Famous <i>Goldenes Dachl</i> or Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria where Emperor Maximilian I would watch festivals etc. Photo via Flickr:Michela Simoncini

Flag of Venice, Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:svetico
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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: £ 871 $ 1,930 1025 $ 1544 NOK 9652 kr 8910 $ 1,158 Season 2: £ 947 $ 2,100 1115 $ 1680 NOK 10500 kr 9692 $ 1,260 Season 3: £ 990 $ 2,194 1165 $ 1755 NOK 10970 kr 10127 $ 1,316 Single supplement (all seasons): £ 221 $ 490 260 $ 392 NOK 2448 kr 2260 $ 294 Season 1: April 4 to May 1, 2019 
    Season 2: May 2 to June 19 and September 5 to September 20, 2019
    Season 3: June 20 to September 4, 2019 

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 106 $ 235 125 $ 188 NOK 1177 kr 1087 $ 141 Extra nights:
    Twin/double: £ 59 $ 132 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79 Single: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 Mestre
    Twin/double: £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 Single: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 Venice
    Twin/double, from: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 Single, from: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170 *Discount for third person, triple room: £ 161 $ 358 190 $ 286 NOK 1789 kr 1652 $ 215 *Triple rooms (usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway)
    Helmets (please request at time of booking. Helmets available are for circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • 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 on Thursdays or Fridays from April 4 to September 20, 2019
Season 1: April 4 to May 1, 2019 
Season 2: May 2 to June 19 and September 5 to September 20, 2019
Season 3: June 20 to September 4, 2019

Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of 5 and more 

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 Shimano Deore hybrid city touring bike with aluminum frame, 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
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook (one per room)
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero
  • 4-hours ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Luggage transfer
  • Ice cream in the best ice cream parlor in Vicenza
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • 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.
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length10 days
From1025 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, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9:  Padua – 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 (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 – 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 11 months 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 11 months 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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