Munich to Venice

An epic ride from the Alps to the coast

If you enjoy diverse cycling adventures, you'll absolutely adore our cycling tour from Munich to Venice! In just 9 days, you'll journey from Marienplatz in Munich to St. Mark's Square in Venice, where the meeting of two iconic cities awaits. Enjoy hearty wheat beer and exquisite red wine, marvel at snow-covered mountain peaks and verdant lagoons, and engage with the charming Bavarian culture and the passion of the Italians. Over the course of the trip, which spans approximately 530 kilometres, you'll encounter a plethora of unique sights while experiencing a rich variety of culinary and cultural attractions.

Furthermore, there are many remarkable highlights along the route, starting with the English Garden in Munich and culminating in the world-renowned canals of Venice. Some noteworthy stops include the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, the Three Peaks of the Dolomites, and the popular sandy beach on Lake Santa Croce. This journey promises a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural treasures

Details about the Munich to Venice cycling holiday

You'll embark on a well-signposted cycling adventure, starting in Munich and making your way through breathtaking destinations. Your journey unfolds as follows: From Munich to Bad Tölz, then through the scenic Zillertal, and on to the Brenner Pass before continuing toward Longarone, Treviso, and ultimately Venice.

Over the course of 9 days, you'll immerse yourself in the pure joy of cycling, traversing excellent cycle paths that wind along the banks of the Isar and Inn rivers in Bavaria and Tyrol, and then transitioning to the historic trade routes of South Tyrol. This carefully planned route promises an unforgettable cycling experience, with each day bringing new and exciting landscapes to explore.

Highlights of the cycle tour from Munich to Venice at a glance:

  • From the Alps to the sea: Over 9 days and with each turn of the pedals you watch the landscape change. The cycling holiday begins in mountainous and alpine regions and ends with Mediterranean lagoons on the Adriatic coast.

  • Mountain panoramas: In Bavaria, Tyrol and South Tyrol you will be accompanied on the daily stages by several impressive mountain panoramas. The Dolomites and especially the three peaks at Cortina d’Ampezzo are real highlights of the whole route.

  • Three-country cuisine: Pretzels and Obazda in Bavaria, Gröstl in Tyrol, wine in South Tyrol and fresh pasta in Venice. What a great combination!

  • Transfer via the Brenner Pass: A transfer by bus or train via the Brenner Pass is included to make your arrival easier than riding over the tough mountain passes.

Useful information about the 9-day cycling holiday to Venice

To kick off your cycling holiday, begin by leisurely strolling through the lively Bavarian capital of Munich, taking in its charming beer gardens, the scenic English Garden, and the striking neo-Gothic town hall. As you progress through the subsequent stages of your journey, you will cover distances ranging from 30 to 75 kilometres each day, eventually reaching the enchanting city of Venice. We recommend hiring an electric bike for this tour.

Be prepared for some challenging terrain in Bavaria and the Puster Valley, as there will be several climbs along the way. Therefore, having good fitness levels will be advantageous to fully enjoy this exhilarating adventure.

This tour has been graded as Athletic. Find out more about our cycling holiday difficulty levels.

Tour information
Athletic
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Self-Guided
  • Luggage transfers included
  • Total cycling distance: approx. 525 km
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Itinerary

Welcome briefing and bike fitting. The capital city of Bavaria is awaiting you and invites you to visit its many attractions (English Garden, Town Hall, Hofbräuhaus,…)

Cycling along river Isar you leave Munich. On your way you will pass monasteries, authentic Bavarian villages as well as the beautiful area along the river Isar until you reach Bad Tölz, which was renowned for building rafts in former times. Especially the historic centre of the city is worth seeing.

ca. 60 km

Starting in Bad Tölz along the river Isar again until you reach lake Sylversteinsee. This tour leads you through the national park Karwendel where you cross the Austrian border. You will reach lake Achensee, where you could go on a boat ride.

ca. 70-75 km

You cycle on well constructed cycle paths along the River Inn towards Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck. Stroll through the historical old town, check out the famous Golden Roof or take a trip to the Isel mountain where there is a ski jump or Tyrol Panorama museum about the battles that took place under Andreas Hofer’s supreme command as a freedom fighter. The demanding section of today’s ride from Innsbruck to the Brenner pass, which is the border between Austria and Italy will be done via transfer by train or bus. Nowadays there are only some buildings to remind us about the former border. From Brenner you cycle along the old railway track to get to Sterzing followed by Franzensfeste and then Mühlbach .

 

ca. 90-95 km + transfer

From Mühlbach there is a good cycle path running through the Puster valley and past the Mühlbach pass, a former border post. In former times this formed an ancient gateway between the provinces of Rätien and Norikum. You will arrive in Bruneck by cycling along the River Rienz. We recommend a visit to the Folklore Museum in Dietenheim, an open-air museum documenting rural life, culture and customs in South Tyrol, the Messner Mountain Museums at Kronplatz or Bruneck Castle. From Bruneck you cycle along a bike path running along the River Rienz until you get to Niederdorf/Toblach, which is today’s destination.

ca. 50 - 55 km

Today you will cycle along the former Dolomite railway track, which is now a cycle path, through the Höhlenstein valley. It will take you past Lake Toblach and the war cemetery: this is a WW1 memorial of the front which you cross. Shortly after this you will get a fantastic panoramic view of the rock formations of the ‘Drei Zinnen’ mountain peaks before you arrive at Lake Dürren. You now cycle slightly uphill towards the border of the two provinces Bolzano and Belluno. After this, you can free wheel along the former railway downhill.

The valley opens up towards the South and you arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is a town in the Dolomites and that is located amongst wonderful scenery. You then cycle continuously downhill mostly along the former railway. To your left you get a view of the Sorapis massif and to the right the right formation of the ‘Cinque Torri’ - the five towers. You then continue cycling through the Boite valley to the junction of Pieve/Calazo die Cadore.

ca. 45 km

You cycle along the newly built cycle path to Longarone. This town was rebuilt in a very short time after being flooded by a tidal wave in 1963 caused by a rockfall at the former Vajont dam. You then continue to today’s destination, Conegliano.

ca. 60 km

Today you leave the Alps behind you and have a relaxed cycle ride along the flat to Treviso, which is the town of waterways and fashion. On your way you will keep spotting villas designed by the Italian architect Palladio. These are magnificent buildings that he completed here really close to the influential sphere of Venice.  Along the home straights of this tour, you head towards the Adriatic Sea.

The River Sile will be your main companion for this last section as the bike path to Venice/Mestre runs alongside it. Venice is of course the final destination of your tour and is a great place to end it with all of its gorgeous buildings.

ca. 95 km

The tour ends after breakfast. We recommend spending extra days in Venice to explore the famous lagoon city.

Route information

The cycling tour from Munich to Venice offers a remarkable diversity of experiences. For those seeking to manage the more challenging portions across the Alps, specifically from Innsbruck to Brenner, there is the option to shorten this section by taking a train if desired.

The leg of the journey through the stunning Dolomites, from Toblach to Cortina d’Ampezzo, is relatively easy as it follows a dedicated bike path along the former railway route. In the latter part of the tour, the last two days entail cycling downhill, and you'll conclude your journey by riding along the flat terrain near the picturesque sea, making for a delightful and varied cycling experience from start to finish.

Prices and dates

Prices are per person in GBP and exclude flights

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Place of arrival: Munich
  Season 1
26.04.2024 - 15.06.2024
27.08.2024 - 05.10.2024

Friday & Saturday
Season 2
16.06.2024 - 08.08.2024
21.08.2024 - 26.08.2024

Friday & Saturday
Munich to Venice, DE-MURMV-09X
Base price
1,199.00
1,259.00
Single room surcharge 269.00 269.00

Hotel information: You will stay in 3*** and 4**** hotels

Season 1
Apr 26, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024
Aug 27, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024
Friday & Saturday
Season 2
Jun 16, 2024 - Aug 8, 2024
Aug 21, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
Friday & Saturday
Munich to Venice, DE-MURMV-09X
Base price
Single room surcharge
1,199.00
269.00
1,259.00
269.00

Hotel information: You will stay in 3*** and 4**** hotels

Season 1
Apr 26, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024
Aug 27, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024
Season 2
Jun 16, 2024 - Aug 8, 2024
Aug 21, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
Munich
Double room p. p.
Single room surcharge
Venice mainland/Mestre
Double room p. p.
Single room surcharge
80.00
15.00
89.00
29.00
80.00
15.00
89.00
29.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Munich
  Season 1
Apr 26, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024
Aug 27, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024

Friday & Saturday
Season 2
Jun 16, 2024 - Aug 8, 2024
Aug 21, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024

Friday & Saturday
Munich
Double room p. p. 80.00 80.00
Single room surcharge 15.00 15.00
Venice mainland/Mestre
Double room p. p. 89.00 89.00
Single room surcharge 29.00 29.00
Filter
21-Speed Unisex Bike
21-Speed Men's Bike
27-Speed Bike PLUS
Unisex E-Bike
139.00
139.00
179.00
249.00
Prices per person in GBP

Included services and travel information

Services

Including

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best developed route
  • 1 Transfer (bus or train) Innsbruck – Brenner incl. bike
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English and Italian)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

 

Not included

  • Tourist tax, if applicable, to be paid on site
Arrival information
  • Train: Munich train station
  • Airport: Munich. Return from Venice
  • Car park available at your first hotel with costs, prior reservation through the hotel essential, to be paid at the time. Alternatively P+R next to the hotel
  • Good train connections from Venice to Munich


 

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