Venetian Highlights

tours / Cycling

Venetian Highlights information and booking

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$1460
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 NIGHTS HOTELS
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat.

Highlights

  • Cycling into Chioggia, a charming smaller version of Venice
  • Experiencing the historical villas and rural scenery
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in one of Vicenza’s magnificent piazza’s.
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Italy's Veneto region is a cyclist’s paradise, with its rich history, multitude of natural features and strong cultural traditions with a network of small roads linking the many attractions. A diverse array of highlights are explored on this unique one week cycle tour including the lagoons and beaches surrounding Venice, the rolling hills of Monti Berici and the river landscapes of the Adige and Brenta. From the famous lagoon city of Venice to Vicenza, the city of Palladio and the charming fishing town of Chioggia, there will be ample opportunity to discover the cities, dine on fresh local cuisine and visit some of the legendary sites enroute. From Abano Terme, famous for its thermal spa, the cycle continues through green pastures to return to the sea and the starting point on the edge of Venice.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star (category b) or 3 to 4 star (category a) hotels
  • Bicycle, 21 speed with waterproof bags
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train ride rovigo – monselice
  • 24-hours-ticket for venice (public transport, bike ticket to be bought by yourself, approx. €3)
  • Signposting of route
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Information kit including detailed maps, sightseeing references and welcome briefing

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Venice / Mestre
The trip begins in or near to 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.
Day 2 Cycle across Freedom bridge to Venice and continue to Chioggia via Lido (35km)
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 great canal city. Once in Venice, a short ferry ride takes you to Lido. The cycle then continues via Palestrina with marvellous view over the sea to Chioggia which is a quiet little town which reminds one of the Venetian sea power. You will find many typical fish restaurants, and in the northern tip of town you will find some excellent (though decaying) waterfront palazzi which are reminiscent of those found in Venice. Your overnight hotel will be in Chioggia or the nearby beachside town of Sottomarina.
Day 3 Follow the Adige River to the charming town of Rovigo (65km)
On quiet roads you cycle today to the Adige River. The route follows the river through fertile fields, melon plantations and solitary villages to Rovigo. The charming little town with culture, little alleyways and spacious plazas, comfortable cafés and friendly people is an ideal place to stay overnight.
Day 4 To Monselice then cycle to the foot of Monti Berici and the Palladio city of Vicenza (55km)
The day begins with a train trip to Monselice, a journey of 10-25 minutes depending on the train taken. There is time to take a walk up the Via del Santuario before you continue the cycle, crossing the rolling Euganese hills to Arquà Petrarca. This little town was able to maintain its medieval character over the centuries. Later you cycle on solitary roads to the foot of Monti Berici. These hills will be your steady companion to the very centre of Vicenza. Here in the old town you still feel the influence of Palladio, famous medieval architect.
Day 5 Cycle to Lago di Fiomon. Remainder of day to explore Vicenza and the Teatro Olimpico (35km)
With tonight also in Vicenza there is a degree of flexibility today. You can take a short cycle to idyllic Lago di Fimon to enjoy unspoilt as a contrast to the remarkable culture of Vicenza. Cycle on quiet minor roads to the lake, nestling in midst of the Monti Berici. You can swim in the lake or walk around the lake. After a short 1 km ascent it is mainly downhill on the return cycle to Vicenza. In the afternoon enjoy the grand buildings of the city. The basilica and Teatro Olimpico are only two examples of striking architecture of the city’s famous son.
Day 6 Cycle past Venetian villas to Abano Terme (35km)
Numerous Venetian villas are located at the exit of Vicenza, including the Villa Rotonda, which you will pass as you begin your cycle. Along the Bacchiglione the route leads to Abano Terme/Montegrotto, one of Italy's famous spas. Today’s short cycle allows enough time to enjoy the thermal springs and perhaps take a side trip to Padua, the city of Saint Antonius and scholars (can also be easily reached by bus).
Day 7 Cycle to Marghera/Mestre (50km)
Usually supported by tailwinds the cycle meanders through the Veneto in the direction of the sea. Fields and meadows set the tone of the landscape. The destination today is located in or near to 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.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised on the mainland in Mestre/Marghera.