- Uncover the colorful history and culture of Italy's best kept alpine secret
- Easy biking amid valleys and storybook villages framed by magnificent limestone peaks
- Pedal on bike paths past meadows strewn with wildflowers and filled with locals tending the rich soil
- Wonderful regional wines, including vernatsch, lagrein and gewürztraminer
- Enjoy a warm welcome at luxurious family-run hotels and the region's top restaurants
A Peak Experience in Northern Italy
Here atop Italy's rugged rooftop, a surprise awaits: a network of cycling routes and bike paths that keep us from traffic and allow us to ride with locals and tourists of all ages. From Italy to Austria, two-wheel it amid electric-green meadows, charming old-world villages and spellbinding limestone massifs. Discover valleys steeped in history and shaped by the heritage of the Ladin people, whose unique cuisine, language and traditions will flavor your journey. And savor exquisite alpine meals, fine Italian wines and cozy inns where you're welcomed like family.
Days 1-2 Welcome to Tyrolia, where a captivating mix of Italian, Austrian and Ladin cultures awaits Ready to dive into the spectacular Dolomites World Heritage site? Embark on a pleasant riverside ride past orchards, vineyards and castles Piste ciclabili in Italy, Radweg in Austria - whatever you'd like to call it, this bike path is idyllic! As you descend from serene Lake Resia, the scenery opens up to vast agricultural land laced with terraced vineyards and orchards.
Day 3 Delectable mountain cuisine - polenta, funghi, local cheese, canederli and apple strudel Meadows, woodland and quiet hamlets set the stage for today's ride along the Rienza River Sprechen Sie Deutsch? In the medieval town of Brunico, most residents speak German A haven of tranquility, the Aurina Valley greets you with a few short hills and delights with majestic vistas of the snow-covered peaks of the Zillertal range Soak up the scene of fairy-tale forests, barns and locals hand-cutting their lawns with traditional wooden scythes.
Day 4 Hidden valleys and storybook villages framed by magnificent limestone peaks Following peaceful cycling routes, make your way through the countryside to Lienz, Austria, a charming cobbled town ringed by jagged spires.
Days 5-6 Wonderful regional wines, including vernatsch, lagrein and gewürztraminer Spin along a picture-perfect route through a forested valley nestled among the Alps Savor the bounty of an alpine picnic in cozy Matrei Back in Lienz, celebrate an unforgettable week of biking over a festive farewell dinner Pedal into the Drava River valley before saying auf wiedersehen to Tyrolia.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
This is a perfect trip for riders who dream of experiencing one of Europe's most epic mountain landscapes - without having to face epic climbs and descents. You'll pedal from Italy to Austria on an excellent network of traffic-free cycling routes and bicycle paths. Along the way, all the pleasures of the Dolomites are yours to savor: breathtaking scenery around every bend, wonderful local wines, delicious alpine cuisine, welcoming inns and memorable cultural encounters.- Regional Manager, Italy
Romantik Hotel Oberwirt
Marlengo, Italy (2 nights) Enveloped by vineyards and bathed in sunlight, this first-class alpine hotel offers elegant rustic décor and gourmet dining experiences. (pool, spa)
Feldmilla Design Hotel
Campo Tures, Italy (1 night) Fall in love with the stunning surroundings and sleek minimalist-chic style of the "first carbon-neutral hotel in South Tyrol." (pool, spa)
Grand Hotel Lienz
Lienz, Austria (2 nights) Framed by the Dolomites and Austria's highest peaks, this lavish new hotel epitomizes "sustainable luxury" with its utilization of solar and geothermal energy. (spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle