A wonderful bike tour starting in Innsbruck, deep in the heart of the Austrian Alps. After a train transfer to the Italian border in the Brennero Pass: you’ll cycle downhill through ancient villages, past forts, and the green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach Veneto region, with a stop at the Lake Garda, perhaps finish in Juliet’s Verona, or carry on through Vicenza, Padova and finally…Venice!
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1. Innsbruck.
Arrival in the lovely capital city of the Austrian Tirol.
DAY 2. Innsbruck–Bressanone (45 km cycle + 30 km train ).
A train transfer will take you to Brennero, where you’ll start cycling into the green Isarco valley. The cycle path follows the old train line, slightly downhill until you reach the beautiful village of Vipiteno. Your cycling day continues with no difficulties through nice villages and green meadows till Fortezza, where you will see the ancient fort. Lake Varna awaits you for a relaxing break before you reach Bressanone.
DAY 3. Bressanone–Bolzano (45 km).
Continue along the same cycle path, with few kms today: you’ll have the opportunity to visit the huge Sabiona medieval monastery, built on a rocky-hill and dominating the Isarco-valley. Overnight in Bolzano.
DAY 4. Bolzano–Trento (65/70 km).
You will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The pathways lead to Trento, a blend of Italian and Austrian cultures.
DAY 5. Trento–Peschiera/Desenzano (50 km + boat).
Always pedalling along the banks of the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and then on to Riva on the lakeshore. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.
DAY 6. Peschiera/Desenzano–Verona (35/60 km).
Today you head to Verona. With the Adige bisecting it, this is one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.
Day 7. Verona.
End your tour in Verona, or add a three night extension into Venice.
Day 7. Verona–Vicenza (75 km or 40 km).
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. The old city centre is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. If you consider this stage too long you may take a train from a choice of railway stations.
Day 8. Vicenza–Padova (50 km).
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest city squares of Europe “Prato della Valle”.
Day 9. Padova–Mestre/Venice (40 km).
The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto countryside. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the country villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s
mainland. You may chose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement.
Day 10. Mestre/Venice. Departure.
This tour is not very demanding since it is mainly downhill, or along flat roads with only a few rolling hills on Day 3 and 8. The itinerary is mainly on one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy. Continuing from Lake Garda to Venice the itinerary is mainly riding on secondary streets with low traffic.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airports are Innsbruck, Verona, or Munich. Regular bus and train service is available from these airports to Innsbruck, where your tour starts.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2020: Every Thursday and Friday from April through early October. Any other date is possible with 5 or more in your group.
Season 1: 2.04 – 22.04 and 24.09 – 2.10
Season 2: 23.04 – 20.05 and 5.09 – 23.09
Season 3: 21.05 – 4.09
|Price per person, double occ., 6 night tour to Verona||CAD||$1175|
|Single room surcharge||$350|
|Season 2 surcharge||$110|
|Season 3 surcharge||$170|
|Optional Electro Bike||$180|
| Optional 3 night extension to Venice:
$450 (season 1)
$640 (season 2)
$730 (season 3)
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment