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Dolomites Italy Spa & Cuisine Bike Tour


About your bike tour

Cycle in northern Italy amid stunning views of the Alps and Dolomite mountains, stay in luxurious family run and boutique 4-star hotels in Brixen, Bolzano and Merano, relax in spas, saunas and thermal baths after each ride, 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. We start our tour in the cathedral town of Brixen/Bressanone. We ride through the green Puster Valley, which centers on the medieval town of Bruneck. Then onto Bolzano, its surroundings graced by the mild climate. We pedal past idyllic vineyards around Eppan where the largest contiguous fruit growing region in Europe continues up to Lake Kaltern. We roll down through the fertile Vinschgau Valley into Merano.


Itinerary

arrive in Brixen, a cathedral town the is a popular ski resort area in the winter. Check into the 4-star hotel, the Goldene Krone, where we will spend the next three nights.

Stroll through Brixen and enjoy dinner at the hotel or one of the carefully selected restaurants we recommend to you. Overnight in Brixen.

Welsberg - Rienz - Puster Valley - Bruneck - Brixen

We take a local train to Welsberg where our ride begins. Today we enjoy a gentle bike ride down from 1,100 meters down to 600 meters. We cycle along the wildly romantic Rienz with its fantastic views onto the Dolomites through the Puster Valley. We can visit the South Tyrol Museum of Ethnography in Bruneck. After the visit in the attractive old town, the journey continues through small villages, woods and fields. A short (train) transfer brings us back to Brixen.

Dinner at the hotel or one of our recommended restaurants in town and overnight in Brixen.

Cable car to Plose - Würzjoch mountain peaks - Puster Valley - Brixen

A cable car takes us up Plose, the ski region. We take a challenging ride with breathtaking views of the mountain peaks up to 2,003 meters elevation through the Würzjoch mountain pass. Later, we cruise down the long descent into the Puster Valley. We take the train back to Brixen. As an alternative, we can go along a flatter route to Sterzing.

Dinner at the hotel or one of our recommended restaurants in town and overnight in Brixen.

Brixen - Klausen - Bolzano

Today we follow the babbling Eisack River southward though the narrow valley on an ancient trade route gentle downhill from 600 m down to 275 m. Stop in the morning in the medieval municipality of Klausen with its alleyways nestled between the river and the cliff. We pedal onto the elegant city of Bolzano (Bozen in German), where we'll spend the next two nights at the 4-star Mondschein Parkhotel Luna.

After the ride, enjoy a stroll through the hotel's own garden or check out Bolzano charm. Dinner at the hotel or one of the selected restaurants in town we recommend.

Round trip around Lake Kaltern

After breakfast, our 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 Kaltern, where we can take a vineyard tour. After encircling Lake Kaltern, the journey continues along the Adige back to Bozen.

Dinner at the Mondschein Parkhotel Luna or one of the selected restaurants in town we recommend.

Bolzano - Merano

Today we take a short bike ride along the Adige into the spa town of Merano. TheTherme Merano Hotel’s modern architecture is unique and gracious. In the afternoon, we have time to visit the thermal baths and explore Merano

Dinner at the Therme Merano's restaurant or at one of the carefully selected hotels we suggest in town.

Day trip into the Vinschgau

The Vinschgau train brings us to Mals, a beautiful mountain region bordering Switzerland and Austria. The ride today consists of a wonderful long gentle descent through Vinschgau Valley (from 1000 m down to 300 m). In Glurns, the smallest municipality of South Tyrol, provides a nice place for a break. We ride through lush gardens, vineyards and woods, finding our way back into the rushing Adige again and again, as it leads us back into Merano.

After another relaxing visit to the spa and thermal baths, we enjoy a last dinner the Therme Merano's restaurant or at one of the carefully selected hotels we suggest in town to celebrate the last night of our tour.

After a last breakfast, our tour comes to an end. We hope you had a wonderful relaxing time here in South Tyrol!


Photos of this bike tour


What we love

  • the energetic and sophisticated cities of Bolzano and Merano
  • the natural beauty of the Dolomites mountains
  • relaxing in the spa after the day's bike ride
  • the restaurant suggestions are carefully chosen and include the region's top gourmet spots
  • the hotels on this tour are a pleasure to come home to every evening

What to know

  • rental bikes are available but at an extra charge
  • ebikes are available on this trip
  • GPS devices are available, availability is limited

Arrival Info

Tour begins in Brixen/Bressanone, Italy. Nearest airports are Bolzano, Milan, Venice or Munich, then train to Brixen.

Departure Info

Tour ends in Merano. Train back to airport in Bolzano, Milan, Venice or Munich.

Tour Season

May 17th – October 11th 2014


Check-in

  • Saturday

Accommodation & Rates

  • $1,402: Double Room (1 bed)
  • $1,402: Double Room (2 beds)
  • $1,654: Single Room

Included

  • 7x hotel in 4-star hotels with spa
  • 7x breakfast
  • route map and information guide
  • entry to thermal baths in Merano
  • carefully selected restaurant suggestions
  • luggage transport

Not included

  • bicycle rental - available at additional cost
  • entry to spas

Description of Accommodation during the bike tour

Brixen/Bressanone - Hotel Goldene Krone (3 nights) 4-star family run hotel, opened in 1717. Includes a gourmet restaurant and lounge, full wellness spa (offers include a hay flower bath in a glass winter garden under the stars), terrace and fresh water fountain. Bozen/Bolzano - Mondschein Parkhotel Luna (2 nights) 4-star family run hotel and restaurant in the center of elegant Bolzano. Mentioned in the historical record way back in the Middle Ages, as Taverna Manschein, the Mondschein Hotel has been in the possession of the Mayr family since 1798. The grounds include a grand hotel park, built in 1907, with garden restaurant. The hotel also includes a gourmet restaurant and lounge. There is also a spa that inlcudes sauna, bio sauna, steam room, salt grotto with whirlpool, showermax, bucket shower, and relaxation room. Meran/Merano - Hotel Therme Meran (2 nights) 4-star boutique hotel designed by south Tyrol's star architect, Matteo Thun. Includes gourmet restaurant and lounge and excellent spa facilities at the Terme Merano wellness paradise, connected to the hotel as well as its own spa facilities, the Passer Wellness and Spa.


Photos of Accommodation

Photos are examples, actual hotel & room may vary.


24 Speed hybrid man

$105.00

24 Speed hybrid woman

$105.00

E-bike

$210.00

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Price from:
$1,402
Location
Süd Tyrol, northern Italy
Distance:
304 km (51 km/day)
Type:
independent
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Type of Biking:
Hybrid
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
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