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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 440 miles (700 km) 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.

​Highlights

  • Cycling almost exclusively on bike paths

  • Spectacular Alpine scenery (NOTE: We shuttle over the
    two mountain passes)

  • Gorgeous walled Bavarian villages

  • Thermal spa in Merano

  • Church bell tower rising from Lake Resia

  • German, Austrian, and Italian cousine

Price
PUS$ 3,000 per person, double occupancy

2023 Date
May 14-21 (Open to Denver Bicycle Touring Club)

Single Supplement
+ US$ 500 for single room occupancy

 
Length
8 Days, 7 Nights


Meet / Finish
Augsburg, Germany / Merano, Italy


Route Rating
Moderate: 20-38 miles (32-61 km) per day over hilly terrain. Extra miles available.


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Day 6:  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 ride will seem endless. You roll through woods and past a large lake. A town was submerged to create this lake, but the towns’ 14th Century church tower rises majestically from the lake waters. It is an amazing site. We overnight in a Malles, a sleepy town of 3,500 with frescoed house facades and a 13th Century castle.

 

Day 7:  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. On our last night we have a group dinner in a local ristorante.

 

Day 8:  Merano, Italy

The bike tour ends in Merano, Italy. A shuttle to Varenna will be available for those participating in the Lake Como Hiking Tour (immediately following this Via Claudia trip). For those not going to Varenna, you can catch a train from Merano.  Train travel times are:
 

  • Merano to Verona:  2.5 hrs

  • Merano to Milan:  4 hrs

  • Merano to Venice:  4 hr
     

If you prefer a driver that can be arranged (at your own expense).

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. In Augsburg you can try sausage and bratwurst with authentic German beer.

Day 2:  Landsberg am Lech, Germany

We follow a bike path through green countryside on our 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, Schongau, Germany

A bike path leads us south following the Lech River. Rising in front of you in the distance you see the magnificent Alps. Today’s destination is Schongau, an ancient Bavarian fortress built on a hill above a river.  Schongau has an accessible walk along the battlements of the old city wall. Our hotel is in the historic center of town surrounded by perfectly preserved 15th Century buildings. Pastel colored Rococo facades, terra cotta roofs, and porticos burst with Bavarian charm.

Day 4:  Füssen, Germany

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

Day 5:  Imst, Austria

The Fernpass separates Germany and Austria. Cycle over this alpine pass, or if you prefer hop on a shuttle for a lift 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. We stay in the village of Imst in the shadow of the surrounding peaks.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

Daily Distance

Daily Distance
Lodging

Lodging

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City Hotel Ost am Kö

Augsburg, Germany (1 night)
The City Hotel Ost am Kö is located on a square on the edge of the historic center. This hotel features a sauna and relaxation area.

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Arthotel ANA Goggl
Landsberg, Germany (1 night)

The Arthotel ANA Goggl is located in the historic center of Landsberg. The old town’s churches, towers, gates, and historic houses are right outside the front door.

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Hotel Blaue Traube
Schongau, Germany (1 night)

The Hotel Blaue Traube is located in the historic center of Schongau, next to the market square.  The rooms are clean, quiet and comfortable.


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Hotel Sonne
Füssen, Germany (1 night)

This four-star hotel is in the pedestrian zone of Fussen. The hotel has stylish modern rooms, a rooftop terrace, and international cuisine.


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Hotel Stern
Imst, Austria (1 night)

This friendly family-run hotel is located in the heart of Imst. Hotel Stern features a spa, comfortable suites and spacious rooms with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Hotel Tyrol

Malles, Italy (1 night)

Set in the center of Malles, the Hotel Tyrol offers modern rooms with spectacular mountain views and a wellness center with a sauna.


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Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Hotel Terme Merano
Merano, Italy (1 night)

This luxury four-star hotel features panoramic mountain views and contemporary rooms. An underground tunnel connects the hotel with the town spa.


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What's Included

What's Included

  • Seven nights in hotels

  • All breakfasts, two group dinners, and one picnic

  • Two guides

  • Van support

  • Neuschwanstein Castle visit

  • Use of bicycle (regular MTB or ebike MTB at no additional charge)

  • Helmet and water bottle

  • Shuttle over two passes

  • Seven spectacular pre-Alpine and Alpine rides

Departure from Merano, End of Tour

The bike tour ends in Merano, Italy. For those participating in the Lake Como Hiking Tour, immediately following the Via Claudia, a shuttle to Varenna will be provided. For those not going to Lake Como, Merano has a train station with north and south connections. Train travel time to Munich is approximately 5 hours while the train trip to Milano takes about 4 hours.

Want to Save?

Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Our Dates Dont Work?

We may be able to offer the dates you want. Email us with the dates you prefer.

Bike Paths!

This tour is takes you through Bavaria Germany, Austria, and into northern Italy almost exclusively on bike paths!
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