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.

​Highlights

  • 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

Price
US$ 2,000 per person, double occupancy


2020 Dates
Email us your dates. We can schedule the tour when you want.


Single Supplement
+ US$ 300 for single room occupancy

 

Length
7 Days, 6 Nights


Meet / Finish
Augsburg, Germany /
Merano, Italy

Route Rating
Moderate: 25-40 miles (40-64 km) per day over hilly terrain. Extra miles available.

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Day 5:  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 and past a large lake. Kite surfers skim the lake surface driven by Alpine winds. We overnight in a Burgeis, a sleepy town of 850 with frescoed house facades and a 13th Century castle.

Day 6:  Merano

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.

 

Day 7:  Merano

The bike tour ends in Merano, Italy. The closest major cities to Merano are Munich, Germany and Milano Italy.  Both Munich and Milano can be reach by train in about 5 hours.

Day 1:  Augsburg, Germany

We meet in Augsburg, Germany (40 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:  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, 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 Füssen.

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.

Daily Itinerary

 

Daily Distance

 

Lodging

 

Hotel Steigenberger Drei Mohren

Augsburg, Germany (1 night)
This historic hotel is located on the beautiful Maximilianstrasse in the heart of Augsburg. It features elegant rooms and a restaurant with a show kitchen.

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Hotel Augsburger Hof
Landsberg, Germany (1 night)

This traditional family-run hotel is situated in the center of Landsburg am Lech. The hotel has 15 spacious rooms that have been completely renovated.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Maraias
Burgusio, Italy (1 night)

This family-run hotel offers a wellness center and a traditional restaurant.  Enjoy a massage, Turkish bath, sauna, or solarium.



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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

  • All lodging (three and four star hotels)

  • All breakfasts

  • Two dinners

  • Shuttle over two passes

  • Five beautiful rides (extra miles available)

  • Use of mountain bike

  • Van support

  • One friendly bilingual guide

 

Departure from Merano, End of Tour

The bike tour ends in Merano, Italy. Merano has a train station. Train travel time to Munich is approximately 5 hours while the train trip to Milano takes about 4.5 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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