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Peaceful cycling along cycle paths through Italian countryside
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Highlights

  • Cycling through diverse landscape from the Alps to Italian countryside
  • A relaxing boat journey across Lake Garda
  • Visiting Shakespeare’s Verona and taking time to see the magnificent Colosseum.
  • Palladio’s architectural wonders in Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Relaxing in the thermal baths of Padua
  • Taking the opportunity to float on a gondola through enchanting Venice.

Cycling from Bolzano, the capital of the Alps, to Venice, the romantic capital of the world, is a trip full of diverse ever changing scenery and culture. Aromatic vineyards, Roman history, grand architecture, Italian countryside, awe-inspiring Alpine landscapes and sparkling Lake Garda.

Setting off from Bolzano, you will cycle on bike paths alongside the Adige River passing vineyards and orchards before reaching picturesque Trento. As you head onwards to Lake Garda passing Rovereto on the way you are surrounded by lush Italian countryside and farmland.

From the harbour town of Riva a boat will take you across the length of Lake Garda transporting you and your bike. Back onto the bikes and you soon arrive in Verona where you can catch an opera performance or tour Verona’s Colosseum. Built in AD 30 it is one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world. Ending in the floating city of Venice, as the final stop it is the ideal place for a day or two of sightseeing.

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

Bolzano is a lovely place to arrive early and spend an extra night or two. It’s city with a strong cycling culture evidenced by its many top end cycling shops and lots of bike parking areas. Bolzano was also the first Italian city to install a bicycle barometer which appears on one of the main bike lanes in the city and counts 8000 cyclists a day passing through.


If you have time I would recommend taking the Funivia Renon cable car for some spectacular views over the Renon plateau before catching the small train to the “Earth Pyramids”. Another highlight is The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology where 5300 year old Otzi the Iceman is displayed.


On arrival you will be given your welcome briefing and be fitted for your hire bikes. The rest of the day is yours to explore Bolzano.


Overnight: Bolzano


Day 2: Cycle to Trento

Cycling on bike paths alongside the Adige River you head along to Salorno passing many orchards on the way. Salorno is the last German speaking city of South Tyrol.


After some flat country side cycling you arrive in unique and picturesque Trento. Heavily influenced by both Italian and German architects, Trento’s main occupiers over the years, the city has been given a unique and  individual personality. German influence is also evident in everyday life, where instead of wine locals prefer to drink beer with their evening meals. Italian cooking is also merged with German as pork products play a vital role in local pasta and pizza dishes.


Highly recommended is a visit to the centre of the city, Duomo square, home to Trento Cathedral, Piazza Del Duomo. Just outside Piazza Del Duomo sits Neptune Fountain.


This is a completely flat stage without any ascent. 


Cycle: 70km


Overnight: Trento


Day 3: Cycle to South Lake Garda

Today you will continue to cycle along the Adige and through Rovereto, home to the second largest swinging bell in the world, built in 1925 as a shrine to peace.

Heading onwards to Mori the tour leads westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, you will descend down to Lake Garda to Torbole and further on to the beautiful medieval harbour town of Riva. Here you will board a boat to take you down the entire length of Lake Garda to the opposite end where you will spend the night.


On this stage there is one ascent of approx. 1km, and one descent of more than 1km down to Lake Garda. 


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: South Lake Garda


Day 4: Cycle to Verona

Cycling through vineyards along some flat and some hilly paths today you arrive in fair Verona. Home to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. While you are here visit Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House) and see the balcony that inspired Shakespeare's classic tale. Verona is also home to a very impressive and one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world. Built in AD 30, the Roman arena still hosts opera nights.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Verona


Day 5: Cycle to Vicenza

Leaving Verona behind you will cycle through flat farmland before some steep climbs up Monti Berici hills providing you with beautiful views over the city of Vicenza. 


The central area of Vicenza has been named  an UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is primarily due to the incredible building works of Palladio. Vicenza is home to 23 of his buildings,  the most impressive being Basilica Palladiana.


If you would like to shorten this stage you can travel the first 30km by train to San Bonifacio. There are three ascents on this stage; each in turn of approx. 3km, 1km and 500m.


Cycle: 70km


Overnight: Vicenza


Day 6: Cycle to Abano Terme

As you leave Vicenza, you will see numerous Venetian villas, including another of Palladio’s works, La Rotunda.


The route takes you along the river Bacchiglione leading to Abano Terme, an Italian spa town. From Abano Terme, you can easily travel by a 25min bus ride to Padua, the city of St Anthony and the scholars, where you can visit the thermal baths. I would also highly recommend visiting two of Padua’s most impressive buildings, Prato della Valle and Saint Giustina Basilica.


You can return to Albano Terme or you also have the option of staying in Padua for an additional charge. This is a completely flat stage, with no significant ascent/descent.


Cycle: 35km


Overnight: Abano Termo


Day 7: Cycle to Venice/Mestre/Marghera

A backdrop of country meadows and fields mark the landscape on your final stage which ends on the mainland before Venice. The world’s most romantic city is only minutes away by bus with its excellent bus service into the city of lagoons.


This is a completely flat stage, with no significant ascent/descent.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Venice/Mestre/Marghera


Day 8: Onward Travel

Venice is an excellent city to extend your stay by a couple of days with plenty to explore by foot or gondola.


In particular St Mark’s Square where the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Basilica di San Marco, and the Venetian Gothic building, The Doge’s Palace can be found.


Additional Nights

We regret that due to logistics with luggage transfers, it is not
possible to add extra nights to this tour in the middle of the
itinerary; additional nights are only possible at the very start and end
of your tour.

Accommodation


Our Bolzano to Venice trip includes accommodation in ensuite double/twin rooms in typical Italian hotels graded as 3* and 4* hotels. We carefully select our hotels for their warmth of welcome and character.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available and this trip is available to solo cyclists. A supplement is payable.

This tour is available to start every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from April to mid-October


We regret that due to logistics with luggage transfers, it is not possible to add extra nights to this tour in the middle of the itinerary; additional nights are only possible at the very start and end of your tour.


Time of Year

This trip is best enjoyed any time of the year as everyone is different, but you may feel a little more comfortable in the cooler months. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Grade & Terrain

This cycle is graded Easy to Moderate and includes daily distances of up to 55km

Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be a little exposed to the elements, you should have a degree of experience, technical knowledge and fitness for all cycling trips. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination.  There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfers 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).


Bike Hire


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the trip either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are cycling the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travelling to/from Bolzano

By Air

Flights between London and Bolzano, with a transfer in Rome, can be booked with Alitalia.


Verona is 1.5 hours away by train with Deutsche Bahn trains. Verona Airport is serviced by Easyjet, Ryanair and Thomsons from most major UK cities.


By Train

Bolzano is well linked with central Europe by train and is 1.5 hours from Verona, 3 hours from Venice, 4 hours from Munich and 4.5 hours from Salzburg. Check Trenitalia (Italian Railway Company), Deutsche Bahn (German Railway Company) and OBB trains (Austrian Federal Railway Company) for prices and booking.


Return travel to Bolzano from Venice

By Minibus

There is a return transfer by minibus to Bolzano from Venice every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning for €58 per person including bike. Reservation is required and is payable locally.


By Train

There is a 3 hour direct train from Venice to Bolzano bookable through the German train company DB Bahn trains.


Travelling to/from Venice

By Air

Venice is home to two major international airports, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Venice Treviso Airport. Direct flights can be booked from most major UK cities to one of the two airports with both budget and scheduled airlines.


By Train

Venice is well linked by train and is 1 hour from Verona, 2 hours from Bologna, 2.5 hours from Milan, and 6 hours from Munich. Check Trenitalia (Italian Railway Company), Deutsche Bahn (German Railway Company) and OBB trains (Austrian Federal Railway Company) for prices and booking.

Included

  • 7 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport (1 bag per person/ max. 20 kg)
  • Detailed information pack with route notes, maps and useful information.
  • 24/7 emergency support.

Excluded

  • Drinks, snacks and lunches and dinners
  • Travel to /from Bolzano/Venice
  • Bike hire - May be booked as an option
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees to museums and attractions

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)
  • Bike hire
  • Electric Bike Hire
  • Half Board option
  • Return mini-bus transfer from Venice to Bolzano

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle tour is graded moderate. The cycling is along cycle paths and some side roads. The route is primarily flat with some small hills with the only tough section being through the Monti Berci hills. The six cycling days vary from 35 - 70 km  in length so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training before the trip.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August. 

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

How do the baggage transfers work?

We can arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you limit your luggage to 1 bag per person and a maximum weight of 20kg.

When is the best time of year?

This trip is best enjoyed any time of the year as everyone is different, but you may feel a little more comfortable in the cooler months. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are in need of support our local partner will be more than happy to help.

Exhilarating trip

5

Once again, a fantastic trip with Macs. Information, support and route descriptions were all excellent. It was good to have a copy each of the directions so that we could both participate in route-finding. The first 3 days are billed as flat but actually are very slightly downhill so the cycling is easy and tranquil although the length of the stages still gave us the workout we wanted. The stage over the Berici hills was hard, but doable even for an occasional cyclist. In my case, a little walking up the steepest sections was needed but the views from the top and the cycle down the other side more than made up for it. The hotels were without exception of a high standard and very welcoming. We had no problem finding excellent restaurants both on the trail and in the evenings. Make sure you drink the local wines which are far better quality and value compared to what we buy at home. As for the bikes, they were good quality and had the most comfortable saddles that we have ever experienced. We bolted on 2 extra nights in Venice itself at the Ai Moriente Hotel in Cannaregio - excellent if you like to be out of the mad tourist area but still close to many great bars and restaurants and within easy walking of the main sites. All in all, we enjoyed this so much we are now planning the next trip.

The Glenners

Perthshire

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Memories to last a lifetime

5

I love travelling, but not just the 'tourist' places. I love seeing the real essence of a country or region. Typical tourist destinations are invariably big cities, teaming with tourists and full of commercial products. Travelling on a bicycle means that you can cover a large area, in a short amount of time and literally park outside the door. You get to see the 'real' country and experience. It means being a tourist and having the luxury of going along at your own pace, relaxing and having a proper holiday at the same time. Don't think I will ever do an overseas holiday any other way again. Doing this trip with my grown children was a delight!

Lynn

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Fantastic trip

5

This was a great self guided cycling holiday. All the arrangements by Macsadventures and EuroBike in Italy were first class. The bikes were there on the first evening and were good. The route directions and maps were very good. Our cases were transported properly every day. Each hotel was good. The cycling was great, not too much every day so we had time to sightsee or sit in the sun each afternoon. Would highly recommend this route and Macsadventures to others.

Adam

Guildford

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First cycle trip

5

Our first cycle trip and it was so good that when we got home I went straight online to see where we could go next. Great days cycling, really well organised and sign-posted routes, challenging enough for first time cyclists but enough time for leisurely lunches at cycle path cafes and out of the way trattorias. Evenings spent in beautiful cities with a well earned drink in the piazza. Highly recommended.

Becky

Sheffield

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A great adventure

5

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Northern Italy visiting such beautiful towns and cities along the way. The cycle paths were generally excellent and lined with poppies,and scented honeysuckle and jasmine in parts. The downside was the weather - sometimes we had to ride in torrential rain - next time we will be better prepared incase of bad weather. We had cagoules but not waterproof shoe covers or trousers. However, we felt such a sense of achievement when we arrived at our destinations each day, aided by cappuccinos and the best gelato in the world. You do need to be able to have a sense of direction but the combination of E signs, the book of instructions and the map ( plus occasional use of Satnav) meant we rarely got lost. We tended to set off around 8.30 am and cycled around 25k before stopping for a coffee break. We reached our destination in time for lunch on the whole and this gave us plenty of time to sight see. The hotels were good sources of advice for where to go for a good evening meal and we had some fabulous Italian food during the trip. Only downside was when I had a puncture and the pump we'd been given wasn't much good. However, a barista in the cafe we'd stopped at very kindly took my wheel home on his bike, pumped up the tyre and brought it back for me! Restores your faith in mankind! We were both pretty fit and you needed to be for the long ride up the hills one day. The bikes were great though and I certainly used all the gears and didn't have to get off and walk at any time. My 'fitbit' was well impressed with all the exercise too! I would definitely recommend this holiday - we felt like we'd been away for way more than a week as we'd done so much and seen so many places. Next time I would invest in some saddle sore cream too and extra pairs of gel cycle shorts! Venice was a great place to spend an extra day.

Lizziej

Bedford

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Great way to see Italy!

4

What a fabulous way to see very spectacular and varied countryside of Italy. The overall course and touring were fantastic, the little stickers amazingly easy to follow, and the hotels generally quite comfortable. Missing stickers created some anxiety, but we did manage to work around them. Thankfully we had purchased a dataplan to use maps on our phones when needed. It would have been helpful to have better help getting to hotels (maps highlighting bike course and hotel locations for each city) and to not be at a hotel way out of town (Veneza). Wifi in Italy seems to be pretty spotty, so good to not count on it at each hotel even if they all advertise "free wifi". But overall, a terrific experience that we recommend to anyone who enjoys biking and combining exercise and touring.

Casual adventurers in their 50's.

Boston

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Best bike trip ever

5

The quiet paths and country lanes felt so safe and personal. Only time I was uncomfortable was twice when we had busy city streets to navigate, but the trip made great use of bike lanes and back roads.

Happy biker

Seattle

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Fun, exercise and culture!

5

A great journey and a wonderful experience! Stunning mountain scenery with lush valleys at the start, followed by the beautiful Lake Garda, and finishing with the history, culture and gastronomy of ancient Italian cities - a perfect combination. The cycle paths are exemplary, and where road biking is a necessity the drivers are courteous. Makes me want to discover the higher part of the Adige valley next year!

Annabel

Lymington

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An Incredible adventure!

5

An incredible experience, more of an adventure and challenge than a 'holiday'. The organisation was excellent and the route plan was so easy to follow. The bikes were comfortable and well cared for. I would do this route/country again, but perhaps not in the 40 degree heat! That certainly made it harder!

Harriet Chubb

London

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Bolzano to Venice

4.9 9

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