Exquisite scenery and excellent cycling awaits on tour
Escape on a self-guided cycle tour of some of Europe's finest scenery
Visit this mesmerizing sight in Austria at the start of the tour
The tour is mainly flat but you will find the odd speedy downhill or slightly challenging uphill
Soak up the stunning views on this lovely bike path
Appreciate the majesty of the mountains without having to ride up them!

La Via Claudia

Duration
8 days
Site savings
$36
From
$1,742 USD

The cycling on this self-guided tour is concentrated along the Via Claudia Augusta, a 2000-year-old Roman-built road that was for many centuries the main commercial route across the Alps. Your journey begins in Austria, on the border with Italy, and takes in some of the most beautiful Tyrolean landscapes imaginable. The Via Claudia was originally used for the transportation of wine and olive oil from Spain, oysters from the Mediterranean and even spices from Asia; it now serves as the perfect cycling route, along secondary roads, narrow country lanes and cycle paths. You will be provided with route notes and maps so navigating the days' rides couldn't be easier!

  • Category
    Romantic
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    192.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.7 miles
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Your journey begins in Austria, on the border with Italy, and takes in some of the most beautiful Tyrolean landscapes imaginable. From your first night's stay in Nauders, your journey has a stunning start, crossing the border into Italy via the Reschen Pass – the panoramic views will open up as you roll gently down into the Vinschgau Valley and South Tyrol. The descent will take you past Lake Resia, famous for its submerged church, showing only the church tower.

Your ride continues via apple plantations, vineyards and historic castles, with plenty of time during the week to sample the food and wines for which the region is famous! Riding south, you'll enter the Etsch Valley which will lead you straight into the bustling city of Trento, where you can spend an afternoon soaking up the trendy Italian atmosphere in the numerous gelaterias and cappuccino bars. You'll leave the Alps and enter the lower hills of the Valpolicella and on to Verona, your destination for the week. Verona has always been the centre of the trading routes since Roman times and, like in old times, an ideal stop to enjoy the delights that the city of Romeo and Juliet has to offer.

Please note that the tour price given is the ‘from’ price – rates may vary depending on the dates chosen.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Local representative (with bike delivery and welcome meeting)
  • Detailed route notes and maps
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
  • Possible city tax to be paid in cash at each hotel (amount varies)
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available