Italy Bike Tours
Bike in Venice; the city that lives on water
This great tour of Venice starts in Vicenza and loops like a pearl necklace through the Veneto region. The area is filled with valleys, lagoons, rivers as well as great architecture, including the unique buildings and bridges of Venice and the famous Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Ville Venete). The spectacular 15th to 19th century Palladian villas are scattered all over the Venetian plain (numbering about 5000!). The 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio designed many of these. You'll soon notice he preferred the classic Roman style. The route will take you along many Prosecco vineyards and you’ll have ample opportunity to taste some wine!
Beginning to bike in Venice, you’ll cycle on narrow islands along the coast and take a ferry to Chioggia, a major fishing port on the Adriatic. Padova (Padua) is known for its frescoes by Giotto and the University of Padua, one of Europe’s oldest (1222) and where Galileo was once a professor. Padua is one of the most important art cities in Italy and also the economic capital of Veneto. To complete the loop you’ll head back to Vicenza to finish your magnificent bike tour in Italy; one of the most historic and artistic regions in Europe!
Option B Option A Option A+ Season 1 £ 514 $ 1,037 € 595 NOK 5702 kr 5263 $ 684 £ 601 $ 1,211 € 695 NOK 6660 kr 6148 $ 799 £ 1202 $ 2,422 € 1390 NOK 13321 kr 12296 $ 1,599 Season 2 £ 575 $ 1,159 € 665 NOK 6373 kr 5883 $ 765 £ 661 $ 1,333 € 765 NOK 7331 kr 6767 $ 880 £ 1262 $ 2,544 € 1460 NOK 13992 kr 12915 $ 1,679 Season 3 £ 618 $ 1,246 € 715 NOK 6852 kr 6325 $ 822 £ 705 $ 1,420 € 815 NOK 7810 kr 7210 $ 937 £ 1306 $ 2,631 € 1510 NOK 14471 kr 13358 $ 1,737 Single Supplement £ 156 $ 314 € 180 NOK 1725 kr 1592 $ 207 £ 199 $ 401 € 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265 £ 329 $ 662 € 380 NOK 3642 kr 3362 $ 437
Season 1: March 23 - April 19 and September 30 - October 26, 2019
Season 2: April 20 - June 21 and September 5 - September 29, 2019
Season 3: June 22 - September 4, 2019
Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 26 € 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17
Electric bicycle rental: £ 95 $ 192 € 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127
Option B Option A Option A+ Vicenza/Treviso (prices from): £ 39 $ 78 € 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52 £ 48 $ 96 € 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 on request Single supplement £ 65 $ 131 € 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 £ 73 $ 148 € 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98 Mestre £ 48 $ 96 € 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 £ 56 $ 113 € 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 - Single supplement £ 69 $ 139 € 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 £ 78 $ 157 € 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 Venice (prices from)* £ 78 $ 157 € 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 - Single supplement £ 130 $ 261 € 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173
*on request night in Venice instead of Mestra (for departure from Mestre only possible as last night of tour with delivery of the bikes in Mestre)
Reducation for 3rd adult in room
Cat. A: £ 130 $ 261 € 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173
Cat. B: £ 104 $ 209 € 120 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138
All hotel rates above for extra nights are per person, per night.
*Only on Saturday departures from Vicenza is it possible to add an extra stay during the tour in any of the cities.
Available Child discount, Child seat, FollowMe-Tandem and Child trailer, please ask
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Venice.
Train from Venice to Vicenza, ± 1 hr.
The average high/low temperature in °F is approx. 55/40 for March, 61/46 April, 70/55 May, 76/61 June, 81/65 July, 81/64 August, 74/59 September and 64/50 for October.
Extra night(s) in Venice on the island before or after the tour.
Electric bicycle available for this tour.
From March 23 to October 26, 2019
Saturdays and Sundays from Venice (Category A+, A, B)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Mestre (Category A, B)
Special departures can be arranged for groups of 5 or more
Due to the gold fair in Vicenza, a few departure dates will be modified (dates are following up)
Easy self-guided or guided hotel tour with between 22 to 38 miles (35-60 km) of cycling per day over 6 days. Landscape is flat with just one steep climb of 1km in Asolo that is easily walked. Tour runs along good asphalt roads and bike paths with little traffic. Trains with bicycle transportation connect the main cities of the tour so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train. The total vertical distance is 530 m.
Where You’ll Stay
Option B: nice 2 to 3 star hotels mostly in city centers or sometimes in the outskirts of the city; rooms with private facilities.
Option A: very nice 3 to 4 star hotels mostly in city centers. All rooms have private facilities. Option A+: Luxury and 4 star hotels.
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- 27-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transportation
- Route descriptions & maps
- Tour information packet
- 7 day hotline service
- Entrance into Villa Valmarana ai Nani
- Ice cream in the best ice cream parlour of Vicenza
- Categories A/A+: Ferry transfer on day 5 (bike ticket not included)
What’s Not Included
- Local hotel tourist taxes (€10 to €15 paid locally)
- Ferry boat transfer (category B, €25 per person incl. bike)
- Lunches and Dinners
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights are available before or after the tour. For departures on Saturday from Vicenza, it is possible to add an extra night during the tour in any of the cities.
Day 1: Arrival in Vicenza
Day 2: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Bassano del Grappa - Treviso, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 4: Treviso - Venezia (Mestre), 13/28 mi. (20/45 km)
Day 5: Venezia (Mestre) - Chioggia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Chioggia - Padova, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 7: Padova - Vicenza, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 8: Departure from Vicenza
*All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Vicenza
Individual arrival in Vicenza, known as the "City of Palladio". Palladio is a famous architect from the 16th century, whose famous works are located in the city, namely the Basilica and the Villa Rotonda. From Vicenza, you can easily reach Venice by train in 50 min. time. The night's accommodations will be in a hotel within the city center close to the train station.
DAY 2: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will cycle from the valley to the beginning of the Alps until you come to Marostica, a very picturesque town with a nice Castle and the popular Chess Square (a live game with human chess pieces is still played every September on even numbered years). The Grappa Museum is also certainly worth a visit. Further along the way, you will reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming old town on the Brenta River crossed by a marvelous wooden bridge.Via a trek from Vicenza to the base of the Alps is the town of Bassano del Grappa, known for its spirit. Founded in the Middle Ages, Bassano del Grappa is famous for its covered wooden Bridge, the Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini, designed by Palladio in 1569. It is tradition, mostly on the weekends, to have an aperitif at the bridge and for the lovers, a bacin d’amor (love kiss). Visit the famous Palladio Villa on your way to Treviso along the Sile River.
DAY 3: Bassano del Grappa - Treviso, 38 mi. (60 km)
You enter Asolo, which presents us the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser. It is possible to shorten the stage by 25 km by taking the train from Montebelluna to Treviso, with a change in Castelfranco.
DAY 4: Treviso - Venezia (Mestre), 13/28 mi. (20/45 km)
Leaving Treviso behind you, follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice awaits you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation in Mestre; a supplement applies for lodging in Venice.
DAY 5: Venezia (Mestre) - Chioggia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Leaving Mestre this morning, you head into Venice cycling across the 4 km bridge, “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbor. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: Malamocco and the island of Pellestrina.
DAY 6: Chioggia - Padova, 34 mi. (55 km)
You will be pedalling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago: Bacchiglione and Brenta. You continue on to Stra, famous for the majestic Villa Pisani. On arrival in Padova, you will find the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi, and Prato della Valle.
DAY 7: Padova - Vicenza, 38 mi. (60 km)
The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you see the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.
DAY 8: Vicenza
Your bike tour in Venice will end after breakfast.
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