Bolzano to Venice - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Italy

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £519 to £1024pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Comfort, Superior i
Code IT011
Good For Families, Solo
Distance 174mi/280km !
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun
Fly to Verona !
Return from Venice


What to expect

Cycle from the mountain city of Bolzano in the Dolomites to Venice's famous canals and bridges via the glistening shores of Lake Garda. Touring through Veneto’s green landscapes, you’ll bike along riverside paths, picturesque tracks and quiet country roads with a backdrop of mountain peaks – the cycling is easy-going but if you’d like a little help on the up-hills, opt for an electric bike. As you pedal beside the banks of the Adige River, you’ll pass green vineyards and typical Tyrolean villages.

Cooling off in Lake Garda’s clear waters makes a welcome halfway treat and taking a break in Verona to see the pink-hued streets and Roman Arena is well worth it. Away from the crowds visit Vicenza, renownded for its classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian and European universities, before of course, the World Heritage city of Venice on the Adriatic coast.

If you prefer to experience this tour with the knowledge of a local guide, why not choose the guided Bolzano to Venice option with a back-up support vehicle. 

  • Leisurely cycling along riverside paths, scenic tracks and quiet roads
  • Glistening waters of Lake Garda and therapeutic thermal springs
  • Renaissance architecture and waterside palaces in Verona, Padua and Venice
  • Rolling vineyards, mellow rivers and stunning mountain scenery

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

    Explore the bilingual streets of Bolzano and experience the unique blend of Italian and Austrian cultures in the city's medieval centre.

  • Day 2: Bolzano - Trento 40/44 miles (65/70km)

    Ride through vineyards and sprawling orchards along the banks of the Adige River, passing typical South Tyrol villages. Visit the sophisticated city of Trento and see ancient palaces, frescoed facades and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 3: Trento - Peschiera/Desenzano 31 miles (50km)

    Pedal through the ancient fortress city of Roverto and visit the popular tourist town of Riva on the north shore of Lake Garda. Relax by the lakeside before cruising across to the southern shore by ferry.

  • Day 4: Peschiera/Desenzano - Verona 22/38 miles (35/60 km)

    Cycle through green vineyards to the stunning city of Verona and step inside the Roman Arena, Juliet's House and the Church of San Zeno.

    If you want more time in Verona request to stay in Peschiera on day 3. 

  • Day 5: Verona - Vicenza 47/25 miles (75/40 km)

    Marvel at the mountains of Monti Berici and take in the views of Vicenza city, home to 16th century palaces designed by Andrea Palladio. Cycle here from Verona or take it easy and travel the first half by train.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 6: Vicenza - Padova 31 miles (50km)

    Pass the impressive Palladian Villa Rotonda and cycle alongside the Bacchiglione River. You will then continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe “Prato della Valle”.

  • Day 7: Padova - Mestre/Venice 25 miles (40km)

    Enjoy an easy ride through rural Veneto as you cycle alongside the Brenta Canal with the breeze on your back. Pass the villas of Venetian nobles as you pedal into the astounding island city of Venice.

  • Day 8: Departure

    Check out after breakfast by 9am or extend your stay to fully appreciate Venice's magnificent canals, architecture and marble bridges.


Mainly 4* & some 3* hotels

We use a pool of mainly 4* hotels and some 3* hotels, all except Bolzano with air-conditioning, to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • Mainly 4* Hotels and some 3*
  • Breakfast included, half board available (excluding Venice)
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Mainly 3* & some 2* hotels

We use a pool of mainly 3* Hotels and some 2* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • Mainly 3* Hotels and some 2* Hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transferred each day
  • Secure bike storage

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2018 dates on sale

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in your chosen category
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Travel guide, maps & route notes
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Four hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice cream in Vicenza

​Child reductions

  • Reduction for child (0-2yrs) sharing with 2 adults (100%) - cot charge to be paid locally
  • Reduction for child (3-6yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)
  • Reduction for child (7-10yrs) sharing with 2 adults (30%)

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Local taxes (approx €10-15)

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers. 

Mens Hybrid Bike
Bike hire

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

E bike
E-Bike hire
Example Helmet
Helmet hire


You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board (6 nights) - 3-4* Hotels

Extra nights

Mestre: (3-4* Hotels) Double room (B&B)
Mestre: (3-4* Hotels) Single room (B&B)
Mestre: (2-3* Hotels) Double room (B&B)
Mestre: (2-3* Hotels) Single room (B&B)
Bolzano: Double room (B&B)
Bolzano: Single room (B&B)

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Verona, Venice or Innsbruck

Take the train (Trenitalia) to Bolzano.

Getting back

Take the train (Trenitalia) from Venice.

Fly from Verona, Venice or Innsbruck

News, Reviews & FAQs


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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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Bolzano to Verona Trip Report

3rd May 2016 In June 2015, I enjoyed three fantastic days of cycling from Bolzano to Verona along the famous Via Claudia Augusta cycle route. This easy four night self-guided short break starts in the mountains and follows the Adige River downhill towards Lake Garda and finishes in the historic city of Verona. READ POST

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out of 5

A great tour through varied landscapes, with decent cycle routes, lovely food and wine and gorgeous scenery, paintings and architecture. We enjoyed the gradual variation from Alto Adige to Veneto, and cycling into the historic town centres was a real highlight.

Cressida Harding, UK, August 2017
out of 5

Our second holiday with Freedom Treks. The route was fantastic taking us to so many great places and through some wonderful countryside. All our hotels were comfy and clean and gave us a yummy breakfast before each days cycle. The route instructions were really detailed and we didn't get lost once. We will be back next year.

Simon Lewis, UK, September 2017

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