From Lake Garda to Venice
Throgh the art towns of Verona, Vicenza and Padova down to Venice
From the blu water of Lake Garda to the salty Lagoon of Venice passing throught DOC vineyards, Villas, towns of artistic interest and along the islands that surround the awesome city of Venice.
This itinerary goes through Veneto’s landscape from west to east touching many Unesco World Heritage Sites, towns of artistic interest that are scattered throughtout the Veneto Region. We will spend two nights in Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet that, a part from the famous balcony, has much more to offer. We will also go to Vicenza where we will visit the Palladian Villa known as La Rotonda. Padova rewards our pedaling with its suggestive botanic garden and one of the best artistic treasures of this region: the Cappella degli Scrovegni, Giotto's masterpiece. We will cycle throught Montagnana, a nice little town at the foot of the Euganean Hills and also, later on, throught Chioggia, another little pearl of this area, that looks onto the Lagoon of Venice.
We will ride at the foot of the Euganean Hills and later of the Berici Mountains: right in this area we will find both natural beauty and historical artistic sites of interest as the Palladian Villas. Getting closer to Venice, possibly the most incredible city of the world, is an absolute emotion. We will get there sailing on the Lagoon after cycling throght the islands of Lido and of Pellestrina
Our tour starts from Verona. We will then head towards the west coasts of Garda Lake. We will reach them descending from the morenic hills that surround it: the panorama’s simply striking. After visiting the towns of Garda, Bardolino and Peschiera we will go back to Verona by train.
From Verona we will continue along Adige River, to reach Montagnana, small but charming town which is also surrounded by perfectly preserved medieval walls. From the country side we will brush the hills of the Monti Berici, with their sides covered with rows of grapes. Along our way we will find old villages and Villas with their hundred year old gardens. Before arriving to Vicenza, fascinatig town of Palladio, we will visit the famous Palladian Villa called La Rotonda.
Proceeding towards Padova we will cycle on the border of the Euganean Hills that owe their volcanic origin. Along our way we will visit the Villa dei Vescovi, the ancient monastery of the Abbey of Praglia and we’ll also manage to give a quick look to the Catajo Castle.
After visiting Padova, riding along canals, we will reach the pretty town of Chioggia. On a boat we will then sail to Pellestrina: the colorfull town of muscles fishermen, where fishing nets lay in the sun and the fishing boats float secured to the docks. Thaks to another short boat transfer we will get closer to the Lido di Venice. We will first shortly visit Malamocco, the oldest core of Venice, with its picturesque and light coloured venetian houses. After this gentle island we will find the elegant Lido, the one that wellcomes the Festival of Cinema, big Villas ans liberty style hotels.
One last ferry will take us from the Lido to Venice to let us enjoy this unique emotion passing by Piazza S. Marco and Palazzo Ducale. This city without equal and of incomparable beauty is unfortunately forbidden to bikes because of its 400 bridges: it is there for those who wish extend their stay to walk through it and get lost in its tiny streets.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Verona, Vicenza and the Palladian Villas, Botanic Garden of Padova, Venice and The Lagoon.
Italy’s most beautiful villages: Montagnana
Touring Club Italiano Orange Flag: Soave, Montagnana.
Blu Flag Beaches 2014: Lido di Venezia, Sottomarina.
PRICES AND CONDITIONS
The price includes
- 7 nights with breakfast in a three and four stars hotels
- 5 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer), tap water and bread are included.
- 6 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, ? liter water.
- 1 wine tasting, two visits of Villa Veneta, visit the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova.
- 2 tour guides by bike (1 guide for groups from 12 to 17 people).
- Transfer with bike transportation:
- By private boat transfer from Chioggia to Pellestrina (island), by ferry boat from Pellestrina to Lido, from Lido to Venice.
- Hotel city tax.
- Luggage transportation.
- Color tour handbooks' with historical and artistic information (at the time being available only in Italian).
* Hotels are shown in the program, it is however possible, due to force majeure, to change some of them with others of the same or superior cathegory.
The price does not include
Tranferts to Verona and from Venice to partecipants’ place of residence, bike renting, two dinners, insurances (available upon request), tips, and all personal needs and everything not specified in this programm.
Bike renting: we can provide excellent quality bikes for the days of the tour for 100€, and excellent e-bike for 200€. The rental price includes: lock, bottle, one ortlieb water proof pannier. Bikes are given in Peschiera and handed in in Venice Tronchetto. Those riding their bike still befefit from the bike transferts on train and ferries.
Extra nights: Uppon request the tour can be extended in any of the towns we visit or in any other town on the Veneto.
Transfer: upon request we can provide transferts from/to any airport.
Number of participants
Minimum 12 – maximum 22
Information about the price
The tour will ne leaded by 2 leaders with groups of at least 18 people, there will be just 1 leader if the group has 12 to 18 partecipants. With less that 12 partecipants the tour cannot start and fees will be given back as soon as possible. A supplement can be proposed if the partecipants wish to activate the tour even if the group does not reach the minimum number of partecipants. The registration fee is 35 € which is not refundable in case the partecipant decides not to take part to the tour, once the tour has been confirmed by the Tour Operator. Those who wish to stay in a Double room but do not have a partner to share it with might be asked an additional fee of 150€ if the match with other partecipats has noot been possible.
Booking, substitutions and penalties
€ 200 are to be paid at the booking. The total amount of the tour needs to be paid once the tour has been confirmed by the Tour Operator. Substitutions are possible at a price of 20 € as long as the substitute fulfils all characteristics of a participant and as long as the agency is informed on time. If a participant cannot take part to the tour these penalties apply:
from the booking to 46 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 20%
45 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 50%
30 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 100%
Documents and visas
Identity card valid for foreign travel and health Card.
Program information and change
Before departure all info will be sent by email such as the names of the guides and other details. The above programm may have few changes due to weather conditions or any other organising problem.
How to get there
tour starts in Verona and finishes
in Venezia Island. Luggage
will be given back in Venezia Tronchetto or in Mestre, according the everyone’s
If you arrive by car. You can park in Verona or in Mestre; both of them are well connected with public transport.
If you travel by train. Verona, Venezia Island and Mestre (10 min from Venezia) are well connected by public trasport.
If you fly. The airport in this area are Treviso - Antonio Canova, Venezia - Marco Polo, Verona - Valerio Catullo. They are all easily reachable with public transport. From Venezia Island there are shuttles and buses to Mestre Railway Station, from there public transport will get you to any airport. If you are flying from Venice Marco Polo you can also get a boat from Venezia Island to the airport, directly.
HOW TO BOOK
If you wish to book please contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – email@example.com
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days
When: upon request
Where: Italia > Veneto
Tour description: This is a six day tour that starts in Verona and finishes in Venezia. It runs partly on bike paths and partly on b-roads with low car traffic. Some short sections of the itinerary develop on medim car traffic roads. The road bank is asphalt or we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. Just once we’ll find a bumpy road. The path is flat with some gentle up and down hills.
Visits: Visits: one wine tasting (DOC wines) close to Bardolino, visit of the Palladian Villa La Rotonda (Unesco World Heritage Site), visit of the Villa dei Vescovi – FAI, visit of the Cappella Scrovegni a Padova.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Arrival in Verona. Meeting point will be our hotel at 19.00 to meet the group.
Peschiera > Verona – about 60 km
Start at 8.30 – train transfer to Peschiera, bikes on agency van. Flat path with some short up hills.
Verona > Montagnana – about 60 km
Start at 8.30 – Flat path with some short up hills.
Montagnana > Vicenza – about 55 km
Start at 8.30 – Flat path with some short up hills.
Vicenza > Padova – about 45 km
Start at 8.30 – Flat path
Padova > Chioggia – about 57 km
Start at 9.00 – Flat path
Chioggia > Lido Island – about 40 km
Start at 9.00 – Flat path
Ferry transfer from Chioggia to Pellestrina; from Pellestrina to Lido with transfer of the bikes and from Lido to Tronchetto.
Night in Venice.
Breakfast at the Hotel, free day and independent way back home.
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