Innsbruck to Lake Garda - Austria to Italy Cycling Holiday

Take a self guided cycling holiday from Innsbruck in Austria to the largest lake in Italy,  Lake Garda. Explore the well known city of Innsbruck before setting off through vineyards and orchards and passing castles and palaces with the rivers Inn and Adige as your constant companion.

Prices from £829.00

2020 DATES AVAILABLE

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: 3*** & 4**** Hotels
  • Start/Finish: From Innsbruck to Lake Garda
  • Distance: 205 miles (330 km )
  • Duration: 7 nights - 8 Days
  • Availability: From April until October
  • Altitude:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Innsbruck where there is a welcome briefing and bike fitting.  For the rest of the day you are free to explore Innsbruck’s famous old town with its City Tower and its Golden Roof. 

Day 2: From Innsbruck to Imst 
Follow the towpath along the river Inn to the foot of the Martinswand (mountain face - a rock wall that is over 600 metres high) and then cycle through tiny villages and market towns to Stams with its  Baroque style monastery.  Continue on through Haiming to Imst, the so-called Merano of North Tyrol. 
Approx distance 40 miles (65 km)

Sample Hotel: Hirschen

Day 3: From Imst to Burgeis or Mals .  
Continue along the river Inn, past Zams monastery to Landeck.  From here a bus will take you to Nauders where you continue cycling uphill (less than 100 m in altitude) to the Reschenpass mountain  pass . Then its downhill to Lake Reschensee and along minor roads to Mals with its towers or to Burgeis at the foot of the Marienburg Castle.   
Approx distance. 31 miles (50 km)   25 miles (40 km) bus transfer

Sample Hotel: Garni Zum Hirschen

Day 4: From Burgeis or Mals to Merano 
Your day starts with a trip to Glurns with its perfectly preserved medieval city walls. Then cycle via the ruins of Montani castle, through Schlanders and down to Merano. On the way, you will pass some pretty castles and you have some marvellous views of the impressive mountain massif Ortlermassiv and the Stilfserjoch mountain pass.   Since 2004, the Venosta train (Vinschgaubahn) has been operating between Mals and Merano and its often possible to take this to travel part of the journey.  
Approx distance 40 miles (65 km )

Sample Hotel: Siegler im Thurm

Day 5: From Merano to Auer 
Today’s ride takes you to the market town of Lana.  Here, great historical importance is attached to the multitude of churches, chapels and monasteries spread over the village such as the ruins of Leonburg, Braunsberg and Brandis castles. The Schnatterpeck Altar, a high alter by the sculptor Hans Schnatterpeck can be found in the Assumption parish church of Lana di Soto.  Cycle on through the area of the South Tyrolean Wine Road passing fortresses, castles and ruins such as Hocheppan with its famous frescos, to Lake Caldaro ( Kalterersee). Overnight in the cosy wine town of Auer. 
Approx distance 34 miles (55 km)

Sample Hotel: Residence Kaufmann

Day 6: From Auer to Trento .  
Cycle mainly along the river Adige and through orchards to Salurn, where the German speaking South Tyrol ends. The famous Trentino vineyards are located next to the dam ways which lead you to Trento with its lovely old town with its cathedral (Cattedrale di San Vigilio) and Buonconsiglio castle. 
Approx distance. 28 miles (45 km) 

Sample Hotel: NH Trento

Day 7: From Trento to Riva or Torbole
Cycle on bike paths along the river Adige via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto to Mori where you can taste the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna. From here, the route leads westward to Lake Garda. After a short climb onto Passo S. Giovanni, you head down to the lake and to Torbole or Riva. 
Approx distance 31 miles (50 km)

 Sample Hotel: Caravel

Day 8: Departure or extra nights

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary. (Extra nights in Innsbruck or on Lake Garda are available on request. Please contact us by email: info@compass-holidays.com or phone us on: +44 (0) 1242 250642 for more information.) 
  • This tour will start in Innsbruck and end in Lake Garda.
  • The distance of this holiday is 320 km / 199 miles.

Essential Information:

  • Arrival every Saturday and Wednesday from April until early October
  • Innsbruck train station
  • Innsbruck and Munich airport
  • Multi storey car park costs €55 per week; to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible 
  • Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning, this costs €75 per person incl. your bike, to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary 
  • Public bus from Riva/Torbole to Rovereto, good train connections from Rovereto to Innsbruck

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday from Austria to Italy including:

  • The Golden Roof in Innsbruck 
  • Beautiful panoramic view of the Ortler mountain 
  • The Passer Promenade in Merano 
  • Olive groves by lake Garda
  • Monastery
  • Castles

Getting to Austria

By Rail – Innsbruck and Lake Garda can both be reached by train. On the journey out go to Innsbruck train station in Austria.  Returning from Italy take a public bus from Riva/Torbole to Rovereto and there are good train connections from Rovereto to Innsbruck and beyond.

This website will help you plan your trip.

By Bus – Flixbus run coach departures between London and Innsbruck on Saturdays and Sundays.  Click here for their website to help you plan your journey.

By Car – Innsbruck can be reached by car using ferries or Eurotunnel and well-maintained motorways.  The hotel car park costs EUR 12 per day, public multi-storey car park costs EUR 60 per week.  This is paid for locally and no reservation is possible.

Here is the website for Eurotunnel.

Here is a ferry comparison site.

Here is the AA route planner.

By Air – The nearest airports are Innsbruck and Munich.

Here is the Skyscanner website.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • Accommodation in 3*** and 4**** hotels
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English and German
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Bus transfer from Landeck to Nauders including bicycle
  • 1 Pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
  • Tour pack in English or German including one set of detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest, telephone numbers) per booked room.
  • Service Hotline
  • GPS-data is available
Excluded
  • Bike rental, including bike insurance (Optional Extra)
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Transport to Innsbruck and from Lake Garda
  • Optional Extra: Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning only, costs € 79 per person including bike, to be paid for locally, reservation is necessary
  • Anything not in included

Day 1: Individual arrival in Innsbruck where there is a welcome briefing and bike fitting.  For the rest of the day you are free to explore Innsbruck’s famous old town with its City Tower and its Golden Roof. 

Day 2: From Innsbruck to Imst 
Follow the towpath along the river Inn to the foot of the Martinswand (mountain face - a rock wall that is over 600 metres high) and then cycle through tiny villages and market towns to Stams with its  Baroque style monastery.  Continue on through Haiming to Imst, the so-called Merano of North Tyrol. 
Approx distance 40 miles (65 km)

Sample Hotel: Hirschen

Day 3: From Imst to Burgeis or Mals .  
Continue along the river Inn, past Zams monastery to Landeck.  From here a bus will take you to Nauders where you continue cycling uphill (less than 100 m in altitude) to the Reschenpass mountain  pass . Then its downhill to Lake Reschensee and along minor roads to Mals with its towers or to Burgeis at the foot of the Marienburg Castle.   
Approx distance. 31 miles (50 km)   25 miles (40 km) bus transfer

Sample Hotel: Garni Zum Hirschen

Day 4: From Burgeis or Mals to Merano 
Your day starts with a trip to Glurns with its perfectly preserved medieval city walls. Then cycle via the ruins of Montani castle, through Schlanders and down to Merano. On the way, you will pass some pretty castles and you have some marvellous views of the impressive mountain massif Ortlermassiv and the Stilfserjoch mountain pass.   Since 2004, the Venosta train (Vinschgaubahn) has been operating between Mals and Merano and its often possible to take this to travel part of the journey.  
Approx distance 40 miles (65 km )

Sample Hotel: Siegler im Thurm

Day 5: From Merano to Auer 
Today’s ride takes you to the market town of Lana.  Here, great historical importance is attached to the multitude of churches, chapels and monasteries spread over the village such as the ruins of Leonburg, Braunsberg and Brandis castles. The Schnatterpeck Altar, a high alter by the sculptor Hans Schnatterpeck can be found in the Assumption parish church of Lana di Soto.  Cycle on through the area of the South Tyrolean Wine Road passing fortresses, castles and ruins such as Hocheppan with its famous frescos, to Lake Caldaro ( Kalterersee). Overnight in the cosy wine town of Auer. 
Approx distance 34 miles (55 km)

Sample Hotel: Residence Kaufmann

Day 6: From Auer to Trento .  
Cycle mainly along the river Adige and through orchards to Salurn, where the German speaking South Tyrol ends. The famous Trentino vineyards are located next to the dam ways which lead you to Trento with its lovely old town with its cathedral (Cattedrale di San Vigilio) and Buonconsiglio castle. 
Approx distance. 28 miles (45 km) 

Sample Hotel: NH Trento

Day 7: From Trento to Riva or Torbole
Cycle on bike paths along the river Adige via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto to Mori where you can taste the world famous pistachio ice-cream in the Gelateria Bologna. From here, the route leads westward to Lake Garda. After a short climb onto Passo S. Giovanni, you head down to the lake and to Torbole or Riva. 
Approx distance 31 miles (50 km)

 Sample Hotel: Caravel

Day 8: Departure or extra nights

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary. (Extra nights in Innsbruck or on Lake Garda are available on request. Please contact us by email: info@compass-holidays.com or phone us on: +44 (0) 1242 250642 for more information.) 
  • This tour will start in Innsbruck and end in Lake Garda.
  • The distance of this holiday is 320 km / 199 miles.

Essential Information:

  • Arrival every Saturday and Wednesday from April until early October
  • Innsbruck train station
  • Innsbruck and Munich airport
  • Multi storey car park costs €55 per week; to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible 
  • Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning, this costs €75 per person incl. your bike, to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary 
  • Public bus from Riva/Torbole to Rovereto, good train connections from Rovereto to Innsbruck

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday from Austria to Italy including:

  • The Golden Roof in Innsbruck 
  • Beautiful panoramic view of the Ortler mountain 
  • The Passer Promenade in Merano 
  • Olive groves by lake Garda
  • Monastery
  • Castles

Getting to Austria

By Rail – Innsbruck and Lake Garda can both be reached by train. On the journey out go to Innsbruck train station in Austria.  Returning from Italy take a public bus from Riva/Torbole to Rovereto and there are good train connections from Rovereto to Innsbruck and beyond.

This website will help you plan your trip.

By Bus – Flixbus run coach departures between London and Innsbruck on Saturdays and Sundays.  Click here for their website to help you plan your journey.

By Car – Innsbruck can be reached by car using ferries or Eurotunnel and well-maintained motorways.  The hotel car park costs EUR 12 per day, public multi-storey car park costs EUR 60 per week.  This is paid for locally and no reservation is possible.

Here is the website for Eurotunnel.

Here is a ferry comparison site.

Here is the AA route planner.

By Air – The nearest airports are Innsbruck and Munich.

Here is the Skyscanner website.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • Accommodation in 3*** and 4**** hotels
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English and German
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Bus transfer from Landeck to Nauders including bicycle
  • 1 Pistachio ice-cream on the way to Lake Garda
  • Tour pack in English or German including one set of detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest, telephone numbers) per booked room.
  • Service Hotline
  • GPS-data is available
Excluded
  • Bike rental, including bike insurance (Optional Extra)
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Transport to Innsbruck and from Lake Garda
  • Optional Extra: Return transfer by minibus to Innsbruck every Saturday morning only, costs € 79 per person including bike, to be paid for locally, reservation is necessary
  • Anything not in included
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