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From the Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling

From the Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling


    NEW FOR 2018

From the Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling

  • Relaxed waterfront towns, cosmopolitan cities, traditional pastel-painted Alpine villages
  • Unique fusion of mountain and Mediterranean climates, lifestyles and cultures
  • Flower-filled meadows, sun-soaked vineyards, terraced fruit orchards
  • Imposing Tyrol castles and historic Renaissance palaces
  • Riva, 'Pearl of Lake Garda' - with optional extra nights available
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1485 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every Wednesdays from 2 May '18 to 3 Oct '18
  • All buffet breakfasts included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email info@breakaway-adventures.com

Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, bright Trentino-Alto Adige is a timeless bilingual region at the crossroads of Italy and Austria.

As its double-barrelled name suggests, the region is made up of two areas: Trentino, in the south, is 98% Italian-speaking, whilst the mountainous terrain around Bolzano - known both as the Sudtirol (South Tyrol) and Alto Adige - has a unique mix of Italian and German landscapes, languages (German is the first language) and architecture. The architecture is that of the Austrian Tyrol: onion-domed churches stand in Alpine villages, where quaint wooden houses enjoy a mountain backdrop.

Offering a stunning yet dominant backdrop to the region is the UNESCO Dolomites, their jagged rock walls overlook the deep green meadows, acres of fragrant apple orchards and, further south, the lush vineyards of Trentino below.

Pedalling on well-maintained cycle tracks from your starting point in the mountain range in Sudtirol, you'll head through the emerald Val Pusteria valley, passing three rivers (Rienza, Isarco and Adige) en route to Riva on the lemon-lined shores of Lake Garda - a lively town with a mix of sun-worshippers and activity-seekers.

Along the route you'll stay in some wonderful towns. Distinctively Germanic, Villabassa, Brunico and Bressanone boast wooden buildings, beautiful squares and riverside settings. Bolzano is the turning point where Italy creeps upon you, its large piazzas, linked by porticoed streets, all shadowed by the mountains. Onwards into Trentino, and to the town of Trento where Italy arrives with a bang, the volume rises, as you wander within the old walls, admiring the mix of buildings from the C13 castle, to Renaissance and Venetian piazzas and grand buildings.

The local food is a splendid blend of the Austro-Italian cultures, where you'll easily find a traditional German beef pancake soup (Fladlesuppe) or a meat schnitzel being served alongside a sliced steak salad (tagliata), or apple strudel (apfelstrudel) next to panna cotta. Two staples of the region are pizza and cured meat, which are perfect washed down with a fruity red or fresh dry white wine or a beer. They seem to take the best food from both cultures, so large buffet breakfasts come with good fresh Italian coffee.

En route you'll stay in **** hotels located in the centre of the towns - offering the chance to sample the local food in a simple pizzeria or even a high-end restaurant. The accommodation styles vary from quaint Tyrolean-style hotels to a relaxing spa hotel in Riva. Four have swimming pools.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Villabassa

Perhaps have a stroll along the river before heading out for dinner. (Staying at the Hotel Adler, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Villabassa to Brunico 25km/16mi or 36km/22.5mi

There are two options on your first day. The longer option is a short circle to visit Dobbiaco with its beautiful church and back to Villabassa. Then you'll continue along the Val de Pusteria following the milky blue Rienza River, passing deep green meadows, whilst mountains loom above. You'll admire a series of quaint Austrian-style towns, where there are plenty of opportunities to stop and have refreshments. Arriving in Brunico, take the time to walk up to its castle and enjoy wonderful views of the town. (Staying at the Hotel Corso, Breakfast only)

Day 3 Brunico to Bressanone 45km/28.5mi

Make your way to the head of the Val Pusteria today, continuing along the Rienza river, passing castles and lovely towns. You could wander around Chienes, with its Baroque church and the parish church with the best-preserved altar in the Tirol. Just before Rio Pusteria you'll see the impressive ruins of the Chiesa di Rio Pusteria, and heading onwards, the biggest fort in Alto Adige, the Forte di Fortezza. Then it's on a forested track to meet the Isarco River and into Bressanone, perhaps stopping at the Abbiaza di Novacella (or return on your day off).(Staying at Hotel Gruner Baum, Breakfast only)

Day 4 At Bressanone

You could easily spend the day exploring the stunning town of Bressanone. Visit the C10 cathedral, rebuilt in Baroque style in the C13, the Renaissance Bishop's Palace, which houses several artworks, including a nativity scene with more than 5,000 figurines, and the interesting Pharmacy Museum. Or cycle back to visit the Abbiaza de Novacella or take a trip on the Plose cable car from nearby San Andrea. (Staying at Hotel Gruner Baum, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Bressanone to Bolzano 44km/27.5mi

The Isarco River leads you out of Bressanone. The cycle tracks today hug the river, at times you are almost above the river, as you meander along the edge. Take time to stop in impressive Chiusa, the mediaeval town with narrow streets and little art and craft shops. Standing above the town is the impressive Castel Sabbiona. Enjoy the downhill ride as you criss-cross the river on perfect cycle tracks. At the exit of the village of Blumau, perhaps stop for lunch in their lovely beer garden before heading into Bolzano for your next two nights. (Staying at Park Hotel Luna Mondschein, Breakfast only)

Day 6 At Bolzano

Bolzano is a treat of a city to walk round; it was in 2014 voted as having the 'best quality of life in Italy'. It is where Italy really begins, despite still being in the German-speaking region, 75% of its inhabitants now speak Italian as first language. Aside from wandering around the city's piazzas and porticoes, there are some interesting monuments and museums. The big attractions are the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, which houses a mummy of Otzi the Iceman, the Gothic cathedral, modern art museum, or the Dominican Church housing a series of C14 gothic art. There are also three castles and a cable car that takes you out of the city to the small town of Ritten, where there are some nice walking routes. Alternatively, you can take the train to the spa town of Merano, and cycle back along the Adige River for 32km. (Staying at Park Hotel Luna Mondschein, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Bolzano to Trento 65km/41mi

The longest day of the holiday is a lovely flat ride following the Adige River, and the narrow Adige valley, passing beautiful cliffs as you cross into Trentino and out of German-speaking Italy. Apples turn to vines as you cycle alongside vineyards. Maybe take time to stop in Egna, once a Roman village, you can still see one of the old Roman houses and pass the old arcades in the old town. Follow the river through a lovely relaxed nature reserve before arriving in bustling Trento with its stunning architecture. (Staying at Grand Hotel Trento, Breakfast only)

Day 8 At Trento

Highlights today include the Piazza del Duomo where the magnificent late Baroque fountain is framed by the C12 Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and the frescoed Museo Diocesano Tridentino, home to one of the most important ecclesiastical collections in the country. Don't miss either the Castello del Buonconsiglio, residence of the Prince-Bishops of Trento between C13-C18, and the Via Prepositura, where beautifully restored pastel buildings date back to the ancient Roman City. (Staying at Grand Hotel Trento, Breakfast only)

Day 9 Trento to Riva del Garda 48km/30mi

You'll have a real sense of achievement today as you complete your final leg, with the option to visit Rovereto en route, down from the mountains to the shimmering waters of Lake Garda. Writers and artists, inspired by the wild beauty and vibrant Mediterranean-style colours, have been coming here for centuries, with Goethe calling it 'a marvel of nature, an enchanting place'. (Staying at Hotel Astoria Park, Breakfast only)

Day 10 Leave Riva del Garda

We take you to Rovereto for your train to Verona or onwards, or maybe spend a couple of extra nights relaxing on the lake.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Adler, Villabassa

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This award-winning, family-run hotel maintains the highest standards of South Tyrolean hospitality with a refined personal touch. The hotel itself combines the traditional with the modern and, following this ethos, the rooms and suites all have their own individual and sometimes eclectic style, and are all furnished to a very high standard. The hotel's restaurant offers tasty Tyrolean fayre, Mediterranean dishes as well as international specialities.

The hotel's wellness centre includes relaxation rooms, an indoor swimming pool and sensory showers as well as a Finnish sauna, steam bath and vitarium (similar to the Finnish sauna but a lower temperature).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Corso, Brunico

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The hotel Corso is superbly located in the centre of lovely Brunico. Sitting on the main boulevard, the hotel is traditionally decorated with a lovely facade, the hotel dates back to more than 300 years. The rooms are large and airy with traditional decor. The hotel has it's own restaurant and pizzeria, and offers a turkish bath and sauna with beautiful views of Brunico castle.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Gruner Baum, Bressanone

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The Hotel Gruner Baum sits across the river from the centre of historic Bressanone. The hotel has two buildings - the main hotel and it's annexe, the Residence Gasser. Rooms can be located either in the main hotel or the Residence. Both offer comfortable large rooms, some of those in the Residence have balconies overlooking the river.

Attached to the hotel is a large Spa and Wellness centre, complete with indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and a gym.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Park Hotel Luna Mondschein, Bolzano

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The Park Hotel Luna Mondschein sits on the edge of Bolzano's historical centre with the entrance, from a medieval street, opening up to a historical coutryard. The hotel dates back to the middle ages when it was referred to as the 'Taverna Manschein' making it one of the oldest inns in South Tyrol. Since 1789 it has been run and owned by the same family.

The hotel manages to combine old and new perfectly, with the medieval courtyard making way for large modern rooms that have all the comforts. The rooms look out over the hotel's large park and to the mountains in the distance, yet just a step outside the front door and you are back in the bustling city. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast which, in good weather, can be taken in the garden. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, a small fitness room and a small Spa area with steam bath and Finnish sauna.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Grand Hotel Trento, Trento

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Close to Piazza Dante, the elegant and refined Grand Hotel Trento, is centrally located over the road from the public gardens and the train station beyond. The hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with excellent facilities including LCD TV, Wi-Fi, minibar and ensuite facilities (shower or bath). Each different floor of the hotel has its own colour scheme.

There is a frescoed bar, a high quality restaurant offering a range of dishes using fresh, local produce and a wellness centre with a sauna and a range of treatments.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Astoria Park Spa Resort, Riva del Garda

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The Hotel Astoria Park provides an oasis just 1km from the old town of Riva. The hotel boasts 15,000 square metres of park, which includes a large outdoor swimming pool. There is also a large Spa with a small indoor pool. For those who don't want to venture into town for dinner, the hotel also has an a la carte restaurant.

The rooms have been decorated in a contemporary style and are light and airy, many with mountain and park views. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes. In summer months this can be taken outside on the veranda.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
02/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £109 £120

All prices shown above are valid from 18/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Adler, Villabassa

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This award-winning, family-run hotel maintains the highest standards of South Tyrolean hospitality with a refined personal touch. The hotel itself combines the traditional with the modern and, following this ethos, the rooms and suites all have their own individual and sometimes eclectic style, and are all furnished to a very high standard. The hotel's restaurant offers tasty Tyrolean fayre, Mediterranean dishes as well as international specialities.

The hotel's wellness centre includes relaxation rooms, an indoor swimming pool and sensory showers as well as a Finnish sauna, steam bath and vitarium (similar to the Finnish sauna but a lower temperature).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Astoria Park Spa Resort, Riva del Garda

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The Hotel Astoria Park provides an oasis just 1km from the old town of Riva. The hotel boasts 15,000 square metres of park, which includes a large outdoor swimming pool. There is also a large Spa with a small indoor pool. For those who don't want to venture into town for dinner, the hotel also has an a la carte restaurant.

The rooms have been decorated in a contemporary style and are light and airy, many with mountain and park views. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes. In summer months this can be taken outside on the veranda.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
02/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £109 £120

All prices shown above are valid from 18/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Kette, Venice

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The Hotel Kette is set in the heart of Venice, a short distance from Teatro La Fenice, from via XXII marzo, the elegant shopping street, 2 minutes from piazza San Marco and only 10 minutes from Ponte di Rialto. So this is an excellent base for exploring the many delights Venice has in store.

The 63 en suite rooms are immaculately furnished and are fully worthy of the four-star rating.

It is possible to reserve a non-smoking room (please contact us and we will request this for you).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Giulietta e Romeo , Verona

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The Giulietta e Romeo hotel, named after the town's most famous lovers, lies in a quiet side street just yards from the Arena. The hotel is fairly modern in style and very comfortable. There is a large lobby area, which leads onto the breakfast room, which is decorated in white with subtle lighting and art deco friezes on the windows.

The rooms are all carpeted and traditionally decorated in blue and red decor with cherry wood furniture. They are all en-suite and have double-glazing so there is little noise from the street. A couple of rooms even have the famous Juliet style balcony if you fancy a re-inaction!

Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Giulietta e Romeo have a balcony with a step up.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Venice Airport at 15:20, and back to Rovereto train station at 07:00.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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May 2018 Tour only Availability
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Oct 2018 Tour only Availability
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Every Wednesdays from 2nd May 2018 to 3rd Oct 2018, for 9 nights.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £99 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Venice Airport at 15:20, and back to Rovereto train station at 07:00.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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