Italy : Veneto

Bolzano, Verona & Venice Ride

Trip code: C07VE 4.7 (15 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

16.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Vibrant orchards, Renaissance architecture and Venetian villas
  • Admire Lake Garda and stay in Verona, the birthplace of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Visit Venice: Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Ferry on Lake Garda
  • Agent App

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the jagged limestone Dolomites. The self-guided cycling route starts with incredible views of Trentino's dramatic mountains, cycling on relatively easy roads and tracks along the Adige River. On reaching the northern shore of Lake Garda, enjoy the breath taking views of one of the most famous Italian Lakes. A four hour ferry cruise on the lake gives you the opportunity to take in these wonderful vistas before continuing the ride through the beautiful cities of Verona, Padova and finally exploring the canals and waterways of Venice.

Terrain

Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved Routes are in mostly flat areas, with only a few short climbs and descents, riding on secondary roads with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are some hills with short uphill sections. The longest stages, from Bolzano to Trento and from Verona to Vicenza, can be shortened by taking the train.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Bolzano

Make your way to Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol. Wander through its network of winding alleys or pay a visit to its famous Museum of Archeology.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

Hotels, Italy

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We use a variety of 2 and 3-star hotels and inns throughout with en suite facilities. They may be located either in the towns themselves or in the surrounding countryside. It is possible to upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation (3 to 4-star standard) from £122 per person. Please speak to your sales consultant at the time of booking. Please note that the accommodation (both standard and upgraded type) is usually located within walking distance to the centres of the towns (i.e. 15-20 mins walk). All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Day 2: Bolzano to Trento (65km/40.4mi or 70km/43.5mi)

Today you will ride mainly along the Adige River, through fragrant orchards and vineyards, passing through the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. Scenic pathways lead onward to Trento, set in a wide glacial valley guarded by the towering peaks of the Dolomites.

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Day 3: Trento to Lake Garda (50km/31.1mi)

As you pedal along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori, which is famous for its quality wines. From here, you cycle westwards to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Pass the picturesque towns of Torbole and Riva before taking the ferry across Lake Garda. Overnight stay in Peschiera.

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Day 4: Lake Garda to Verona (35km/21.7mi)

From Lake Garda, we cycle on quiet roads towards the legendary city of Verona, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the Veneto. Take time to discover the iconic arena, Basilica San Zeno and of course Juliet's house with its honey coloured stone balcony.

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Day 5: Verona to Vicenza (35km/21.7mi or 70km/43.5mi)

It's undulating cycling to the charming town of Soave, with its perfectly preserved castle surrounded by vineyards. Then either take the challenging route into the Berici hills for stunning vistas or follow an easier route past the Villa Valmarana into Vicenza. The old city centre is a jewel of Renaissance architecture, with its Basilica standing as a testament to one of Italy's most revered architects, Andrea Palladio.

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Day 6: Vicenza to the Euganean Hills (50km/31.1mi)

Cycling out of Vicenza you come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route continues towards the scenic landscape of the Euganean hills, the biggest European thermal resort, with an overnight in a wonderful hotel in verdant surroundings.

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Day 7: Euganean Hills to Mestre/Venice (55km/34.2mi)

It's easy pedalling along the Battaglia Canal to Padua and the largest square in Italy. Continue past ancient villas to Mestre, Venice's mainland. The 'Floating City' is easily accessible; take time exploring its labyrinth of narrow streets, iconic bridges and famous sights. Overnight in Mestre.

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Day 8: Leave Mestre

After breakfast you leave the hotel.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £294.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £294.

In case of cancellation the Lake Garda ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus).

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Venice with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Electric bikes
  • Hotel Upgrades
  • Ebikes
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Verona rail Verona Porta Nuova to Bolzano Return: Transfer not included with British Airways Venice to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 4pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Excellent holiday. Great documentation, routes and first class step by step navigational guidance. Outstanding quality of bike paths and bike cafes on route. Very good bikes, but very heavy. E bike excellent and easy to use. Very few bike garages had charging points. Battery had to be taken to room to recharge.

Hotels on Silver standard were clean and comfortable but lacking any extras - wardrobes and drawers were a rarity. Bathrooms were small and showers only. Most hotels only provided breakfast, but it was comprehensive. Eating out every night was essential but sometimes a taxi ride away. Documentation could have been clearer on this point especially in Peschiera after a 5 hour afternoon ferry with no catering on board.

Colin Clarkson, 18 May 2024

 

We had a great experience. No problems with the luggage at all. We would certainly think of doing it again, though we might tailor the experience a little by adding an extra night at some locations and checking the hotels more carefully before finalising a trip. It was occasionally frustrating to be in a very interesting city and not have quite enough time to explore it.

Thomas Sutcliffe, 26 Aug 2023

 

Everyone I dealt with at Headwater were knowledgable, helpful and efficient although they didn't have detailed knowledge of the trip I was looking at. Any questions I asked were sent to the Italian bike company and simple answers were received. Our only bad experience was the collection of the e-bikes, we needed someone who knew about the bikes, knew about the trip and spoke English. The route, the guide and the App were excellent. The hotels were mixed but overall fine. We had one big problem where we lost a bike key and the Italian bike company were very helpful (but we needed the help of the hotel to translate for us). Overall we loved the trip.

Katherine Winn, 12 Aug 2023

 

I would recommend Headwater 100 per cent. We booked last minute and they still found all the accommodation we needed. The route was excellent - we were able to enjoy the scenery, stop off en route, enjoy the destination towns in the evenings. Mainly bike lanes and bike routes which was brilliant. Excellent service and communication throughout. We couldn't fault it - amazing unforgettable holiday

Charlotte Barran, 5 Aug 2023

 

An excellent trip, beautiful hotels, fantastic cycling.

Wendy Briggs, 26 Jul 2023

 

Overall, an absolutely superb experience, my non cycling wife thoroughly enjoyed it due to the E bikes assistance. Great service moving the bags daily, good hotel selection probably the most memorable holiday I will ever have. We are looking to do a similar thing with friends who had done the same trip in 2018 and recommended it to us. Hopefully next year we will book another amazing holiday with Headwater.

Gordon Smith, 25 Jul 2023

 

The cycle route from Bolzano to riva del garda was outstanding.

DUNN, 24 Jun 2023

 

The Bolzano to Venice cycle route was outstanding and made the most of the excellent cycling infrastructure in this part of Italy. Much of the ride was on hard, smooth surfaces on the banks of rivers or canals - safe, serene and scenic cycling. Where roads were needed (the incredibly beautiful descent from the Dolomites to Lake Garda), we were given plenty of warning of the high risk points. The recommended 'Ride with GPS" APP was outstanding - good mapping and very helpful voice messaging. Our ebikes were really good - comfortable, stable, excellent battery range & easy to charge (another pannier please!).



The historical cities on this beautiful route are truly wonderful and viewing them from bike and/or foot was a privilege.



We regretted opting against hotel upgrades as some of ours were distinctly average (small rooms, far from town centre) and not sure we got VFM.



Headwater staff helping us to organise our holiday were excellent - supportive, prompt and highly effective.

HARRISON, 3 Jun 2023

 

A very enjoyable and scenic tour of this area of Northern Italy. We travelled in early June and wherever we were, the wonderful aroma of Jasmine and the flowers of the Linden (Lime) trees filled the air. The bikes were solid, well maintained and comfortable and the cycling routes were excellent, mostly off-road and flat and the quality of the roads for most of the trip was very good (no pot-hole dodging required)! There was so much to see at the end of each cycling day in the historic towns and the hotel accommodation was, on the whole, very good. Most hotels were spotlessly clean, with comfortable super-king size beds. The breakfast at all the hotels was plentiful and good. We took the upgrade option and some of the hotels were much plusher than we had envisioned which was a nice surprise. On the whole, a thoroughly enjoyable trip with some lovely cycling routes, great scenery and sights and lots of cafes (and delicious Gelato) en-route. I’d recommend this trip without hesitation.



WOODWARD, 3 Jun 2023

 

The route details was excellent but only provided the evening of arrival at the first hotel. More information should have been provided about the GPS website. Using this system requires a modern smartphone with extra backup power. We had rainey days which are not ideal for phone navigation so the enjoyment level was reduced. The holiday is recommended and was a great experience but we could have been better prepared by prior knowledge.

CLARKE, 13 May 2023

 

A fantastic cycling holiday, that took us through through beautiful landscapes and cities.

Ms Goulston, 29 Apr 2023

 

The Bolzano to Venice cycle had beautiful scenery, especially in the Dolomites and Lake Garda. The cycle paths were excellent but some days cafes and restaurants en route were scarce and no guidance on this was given by the Girolibero agent. Usually the Headwater agent is very helpful about this. The only guidance we were given was about the electric bikes which were excellent and made the longer days, 75km, very manageable, although never staying in the same hotel for two nights made the cycle a bit intense. Hotels were not up to the usual Headwater standard except for the Sporting Hotel near Padua which was excellent. Some rooms especially in Mestre were very small. No advice was given about roadworks detours which caused problems.

Mrs O'SULLIVAN, 21 Aug 2022

 

A varied cycle tour with lovely locations at the end of each day. There are some challenging sections along the valleys when windy, but otherwise enjoyable. Although there are some pretty towns and villages along the way, it is best to travel to the end points to spend time in those areas.

Mrs Emmett, 9 Aug 2022

 

Organisation excellent. GPS App and map booklets were excellent. Good route with plenty of cycle lanes. One tougher day mainly on roads. Route was a good one with plenty to see in the Italian towns we visited.

Mr CARTRIDGE, 28 May 2022

 

The cycle paths on this trip were excellent. Only traffic was going to our hotels.

Route was very easy to follow.

Ms Mcalpin, 7 May 2022

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

16.0Kg CO2e

Optional
e-bike hire

7 nights from £1299

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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