The tour can star any Saturday and Sunday from March 30th to October 19th and any Tuesday from May 7th to September 24th 2013.
NB: Special departure dates may be possible for groups of 6 or more (on request).
Day 1: Arrive in Bolzano.
Arrive in Bolzano. Easy to access from all major gateways and 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 dreamed of by many!
Day 2: Bolzano – Trento – 68 km (or 42 miles)
Following the Adige River, you’ll mainly ride on traffic-free bicycle paths through vineyards and orchards past several villages and sites, 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 and its impressive Duomo is your final destination for the day.
Day 3: Trento – Peschiera or Desenzano – 50 km (or 31 miles)
The Adige River will again show you the way out of town and up to Mori, where our itinerary then heads west, taking you up and down through a stunningly beautiful countryside to the resorts of Torbole and Riva del Garda, two extraordinary picture-perfect “water-towns.” An early arrival will allow you to enjoy lunch al fresco by the Lake in Riva del Garda, before boarding the ferry for a visually spectacular, 3½-hour ride to Peschiera, at the extreme southern tip of the lake. Your hotel is located just steps from the lake, allowing you to savour the scenery and take in the awe-inspiring magic of the morning light reflected in the lake.
Day 4: Peschiera or Desenzano – Verona – Two options: 35 km (or 21 miles) or 60 km (or 37 miles)
Heading east out of Peshiara, you’ll ride through peaceful countryside 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-coloured marble, the Romanesque Basilica di San Zeno, and of course the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) and the balcony that Shakespeare made immortal!
Day 5: Verona – Vicenza – 75 km (or 47 miles)
From Verona you’ll ride through flat farmland before heading up Monte-Berici. The steady climb takes you up through small villages, with unobstructed views over Vicenza and the surrounding areas, before descending towards Vicenza. On the way down, you’ll be gobsmacked by Vicenza’s imposing Basilica -- one of Palladio’s foremost works -- as it looms up in your face from around a corner…steady on and stay on the bike! Only a few pedal strokes away is the Piazza Signeri, Vicenza’s main square.
Today’s ride can be reduced by taking a train from Verona to San Bonifacio (approx. 30 km or 18 miles). Train tickets are provided only for the guests of the guided tours.
Day 6: Vicenza – Padua (Padova) – 50 km (or 31 miles)
Cycling out of Vicenza on a bicycle path, then continuing up on a gravel road, you’ll soon reach Palladio’s most famous villa, the Villa Rotonda. The rest of the ride follows the River Bacchiglione all the way to the lively university town of Padua, where Galileo once taught mathematics, and its grand Basilica del Santo, dedicated to Saint-Anthony.
Day 7: Padua (Padova) – Mestre/Venice – 40 km (or 25 miles)
The way out of Padua follows a traffic-free route along the Brenta Canal and passes 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 and careful riding is recommended. Your hotel in Mestre is located near the train station and across from a bus stop, both offering regular service to Venice, which can be reached in a matter of minutes. An early arrival will allow you to experience the world’s most romantic and dreamy city.
You can choose to stay in Venice instead of Mestre for an extra fee (on request).
Day 8: 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.
Possible transfer back to Bolzano (reservation required).
Option A: 7 nights in 2- and 3-star properties.
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