The tour can start any Saturday or Sunday from March 29th to October 25th, 2014.
NB: Special departure dates may be possible for groups of 6 or more (on request).
Day 1: Arrive in Vicenza.
Located 80 km from Venice and 220 km from Milan, Vicenza is easy to access if you arrive by train from one of the major international gateways or from secondary airports serviced by low-cost airlines such as Bergamo. Your hotel is centrally located and will allow you to discover this bike-friendly city on foot or by bike (car traffic is very restricted). Vicenza’s remarkable architectural treasures include a number of works created by Palladio, one of the most influential architects of the 16th century, whose wonders you’ll be able to enjoy throughout this trip.
Day 2: Vicenza-Bassano del Grappa – 40 km (or 25 miles)
After meeting with our local representative who will get you set up with bikes, you will soon be on your way to Bassano del Grappa, your final destination for the day. On your way, you will ride through medieval Marostica, with its giant chessboard, and then proceed on to Bassano, a wonderful small town by the river Brenta with its own “Ponte Vecchio,” a covered bridge spanning the river, originally designed by Palladio. An early arrival will allow time to stroll through Bassano’s historic pedestrian quarter.
Day 3: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso - 62 km (or 39 miles)
Your ride starts with a rewarding climb to Asolo, the beautiful and charming “city of a hundred horizons”. This is wine country and you will be riding from the land of Grappa, that you may very well have tasted the night before, through the vineyards that produce Prosecco, the famous sparkling wine. Afterwards the ride takes you to Maser, where you can enjoy some remarkable villas, before reaching Treviso, a tranquil town best visited on foot or by bike, where you will stay the night.
Day 4: Treviso – Mestre – 44km (or 27 miles)
Following the river Sile, you pedal through picturesque countryside to Casale, from which your final destination of Mestre, is but a short pedal away. Mestre is in the vicinity of Venice and your hotel there is conveniently located across from a bus line that takes you to Venice in a matter of minutes. An early arrival will give you time to enjoy an unforgettable afternoon and evening wandering through the streets, strolling along the canals, admiring the remarkable squares and palaces, and lingering over the bridges of enchanting Venice.
Day 5: Mestre/Venice – Chioggia – 47 km (or 29 miles)
Today’s mileage may seem low, but this doesn’t include the wonderful ferry ride along the Canal Giudecca and the island hop from Malamocco to Pellestrina. In between, you’ll ride on a narrow band of land between sea and lagoon – a truly unique experience in a unique setting. Chioggia is fishing port in the Venetian lagoon and a smaller, simpler version of Venice, where you will overnight and where you can enjoy meals of freshly caught fish and other regional delights.
Day 6: Chioggia – Padua (Padova) - 60 km (or 37 miles)
Pedaling along two of Venice’s vital lifelines, the Canal Bacchiglione and the Canal Brenta, that were once crucial for supplying provisions to Venice, you’ll ride to Stra where the historic Villa Pisani stands. Getting to Padua (or Padova), your stopping point for the day, via a traffic-free route allows you to admire the imposing “Basilica del Santo” dedicated to St. Anthony. Padua boasts several other remarkable sites as well, such as Caffe Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, Italy’s biggest town square.
Day 7: Padova – Vicenza - 48 km (or 30 miles)
The Bacchiglione River will show you the way out of Padua. Following your detailed directions you will make your way to Costozza, at the foot of the Berici hills. The route takes you by Villa Rotonda, Palladio’s most famous villa, a splendid example of his application of pedimented porticos from Roman temples. Other sites include Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its remarkable frescoes. A few pedal strokes further and you’ll be in the Piazza dei Signori, right in the heart of Vicenza, the capital of the Veneto region and Vicenza Province.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, depart Vicenza at the time of your choice.
Option A: 7 nights in 2 & 3-star properties
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