Italy: The Dolomites, Bolzano and Lake Garda

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery—and this original VBT tour was the first of many copycats to combine easy Dolomite bike paths with the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. With our deep roots in the region, it’s the local connections that make this itinerary a standout. Visit a local farm in Valle dei Laghi where you’ll meet the owners and lea...
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Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
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    • Enjoy a wine tasting at a mountain hamlet famous for its Gewürztraminer.
    • Savor house-made specialties from the gourmet restaurant of your 5-star hotel in a ski-resort town beloved by celebrities.
    • See spectacular mountains rising around you as you ride through dramatic canyons and ravines.
    • Cycle a Mediterranean-like paradise on the shores of Lake Garda.
    • Explore the old town of Bolzano, where you can marvel at the museum’s renowned glacier mummy, Oetzi the Iceman.

What's this trip about?

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery—and this original VBT tour was the first of many copycats to combine easy Dolomite bike paths with the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. With our deep roots in the region, it’s the local connections that make this itinerary a standout. Visit a local farm in Valle dei Laghi where you’ll meet the owners and learn about the ancient method of crafting vino santo—plus observe the preparation of carne salada, a unique Trentino specialty. In Madonna di Campiglio, you’ll meet an authentic alpine cheesemaker and learn how cows graze in the high mountain valleys. As you pedal easy bike paths with stunning views of the Dolomites’ high granite peaks, your local trip leaders will introduce you to the people who call this incredible region home.


Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 20 people
Age range13 to 80 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBolzano
End CityMilan

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cycling & Biking


  • Europe
  • Italy


  • Bolzano
  • Innsbruck
  • Lake Garda
  • Milan


  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • History
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Winetasting
  • Guided Group

Trip includes

    • Custom VBT Bike and Helmet
    • Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders
    • Support Vehicle
    • Luggage Transportation
    • Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes
    • Welcome Reception
    • Facilitated Cultural Experiences
    • Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure


Travel Map
DAY 1: Meet in Bolzano / VBT Bicycling Vacation begins / Warm-up ride

Your tour starts at 2:00 p.m. at our Bolzano hotel. A safety and bike-fitting session with your trip leaders and fellow travelers will be held immediately at 2:00 p.m.

Later, enjoy a warm-up ride along easy, scenic bike paths outside the city. You will cycle al...

DAY 2: The Wine Road to Lake Caldaro / Wine tasting

After a hearty buffet breakfast, you will cycle directly from your hotel, following an easy bike path out of town along the Isarco River. The landscape opens up as you skirt the foot of Sigmundskron Castle, one of six mountain museums established by the famed South Ty...

DAY 3: Bike the Sole Valley / Madonna di Campiglio

Setting off this morning, you will skirt the Noce River, following a well-paved bike path into the verdant Sole Valley—a spectacular expanse of emerald green, watched over by the dramatic Stelvio National Park mountain range to the north and the Adamello and Brenta Do...

DAY 4: Waterfalls / Mountain village of Madonna di Campiglio

Awake this morning to the staggering beauty that encircles Madonna di Campiglio and your chalet. After a hearty breakfast prepared by your hosts, set off on a breathtaking day of riding amid the Adamello and Brenta Dolomites. Begin with an inspiring ride in the Renden...

DAY 5: Sarca River Ride / Picnic / Lake Garda

Today’s leg of cycling the Dolomites promises invigorating and beautiful rides along paved roads. Most of the route is downhill as you leave the Dolomites for Lake Garda. Wide-open views of the Presanella and Adamello peaks and the Brenta Dolomites unfold, with their ...

DAY 6: Riva del Garda / Arco / Vino santo tasting / Lake Cavedine / Farewell dinner in a 16th-century manor house

Mountains surrounding Lake Garda shield the valley from cooler air currents, creating a Mediterranean climate where olive and fruit trees, vineyards, exotic flowers, and even palms all thrive. Your journey culminates in this paradise as you depart directly from your h...

DAY 7: Milan

After breakfast, walk to the ferry embarcadero where you will take a scenic two-hour cruise on Lake Garda to Gargnano. The ferry is scheduled to depart Riva around 9:00 a.m. and arrive at Gargnano before noon. In this picturesque village, there will be time to pick up...

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Price per day$671
Last Updated: 3/1/2024
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Check Current Availability, prices, specials with VBT Bicycling Vacations.

The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

VBT Bicycling Vacations Reviews & Ratings

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Absolutely stunning scenery with relatively easy cycling.

This tour was one of our favorites. The tour leaders (Claudio and Tiziana) were great. The Dolomites and Italian Alps were breathtaking and the bike paths and towns ...



Nov 2023

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Fantastic intro to a bike vacation!

VBT came highly recommended by several friends and family so we took the plunge and did our first guided bike trip. We were never disappointed. Guides, hotels, bikes...



Nov 2023

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life at its fullest

Unlike tours where you gaze at world class natural and historic wonders in another culture, this tour put us in intimate touch with them through cycling, eating, dri...

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VBT Bicycling Vacations

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Since 1971, VBT has crafted immersive and authentic biking vacations for active travelers. When you travel with VBT, you’re not just another tourist—you’re a traveler. With us, you’ll experience your destination with the help of a local, bilingual trip leader with a passion for sharing their home with you. You’ll eat in local restaurants, stay in accommodations that have been family-owned for generations and cycle through vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages. 

With VBT, you won’t just visit a place—you’ll immerse yourself in it. You might follow a centuries-old pasta recipe while taking a cooking class in Rome—or learn a folk dance in Croatia, followed by sharing a bottle of locally-produced Grk wine with your new friends. Exploring the world on two wheels lets you experience your surroundings on a deeper level.


VBT offers exceptional value without compromising on quality. Simply put, no other US-based active travel company offers an experience this rich for such a reasonable price. On our tours, you can see more sights, have more local experiences, and enjoy more delicious, authentic meals—all while staying in high-quality, boutique hotels and charming, family-run inns.


All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest! From tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to expert local trip leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transportation and accommodations, and move your luggage between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire. VBT takes care of your travel details and creates unique itineraries so you can relax and enjoy your small-group vacation from start to finish.


Friendly camaraderie, cultural immersion, and casual comforts are the hallmarks of our vacations. Discover delightful people, beautiful hotels, foreign cultures, and fascinating lifestyles that will enrich your life and provide memories for years to come.

Why we love this operator
Their unique emphasis on immersive cultural experiences combined with active exploration with personalized cycling experiences.
What they’re known for
VBT Cycling are renowned for offering exceptional guided and self-guided bicycle tours worldwide.


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,6 nights in luxurious hotels and a 5-star mountain chalet
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Meals Included

12 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Age Requirements
13 to 80 years
Additional Information
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for both beginner and experienced cyclists. About 70% follows bike paths. All the roads are paved. One ride starts at 4,500-feet (1,372-meter) elevation in a mountain environment, gradually losing elevation. On two days, both easy and moderate options are given. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like assistance with the hills. Daily Mileage: 3 - 32 miles| Biking: 1 - 4 hours| Group Size: 20
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