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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  • Self-Guided

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Season 1:  £ 750 $ 1,167 775 NOK 7879 kr 7273 $ 946 £ 654 $ 1,017 675 NOK 6863 kr 6335 $ 824
    Season 2: £ 813 $ 1,265 840 NOK 8540 kr 7883 $ 1,025 £ 717 $ 1,115 740 NOK 7523 kr 6945 $ 903
    Season 3: £ 857 $ 1,333 885 NOK 8998 kr 8305 $ 1,080 £ 750 $ 1,167 775 NOK 7879 kr 7273 $ 946
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 194 $ 301 200 NOK 2033 kr 1877 $ 244 £ 145 $ 226 150 NOK 1525 kr 1408 $ 183

    Season 1: March 25 to April 16 and September 30 to October 21
    Season 2: April 17 to June 23 and September 9 to September 29
    Season 3: June 24 to September 8

    Guided

    Price £ 1055 $ 1,642 1090 NOK 11082 kr 10229 $ 1,330

    Single supplement: £ 194 $ 301 200 NOK 2033 kr 1877 $ 244

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116

    Half board: £ 165 $ 256 170 NOK 1728 kr 1595 $ 207

    Helmet rental: £ 15 $ 23 15 NOK 153 kr 141 $ 18

    Transfer (Mestre to Bolzano)*: £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79

    *Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request) Also available on Tuesday and Wednesday from  May 23 to September 13, 2017

    Extra nights 

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Bolzano: £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 -
    Single room: £ 82 $ 128 85 NOK 864 kr 798 $ 104 -
    Venice (from): £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110 -
    Single room: £ 145 $ 226 150 NOK 1525 kr 1408 $ 183 -
    Mestre £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67
    Single room £ 82 $ 128 85 NOK 864 kr 798 $ 104 £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79

    please note

    Rates are 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.


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.

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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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

  • Lauren M. 10 months ago

    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. 11 months ago

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

  • Oswaldo and Rachel 1 year ago

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

  • Julia Haschke 2 years 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 6 years ago

    Great!!!!! Fantastic bike ride.

  • Lin & Harriet Bowen 6 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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