Backroads to Venice

tours / Cycling

Backroads to Venice information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Difficulty
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights in 2 to 3 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking)


  • 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

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This enchanting journey takes us through the historic Veneto region of north-west Italy. Taking in the splendid cities of Trento, Verona and Vicenza we 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 we head east to the lovely town of Mestre, located on the doorstep of Venice.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – varied buffet breakfasts are usually served
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2 to 3 star (category b) or 3 to 4 star (category a) hotels on a twin share basis with private facilities
  • Bicycle, 27 gears with puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle, helmet and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Ferry cruise on lake garda
  • Emergency hotline
  • Information kit including route descriptions and maps per room booked, and welcome briefing
  • Entrance into villa valmarana ai nani
  • Ice cream in the best ice cream parlour in vicenza


Day 1 Arrive Bolzano
The trip begins in the Medieval Italian and German speaking city of Bolzano, the gateway to the Alps in the heart of the dramatic Dolomites. After check-in you will be provided with an information kit including detailed maps, ferry ticket, sightseeing information and a road book. Tonight there will be a meeting with a local representative who will discuss the tour, deliver your bikes and answer your questions. 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.
Day 2 Cycle to Trento (Trient) along the Adige (65/70km)
Today you will cycle mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead to Trento.
Day 3 Cycle and boat to Lake Garda South (50km)
Today's cycle continues along the Adige where you will reach Rovereto and Mori. From here the cycle continues westward to Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. Catch the ferry from Riva del Garda to either Peschiera or Desenzano del Garda. The sailing time is approximately 4 hours.
Day 4 Cycle to historical Verona (35/60km)
Today's cycle follows a generally flat route with some easy hills to the fabulous city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”. An early start will ensure that you have time to explore the old town, including Juliet’s Balcony, the main piazza, the Roman amphitheatre and 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.
Day 5 Cycle to Vicenza via Monti Berici (75/40km)
Initially the route today is flat but you will soon head up through the hills of “Monti Berici”, the beautiful region above Vicenza, where you get a panoramic view of the city. Descend to Vicenza city with its fabulous architecture. The old city centre is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect. In the old part of town one can still feel the ghost of Palladio.This stage can be reduced by taking a train from Verona to San Bonifaco (approx. 30km - tickets not included)
Day 6 Cycle past Palladian villas to Padova (50km)
Numerous Palladian villas are located at the exit of Vicenza, including the Villa Rotonda, which you will pass as you begin your cycle. Along the Bacchiglione river the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Scrovegni Chapel with frescoes by Giotto and one of the largest squares in Europe 'Prato della Valle'.
Day 7 Cycle along the Brenta Canal to Mestre (40km)
The tour continues with an easy cycle through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the once countryside villas of Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Midmann) until you reach Mestre, the mainland of Venice. You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised on the mainland in Mestre or on the island of Venice.