Italy : Veneto

Heart of Veneto Cycling

Trip code: C07VN 4.8 (71 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 1
Leisurely

14.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Undiscovered corner of Italy
  • Stay in a delightful agriturismo - friendly and family-run with pool, a Headwater favourite!
  • Gentle circular routes with more challenging options available
  • Tranquil lakes, pretty villages, ancient villas, beautifully green countryside
  • Olive groves, vineyards, cherry orchards
  • Varied day-trip options: Venice, Verona, Padua and Vicenza

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This single-centre self-guided cycling holiday offers a real insight into rural Veneto. It's easy to become enchanted with the idyllic, back-to-nature lifestyle, that doesn't compromise on the comfort and style that genuine Italian country living boasts. The area is excellent for cycling as the valley floor here is criss-crossed with lots of quiet country lanes. We've put together a selection of circular routes of varying lengths, so you can be as active or relaxed as you choose. Further afield, the must-see regional highlights, such as Venice, Vicenza and Padua, can all be reached on a full day out. Or, of course, you can just laze by the pool (typically open June - end Sept only) and soak up the warm Italian sun!

Your base for the week is the charming AAA nine-room, Agriturismo l'Albara, nestled just outside the tiny village of Villaganzerla, in the heart of the Venetian countryside. Run by the affable Valfrido and Angelina, their daughter, Romina, and son, Federico, this is one of the friendliest places we've encountered. Don't be surprised if you're invited to take part in fruit picking or whisked away to the local grappa distillery just down the road!

The bedrooms here are cheerfully decorated with wrought iron bedsteads, brightly coloured throws and polished wooden floors. The dining room is light and airy and serves fresh, regional cuisine according to what's in season. Everything, even the wine, comes from the farm!

Terrain

Routes are along the quietest possible lanes to link the towns and villages mostly avoiding major roads.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Villaganzerla

Arrive at your friendly agriturismo in Villaganzerla where you'll be kitted out with a bike and go through the various cycling choices available to you before dinner (time permitting).

You stay at Agriturismo L'Albara.

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Agriturismo L'Albara, Villaganzerla

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The Agriturismo L'Albara is situated about 1km from the centre of the tiny village of Villaganzerla in the middle of rural farming land. The area is known for its vineyards.

L'Albara is run by Valfrido, Angelina and their family. They are keen for you to discover the very best that this delightful region has to offer - from must sees around Venetia, to the local cuisine! Everything here comes freshly prepared according to what's in season and the wines come straight from their own vineyards!

The bedrooms here are cheerfully decorated with wrought iron bedsteads, bright coloured throws and polished wooden floors. They are all ensuite. The dining room is light and airy, with exposed wooden beams and dark wooden tables with views over the surrounding fields - the perfect setting for your evening meal.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Bastia Market (25km/15.5mi)

Sunday is market day (morning only) in Bastia, so we've built in an easy cycle along quiet country lanes criss-crossing the Paduan plain to get you in your stride. Stroll around the stalls before heading off to the tiny village of Lovolo, a charming village square with its ancient lime kiln, for lunch. Your return route takes you through the delightful hamlet of Monticello as you wind your way back to Villaganzerla.

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Day 3: Lake Fimon (38km/23.6mi)

Today's route takes you along wonderfully tranquil valley lanes and on to Lake Fimon, a totally undiscovered gem surrounded by shaded woodland. There are lots of little spots for picnicking by the water's edge, or you can take lunch at one of the lakeside trattorie. It's a lovely 5km circular cycle around the lake, before you meander back amidst the green backdrop of lush valleys and rolling hills to your agriturismo.

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Day 4: Villas and Vineyards (25km/15.5mi)

Heading north this morning, your first stop is the lovely village of Costozza, named after the network of caves in the cliffs above, with its impressive campanile, beautiful villas and extensive formal gardens lined with statues. Ice cream lovers should call in at the locally renowned gelateria before looping south and on to Lumignano, famous locally for its annual pea festival! Your route then follows the Northern Strada as you wind your way through rows of immaculately tended vineyards, against the rolling backdrop of the Berici Hills. This is the only area outside Hungary where the red Tai Rosso grape is grown. Stop off for some tasting, perhaps in Castegnero or Nanto, with its striking Venetian bell tower, before pedalling east and back in time for a swim before dinner.

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Day 5: Vicenza and the Villa Rotonda (34km/21.1mi)

A cycle path (those feeling lazy can catch the bus) takes you to UNESCO-recognised Vicenza, nicknamed 'Venice of the Terra Firma' for its marvellous architecture. Palladio designed dozens of the city's buildings from the Basilica Palladiana in the main square to the Teatro Olimpico, so there's plenty to explore. On the way home you can visit the famous Villa Rotonda and its surrounding gardens.

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Day 6: Free day exploring

Why not give the bike a rest today and head off to one of the great Italian cities? Venice, Verona and Padua are all accessible by train from Vicenza (short bus or cycle ride). If you prefer to avoid the crowds, perhaps take the bus to Bassano, home to the region's famous grappa and a museum in its honour.

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Day 7: Southern Strada dei Vini Berici (25km/15.5mi)

Today, ride past Villa Pigafetta-Camerini, inhabited by the Camerini family since 1700, to Mossano and enjoy the stunning panorama of the Venetian plain. The wine road undulates through the vineyards between the towering Berici Hills and the Paduan plain, offering wonderful vistas on all sides. Turn back north towards the idyllic Franciscan monastery of San Pancrazio before a lovely descent to Ponte di Mossano and a ride along the quiet country lanes of the Paduan plain back to l'Albara.

Day 8: Leave Villaganzerla

After breakfast leave Agriturismo L'Albara

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Giulietta e Romeo, Verona; Hotel Kette, Venice.

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Giulietta e Romeo , Verona

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The Giulietta e Romeo hotel, named after the town's most famous lovers, lies in a quiet side street just yards from the Arena. The hotel is fairly modern in style and very comfortable. There is a large lobby area, which leads onto the breakfast room, which is decorated in white with subtle lighting and art deco friezes on the windows.

The rooms are all carpeted and traditionally decorated in blue and red decor with cherry wood furniture. They are all en-suite and have double-glazing so there is little noise from the street. A couple of rooms even have the famous Juliet style balcony if you fancy a re-inaction!

Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Giulietta e Romeo have a balcony with a step up.

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Hotel Kette, Venice

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The Hotel Kette is set in the heart of Venice, a short distance from Teatro La Fenice, from via XXII marzo, the elegant shopping street, 2 minutes from piazza San Marco and only 10 minutes from Ponte di Rialto. So this is an excellent base for exploring the many delights Venice has in store.

The 63 en suite rooms are immaculately furnished and are fully worthy of the four-star rating.

It is possible to reserve a non-smoking room (please contact us and we will request this for you).

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £58.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £58.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • First class rail
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-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo then rail Venice Mestre to Montegrotto and transfer to hotel 35 minutes Return: Transfer to station 35 minutes then rail Montegrotto to Venice Mestre then British Airways Venice Marco Polo to Gatwick

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

First class rail is available at £12 per person return.

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.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. 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 10pm 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

I general enjoyed the holiday. Found the travelling to Gatwick challenging. If doing it again would go more regional. There was a mistake that sent us direct to the airport hotel instead of the Car parking facility that didn’t help and the hotel not booked for our return - this was sorted out promptly and we accept it was a honest mistake. Transfer from the airport to station was confusing because it wasn’t stated we needed tickets and I would advise that going forward this should be made clear. Train and transfer to hotel worked well. However before using the app Trenitalia we needed the agents email address to initially log in and this was not made clear. We inquired and it was sorted but maybe make clear initially. The hotel was excellent, it would have been nice to have tea / coffee facilities in the room but accept this may not be common in Italy. The food was enjoyed and we would stay there again or recommend. It was basic but adequate and had a relaxed and comfy feel to it. The family and staff welcoming and friendly The electric nikes Headwater app excellent. The bike support was not required but the individual concerned was good and filled us with confidence.

Overall I would travel with Headwater again and happily recommend.

So Thankyou.

Stephen Slinger, 31 May 2024

 

Many years ago we traveled with headwater, but this was the first time in years. We feel that headwaters has excellent trips, excellent planning and very helpful staff. We are very satisfied customers and will certainly travel again with headwaters. Staying at the agri Turismo was the best. What a good idea, that headwaters arranged. We would love to do something like that again maybe in a different country.

Julie Gardinier, 4 May 2024

 

Just more info on the places of interest on our cycle routes. Like the monastery is only open 3.30 to 4.30 pm.

Castle only open weekends! Abbey, pre booking at Euros 11. Etc

Jannette Speight, 30 Sep 2023

 

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday ( in September) and were blessed with lovely weather. In fact, we rather wished we had combined it with the 'Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling' holiday. The e-bikes were good and so was the navigation app. Agriturismo L'Albara was clean and comfortable and we enjoyed the food and the swimming pool. Fedrico is 'larger than life' and very helpful and made the stay particularly enjoyable. We found we did need mosquito repellant and was pleased with the recommendation on a previous review to take a travel kettle.

Kenneth Cook, 23 Sep 2023

 

Well researched cycle routes and friendly hotels

Ian Phelps, 15 Sep 2023

 

We booked our holiday with Headwater as a last minute post school holiday treat. Even though time was tight all arrangements were made within the restrained time period.

We travelled from France in our own car and had no problems finding our accommodation from the information provided. The e-bike plus road bike arrived early next morning with panniers and locks and we were off straight away for the start of a very enjoyable holiday. The agriturismo hotel met all our expectations with regards to friendliness, support and cuisine. In fact the traditional Italian meals were truly excellent.

Lydia Livingstone, 10 Sep 2023

 

Nice easy cycling although a bit repetitive. Excellent Agriturismo accomodation with excellent food and wine a lovely pool.

Timothy Bohin, 9 Sep 2023

 

The Heart of Venetto cycling holiday was just the right level for me, as someone fairly new to cycling. We completed all 6 routes and found the App fairly easy to use. The rides To lake Fimon and Vicenza were particular favourites.

The village is very quiet and, as others have mentioned, the bar and bakery have short opening hours.

The food provided by The Agrotourismo was first class as was the wine. The pool looked lovely but unfortunately it was too cool for us to use.

CHOLLET, 13 May 2023

 

We loved our holiday, apart from the rain! L’Albarra was brilliant, we loved staying there. The family are so welcoming and kind. It helped that I can speak Italian but the son speaks excellent English. It was relaxing to stay in one place. The E bikes were excellent. The website said that the pool was closed in May but it was, in fact, open. We were pleased to bring our own travel kettle, thanks to a previous review. Local shops are scarce so maybe more info about where to get lunch or buy provisions for a picnic would be helpful.

DEAN, 6 May 2023

 

Really enjoyable holiday! Well organised. Good bikes, easy cycling. Excellent, easy navigation app. Very quiet, rural location. Walking distance into the local village. Clean and comfortable accommodation. The pool and garden was an added bonus. Excellent home cooked food. I would recommend bringing a travel kettle and tea/coffee. It is also worth noting that not all rooms have a fridge.

Would highly recommend to anyone looking to experience a taste of rural life in Italy along with the chance to visit beautiful Vicenza.

There is a local supermarket, bakery and and a small café/bar in the village but worth noting that they seem to close at about 12.30 and don’t reopen until late afternoon.

Mrs Gray, 17 Sep 2022

 

Good. We enjoyed outselves.

Mrs Drake, 23 Jul 2022

 

A very pleasant area to cycle around from an excellent base location.

Mr Wilkinson, 25 Jun 2022

 

Lovely accommodation although my room was very basic. The location was very scenic and the hotel owners were lovely. However the main criticism is that all 6 cycle routes were far too short and the 4th route was particularly dull and tedious due to it mainly being alongside I busy monotonous main road.

Miss TAYLOR, 18 Jun 2022

 

A company that is all about subtle choices of accommodation, destinations and routes; knowing also how essential their own representatives are on the ground to make everything work well.

Mr Cook, 9 Sep 2019

 

Headwater takes care of all the arrangements, leaving you free to enjoy the cycling. Thanks for a first class holiday.

Mr Dunn, 9 Sep 2019

 

Easy cycling through lovely rural Italian countryside and villages.A very relaxed agroturismo providing an excellent base with extensive grounds and very good swimming pool.Wonderful evening meals which were the highlight of each day.

Mr Snodgrass, 30 Aug 2019

 

Excellent relaxing holiday - accommodation was faultless.



Mrs Pitchforth, 17 Aug 2019

 

The holiday was well described and you can do as much or as little as you want. The food provided was the best Italian food I have ever tasted! So...different from UK Italian restaurants and the local wine was very easy to drink. There is a Family atmosphere to farm location and overall very relaxing. The cycling APP used with headphones makes life a lot easier and means you don’t have to stop and start at each junction. The cycling is generally easy, although it can be very hot, so be careful on the days where the route is longer. The other main thing to be aware of during July/August is that (other than in Vicenza) almost everything is closed during the middle of the day. So be very careful planning cultural, shop or restaurant visits else you are likely to be disappointed. Overall a really good holiday and ideal for one where you want a balance of activity and relaxation.

Mr Grimes, 27 Jul 2019

 

Food excellent. James very helpful.

Mr Worsdall, 1 Jun 2019

 

This is a brilliant location for cycling. We chose it because we have both had hip replacements in the past year, but even so, we would have liked one or two more challenging days on the bike. We doubled up some days and went “off piste” a couple of times. Italian cities, other than Venice, are very cycle friendly. James Robertson is a superb rep for Headwater, hands on in his teaching us to use the bike Satnav. He did not crowd us and was always there when he promised. Good guy.

Mr Robertson, 6 Oct 2018

 

The holiday did exactly as described. This is an easy but highly enjoyable cycle.

This was our first single centre cycling holiday and was chosen because I have been troubled with a leg injury and we felt my wife could cycle if I could no. As it worked out we cycled every day! Our reservations about a single centre were quickly dispelled. The accommodation is run by a marvellous family who have created a wonderful ambience. After the cycling we relaxed in the grounds, cooled off in the pool, and finally dined on the full Italian evening meal. We are both vegetarian s and one gluten intolerance. The food was the best we have had in Europe.

The presence of a local rep was reassuring and James was always available but never intrusive.

If you want a Tour de France this holiday is not for you, if you want enjoyable cycling with time to soak up the local environment go for it.

Well done Headwater.



Mr Hodgson, 8 Sep 2018

 

Absolutely lovely, easy cycling through the beautiful Veneto countryside.

Staying at L’Albara was a real treat especially the invigorating swim after each day’s cycling.

James was very pleasant & obliging.

Please tell future clients to pack water bottles & a variety of snacks as there are no shops & very few cafes en route. Local supermarkets are +1.5km away from L’Albara.

GPS cycling worked well.

Mr Thomas, 1 Sep 2018

 

An fantastic way to see the region with a host that makes you feel like you're home

Mr Rosenfield, 14 Jul 2018

 

Relaxing, peaceful cycling in the Italian sunshine; great home-made food and wine at the agriturismo.

Mr Knight, 14 Jul 2018

 

Very good but we took time to adjust to the mobile phone app instructions and the volume on the app was too low even with the phone on highest volume. We would prefer bike computers and detailed maps as this is what we are used to.

Mr Simpson, 30 Jun 2018

 

A delightful holiday in the Veneto. L’Albara provides comfortable, relaxing and welcoming farmhouse accommodation and the food is excellent. The region offers plenty of opportunities for interesting visits and the cycling is predominantly flat and on very quiet roads or cycle tracks. We cycled to Este and Padova, which although long rides were worth the effort. If you go to Padova a visit to the Scrovegni Chapel is highly recommended - book in advance on line to be sure of getting in. The Palazzo Bo is also fascinating. James our holiday rep was very helpful, especially in helping with the App for the rides. We made our own way to Mestre railway station having spent a few days in Venice and the travel arrangements arranged by Headwater all worked perfectly. A lovely holiday.

Mrs Baker, 26 May 2018

 

This was the first time that we've tried a single-centre cycling holiday and we're now hooked. The potential downsides would be if you don't like the accommodation you're stuck there for the whole week (but the accommodation on this holiday was perfect) and the cycling might be repetitive if there aren't enough different directions to go in (but on this holiday the cycle routes went in all directions with only a few short stretches repeated). The upsides are not having to pack and unpack every couple of days, you can pick and choose where to go each day (and in our case skip a day when the weather was against us, and then double-up on a later day to make sure we didn't miss anything) and you feel like you're really getting to know the area that you're in. The RWGPS phone app is a fantastic new addition; it didn't matter who was in front as we both heard the same instructions, and afterwards you can see exactly where you've cycled - even down to the detail of where one of us was chased by a wasp around a car park! To top things off, this was the best place we've ever stayed abroad for understanding vegetarianism - no need to worry that a bit of fish or chicken might creep onto the menu. Overall, a great holiday!

Mr Rishton, 16 Sep 2017

 

We all throughly enjoyed our cycling in the Veneto. The food and accommodation were excellent as was the pool at the end of the day! The family were extremely welcoming and we enjoyed out trip around the farm. Sarah couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. The routes were well planned and the gps talking to us made our journeys easy, without having to look at a map all of the time.

Mrs Ghali, 20 Jul 2017

 

It was great to stay in one place all week and not have to move on to different hotels. Also we liked the accommodation with swimming pool and the food was fantastic

The cycling was easy and enjoyable. We will probably hire electric bikes next trip which will open up a bigger choice of cycle rides

Mr Owens, 17 Jul 2017

 

A gentle introduction to the Veneto Plain based at a very welcoming agriturismo.

Dr Vaughan, 24 May 2017

 

Excellent holiday but, perhaps, not so much n the shoulder season.

Mr Ridley, 6 Oct 2016

 

Lovely place to stay, great food. Wine a little expensive at the farm.

Mrs Lamont, 24 Sep 2016

 

Good healthy weeks holiday

Ms Linsell, 24 Sep 2016

 

Easy pedalling in the sun with local cuisine and a great chance to be somewhere where English is hardly spoken!

Mrs Mitchell, 22 Sep 2016

 

Great cycling holday for those that want plenty of excellent scenery without too much effort - routes were easy to follow and a good 1 bike holiday. The only slight downside is the accomodation is quite remote so after the evening meal there is no where to go, but of course lots of chatter about the days experiences with fellow guests.

Mis Dekan, 17 Sep 2016

 

The Heart of Veneto cycling tour was a very positive experience for us. The rides were interesting, the distances appropriate and the cycling notes were very clear. Sarah, our Headwater rep, was very helpful and approachable. L’Albara, our Agriturisimo accommodation, was perfectly fine, the farm interesting and the meals delicious but there wasn’t a lot to do in the evenings. Happily, we became acquainted with 3 friendly, fellow cyclists from Britain and at our dinners every evening we shared the day’s experiences amid laughter and lively conversation. We would definitely choose Headwater again but would choose a tour on which we would stay in a different place every evening,

Ms Barbour, 16 Sep 2016

 

Perfect. What far better than we could have imagined. The accommodation, food and quality of the cycles were all excellent.

Ms Pye, 27 Aug 2016

 

Great holiday overall. L'Albara lovely place to stay, family very welcoming and evening meals and wine delicious. Hannah also very delighted to have cake for breakfast every morning!

Transfer from MarcoPolo to Venice mestre and then train to Vincenza quite tiring and a bit stressful.

Probably worth suggesting at booking the option for a taxi transfer ( I know this is mentioned in the brochure)

Mrs Chambers, 20 Aug 2016

 

Beautiful quiet region of Italy. Family at L'Albara are very welcoming. The food is excellent. A real get away from it all experience. This is our second visit and it was just as good the second time. Would happily go back again.

Mrs Cox, 6 Aug 2016

 

A superb holiday, tailored exactly to our needs and specifications. Our reception from our reps, Luke and Eleanor, was outstanding: nothing was too much. Very personable and up-beat - exactly what you want on holiday. Headwater's hotels are second to none, in perfect locations and with wonderful facilities. I can not recommend Headwater holidays high enough.

Mr Jackson, 6 Aug 2016

 

This was our first cycling holiday abroad so we were looking for a central base from which we could explore on a daily basis rather than living out of suitcases. With hindsight I'm not sure we could have chosen better. The accommodation was superb (in particular Angelina's cooking!), the cycle routes of the right length (such that we had time to ride the mornings and relax in the afternoons) and there were opportunities to visit Vicenza or go further afield.

Thoroughly recommended.









Mr Davies, 30 Jul 2016

 

the provision of laundry local laundry services would be much appreciated.

Mr Benner, 28 Jul 2016

 

A lovely week of gentle rides on quiet roads through beautiful countryside. At the end of the day we could look forward to a few hours relaxing by the pool at the wonderful agriturismo L'Albara, before a truly magnificent evening meal. We loved every minute.

Mrs Bailey, 16 Jul 2016

 

A lovely rural part of northern Italy with a number of quiet country roads, largely traffic free, to enjoy. The relative closeness of Vicenza and Padua gives the opportunity also to experience a number of cultural and architectural delights. Add to this the wonderful food prepared at The L'Albara Agriturismo and this is a holiday to savour.

Mr Bell, 10 Oct 2015

 

Very well organised lovely places to visit !!!!

Mr Harris, 19 Sep 2015

 

This holiday does 'what it says on the tin' - provides accomodation, meals & cycling with a rep available as required.

The accomodation was a bit too far out of town for my liking - once dinner was over at 9:30 - 10.00 there was not much else to do.

s a solo traveller, I had several days when there were no other guests to talk to, despite Headwater implying there was limited space avilable when I booked..

Finally, as a non-drinker, I was disappointed in the lack of alternative drinks at dinner: water or water.



Apart from these small gripes I had a great time and loved cycling in the countryside. The food at the accomodation was generally very good and certainly ample quantities.





Mr Broome, 12 Sep 2015

 

This was our first experience of an activity holiday and none of us are experienced cyclists so we chose a grade one single centre holiday, whilst a little apprehensive after a hefty breakfast and a briefing from our excellent rep Sarah we set off on our first ride. The cycling was well graded and the route description very easy to follow, we did not get lost or go wrong at all during our weeks stay, best of all we were able to go at our own pace and explore some lovely countryside. Returning to our accommodation we were able to share experiences with the other groups over a glass or two of the local wines. We never thought we would find a cycling holiday relaxing but have returned home very chilled and despite the exercise about 5lbs heavier than when we started, which is a testament to the quality and quantity of the food. Thank you to all.

Mrs Bullock, 5 Sep 2015

 

This was our 5th Headwater holiday. We like the attention to detail and the fact that we can rely on the equipment and the rep. We feel we are in good hands and that we can be sure of everything running smoothly. We enjoy meeting other Headwater customers.



(I have put myself in the 'over 64' bracket, but my son now age 31 has been coming on these holidays with me since he was in his teens, and continues to enjoy them)

Mrs George, 5 Sep 2015

 

A great place to tour on cycles, local people and hospitality are excellent

Mrs Hoile, 18 Aug 2015

 

We were a group of 9, who were made to feel most welcome. L'alhambra is in a beautiful setting, and the pool was most welcome after a hot days cycling. The evening meals were always delightful, using produce from the farm, breakfast was however a little un imaginative and we had to ask for eggs-which were then available every morning.

Sarah is very knowledgeable, whether your asking about pumping the tyres, local wine or the times of trains! She quickly found answers to our queries and made calls on our behalf. The wine tour and tasting at Catalunga was the highlight of the week- bigger saddle bags required!!

Mrs MacEnri, 25 Jul 2015

 

An extremely positive experience, wonderful accommodation and cuisine, superb support from the rep, gorgeous rides offered suitable to our experience, great fun and relaxing holiday had by all!

Ms Hawking, 23 Jul 2015

 

It was our first cycling holiday and both of us enjoyed the experience. The pool was excellent, the bikes excellent, the weather superb, and our hosts Valfrido and Angelina, their daughter Romina and son Frederico certainly made us welcome. If circumstances allowed, for we are both skiers, i think we would certainly entertain repeating the holiday. As we never cycled after 2 pm, we both thought the pool was an essential requirement. As for the food and drink. I can certainly believe it all comes from the farm, as it tasted so fresh, but this means only wine and water are served with the evening meal. Finally the rep, Sarah was organised and helpfull.

Mr Biddlestone, 14 Jul 2015

 

Booking was not entirely straight forward. I appreciate that we had different members of the party coming from different places - and indeed staying for different lengths of time -and with some dietary requests - but for me there is not the attention to detail that i would expect. I picked up several errors during the booking and invoicing procedures - that were just frustrating. Everything was eventually resolved but not without my going through every detail carefully. Unfortunately when one error arises one has to look even more closely at all the documentation- all of which was exceptionally time consuming.At all times I was dealt with politely, and am grateful for the written apology I received on this occasion .

However if one can push through this - your holidays are just superb.Recognising that we were fairly energetic, Sarah provided us with 2 extensions on the given routes which were just what some members needed. Also, a previous guest, had written an alternative route back on the visit to the lake. That was wonderful but certainly in the 2 to 3 cycle realm - but we loved it.- so there is room to offer this as a more than one cycle if wished.

The hotel pool was wonderful and much used in the very hot conditions! The family at the hotel could not have been more helpful and the atmosphere there was just lovely- marvellous to relax there after the cycling.

For future customers you may like to add that if you have an inordinate wait at venice station there is a great restaurant opposite called Soul Kitchen - who allowed us to sit for 2 and a half hours over a lovely easy meal.

Dr Young, 4 Jul 2015

 

Excellent from start to finish as usual!

Mrs Griffiths, 20 Jun 2015

 

It seems that overall the employees and agents of Headwater have forgotten who is the guest and who is the host

Mr Lumsden, 13 Jun 2015

 

A really enjoyable holiday,in a beautiful area. Take note of the weather forecast in the Veneto - it seems it is often stormy in June. Great cycling but take your own saddle - I have a ladies saddle on my own bike and I never made friends with the one on the bike that was supplied, which, despite being a gel saddle was a generic one rather than a saddle for a women. The bike itself was excellent apart from the saddle problem. Another warning is take high strength anti-mosquito solution, I was bitten badly even though I was using what I thought was a good quality solution - I bought some high strength from the local supermarket and that worked well but I had to make sure I put it on every exposed bit!!

Mrs Allen, 6 Jun 2015

 

Great dinners, basic breakfasts (although there were always delicious cakes).

Mr Harper, 4 Oct 2014

 

A great area with varied cycling and a relaxing base. Sarah was very helpful with advice on alternative routes.

Ms Robson, 30 Aug 2014

 

Wonderful - just what we were after

Mr Raven, 29 Jul 2014

 

it was very interesting, enjoyed the countryside, the people especial. the l' Albara family met some very good people and cycled with some . Pleasantly different

Mr Ayech, 19 Jul 2014

 

People can book with confidence as the description in the Headwater booklet is an accurate description of the experience on offer. Sarah, our holiday rep, was very friendly and helpful. Our accommodation was very good, lovely location and great food. However, as a family group of between ages 10 and 67, we did feel that eating our dinner at 8.00 pm was far too late and we would have appreciated the availability of tea-making facilities in our rooms.

Mrs Charnley, 5 Jul 2014

 

The perfect holiday for the more active.

Ms White, 28 Jun 2014

 

A very well organised holiday with excellent travel arrangements and a warm welcome from rep and hosts.

Mr Edwards, 14 Jun 2014

 

L'Albara was wonderful and accommodated our dietary requirements (vegan) very well - every course had a vegan version and the quality of the food was the best we've had.

Mrs McKay, 24 May 2014

 

The outgoing travel was poor as we waited 5hours in Venice for out train as our rep did not have the time to meet us earlier.

We were all very tired having been up since 3 a.m and not arriving at our destination until 5.30p.m. On our return we were offered a coach to take us directly to the airport for an extra cost of 10 euros each forfeiting our return train tickets. Why could this not have been done on the outward journey ad we could have spent a pleasant afternoon around the pool instead of waiting on a station. We used the main Station in Venice not the one of your choice as this one had left luggage facilities and restaurants.

Mrs O'Hanlon, 6 Sep 2013

 

As a holiday it represented poor value for money with poor communication skills on behalf of the hosts ad the area had little variety. The food was fair at best and nothing like we had expected or experienced on previous headwater holidays. Overall not good value.

Mr Birtwhistle, 24 Aug 2013

 

Our holiday with Headwater was a real pleasure , everyone we dealt with , from the girls in the office to our rep Sarah were very professional , friendly and helpful , taking all the worry out of the planning . Okay , so we feel that we have maybe paid a bit more than we would have if we had done all the organizing ourselves , but hey , it was worth it !! Thank you.

Mr Kersley, 13 Jul 2013

 

Excellent communication prior to departure - during the stay - and arriving home!! A great service which gives clients confidence that nothing has been left forgotten !!

Mr Hails, 11 Jul 2013

 

It was well organised, trouble free, and thoroughly enjoyable with the added comfort of an excellent superb locally based english-speaking rep (Sarah) who was only a phone call away in case of any issue, big or small, and who provided excellent route notes and a fountain of local knowledge about the area we were cycling in.



the holiday was just what we needed and was 'up there' with the best package holidays we have done!

Mr McLaren, 27 Jun 2013

 

We found the combination of cycling till 2 or 3 and then swimming in and relaxing by the pool ideal ! The food and welcome at the Villa Ganzerla were excellent.

Mrs Shiel, 7 Jun 2013

 

We really enjoyed this holiday, the thing that made it was the friendliness of the people in the hotel! They would do anything for you! the food is lovely and they did a great job of catering for a vegetarian. it was very cosy but we did feel that previous holidays have been better value for money where we had more facilities! The rep is wonderful and the scenery is very pretty! We had some lovely weather and great cycles!

Mis Furber, 18 May 2013

 


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