Padova (Padua), Prato della Valle, province Veneto, northern Italy. Photo via Flickr:Andrea Osti

Bike to gondola ride in Venice, province Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Bolzano to Venice

Italy Bike Tours

Bike in Northern Italy and experience the Wine, Palazzos, and Gondoliers!

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.

Erica Jong once wrote about this city that the sea desires to reclaim: "It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone." Cycling in Venice is an experience unmatched by any other.

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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

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in selected category
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 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 (1 course dinner in Venice)
  • Tour guide
  • Van support
  • Guided visits of Verona and Venice

What’s Not Included

  • Local hotel tourist taxes (€1 to €4 per person/night, paid locally)
  • Lunches and dinners (dinner can be included for a supplement)
  • Beverages
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

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

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Tour Dates

Self-guided tour:
Departures on Saturdays and Sundays from March 25 to October 21, 2017
Tuesday and Wednesdays from May 16 to September 6, 2017

Guided tour: April 22, May 13, June 17, July 8, September 16, and September 30, 2017

Skill Level

This is a 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.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bolzano to Venice Map

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, 47/25 mi. (75/40 km)
Day 6: Vicenza - Padova, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Padova - 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 possibile 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, 47/25 mi. (75/40 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 archi- tect known all over the world. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio. 

Day 6: Vicenza - Padova, 25 mi. (50 km)
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will 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 mi. (40 km)
The tour continues through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the coun- tryside 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. 

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

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Customer Feedback

  • Jake M. 2 hours ago

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

  • Oswaldo and Rachel 6 months ago

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

  • Julia Haschke 10 months ago

    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 5 years ago

    Great!!!!! Fantastic bike ride.

  • Lin & Harriet Bowen 5 years ago

    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 6 years ago

    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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