Cycling holiday Bolzano-Verona-Venice

Bolzano–Verona–Venice

From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

Starting at € 760,-
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Summary
  • 8 Days
  • 50 km average per day
  • Arrival Bolzano Venice Airport
  • Departure Venice Venice Airport
Highlights
  • Recioto, dessert red wine
  • Ferry across Lake Garda
  • Venice
  • Verona, Juliet's House
Characteristics
  • Self-Guided Tour
  • Individual Tour
  • Bike & Hotel
  • Bikelevel 2

    Distance: 40 - 60 km average per day Elevation: 100 - 500 m average per day

From the mountains to the Sea

An extraordinary cycle route will let you discover unique landscapes, art cities and the largest European thermal district. From the superb Dolomites, part of the UNESCO world heritage list, you will start cycling along the river Adige valley, crossroads between people and cultures.

Heading south you will reach the palmlined shores of Garda Lake and then romantic Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet. In Vicenza you will be  fascinated by the architectural genius of Palladio, who made the town his personal showcase. Further on you will reach the Euganean Hills and their renowned thermal district, the largest in Europe. Beautiful Padua, cradle of arts, will open the way to the Venetian lagoon, where the timeless fascination of Venice has lured passersby for centuries (and still does).

Daily Program

  • Day 1 Arrival Bolzano

    Individual arrival. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano has always been at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist centre.

  • Day 2 Bolzano – Trento, 65 or 70 km

    You will start riding along the River Adige cycle path, through orchards and the vineyards of the renowned Wine Route. Half way between Bolzano and Trento you will reach Salorno, which represents the linguistic border between the German and the Italian world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.

  • Day 3 Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera, 50 km

    The river Adige will take you to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view over the Garda Lake and the little town of Torbole.Then in Riva del Garda you will take a ferry to reach the southern part of the lake.

  • Day 4 Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona, 35 or 60 km

    After crossing the hilly landscape surrounding the Garda Lake, you will meet again the river Adige, which will take you into Verona, one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.

  • Day 5 Verona – Vicenza, 35 or 70 km

    Cycling in the countryside at the foot of Mounts Lessini, among the vineyards you will reach the castle of Soave. Further on the fortress of Brendola will show you the way to the Berici hills and to Vicenza. The old city centre is characterized by beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio.

  • Day 6 Vicenza – Padua thermal district, 50 km

    Cycling out of Vicenza, along the cycle path of the river Bacchiglione, you can admire the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda. Then, past the hamlet of Montegalda, you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.

  • Day 7 Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice, 55 km

    Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. From here, along the Piovego Canal, you will reach Stra and will follow the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Villa Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice mainland. You can choose to overnight in Venice with a supplement. Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.

  • Day 8 Departure Mestre/Venice

    Departure after breakfast. Transfer back to Bolzano on request when booking the tour.

From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

Route profile

  • Total length: 290/355 km
  • Total vertical up: 570/1,120 m
  • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved

Train connections among the overnight stays: day 2, 3, 4 and 5
Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 5 and 7.

As a whole it is an easy to manage itinerary, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are light hilly bits with short uphill sections.

Lake Garda
Along the Adige
Lake Garda
Verona, Colloseum
Venice, Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute

What else do you need to know?

Per person in a 2-person room

  • Every Saturday and Sunday from March 21 - April 23 € 760,-
  • Every Saturday and Sunday from April 24 - May 14 € 840,-
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday en Sunday from May 15 - 5 September € 880,-
  • Every Saturday and Sunday from September 6 - September 24 € 840,-
  • Every Saturday and Sunday from September 25 - Oktober 16 € 760,-
    Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

Surcharge Single room € 240,-
Surcharge overnight in Padua city instead of Padua thermal resort € 20,-

Extra night in Bolzano (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a 2-person room
April - October € 75,-
Surcharge single room € 25,-

Extra nacht in Mestre (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a 2-person room
April - October € 70,-
Surcharge single room € 30,-

It is possible to add one extra night in the middle of the tour only for departures on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Price and availability are upon request
€ 70,-  transfer Mestre-Bolzano (bike included, min. 2 persons). Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request). Also possible on Tuesday and Wednesday only from 20.04 to 29.09.2021

Rental bikes:

  • Hybride € 85,-
  • E-bike € 195,-
  • Bike helmet € 15,-

Reservations costs € 20,- per reservation

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks

  • Digital tour information

  • Luggage transportation

  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda

  • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza

  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)

  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Special details

  • Please take good notice of Terms & Conditions
  • The program is subject to change without notice

How to get there
Bolzano is connected with the following airports:
Verona: 150 km and  Venice: 280 km

VERONA VILLAFRANCA CATULLO (VRN) 
Connection shuttle bus + train:
- from airport to Verona train station: every day the Aerobus shuttle service leaves for the station of Verona Porta Nuova, first departures at 5.35 then every 20 minutes until 23:30 (transfer: 15 min; ticket: 6 €);
- from Verona train station to Bolzano: from Verona Porta Nuova there are many trains to Bolzano (transfer: approx. 120 min; ticket: 12/28 € depending on the type of train).

VENEZIA MARCO POLO (VCE) 
Connection shuttle bus + train:
- from airport to Venezia Mestre train station: the ATVO shuttle service and also the bus ACTV line 15 leave every 30 minutes (transfer: about 20/25 min; ticket: about 8 €; www.atvo.it);
- from Venezia Mestre train station to Bolzano: frequent train connections with change in Verona Porta Nuova (transfer: approx. 3,5 hours; ticket: 25/50 € depending on the type of train).

Trains
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following
 www.trenitalia.com 

End of the tour
Our services end the last day of the tour after breakfast. We remind you that luggage transportation is never included in case of extra nights before or after the tour. 
How to go back
At the end of the tour if you need to return to Bolzano you can take the train or book a transfer.

Train: this is the fastest solution to return to Bolzano.
From Venice/Mestre to Bolzano there are about 20 trains per day between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. There are no direct connections, you always have to change in Verona Porta Nuova. The transfer takes approx. 3,5 hours and costs about € 25/50 per person depending on the type of train. For further information on times and costs please consult the website www.trenitalia.com.

Transfer: it must be requested and paid at the booking time. The transfer is available only on Saturdays and Sundays. It is also possible on Tuesday and Wednesday from 21.04 to 7.10.2020. The pickup is scheduled
around 7:00-9:00 a.m. at the hotel in Mestre where you overnight. You will find the exact time on the voucher in your infopack. The transfer takes about 4 hours.
If you have booked extra nights in Venice you have to go back to Mestre for the transfer. The time of the pick-up is around 7.00-9.00 a.m. You will find the hotel address and the exact time on the voucher.
Transfer with own bikes: please remove all accessories from your own bike (panniers, baskets etc) in order to make loading and unloading operations easier,
and to better stock the bikes in the van during transport.

We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:

  • mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels

All rooms have en suite facilities. All 3/4* hotels have air conditioning. Some hotels located in mountainous places of northern Italy can be
without air conditioning. 
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When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

  • Bolzano

    Hotel Magdalener Hof is set in a quiet area on the outskirts of Bolzano. The restaurant, terrace, and swimming pool all offer beautiful views of the Dolomites. All rooms offer a private bathroom and a patio or balcony. Some rooms offer extra space.

  • Trento

    Grand Hotel Trento is an impressive elliptic building in the city centre, just off Piazza Dante. It offers a wellness centre, a gourmet restaurant, and elegant rooms with wooden furniture. Each room is soundproofed and comes with soft carpeted floors and a flat-screen TV.

  • Peschiera/Desenzano

    The Puccini is set right on the shore of Lake Garda. It offers an outdoor pool. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi and an LCD TV. A free internet station is also available at reception.

  • Verona

    Hotel San Marco Fitness Pool & Spa is located 4 km from the historic center. Rooms are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. Available at extra charge, the spa includes a wide range of relaxing treatments. The free outdoor pool is open in the summer months.

  • Vicenza

    Set in the city centre within easy reach of all landmarks, Hotel De La Ville offers elegant, air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free wired internet. Vicenza Train Station is 1 km away. 

  • Padova thermal district

    Located in the Euganei Hills of Galzignano Terme, Hotel Sporting offers an outdoor-, indoor pool and a fitness centre. A wellness centre with massage services as well as Turkish and hot spring baths. The air-conditioned rooms have a minibar and a flat-screen TV.

  • Mestre

    Set in a large peaceful park, Ai Pini offers a large buffet breakfast and excellent public transport links. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Venice. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Park Hotel Ai Pini features bright rooms with wood or carpeted floors.

By this tour you can rent the following bikes:

  • Rental 27-gear unisex City Bike

    A low entry unisex frame, ideal for an upright but relaxed riding position. Standard bikes have 27 gears 

  • Rental E-bike

    Unisex low-entry frame. Bosch motor. Range: approx 90 km (flat terrain, average speed). 

Luggage 
Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel every day starting from the first day of the standard tour until the last day of the tour.
We remind you that luggage transportation is never included in case of extra nights before or after the standard tour.

Luggage allowance
For the luggage transportation we accept only 1 piece of luggage per person with max. 20kg.
We’ll send you the luggage labels per e-mail with the information material and you have to print them, fill them out and attach them on each piece of luggage to be transported.
You cannot change the number of pieces of luggage during the tour.

Forbidden goods
It is strictly forbidden to put the following items inside the luggage to be
transported:
- medicines and lifesaver devices
- glass bottles and liquids in general
- fragile objects
We will not be held responsible for damages caused by non-compliance with
these rules.

Equipment and clothing
The following personal equipment is recommended:

  • basic first aid kit which includes sticky bandages, gauze and low grade disinfectant
  • sun glasses for eye protection
  • protective sun lotion
  • insect repellent

The following recommended clothes are advisable:

  • padded cycling shorts
  • comfortable shoes with stiff soles
  • light weight waterproof/windproof tops
  • leggings and long sleeved tops for cooler mornings or evenings
  • small close-fitting rucksack to carry small items during the day while cycling
  • swimsuit

During the tour you will have the chance to visit various religious institutions, such as churches and convents, where you must be appropriately dressed (covered shoulders, shoes or sandals, etc...).
Useful hints and tips 
We recommend that you always keep with you (and don't forget in the transported luggage):
- passport/identity card
- hotel vouchers
- any medicines you could need during the day
- personal belongings (for example car keys)
- face mask, disposable gloves and hand hygiene gel.