Austria and Italy - La Via Claudia - Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday
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04 to 11 July - Begin your journey in Austria on the slopes of the mighty Zugspitze and ride all the way to Lake Garda in Italy this June! One not to miss.
- Waking up to beautiful views of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak
- Cycling beside the vivid blue waters of the River Inn
- Absorbing the history of an ancient trade route by bike
- Exploring Merano – The Jewel of South Tyrol
- Winding your way through the lovely Vinschgau Valley
- A post-ride, tasty gelato on the shores of Lake Garda
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|1||Arrival into Munich Airport - Transfer to Lermoos||D|
|2||Fernpass to Landeck||37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.||740m/2427ft.||B L|
|3||Landeck to Nauders||40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.||1,200m/3937ft.||B L|
|4||Nauders to Lagundo||53 Miles / 90 Kms approx.||260m/853ft.||B D|
|5||Lagundo to Adige Valley||40 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||600m/1968ft.||B L|
|6||Adige Valley to Trento||25 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.||250m/820ft.||B|
|7||Trento to Lake Garda (Lago di Garda)||40 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||1,200m/3937ft.||B L|
|8||Departure from Lake Garda - Transfer to Verona Airport||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
The trip surpassed all my expectations
This was my first Skedaddle trip and will be a very hard act to follow. Two wonderful guides, Christina and Madeleine, went to enormous effort to make sure that everything ran smoothly, a great group of fellow cyclists, stunningly breathtaking scenery, challenging yet fun cycling and very comfortable accommodation – fantastic!
The trip surpassed all my expectations – it was fabulous. Can’t think of a single thing to criticise – fantastic! The food was delicious – there I was hoping to lose weight and instead I’ve put it on!! My favourite day was day three, and I loved the long downhill section on this day – the scenery and forest trails, smell of pine, wild flowers. I also liked day six – variety of the day from the steep climb to the downhill MTB track to the final bike track approach to Lake Garda.
I cannot praise Christina and Madeleine highly enough. They were kind, friendly, helpful, efficient, always smiling and simply lovely people, fantastic ambassadors for your company. They were both entertaining and very funny at times and very supportive on the long uphill stretches. The team at the office were helpful in reassuring me that i could manage the cycling, as I only booked with three weeks to go and Caitlin got back to me very quickly on a couple of queries that I had. I would wholeheartedly recommend Skedaddle to a friend.
As seen in the press...
The Via Claudia is and old Roman trade route and modern cycling trail between southern Germany and northern Italy – crossing the Alps at a manageable altitude of 4,921ft. Roman remains are a less important part of the trip than the changing landscapes, culture and cuisine, from the Austrian Alps to the orchards and vineyards of South Tirol and Lake Garda.
'30 of the best cycling holidays', Sunday Telegraph (2017)
Beautiful mountains, excellent guides, and very enjoyable group. Lunches were a treat. We were very well supported and looked after. Thanks to all, particularly Sergio and Christina.
Everyday was a favourite day and different, just as I was expecting.
Our guide was an excellent! Knowledgable, professional, funny, kind, helpful! Would love to have him again.
Every day was different and enjoyable in its own way so it is difficult to highlight a particular favourite. Some of the highlights included: Cycling through the apple orchards and vineyards, our time in Merano and the lovely hotel located above the town, cycling around Trento, lunch on the final day (not sure of the name of the lake) and the final evening at Lake Garda. This is very simplistic, there was so much to enjoy!
Difficult to see how they could be bettered!
My favourite day was day 3, Starting in a beautiful Austrian resort, after a splendid dinner, a comfortable room and a generous host, and after an hour and a half of steady cycling we were rewarded with a long long downhill coast into Italy – 50 miles had seemed intimidating but not when gravity was helping! The two guides were a delight – passionate about cycling, Italy and Italian coffee. Difficult to see how they could be bettered!
As seen in the press...
Adam Ruck also recommends tackling the Via Claudia, an old Roman trade route and modern cycling trail between southern Germany and northern Italy, which crosses the Alps at a manageable altitude of 4,921ft. “Roman remains are a less important part of the trip than the changing landscapes, culture and cuisine, from the Austrian Alps to the orchards and vineyards of South Tirol and Lake Garda,” he says.
Italy's greatest cycling holidays, Telegraph (2018)
Our guides were both superb encouragers / cooks/ facilitators / bike menders / luggage organisers!!
Accommodation was as described – and excellent (overall) for what it was. The hotel outside Merano was especially lovely and the one outside Trento was worth the climb.
All our guides were friendly, attentive and enthusiastic, even managing to arrange the perfect weather for us. Sergio, Nicola and Marco did everything possible to make our trip the best it could possibly be. The trip was not without its challenges. When one member of the party injured herself quite badly on the first day they dealt with the situation calmly and efficiently.
The most amazing guided cycling holiday.
The most amazing guided cycling holiday. Everything was absolutely superb. First class… an abundance of delicious food while cycling and fantastic warm friendly guides, who would go out of their way to ensure your experience was top notch. Your guides are a credit to your company – very professional and easy to start up a conversation with. They ensured they talked to everyone every day and ensured you didn’t worry about the cycle ride. There was plenty of encouragement to achieve personal goals or to cycle the cheeky climbs, but also made you feel comfortable in cycling at your on speed, or taking an alternative route to a point on the cycling route. I cannot give praise the guides enough for ensuring my first Skedaddle trip was amazing.
We had a great week...
This was our first guided Skedaddle tour and we really enjoyed it. Lieven, Sergio and Nicola were an excellent team of guides and helped to make it a fun week.
I think the leader and the guides are the best on the planet...
Cycling towards Lake Garda I felt a huge sense of achievement. It is genuinely hard to believe that I managed it and really enjoyed it at the same time. For me, none of it would have been possible without your company and your guides. The lunches were fantastic – a choice of veggie salads and different breads every day. I was impressed!
I think the leader and the guides are the best on the planet – you are lucky to have them. They were highly professional, worked really well as a team, managed everything without us really being aware of it all, and most importantly, they were extremely kind, supportive and funny. They played a huge part in me having an excellent holiday. I paid more than on other cycling holidays and it was worth it because having a guide front and back was great for me.
A fantastic holiday with excellent cycling
Challenging climbs followed by great downhill sections and amazing scenery made all the better by having three exceptional guides and great company. Nothing was too much for the guides which included giving me a lesson in how to eat spaghetti! Always entertaining!
I can't thank the guides enough...
The guides were fantastic. They made all the difference. They were kind, funny , helpful and very supportive. I know they did a lot behind the scenes to make the holiday go well and I think you are very lucky to have them.
I thought it was really helpful to be able to speak to someone who knew the route. It was also very nice to be phoned a couple of days before the start – it seemed a very friendly company.
Surpassed my expectations...
The holiday surpassed my expectations in every way really. I would certainly choose Saddle Skeddadle if I can find a suitable trip for our next holiday. Days 1 and 3 as beautiful scenery, mostly-traffic free cycling at my level and had the best weather!
All three guides were exceptional in every way – really patient and went beyond the call of duty to give fantastic service. (I am making the comment just in one box but this applies to all 3 guides).
The whole experience was fantastic...
Brilliant cycling, fabulous scenery and great company. The guides did everything they could to make sure we had a great time. The hotels were well located with fantastic views. All of the days were brilliant with a good mixture of off road, climbs and downhills. Distances were well judged. We both especially enjoyed the fernpass (challenging climb and good off road downhill).
Lieven and his team helped make our holiday really special. They were helpful, supportive and had a great sense of humour. They shared with us their knowledge and experience of the area and gave us advice on how best to tackle some of the more difficult cycling.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cycling...
I thoroughly enjoyed the cycling, the scenery, the food and the company every day!
Lieven was at all times the perfect guide! Great company. He was professional in all his duties as well as thoughtful and encouraging. Nothing was too much trouble for him. We really appreciated his help getting our car to the finish of the ride at the end of the week, after the original arrangements went slightly off track!! We were very well looked after.
A great cycle trip...
The scenery was beautiful and the choice of routes well thought out. Lieven Renata and Sergio where brilliant, making the holiday even more fun, they were very competent and able to organise a group with efficiency and humour.
The Via Claudia trip was terrific...
I can highly recommend it. Great cycling, scenery & company plus excellent guides. My favourite hotel was the first night in Austria. Thanks to Kay again for her assistance with the booking process.
Another excellent holiday with Skedaddle...
Renato was simply outstanding – he remained cheerful in poor weather, flexible when road closure forced us on an alternate route, always organized. I’d credit him with taking a group of strangers and helping us become friends – lots of good Italian wine helped!
Assistant guides were outstanding – helped to keep the group together when we straggled a bit, but always did so cheerfully. Lots of humor kept the tired legs turning.The three guides were superb at turning out salads my grandmother would have loved – each with a little twist – well done for taste, creativity, and location.
I am a complete cycling convert...
It was everything I had hoped for! From the moment we arrived at the airport to the wave farewell, we had a marvellous trip.
Renato and Matteus looked after us so well! Great tour leaders.
The best holiday I have had for years!
Great guides, great rides, fantastic scenery, good company, enjoyable food – what more can you ask for!
As always the personal service is much appreciated – absolutely wonderful.
I am now addicted to Skedaddle holidays!
Excellent cycling holiday, I loved every day! Excellent service from Skedaddle. The tour leader and other guides made the trip as wonderful as it was. Their attention to detail and kindness were felt by all on the trip.
This is one of the best Skedaddle holidays I've ever been on...
Via Claudia is deservedly a classic. Renato was a great guide – very professional, very friendly and lots of fun.
Everything about the holiday was magnificent...
I have specific dietary requirements and this was not an issue for Renato and Mathius. The lunches and snacks were amazing and different everyday with plenty of choice, quality and quantity.
The guides were supportive and encouraging throughout, I cannot sing their praises highly enough – a huge thank you to them both.
Delicious food and great guides!
I expected some lovely packed lunches, but to my utter delight I found the guides travelled around with their own kitchen in a trailer to cook & prepare the most delicious, varied, balanced & well presented lunches on a table (complete with tablecloth & napkins) in a forest, by a river or in a park. No wonder I cycled so well!
The guides. Clever, charming, hardworking, mature interesting people. I watched them working in complete harmony with each other and ourselves. I observed their complementary and harmonious personalites and felt safe and reliant with them. I had enormous fun with them too! All are highly intelligent and reliable.
Maria, Lancashire, UK
It was brilliant! Great weather; fantastic cycling; great route (with excellent variations); scenery, food (in hotels and on picnics), good bikes and a group of cyclists with about the same idea of grade 2/3. Came home feeling much relaxed and a lot fitter! One of the best holidays I’ve had for a long while! My second Skedaddle holiday and it was as good as the first. The service commitment is second to none—and really spoilt us (like getting gelato on the last night on the way home from the restaurant). Love skedaddle’s commitment to snacks, especially fresh fruit and nuts.
Accomodation and hospitality in Austria was outstanding and loved all the cycling!
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Last Updated: 30/07/2019