters.

Day 8: Stage 7 > Levico Terme - Riva del Garda

Distance & elevation gain: 96 km + 2505 altimeters (59 mi. + 8218 ft)

Passes: Kaiserjägerweg, Passo della Fricca, Passo Bordala, Passo Santa Barbara

Our final stage, to conclude our superb adventure that has led us across the Alps and Dolomites. Though the ride is relatively short, there are still 2500 altimeters to digest. From Levico Terme we immediately head out for the ‘Kaiserjägerweg’, an old military road that is now considered a classic not-be-missed climb. This winding road, skilfully carved out from the rocks, will offer us magnificent views on the Caldonazzo lake and his little brother Lago di Levico far down below. The stage continues over the Altipiano di Lavarone to the Passo della Fricca before going down again in the direction to Trento. Just before the town the route drops down into Mattarello and then crosses the Adige valley to the small town of Aldeno. Passing by the Lago di Cei, the rides continues up the Passo Bordala, our final uphill challenge of this week. The descent from the pass follows a spectacular road winding through a pine forest. From the bottom it’s then merely a short pleasure ride the FINISH LINE in Riva del Garda.

Mission completed, hat’s off to you!

Day 9 > End of trip

Accommodation

Great accommodations & tasty meals is what awaits you after every extraordinary day.

Location

Ride through the beautiful and spectacular Austrian and Italian Alps & Dolomites in a tour of a lifetime.

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