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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1250USD

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Overview

Trip Code: BTV

Trip highlights


  • Cycling at the base of the stunning Dolomites
  • Experiencing the outstanding scenery and small villages en route
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in one of Verona’s magnificent piazzas
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the hotel owners

This enchanting journey takes you through the historic Veneto region of north-east Italy. Taking in the splendid cities of Trento, Verona and Vicenza you'll have time to appreciate the architectural and cultural delights specific to each. Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, passing the beauty of Lake Garda and winding through pretty meadows and orchards you'll head east to the lovely town of Mestre, located on the doorstep of Venice.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

The trip begins in Bolzano, gateway to the Alps in the heart of the dramatic Dolomites. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano stands at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist centre.After check-in you will be provided with an information kit including detailed maps, ferry ticket, sightseeing information and a road book. Depending on the time you arrive we recommend that you take a stroll around the Piazza Walther where the life of the city is found.

Meals:  Nil

This morning there will be a meeting at the bike centre with a local representative who will deliver your bikes, discuss the tour and answer any questions. You will start riding along the River Adige cycle path, through orchards and the vineyards of the renowned Wine Route. Half way between Bolzano and Trento you will reach Salorno, which represents the linguistic border between the German and the Italian world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way. +30m/98ft or +250m/820ft

Meals:  B

Continue cycling alongside the Adige to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view over Lake Garda and the little town of Torbole. Continue to Riva del Garda, from where you will take a ferry (approx 4 hours) to reach the southern part of the lake. Overnight in Peschiera or Desenzano del Garda. +140m/459ft

Meals:  B

After crossing the hilly landscape surrounding the Garda Lake, you will meet the Adige river again which will take you into the fabulous city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”. An early start will ensure that you have time to explore the many sights including Juliet’s Balcony, the main piazza and the Roman amphitheatre. You can take a short walk or cycle across the river and up the hill for a great view of the town centre. There is no shortage of attractions, gelato and fine food in Verona and the night time café scene is worth staying up for. +140m/459ft or +260m/853ft

Meals:  B

Cycling in the countryside at the foot of Mounts Lessini and among the vineyards you will reach the castle of Soave. Further on the fortress of Brendola will show you the way to the Berici hills and to Vicenza. The old city centre is characterized by beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect. There are two options to enter Vicenza - one is more panoramic but more challenging across the Berici Hills, the other is a level cycle although on roads with a little more traffic. It is also possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio. +230m/755ft or +440m/1444ft

Meals:  B

Cycling out of Vicenza along the cycle path of the Bacchiglione river you can admire the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda. Continuing past the hamlet of Montegalda, you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the chance to relax in a 4 star spa resort hotel in the largest European thermal district. There is an option to stay in the centre of Padova (Padua) instead of the hotel in the thermal district - supplement applies and this must be requested at the time of booking. +30m/98ft

Meals:  B

From the thermal district you will cycle along the Battaglia canal to the fascinating city of Padova, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. Here you’ll find the famous Scrovegni Chapel, with frescoes by Giotto, and one of the largest squares in Europe, 'Prato della Valle'. It's an easy cycle day through the flat Veneto. From Padova, cycle along the Piovego Canal to Stra then follow the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann), until you reach Mestre, the mainland of Venice. You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement. Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle and to push your bike by hand. +0m/0ft

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised on the mainland in Mestre or on the island of Venice.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – buffet breakfasts are served
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2-3 star (Category B) or 3-4 star (Category A) hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Bicycle, 27 gears with puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle, helmet and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • 4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps and navigational App (can be used offline) with GPS Tracks per room booked
  • Ice cream in the best gelateria in Vicenza
  • Bike insurance against theft and damage (does not cover negligence)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Bolzano and from Venice
  • Dinner and lunches daily
  • Drinks
  • Local hotel taxes - approx. 10-15 € per person
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage and parking
  • Transfers
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Options available: stay in Padova centre on day 6 or in Venice on day 7 - supplements apply

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of around 35 to 70km/22 to 44mi. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of cycling fitness to participate fully in this adventure. The route is predominantly flat mixed with easy hills; the only strenuous part is the Berici Hills. The cycle is mainly on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. The vast majority of the route is on paved surfaces. You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. It's possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 5 and 7. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Weekly on Saturday & Sunday from 16 Apr to 8 Oct, and also Tuesday from 24 May to 6 Sep

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 21 May to 9 Sep. Mid season is from 23 Apr to 20 May and 10 Sep to 23 Sep. A supplement applies for mid and high season departures.
DN2
A guided trip is also offered which has additional inclusions - ask our team or see the website for details.
DN3
Due to logistics this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details.
DN4
On Day 6 the usual hotel is a 4 star spa resort in Padova's thermal district. Option to stay in the centre of Padova instead - supplement applies. Must be requested at time of booking. A rest day can be added during the tour for Saturday starts - must be requested at the time of booking.

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Total Priceper person from

$1250USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement to stay in Padova centre on day 6 - per personUSD$31
  • Upgrade Supplement - Category AUSD$140
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$150
  • Single Supplement - Category BUSD$280
  • Single Supplement - Category AUSD$340
*Prices listed are per person

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