Bolzano to Venice - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Italy

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £568 to £1055pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior, Comfort i
Code IT011
Good For Families, Solo
Distance 174mi/280km !
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun
Fly to Verona !
Return from Venice

Overview

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 Padova, 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. 

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

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • 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 on a cycle path, passing typical South Tyrol villages. Visit the sophisticated city of Trento and see ancient palaces, frescoed facades and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Alternatively, you can choose a more undulating route via the Caldaro Lake.

     

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

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

    Pedal along the Adige River to reach the ancient fortress city of Roverto. Continue west and get ready for a short ascent and superb views over Lake Garda before whizzing down to the colourful towns of Torbole and Riva on the northern shores of Lake Garda. Hop on the ferry with your bikes and cruise across to Garda’s southern shore.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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 Thermal District 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”. Stay overnight in the city's Thermal District

     

  • Day 7: Padova Thermal District - Mestre/Venice 34 miles (55km)

    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.

Accommodation

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

Price includes

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

    Price excludes

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

    ​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%)

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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
    £65

    Hybrid bike with 27 gears

    E bike
    E-Bike hire
    £153
    Example Helmet
    Helmet hire
    £16

    Extras

    You can add these when you price your trip

    Extra nights

    Mestre: (3-4* Hotels) Double room (B&B)
    £59pp
    Mestre: (3-4* Hotels) Single room (B&B)
    £82pp
    Mestre: (2-3* Hotels) Double room (B&B)
    £51pp
    Mestre: (2-3* Hotels) Single room (B&B)
    £73pp
    Bolzano: Double room (B&B)
    £68pp
    Bolzano: Single room (B&B)
    £91pp

    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

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

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    Great cycling vacation along breath taking scenery, lots of beer and spritz along the path, 8 guys (60-70) cycling pleasantly on our E-bikes and enjoyed every minute of it. The countryside, old villages, water canals, farmers in their fields. Not one problem with the bicycles, luggage arrived before expected, hotels clean and nice though no A/C in October. Very satisfied.

    Ehoud Tal, Israel, October 2018
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