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

Flag of Venice, region Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:svetico
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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:  £ 663 $ 1,136 830 NOK 7954 kr 7342 $ 955 £ 583 $ 999 730 NOK 6996 kr 6458 $ 840
    Season 2: £ 727 $ 1,246 910 NOK 8721 kr 8050 $ 1,047 £ 647 $ 1,109 810 NOK 7763 kr 7165 $ 932
    Season 3: £ 751 $ 1,287 940 NOK 9008 kr 8315 $ 1,081 £ 671 $ 1,150 840 NOK 8050 kr 7431 $ 966
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 184 $ 315 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265 £ 144 $ 246 180 NOK 1725 kr 1592 $ 207

    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, 2018

    Guided
    Price £ 966 $ 1,657 1210 NOK 11596 kr 10704 $ 1,392 Single supplement  £ 184 $ 315 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    Helmet rental: £ 12 $ 21 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17

    Transfer (Mestre to Bolzano)*: £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    *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: £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86
    Single room: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115
    Venice (from):- £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104
    Single room:- £ 120 $ 205 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173
    Mestre £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92
    Single room £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63

    please note

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

    Discount for triple/quad room Cat. A £ 120 $ 205 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173 Discount for triple/quad room Cat. B  £ 96 $ 164 120 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138
    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: June 15, July 6, August 31, and September 28, 2019

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 la 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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Customer Feedback

  • Lauren M. 2 years 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. 2 years ago

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

  • Oswaldo and Rachel 3 years ago

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

  • Julia Haschke 3 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 7 years ago

    Great!!!!! Fantastic bike ride.

  • Lin & Harriet Bowen 7 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 8 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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