The Dolomites and Lake Garda is our new tour. It offers a fantastic blend of Alpine scenery and Italian cuisine.
This is a holiday of two halves. You will ride an exhilarating rollercoaster mountain passes. And also you will relax in tranquility of lemon trees and olive growths.
Both base hotels on this tour are four star and biker friendly. They have swimming pools as well as wellness centers. The hotels have excellent restaurants as well. They serve a great selection of traditional regional and national dishes.
You start your journey from Folkestone. For those with longer journeys down South alternative crossing can be arranged.
During the next three days you’ll travel through Luxembourg, Germany as well as Austria. You will have an overnight stop in each country.
Your route from Austria to Italy will take you over the Timmelsjoch high alpine road. With its sixty spectacular bends it guarantees a truly memorable biking experience.
In the Dolomites you’ll be staying in a traditional alpine style hotel. It is located in a small enchanting ski resort in Val Badia region.
You’ll have an opportunity to ride some of the most spectacular mountain passes. These include Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi as well as Passo di Compolongo. Passo di Castalunga and of course Passo Dello Stelvio also can be included. You might also decide to use some of your free time to have a lunch on the shores of crystal clear Lake Misurina.
The nearest large town is Bruneck. It has a wonderful town center and a castle with a museum devoted to the mountain people. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants to sit down and relax.
Alternatively, you may prefer to take a ride to Bolzano. The town has an attractive cathedral as well as medieval center. But the jewel in the crown is the fascinating museum. It is also home to Ötzi. He is a copper age man found preserved in a nearby glacier.
Leaving the Dolomites behind you’ll take a short but enjoyable ride. You pass through the famous ski resort of Madona di Campiglio. It will take you to your next destination on the Lake Garda shores. This is your time to park your bike and unpack your panniers. Jump into your shorts and flip flops and fully immerse into hustle and bustle of nearby towns of Torbole and Riva Del Garda.
Like anything in Italy, exploring this region should not be rushed. There are many options and alternatives worth considering. You might choose to visit the world-famous Sirmione’s thermal pools. Also explore some of many Roman ruins. Or go on a ferry-hop ride between lakeside villages. For those with sommeliers interests there is also a great variety of vineyards to visit.
A popular ride will take you to the ski resort of Molveno. The town is famed for its crystal clear alpine lake as well as beautiful views. The ride is not too long so there is plenty of time to explore and also have a lunch.
If you happen to be here in mid May than you can head to Brescia to see the historic Mille Miglia. Check out the timetable, find a vantage point and watch the motoring history blast by.
In June the Chiaretto wine festival in Bardolino is a must visit event. Enjoy wine tasting and food stalls along the promenade as well as live music and entertainment.
During June and July many of the towns around the lake host regular Jazz festivals and other music events.
Day trips to Verona as well as Venice are highly recommended. However, to avoid riding through city traffic using public transport might be a good idea.
To extend this trip please have a look at Austrian Tyrol and/or Swiss Alps tour.
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