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Pedalling Prosecco, Padova & Venice

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  • Discover the waterways, piazzas and charming side streets of Venice
  • Pedal between the Adriatic and Venice Lagoon
  • Sample local deliciously sparkling Prosecco
  • Marvel at Palladio, the Renaissance architect’s finest designs in Vicenza
  • Padova, city of art, and the world's oldest Faculty of Medicine
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 legacies 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.

What To Expect

If you are keen to explore one of Italy's most treasured, iconic regions this easy going cycling holiday takes you from the waterways of Venice to the rolling Prosecco hills of Padova. Leading you through historic landmarks and natural beauty, this is a perfect trip for those looking to explore beyond the crowds of Venice.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Wellness & Spa
  • Elegance & Unique Stays

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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: 275/300 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. 

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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 upgraded hotel 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.

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 will be from Mestre to Chioggia. Groups of 5 or more can start on any day during the season.

Venice Accommodation

For a supplement, you can choose to stay in Venice itself rather than Mestre (Venice mainland) on your final night. It is only possible to upgrade the last night of the tour to Venice island as your bikes need to be delivered to Mestre at your first hotel.

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

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

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).

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3*/4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Welcome briefing in English with a local representative
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • Ticket for ferry transfer (bike not included, approx. 5 euro)
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani in Vincenza
  • Voucher for an ice cream at Vincenza's best gelateria
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Vicenza / fromMestre
  • Bike hire (and optional upgrade to e-bike)
  • Optional train transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Tourist tax (only payable locally)
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire
  • Upgrade to e-bike hire (subject to availability)
  • Upgrade your accommodation standard
  • Replace a night in Mestre with a night in the centre of Venice

When To Go

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.

This tour is offered from March to October. June to August are the hottest months of the year with long, sunny days and a breeze to temper the heat. Thunderstorms in the afternoon after a long humid day are not uncommon. Spring and autumn are still warm and sunny but have lower temperatures in comparison to summer, perfect for cycling. Always make sure to carry plenty of water, wear sunscreen/sunhat and avoid cycling at noon on hot days.

Getting to the Start

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

By Air

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).

Luggage Transfer

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). 

General Information

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

Equipment

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.

Travel Insurance

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

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vicenza Day 2 Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa 25 miles / 40 km Day 3 Bassano del Grappa to Treviso 41 miles / 65 km Day 4 Treviso to Mestre/Venice 28 miles / 45 km Day 5 Mestre/Venice to Chioggia 22 miles / 35 km Day 6 Chioggia to Padua thermal district 35 miles / 55 km Day 7 Padua thermal district to Vicenza 38 miles / 60 km Day 8 Depart Vicenza

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