The famous <i>Prato della Valle</i> in Padova (Padua), Veneto, northern Italy. Flickr:Andrea Osti

Flag of Venice, region Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:svetico
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Bolzano to Venice Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike in Northern Italy from the Dolomites to the Adriatic

  • Stunning countryside and medieval villages await you on this incredible bike trip in Italy. Highlights include the vineyards of South Tyrol, Verona, Vicenza, and Lake Garda. Or perhaps the thermal spas in Abano will entice you. Centuries of art, religion, and tradition have generously added to the ancient charm that is Veneto. Italy's northern region is one of majestic mountains, such as the soaring Dolomites, that richly nourish the rolling green hills and forests of fir, beech and poplar below. And last but not least is the cultural city on the sea! Venice is truly unique with its structure of islands surrounded by circling canals that crisscross like streets.

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  • Self-Guided

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Season 1:  £ 705 $ 1,563 830 $ 1251 NOK 7816 kr 7215 $ 938 £ 620 $ 1,375 730 $ 1100 NOK 6874 kr 6345 $ 825
    Season 2: £ 773 $ 1,714 910 $ 1371 NOK 8569 kr 7910 $ 1,028 £ 688 $ 1,526 810 $ 1220 NOK 7628 kr 7041 $ 915
    Season 3: £ 799 $ 1,770 940 $ 1416 NOK 8852 kr 8171 $ 1,062 £ 714 $ 1,582 840 $ 1266 NOK 7910 kr 7302 $ 949
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 195 $ 433 230 $ 347 NOK 2166 kr 1999 $ 260 £ 153 $ 339 180 $ 271 NOK 1695 kr 1565 $ 203

    Season 1: March 23 to March 31 and September 28 to October 19, 2019
    Season 2: April 1 to May 17 and September 9 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: May 18 to September 8, 2019

    Guided
    Price £ 1028 $ 2,279 1210 $ 1823 NOK 11394 kr 10518 $ 1,367 Single supplement  £ 195 $ 433 230 $ 347 NOK 2166 kr 1999 $ 260

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Road Bike: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57

    Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    Transfer (Mestre to Bolzano)*: £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73

    *Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request) Also available on Tuesday and Wednesday from May 7 to September 25, 2019

    Extra nights 

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Bolzano: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85
    Single room: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113
    Venice (from):- £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102
    Single room:- £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170
    Mestre £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62
    Single room £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    please note

    Additional free accessories for children on demand:
    -Child seat 
    -Child trailer
    -Follow Me-Tandem (to connect parent’s and child’s bikes)

    Discount for triple/quad room Cat. A £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170 Discount for triple/quad room Cat. B  £ 102 $ 226 120 $ 181 NOK 1130 kr 1043 $ 136
    Child discounts
    100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
    50% 3-6 years
    30% 7-10 years

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Bolzano is well connected with Verona (VRN) Innsbruck (INN), and Venice (VCE).

    Local Travel

    Train to Bolzano from Innsbruck (2 hr); from Verona airport (1½ hr); or from Venice (3½ hr).

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in °F for Bolzano is 64/43 in Apr; 72/51 May; 79/56 June; 84/61 July; 82/60 August; 76/54 September; 64/44 October.

    Recommended

    Extra nights in Bolzano & Venice. Also recommended in Verona & Vicenza if tour begins on Saturday.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available for this tour.


Tour Dates

2019:

Self-guided tour:
Departures on Saturdays and Sundays from March 23 to October 19, 2019
Tuesday and Wednesdays from April 30 to September 18, 2019

Guided tour:
Saturdays: August 31*, and September 28*, 2019

* Departure guaranteed

Skill Level

This is a an easy to moderate guided or self-guided hotel tour with average daily distance between 35 to 70 km. The total vertical distance is 1,270 m/1,450 m. It is possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on days 2 and 5. There are a few hilly sections but the climbs are short.

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: Mainly 4 star hotels with some 3 star hotels
Category B: Mainly 3 star hotels with some 2 star hotels

Guided Tour: You will be accommodated in mainly 4-star hotels, with some 3-star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in selected category
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS tracks available
  • Ferry cruise around Lake Garda
  • Bicycle rental
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice cream in Vicenza
  • Also included in the guided tour:
  • Category A hotel accommodations
  • 7 x dinner (3-course meals, 1 dinner in Venice)
  • Tour guide
  • Van support
  • Guided visits of Verona and Venice
  • Wine testing

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra night in Bolzano and Venice (the island and mainland) available by request.

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From730 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bolzano to Venice Map

Self-guided:

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano
Day 2: Bolzano - Trento, 40/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 3: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, 31 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride
Day 4: Desenzano/Pescheira - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Day 5: Verona - Vicenza, 44/22 mi. (70/35 km)
Day 6: Vicenza - Padua thermal district, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Padua thermal district - Mestre/Venice, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice

Guided (has slightly a different itinerary towards the end):

Day 6: Vicenza - Padua, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Padua - Mestre/Venice, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano
Arrival in Bolzano, a famous commercial and tourist center and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

Day 2: Bolzano - Trento, 40/44 mi. (65/70 km)
For a majority of the day you'll cycle along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. The pathways lead then to Trento. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train. There are several train stations along the way.

Day 3: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, 31 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride
Cycling along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here, cycle westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.

Day 4: Desenzano/Pescheira - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona. With the Adige crossing it, this is 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, 44/22 mi. (70/35 km)
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. The old city center is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio. 

Day 6: Vicenza - Padua thermal district, 31 mi. (50 km)
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda and the frescoes of Tiepolo at the Villa Valmarana (entrnace included). From Montegalda, you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the chance to relax in a 4-star spa resort in the largest European thermal district.

Day 7: Padua thermal district - Mestre/Venice, 34 mi. (55 km)
The tour continues through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Battaglia Canal, passing 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, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland. You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement. Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and the train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.

Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice
Departure after breakfast. Transfer back to Bolzano on request.

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Tour Reviews

  • Nancy A. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our eighth cycling tour but our first self-guided. We thoroughly enjoyed cycling through the north of Italy along lovely bike trails away from the crush of other tourists. The guidebooks gave us plenty of suggestions for side trips and places to explore. Leaving Bolzano, the route took us up along a tree-shaded old railway path, with a clifftop castle on one side and a valley of orchards spread out on the other, all within sight of the snow-capped mountains; it was a perfect way to start our adventure.

  • Donna M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The overall experience was excellent! We selected a self-guided trip, and were thrilled to enjoy the countryside and magical villages at our own pace.
    The signage was a bit tricky to figure out at the start, but once we learned where to look, the directions were spot on.

  • Lauren M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    No, I wouldn't recommend this trip. The hotels were not in the best areas of the city (even with paying extra for the nicer hotels) and there was much more biking on busy streets with cars than expected.

  • Jake M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was the wine tasting along the way!

  • Oswaldo and Rachel 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We have just arrived from our trip. It was amazing! We strongly recomend

  • Julia Haschke 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It seemed the first hotels during the trip were very nice, and declined as the week went. Might've been a coincidence but it was a bit disappointing. The guides were amazing, as was the route in northern Italy. Was very happy with the experience, and was very organized and went very smoothly.

  • Gary Macfarlane 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great!!!!! Fantastic bike ride.

  • Lin & Harriet Bowen 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We rode this trip in September 2011. Wonderful tours of historic cities along the way. Ferry boat ride on Lake Garda was spectacular. Hotels were fine, especially warm sulphur springs in Abano Terme. Ride was scenic and well guided. Venice is worth an extra night or two.

  • Donna Buck 9 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Two Friends and I road this route in 2005. What a beautiful trip we had. I would highly recommend this tour for the trip is outstanding in the landscape and history. Venice as an end point was a great reward!

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