Backroads to Venice - Guided Cycle

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Backroads to Venice - Guided Cycle information and booking

from
$1790
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-20
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights in 3 to 4 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information given to you on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling at the base of the stunning Dolomites
  • Visiting the exciting city of Venice
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in one of Verona’s magnificent piazzas
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow group members

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. Aside from exploring by bicycle, we enjoy a wine tasting and guided city tours of both Verona and Venice. 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, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) – varied buffet breakfasts are served. dinner will consist of 3 courses which include regional specialties often in typical restaurants
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels on a twinshare basis with private facilities
  • Bicycle, 27 speed with side bag, puncture resistant tyres, helmet and gel seat
  • Luggage transfer
  • Ferry cruise on lake garda
  • Information kit including detailed maps, sightseeing references
  • Guide throughout and support van in the area
  • Entrance into villa valmarana ai nani
  • City tour in verona and venice
  • Ice cream in the best ice cream parlour in vicenza
  • Wine tasting

Itinerary

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. There will be a short orientation tour with the guide before dinner with the group.
Day 2 Cycle to Trento (Trient) along the Adige (65/70km)
The cycle route follows the Àdige Valley bike path, partly through orchards to Salurn, where the German speaking South Tyrol comes to an end. The dam pathways lead to Trento which has an interesting old town.
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, city tour (35/60km)
Today’s cycle follows a generally flat route with some easy hills through vineyards to the fabulous city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”. An early start will ensure that we have time for a sightseeing tour to explore the old town, including Juliet’s Balcony, the main piazza, the roman amphitheatre and the main piazza.
Day 5 Cycle to Vicenza via Monti Berici (40km)
We first take a train to San Bonifacio from where we commence our cycle. Our route takes us through the hills of “Monti Berici”, the beautiful region above Vicenza, where you get a panoramic view of the city. Descend to Vicenza. 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.
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. From here we head into Venice for a tour of the city and dinner.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Mestre or Venice.