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Berlin-Venice Grand Tour

From the Wannsee to the Adriatic – 13/07-23/07/2018

Cycle across the Alps to the Adriatic, arriving in Venice. The dream of many a cyclist. But we are going one better and starting our Transalpine deluxe in Berlin. Ahead of you lie the endless expanses of Brandenburg and Saxony, the mythical Ore Mountains with fantastic views far over the Bohemian plains, the wild Bohemian Forest, the alpine uplands, the High Tauern with the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the craggy Dolomites, and finally our arrival in the lagoon city of Venice.

There will be 100 of us sallying forth on this European tour through four countries, with a superb atmosphere guaranteed. You will love our special Grand Tour service, with full board, luggage transport, broom wagon and mechanic. And, as an aside, you will conquer the most beautiful passes between Lake Wannsee and the Adriatic.

July's cycling highlight.


The Guides

Jan – The Boss

quäldich-Guide Sahner Jan

Founder and CEO of Epic Climbs and, as such, on a very special mission - with his inimitable style he motivates his flock to perform great deeds in the saddle. Sometimes does great things in the evening programme, too!

Tobias – The Bolt

quäldich-Guide Tobias Heß

Tobias takes after his name - he's just about unstoppable on the flat or in the mountains. So we mostly use him as a guide to the fast group.

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

Denny – The Laid-Back One

quäldich-Guide Denny

A loyal client for several years, prefers to ride in the relaxed group. Finally hired as a guide for 2017. His stomping ground is the unforgiving Brandenburger Plain around Berlin.


quäldich-Guide Ilka Krull

Sympathische Allrounderin mit großem Herz und großem Mundwerk. Hat Blut geleckt beim Ersatzguide-Einsatz in der Provence und fiebert nun dem Ernstfall entgegen.

Eule – Masseurlegende


Die beste Seele im Team. Stets zur Stelle, wenn Not am Mann ist. Quelle unendlicher Geschichten aus dem Profisport der letzten Jahrzehnte. Und wenn er dich massiert, dann fährst du nicht mehr – dann schwebst du!

Volker – The Problem Solver


Volker has been an ever-present on the Epic Climbs Tour of Germany since 2010. This fire-fighter is at his best when he can fully exploit his talent for improvisation, whether by warming up groups of drenched cyclists with patio heaters, erecting a makeshift tent in the support vehicle, or ..... He guarantees smooth logistics and a great atmosphere on the team.

Getting there

Our starting point of Mahlow, near Berlin, is easily reached with all forms of transport.

We offer the option of return transport from Venice to Germany (probably the Munich area) so that you can get home by train. On Monday 23rd July you can travel back to Germany on our bus which has a bike trailer.

From Germany, Austria and Switzerland take the A2, A9, A12 or A24 to the Berlin A10 orbital motorway, then take the B96 to Blankenfelde-Mahlow.

There is no free parking at our initial hotel, but plenty of parking space (fee payable) at the nearby Schönefeld Airport.

Please note that we are not providing return transport to Berlin, but only the option of transporting your bike to Berlin. You are responsible for organising your return journey by train or plane from Venice (or Munich if you choose to use our bus to get there) to Berlin.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

Our initial hotel is very close to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.

Our final hotel provides a shuttle service (there is a charge) to Venice Airport.

Take a long-distance train (ICE, IC, EC) to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, then take S-Bahn 2 to Mahlow.

From Venice there are rail connections to Munich Hauptbahnhof (via Verona), where you can connect to German long-distance trains.

Our return transport to Germany will end close to a long-distance railway station in the Munich area (more info to come on this).

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 13/07-23/07/2018

  • Friday, 13th July 2018
    Travel to Berlin. Evening meal together at 8pm in the hotel.
  • Saturday, 14th July 2018
    Stage One Berlin (Mahlow) - Dresden
  • Sunday, 15th July 2018
    Stage Two Dresden - Karlsbad
  • Monday, 16th July 2018
    Stage Three Karlsbad - Rimbach
  • Tuesday, 17th July 2018
    Stage Four Rimbach - Burghausen
  • Wednesday, 18th July 2018
    Stage Five Burghausen - Zell am See
  • Thursday, 19th July 2018
    Stage Six Zell am See - Lienz
  • Friday, 20th July 2018
    Stage Seven Lienz - Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Stage Eight Cortina d'Ampezzo - Belluno
  • Sunday, 22nd July 2018
    Stage Nine Belluno - Venice (Mestre)
  • Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Optional return transport by bus from Venice-Mestre to Germany (Munich area) and return home.

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