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Etsch Bike Trail: Innsbruck – Bolzano 8 days

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Etsch bicycle path Innsbruck-Bozen

Start in Innsbruck, the „treasure vault of the Alps“, visit the monastery Stams and go to the pass Reschen easily by bus. Now the pleasure is just about to start! You enjoy a wonderful ride through the fruit orchards of the lower Vintschgau, follow the river Etsch into the charming small town Meran and through the wine area of the Trentino. The silence of the Lake Kalterer and the lively old town of Bozen with the famous access balconies are a phantastic end of your journey. The route leads mainly along real bicycle paths and small tracks across the fields. Although there is a gradient of 1200 m on the bicycle path from the lake Reschen to Bozen , you have to cope with small gradients every now and again.

1. day Innsbruck arrival

You must see the famous „Goldene Dachl“ and the Hofburg of Innsbruck! Welcome/briefing for the tour and handing out of the bikes.

2. day Imst 65 km

Discover the mountains of Tyrol along the Inn valley - it is a fascinating feeling to cycle on flat paths amongst the majestic mountains. After recommendable visit of the monastery Stams you roll to Imst.

3. day Burgeis–Mals 50 km + transfer by bus

Follow the river Inn until Landeck. Afterwards you go by bus (40 km) upwards onto the Reschen pass. What a wonderful panorama! You cycle past the sunk, much photographed church in the Reschen lake to Burgeis–Mals on smallest byways.

4. day Meran 65 km

Today you can admire many palaces, castles, ruins and monasteries, which stick to the rocks or sun theirselves amongst rolling wineyards like the mountaineer Reinhold Messner ´s palace Juval. The highlight is Meran with the beautiful city, the famous access balconies and the ethnic patios. If you want to be very early in Meran you may cut the biking stretch short by using the Vinschgau train.

5. day Meran stay / Passeiertal 40 km

A marvellous day lies ahead! What do you like most? A biking roundtrip to the birthplace of Andreas Hofer, the hero of freedom of Tyrol, in the valley Passeier, a walk at the famous Tappeiner path or a shopping spree in Meran?

6. day Lake Kaltern 50 km

Today you can see the change of the countryside from the „fruit orchard of the Vintschgau“ into the „wineland of the Trentino“. You cycle along countless grapevines past noble villas and elegant country estates to the Lake Kalterer. Accommodation in the snug wining villages Kaltern or Tramin.

7. day Bolzano 35 km

You cycle to the centre of Bolzano either easy-going through the flat valley of the river Etsch or sporting via the lakes Montiggler and Sigmundskron. Look forward to historical buildings with Italian flair, access balconies and the Ötzi-museum.

8. day Bolzano departure

Transfer back to Innsbruck by bus possible (50,00 Euro per person, payable at the spot, reservation necessary). Continuation Bolzano – Venice by bike possible.

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Etsch Bike Trail: Innsbruck – Bolzano 8 days
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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8 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

25.04. – 08.05.2020

26.09. – 10.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 799,00 €
Single room 998,00 €
 

Season 2

09.05. – 19.06.2020

12.09. – 25.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 859,00 €
Single room 1.058,00 €
 

Season 3

20.06. – 11.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 879,00 €
Single room 1.078,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
85,00 €
 
electric bike
189,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Innsbruck Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 98,00 €
 
Bozen Cat. A
Double room 75,00 €
Single room 120,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Halbpension (7 x Abendessen)
199,00 €
Rücktransfer nach Innsbruck (65,00 € pro Person inkl. Rad, Abfahrt jeden Samstag, zahlbar vor Ort)
0,00 €
Travel services
  • bus transfer from Landeck to Nauders including bike transport
  • personal tour information
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

Below you will find specific information about the bike tour from Innsbruck to Bolzano If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Parking Innsbruck

Underground car park at the hotel for 50 Euro per week.

Public car park close to the hotel for 40 Euro per week. Reservation not possible, payable on spot.

Transfer Bozen - Innsbruck

Transfer back to Innsbruck every saturday morning and every sunday on request.

50,00 Euro, bike included, reservation necessary, payable on spot.

Streckencharakteristik

Die Radwege verlaufen in den Flusstälern von Inn und Etsch. In Richtung Reschenpass, der die beiden Täler verbindet, gibt es einen Bustransfer von Landeck nach Nauders. Ca. 70 Höhenmeter bleiben zum Reschenpass, dann liegen bis Bozen mehr als 1.200 Höhenmeter Gefälle vor Ihnen. Trotzdem müssen Sie hier und da kleine Zwischenanstiege bewältigen, um die Routenführung weitestgehend verkehrsfrei zu halten.

Die Route ist mit einer eigenen Beschilderung versehen.

Verfügbare Mieträder

Es sind 7- oder 21-Gang Unisex - Tourenräder in verschiedenen Rahmenhöhen buchbar. Auf Wunsch können für Personen ab 1,85 m Körpergröße auch Herrenräder zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Elektroräder stehen auf Anfrage ebenfalls zur Verfügung.

24 hour service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 24 hours-round-the-clock in case of emergency.

7 Tage Hotline Service

Wenn die Fahrradkette gerissen ist, Überschwemmungen die Weiterfahrt unmöglich machen oder sonstige böse Überraschungen auf Sie warten: Wir sind 7 Tage die Woche für Sie erreichbar und organisieren schnellstmöglich Hilfe.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

Innsbruck, Kaiserliche Hofburg

At the end of the 15th century, when Emperor Maximilian I filled the castle with magnificent court life, the building already had the extension of the Imperial Palace to Innsbruck. Empress Maria Theresia had the Hofburg converted into a monumental late-baroque residence in two construction phases.

Innsbruck Hofburg

Innsbruck, Hofkirche

Emperor Maximilian I strongly influenced culture, politics and life in Tyrol, and ordered his unique imperial tomb in Innsbruck. On the deathbed, the Emperor expressed the wish to be buried in St. George's chapel in Wiener Neustadt. Thirty years after Maximilian's death, 28 surviving bronze statues were completed, designed by famous artists such as Albrecht Dürer. Since the statues were not taken to Wiener Neustadt and remained in Innsbruck, they were erected in the court church built between 1553 and 1563.

Hofkirche

Stift Stams

The Stift Stams is widely visible in the middle Oberinntal on the south side of the Inn about 35 km west of the state capital Innsbruck.

The birth of the Stams beating in 1273. Stams became a major economic center in the region. In the 14th century the Stam Fathers were entrusted with the preservation of the Reichskleinodien for several decades. The 16th century then caused dark shadows to rise above the monastic community: in 1525 there were plunderings in the course of the peasant revolts, but the monastery was devastated in the Schmalkaldic War in 1552. Finally, a fire destroyed 1593 large parts of the monastery complex. Between 1650 and 1750 a lively building activity began, in which, among other things, The two distinctive "ontowers" were erected and the Stiftskirche was converted from Romanesque to baroque style. In 1938, the Stams monastery was occupied by the National Socialist rulers and officially dissolved a year later. In 1945 there was a second new beginning. From 1973 to 1985, the church was fundamentally renovated (including the early Baroque high altar by B. Steindl).

Stift Stams

Imst, Rosengartenschlucht

Just a short walk from the town center, you will find one of the most valuable biotopes of Tyrol: the Rosengartenschlucht. On a length of 1.5 km, the Schinderbach is excavated from the Blaues Grotte through the rocky mountains of the Imster Mittelgebirgsterrassen to the Johanneskirche. (Height difference 200 m). For geologists this is reflected in millions of years of the earth's history, but also by those who are less concerned with geology, the beauty of the Rosengarten gorge, its wealth of flowers, animals and stones is astonishing. The most intense experience is the wild-romantic gorge and its wonderful natural phenomena during the guided geological-botanical wanderings every Monday (14.00 - 17.00, free of charge!). But of course you can also "just" relax here

Rosengartenschlucht

Lake Resia, Churchtower of Graun

5 km after the Reschen Pass, Graun in the Vinschgau, an old church tower stands out from the water ... The Resia Lake and how it came to ...

In 1949/50, the villages of Graun and Reschen in the Upper Vinschgau region were victims of a reckless project. The history of this seascape is almost like a crime thriller - but it is the story of a catastrophe. The Reschensee is more than 6 km long; With its 116 million cubic meters of water, it generates around 250 million kWh of electricity per year. A proud performance of technical progress? The church tower of Altgraun, protruding from the water, reminds us, as it were, of a silent accusation, at which price, which has never been paid for, has been bought here. Here once a flourishing landscape spread, with the picturesque village of Graun. 163 houses in Graun and Reschen and 523 ha of fertile cultivated land fell victim to floods. More than half of the 650 inhabitants of Graun had to move abroad, about 1000 people were affected by the disaster.

Lake Resia, Churchtower of Graun

Naturns, Kirche St. Prokulus

One of the art treasures in Meran & environs is certainly the St. Prokulus church near Naturno from the 7th century. The small church belongs to the oldest early Christian churches in South Tyrol and you will also find the oldest frescoes and gothic frescoes from the 14th century, found on German-speaking soil. The Prokulus Museum, which was opened in 2006, is also very close to St. Prokulus Church. The museum complex, which is entirely subterranean, makes 1,500 years of history of the people of this region alive. Four-space time stations lead through the epochs of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.

St. Prokulus

Meran, Tappeiner Weg

The best-known walkway of the city runs along the east-west axis of Passerstadt on the Zenoberg at an average elevation of 380 m. The Tappeinerweg starts at Laurinstraße in Gratsch and ends four kilometers further on Zenobergstraße, which connects the trail with the Gilfpromenade. The wind-sheltered and sunny path is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by alpine, Mediterranean and exotic vegetation which can be practiced in any season and in any weather.

Tappeiner Weg

Museum Passeier (Geburtshaus Andreas Hofer)

The Museum Passeier at the Sandhof in St. Leonhard in Passeier near Meran tells the story of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer (1767 - 1810). In the former stable of the Heimathofes Hofers, the films and originals about the Tyrolean uprising and Andreas Hofer are very well illustrated.

Andreas Hofer Museum

Lake Caldaro

It is the largest natural bathing lake in South Tyrol and the warmest Alpine lake (bathing season from May to September). It is about 1.8 km long and 0.9 km wide, which corresponds approximately 155 ha. Its depth measures 4 m and it is 216 m above sea level. The center of Kaltern is about 4 km away. In 2006 the Lake of Caldaro was awarded the second-cleanest lake of Italy by the Italian environmental association Legambiente, after the Sirio Lake in the Piedmontese Ivrea.

Lake of Caldaro

Bozen, South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

The Archeology Museum is the new location of "Ötzi", the approximately 5300 year old man from the ice, the mummy of the Similaungletscher. The exhibition space is approximately 1,200 m² and comprises four floors. In the museum the history of South Tyrol from the first beginnings to the early Middle Ages is illustrated by archaeological findings, models, holograms, videos and acoustic impressions. The mummy is located along with the discovery history and the natural sciences in the area devoted to the Bronze Age, on the first floor.

In the air-conditioned showcases also the devices, which together with the man from the ice were found, are exhibited.

Archeology Museum in Bozen

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