(24 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT002

Italy / River Adige Cycle Route

Resia Pass to Garda Lake

This beautiful tour offers you mountain scenery, green landscapes and gently flowing rivers. From the Austrian border through the Italian South Tyrol you will cycle along quiet routes, past peaceful villages and picturesque little castles and cloisters, until the scenic Garda lake, beloved by artists and poets.
  • Day by Day


    1. Bolzano

    Individual arrival. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano has always been at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist city, whose charming centre is dotted with colourful houses in typical Tyrolean style.


    2. Resiapass – Silandro (50 km)

    We will drive you to Resia up to 1,500 metres of height, where your cycling tour starts. The majestic cycle lane will take you past the lake Resia with its amazing church tower and the cloister of Montemaria. Further, you will pass through the hamlets Clusio, Glorenza (Italy’s smallest walled town) and Lasa (famous for its marble), until you reach Silandro.


    3. Silandro – Merano (40 km)

    The tour continues along the river Adige, passing through orchards and nice landmarks like the imposing castle Dornsberg. Finally, you will arrive in beautiful Merano, the second biggest town of South Tyrol: take a walk in its lovely city centre and don’t miss its famous thermal baths.


    4. Merano – Bolzano/surroundings (35/40 Km)

    Cycling on cycle paths and secondary roads you will reach the confluence of the rivers Isarco and Adige. Along the way you will admire the biggest apple plantation in Europe and in Lana you can even visit the apple museum.


    5. Bolzano/surroundings – Trento (70/65 Km)

    You will start riding along the River Adige cycle path, through orchards and the vineyards of the renowned Wine Route. Half way between Bolzano and Trento you will reach Salorno, which represents the linguistic border between the German and the Italian world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.


    6. Trento – Garda Lake (50 km)

    The river Adige will take you to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view over the Garda Lake, before starting your (well deserved) descent to the lake shore.


    7. Garda Lake
    Free day at Lake Garda, a unique location where mountain traditions meet the Mediterranean warmth. The perfect spot to end your cycling trip: you can unwind swimming in the lake or strolling along the lakeside promenades of the small towns at the northern tip of the lake, such as Limone or Malcesine. Don’t miss a visit to Riva del Garda, an enchanting town that climbs the rugged cliffs, and reach the fortress of ‘Il Bastione’ with a panoramic lift.

    8. Garda Lake
    After breakfast, end of services.



    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile
    • Total length: 245 km
    • Total vertical up: 410/630 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day, except day 6
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: every day.


    The route is mainly flat with only a few short climbs, on paved cycle paths or secondary roads.


    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.

    This tour is also suitable for children. The longest stage, from Bolzano to Trento, can be shortened by taking the train.



  • How to get there

    Bolzano is connected with the following airports:

    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 240 km, Venice: 280 km, Treviso: 280 km, Milan: 300 km


    For information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com


  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.


    You will be accommodated in 3* hotels.


    All rooms have en suite facilities. Most hotels have air conditioning while some smaller hotels and hotels located in mountain areas of northern Italy can be without air conditioning.


    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

    • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano
    • Tandem www.pedalpower.de


    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system

    You can also rent:

    • Child bikes | 20” and 24” wheels
    • Child seat | max 22 kg | 1-5 yrs
    • Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat | www.croozer.com
    • Follow-me tandem for 20” child bike | max 30 kg | 6-8 yrs | www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Family tandem | 1 adult + 1 child 6-8 yrs


    These accessories can only be mounted on unisex 27-gear Shimano Deore Touring bikes.



    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag per room
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.


    Important notes:
    We recommend that you bring your own reusable water bottle with you.

    In order to cycle smoothly following our App, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the App can be used offline, too).



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list (due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may change just before your arrival)
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Voucher for the transfer from Bolzano to Resia




  • By your side


    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 24 Client reviews
    • Julian

      Departure 25 September - 01 October 2022

      Online from 06 October 2022

      Very enjoyable cycle through beautiful mountain landscape
    • Helen

      Departure 12-18 June 2022

      Online from 23 June 2022

      Pleasant, not too strenuous way to visit some nice towns. Nice variety of eating houses en route and at destinations, nicely chosen hotels, always peaceful during nighttime and good breakfasts. Downside: Luggage arrival 17.30 and even later is uncomfortable. Returning to Bolzano midjourney might be better avoided
    • Giuseppe

      Departure 02-08 September 2020

      Online from 23 September 2020

      Vacanza in posti meravigliosi, facile per tutti.
      I panorami nella val Venosta a partire dal lago di Resia e Curon sono veramente qualcosa di indescrivibile.
      Merano è una città stupenda dove vale la pena perdere una mezza giornata in più.
      Meno affascinante il tratto da Bolzano a Rovereto perchè si pedala prevalentemente accanto all'autostrada.
      Ma quando lasciate Rovereto (che merita una pausa pranzo e una bella passeggiata) alla volta del lago di Garda ritornano i paesaggi da sogno dei primi giorni.
      Se siete più allenati, avete una MTB o una ebike, arrivati al lago di Garda consigliamo di arrivare in bici al lago di Ledro tramite la Ponale: 600 metri di dislivello in salita spalmato in 10km... difficile ma ne vale la pena: il bagno al lago è freddissimo, ma impagabile.
    • Francesca

      Departure 29 August - 04 September 2020

      Online from 09 September 2020

      Bellissimo e facile tour. Organizzazione perfetta. Assolutamente consigliabile.
    • Fiorella

      Departure 23-29 August 2020

      Online from 04 September 2020

      Bel giro! Come sempre organizzazione senza una pecca.

      Bellissima la prima tappa dal Lago Resia. La terza tappa, di per sè corta, consiglio di ampliarla con un giro in Val Passiria fino a San Leonardo, partendo e ritornando a Merano per poi ripartire per Bolzano: non è troppo impegnativa e merita!

      In geneale è un giro che non richiede allenamento particolare.
    • Marzia

      Departure 16-22 August 2020

      Online from 31 August 2020

      La ciclabile è facile e molto ben tracciata, il tratto da Trento a Bolzano è particolarmente "pesante" in quanto la pista è monotona e in pieno sole. Bello e vario il paesaggio nella parte iniziale del percorso, meno il seguito.
    • Christopher Mark

      Departure 19-25 August 2020

      Online from 31 August 2020

      We very much enjoyed our cycle tour with Girolibero. With cooler hotels it would have been perfect!

      We will definitely be looking to do another ride with Girolibero next year.
    • Moreno

      Departure 16-22 August 2020

      Online from 27 August 2020

      Percorso facile perchè in discesa e piacevole nella prima parte, in Val Venosta.
    • Luca

      Departure 12-18 August 2020

      Online from 24 August 2020

      Il giro come al solito è stato ben organizzato molto bello soprattutto il tratto sino a Bolzano.
    • Cristina

      Departure 01-07 August 2020

      Online from 12 August 2020

      Bella vacanza per la famiglia
    • Michele

      Departure 22-28 July 2020

      Online from 02 August 2020

      Il tour è bello ma far terminare il viaggio ad Arco è un autogol degno della Gialappa's!
    • Luciano

      Departure 22-28 July 2020

      Online from 02 August 2020

      Esperienza bellissima.
    • Anita

      Departure 22-28 July 2020

      Online from 02 August 2020

      Il percorso è bello
    • Diego

      Departure 11-17 July 2020

      Online from 28 July 2020

      Paesaggi splendidi, percorsi indimenticabili e adeguati per la famiglia
    • Giovanni

      Departure 03-09 August 2019

      Online from 14 August 2019

      Ci è venuta voglia di fare altri viaggi in questo modo!
    • Andrea

      Departure 03-09 August 2019

      Online from 14 August 2019

      Percorso facile e non impegnativo ma molto bello, albergo finale migliorabile
    • Jamie

      Departure 10-16 July 2019

      Online from 11 August 2019

      This was our first family bike holiday and an introduction for our kids.
      It was brilliant. The organisation was first rate and everything worked extremely well.
      Loved the landscape and scenery and we will definitely do another trip.
    • Bruna

      Departure 30 June - 06 July 2019

      Online from 18 July 2019

      Molto comodo per il trasporto bagagli senza rinunciare all'indipendenza e libertà di movimento durante la giornata. Avrei selezionato meglio alcuni hotel
    • Siro Igino

      Departure 16-23 July 2017

      Online from 28 July 2017

      Un ottimo viaggio per le bellezze naturali, paesaggistiche e culturali. Molto indicato per chi, come noi, non è ciclista da grandi salite.
    • Letizia

      Departure 10-17 June 2017

      Online from 22 June 2017

      W Alto Adige!
    • Enrico

      Departure 27 May - 03 June 2017

      Online from 08 June 2017

      Consigliato per chi non so vuole stancare molto. Attenzione alle previsioni del vento tra Bolzano e Trento. Valutate di accorciare la tappa, ma non perdetevi Appiano.
    • Pietro

      Departure 20-27 May 2017

      Online from 05 June 2017

      Un percorso splendido e adatto a tutti i ciclisti di tutte le età.
      Le seguenti impressioni sono state pubblicate prima del nuovo sistema di rating

      Ingrid, UK

      Departure 2016

      Online from 05 September 2016

      This is an entry for the photo competition. I took it on the Resia Pass to Mantua tour on 3rd July.
      We had a wonderful trip. The scenery was amazing and the hotels comfortable and convenient.
      Thanks for a great holiday.
    • Marie-Claude, Canada

      Departure 2016

      Online from 02 August 2016

      Hello Maddalena,

      We came back yesterday from Italy and I wanted to let you know that we have really appreciated our experience. We loved the landscapes and the fact that the route was mostly on cycling path. It was perfect for our big group with a lot of children. The bikes were great and the indications were very clear. It was an almost stress-free experience (except for little parts were we got lost). I wanted to thank you for helping us in organizing that trip, you were always helpful and prompt to answer my emails and it was very appreciated.

      Thank you and hoping to do another Girolibero bike trip in the future!

Tour details


from 880 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3* hotels

Tour type



Departure dates

SU 30.04 - 1.10.2023
WE 28.06 - 30.08.2023
Special departure dates for at least 6 people.



Season 1 | 30.04 - 13.05 and 24.09 - 1.10.2023
Season 2 | 14.05 - 27.05 and 10.09 - 23.09.2023
Season 3 | 28.05 - 9.09.2023


Price per person

Season 1 | 30.04 - 13.05 and 24.09 - 1.10.2023
3* hotels 

880 € in double room
1,200 € in single room

3rd person in triple room:
700 € >11 years
580 € 7-10 years
420 € 3-6 years
Free 0-2 years - baby cot to be paid on site



  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Resia Pass
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person

Season 2
14.05 - 27.05 and 10.09 - 23.09.2023
110 € > 11 years
70 € 7-10 years
50 € 3-6 years

Season 3
28.05 - 9.09.2023
160 € > 11 years
110 € 7-10 years
70 € 3-6 years

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage
100 € Touring bike
250 € E-bike
100 € Child bike | 20” and 24" wheels
100 € Child bike | 20” wheels wtih FollowMe-Tandem
200 € Family and Adult Tandems
85 € Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 54-61 cm
Free Child rear seat | max 22 kg

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast
on request in Bolzano and Garda Lake

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