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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  • 2017 Self-Guided

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Season 1:  £ 738 $ 1,177 775 NOK 7750 kr 7154 $ 930 £ 643 $ 1,025 675 NOK 6750 kr 6231 $ 810
    Season 2: £ 800 $ 1,276 840 NOK 8400 kr 7754 $ 1,008 £ 705 $ 1,124 740 NOK 7400 kr 6831 $ 888
    Season 3: £ 843 $ 1,344 885 NOK 8850 kr 8169 $ 1,062 £ 738 $ 1,177 775 NOK 7750 kr 7154 $ 930
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 190 $ 304 200 NOK 2000 kr 1846 $ 240 £ 143 $ 228 150 NOK 1500 kr 1385 $ 180

    Season 1: March 25 to April 16 and September 30 to October 21, 2017
    Season 2: April 17 to June 23 and September 9 to September 29, 2017
    Season 3: June 24 to September 8, 2017


    2018 Self-Guided

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Season 1:  £ 743 $ 1,185 780 NOK 7800 kr 7200 $ 936 £ 648 $ 1,033 680 NOK 6800 kr 6277 $ 816
    Season 2: £ 829 $ 1,322 870 NOK 8700 kr 8031 $ 1,044 £ 733 $ 1,170 770 NOK 7700 kr 7108 $ 924
    Season 3: £ 862 $ 1,375 905 NOK 9050 kr 8354 $ 1,086 £ 767 $ 1,223 805 NOK 8050 kr 7431 $ 966
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 219 $ 349 230 NOK 2300 kr 2123 $ 276 £ 171 $ 273 180 NOK 1800 kr 1662 $ 216

    Season 1: March 24 to April 1 and September 29 to October 20, 2018
    Season 2: April 2 to May 18 and September 10 to September 28, 2018
    Season 3: May 19 to September 9, 2018

     

    2018 Guided
    Price £ 1133 $ 1,808 1190 NOK 11900 kr 10985 $ 1,428 Single supplement  £ 219 $ 349 230 NOK 2300 kr 2123 $ 276

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 105 $ 167 110 NOK 1100 kr 1015 $ 132

    Half board (category A only): £ 162 $ 258 170 NOK 1700 kr 1569 $ 204

    Helmet rental: £ 14 $ 23 15 NOK 150 kr 138 $ 18

    Transfer (Mestre to Bolzano)*: £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78

    *Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request) Also available on Tuesday and Wednesday from  May 22 to September 12, 2018

    Extra nights 

     

    Category A

    Category B

    Bolzano: £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84 £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84
    Single room: £ 81 $ 129 85 NOK 850 kr 785 $ 102 -
    Venice (from): £ 86 $ 137 90 NOK 900 kr 831 $ 108 -
    Single room: £ 143 $ 228 150 NOK 1500 kr 1385 $ 180 -
    Mestre £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 £ 52 $ 84 55 NOK 550 kr 508 $ 66
    Single room £ 81 $ 129 85 NOK 850 kr 785 $ 102 £ 71 $ 114 75 NOK 750 kr 692 $ 90

    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.


Tour Dates

2017 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

2018 Self-guided tour:
Departures on Saturdays and Sundays from March 24 to October 20, 2018
Tuesday and Wednesdays from May 15 to September 12, 2018

2018 guided tour:
April 21, May 12, June 16, July 7, September 15, and September 29, 2018

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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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. 1 year 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. 1 year ago

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

  • Oswaldo and Rachel 2 years 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 7 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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