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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1570USD

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Overview

Trip Code: VFC

Trip highlights


  • Cycling in the fascinating region of Emilia-Romagna
  • Experiencing the outstanding scenery and small villages en route
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in a village piazza
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the hotel owners

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.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

The trip begins at your hotel in Marghera/Mestre on the mainland near Venice, with good bus connections to the lagoon city. From here it is easy to venture into the famous canal city for your own personal exploration. Note that bikes (like cars) are not allowed in the city proper.

Meals:  Nil

The cycle begins by crossing the Ponte della Libertà (or Freedom Bridge). Originally built in 1933 and opened by Mussolini, it was renamed after WWII to recognise the end of the Fascist dictatorship and Nazi occupation. The 3.85km bridge links Mestre with Venice and is the only vehicle access point to the canal city. Once in Venice, you take the ferry to Lido then cycle and take another ferry to Pellestrina, with marvellous views of the sea, and another to the small town of Chioggia. Chioggia has many fish restaurants, a market, and in the northern tip of town, some excellent (though decaying) waterfront palazzi which are reminiscent of those found in Venice. Overnight in Chioggia/Sottomarina.

Meals:  B

On quiet roads you cycle today to the Adige River. The route follows the river through fertile fields, melon plantations and tranquil villages to Adria. Founded by the Etruscans, Adria is a charming little town with branched channels, narrow streets, cosy cafés and friendly locals.

Meals:  B

Today begins with an easy cycle along the Po River, winding its way through the fertile plain. One of its branches, the Po di Goro, will lead you through the delta towards the sea. There is time to swim in the Adriatic Sea before heading to the charming town of Comacchio. Magnificent palazzi, ornate churches and numerous bridges bear witness to the prosperity once gained by salt production in the area.

Meals:  B

The first half of today's tour is dedicated to the Nature Park of the Po Delta with its unique flora and fauna. Riding along a dam you may see flamingos nesting nearby. After a short ferry ride (not included, allow EUR2pp subject to change, payable on the spot) you will reach the Adriatic Sea. Cycle alongside wide beaches to Ravenna, once capital of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. A harbour town with a long tradition of arts and culture, Ravenna has appeared in famous works by Lord Byron (who lived here between 1819 and 1821), Oscar Wilde and the German poet Hermann Hesse and has a number of important UNESCO World Heritage listed sites to explore.

Meals:  B

Cycle to Faenza, famous for ceramics, where the artists are happy to let you watch them at work. Shortly after, you reach the foothills of the Apennines and a marked change in the scenery. Only a short distance remains to Brisighella, an idyllic medieval village, where you stay overnight. Guarded by Rocca Veneziana and Torre dell'Orologio, you can enjoy a restful evening.

Meals:  B

The day starts with a train ride through the wild mountains of the Apennines to Borgo San Lorenzo. There are two climbs then you're rewarded with a fantastic descent via Fiesole to Florence, historic capital of Tuscany!

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Florence, or if you're keen for another adventure you can continue on our Florence to Rome by Bike.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow EUR10-15)
  • 21 or 7 speed bike rental with pannier and bike computer and bike insurance for theft/damage (27 speed superior bike and e-bike available - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (per room booked)
  • 24hr Venice ticket for public transport (bike is extra, allow €3/bike), Train fare Brisighella to Borgo San Lorenzo (including bike)
  • GPS data is available on request
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Venice (Mestre/Marghera) and from Florence
  • Dinner and lunches daily and all drinks
  • Ferry rides at the Po Delta
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Helmet
  • Storage of luggage and parking
  • Tourist taxes (payable locally)
  • Transfers
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE– GRADE 3 The cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of around 35 to 65km / 21.5 to 40.5mi. 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 flat until Day 5. On the 6th day there are three to four easy hills. On the 7th day there are two short climbs and a long descent. You cycle on dykes, rural roads or solitary minor roads. Only very short distances are cycled on roads with more traffic. Mostly the cycling is on asphalted surfaces. You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Every Saturday from 2 Apr to 8 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
Mid season is from 16 Apr to 13 May and 10 to 30 Sep. High season is from 14 May to 9 Sep. Supplement applies for mid and high season departures.

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Total Priceper person from

$1570USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Superior Bike SupplementUSD$70
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$350
*Prices listed are per person

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