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Veneto Cycling Holiday
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Highlights

  • Discovering the waterways, piazza and palazzos of Venice, the most romantic of cities
  • Island hopping cycling between the Adriatic and Venice Lagoon
  • Drinking in sparkling Prosecco paradise
  • Marvelling at Palladio, the Renaissance master architect’s finest designs in Vicenza.
  • Padova, city of art and learning. The oldest Faculty of Medicine in the world.

Explore the magical cities of Venice, Vicenza, Padova and Treviso. Enjoy a leisurely wine tasting in the Prosecco Vineyards. Drink in the beautiful Veneto region of Italy. This gentle cycle tour is packed full of renaissance architecture, medieval towns, romantic villas and fine food and wine.

The art, architecture and culture of Italy’s Veneto region are the legacy of the ancient Republic of Venice which existed for over a millennium from the late 17th century until 1797. This easy going cycle tour visits the jewels of Veneto including Vicenza, shaped by the vision of the great architect Palladio, Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its fiery liqueur and castles, the Prosecco vineyards below the medieval hilltop town of Asolo and of course Venice and the fishing villages of the Venice Lagoon.

DAY 1:
Arrive Vicenza 


Individual arrival to Vicenza. The small but perfectly formed city of
Vicenza is only 30 minutes train journey from Venice Mestre. The charming
historical centre is filled with the beautiful 16th century buildings of the
famous architect Andrea Palladio.


(It is also possible to start and finish at in Mestre. Mestre is 'Venice
mainland' and is linked by a 4km bridge to the iconic Venetian sights of
Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco. Please be aware Mestre departures are
Tuesday and Wednesday only, whilst Vicenza departures are Saturdays and Sundays).


Overnight: Vicenza


DAY 2:
Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa

From Vicenza you cycle north towards the picturesque town of Marostica, famous for its two castles castle and the giant chessboard in the main square, where a biennial medieval festival takes place that includes a giant chess game played with human chess pieces.


Your next stop is Bassano del Grappa, situated where the Po Plains meet the foothills of the Alps. The town is famous for four things; the Ponte degli Alpini (covered bridge over the Brenta), the delicious grappa liqueur produced locally, the military history of Monte Grappa and fine local ceramics.


Cycle: 40km, 100m ascent


Overnight: Bassano del Grappa


DAY 3:
Bassano del Grappa to Treviso

Your day begins with the only real uphill section of your ride to Asolo. Your reward is one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages of Italy complete with winding cobbled streets lined with porticos, Roman aqueducts and hidden piazzas.


Your day just gets better as the downhill run takes you into the land of Prosecco vineyards, with plenty of opportunity to perhaps stop for a tasting. Your route continues through Maser and Montebelluna, where it is possible to shorten the stage by 25 km by taking the train to Treviso.



Treviso's meandering waterways and tranquil atmosphere can't compete with the charms of Venice, but it is a very pleasant town with a number of fine attractions.


Cycle: 65/40km, 300m ascent


Overnight: Treviso


DAY 4:
Treviso to Mestre/Venice

Leaving Treviso behind you follow the course of the River Sile to Casale and then on to Mestre, the mainland of Venice. Leaving your bikes at you hotel you can look forward to an evening exploring Venice.


The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour; grand palaces, beautiful Basilicas, St Mark’s Square, hidden corners and bustling restaurants. Make sure you allow plenty of time to explore. We can arrange accommodation in Venice for a supplement.


Cycle: 45 km, 0m ascent


Overnight: Mestre/Venice


DAY 5:
Mestre/Venice to Chioggia

Leaving Mestre this morning you head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà” into Venice itself and then onto Tronchetto harbour. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the Adriatic from the Venice lagoon: Malamocco and the island of Pellestrina.


Your final destination after a day of island hopping is Chioggia, a bustling and colourful fishing port, known as “Little Venice”. An early morning stroll through the lively fish market is a must.


Cycle: 35km, 0m ascent. This is the first cycling day for those starting in Mestre.


Overnight: Chioggia


DAY 6:
Chioggia to Padova

Today you can look forward to pedalling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice over the centuries that it dominated the region; the Bacchiglione and Brenta.
You continue on to the small town of Strà, whose chief attraction is the imposing 18th century Villa Pisani, which boasts 114 rooms and lovely gardens.


Your day’s destination of Padova, is a great city of art and learning. The two main attractions being the Giotto frescos in the Cappella degli Scrovegni and the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.
The historic Caffè Pedrocchi, one of Italy’s most famous cafes, and Prato della Valle are two more of the sights you shouldn’t miss.


Cycle: 60km, 0m ascent


Overnight: Padova


DAY 7:
Padova to Vicenza

The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you reach Costozza, a small 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 pass the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.


Cycle: 50km, 130m ascent


Overnight: Vicenza


DAY 8:
Depart Vicenza

Departure after breakfast.


Additional Nights and Extensions

We can book additional nights for you in Vicenza, Mestre or Venice before or after the trip. It is not possible to add extra nights during the trip.

Alternative start points

You can start this trip from Vicenza on Saturday and Sundays and from Mestre (Venice) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in which case your first cycling day would be from Mestre to Chioggia.
Groups of 5 or more can start on any day during the season.



Accommodation

Our standard accommodation package is based on good quality 3/4* hotels conveniently located for cycle paths and local attractions.



If you would prefer a little more luxury each night we offer an “in-style” package staying in luxury hotels and villas each night, except Venice where you will stay in a 3* hotel in Venice itself rather than Mestre. This option is only available to start from Vicenza.


Venice accommodation

For a supplement you can choose to stay in Venice itself rather than Mestre (Venice mainland). For departure from Mestre it is only possible to upgrade the last night of the tour as we need to deliver the bikes to Mestre at your first hotel.


Meals

A buffet breakfast is included at your hotel each day. Lunch is not included but you can take a picnic or stop for lunch each day. Dinner is not included, but always available at a choice of local restaurants.


A half board option and is available and includes 6 evening meals (3 courses).


Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists.


Reductions & Child Rates

There is a reduced rate for a 3rd/4th adult sharing a room.
The following reductions apply for children. Up to the age of 2: 90%, From 3 - 5 years: 50%, from 6 - 8, 30%.


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The riding is almost completely on flat terrain apart from the 1km climb to Asolo. The route follows secondary roads with light traffic or paved bike paths. There may be some busier roads getting to/from your hotel.


Route profile:


  • Total Length: 270/295 km

  • Total vertical up: 530 m

  • Terrain: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved

There are train connections between the overnight stays every day and you can shorten the itinerary by taking the train on day 3. 



Self-Guided Cycling

This is an independent self-led tour. You will have a welcome briefing in English and bike fitting on the morning of day 2. We supply you with detailed route books and maps so you can easily follow the route as well as a service hotline in the event of a problem. This way you can cycle at your own pace. There may be others starting in the same date but each group is arranged independently.


Rental Bikes (Not included)

27-gear Shimano Deore unisex bikes in appropriate frame sizes. They are puncture-proof, fully serviced and equipped with a trip computer, sidebag, water bottle and padlock.
Additionally, you are supplied with a map holder/front bag (1 per bike) and a repair kit (1 per couple). It is possible to bring your own bike.
Electric bike hire is available.
Helmet hire is not included, but available at a small charge.


Unisex 27 Speed Bike


Alternative start points

You can start this trip from Vicenza on Saturday and Sundays and from Mestre (Venice) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in which case your first cycling day would be from Mestre to Chioggia.
Groups of 5 or more can start on any day during the season.


Meals

A buffet breakfast is included at your hotel each day. Lunch is not included but you can take a picnic or stop for lunch each day. Dinner is not included, but always available at a choice of local restaurants.


A half board option and is available and includes 6 evening meals (3 courses).


Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists.


Reductions & Child Rates

There is a reduced rate for a 3rd/4th adult sharing a room.
The following reductions apply for children. Up to the age of 2: 90%, From 3 - 5 years: 50%, from 6 - 8, 30%.


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The riding is almost completely on flat terrain apart from the 1km climb to Asolo. The route follows secondary roads with light traffic or paved bike paths. There may be some busier roads getting to/from your hotel.


Route profile:


  • Total Length: 270/295 km

  • Total vertical up: 530 m

  • Terrain: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved

There are train connections between the overnight stays every day and you can shorten the itinerary by taking the train on day 3. 



Self-Guided Cycling

This is an independent self-led tour. You will have a welcome briefing in English and bike fitting on the morning of day 2. We supply you with detailed route books and maps so you can easily follow the route as well as a service hotline in the event of a problem. This way you can cycle at your own pace. There may be others starting in the same date but each group is arranged independently.


Rental Bikes (Not included)

27-gear Shimano Deore unisex bikes in appropriate frame sizes. They are puncture-proof, fully serviced and equipped with a trip computer, sidebag, water bottle and padlock.
Additionally, you are supplied with a map holder/front bag (1 per bike) and a repair kit (1 per couple). It is possible to bring your own bike.
Electric bike hire is available.
Helmet hire is not included, but available at a small charge.


Unisex 27 Speed Bike


Vicenza/Mestre are well connected with many airports in Northern Italy: Venice (VCE), Verona (VRN) and Treviso (TSF) are within 60 - 90 minutes and Bergamo (BGY) is 150 minutes. It is best to connect to Mestre by bus or train.


By Car


Parking information in Mestre and Vicenza is available on request. The railway station parking is always a good alternative (about 60 € per week, reservation not possible).


Arrival information


Your pre-departure information pack has detailed information on how to reach the start/end of the trip including maps, timetables etc. so that you can plan your travel well in advance.

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3*/4* hotels .
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • Emergency telephone support
  • Ticket for ferry transfer (bike not included, approx. 4 euro)
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai nani
  • Ice cream at best ice cream parlour in Vicenza.

Excluded

  • Travel to/from Vicenza or Mestre
  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €).
  • Optional train transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Beverages, museums, fees and extras in general.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Helmet.

Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Electric bike hire
  • Helmet hire
  • Single supplement (s)
  • Additional nights
  • Upgrade to “in-style” luxury accommodation. (Only available starting from Vicenza.)
  • Night in Venice instead of Mestre with luggage delivered to hotel.

How fit do I need to be?

The cycling is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you enjoy an active lifestyle and are a regular cyclist. The route is often undulating, but the slopes are never unreasonable and the more challenging trails are well-distributed along the way. Over the course of your cycles there will be chances to rest while enjoying the the points of interest.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area  is extremely popular. Please note you can start this holiday on any day of the week.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as waterproof clothing for possible showers and a day pack.

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. We would also suggest asking your accommodation providers as they are also able to advise of any other local transport providers.

 

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Wonderful holiday, would recommend!

By Vine cyclist

from Essex

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

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    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Pedalling Prosecco, Padova & Venice:

    Myself and my husband did this holiday for our honeymoon, it was a really amazing week! You are given two guide books, one with exact instructions (turn left at the lights, go down this road for 100 metres etc) and a map book with the route highlighted. We didn't use the instructions once! There are yellow arrows that have been stuck the whole way around the route which we just used and if there was any time that we got a bit lost or confused we just looked at a map and our phone maps to see where we were. We found that this meant we was really looking around and enjoying the scenery rather then looking constantly at a book. Sometimes the arrows were a little hard to spot due to overgrowth, but we made it round just fine! The route was mainly flat apart from one day which had quite a big hill, but the view was completely worth it! The hotels were lovely, comfy beds and good breakfasts. Occasionly we arrive at the hotels before our Luggage, but we were still able to go into our room and relax. We had sunshine, thunderstorms and sunburn, but I wouldn't change any of it!

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    4.0

    Lovely bike trip

    By Alison

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me World Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

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      • Holiday

      Comments about macs adventure Pedalling Prosecco, Padova & Venice:

      This is a great bike trip that includes traveling through the small towns around Venice, and biking through some of the islands in the lagoon. The scenary is lovely, and biking over the bridge to Venice was a thrill. We are in our mid sixety's and managed the biking without trouble. Hotel accomodations were very nice.
      We did run into problems with weather, had to take shelter becasue of a thunderstorm one day, and the temperature and humidity were over 80 all week, making the end of the day shower most welcome once we got to the hotel!
      Some directions were a little unclear, but we always managed to fins our way.

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