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E-Bike the Alps: St. Moritz to Verona Using the Newest Trend in Cycling Adventures

Program Number: 20415RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/6/2014 - 7/15/2014; 7/5/2015 - 7/14/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Italy/Switzerland
Price starting at: $3,257.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 8 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Ride through cool forests and fragrant orchards, along rivers and into medieval villages on this journey through the Swiss and Italian Alps by hybrid electric bike, which kicks in when you need it. Please note that regular mountain bikes are also available if you prefer one over the E-bike.




Highlights

• Ride the Alps on a “Flyer” e-bike, a lightweight bicycle that you pedal most of the time but whose motor assists when you want. Regular mountain bikes are also available in place of the E-bike.
• Experience charming smaller villages from Zernez to Verona.
• Explore Trento’s Renaissance old town, known best as the site of the Council of Trent.



Activity Particulars

Biking 16-47 miles per day on paths and gravel trails on a “Flyer” e-bike. Up to 2,000 feet elevation change per day.



For convenience during each biking day there will always be a "follow-van" to assist participants with bike repairs, medical problem or fatigue.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Zurich (Switzerland); coach to St. Moritz, 1 night, bike to Ofenpass, 1 night; bike to the Vinschgau (Italy), 1 night; bike to Meran, 1 night; bike to Bolzano, 1 night; bike to Trento, 1 night; bike to Rovereto, 1 night; bike to Verona, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Zurich (Switzerland)
Coach to St. Moritz
1 night
Bike to Ofenpass
1 night
Bike to the Vinschgau (Italy)
1 night
Bike to Meran
1 night

Begin your journey in the mountain resort town of St. Moritz, then bike to the mountain pass of Ofenpass. Discover the Benedictine Convent of Saint John, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride over the Ofenpass into Italy’s fertile Vinschgau Valley, partly on historic Roman roads. Bike along the River Etsch through old forests, green meadows and apple orchards en route to Meran, a town with great Mediterranean flair.



Bike to Bolzano
1 night
Bike to Trento
1 night
Bike to Rovereto
1 night
Bike to Verona
1 night
Departure

Cycle through the Etsch Valley to Bolzano, chief town of the South Tyrol. You might choose to visit the Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi the Iceman. Ride on an unused stretch of railroad through undulating countryside past farms and castles to Trento. Step inside the Gothic cathedral in Trento. Bike through the hilly vineyards of Trentino and delve into the past and present of this region. Cycle along a predominantly flat route to Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet. Discover the ancient Roman Arena and lovely medieval architecture.




Accommodations
St. Moritz: Art Nouveau hotel. Ofenpass: Historic hotel. Vinschgau: Eco-friendly hotel. Meran: Comfortable hotel. Bolzano: Four-star hotel. Trento: Historic hotel. Rovereto: Centrally located hotel. Verona: Four-star hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Soldanella
  St. Moritz, Switzerland 1 night
   Hotel Il Fuorn
  Ofenpass, Zernez, Switzerland 1 night
   Bio-Hotel Panorama
  Vinschgau, Italy 1 night
   Kolping Hotel
  Meran, Italy 1 night
   Garden Hotel Premstaller
  Bolzano, Italy 1 night
   Hotel America
  Trento, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Rovereto
  Rovereto, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Giberti
  Verona, Italy 1 night
 Hotel Soldanella
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Soldanella is located in a quiet neighborhood in the town center of St. Moritz, 6000 feet above sea level in the Engadine Valley. The Engadine is a uniquely beautiful landscape with forests, majestic glaciers and crystal-clear mountain lakes. The hotel offers a great view to Lake St. Moritz and the surrounding mountains. Museums, restaurants, bars and the Corviglia hiking and skiing area are within walking distance. St. Moritz is a sophisticated spa town where the rich and wealthy meet, particularly in wintertime. Its center is dominated by luxurious shops and fancy 5-star hotels.
  Contact info: Via Somplaz 17
St. Moritz,  7500 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 830 85 00
web: www.hotel-soldanella.ch
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, Bacchus wine cellar, beautiful terrace overlooking the lake, wellness center, computer in the lobby and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Il Fuorn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The farming estate of Il Fuorn was first mentioned in a document in 1490, and in 1509 it was already being referred to as an "inn." Workers from the numerous ore mines along the Ofen Pass used it as lodgings; however, its primary guests over the centuries were travellers, pack trains and smugglers. Enjoy the unspoiled nature, mystical valleys and abundance of open spaces at the only hotel located in the Il Fuorn National Park.
  Contact info: Il Fuorn
Ofenpass, Zernez,  7530 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 856 12 26
web: www.ilfuorn.ch
  Room amenities: Hair dryers are available at reception.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine and hiking trails.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Bio-Hotel Panorama
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Bio-Hotel Panorama is a unique hotel that sits above the town of South Tyrol in the Upper Vinschgau Valley. Local cuisine, a beautiful garden and views of a sunny mountain landscape are just the beginning of what this cozy hotel offers it guests.
  Contact info: Staatsstr. 5th
South Tyrol,  I-39024 Italy
phone: +39 0473 831186
web: www.biohotel-panorama.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone and safe.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, wellness center with sauna and solarium, and free wireless Internet access in public areas.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Kolping Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Kolping Hotel is located in the noble Quarter Obermais in the town of Merano. Known for its vineyards and excellent wine, Merano has a wonderful history and culture to explore. Within walking distance is the city center, and the famous promenades can also be found nearby.
  Contact info: Via Cavour 101
Merano,  I-39012 Italy
phone: +39 473 253200
web: www.kolpingmeran.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, safe, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, wine cellar, pool, chapel and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Garden Hotel Premstaller
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Surrounded by verdant fields and close to downtown Bolzano, the Garden Hotel Premstaller is a wonderful place to relax and experience the beauty of Italy. The hotel offers a sunny atmosphere, warm staff, and beautiful views of the fruit orchards that are growing right outside the windows.
  Contact info: Sigmundskronerstrasse 27/b
Bolzano,  I-39100 Italy
phone: +39 0471 63 11 66
web: www.premstaller.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness room, sauna and wireless Internet corner (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel America
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel America is located in the heart of Trento's historical center. Built in 1923, the hotel is now run by the Giovannini family. It is within walking distance from Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom cathedral, and surrounded by the beautiful Trentino Mountains just outside of the city.
  Contact info: via Torre Verde 52
Trento,  I-38100 Italy
phone: +39 0461 983010
web: www.hotelamerica.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Rovereto
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the center of the delightful little town of Rovereto, the Hotel Rovereto is nearby the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Tower of Apponale, along with the railway station. Comfortable rooms, friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere await its guests.
  Contact info: C'so Rosmini 82/D
Rovereto,  I-38068 Italy
phone: +39 0464435222
web: www.hotelrovereto.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and lounge, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Giberti
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Welcoming guests since 1980, the Hotel Giberti is a hotel of great prestige and elegance. It is centrally located in Verona, only minutes from the internationally-known Arena di Verona.
  Contact info: Via Giberti 7
Verona,  37122 Italy
phone: +39 045 8006900
web: www.hotelgiberti.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, safe, tea facilities, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a dining area, bar, safe at reception, laundry services and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Zurich Airport. Meet your group at 10:15 AM for the group transfer to St. Moritz (approx. 3 hours). (Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM.) You will be staying at Hotel Soldanella that night.
  End of Program:
Verona, Italy. After breakfast on the last day. (Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM.) You will be staying at Hotel Giberti the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Public transportation available to sites.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Moritz
  Nearest airport:  Zurich
  Transportation to site: From the airport in Zurich take a Swiss National Railways train to Chur. From Chur the journey continues on the narrow-gauge Rhaetian Railway (RhB) with its modern, fast trains through twisting tunnels and over vertiginous viaducts. The 250-mile journey from the Zurich airport to St. Moritz takes approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes, and costs about 76 CHF for a 2nd class ticket. Then take a taxi to the hotel, which costs approx. 20 CHF.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Verona
  Transportation from site: Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. It takes 15-20 minutes and costs approx. 50 Euros. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus which costs 6 Euros per person and runs about every 20 minutes. The shuttle bus leaves from the train station, which is a 6-minute walk from the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevation will range between 3500-7100 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Helmets will be available, but we recommend you bring your own to ensure a better fit.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight from US/Canada to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2: Arrivals / Transfer to St. Moritz
(Monday, July 7)

Note: Transfer to St. Moritz approximately 3 hours. Cycle path: well developed paths which are partly gravel, tarmac and dirt.



   
 Arrive To: Meet your group at 10:15 AM for the group transfer to St. Moritz (approx. 3 hours).
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. We recommend you purchase something at the airport since you will not arrive in St. Moritz until the afternoon.
 Afternoon: After check in pick up your "flyer" bike and proceed to take a test ride. A brief orientation with a welcome drink prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Soldanella
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: St. Moritz to Ofenpass
(Tuesday, July 8)

Note: Bike approximately 24 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, partly tarmac and partly gravel. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Set out on your "flyer" for Zernez. The luggage will be loaded into a van, which will follow you throughout the program. Bike ride along the Inn River down to the Unterengadin, or Lower Engadine, into the Swiss national park.
 Lunch: Lunch in Zernez and then continue toward Ofenpass to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Arrive and check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Il Fuorn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Ofenpass to Vinschgau, Italy
(Wednesday, July 9)

Note: Bike approximately 33 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths which are partly paved, dirt and gravel. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: In the morning "fly" across the Ofen Pass to Muestair (5325 feet) with a lunch stop in the Muenstertal. Biking northeast through Switzerland to the South Tyrol of Italy. As you bike, stops will be made and you will hear field lectures regarding details of the land, people and culture of the area you are riding through.
 Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Muenstertal.
 Afternoon: Afternoon excursion and field trip to the convent of St. John. Hear a lecture by a docent at the convent regarding this ancient Benedictine Monastery in the Mustair village of Val Mustair, Switzerland. The convent is an exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Continue on across the border into Obervinschgau (5000 feet) in the South Tyrol.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Bio-Hotel Panorama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Vinschgau to Meran - Biking through the South Tyrol (known in Italy as the Alto Adige)
(Thursday, July 10)

Note: Bike approximately 39 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, asphalt surfaces, gravel roads, and through forests, meadows and orchards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: The constant companion on today's route is the River Etsch, and the target, Meran (1100 feet), a town of Mediterranean flair. From asphalt surfaces to gravel roads, the cycle tracks lead through beautiful forests, green meadows, orchards and numerous keeps and castles. Hear a field lecture about the history of Vinschgau and the culture of the Alpine region.
 Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own along the River Etsch.
 Afternoon: Continue along the River Etsch to Meran. Meran offers cultural, musical and sporting events along with traditional celebrations making this town a unique experience. Enjoy some free time in Meran to discover the small avenue, art, history, nature and culture of this town.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Kolping Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Meran to Bolzano
(Friday, July 11)

Note: Bike approximately 25 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, along orchards and vineyards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Cycle along the old wine route through the Etsch valley, along numerous orchards and vineyards to the village of Bolzano (860 feet), the chief town of the Alto Adige. Together with Innsbruck, Bolzano is officially the capital of the Alps, and of course is known as the home of "Otzi," the iceman. Today's field lectures will explain the agriculture of the Etsch Valley and the economics of the numerous orchards.
 Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Bolzano.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the old market town, and the world famous Museum of Archaeology with the Iceman and the Messner Mountain Museum. Bolzano is a city full of mountaineering history and culture.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Garden Hotel Premstaller
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Bolzano to Trento
(Saturday, July 12)

Note: Bike approximately 39 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, as well as an unused railroad trail and undulating countryside. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Bike today on an unused stretch of railroad through undulating countryside, past numerous farmsteads, keeps and castles. Learn about the history of this area and the vineyards and how important the wine is to the economics of this area.
 Lunch: En route.
 Afternoon: Continue biking through the beautiful countryside, arriving in Trento in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Trento to Rovereto
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Bike approximately 19 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, along hilly vineyards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: In the morning explore the picturesque provincial town of Trento, and visit the Trento Cathedral "Duomo di San Vigilio," the most important religious edifice in northern Italy. Duomo was built in the Gothic style in the 6th century over a pre-existing temple with a rose window as the facade. Learn the history of the old town, the site of the Council of Trent in the 16th century, during a field lecture. Trento is a major educational, scientific, financial and political center in Trentino-Alto Adige. Modern day Trento is a cosmopolitan city with highly-developed and organized modern social services.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Trento before continuing the bike route to Rovereto.
 Afternoon: After lunch "fly" through the hilly vineyards of Trentino. Travel through the Etschtal (valley), which becomes increasingly narrower as we head south. Trails end for today at the second largest town in Trentino, Rovereto (669 feet).
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rovereto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Rovereto to Verona
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Bike approximately 47 miles. Cycle path: flat, well developed paths. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Due to the topography of the valley, today's path follows the Etsch canal. Cycle on a predominantly flat route to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. Hear about the legend of Romeo and Juliet and about the historical sights of Verona.
 Lunch: En route to Verona.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Verona. Upon arrival there will be an excursion of Verona (223 feet). Discover all the interesting historical sights. A main attraction in northern Italy - due to the artistic heritage, shows and operas in the Arena - is the Roman ancient amphitheatre. This town is positioned close to Lake Garda, one hour from the sea and two hours from the Dolomites, and it has a long-standing tradition of kindness to their guests.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Giberti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Departures
(Tuesday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Departure to Verona airport for your flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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