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About 2000 years ago, the adoptive son of the impostor Augusto, General Drusus realized his military professional career the importance of well maintained and rapidly passable transport routes from the northern Roman provinces to the Mediterranean For that reason, it was more than necessary to build a road of passage to unite the northern and southern parts of the empire divided by the Alps. Via Claudia Augusta, completed in 60 years, is an exemplary example of Roman construction and a masterpiece of ancient engineering. With this road, the Romans had built the first suitable mountain road through the Fern Pass and the Reschen Pass. Today, Via Claudia Augusta allows cyclists to experience a unique and impressive crossing of the Alps to see the most beautiful sides of the ancient Roman domain. The variety of different landscapes along the Via Claudia Augusta and also the many options that it offers make this bike tour a unique adventure that you must experience for yourself!
Every Saturday from May 1st to September 15th 2019 – Special dates available on request
Visit of the Roman provincial capital„ Augusta Vindelicorum
The place name Augsburg derives from the Roman name of the town „Augusta Vindelicorum“, which was founded in 15 B.C. under the rule of Emperor Augustus. Augsburg’s popularity however, was established with its role as a Fugger town. Therefore, a visit of the Fuggerei, which is the world’s oldest project for social housing still in use today, is almost a must. The stage to Landsberg is thought to be a comfy „run in“ on almost flat terrain.
On the horizon you can already see the Alps but you get to enjoy the beauty of the region Pfaffenwinkel first. Schongau features a picturesque old town and almost completely preserved town walls.
Having left the old town of Schongau the cycling path along River Lech takes you into the Tyrol. Before heading over the border from Germany to Austria the beautiful fairy tale-like Neuschwanstein castle awaits you.
Today the tour takes us from Füssen to Reutte. From there our transfer brings you across Fern Pass in a comfortable way. From Fernstein castle you cycle past Nassereith and through the picturesque Gurgltal Valley to Imst. A “beery” adventure awaits you at the microbrewery at Starkenberg castle.
After a hearty breakfast you cycle from Imst to Landeck. From there we take the shuttle up to Nauders. Soon afterwards you cross the border to Italy at Reschen pass and with it the main Alpine ridge. You cycle downwards towards Malles past eschenstausee reservoir with the sunken church tower of Altgraun, one of the most famous photo motifs of Italy. Enjoy the first evening on South Tyrolean soil and enjoy strolling through the old alleyways of the town.
Today you cross the entire Val Venosta. The route leads from an altitude of more than 1,000m down to the town of Merano that is located at an altitude of 350m. Most of the route follows the course of River Adige. From your starting place this pleasant cycling stretch leads down to the smallest town of the Alps, the town of Glorenza. Past the marble town of Laas you get to Naturns and eventually – past the impressive Kastellbell castle – to the spa town of Merano. Enjoy an evening walk through town along the “Passer” promenade surrounded by subtropical flora.
There is plenty to see along this route: Niederlana’s famous Schnatterpeckaltar, the largest Gothic wing altar in the Alpine area, the highest church tower of the South Tyrol in Terlan and a great number of fortresses and ruins on both valley slopes. The region also offers plenty of culinary delights: asparagus in Terlan, tasty chestnuts in Nals and last but not least excellent regional wines. As you reach the pedestrian zone of Bolzano you’ll soon realise the southern flair of the city.
Individual departure or extension of your stay.
|Self-guided bike route||Classic
9 Days / 8 nights
8 Days / 7 nights
|Accommodation in double room||918€||769€|
|Accommodation in double room from May 15th||972€||814€|
|Accommodation in double rooms from August 5th||994€||845€|
|Single room surcharge||221€||166€|
|Bike rental incl. 14 litre pannier bag and tool kit||80€||75€|
|Individual Special tour
8 nights/9 days
|Individual tour Sporty tour
8 nights/9 days
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