Via Romea Germanica From the Alps to the sea

Via Romea Germanica From the Alps to the sea

A CHALLENGING GUIDED TOUR ON GRAVEL BIKE, FOLLOWING AN ANCIENT PATH

750 €/person
5–12 July 2021 Max. 110 km/day

Via Romea Germanica from Brenner to Ravenna

Via Romea Germanica is a 2,200-km-long historic European path that links the north of Germany to Rome; we cover the entire Italian section. This first challenging week of the Italian Via Romea Germanica starts from the heart of the Alps and reaches the Adriatic sea by Ravenna. From the Brenner pass it descends along the Isarco Valley, crosses charming South-Tyrolean-style villages and gets to Bolzano. The itinerary then follows a bike path that goes deep into the Wine Road of Appiano, skirts the beautiful lakes fo Monticolo and Caldaro and finally gets to the bottom of the Adige Valley. There, we follow the river Adige bike path, arrive in Trento and then, after a small climb, we reach the verdant Valsugana, surrounded by high mountains. A bike path runs along the entire valley, we follow it until it reaches the plain in Bassano del Grappa. The itinerary flanks the river Brenta until Padua, then skirts the Euganean Hills, crosses the great rivers Adige and Po, passes by the beautiful city of Ferrara and gets to Ravenna, touching the Adriatic sea.

  • HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • The emotion of traveling on an old pilgrim path
  • From the Northern Italian border to the Adriatic sea
  • Gravel bike suggested, but fine with road bike too!
  • Luggage transfer every day
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Cancellation insurance is included in the price!

Program

After the individual arrival at Brenner we ride on a slightly downhill bike path surrounded by green mountains covered with woods. We stop in Vipiteno and admire its beautiful old town and South-Tyrolean architecture, then continue towards Bressanone passing by the famous Novella Abbey. We cross the historic center of Bressanon, leave the valley floor and ride up on road that climb the rapid cultivated slopes of the Isarco Valley: the view over mountains and Dolomiti from up there is great. We return to the valley floor near Chiusa, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and continue on the cycle path to Ponte Gardena.

Overnight in Ponte Gardena.

We resume pedaling on the bike path, always slightly downhill, until Bolzano. After a short detour to admire Piazza Walther and the Gothic cathedral, we pass under the imposing Firmiano Castle and follow the route of the old train that led to Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino. We flank the shining lakes of Monticolo and Caldaro, then we cycle on panoramic roads surrounded by vineyards and return to the valley floor. Finally, we follow the Adige bike path and reach Trento, the destination of the day.

Overnight in Trento.

The day starts with a easy 6 km-long climb that leads to Valsugana. Once there, we follow the beautiful bike path that runs alongside Lake Caldonazzo and winds through the apple orchards that cover the valley floor. The bike path is mainly flat, with some easy up and downs. After the charming village of Borgo Valsugana, crossed by the river Brenta, the itinerary is slightly downhill and flanks the river until Primolano, where the valley gets narrow and takes the name of Canale del Brenta. A few more kilometers and we arrive in Bassano del Grappa crossing the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.

First completely flat stage. A few kilometers after Bassano del Grappa we pass by Marostica, the famous city of chess, then we head South and follow the course fo the river Brenta. The itinerary crosses the fertile Venetian countryside in an environment made of large crops and the lush vegetation typical of the banks of large rivers. There we cycle along path immersed in silence and gets to Piazzola del Brenta, overlooked by the majestic facade of Villa Contarini, and to Padua, which historic centre deserves a break. We finally follow the Battaglia Canal, flank the base of the Euganean Hills, pass by the medieval village of Monselice and get to the farmhouse that hosts us.

Dinner and overnight in San Martino di Venezze.

This short stage crosses the two major Italian rivers, the Adige and the Po. The itinerary initially follows the banks of the river Adige until it reaches the city of Rovigo. After a short break in its historic centre, we cycle along minor waterways that flow between the large crops of the Venetian countryside up to the banks of the river Po. We follow its course immersed in silence and tranquillity and finally arrive in the beautiful Ferrara, a bike-friendly city.

Overnight in Ferrara.

The last day of the first part of our Via Romea Germanica is still under the sign of the water. We lave Ferrara along country roads flanked by canals, streams and secondary branches of the Po, until we reach the large reclaimed areas of the Ferrara plain. We skirt the large lagoon of Comacchio and reach the Adriatic Sea at Casalborsetti. We cycle surrounded by the large pine forests of Marina di Ravenna and we finally arrive in Ravenna, the magnificent city of mosaics and Byzantine art.

Dinner and overnight in Ravenna.

Breakfast in Hotel and individual departure from Ravenna.

Price and information

Via Romea Germanica from Brenner to Ravenna Guided challenging tour

Travel package (7 days, 6 nights, 6 days of bike) 5–12 July 2021

750,00 € Accommodation in double room

880,00 € Accommodation in single room

Included costs of insurance and booking handling: 35,00 €/person

Deposit 150,00 € /person

To book, pay deposit and extras online. Balance has to be paid up to 21 days before departure (we’ll send you a link after your online booking).

8–18 people

  • Lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Anything not listed among the included services

+ 200.00 € For 7 days for the rental of full carbon Bergamont gravel bike, delivered at the beginning of the tour, picked up at the end

+ 120.00 € For 4 extra dinners, drinks included

Booking

  • 5th July 2021 (Book before June 5th!)
  1. Check all documents of the travel contract.
  2. Book online up to 30 days before departure: you pay the deposit (about 20% of the cost of the tour) and the extras.
  3. We’ll send you a link for the payment of the balance. 
  4. Balance has to be paid up to 21 days before departure. In this moment we activate the cancellation insurance.
  5. All done, get ready for your Holidays! 🙂

…Are you late and you want to book? Give us a call!

You might be worried about the actual safety conditions linked with Covid-19. We defined special cancellation policies for 2021 and included the cancellation insurance in all travel packages, read here.

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