Between the two romantic cities of Florence and Venice is the unknown Italy, where vineyards and endless sunflower fields merge with orchards and charming villages, where the river landscape has played an integral part in the regions history and local fisherman wave as you cycle past their pole-huts lining the canals. The relaxed cycle route winds away from Venice along the Adriatic coast, reminding you of the previously strong Venetian dominance over the seas. Taking in the artistic culture and historical legacies entwined in the region of Emilia-Romagna, where mosaics, ceramics and cuisine are some of the noted specialties, there are endless opportunities to stop and absorb the attractions. Interspersed with short train and ferry rides, the final stage to Florence is a fitting end to this engaging cycle journey.
DAY 1 Arrive Venice / Mestre DAY 2 Cycle across Freedom bridge to Venice and on to Chioggia (35km / 21.5mi) DAY 3 Follow the Adige River through fertile fields to the charming town of Adria (50km / 31mi) DAY 4 Along the Po River to Comacchio (65km / 40.5mi) DAY 5 Cycle to the mosaic town of Ravenna via the Po Delta Nature Park (65km / 40.5mi) DAY 6 Cycle to the foothills of the Apennine range and the town of Brisighella (55km / 34mi) DAY 7 Train to Borgo San Lorenzo then continue by bike to Florence (35km / 21.5mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Every Saturday from 1 Apr to 14 Oct
Mid season is from 29 Apr to 26 May and 02 Sep to 29 Sep. High season is from 27 May to 01 Sep. Supplement applies to mid and high season departures.
*7 breakfasts *7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15) *21 or 7 speed bike rental with pannier & bike computer (electric bike available - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *train fare Brisighella-Borgo San Lorenzo, 24hr Venice ticket for public transport (bike ticket extra - allow EUR3) *information pack including route notes and maps per room booked *arrival briefing *emergency hotline