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Italy - La Via Claudia - Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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A winning combination of landscapes, small villages and hundreds of testimonies to an eventful history with a dramatic backdrop of the Alps.

Holiday Highlights

  • Waking up to beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps
  • Cycling beside the vivid blue waters of the River Etsch
  • Absorbing the history of an ancient trade route, all by bike
  • Exploring Merano – The Jewel of South Tyrol
  • Wine tasting in Caldaro, part of the Strade del Vino
  • Enjoying an apperitivo in Piazza Arena in Verona

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Verona Airport - Transfer to Nauders    
2 Nauders to Silandro 35 Miles / 56 Kms B  
3 Silandro to Merano 22 Miles / 36 Kms B  
4 Merano to Caldaro 29 Miles / 46 Kms B  
5 Caldaro to Trento 37 Miles / 59 Kms B  
6 Trento to Belluno Veronese 35 Miles / 57 Kms B  
7 Belluno Veronese to Verona 29 Miles / 47 Kms B  
8 Departure from Verona - 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

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Holiday Information

An easy-paced cycling holiday in Italy, ideal for those wishing to experience the beauty of the Alps and Italy in style. The riding is concentrated along the Via Claudia Augusta, a 2000 year old Roman-built road which 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. 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 capuccino 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.
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 day's rides couldn't be easier! 

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 04/07/2020

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Holiday Details

Season 1: 01/05 – 31/07 – £1395 per person

Season 2: 01/08 – 31/08 – £1655 per person

Season 1: 01/09 – 31/10 – £1395 per person

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7 nights hotel / guesthouse accommodation

6 days riding



Route notes and maps provided

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Minimum 2 people

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Skedaddle News, Views and Holiday Stories

Customer Story: La Via Claudia

Having recently returned from yet another Skeddadle holiday, repeat offender and Customer Competition winner, David Cartmell, shares his experience cycling in Italy and Austria on our La Via Claudia leisure holiday. Read on to learn more about his trip jam packed with stunning scenery,…

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Last Updated: 30/07/2019