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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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).
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.
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
ARRIVAL BY CAR
Parking: on request
Individual tour: 2 person
Guided tour: 8 person
visitor taxes payable locally.
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|Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults|
|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 hybrid (sporty) bike||125|
|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)||70/100|
|Mestre Cat. B (dbl/sgl)||55/85|
|Cat. A+ /double + single room||on request|
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:
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).
Tip: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle.
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.