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Apples & Vines

Beneath the peaks of northern Italy
 
The Alps form the spectacular backdrop for this self-guided cycling holiday, on which your luggage is transported. Designated, well-signed cycle tracks provide leisurely cycling through this gastronomic region with a wealth of cultural interest, while good rail links help to shorten some routes.
 

Holiday information

 

A short cycling break in South Tyrol

Apples may not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think of the Alps, but, on the valley floors around Bolzano, just south of the Austrian border, neat rows of fruit trees, interspersed with equally precise rows of vines, stretch as far as the eye can see.  
The orchards are not the only surprise awaiting the first-time visitor. Complemented by the delicious local Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer wines, the excellent cuisine has strong Austrian influences, and German is widely spoken.
Cycling-wise, the terrain is remarkably easy-going, despite the backdrop of high peaks, with good rail links to help shorten some routes.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 1 3 6 10 15 19 21 21 18 13 6 2
    mm 28 30 39 47 81 91 101 103 76 64 65 29
  • Arrival in Bolzano
    Night 1: at Hotel Scala Stiegl (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Linear route from Bolzano: 41km
    Our suggested route takes you to the graceful spa town of Merano, famed for its Belle Epoque architecture and thermal baths. The cycle track heads north into Val d'Adige through apple orchards, asparagus fields and vineyards, and affords beautiful views of the mountains. The ride is relatively easy and not too long, so there is plenty of time to explore Merano and stroll through the colourful botanic gardens before taking the train back to Bolzano (covered by the included one-day travel pass).

    Explore Bolzano
    Alternatively, you may prefer to explore Bolzano. The town has an attractive cathedral and medieval centre, but the jewel in the crown is the fascinating archaeological museum (closed Mondays), home to Ötzi, the Copper Age man found preserved in a nearby glacier. 

    Visit Sopra Bolzano
    Yet another option is to take a cable car (pay locally) up to Sopra Bolzano, from where you can either board an historic tram that crosses this rural upland (which offers superb views of the Dolomites) or enjoy a short walk to visit the remarkable ‘Earth Pyramids’.
    Adige Valley
  • Bolzano to Trento: 74km; shorter options: 43km or 52km
    Leaving Bolzano, you embark on a wonderful cycle ride that follows the South Tyrol Wine Trail southwards through vineyards into Italian-speaking Trentino, passing Lake Caldaro (near to which is a wine museum) and the village of Tramin (famous for giving its name to Gewürztraminer). You can stop to sample some of the wines on your way to the regional capital, Trento, where you spend your final two nights at the friendly Hotel Accademia. (You pass two railway stations during the second leg of the ride, meaning that you can reduce the route by taking the train if you prefer; pay locally.)
    Approaching Lake Caldaro on the route from Bolzano to Trento
  • Linear route from Trento: 32km
    Our suggested cycle route from Trento is a delightful ride along the banks of the River Adige, through immaculate vineyards and orchards, to either the town of Rovereto, which is home to a museum of modern and contemporary art (closed Mondays), or, for a longer day, the Baroque town of Ala or even to the shores of Lake Garda. You can return by train (pay locally) to Trento and then end your holiday with a final taste of Trentino, savouring regional specialities such as orzet  (barley soup), venison with walnuts in grappa sauce, and strangolapreti  (spinach dumplings) accompanied by a crisp Müller Thurgau white or earthy Teroldego red.

    Explore Trento
    Another good way to spend your final day is to explore compact Trento – wander its cobbled streets to discover its cathedral, pastel-coloured buildings and castle, which is worth visiting for its frescoes. 
     
 

Accommodation

You stay in two high-quality hotels.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Bolzano. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, it is worth adding an extra night in Bolzano to further explore the city and surrounding area.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 13 April 2019 - 31 July 2019 & 17 August 2019 - 26 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 14 Jun 2019 £670 £110
    15 Jun - 27 Jul 2019 £685 £115
    17 - 31 Aug 2019 £685 £115
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £670 £110
    1 - 22 Oct 2019 £655 £110
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £25 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Scala Stiegl, Bolzano
    Superior: 13 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £7
    Superior: 17 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £7
    Hotel Accademia, Trento
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £20
    Junior suite: 17 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £5pp per day.
    Hotel Scala Stiegl, Bolzano (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £80 £100
    17 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £80 £100
    Hotel Accademia, Trento (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £96 £124
    17 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £96 £124
  • 4 nights, staying in Hotel Greif (2 dinners)

    13 April - 31 July 2019 17 August - 26 October 2019 Price Single room
    13 April - 14 June £755 £195
    15 June - 27 June £770 £200
    17 - 31 August £770 £200
    1 - 30 September £755 £195
    1 - 22 October £740 £195
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    single traveller supplement £50
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Verona
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Venice

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Venice (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Verona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Newcastle - Verona TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Verona Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona Porta Nuova to Bolzano (1h30), walk to hotel (0h15) or taxi Bolzano to hotel (0h05, pay locally) included 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    rail Trento to Verona Porta Nuova (1h15) included 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Bolzano (3h), walk to hotel (0h15) or taxi Bolzano to hotel (0h05) pay locally £22 1330
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    rail Trento to Venice Mestre (2h18-2h30) £18 1500
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
  • 1-day travel pass
  • rail travel from/to Verona
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our cycle supplier will provide you with a trekking/hybrid bike with 27 gears; waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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