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La Via Claudia

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

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$1,655 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Italy

La Via Claudia

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,655 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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Following the ancient route of La Via Claudia from Lake Resia, on the Austrian border, to the northern shores of Lake Garda, this self-guided cycling vacation has been designed specifically with families in mind. Covering both the emblematic and the lesser visited, this trip offers the perfect balance of stunning views, tasty treats and family fun! Whilst 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, country lanes and cycle paths.  You will be provided with route notes, maps, and GPS so navigating the day's rides couldn't be easier, letting the kids join in too! 
The route winds along the Adige river with lots to see and do along the way for kids and adults alike: a visit to the Aquapark center (water park) in Prato, some fun time in the adventure park in Lasa, the mystical Castelbello castle and the dominating Val Venosta. On the way, you have the option to stop off at several small lakes for a dip or try out some lake fishing.  For the adults, day 4 will see you riding “La Via del Vino” where the Gewuerztraminer white and Kalterersee red wines originate from, indulging in a well deserved glass of wine in the evening! Day 7 will allow for some fun on the water at Lake Garda with an abundance of watersports, as well as Via Ferrata or canyoning specifically for families.
Accommodation during your journey will be in a selection of quality hotels and a warm welcome will be waiting for you on arrival at each and every one. We'll book all your accommodation, transfer your luggage and provide you with routes, so all you have to think about is having fun!
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Highlights

  • Cycling from the Austrian border to Lake Garda
  • Winding your way through Val Venosta along the Adige river
  • Taking a holiday snap in front of the Resia church tower
  • Stopping for Italian gelato in the medieval hamlet of Glorenza
  • Having an adventure with the kids on Lake Garda
  • Refueling with real Italian pizza after a day on the bike

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We loved the whole trip and are busy deciding where to go cycling next! Thank you so much for your organising skills, help and advice.

Julia, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Verona Airport - Transfer to Nauders

After your arrival at Verona airport, we will transfer you to your hotel in Nauders (approx 3 hours). There will be time to stop off on the way for a break and to stretch your legs!

On arrival, your local representative will chat you through the week to come and will provide you with your route notes, maps and hire bikes (if hiring). You’ll have plenty of time for your first meal of the trip, as the excitement begins.

Day 2
Lake Resia to Prato a (allo) Stelvio
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Buon Giorno Italia! Following a hearty breakfast you’ll start your cycling adventure on the cycle path along the lake side. Enjoying the landscape you’ll cycle downhill into the Vinschgau Valley. Stretching from the Reschen Pass to Kastelbell/Tschars, the valley is on the border with Switzerland and Austria and is a beautiful basin of sparkling lush meadows, gigantic glaciers and glittering lakes. Our path heads through apple plantations, which supply European markets and, from here, you’ll see Juval castle (now a mountain museum) belonging to the famous Alpine climber Reinhold Messner.

Your first stop for today is Glorenza, located at 907 metres/2975 ft above sea level. Characterised by its medieval walls, Glorenza is perfectly preserved and is the smallest town in South Tyrol. Take a break and try some Italian gelato, before carrying on towards your final destination of Prato allo Stelvio. Here you’ll have time to stop and visit the Aquaprad Centre, an acquarium showing river and lake species, belonging to the Stelvio National Park.

Day 3
Prato to Lagundo
31 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Leaving Prato, you’ll follow the Adige Valley, passing expanses of apple plantations and vineyards. The riding is mostly downhill and lots of fun can be had on the sections that follow the Adige river, weaving in and out of wooded areas and meandering through agricultural land, with towering mountains surrounding you. In Lasa, the adventure park is open for kids of all ages and is a fun way to break up the cycling, enjoying swings and tree-bridges through a fun adventure course.

After a snack, you’ll continue following the cycle path again, this time with an option to stop off and visit Castelbello, a short detour from the route. With plenty of picnic spots on the way, small villages in true Tyrol style and icecream stops, the day is a perfect balance of family fun. Your destination today is Lagundo, a typical Tyrol village on the outskirts of Merano.

Day 4
Lagundo to Appiano
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Leaving Lagundo, the cycling continues along the Via Claudia route, entering the wine-making region of Tramin. From here you’ll continue making your way through vineyards, taking in superb panoramic views, small villages with market squares and historical sites along the way. This part of Italy is German speaking, with the famous Gewuerztraminer white and Kalterersee red wine originating here, so the route you’ll be riding is actually called “La Via del Vino”.

We will point out a few good places to stop – it’s not all about the kids after all! Your final destination for today is Appiano, a small Tyrolean village with welcoming places where you can enjoy a pizza, or a spot of wine tasting for the parents.

Day 5
Appiano to Trento
40 Miles / 65 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Setting off from the accommodation in Appiano, the first part of the day will take you to idyllic Lake Caldaro, an ideal place to stop for a dip in the cool water or to hire a rowing boat and enjoy a lap around the small lake; the location is idyllic. Cooled down and moving on from here, the terrain is very easy going following the Adige river and so you’ll cover the distance quickly. You will notice that the mountains have now become rougher on the side of the Adige Valley as you ride closer to Trento.

Trento is a bustling city bursting with Italian flair, with gelaterias, capuccino bars and trendy boutiques all ready to lure a few Euros from your grasp! A place full of history, there is plenty to see for the kids too, as you can explore the underground Roman Tridentum beneath the cathedral square, visit the Buonconsiglio Castle and still have the remaining afternoon to explore the many other points of interest.

If you’d like to take today a little easier, there is the option of catching a train to Trento, from one of the many train stations that wind their way along the Adige Valley.

Day 6
Trento to Lake Garda
19 Miles / 30 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

We will arrange a pick up for you today to take you over the pass on the last leg towards Lake Garda. After dropping you off, the route follows the stunning Sarca river, with towering limestone mountains all around you. Riding towards Lake Garda, the cycle path meanders past mountain lakes and rocky outcrops.

Cycling past Pietramurata, there is an idyllic place amongst shady vineyards to take a break and grab a bite to eat before moving further south. The kids might enjoy a refreshing stop on the Sarca river, where local children have created pools of water to play in. From the Dro Roman bridge, the last section to Arco is below the towering limestone cliffs, where you might spot some rock climbers roped up to the wall face.

After an ice cream stop in the main church square of Arco, time to ride the last few kms to Lake Garda, where the kids can celebrate their sense of achievement with a well-deserved plunge in the lake!

Day 7
Lake Garda - Activity Day or Rest Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

There‘re plenty of things to do on Lake Garda! We can arrange some fun family canyoning or a Via Ferrata for children – supervised by qualified instructors it is a fun day of activities for the children!

Canyoning for families: Ideal for those just getting started with canyoning, alternating dives, slides and falls; adventure and excitement combine for an unforgettable experience. Mountain guides have the IFMGA certificate – minimum age 10

Via Ferrata for kids: Drena Castle – Sallagoni for families: Situated below the castle of Drena, the route develops through a beautiful canyon hidden in vertical walls. The landscape is impressive as the Via Ferrata winds itself through the gorge. Mountain guides have the IFMGA certificate – minimum age 10

Alternatively, a pleasant and relaxing way to explore Lake Garda is by boat; you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake on one of the slower pleasure boats that connects the idyllic towns around the lake, such as Limone and Malcesine.

Day 8
Departure from Lake Garda - Transfer to Verona Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast it’s time to say arrivederci to this beautiful region and jump in the support vehicle for your transfer to Verona airport (approx 1 hour).

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The Cycling

Terrain

This trip has been designed to follow the cycle paths of the Val Venosta and Adige valleys. The routes meander along river sides (traffic free!) with facilities along the route, including toilets, cafe stops, picnic tables and occasionally a children’s park. For some very short sections, the cycle paths become part of country roads, but since cycling is well accepted here the riding is safe. Most paths are paved but you can expect some short sections on gravel. Since you will be following two valleys, you will find that while there are some climbs, they aren’t large or steep. For Day 6 we will arrange a transfer to take you over a pass, from where you will cycle the remaining section to Lake Garda. The majority of the route (98%) is traffic free, on easy-to-navigate cycle paths. This means that, although some of the distances and ascents better reflect a grade 3 ride, the route is graded a 2 – 3 to reflect the ease of cycling on such routes. We recommend hybrid bikes for this tour, however road bikes are suitable if preferred.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01/05 and 30/06 and the 05/09 and 31/10: $1655 per adult. Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01/07 and the 09/08 and the 24/08 and the 06/09: $1870 per adult. Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 10/08 and the 23/08: $1985 per adult.

We have the following children’s discounts available. 35% discount for any child (under the age of 18) travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers. 40% discount for any child (under the age of 18) sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers

Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3* hotels and guesthouses

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with bike delivery and welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) Pre-loaded GPS unit (1 per group)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Verona airport (VRN)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Verona airport (VRN)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike

D) Travel insurance

E) Meals not stated in the itinerary

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc.)

H) Optional activities on day 7 (approx €60 per person)

I) Possible city tax to be paid in cash locally (amount varies)

J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your trip. For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Verona airport (VRN). Please arrive between 09.00 and 14.30 and depart between 11.00 and 19.00.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip. Flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

The strong Germanic influence on the region is expressed in the Tyrol-style housing and accommodation, from the murals on the facade of the building to the wooden balconies and interior design.

The majority of our accommodation (shared twin, double or family rooms) will usually be ensuite in 3* hotels or guesthouses. We also have an upgrade option available, which will see you staying in a mixture of both 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses. Please select your preferred option at the time of booking.

Please note that the hotels in Austria do not have twin rooms with separate beds available. They usually provide 1 bed frame with two mattresses and separate duvets and sheets.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically hybrid/touring bikes. Depending on the size needed, the bikes may have a cross bar, or have a step through frame (usually the smaller models). If a smaller frame is required, occasionally a mountain bike with semi slick tyres adapted for road use may also be provided.

For your family we have both 20 or 24 inch kids bikes available, if a larger frame is required a small adult’s bike may be provided (usually with a step through frame). In addition, child/baby seats (6 months – 5 years) tag-alongs and trailers (Baby – 5 years) are available to hire.

Hire bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a spare inner tube, a bike lock, a bike pump, a KM counter and a map holder.

E-bikes are on request (adult sizes only) and it may take a day or two to confirm we have one available. Please request at the time of booking by selecting the e-bike supplement and we will confirm as soon as possible.

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