Classic Garmisch - Lake Garda

7- 12 participants
7900 Hm
4 Stages
Level medium I
400 km
6 Days
Driving Technique

Garmisch - Lake Garda

This Transalp for Gravel Bikes leads in four stages from Grainau around the Zugspitze, on the tracks of the Ötztaler Radmarathon further over the Timmelsjoch to Meran in South Tyrol, through the Sarntal Alps and over the South Tyrolean Wine Road into Trentino. At the foot of the Paganella and the Brenta Dolomites we reach Lake Garda. With about 7,900 meters of altitude and 400 kilometers, this Transalp for gravel bikers is a sporting challenge that is rewarded with varied routes and fascinating landscape impressions.
Sporty gravel tour on forest and farm roads, marked bike routes and side roads. You can expect intense climbs and descents with over 1,000 meters of altitude. Driving on the lower handlebar downhill - even on gravel roads - should not be foreign to you.
For landscape fans: Zugspitze massif, Ötztal Alps and Timmelsjoch, the apple orchards and wine trails of Vinschgau, incomparable distant views from the heights of the Sarntal Alps, the Brenta Dolomites and "last but not least" Lago di Garda. For gourmets: a culinary journey from bacon, cheese and Schlutzkrapfen to delicious antipasti, pasta, tiramisu and cappuccino.
From Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen we head to Mittenwald, where we cross the border into Tyrol. Through the Leutasch valley we reach the Gaistal, discover a fascinating landscape between the Wetterstein and the Mieminger chain and are within reach of the rocks of the Zugspitze. In Ehrwald we meet the famous long-distance bike path Via Claudia Augusta and reach the Inn Valley on the old Roman path. Through the Ötztal we reach the Timmelsjoch, the highest point of our tour at 2,474 meters. We descend into the Passeier Valley and Merano. Through picturesque alpine landscapes we reach Bolzano and along the South Tyrolean Wine Road further to Lake Caldaro. At the end of the tour, a dream route through the rocks of the Paganella and the panorama of the Brenta Dolomites awaits us. 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 Zugspitz village of Grainau, we cycle via Elmau Castle, which has become world famous thanks to the G7 summit, and the picturesquely situated Ferchensee lake to Mittenwald. On the banks of the Isar, which here still has the state of a wild river, we reach Tyrol and the Leutasch valley. A long steady climb leads almost 30 kilometers and about 750 meters of altitude through the Leutasch valley and the picturesque Gaistal to the Ehrwalder Alm. Numerous huts and alpine pastures invite you to take a break. The descent to Ehrwald is steep and short, but asphalted. With glowing brakes, we roll onto the Via Claudia bike route in the Ehrwald basin and cross the Fernpass on the old Roman path. Through beautiful forests with fragrant pines we reach the Gurgltal and reach our comfortable stage destination near Imst with a view of the Ötztal Alps.
King stage. Today we cross the main ridge of the Alps and enter South Tyrol. After crossing the Inn River, the climb through the Ötztal Valley begins, past Sölden to Hochgurgl, where the toll booth is located. The route through the valley runs off the road on varied cycling, forest and farm tracks. From Obergurgl we finally follow the pass road of the Timmelsjoch. Time to rest and enjoy. At the 2474 meter high pass summit we have managed 2300 meters of altitude of our daily target. The high alpine landscape fascinates every year thousands of racing cyclists on the Ötztaler Radmarathon. A wonderfully long descent rewards first with numerous hairpin bends of the pass road and finally great developed cycle paths off the roads through the orchards along the Passer to the alpine-Mediterranean Merano. The small alpine metropolis is world-famous and lets South Tyrolean traditions merge with the Italian Dolce Vita. We should definitely not miss this during an evening tour of the lively city center.
After two sporty days in the saddle, we can take it easy today. We leave Merano in the direction of Hafling. In front of the impressive mountain scenery of the Texelgruppe we take a last look at Merano before we dive into the wonderful alpine landscape high above the Etschtal. A varied mix of bike paths, small side roads and forest trails leads us to picturesquely situated huts and offers panoramic views as far as the Dolomites and the main Alpine ridge with its glaciers shimmering white. At the Leadner Alm we have earned a proper break after 1400 meters of altitude and enjoy the view. After passing through lively Bolzano, we find ourselves on the South Tyrolean Wine Road. We should definitely stop for a swim at the fantastically situated Kalterer See lake. We will spend the night in one of the famous wine villages of the region.
The final stage begins with a 25-kilometer flat warm-up to Mezzocorona. There begins the panoramic road with about 950 meters of ascent to Fai della Paganella and on to Andalo at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. A gorgeous gravel route takes us along exciting back roads to Lago di Molveno, whose deep blue waters reflect the craggy cliffs of the Brenta. It remains dramatically beautiful. An old road takes us to Ranzo, where along a mountain road spectacularly blasted into the rock we have impressive views of the deep Limaro Gorge, the Sarca Valley and the Valle dei Laghi. In the valley lie picturesque lakes and in the background tower enormous limestone cliffs. These also characterize the last kilometers - but now from the frog's perspective - 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 €
G2GG25 Early Bird Super Early Bird
17.06.2024 - 22.06.2024 till 31.12.2023 till 01.11.2023
1089 € 1059 € 1019 €
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