Verona on the Adige River in Veneto, Italy. Photo via TO
Biking past vineyards on the Lake Garda & Veneto Bike Tour in Italy. Photo via TO

Shopping street en route in Italy. Photo via TO

Lake Garda and the Veneto Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike from Verona to Venice and beyond

  • On this guided and supported bike tour from Lake Garda all the way to Venice, you will pedal across the Veneto, a lovely corner of Northern Italy nestled against the Italian Alps. On dedicated bike paths and rural country roads, you will roll through picturesque villages and historic art cities. You will visit the majestic and beautiful Lake Garda, as well as Verona, Mantova, Vicenza, Padova, and Venice - all unique cities that blend history, charm, and modernity. In Vicenza, discover the architectural wonders of Andrea Palladio from the 16th century, considered to be the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture.

    This is also wine country, home to some of the more important Italian wines, where you can sample Valpolicella and Soave wines from the protected vineyards along the Alps’ foothills, as you make your way east toward La Serenissima - the majestic city of Venice.

    Highlights:

    • Mantova
    • Lake Garda and surroundings
    • Valpolicella wine area
    • Vicenza and Palladio’s architecture
    • Palladian villas
    • Venice
    • Guided and supported cycling

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  • 2019 and 2020

    Twin/double: £ 1117 $ 2,477 1315 $ 1981 NOK 12383 kr 11430 $ 1,486 Single supplement: £ 166 $ 367 195 $ 294 NOK 1836 kr 1695 $ 220

    extra options

    Upgrade to titanium bike: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Electric bike: £ 123 $ 273 145 $ 218 NOK 1365 kr 1260 $ 164 GPS device, per unit: £ 38 $ 85 45 $ 68 NOK 424 kr 391 $ 51

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Your tour begins in Verona and ends in Padova. Closest largest international airport to both the tour start and end is Venice Marco Polo (VCE), located 114 km from Verona and 20 km from Padova. Other arrival and departure airports are possible as well. Travelmath is a good site to research all your options.

    Local Travel

    Italy is well connected by a well-developed rail system and public transportation. From Venice Marco Polo airport, you will utilize first a shuttle bus to Venezia Mestre train station. The ATVO shuttle service and also the bus ACTV line 15 leave every 30 minutes. Travel time is approx 30 minutes and tickets cost €8 per person. More information can be found at www.atvo.it. From Venezia Mestre train station to Verona there are frequent train departures to Verona with travel time approx 1 hour depending on time of departure and type of train. Cost is approx €17 per person. Return travel at end of your tour from Padova to Venezia Mestre takes only one-half hour. Onward travel by shuttle to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE).

    Climate

    The shores of Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake, enjoys a temperate microclimate, which is mild enough to allow the cultivation of grapes, olives and citrus trees. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    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 traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2019

August 30, September 13, and October 4, 2019

2020

May 8, June 5, July 10, August 21, September 11, and October 9, 2020

(6 people needed to confirm a departure. If you are interested in any of the dates, we can update you in regards to status of departure.)

Skill Level

Great tour for novice cyclists in terms of daily distance and terrain type. You will cycle 159 mi. (254 km). Please check each day’s itinerary details for total distance of climbing for each day. Good command of the bike is required as well as good balance due to possible starting and stopping quickly and negotiating popular bike paths (when cycling in or near cities and towns, you will share the road with local traffic). Also ideal for experienced cyclists who desire shorter days on the bike and plenty of time to enjoy daily destinations and activities.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in unique 2, 3, and 4-star hotels and inns. On the detailed day to day itinerary, you will find a sample hotel list. Final hotel list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights lodging in charming, 2, 3, and 4-star hotels and inns
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner with local wine
  • 1 guided wine tasting
  • Shuttle from Verona train station to starting hotel
  • Train tickets to Venice on Day 7
  • GPS navigation tracks provided via Ride with GPS
  • Bilingual English/Italian cycling guide
  • Support vehicle and local driver on most days (basic English)
  • Hybrid touring bike rental (aluminum step-through frame, Shimano Deore components, rear rack, cyclometer, bell, lock, pump, water bottle cage, water bottle, under seat pack that contains repair kit with tube, tire irons, and patch kit

What’s Not Included

  • Meals or activities not specified
  • Travel and transportation to and from tour start and end
  • GPS device (available for supplement)
  • Rear pannier(s) can be requested for supplement
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lake Garda and the Veneto Map

Day 1: Meet in Verona and transfer to Volta Mantovana, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 2: Mantova loop ride, 31 mi. (58 km), 745 ft. (223 m) total climbing
Day 3: Lake Garda and Valpolicella, 31 mi. (50 km). 690 ft (210 m)
Day 4: Pedal through wine country to Verona and Soave, 27 mi. (43 km). 690 ft (210 m) total climbing
Day 5: Vicenza and Palladio’s architecture, 24 mi. (39 km). 1378 ft. (420 m) total climbing
Day 6: Cycle to Padova among the Palladian villas, 26 mi. (42 km). 460 ft (140 m) total climbing
Day 7: Venice
Day 8: Tour ends in Padova

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Meet in Verona, 14 mi. (22 km)
Individual arrival to Verona. Meet the group and tour leader at the Verona train station in the mid-afternoon, from where you will transfer to your lodging for the next two nights. The quaint inn, located in the lovely town of Volta Mantovana near Mantova, is a wonderful location. You will be fitted for your bike and then take a  test ride on the nearby cycle path to Borghetto sul Mincio, a picturesque village located on the river connecting Lake Garda with the lakes around Mantova to the south. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.
Lodging and meals: Hotel La Valle or similar (2 nights)
Dinner

Day 2: Mantova loop ride, 31 mi. (58 km), 745 ft. (223 m) total climbing
Today, you will pedal south along the bike path to reach the impressive city of Mantova, with its pretty lakes built around it as fortifications and now serving as a great green area around the city. Mantova was home to the princely Gonzaga family, who ruled for several centuries between the 14th and the 18th centuries and who made Mantova an artistic, musical, and architectural center. Visit the Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo del Tè, as well as the Piazza Virgiliana, Castello San Giorgio and Piazza delle Erbe before returning to your accommodations.

Lodging and meals: Hotel La Valle or similar
Breakfast

Day 3: Lake Garda and Valpolicella, 31 mi. (50 km). 690 ft (210 m) total climbing, most of it on the last hill to reach lodging
The route leads north today along a delightful bicycle path to reach the shores of Lake Garda, one of Italy’s most famous lakes nestled south of the Italian Alps. Visit the historic and colorful town of Peschiera del Garda, on the waterfront, before continuing along the eastern shore to climb a bit onto a ridge leading into the vineyards of the Valpolicella wine area. This area grows the grapes that make Amarone wine, one of Italy’s strongest red wines. Support shuttle will be available. You will overnight in a historic villa tonight, surrounded by vineyards!

Lodging and meals: Villa San Giorgio or similar
Breakfast

Day 4: Pedal through wine country to Verona and Soave, 27 mi. (43 km). 690 ft (210 m) total climbing
You continue along rolling foothills today to leave the Valpolicella area and enter Verona, famous for its arena which is still today used for outdoor theatre. Have lunch in the center of town, visit Juliet and Romeo’s balcony and then continue out of town to arrive in Soave, another small wine village. The medieval castle and its fortifications that dominate the town stand in stark contrast to the softer vineyards that line the hills. Enjoy a wine tasting and meander through the small town as our hotel is centrally located.

Lodging and meals: Locanda ai Capitelli Residence or similar
Breakfast

Day 5: Vicenza and Palladio’s architecture, 24 mi. (39 km). 1378 ft. (420 m) total climbing
The route leads to  Vicenza, another famous art city which prospered under Venetian rule from the early 15th to the end of the 18th century. Its most famous son is surely Andrea Palladio whose work has been declared the biggest influence in Western architecture since his time. His architectural designs, based on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, gives the city its unique appearance and you can see many of his villas and buildings still standing.

Lodging and meals: Albergo San Raffaele or similar
Breakfast

Day 6: Cycle to Padova among the Palladian villas, 26 mi. (42 km). 460 ft (140 m) total climbing
Leave Vicenza along the foothills of Monti Berici. You will enjoy an optional stop at the famous Palladian Villa la Rotonda's gardens, the best known and most influential of Andrea Palladio’s villas. Continue riding to reach one of the oldest cities in Italy, Padova (or Padua) also known as the City of St. Anthony. Padova’s claim to history is not only being home to Italy’s second oldest university and still a vibrant university city, but it also acted as the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Lodging and meals: Hotel Donatello or Art Hotel Al Fagiano, or similar
Breakfast

Day 7: Venice
You will take the train into Venice for the day, to explore the less well-known areas of the “Serenissima”. From the train station, visit the Jewish Ghetto, the Cannaregio neighborhood and the Fondamente Nuova before arriving near the Rialto bridge. From here, you’ll have free time to visit the more famous parts of Venice. Regroup later this afternoon to return to Padova together for our celebration dinner in a local restaurant. Raise a glass of white wine, the traditional Venetian aperitif, or a classic spritz to our journey together across the Veneto region.

Lodging and meals: Hotel Donatello or Art Hotel Al Fagiano, or similar 
Breakfast

Day 8: Tour ends in Padova
For those wishing to continue their time in Veneto or Northern Italy, Padova is a great starting point. Venice is a short distance away – a bucket list destination for ending your dream Italian holiday. The Lakes and Dolomites regions of Northern Italy are also nearby. If there is further travel in your plans, please let us know and we’ll be happy to provide suggestions. If your travels end today, we will provide tips for arriving to nearby Venice, Milan, Treviso or Verona airports.

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