• Travelcode: 183

    Venice and its surroundings

    Tutto grandissimo

    • This great tour of Venice starts in Vicenza and loops like a pearl necklace through the Veneto region. The area is filled with valleys, lagoons, rivers as well as great architecture, including the unique buildings and bridges of Venice and the famous Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Ville Venete). The spectacular 15th to 19th century Palladian villas are scattered all over the Venetian plain (numbering about 5000!). The 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio designed many of these. You’ll soon notice he preferred the classic Roman style. The route will take you along many Prosecco vineyards and you’ll have ample opportunity to taste some wine!

      Beginning to bike in Venice, you’ll cycle on narrow islands along the coast and take a ferry to Chioggia, a major fishing port on the Adriatic. Padova (Padua) is known for its frescoes by Giotto and the University of Padua, one of Europe’s oldest (1222) and where Galileo was once a professor. Padua is one of the most important art cities in Italy and also the economic capital of Veneto. To complete the loop you’ll head back to Vicenza to finish your magnificent bike tour in Italy; one of the most historic and artistic regions in Europe!
       

      Tour profile: Level 1-2

      Easy self-guided or guided hotel tour with between 22 to 38 miles (35 - 60 km) of cycling per day over 6 days. Landscape is flat with just one steep climb of 1km in Asolo that is easily walked. Tour runs along good asphalt roads and bike paths with little traffic. Trains with bicycle transportation connect the main cities of the tour so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train.

      Day 1: Vicenza

      Individual arrival in Vicenza, known as the "City of Palladio". Palladio is a famous architect from the 16th century, whose famous works are located in the city, namely the Basilica and the Villa Rotonda. From Vicenza, you can easily reach Venice by train in 50 min. time. The night’s accommodations will be in a hotel within the city center close to the train station.

      Day 2: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa, approx. 40 km

      You will cycle from the valley to the beginning of the Alps until you come to Marostica, a very picturesque town with a nice Castle and the popular Chess Square (a live game with human chess pieces is still played every September on even numbered years). The Grappa Museum is also certainly worth a visit. Further along the way, you will reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming old town on the Brenta River crossed by a marvelous wooden bridge. Via a trek from Vicenza to the base of the Alps is the town of Bassano del Grappa, known for its spirit. Founded in the Middle Ages, Bassano del Grappa is famous for its covered wooden Bridge, the Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini, designed by Palladio in 1569. It is tradition, mostly on the weekends, to have an aperitif at the bridge and for the lovers, a bacin d’amor (love kiss). Visit the famous Palladio Villa on your way to Treviso along the Sile River.

       

      Day 3: Bassano - Treviso, approx. 60 km

      Today while cycling along the Prosecco vineyards, you will be able to visit the very famous Palladio villa: Villa Barbaro. You can choose whether to have a glass of Prosecco in one of the wineshops along the way or whether to have it as ’aperitivo’ in Treviso before dinner. We suggest you get lost among the many small roads that make up the Treviso free car zone to discover Piazza Pescheria (Fisher Square) and the many other characteristic corners of this wonderful city crossed by numerous canals.

      Day 4: Treviso - Mestre / Venezia, approx. 20/45 km

      Ranked last year as the best part of the tour is the trek that runs from Treviso along the waterway, which was used by people to transport the products of the land to Venice during the Serenissima Republic. Arrival is at Mestre. 

      Day 5: Mestre / Venezia - Chioggia, approx. 35 km

      Through the Ponte della Libertà (a 6 km bridge), you will finally come to the famous city on water, Venice. From there, you will take a ferry to the narrow island of the Lido. Here you will pedal past picturesque stone houses and along the seashore past bobbing boats and fishing nets extended into the water. Another ferry will take you to the even narrower Pellestrina Island with its natural oasis of Ca? Roman. Instead of cycling, a motor boat will transfer you to Chioggia, a miniature Venice with cobblestone streets and canals and home of one of the main fishing ports of the Adriatic. There is a lively fish market every morning but Monday. (First etappe for those clients who starts in Mestre)

      Day 6: Chioggia - Padova thermal district, approx. 60 km

      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 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. Just before entering Vicenza you will see Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo (entrance included).

      Day 7: Padova - Vicenza, approx. 60 km

      In Padova, we suggest you visit the 16th century Anathomy Theatre, the world oldest surviving medical lecture hall as well as visit the recently restored frescoes by Giotto of the Life of Christ in the dazzling Scrovegni Chapel. From Padova, you leave the Euganei Hills on your left to reach the foot of the Berici Hills, and then on to the old Stone Caves of Costozza, where you can also admire the beautiful gardens of Villa da Schio. Stop at the old ice-cave of the villa, now a very unique wine-bar. Along a bike path, you can stop at Villa ai Nani before finally ending the tour back in Vicenza, where you will stay for the night.

      Day 8: Vicenza

      Individual departure or extension.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Venice (VCE), Treviso (TSF), Verona (VRN)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.

      Airport to Vicenza takes app. 2 hours


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station:  Venice, Vicenza

      For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following websites:
      www.trenitalia.com or www.bahn.com


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: on request


      PARTICIPANTS

      Individual tour: 2 person
      Guided tour: 8 person


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      visitor taxes payable locally.

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities, breakfast
      • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
         
      • ticket for the ferry on day 5 excl. bike (approx. € 4,-) only at Cat. A/A+
      • maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 23.03. - 19.04.19 from Vicenza category A every SAT/SUN
      S2 20.04. - 21.06.19 from Vicenza category A every SAT/SUN
      S3 22.06. - 04.09.19 from Vicenza category A every SAT/SUN
      S2 05.09. - 29.09.19 from Vicenza category A every SAT/SUN
      S1 30.09. - 26.10.19 from Vicenza category A every SAT/SUN
      S1 23.03. - 19.04.19 from Mestre category B every TUE/WED
      S2 20.04. - 21.06.19 from Mestre category B every TUE/WED
      S3 22.06. - 04.09.19 from Mestre category B every TUE/WED
      S2 05.09. - 29.09.19 from Mestre category B every TUE/WED
      S1 30.09. - 26.10.19 from Mestre category B every TUE/WED
      S1 23.03. - 19.04.19 from Mestre category A every TUE/WED
      S2 20.04. - 21.06.19 from Mestre category A every TUE/WED
      S3 22.06. - 04.09.19 from Mestre category A every TUE/WED
      S2 05.09. - 29.09.19 from Mestre category A every TUE/WED
      S1 30.09. - 26.10.19 from Mestre category A every TUE/WED
      S1 23.03. - 19.04.19 from Vicenza category A+ every SAT/SUN
      S2 20.04. - 21.06.19 from Vicenza category A+ every SAT/SUN
      S3 22.06. - 04.09.19 from Vicenza category A+ every SAT/SUN
      S2 05.09. - 29.09.19 from Vicenza category A+ every SAT/SUN
      S1 30.09. - 26.10.19 from Vicenza category A+ every SAT/SUN
      S1 23.03. - 19.04.19 from Vicenza category B every SAT/SUN
      S2 20.04. - 21.06.19 from Vicenza category B every SAT/SUN
      S3 22.06. - 04.09.19 from Vicenza category B every SAT/SUN
      S2 05.09. - 29.09.19 from Vicenza category B every SAT/SUN
      S1 30.09. - 26.10.19 from Vicenza category B every SAT/SUN

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
      0-2,99 years -100%
      3-6,99 years -50%
      7-10,99 years Jahre -30%
      adults in 3. or 4. bed room Cat.B - 120
      adults in 3. or 4. bed room Cat.A - 150
       
      Bicycle & equipment
      Bike helmet rental 15
      27-speed 80
      E-bike 190
      child bike 80
      child trailer 85
          
      Additional night
      Vicenza Cat. A (dbl/sgl)/on request from 55/85
      Vicenza Cat. B (dbl/sgl) on  room from 45/75
      Mestre Cat. A (dbl/sgl) 65/90
      Mestre Cat. B (dbl/sgl) 55/90
      Cat. A+ /double + single room  on request
         

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Self-guided tour:

      Cat. B: nice 2 to 3 star hotels mostly in city centers or sometimes in the outskirts of the city

      Cat. A: very nice 3 to 4 star hotels mostly in city centers. All rooms have private facilities.

      Cat. A+: Luxury and 4 star hotels.

       

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are citybikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 27-speed-hybrid-unisex-bike
      • E-bikes unisex
      • children seat, children trailer, tagalong

      E-bikes

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the Great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. Our research has led us to:

      Kalkhoff, Agattu model
      Motor: 36 volts, 540W/H Impulse, located centrally.
      The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube.
      Gears: Nexus 8-speed.
      Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

    • 5,3 25.10.2018 | Mike F. Venice and its surroundings

      Comments

      We were very happy with the tour. We dealt with many different Travel Consultants because of the time difference: Michael, Urban, Miklos - all were very good! We thought the board option was not too good - not good value for the money. We are looking ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 3
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,1 18.09.2017 | Megan M. Venice and its surroundings

      Hotels

      Overall the trip was great. I would say that some of the hotels were good, and some were not. Many were too far from the center of town and after a long day of biking another 20-30 minute walk to the center of town was a lot. Also a little disappointing ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 3
      • Board 4
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,9 16.09.2017 | Joyce M. Venice and its surroundings

      Enjoyable ride

      The first day was difficult because we didn’t really know how to use the route directions. The briefing on using the route details was vague and incomplete when made the first day of the ride very frustrating because we were off the route and lost several ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      4,3 10.06.2017 | John T. Venice and its surroundings

      Additional Feedback

      Overall tour was very good, but we did have a couple of significant issues: 1) Our bags arrived very late in Padova which nearly caused us a huge problem. We had booked a special tour at 5pm and very nearly had to miss it. 2) The hotel in Vicenza was ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 3
      • Luggage transport 3
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,6 21.09.2016 | Kenneth V. Venice and its surroundings

      Cycling in the Veneto

      We did definitely enjoy this tour. We were generally able to follow the directions without any major problems and the scenery was quite beautiful. Our favorite day was the ride from Mestre to Chioggia. We enjoyed cycling on Lido and Palestrina and taking ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 2
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 4
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 3
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,5 01.08.2016 | Timothy D. Venice and its surroundings

      Loved it

      We absolutely loved this tour, paid for cat A hotels and we were very happy with them, one or two were really nice, one or two arguably a bit dated but all were clean and friendly and did all that we needed them to. The towns and cities that we stopped ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,5 01.11.2015 | Brenda M. Venice and its surroundings

      around Venice

      we were very happy with our tour. It was well organized and led us through some choice countryside. The equipment and guides were very suitable. In our group of four, we used our differing styles to guide us each day. My style was to ignore the wordiness ...
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,4 25.09.2015 | Ardisson A. Venice and its surroundings

      A very pleasant bike trip

      The route was really great and so were the hotels.The only thing we found annoying was the roadbookwhich was rather unconvenient and the maps which were not detailed enough.Many names on the roadbook didn’t appear on the map,so when we got lost (and ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more

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