Famous <i>Goldenes Dachl</i> (Golden Roof) in Innsbruck, Austria where Emperor Maximilian I would watch festivals! Flickr:Michela Simoncini

View of Venice, Veneto, Italy. Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Innsbruck to Venice Bike Tour

Austria, Italy Bike Tours

Bike tour in Austria and Italy from the Alps to the Adriatic

  • This bike tour of Austria and Italy begins at the Brennero Pass, a mountain gorge through the Alps which forms the border between the two countries. This had been one of the main entrances from the north and, since Roman times, the principal road between the Eastern Alps in Germany and the Po River Valley of Italy.

    You will cycle downhill through ancient villages, fortresses, and the green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach the Veneto region, with a stop at the palm-lined shores of Lake Garda and then Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its impressive Roman arena. Further on you’ll discover Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip, the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small “calli”.


    • Italy, need we say more?
    • Adige Cycle Path
    • Lake atmosphere
    • City center of Vicenza
    • Padua and its Prato della Valle
    • Venice!

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  • Season 1: $ 1895 £ 940 $ 1,644 1030 $ 1934 kr 11619 $ 1,170 Season 2: $ 2079 £ 1031 $ 1,803 1130 $ 2121 kr 12747 $ 1,284 Season 3: $ 2171 £ 1077 $ 1,883 1180 $ 2215 kr 13311 $ 1,340 Single supplement (all seasons): $ 478 £ 237 $ 415 260 $ 488 kr 2933 $ 295

    Season 1: April 2 - April 22 and September 24 - October 2, 2020
    Season 2: April 23 - May 20 and September 5 - September 23, 2020
    Season 3: May 21 - September 4, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 239 £ 119 $ 207 130 $ 244 kr 1466 $ 148

    Helmet rental: $ 28 £ 14 $ 24 15 $ 28 kr 169 $ 17

    Extra nights:
    Twin/double: $ 129 £ 64 $ 112 70 $ 131 kr 790 $ 80 Single: $ 184 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 188 kr 1128 $ 114

    Twin/double: $ 129 £ 64 $ 112 70 $ 131 kr 790 $ 80 Single: $ 184 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 188 kr 1128 $ 114

    Twin/double, from: $ 166 £ 82 $ 144 90 $ 169 kr 1015 $ 102 Single, from: $ 276 £ 137 $ 239 150 $ 282 kr 1692 $ 170

    *on request, 9th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

    please note


    Third person in a triple room*: $ 350 £ 173 $ 303 190 $ 357 kr 2143 $ 216 *Triple rooms (usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway)

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    You can fly into Innsbruck (INN), located 5 km from Verona, Verona (VRN), located at 270 km, or Venice (VCE), at 400 km.

    Local Travel

    All airports are well connected by trains to Verona.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A very good website to explore regional weather including high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.

Tour Dates


Arrivals possible any Thursday and Friday from April 2 - October 2, 2020*

*Special departure dates  possible for at least 5 people

Season 1: April 2 - April 22 and September 24 - October 2, 2020
Season 2: April 23 - May 20 and September 5 - September 23, 2020
Season 3: May 21 - September 4, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided, 10 day tour which traverses the most beautiful cycle path in Italy, the Adige River cycle route. On the stretch from Lake Garda to Venice, you ride on secondary streets with very little traffic. You encounter only a few short climbs and descents, making this route suitable for most. Only 5% of this tour takes place over unpaved roads. Total length of this tour is from 375 km to 440 km. Total vertical climbing from 730 meters to 1,160 m. Please see elevation gain information in each day to day description. There is a possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on days 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in hotels of the 3 and 4 star category. Some hotels located in the more mountainous regions of Italy can be without air conditioning. Overnight in Padua thermal district will be in a 4* Wellness Hotel with swimming pools.Upon request, your last night can be on the island of Venice instead of the mainland, Mestre but do keep in mind that your rental bikes must be dropped off in Mestre.

What’s Included

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 27-gear unisex Touring bike, mudguard, rear rack, gel saddle, anti-puncture Schwalbe tires.
  • Bike accessories: cycle computer, one pannier, one front handlebar bag OR one map holder, one water bottle, one repair kit per room (tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tire levers), one combination bike lock
  • Bicycle protection
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook (one per room)
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero
  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Luggage transfer
  • Ice cream in the best ice cream parlor in Vicenza
  • Entrance to the gardens of Villa La Rotonda in Vicenza
  • Hotline service

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches, dinners
  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Helmets (may be requested at time of reserving for supplement. See pricing. Suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61.
  • Travel Insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length10 days
From1030 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Innsbruck
Day 2: Innsbruck – Bressanone, 25 mi. (40 km by transfer) plus, 34 mi. (55 km by bike)
Day 3:  Bressanone – Bolzano, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bolzano – Trento, 41 mi./44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 5:  Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera, 31 mi. (50 km by bike + ferry)
Day 6: Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona, 37/22 mi.  (60/35 km)
Day 7: Verona – Vicenza, 47/22 mi. (75/35 km)
Day 8: Vicenza – Padua thermal district, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9:  Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice, 34mi. (55 km)
Day 10: Mestre or Venice

Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions, or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road work) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches. In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Riva del Garda to Peschiera/Desenzano), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice. In case of cancellation, the ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus). The same applies if the ferry boat service is no longer operating (for example at the end of the season).

Day 1: Innsbruck
Individual arrival.

Day 2: Innsbruck – Bressanone (40 km by transfer + 55 km by bike)
A private transfer will take you to Brennero, where you’ll start cycling into the green Isarco valley. Your cycling day continues without difficulties through villages and lush green meadows till Fortezza, where you will see the ancient fort. Lake Varna awaits you for a relaxing break before you reach Bressanone. Elevation gain: 130 m.

Day 3: Bressanone – Bolzano (45 km)
You continue along the same cycle path and will have the opportunity to visit the huge Sabiona medieval monastery, built on a rocky-hill and dominating the Isarco valley. Overnight in Bolzano. Elevation gain: 30 m.

Day 4: Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
Today the ride leads along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. Elevation gain: 30/250 m.

Day 5:  Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
Still following the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of Lake Garda. Elevation gain: 140 m.

Day 6: Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona. Worth visiting are the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno, and Juliet’s House. Elevation gain: 260/140 m.

Day 7: Verona – Vicenza (75/35 km)
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza. The old city center of the city is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings of Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. If you feel the distance is too great,  you can shorten the itinerary from several railway stations. Elevation gain: 440/230 m.

Day 8: Vicenza – Padua thermal district (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 Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe, "Prato della Valle". Elevation gain: 30 m.

Day 9:  Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice (55 km)
You will cycle along 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. If you opt to overnight in Venice, you will leave your bike at a designated hotel in Mestre. Your luggage will, however, be tranferred on to Venice.  Elevation gain: 0 m.

Day 10:  Mestre or Venice

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Tour Reviews

  • Kathy Feeley 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We found the signage very poor on this tour especially getting out of Verona.We ended up out in the suburbs for 3 hours and wasted half a day,getting tired and frustrated.Please improve this ,it would make the trip more enjoyable.Green arrows need to be much more frequently placed.Sometimes we got to a T intersection and even with the instruction book had no clue which way to turn.
    Bikes were great!
    Hotel in Padua was not in a nice area,though close to the station.Did not feel safe at night given all the refugees hanging around outside the hotel
    Generally the hotels would be better if they were closer to the town center in each city
    Scenery lovely ,some great countryside and villages.Enjoyed the trip but stressed out looking for green arrows that we often could not find.Definitely need GPS.

    • Carla from Tripsite 1 year ago     Staff

      Hi Kathy - Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the trip overall. I wanted to point out that for this tour, and many other tours, we can offer GPS tracks. Cycling with GPS makes for stress free cycling! Even if you make the wrong turn, the GPS will redirect you correctly. You can download the tracks onto your GPS device or an app on your smart phone. Here is a really great blog about riding with GPS.

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