In this tour water is the linking element. You start cycling in the heart of the Dolomites and follow the rivers Adige and Brenta, past Caldonazzo and Levico lakes. Along the course of the Brenta river, you’ll arrive in the historically interesting Bassano del Grappa, which played an important role in the First World War and is famous today for its medieval wooden-roofed bridge as well as for its high quality “grappa”. Further on you’ll reach Vicenza, renowned for its classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. Another little town deserves now your attention: Chioggia, the so called “little Venice”, famous for its huge fish market. At the end of the trip the endless beauty of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
1st DAY Bolzano. Arrival.
A bilingual city, Bolzano is a famous commercial and tourist centre and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.
2nd DAY. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km).
Your cycling tour starts with a ride along the banks of the Adige river, past fruit orchards, vineyards and through the town of Ora, Egna and Salorno. Along the embankments you ride towards Trento with its wonderful frescoed buildings. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.
3rd DAY. Trento – Bassano del Grappa (20/35 km by train + 75/60 km by bike).
The whole stage schedules 95 km altogether. We suggest anyway to shorten it of minimum 20 km by taking a train from Trento to the lakes area, avoiding in this way the only uphill section of the stage. Starting from the spring of the lakes Caldonazzo and Levico, you will follow the river Brenta across its beautiful valley up to Bassano del Grappa, which offers you its famous wooden-roofed bridge and a wonderful historical centre. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.
4th DAY. Bassano – Vicenza (40 km).
After a few kilometres from Bassano you reach the little fortified town of Marostica, which is famous for its castle “Castello da Bassano” and the stone chessboard on its main square. At the end of this stage Vicenza awaits you: this is the famous city of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who built plenty of extraordinary buildings around here.
5th DAY. Vicenza – Padova (50 km).
You leave Vicenza and ride past the splendid “Villa Rotonda” by Palladio. Through the village of Costozza and then cycling along the river Bacchiglione you arrive at the ancient university city of Padova. Here you will be astonished by the exceptional abundance of architectural masterpieces and art treasures.
6th DAY. Padova – Chioggia (60 km).
From Padova you cycle along canals. The rivers Bacchiglione and Brenta, which were once important commercial waterways, accompany you to the picturesque fishing village Chioggia, in the Venetian lagoon.
7th DAY. Chioggia – Mestre (35 km).
Across the islands of Pellestrina and Lido, which separate the open sea from the Venetian lagoon, you reach the stately, beautiful Venice. After a nice long stroll in the city’s fascinating maze of lanes and bridges you will reach Mestre by train.
8th DAY Mestre/Venice.
Departure after breakfast.
Terrain is generally flat with a few moderate uphill stretches on days 2 and 3 only. As a whole it is an easy to manage itinerary, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths, mostly downhill. A basic level of fitness is required for this tour.
Total route length: 310 – 350km
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airports are Innsbruck and Verona. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Bolzano, where your tour starts close to the station.
Departure Dates 2018: Every Saturday from May 5 to September 8
Season 1: 5.05 – 22.06 and 1.09 – 8.09
Season 2: 23.06 – 31.08
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1125|
|Single room surcharge||$300|
|Season 2 Surcharge||$125|
Optional upgrade to all 3+ and 4 star hotels
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
* Local hotel taxes may apply in some towns, approx 2-3 euro per person/night
* Train journey from Trento to Lake area (approx. 40 minutes, 6 € per person) on day 3.
* Ferry-boat transfers on day 7 (altogether about 25 € per person).
* Train journey from Venice to Mestre on day 7 (approx. 15 minutes, 2,5 € per person)
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Saturday: by appointment