In the Italian Alps from the Dolomites to Bolzano and Merano

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In the Italian Alps from the Dolomites to Bolzano and Merano

A bicycle tour from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Bolzano 7d-6n

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  Self Guided

  Level:    Easy
  Tour Category:    self guided bicycle tours
  Area:    Northern Italy
  Price:    600
From Cortina the Queen of the Dolomites UNESCO heritage we will cross the ancient border with Austro Hungarian Empire to enter in the German speaking part of the Italian Alps ; the South Tyrol. our adventure will start on the cycling path on the banks of Drava (Drau), Danube river tributary river entering in Austria to move then to the Isarco and Adige river valley meandering through its many vineyards and apple orchards to the towns of Bolzano and Merano and through the canyon of Napoleon’s Rivoli.


 

Day 1: Arrival to Cortina d’Ampezzo

As you will arrive you will find your bike and have the possibility to ridealong the Ciclabile del Cadore a bikepath, mostly paved that connects Cortina to S. Vito

Ride details: Cortina – S Vito di Cadore (24km) EASY using the bike path back and forth mostly descending to S Vito, mostly ascending on the way back...

Special Event of the day: a walk in the historic centre of Cortina and a nice spritz aperitif!

 

Day 2:Cortina - Innichen / San Candido

Following the Drava river path we will enter in Austria to the town of Lienz (47km), to come back there is the possibility to use the train.

Ride details:

Short: Cortina - San Candido (approx 45km) MODERATE mostly on bike path with some gravel

Long: approx 55 km DIFFICULT with extra ride to Misurina Lake

Special Event of the day: the alpine conifer woods, views of the peaks, the Lago di Misurina, the Toblach lake, the Dolomites.

VISITS: http://www.schaukaesereidreizinnen.com/it/home.html

 

 

Day 3: Innichen / San Candido – Drava river bikepath

Following the Drava river path we will enter in Austria to the town of Lienz (47km), to come back there is the possibility to use the train.

Ride details:

Short: San Candido – Lienz EASY - 47 km circa mostly descent, return with train

Long: 94 km MODERATE using the bike path to come back

Special Event of the day: the bikepath the town of Lienz and the lake Tristacher, the Dolomites.

 

 

Day 4: Innichen / San Candido – Bressanone/Brixen

Today we head west on the Ciclabile della Pusteria bikepath

Ride details: level: MODERATE DIFFICULT – 80 km. Across 2 valleys with some hills to cross

Special Event of the day: the bikepath the town of Brunico, the Loden museum and wool making, Varna Lake, Novacella Abbey, Bressanone historic centre

VISITS: http://www.ahrntal.com/it/cultura/in-val-pusteria/museo-del-loden.html

 

Day 5: Bressanone/Brixen – Bolzano/Bozen

Ride parallel to the Isarco river, with views of fruit orchards and many vineyards on the slopes of the valley

Ride details: level: EASY – 50 km circa flat on the bike path

Optional out and back ride to Reinhold Messner Castle which is now a Mountain Museum.

Special Event of the day: the bikepath the town of Bolzano, its squares ,Frozen Fritz and bilingual Bolzano

VISITS: http://www.boznerbier.it/

http://www.iceman.it/

 

Day 6: Bolzano/Bozen –Merano/Meran loop

Along the Via Claudia Augusta road a Roman Imperial way now a bikepath we will get to one of the most beautiful town of the Sud Tyrol Merano with his stunning historic centre once attended by Richard Strauss, Rainer Maria Rilke and Princess Sissi of Austria

Ride details: level: Bolzano –Merano EASY – approx 35 km circa flat on the bike path and taking the train to go back to Bolzano

Or MODERATE approx 70 km to Merano and back on the bike path or through minor roads

Special Event of the day: Merano with his spas, vine estates, breweries

VISITS: http://www.forst.it/it/

 

Day 7: Bye Bye! Bolzano is well connected with the railway to the rest of Northern Italy, Austria and Bavaria


 
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