Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our cycling holiday in Italy. This biking vacation in Italy will take you from the mountains of the Dolomites on easy paths and roads with light traffic and little hills across Lake Garda by ferry and onto the fabulous city of Venice. This cycle tour is a level 2 self-guided cycling holiday. On this tour, you will have the chance to visit the mountains around Bolzano, the beauty of Lake Garda glistening like a gem surrounded by green-clad mountains, cities full of culture and history like Verona, Vicenza and Padova and, last but not least, fascinating Venice, the city in the sea.
This tour you will cycle on mostly flat terrain, with only a few short ups and downs. Some stages can be shortened by train if needed.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrival to Bolzano in the heart of the Italian Dolomite mountains. A bilingual city Bolzano is a famous commercial and touristic centre and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.
Today you will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. Once in the ancient city of Trento visit the famous old town of Trento with the dome and castle Buonconsiglio.
Today you are always pedalling along the River Adige cycle paths until you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda your cycle. After a short climb, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. Here a 4-hour ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake where the accommodation depends on the availability of the hotels.
Today you cycle eastwards to Verona which is one of the most important and beautiful cities of the Veneto region. Once in Verona it is worth visiting the Roman Arena, the church of San Zeno and Julia’s House all important landmarks in this vibrant city.
Today 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 centre is characterized by beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th-century architect known all over the world. This stage can also be reduced by taking a train from Verona to San Bonifacio (approx. 30 km). Train tickets not included.
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione, the route will continue to Abano Terme/ Montegrotto, one of Italy’s famous spas. You then carry on via the hamlet of Montegalda where you shall start to head for the Euganean hills, this is known as the Padova thermal district with many spas. You shall stay the night in this spa region in a 4star hotel on both accommodation categories.
The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto region. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the once countryside villas of the Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland.
Depart after breakfast.
By Plane To Venice, Bergamo or Verona airports and catch a train to Bolzano.
2024 Prices – For a complete tour price breakdown please click the book now button and select your holiday tour date. Prices will then be listed.
Extras and upgrades must be added to your booking form
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