From Merano to Garda Lake! Cycling Tour in South Tyrol for families
South Tyrol from its best side! You will set off by bike from the Meran basin. You will keep cycling through orchards and vineyards and past palaces and castles and by doing so you mill make your way across Bolzano, Trento and Rovereto and then finally to the magnificently blue lake Garda. You can enjoy the tasty
Italian meals just as much as the Mediterranean scenery. In almost every district in southern Tyrol you will find a swimming pool to cool down in. Or you can grab yourself a tasty “Gelato” on your way. At the end of your family cycle tour, the beach area by the glistening lake Garda is waiting for you with its many places to
play and to do sport. Swimming fun and “Dolce Vita” is guaranteed for the whole family whilst on the cycle tour in southern Tyrol and in Trentino.
DAY 1: Arrival in Reschen
Arrive in Reschen and move into your accommodation. The travel documents and rental bikes (if booked) will already be in your hotel.
DAY 2 :Reschen – Schluderns approx. 25 km
Enjoy the unparalleled panorama in Reschen and breath in the fresh mountain air. Then you are off: two marvellously glistening lakes await already on your first cycle stage. You cycle past romantic snow-covered mountain tops and through unspoilt nature. Take a quick plunge into the the refreshing Lake Reschensee, featuring the renowned steeple in the water, or into the slightly smaller Lake Haidersee. Info signs explain a great deal about animal dwellers. Then you continue cycling leisurely downhill on the best-maintained cycle path via Glurns, the smallest town of South Tyrol, onwards as far as Schluderns. Knight-enthusiasts get their money’s worth at Churburg-castle: here you have the chance to visit the world’s largest private armoury! Hotel example: Hotel Saldur
DAY 3 Schluderns – Schlanders approx. 30 km
Past the Biotope ‚Prader Sand‘, one of the last meadow-areas in South Tyrol, you cycle onwards to Laas today. This is also the place, where the world-renowned white marble is mined. We recommend you seize your chance and sample the tasty, yellow-orange Vinschger-apricots or at least purchase a jar of the marvellously sweet jam to take home with you. Invigorated by those treats you continue through orchards as far as Schlanders, today’s Day Finish. In the main town of the Vinschgau-region you get to marvel at the highest church tower of the country and jump into the cool water from the 3-metre diving platform of the outdoor pool.Hotel example: Goldene Rose
DAY 4 Schlanders – Naturns approx. 20 km
Today apple blossom meadows, fruit plantations and picturesque villages line again your cycle path across the Vinschgau region. Gleefully you cycle to Latsch. You have time to visit the ‚AquaForum‘. This water park offers a lot of fun for families featuring sport pool, kids zone with water features and a 50 metre long tube-slide. Onwards past Kastelbell with its picturesque palace into today’s Day Finish Naturns. If you still fancy more splashing, Naturns offers a further opportunity to do that: a visit to the adventure pool with giant slide is a splendid idea especially on hot summer days. However there are other things to discover in Naturns as well such as fun playgrounds and even an adventure train station. Hotel example: Kreuzwirt
DAY 5 Naturns – Merano – Excursion into the Passeiertal-valley approx. 15 – 35 km
And again you are on your bike today! Along the flat terrain in the valley along the Etsch river dam cycling is a true pleasure for both adults and kids. The impressive panorama onto the Merano valley basin and the surrounding mountain world is a constant companion along today’s route. Take a leisurely break at the picturesque pond of the Rabland-habitat. Past the outdoor swimming pool of Algrund, you cheerfully reach Merano at last. It is sheer bliss to just stroll through the centre of the beautiful cultural town with Mediterranean flair. Then you have the option to cycle ad libitum onwards into the Passeiertal-valley, where the fruit and wine growing areas reach deep down into the valley. Cycle along the same route back to Merano. Hotel example: Flora
DAY 6 Merano – Bolzano approx. 35 – 45 km
Have you ever frequented the thermal springs of Merano? If not you have another chance today, before you embark on your final cycle tour. One more time you leisurely cycle downhill along the river Etsch. With fruity apple plantations appearing sheer endless along your route. Past Lana, where we recommend a visit, in order to check out palaces and castles ruins, and then proceed all the way to Bolzano. In the country’s lively capital you can visit the Natural History Museum and in the Archeology Museum you find out everything about the most famous South Tyrolean celebrity – Ötzi! An exciting finale to your amazing cycling holiday through South Tyrol. Hotel example: Scala Stiegl
DAY 7 Departure or extension
Today you have to say goodbye to the Italian flair. Or you stay some more nights in the beutiful sunny Bolzano?