Cycle from the Glaciers to the Garda Lake

  • Moderate for a few days
  • ~28 mi/day
  • max. 18
  • 168 mi

Switzerland! Expect chocolat, cowbells, st. bernard dogs, glaciers, thin air, cablecars and mountain views. We are in the garden of the Inn river, that’s the translation of the name of this Valley: the Engadin or Engaidina in the local Raeto Romanisch language, one of the four official languages of this little jewel of a country. With its high peaks and clear blue or green mountain streams and lakes this is the Toblerone Country to the max.

The names of the villages we cycle through make our hearts sing. Celerina, Zernez, Lavin, it all sounds…..Raeto Romanisch,  spoken in a way that sounds like Italian.

With a short stop in Austria in one of it’s charming alpine villages, we cross the boarder once more and enter Italy, to cycle along the lakes, along the river Adige, originating in this region, and ending at the Adriatic Sea, close to Venice and the Po Valley. Strong german influences here, untill we reach the Trentino. Loads of apples and lusch green. The area has a great climate, enough rain, loads of sun, nice temperatures. Alpine crisp, with great bikepaths and bike stops.

At the end we will stay in one of the charming villages at Lake Garda, overviewing the harbor and terraces from our hotel window. And have that must-do boatride to the other harbors.

Like to explore more: look at the option to continue to Verona and visit it’s Roman Arena!

Or travel earlier: visit Zermatt and book the Glacier Express a beautiful train ride in panorama wagons across the Swiss Alps. Should for sure be on your bucket list!

Or join a bike&barge tour from Mantua to Venice and approach Venice by boat! Magnificent!

Or join the IRIS first on it’s 11 day tour starting in Aschaffenburg, ending in Ludwigsburg. Biking along the Main, Rhine and Neckar, It’s all planned for you. On Tuesday your guide takes you to Pontresina by train from Stuttgart! All taken care of! Check out that tour here

Well now: buy a piece of Swiss Chocolate (like Toblerone), have a glass of wine and start dreaming about this!

Done dreaming? Let’s start planning your perfect tour! We are ready!

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Day-to-day program

  1. Arrival at Morteratsch

    A mountain train will take you from Sankt Moritz to Morteratsch. Our hotel is right at the station, very remote… Read more
  2. Morteratsch- Sils im Engadin - St. Moritz - Morteratsch

    We start our day with a transfer to Sils im Engadin. There we will do the bike fitting an take… Read more
  3. Morteratsch - Pass Bernina (2330 m.)- Diavolezza - Zuoz (-Zernez)

    Now that we are here, we might as well “do” a real mountain pass. 12 k  of slow but steady… Read more
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Departures & pricing

GSep 22nd 2020 €2750
GOct 1st 2020 €2750
G = Guaranteed departure

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Day-to-day

  1. Arrival at Morteratsch

    A mountain train will take you from Sankt Moritz to Morteratsch. Our hotel is right at the station, very remote at the foot of the Morteratsch Glacier. The water runs wild and gives you the perfect noise to sleep like a baby in your mountain lodge style hotel.

    We will welcome you at the end of the day and have a great welcome dinner.

    If you decide to arrive earlier, you will already receive a mountain pass, giving you free access to public transport and all cable cars of the Engadin region!

  2. Morteratsch- Sils im Engadin - St. Moritz - Morteratsch

    We start our day with a transfer to Sils im Engadin. There we will do the bike fitting an take you on our first ride. Along the lakes we approach St. Moritz. Rich and famous people love it, and we would like you to have a peak into the shopping street and be thrown back in the days of the grand hotels. Hotel hospitality was born here, and many wintersports invented and started here. Old grandeur all over the place. LIke to stay here longer? You can get on the train back to the hotel from here! Or how about continuing the cycling back to the hotel? Like to take  a cable car up to Muottas Muragl to have a mindblowing look over mountains, glaciers and seas. Wow…what a day.

     

     

  3. Morteratsch - Pass Bernina (2330 m.)- Diavolezza - Zuoz (-Zernez)

    Now that we are here, we might as well “do” a real mountain pass. 12 k  of slow but steady climbing will get us there. No big deal on an e-bike, a challenge on a regular bike. Take your picture on top and be happy going back down. Halfway we stop to get on a cable car and have coffee at the viewingpoint of the Morteratsch Glacier. Another part of downhill awaits us. Then we cycle quite relaxed along the Inn River in the direction of Zernez.

    For those of us who had their share of climbing, the tour ends in Zuoz. We can hop on a train to our hotel in Zernez. Those who like another challenge and do some more mountain bike style ride: let’s continue along a forest path that goes up and down along the foot of the mountains.

  4. Zernez-Guarda-Scuol-Nauders

    One of the most challenging days of biking today…to our standards.

    We are in the mountains, and although we are not climbing them to the top, we are on some climbs here. First we start getting out of Zernez and following the river to Lavin, where we will start climbing on a quiet gravel road up to Guarda. For those who are not into the climbing, alternative shuttle will be offered from Zernez. Guarda is just so gorgeous we simply have to go there. It’s known for its Engadiner style houses and farms.

    Second part of the day, after lunch, will be to continue through Ardez and Ftan, both again at villages on the hills, so it is still more than moderate cycling here. Our reward is not only to see these lovely villages and have great views, but also the 3.5 km decent down to Scuol. From Scuol we take 2 busses to get to Nauders in Austria for a good alpine night of sleep.

  5. Nauders - Reschen - Morter

    For those who definitely like to get some more uphill: cycle to the Reschenpass, we are already almost there! 7 km of steady moderate climbing will get you there. Or the bus does 😉

    We enjoy a coffeebreak at the lake site and start on this perfect bikepath down into the Vinschgau (South Tirol). We are in Italy here, but you wouldn’t immediately notice this, as the language is still predominently German. Apples grown here as far as you can see and our path takes us through them.

  6. Morter - Merano

    Seems like an endless gorgeous cycle path following the river, and crossing the orchards and then we see the end of our valley, the town of Meran below, and hairpin curves in a cyclepath going down. Certainly a grand way of entering the South Tirol region. We will be in Meran rather early to enjoy an afternoon in this Italian city, with its old inner city dating from the middle ages, also showing belle epoque buildings.

    Would you like to visit the Meran Therme (Spa) ?

  7. Meran - Bolzano- South Tirol Wine Road-Kalterersee-Neumarkt

    After the bussling city we cycle along the Adige River down to Bolzano and enter the bikepath along the vineyards from there. A great combination of apple orchards and vineyards are the lush green scenery we cycle through. Let’s picture another lake in it and here is our picture perfect paradise.

    All we need is a bit of sunshine and a bike and this is bike heaven. Some up, but mostly down hill.

    In Neumarkt we will find another historic village with scraffito and arches. Our hotel is part of it, yet a very modern and stylish twist.

  8. to Riva del Garda!

    On our last day of biking we are heading for our last stop on the tour in Riva del Garda. It’s gelato and pizza all over the place now, this is a touristic area, has been for many decades already. For a lot of the Europeans, living in the more northern countries this was one of the first holidays outside of their own country. I still remember the markets where they sell glassware, baskets, cloths. It was mesmerizing to walk around there as a child! Let’s see if this magic is still around!

    Our hotel, at the lake, will be a perfect spot to relax. We will have a farewell dinner tonight!

  9. Riva del Garda boattrip to Bardolino?

    On this last day of our trip it’s up to you! We would suggest a boattrip to one of the other lovely villages and find a nice market. But there is more to explore!

    As a post trip we recommend to go to Verona. If there are multiple guests who would like this, we will offer this as an extension to the trip!

     

  10. That's it: time to leave or prolong your stay

    After breakfast it’s Arrivederci bella Riva del Garda!

Accommodations

  • Lovely mountain lodge hotel at Morteratsch

    At the foot of the Morteratsch Glacier we will find our mountain refuge, well, a bit better than that! Crispy clean rooms with all we need await us. The hotel can be reached by the local mountain train that either climbs on to the pass Bernina or takes you down to Pontresina and St. Moritz.

  • Hotel in Zernez

    Another family run hotel is our second hotel on the tour.

  • hotel in Nauders

    In Austria we will stay in one of the many hotels in this little mountain village. Although the winter is the high season for places like this, a lot of guests who like to hike and bike will be there. Expect a typically alpine style hotel and enjoy the Wiener Schnitzel! Servus!

  • Hotel in Morter

    This maybe a bit dated looking at the interior style, but the hotel is still a great place to spend a quiet evening. Rooms are clean and bathrooms are OK.  Dive into the outside pool and enjoy the gardens. The family run hotel delivers old fashioned service and a nice dinner. No glamour, but a nice ambiance and real South Tirolian style.

  • Hotel in Meran

    For a change we will stay close to the bussling heart of Meran to enjoy some city life and a lovely evening on a terrace or some shopping…Let’s enjoy the italian lifestyle here.

  • Hotel in Neumarkt

    We are waiting for the feedback from the hotel we would like to book!

  • our destination at lake Garda!

    we are waiting for the feedback from the hotel we would prefer to book!

Included on this 10 day trip:

  • 3 star hotels in Morteratsch ( 2 nights), Zernez (1 night), Nauders (1 night), South Tirol area (1 night), Meran (1 night), Trentino area (1 night), Riva del Garda (2 nights)
  • continental breakfast (buffet style)
  • luggage and SAG service by our van + trailer
  • 5 out of 9 dinners
  • picknick lunches on cycle days
  • snacks, drinks, fruit for all cycling days
  • Tour guide, host Lenny and Van driver
  • all transfers during the tour by van, bus or train
  • cable cars and trains  in Engadin
  • helmet, pannier and waterbottle

Not included:

Single room: € 360,–

Bike rental € 100,- per bike (2019),  € 110,– per bike (2020)
E-bike on availability, € 250,- (2019),  € 270 ,– per e- bike (2020)
Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc.
Travel and cancellation insurance
Miscellaneous beverages and expenses on excursions.
Gratuaties for Guide(s) and Vandriver.

Departures & pricing

GSep 22nd 2020 €2750
GOct 1st 2020 €2750
G = Guaranteed departure