Via Claudia Augusta "Altinate" - the original

Across the Alps from DONAUWÖRTH to QUARTO d'ALTINO-VENICE

On the first stages of your bike tour, you will be accompanied by the Lech River which, with its sediment, laid forests, imposing barrages and weirs, as well as its historical towns such as Augsburg and Schongau. In the distance rises the impressive silhouette of the Bavarian Alps, which could be wrapped in a delicate veil of white clouds. Past the Füssener Lechfall, the cycle path continues along the Lech into Tyrol's Ausserfern. The rugged elegance of the Lechtal Alps and the Zugspitze mountains flank the cycle path as far as the Ehrwalder Becken, a protected moorland, in whose subsurface parts of a Roman “beating road”* of the Via Claudia Augusta are preserved.
From Biberwier an organised shuttle-transfer takes you to Fernsteinsee Castle and the cycle path takes you through the picturesque Gurgltal (Gurgl Valley) and into the Upper Inn Valley. A sporty, serpentine ascent of approx. 700 meters awaits you between Pfunds and Nauders on the Reschenpass. From the Reschensee in South Tyrol, the Adige Cycle Path leads along the river through the sun-drenched Vinschgau to the spa town of Merano and on to the Castelfeder holiday region. The vineyards are already emitting a southern flair, blending into the landscape with their sweeping lines and allowing the South Tyrolean lowlands to merge seamlessly into Trentino and its glamorous capital Trento.
As a reward for the ascent to Alta Valsugana, a magnificent view opens up into the thermal region of the Suganer Valley, whose cycle path along the Brenta River accompanies you almost to Feltre.
Behind you, the graceful hills of the world-famous Prosecco growing area of Valdobbiadene, your way leads you through tranquil villages and historically significant cities like Treviso, before Quarto d’Altino is reached, the destination of your journey. By train you can reach the centre of Venice directly and nothing stands in the way of a long stroll in the Serenissima with its palazzi and art treasures.
* Road construction in which tree trunks were laid as planks floating in the peatland

Highlights
  • Roman museum in the Augsburg armoury
  • Historic Augsburg water management (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Füssen/Schwangau
  • Sunken church tower of Altgraun (14th century), Reschenstausee water reservoir
  • Original milestone of Rabland, city museum of Bolzano
  • Borgo Valsugana, Suganer Valley
  • Forte Leone, Primolano
  • The original milestone of Cesiomaggiore, optional visitation when riding via Praderadego pass between Feltre and Pieve di Soligo
  • Lagoon city of Venice with historical treasures and sights
Itinerary
Day 1: Individual journey to Donauwörth

Welcome to the former end of the Roman Via Claudia Augusta, welcome to the start of a long, diversified and historical tour in southward direction.

Included Services | Price per Person | Extras

Included services

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3-Star hotels
  • 13 Overnight stays including large breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer across Fern Pass
  • Reutte Aktiv Card (reduced admission to Thermal Resort Ehrenberg, Adventure Museum...)
  • Tirol West Card (reduced admission to Museums, such as Via Claudia Augusta-Centre...)
  • Train ticket from Quarto d‘Altino to Venice and back
  • Extensive travel papers | GPS-data available on demand
  • Phone service daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price per person

Accommodation in a double room *    EUR   1.610,00
Accommodation in a double room * (from May 15th)   EUR   1.682,00
Accommodation in a double room * (from August 5th)   EUR   1.730,00
Single room surcharge   EUR   358,00
Half-board surcharge   EUR   348,00

Extras

Rental of 21-gear touring bicycle   EUR 150,00
Rental of Pedelec/E-Bike   EUR 280,00
Extra night in Donauwörth in DR/B&B *   EUR 66,00
Extra night in Donauwörth in SR/B&B *   EUR 90,00
Extra night in Quarto d'Altino in DR/B&B *   EUR 64,00
Extra night in Quarto d'Altino in SR/B&B *   EUR 91,00
Transfer Quarto d'Altino-Donauwörth (Fri, Sun)   EUR 190,00
Vehicle transfer Donauwörth-Quarto d'Altino   on request
* Any local taxes that may be due are not included and are payable locally

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