This is a tour among European classics, perfect to start discovering Italy by bike. Laid between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the itinerary is completely flat and develops itself on cycle paths or level roads with low traffic volume.
Day 1: Vicenza
Individual arrival in Vicenza, with its very nice and cozy historical city center characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).
Day 2: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa, ~40 km/25 miles
From Vicenza you cycle towards Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard in the main square. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the “grappa”.
Day 3: Bassano del Grappa - Treviso, ~60 km/38 miles
You enter Asolo, which presents us the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser. The trip ends in Treviso.
Day 4: Treviso - Mestre/Venice, ~20 or 45 km/13 or 28 miles
Leaving Treviso behind you, you will follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice will await you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Standard accommodation is in Mestre, Venice mainland. With a supplement you can request to overnight directly in Venice. We remind you that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.
Day 5: Mestre/Venice - Chioggia, ~35 km/21 miles
Leaving Mestre you will head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge "della Libertà", then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you will take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on the two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: the island of Lido, with the ancient hamlet of Malamocco, once capital of the Serenissima Republic, and the island of Pellestrina, with its long wild beaches.
Day 6: Chioggia - Padua thermal district, ~55 km/34 miles
You will be pedalling along the river Bacchiglione, which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
Day 7: Padua thermal district - Vicenza, ~60 km/38 miles
Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities. Worth visiting are the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy. The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you will reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas.
Day 8: Vicenza
Departure from Vicenza.
7 nights in 2** and 3*** hotels in cat. B
7 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels in cat. A
7 nights in 4**** and 1x3*** hotels in cat. de Luxe
7x breakfast buffet
route descriptions & maps
ferry ticket in Venice (for cat. A and de Luxe only)
ice cream in the best ice cream parlour in Venice
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival in Vicenza on Saturday and Sunday
arrival in Mestre on Tuesday and Wednesday
season I (510 €/person in double, cat. B, 620 €/person in double, cat. A and 1290 €/person in double, cat. de Luxe)
season II (+70 €/person)
season III (+120 €/person)
route (1): ~270-295 km/168-184 miles
completely flat except for the 1 km slope in Asolo, on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths, trains with bike transportation connect the main cities of the tour
how to get there
by car: motorway to Vicenza
by train: station Vicenza
by plane: good connection from Vicenza or Mestre to the airports of Venice, Verona, Treviso and Bergamo
are possible on request in Vicenca and Mestre in category B and A
tourist taxe (15 €/person) is not included
ferry transfers in Venice (~25 €/person incl. bike) are not included in categorie B
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