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Guided Via Claudia Bike Tour

Guided Via Claudia Bike Tour
The Via Claudia Augusta is an ancient road built by a Roman Emperor to connect Rome with the northern (German) territories. Construction began in 15 BC and was completed in 60 years. The Via Claudia winds through the gentle valleys of Bavaria, crosses Alpine passes in Austria, and enters the wealthy German enclaves of Italy. Today the Germans, Austrians and Italians have created 700 kilometers (440 miles) of bike paths, both paved and unpaved. On this tour you cycle almost exclusively on bike paths. You roll through the dramatic Bavarian countryside passing the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle which inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom. You stay in small villages in Alpine valleys. You ride past mountain lakes and streams. The tour ends at a spa town in Northern Italy. Relax at the spa which features 25 pools (both indoor and outdoor) and various saunas.
Day 1 Augsburg, Germany  We meet in Augsburg, Germany (30 minutes by train from Munich). Our hotel is in the center of this attractive city of spires and cobbles. We explore the historic center and start things right with a Bavarian feast in old beer hall. One of the delights of this tour is the mix of German, Austrian, and Italian cuisine. Sausage and bratwurst taste even better with authentic German beer.

Day 2 Landsberg am Lech, Germany  You follow a paved bike path through green countryside on your way to Landsberg am Lech. Landsberg is a town right out of a children’s story with cobbled streets leading to piazzas with fountains. The town has an old wall with gates and towers. We stay in a small inn in the center of town.

Day 3 Fussen, Germany  A gorgeous rolling ride through pre-Alpine countryside leads to Fussen at the base of the Alps. Fussen was untouched by WWII bombs and has a perfectly preserved car-free center. This is Bavaria at its finest, beautiful architecture, beautiful views, and impeccable restoration. The town is also the jumping off point for visits to the Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most visited castle. You can visit the castle or explore the shops, streets, and piazzas of Fussen.

Day 4 Imst, Austria  The Fernpass separates Germany and Austria. Cycle over this alpine pass, or if you prefer hop on a shuttle for a quick ride to the top. Leaving the sprawling valleys of Bavaria we are now in the Austrian Alps. Mountains, streams, and lakes make for spectacular views. We are still on bike paths so you can lose yourself in the beauty without worrying about traffic. This side of the pass is called Tyrol. We stay in the village of Imst in the shadow of the surrounding peaks. If the cycling descent didn’t get your adrenaline pumping try the 3.5 km long alpine side in Imst.

Day 4 Burgusio, Italy  The Biberwier pass separates Austria from Italy. As before you can cycle this pass or get a lift to the top in a comfortable shuttle. The downhill seems to never end. You roll through woods, past a large lake. Kite surfers skim the lake waters driven by Alpine winds. We overnight in a Burgeis, a sleepy town of 850 with frescoed house facades and a 13th century castle.

Day 5-6 Merano, Italy  We follow a river on a gentle downhill ride. We pass villages with high church steeples and impressive castles. We roll through wooden bridges with river water crashing below. The bike path leads to Merano, a spa town in the German speaking enclave of Italy known as Alto Aldige. The main attraction in Merano is its spectacular spa. Twenty five thermal pools, various saunas, and five hectares of gardens make for the ultimate in spa relaxation. The tour ends in Merano, Italy.

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US$ 3,380 per person
(US$ 450 Single Supplement)

Tour prices are based on double room occupancy. A single supplement is required for single room occupancy. Please note that in Italy single rooms are frequently smaller than double rooms. Groups of three can book triple rooms and avoid the single supplement.

2019 Date

7 Days, 6 Nights
Route Rating
Moderate: 20-30 miles (32-48 km) per day cycling over hilly terrain.

Meet / Finish
Augsburg, Germany / Merano, Italy
  • Thermal spa in Merano
  • Cycling almost exclusively on bike paths
  • Spectacular Alpine scenary (NOTE: We shuttle over the two mountain passes)
  • German, Austrian, and Italian cousine

What's Included
  • All lodging (3 and 4 star hotels)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two dinners
  • Shuttle over two passes
  • 5 beautiful rides. Extra miles available.
  • Use of mountain bike
  • Van support
  • Two guides

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Dates don't work?
Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Have a group of four or more?
With a group of four or more we can schedule a guided bike tour when you want.