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Across Lake Garda to Venice

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This cycling tour passes by Riva Del Garda on the Lake Garda This cycling tour ends in Venice Admire the Venetian lagoon from the seat of your bike Take the time to stroll on the shores of the Venetian lagoon Cycle the counrtyside of the Veneto

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Veneto, click here to see the Veneto regional page.

  • Self-guided trip: Starts any Saturday or Sunday from March 23rd through October 19th, 2019; Any Tuesday or Wednesday from April 30th through September 18th, 2019.
  • 7 nights/8 days 
  • Daily mileage from 35 km (22 miles) to 71 km (44 miles)
  • Starts from Bolzano and ends in Mestre/Venice
  • Bolzano is serviced by train from closest major Italian gateways (Verona, Milan and Venice) 
  • Accommodation: Two options are possible (Option A: 2- and 3-star properties and Option A+: 3- and 4-star properties) 
  • Level: 2/3 (Easy/Moderate)
  • From 670 euros per person sharing a double room
This cycling tour ends in Venice

Across Lake Garda to Venice

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  • PriceFrom 670 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

This tour links Bolzano (Bolzen), in the German-speaking area of Italy’s South Tyrol, with Venice, the romantic floating city of the Adriatic Sea. In between, you’ll see and experience amazing treasures, including but not limited to Lake Garda. From the extraordinary natural landscape around Italy’s largest lake to the man-made wonders of the Roman theatre in Verona, to Palladio’s architectural masterpieces in Vicenza, exceptional sites and sights abound!

No fewer than three of the cities on your itinerary have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: VicenzaVerona, and Venice and its lagoon.

 

For travel and cycling tips to the Veneto, visit our "travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Saturday or Sunday / Tuesday or Wednesday: Arrival in Bolzano

 

Arrive in Bolzano, which is easily accessible from all major gateways. Located in the German part of Italy, Bolzano is a crossroads with a unique blend of cultures. Your hotel is a short walk from Bolzano’s train station on the line that links Verona to Munich. With its unmatchable network of bicycle lanes and paths, Bolzano is the ultimate bike-friendly mountain town of many cyclists’ dreams!

D2Sunday or Monday / Wednesday or Thursday: Bolzano — Trento 71 km/44 miles, 360 meters/1,180 ft of climbing

 

Following the Adige River, you’ll ride mainly on traffic-free bicycle paths through vineyards and orchards past several noteworthy places, including the fascinating Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum housed in a hilltop Firmian fortress, and Egna’s arcades. You decide what to visit, how long to linger, or what to skip — as a self-guided rider, this is your choice! Trento, with its impressive Duomo, is your final destination.

D3Monday or Tuesday / Thursday or Friday: Trento — Peschiera 49 km/30.5 miles, 230 meters/745 ft of climbing

 

The Adige River will show you the way out of town and up to Mori, where our itinerary then takes you west. Up and down you’ll roll through the stunningly beautiful countryside to the resorts of Torbole and Riva del Garda, two extraordinarily picture-perfect waterfront towns. An early arrival will allow you to enjoy lunch al fresco by the lake in Riva del Garda — afterward, you’ll board the ferry for a visually spectacular 3½-hour ride to Peschiera at the extreme southern tip of the lake. Your hotel is located mere steps from the lake, allowing you to savor the scenery and witness the awe-inspiring morning light reflecting off the lake.

D4Tuesday or Wednesday / Friday or Saturday: Peschiera — Verona 35 km/22 miles, 275 meters/910 ft of climbing

 

Heading east out of Peschiera, you’ll ride along peaceful country roads to the Romanesque town of Verona. After checking in, take time to enjoy Verona’s treasures, such as the hard-to-miss and well-preserved Roman arena made from rose-colored marble, the Romanesque Basilica di San Zeno, and of course the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) and the balcony Shakespeare made timeless!

D5Wednesday or Thursday / Saturday or Sunday: Verona — Vicenza 71 km/44 miles, 715 meters/2,345 ft of climbing

 

From Verona, you’ll ride through flat farmland before heading up Monte Berico in the Berici Hills. The steady climb takes you up through small, enchanting villages whose unobstructed views over Vicenza will cause you to stop in your tracks. On the way down, you’ll be gob-smacked by Vicenza’s imposing Basilica — one of Palladio’s foremost works — as it appears out of nowhere when you round the corner. Leep steady on and stay on your bike! Only a few pedal strokes away is Piazza Signeri, Vicenza’s main square.

Today’s ride can be shortened if you take a train from Verona to San Bonifacio (approx. 30 km). Train tickets are provided only for the guests of the guided tours.

D6Thursday or Friday / Sunday or Monday: Vicenza — Galzignano Terme (Padua thermal district) 50 km/31 miles, 235 meters/770 ft of climbing

 

Cycling out of Vicenza on a bicycle path and on a gravel road soon after, you’ll quickly reach Palladio’s most famous villa, the Villa Rotonda, as well as the frescoes of Tiepolo at Villa Valmarana (entrance included). Then you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the opportunity to relax in a 4-star spa resort in the largest European thermal district. 

D7Friday or Saturday / Monday or Tuesday: Galzignano Terme — Mestre 55 km/34 miles, 160 meters/520 ft of climbing

 

Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal, you will reach the lively university town of Padua, where Galileo once taught mathematics. We recommend a visit to the grand Basilica del Santo dedicated to Saint Anthony. You will then follow a traffic-free route along the Brenta Canal and pass by some remarkable villas, including Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, and Villa Widmann.

As you get closer to Mestre, where your hotel is located, the traffic tends to get heavier; careful riding is recommended. Your hotel in Mestre is conveniently situated near transportation hubs offering regular service to Venice, allowing you to arrive in a matter of minutes. Get to Mestre early for more time to enjoy the world's dreamiest, most romantic city.

D8Saturday or Sunday / Tuesday or Wednesday: Departure

 

After a leisurely breakfast, depart Mestre at the time of your choice. Please contact us if you choose to do a post-tour stay in Venice.

It’s possible to arrange a transfer back to Bolzano (reservation required) and to book additional nights in BolzanoMestre, or Venice.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 7 nights in 2- and 3-star properties

  • 670 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 180 euros
  • 760 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 190 euros
  • 795 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 200 euros
  • Option A+
  • 7 nights in 3- and 4-star properties

  • 770 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 230 euros
  • 850 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 240 euros
  • 885 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 250 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Ticket for admission to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel (total of approx. 10-15 euros).
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros.

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