South Tyrol – One Hotel Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £719 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Ride the newly opened cycle path to Merano
• Visit Messner Mountain Museum
• Sample some wonderful pasta dishes
• Visit the medieval town of Klausen & Saben monastery
• Cable car to Upper Bolzano
Cycle Route features
South Tyrol: Who does not think of excellent wines, Törggele meals, the Dolomites, and the scenic beauty of the landscape when hearing this name?
A bicycle tour through South Tyrol can truly become an amazing holiday.
This tour will show you cities like Bolzano, Merano, and Trento.
You will get to Lake Kalterersee and through beautiful orchards and vineyards.
A bicycle tour through South Tyrol is always also a culinary exploration. Our tour is for sure one of the most convenient ways to explore South Tyrol by bike.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Arrival in Bolzano
We recommend taking a walk through the capital city of South Tyrol.
Day 2: Merano Tour approx. 65 km or 35 km + train journey
From Bolzano, you will cycle along the river Eisack and then on a newly opened cycle path to Merano. The spa town at the junction of the rivers Passer and Adige is waiting for you with its many attractions (ancient fortress, Tappeiner way, spa promenade, Post Bridge …). Your way back will lead you via Lana (Schnatterpeck Altar), through orchards and vineyards, to Eppan and back to your hotel.
Day 3: Trip to Lake Caldaro and Lake Montigglersee approx. 45 km
You will cycle on the bike path past the castle Sigmundskron (Messner Mountain Museum) and continue to Eppan with fantastic views across the valley to Lake Caldaro. You will find a huge number of grapes and apples along the way. Later, you will return through the nature reserve Montiggler Seen (possibilities for swimming!) and slightly uphill to Bolzano.
Day 4: Trento Tour approx. 65 km
Today, you will ride your bike southwards on the Adige bike path from South Tyrol, via Salurn, into the Trentino area. Immediately after leaving the German-speaking part of Italy behind you, you will get the chance to try some wonderful pasta dishes (included in the tour package price). Trento’s picturesque old town with its cathedral, numerous palaces, the Castello del Buonconsiglio, and of course cosy cafes and colourful shops is your final destination today. Return transfer by train to Bolzano.
Day 5: Brixen Tour approx. 45 km
The day starts with a train journey to Brixen. The old cathedral town is beautifully located in the middle of vineyards. You should definitely visit the picturesque old town with its arcades and cathedral. On your way back to Bolzano, you will come across the medieval town of Klausen with the monastery Säben. Then, you will cycle downhill on an old railway line, which was transformed into a beautiful bike path. ?
Day 6: Trip onto the Mountain Ridge Ritten approx. 30 km
The panoramic cable car will take you up to 1,221 metres of altitude to Upper Bolzano (bike ticket not included, approx. € 45/two-way-ticket). By bike (or alternatively by narrow gauge railway) you will get to Lake Wolfsgrubensee and further to Klobenstein. From there, it is only a short distance to the unique earth pillars, a fantastic natural phenomenon. Then you will return to Upper Bolzano and take the cable car back down to the valley. Alternatively, you can descent from Klobenstein to the Eisacktal valley.
Day 7: Departure or extension
Many bike paths and farm tracks lead through orchards and vineyards.
Only sometimes you will find yourself on short connecting roads with moderate traffic.
You will cycle mostly downhill on flat roads, but there are also some short climbs.
For almost all stages there are shortcuts or extensions you can take instead of taking the routes described below.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map.
The South Tyrol – One Hotel tour stays in a 4* hotel carefully chosen for it’s location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
– Overnight stays in Hotel Scala Stiegl (4*)
– Ample breakfast buffet
– Excellently planned routes
– Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– 1x Pasta meal for lunch
– Train journey from Trento to Bolzano incl. bike
– Train journey from Bolzano to Brixen incl. bike
– Ascent and descent with the Rittnerbahn (excl. bike)
– GPS tracks available
– Service hotline for the duration of the tour
Hotel Scala Stiegl 4****
The 4**** hotel is located in the heart of the city Bolzano presenting its beautiful art nouveau façade and offering historic charm.
The hotel has been run by the family Trafojer for generations and was renovated extensively in 2008. The family’s love for gastronomy can be felt in every detail in the hotel.
The stylish and modern rooms ensure a wonderful stay, just as the first-class restaurant with a garden or the quiet park with palm trees and cypresses, and the beautifully landscaped pool and sunbathing area do. Limited number of free parking places (no reservation possible).
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.
South Tyrol – One Hotel, 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Every day between April and October
Season 1: April – April | September – October
Season 2: April – May | September – September
Season 3: May – September
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £719 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £769 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £799 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £229
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £99
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Hotels: Hotel Scala Stiegl (4*)
Holiday Price: From £719
Single Supplement: From £229