Classic Garmisch - Lake Garda

7- 12 participants
4000 Hm
4 Stages
Level light I
360 km
6 Days
Driving Technique
Das Vinschgau: Apfelplantagen so weit das Auge reicht.

Garmisch - Lake Garda

This gravel bike route leads from Grainau at the Zugspitze in four stages over the Reschenpass to Lake Garda. With about 4,000 meters of altitude and 360 kilometers, this Transalp is a very good start for gravel bikers to get an appetite for alpine tours.
Ideal Transalp beginner tour mainly on marked cycling routes. The stages are, although not technically difficult, a challenge for the condition. A good basic endurance is a prerequisite for this tour.
For landscape fans: Zugspitze massif and Reschenpass, the apple orchards of Vinschgau, the Brenta Dolomites and "last but not least" Lago di Garda. For cult(o)urists: the romantic Fernstein Castle, the medieval Glurns and the Mediterranean Merano. For gourmets: A culinary journey from bacon, cheese and Schlutzkrapfen to delicious antipasti, pasta, tiramisu and cappuccino.
From Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we head through the Loisach Valley to Tyrol, where we meet the famous Via Claudia Augusta long-distance bike path in Ehrwald. On the old Roman road we reach the Inn valley via the Fernpass and follow it to a short detour into the Swiss Engadine. In Nauders we already feel the warm wind of the Southern Alps and soon reach the highest point of the route at the Reschenpass. At the Reschensee we reach the Vinschgau and cycle through the famous South Tyrolean apple orchards to the Alpine-Mediterranean Merano. The cultural landscape becomes more varied as we follow the South Tyrolean Wine Road to Lake Kaltern and finally reach Trento. To finish the tour, part of the Giro classic awaits us over Monte Bondone into Val dei Laghi. Through the spectacular rocky landscape in the Valle del Sarca we reach Lake Garda.
Details & stages
6 pm Meeting in Grainau near Garmisch to get to know each other, bike check and dinner. Discussion of the overall tour on the basis of maps.
From the Zugspitze village of Grainau, we enter the Loisach Valley, which winds its way between the mighty pale gray rocks of the Zugspitze massif and the Ammer Mountains with their deep green flanks of dense coniferous forests all the way to Tyrol. In Ehrwald we meet the Via Claudia Augusta. The old Roman path leads us along a beautiful panoramic route off the road over the Fernpass into the Inn Valley. Wonderful forest paths and fragrant pine forests await us on the way through the Gurgltal valley to Imst. Following the wild waters of the Inn upstream, we finally reach today's stage destination Prutz at the entrance to the Kaunertal valley via Landeck.
Today we cross the main ridge of the Alps and enter South Tyrol. The beginning of the stage is initially characterized by the course of the torrential Inn River, which forces its way through an impressive narrow gorge between Pfunds and the Swiss border station Martina in the Engadine. The medieval customs fortress of Altfinstermünz still bears witness to the arduous undertaking of crossing the Alps in earlier times. In numerous serpentines, but with a pleasant gradient, the road winds its way out of the Inn Valley to Nauders and from there to the Reschen Pass. There we have reached the south side of the Alps and the highest point of the tour. The old church tower of Graun rises from the deep blue waters of Lake Reschen and in the background we can see the glacier-covered flanks of the Ortler. In the face of South Tyrol's highest mountain, we roll through seemingly endless apple orchards and magnificent South Tyrolean villages with their unmistakable medieval flair and enjoy the hospitality for which the Vinschgau region is famous.
After two sporty days in the saddle, we can take a more relaxed approach to today. We discover the alpine-Mediterranean Merano, where South Tyrolean traditions merge with the Italian Dolce Vita against the impressive mountain backdrop. A varied mix of bike paths, small side roads and forest trails leads us further through picturesque villages along the South Tyrolean Wine Road. We should definitely stop for a swim at the wonderfully situated Kalterer See lake. We will spend the night in one of the well-known wine villages of the region.
The final stage begins with a long flat warm-up. Following the Adige Valley on beautifully laid out bike paths, we arrive in Trento, the capital of the province of Trentino-Alto Adige. We should not miss a detour to the center with its numerous Gothic and Renaissance buildings, the cathedral and the Neptune fountains. An espresso or small snack will motivate you for the last steep climb of the tour. Following the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, we cross the Garda mountains with stunning views towards Monte Bondone and reach the Valle dei Laghi. Picturesque lakes and huge limestone cliffs characterize the last kilometers through the Sarca Valley to Lake Garda, where we seal our gravel tour with a jump into the cool waters.
After breakfast transfer back to Grainau.
Services, dates and prices
Self-drive to Grainau near Garmisch.
5 x half board in double room in good and well-kept hotels/pensions, partly with sauna and pool
tour guidance (guide)
luggage transfer
Return transfer
Online picture service.
Price €
G1GG35 Early Bird Super Early Bird
26.08.2024 - 31.08.2024 till 31.12.2023 till 01.11.2023
1149 € 1119 € 1079 €
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