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

  • This extraordinary cycle tour in Italy will let you discover unique landscapes, art, cities, and the largest European thermal district. From the superb Dolomites, you will start cycling along the river Adige valley, crossroads between people and cultures. Heading south you will reach the palm- lined 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).

    Highlights:

    • The vineyards of South Tyrol
    • Lake Garda
    • The thermal spas in Abano
    • The soaring Dolomites
    • Venice, city on the water

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  • Self-Guided

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Season 1:  $ 1426 £ 743 $ 1,291 865 $ 1490 kr 9239 $ 979 $ 1244 £ 649 $ 1,126 755 $ 1300 kr 8065 $ 854
    Season 2: $ 1558 £ 812 $ 1,410 945 $ 1628 kr 10094 $ 1,069 $ 1376 £ 717 $ 1,246 835 $ 1438 kr 8919 $ 945
    Season 3: $ 1624 £ 846 $ 1,470 985 $ 1697 kr 10521 $ 1,114 $ 1442 £ 752 $ 1,306 875 $ 1507 kr 9346 $ 990
    Single supplement (all seasons) $ 396 £ 206 $ 358 240 $ 413 kr 2564 $ 272 $ 313 £ 163 $ 283 190 $ 327 kr 2029 $ 215

    Season 1: March 21 - April 24 and September 26 - October 17, 2020
    Season 2: April 25 - May 22 and September 7 - September 25, 2020
    Season 3: May 23 - September 6, 2020


    Guided  $ 2069 £ 1078 $ 1,873 1255 $ 2162 kr 13405 $ 1,420 Single supplement  $ 396 £ 206 $ 358 240 $ 413 kr 2564 $ 272

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 181 £ 94 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1175 $ 124

    Hybrid bike: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 427 $ 45

    Family and adult tandem: $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 908 $ 96

    Helmet rental: $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 15 $ 26 kr 160 $ 17

    Overnight in Padua instead of Padua Thermal District: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 214 $ 23

    Transfer* Mestre-Bolzano (bike included, min. 2 persons) $ 115 £ 60 $ 104 70 $ 121 kr 748 $ 79 *Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request) and
    Tuesday and Wednesday only from April 21 to Oct 7, 2020


    Extra nights

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Bolzano: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85 $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85
    Single room: $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1068 $ 113 $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1068 $ 113
    Venice* (from): $ 148 £ 77 $ 134 90 $ 155 kr 961 $ 102 -
    Single room: $ 247 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 258 kr 1602 $ 170 -
    Mestre $ 115 £ 60 $ 104 70 $ 121 kr 748 $ 79 $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 587 $ 62
    Single room $ 165 £ 86 $ 149 100 $ 172 kr 1068 $ 113 $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 908 $ 96

    *On request, 7th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre, with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

    It is possible to add one extra night in the middle of the tour only for departures on Saturdays and Thursdays. Price and availability are upon request.

    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 $ 247 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 258 kr 1602 $ 170 Discount for triple/quad room Cat. B  $ 198 £ 103 $ 179 120 $ 207 kr 1282 $ 136
    Child discounts (for 3rd and 4th child in a room, calculated from base price):
    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

2020

Self-guided tour*:
Departures on Saturdays and Sundays from March 21 to October 17, 2020
Departures on Tuesday and Wednesdays from April 14 to September 30, 2020

*Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

Seasons:
Season 1: March 21 - April 24 and September 26 - October 17, 2020
Season 2: April 25 - May 22 and September 7 - September 25, 2020
Season 3: May 23 - September 6, 2020

Guided tour:
May 16, June 13, July 4, August 29, September 26, 2020

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. Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved. 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 in English
  • 27-gear unisex touring bicycle (upgrade to hybrid bike possible! See pricing)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 7 day service hotline
  • GPS tracks available
  • 4-hour ferry cruise around Lake Garda
  • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
  • Entrance into the gardens of the wonderful Villa La Rotonda by architect, Palladio in Vicenza
  • Also included in the guided tour:
  • Category A hotel accommodations
  • 7 dinners (3-course meals, 1 dinner in Venice)
  • Tour guide on the bike
  • Van support
  • Guided visits of Verona and Venice
  • Wine tasting

What’s Not Included

  • Local hotel tourist taxes (€10 to €15 paid locally)
  • Beverages
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

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

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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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, vertical climb 30/250 m)
Day 3: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, 31 mi. (50 km, vertical climb 140 m) + ferry ride
Day 4: Desenzano/Pescheira - Verona, 37/22 mi. (60/35 km, vertical climb 260/140 m)
Day 5: Verona - Vicenza, 44/22 mi. (70/35 km, vertical climb 440/230 m)
Day 6: Vicenza - Padua thermal district, 31 mi. (50 km, vertical climb 30 m)
Day 7: Padua thermal district - Mestre/Venice, 34 mi. (55 km, verticle climb 0 m)
Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice

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

Day 6: Vicenza - Padua, 28 mi. (45 km, vertical climb 30 m)
Day 7: Padua - Mestre/Venice, 25 mi. (40 km, verticle climb 0 m)
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. 5 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. 5 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 4 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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