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Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling

Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    8 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1215per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 25 Aug '19 to 28 Sep '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • RidePlus route options
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Venice and Verona
  • RidePlus road bike
  • Excellent choice for
  • Wine lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, solo travellers, couples


For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

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Mrs La Roche says...
Superb a real sensory experience.
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Italy: Veneto

Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling

  • Totally unspoilt, easy cycling off the tourist trail - great for first timers!
  • Characterful, friendly hotels; great Venetian home cooking
  • Steeped in history: medieval castles, Palladian villas, Roman roads
  • Venice, Verona, Padua and Vicenza all within reach on your rest days
  • Masses of wine-tasting opportunities

Our undiscovered corner of Veneto, just 60 minutes (but a world away) from bustling Venice, is the perfect setting for a relaxed cycling holiday. Nestled between the art cities of Padua, home to one of the oldest universities in the whole of Europe, and UNESCO-recognised Vicenza, the region is bursting with Patrician villas - built by Venetian nobles to escape the muggy heat of the city - and ancient castles, although it is surprisingly almost entirely untouched by tourism. Palladio was the most famous Renaissance architect and many of his buildings, including the Villa Rotonda, can be visited on day 7 of this interest-packed itinerary.

We take you across the Venetian plain, past cherry orchards and swaying vine terraces, with the outline of the conical shaped Euganean Hills and imposing Colli Berici acting as a constant backdrop. The cycling is wonderfully gentle, over the flatlands of the plain and the low foothills of the Colli Berici, along peaceful canalside paths, cycle tracks and quiet country roads, passing sumptuous villas and historic towns with wine-tasting opportunities on the way.

En route the cuisine is fabulous, home cooked fayre and you'll stay with some of the friendliest people we've ever met. In Teolo you'll stay at Tiziana's lovingly restored Liberty villa, whilst there's a warm welcome at Valfrido and Angelina's charming agriturismo near Vicenza, and at the Ottolitri family's hotel just outside Galzignano.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Rideplus is available on this holiday (see daily route options below) and includes additional route directions and GPX files for you to download to your own route navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc). Simply request the Rideplus option at the time of booking. Upgraded bikes are also available, see the dates and prices for further details.

Day 1: Arrive at Cortela

Arrive at your friendly agriturismo run by Gabriella and Alessandro, in time for dinner.
You stay at the Agriturismo Il Feudo (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 2: Cortela to Galzignano 37km/23.5mi

The day starts along the canalside path to Este. This delightful medieval town with its pastel, arcaded buildings boasts a 14th century castle and an altar piece by Tiepolo in its Cathedral. Your next stop is Monselice. You can visit its mediaeval castle (converted into a sumptuous residence for a Venetian noble in the 15th century). From Monselice you follow the canal past the 19th century Villa Italia, before arriving at Sig Ottolitri's friendly, family run hotel just outside Galzignano.
RIDE PLUS - 47km / 29mi Today is a fairly short ride that features several scenic climbs and switchback descents through the hills of the national park, the Colli Euganei. After a warm up descending onto the plains to encircle the Monte Lozzo your climbing is rewarded with stunning views from this unique terrain. The medieval village of Arqua Petrarca, one of Italy's prettiest villages, and long ago, home to the poet Francesco Petrarca, is a good stop for refreshments before finishing the day at the spa town of Galzignano Terme. 1011m / 3316ft of ascent on this route.
You stay at the Belvedere Resort ai Colli (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 3: At Galzignano (Optional) 17km/11mi

It's a lovely circular cycle (route notes provided) to Arqua Petrarca, unchanged since the 1370's when Petrarch lived here. Visit his well-preserved house before pedalling off through vineyards to the fabulous Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio, the delightfully manicured 17th century Italian gardens here are the best in the region.
You stay at the Belvedere Resort ai Colli (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: Galzignano to Teolo 34km/21.5mi

Cycling through swaying vines you reach the charming village of Battaglia where there's time for a spot of wine tasting. You must try the local Serprino, a medium dry frizzante wine often compared to Prosecco, before carrying on through the spa towns of Montegrotto Terme to the pre-Palladian villa at Luvigliano. After admiring the elegant villa you cycle upwards to Teolo, your hotel is an elegant villa perched high above the town.
RIDE PLUS - 125km / 78mi Start the day crossing the Paduan plain through the spa towns of Battaglia and Abano, passing the Roman baths in the centre of Motegrotto en route. You skirt the historic and UNESCO city of Padova, home of one of the world's first universities and traditionally a centre for leather shoe manufacturing leaving along the Canale Brentella towards the foothills of the Venetian Pre-Alps the medieval walled citadels of Castelfranco and Cittadella. The only climbing of the day is to your hotel in the pretty hilltop village of Teolo. 493m / 1617ft of ascent on this route.
You stay at Villa Lussana (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: At Teolo

A former Roman settlement, Teolo's heyday was in the 15th century when it became the summer home of Venice's doges escaping the heat on the coast. Many palazzi and formal gardens from the period remain. You could take a walk in the encircling Euganean hills (360 degree views from here) or maybe take the bus into Padua to admire the town's Giotto frescoes. Or, for a longer day out, take the bus/train to Italy's most romantic city, Venice. Enjoy a cappuccino in St Mark's Square, take a gondola under the Bridge of Sighs, admire the opulent gold decor of the Doge's Palace or visit the Peggy Guggenheim Exhibition. The list is endless!
RIDE PLUS - 98km / 61mi A climb over the hills into the Liona region to join the Strada del Recioto, a trail through the vineyards of the Garganega grape that lead you to the walled town of Soave just outside of Verona. Here as well as exploring this beautiful town you can sample the wines that the town so famously gives its name to. You return crossing the vineyards and olive groves of the Berici hills. 912m / 2992ft of ascent on this route.
You stay at Villa Lussana (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 6: Teolo to Villaganzerla 38km/24mi

Today starts with a 1km climb from the hotel, followed by an exhilarating freewheel down through the Euganean Hills to the mediaeval castle at San Martino. Then, cycling by the Bacchiglione River you reach Cervarese Santa Croce in time for a relaxed lunch in the square. Onwards, it's into wine country once more to reach your charming farm hotel at Villaganzerla where you'll receive a warm welcome from Valfrido and Angelina. There's time for a dip in the pool (typically open June - early September) before dinner.
RIDE PLUS - 84km / 52mi From Teolo you can cycle along the route of the skateboard and inline skate world championships before descending through vineyards, a stop at the Villa dei Vescovi, one of the region's best-preserved Villas, is highly recommended. After the Praglia Monastery ride out on a loop across the Paduan plain to return to the foothills and Bastia. There are several villages on the route to stop for refreshments. 677m / 2221ft of ascent on this route.
You stay at the Agriturismo L'Albara (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 7: At Villaganzerla (Optional) 34km/21.5mi or 38km/24mi

You could laze by the pool but it's a shame to miss out on Vicenza! A cycle path (those feeling lazy can catch the bus) takes you there past the famous Palladian villa, La Rotonda. 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. There's plenty to explore.
RIDE PLUS - 87km / 54mi Today's ride takes you to Palladio's city of Vicenza, traditionally the centre for gold jewellery artisans. The route follows a figure of 8 through the Berici Archaeological and Natural Park where you will ascend and descend several times through vineyards before passing Lake Fimon, a residual feature from the last Ice Age. There is an option on this route of reducing the amount of climbing by turning right at 13.2km to spend more time in Vicenza. Option 1 has 1432m / 4698ft of ascent, option 2 has 770m / 2526ft of ascent.
You stay at the Agriturismo L'Albara (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 8: Villaganzerla to Cortela 40km/25mi

Today's route follows the Strada del Tocai Rosso (the only area outside of Hungary where the red Tocai is grown). The wine road links a string of pretty villages, each with their own Venetian campanile. Then it's out across the plain to reach Vo Vecchio, criss-crossed with canals. The Euganean hills are spread out in front of you as you cycle through the vineyards to Gabriella and Alessandro's farmhouse for your last dinner.
RIDE PLUS - 80km / 50mi Start the day following the Strada dei Vini along the foothills of the Berician with the possibility of wine tasting stops at the villages of Costozza and Nanto locally well known for using the red Tokay grape originating from Hungary. You then climb over the Berici for a stunning view and descent into the horseshoe valley carved by the Liona river, before heading back across the plains to the Euganei and into the vineyards of Villa Sceriman. A picturesque final wine tasting opportunity before arriving back to your Agriturismo for a well-earned chilled locally produced glass of bubbles! 587m / 1926ft of ascent on this route.
You stay at the Agriturismo II Feudo (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 9: Leave Cortela


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Agriturismo Il Feudo, Cortela

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This lovely agriturismo is a charming, tranquil place in the middle of vineyards. Run by Gabriella and Alessandro - it's been in their family for over 200 years! - the family make their own olive oil and honey as well as their own wine. Your evening meal is Gabriella's home-made regional fayre.

The agriturismo offers 6 rooms, which are simple but comfortable, with polished pine floorboards, brightly coloured counterpanes and ensuite bathrooms. The dining room also has quite a rustic but homely feel to it, with stone walls, exposed wooden beams and brightly coloured table cloths.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Belvedere Resort ai Colli, Galzignano Terme

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The Hotel Belvedere is situated in the outskirts of Galzignano,on the edge of the vines on the way to the nearby wine village of Torreglia. You'll feel immediately at home here - especially given the warm welcome you receive from the hospitable Ottolitri family.

The hotel is cosy throughout, from the welcoming lounge area where you can relax before or after dinner with its pastel coloured, cosy armchairs and open fire, to the bedrooms, all decorated in their own floral pattern.


Room upgrades: Comfort room with private garden.


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Villa Lussana, Teolo

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Villa Lussana is a beautifully restored Liberty villa, with an attractive peach and white facade. The hotel is run by Tiziana and Alessio. Being slightly above the main square, the Villa's large terrace enjoys glorious views over the picturesque collection of houses of Teolo and the surrounding, imposing Euganean Hills.

The rooms are elegantly furnished to match the Liberty decor, which has been maintained throughout. They have all the modern comforts too, which are cunningly concealed behind the grandiose decor.


Room upgrades: Superior room with balcony .


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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.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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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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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.

Travel

Transfers included from Vicenza train station at 14:03 and back to Vicenza train station at 12:45.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs La Roche, 05/08/2019

Superb a real sensory experience.


Mr Jones, 14/09/2018

Enjoyable, well organised


Mr Howard, 24/06/2018

James was the best Headwater representative that we have ever encountered. His knowledge & summary of the area was excellent. The bikes, bag collection & transfer excellent. He could run the company! Thank you for one of the best holidays ever. We will be back for another Headwater holiday.


Ms Krebs, 20/06/2018

Well planned holiday. Cultural notes and cycling instructions excellent. Picture book countryside, very high standard food offerings everywhere. Our rep James was lovely and helpful.

Memorable holiday. Will definitely travel with Headwater again if still able to . Had a splendid holiday with HW also about 15 years ago cycling through Umbria.


Mrs Rodely, 09/06/2018

This was a very relaxed holiday, all the hotels were in the countryside where the views were lovely, the air clean and the environment quiet and peaceful.


Mrs Marshall, 04/06/2018

Although graded as "easy", there was a particularly "challenging" prolonged uphill stretch to reach Teolo, where I had to get off and push but Teolo was so worth it. The Villa Lussana provided the best accommodation and vegetarian food on the trip. It was good to have a variety of individual styles of accommodation.

We are not into Apps and downloads, so our Rep provided us with excellent detailed written route instructions, having just recently cycled the route himself. We enjoyed meeting up with other cyclists for the 2 nights spent at Villaganzerla and with 2 walkers at Galzignano. I am not a competent cyclist and it had been some time since I was on a bike, so there was a certain sense of achievement at having completed the route unscathed!


Mrs Jensen, 23/10/2017

Cycling through the Veneto area allowed us to get a feel for rural Italy and the people who live there, as well as to experience the history of the area. The route takes you primarily through farmland and, since our trip was in October and after harvest time, many of the fields were plowed so we missed some of the greenery that probably characterizes the area in summer. We enjoyed visiting Vicenza on one of our non-cycling days and also had the opportunity to take a bus to Padova, a larger and more modern city than we thought. Sarah was attentive to our needs throughout the trip.


Mr Phillips, 25/09/2017

Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling lived up to its name as there is an opportunity to visit many villas in this area. We travelled during the grape harvest season and it was interesting to see both hand picking (especially around Cortela) and mechanical harvesting and to taste wine near Cortela. Sarah Hall is an excellent rep with 10 years experience and knowledge of the area and the routes. She keeps the bicycles in immaculate condition, and provided a comprehensive briefing and was always available if needed. The Villa Lussana Hotel was our favourite with wonderful views and delicious meals. We should have done more research on sights to see in Padua and Vicenza to make more use of the day trips. We added 3 nights at the Hotel Kette in Venice which was in a good location but very touristy compared to the relatively quiet and non-tourist cycling. Great trip overall and easy to add to the Coastal Croatia Cycling as we did that trip first and caught the ferry from Porec to Venice then on to Vicenza.


Mrs Caldwell, 07/09/2017

Excellent routes through lovely rural Italy. First &I last accommodation very disappointing because we thought we would enjoy basic country accommodation &I enjoy the food & wine of the area - we felt this was not the case at this accommodation. Food &I wine at Il Feudo were very poor - accommodation not good - rooms hot &stuffy - noisy -bed not comfortable & very poor lighting.


Mrs Wigham, 19/07/2017

After three outstanding trips with Headwater previously (twice to Italy, and once to Spain), we were wondering whether our 4th excursion, 'Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling' could possibly live up to our high expectations. We were looking for an interesting and relaxing break that would immerse us in the Italian culture and suit the mixed cycling abilities of our group (two couples). This holiday managed to satisfy us all. While most of the routes were relatively flat, there were a few more challenging hills and options along the way. Highlights (just to list a few) included exploring the neighborhoods and museums of Vicenza and Padua, getting lost in the maze at Valsanzibio gardens, taking in the view from Villa Lussana after an exhilarating cycle up to Teolo, and the welcoming family atmosphere at L'Albara agriturismo (not to mention delicious meals they conjured up from homegrown produce). To surprise one of our party, we requested a birthday cake along the way. Our rep Sarah wisely chose Villa Lussana as the place for the surprise, and their experienced chef produced an amazing fruit flan right on cue, which helped make the event very special and memorable. There were a couple of slight disappointments - a room 'upgrade' that was of a lower specification than a standard room, and as seasoned Headwater fans we missed the detailed route notes that we've had every other time - but these are only minor niggles that did not detract from what was otherwise an excellent holiday, and great value for money. Thank you, Headwater, and we look forward to our next trip with you - wherever that may be!


Mrs Mcgeown, 16/07/2017

A great holiday, virtually traffic free rides, excellent food and lovely scenery. A brilliant combination of cultural cities (if you wish to visit them) and rural isolation. However, consider the best time to go - the temperature hit 42 degrees & humidity was very high which made cycling difficult (4-13 July). We were the only guests at our first three holels and owners told us they consider July to be low season due to the heat. If you were expecting to meet other travellers you could be disappointed. On the other hand places of interest were not crowded & we didn't need to queue with the exception of Venice.


Mrs Herron, 19/06/2017

This holiday is well organised with reliable backup available if needed. Although we were initially sceptical we found the Ride with GPS system was good when the printed out notes were ambiguous! It would be nice to have more descriptive notes on points of interest on the itinerary. The cycling was varied and on interesting and not too hilly routes often with lovely views to enjoy. We were slightly disappointed with the quality of food, apart from at the Villa Lussana, as it didn't live up to our expectations of what we have enjoyed previously with Headwater. Also breakfasts could be a bit variable in what was offered e.g. in the Belvedere Resort ai Colli there was a 5 Euro extra charge if you wished cheese or cold meat or eggs while in other hotels these were included. On the whole we were made to feel very welcome but I would certainly recommend bringing a travel kettle if like us you enjoy a cup of tea as they clearly do not understand how to make decent tea and also charge a lot for it! Air conditioning is an absolute necessity and it was also of variable efficiency in the different accommodations, actually blowing the lights in the L'Albara Agriturismo when we tried to turn it up a little. However each place had different pros and cons e.g. L.'Albara had wonderful baking and fruit and the freshest lettuce straight from the vegetable garden even thought the main courses were pretty dire! We also had the best Tira Misu I have ever tasted and the pool was a real bonus! In summary a great holiday so long as you are prepared for a variety of accommodation and standards of food,


Dr Brech, 08/10/2016

Despite being in a National Park, this was a less rural holiday than we were expecting. While some of the routes are rural in nature, you are never out of sight of a dwelling and you are on, or next to, or crossing, busy roads quite a lot of the time. Italy is also home to a plague of noisy motor bikes and scooters but I guess this is part of the culture! That said, the hotels and the food were mostly very good. We did an extra two days in Teolo which worked well and gave us two days in Padua (easy bus ride) as well as a pleasant local hike. Rep Sarah was as good as we had been led to believe and gave us a most detailed briefing. Her route notes were also excellent.




Mr Hutchison, 01/10/2016

Exercise, fresh air, excellent food and drink and, as ever with Headwater, getting to know a new area pretty well.


Mr Vakil, 25/09/2016

This was our first experience with Headwater. We were extremely impressed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our local Rep Sarah was helpful and informative. She knew the area extremely well and had clearly worked hard to develop helpful contacts and provide useful and interesting information about the area we were cycling in. She provided excellent notes and maps and obviously had good relationships with the hotel owners which helped us to feel cared for and welcomed. Sarah is literally the best holiday rep that we have ever encountered. We are full of admiration and gratitude and will definitely book with Headwater again.


Ms Bowden, 21/09/2016

A very enjoyable cycling holiday exploring the less known areas west of Venice.


Mrs White, 17/09/2016

Cycling from Slovenia was a great experience. Dependent on flight times though, I would suggest just one night in Ljubljana and an extra night in Bled. I agree with other reviewers, that it would have been good to spend more time in Slovenia. The local agent was very helpful and gave us a full briefing using his computer which was very helpful. This was the best briefing we have had from a Headwater 'agent'.

The cycling spectacular and easily the best scenery we have had on any Headwater trip although the cycling was generally easy (this was good!) - even on the long days. The parts of the cycle on old railway lines were particularly good - and easy, due to shade despite it being hot. I would actually grade the hotel as 1 not 1+



The Veneto cycling was not as spectacular as our previous week. We enjoyed it though. A good opportunity to see a different less touristy part of Italy. We particularly enjoyed staying in the agriturismo which are friendly and welcoming.


Mr Craven, 16/09/2016

The only thing that really concerned us was the use by the taxi driver of his mobile phone (reading texts, not calling) at 80 mph on the motorway returning to the airport. I suggest Sarah should have a word with him. I am sure there is a Headwater policy on this.

Apart from this, we had a good time, Sarah was a good rep and her notes were excellent. The Veneto is a good area for people like us (60 plus) and we found the local services offered good value for money, better than we expected for Italy.

Il Feudo is rather a disappointing place to start and finish the holiday; it was below the par of the other places in terms of food and accommodation.........and ice is a problem there.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Craven,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. We do review all of the feedback we receive and use this to help us improve and develop our holidays for the future.
With this in mind, we were sorry to read of your concerns regarding your return transfer. Please be assured our customers safety and well-being is a top priority and we expect the same priority from our local suppliers, therefore, the type of behaviour you have highlighted is completely unacceptable; please be assured we will discontinue using this supplier with immediate effect. Please accept our sincere apology for the upset or anxiety this may have caused.
We were also disappointed to read of your dissatisfaction with the Il Feudo, ordinarily, this hotel scores well and receives positive feedback. However, please be assured, we do realise the importance of maintaining our high standards of accommodation and service and appreciate we cannot afford to let these standards slip. We will continue to work with our Hotelier to ensure they are delivering the kind of accommodation and meals our customers expect.
Despite these issues, we were pleased to read you enjoyed your holiday overall and rated the service provided by Sarah and the routes notes we provide as a valued addition to your holiday.

In closing, we would like to thank you for your constructive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.

Kind regards,
Headwater Customer Service team


Mrs Wege, 13/09/2016

Very good, but next time would try a higher grade of route


Mr Timothy, 17/08/2016

Great holiday. Our rep Sarah was really helpful and ensured everything ran smoothly. Was sick on first day of arrival. Sarah and the people running the hotel helped me straight away so that I was able to get better and enjoy a great holiday. The scenery is stunning and people so friendly and helpful. Also the food was delicious in every place we stayed. You would pay an awful lot for that standard of food in the UK. We went in July so the weather was really hot in the afternoon so make sure you take lots of shade and water breaks.Was a fun holiday.


Mr Crockett, 02/08/2016

Great way to explore Italy.


Mr Twiss, 19/07/2016

Well planned and organised, good routes accurately described, very helpful staff.


Mr Tarr, 11/07/2016

This was our first cycling holiday, we are both reasonably fit but not regular cyclists so this was an excellent introduction.we found the routes fairly straight forward and enjoyable with the route notes easy to follow as long as we didn't read too far ahead (short term memory problems!). All the hotels were very good in their different ways , we ate well everywhere but the stand out food was at the Villa Lussana in Teolo. unfortunately we missed the ride to Teolo because of an extremely heavy thunder storm but Sarah our Rep picked us up and transfered us. The day wasn't wasted though, we were able to do a lovely circular walk later on in the afternoon to set us up for the first of our fabulous evening meals there. We took a bus into Padua on the rest day, well worth doing, we visited the Scrovegni Chapel and the the University to see the anatomy theatre. The two nights at the Agritourismo L' Albara were very convivial and the pool was lovely. To sum up, we had a great time, Sarah our rep was extremely helpful and helped make our holiday .


Mrs Thomas, 01/07/2016

Loved this little known area, which was perfect for easy cycling. Good variety of cycling ; quiet roads, alongside canals and dedicated cycle paths. Sarah our rep couldn't have been better and was always working hard for us to get the most out of our holiday. Loved Albara, which had a pool which was a bonus in our hot weather (30s). There is another holiday option to stay here as a base for week, I would think this would work well , as it was our favourite stopover out of the four we stayed at. Food and wine excellent all the way round and plenty of places to stop enroute.


Mrs Price, 06/06/2016

This was an interesting area of Italy and our holiday passed all too quickly with the usual Headwater mix of cultural visits and, of course cycling. The routes were well selected and mostly on cycle paths. Food was great. We didnt visit Padua, Vincenza or Venice as we preferred to explore the countryside. Otherwise the holiday was pretty much as described in the brochure.


Mrs Briddick, 30/05/2016

We were very lucky with the weather and this is important when on a cycling holiday! The accommodation was varied and highly suited to starting and ending a days cycling. We loved the routes which were through beautiful countryside ( isn't this lovely! I kept saying) and which provided us with convenient coffee and lunch stops. The cycling was spot on for a 1 cycle ride but it also offered more hilly routes is we wished to challenge ourselves. We soon found we had total confidence in the route notes and once when we went wrong I said - Sarah would never send us down this road! And I was right. You have to be a little flexible - one of our routes was blocked off by a motorcycling event but we were able to use the notes to rejoin the trail. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the delicious local wine. I made friends with my bike and always looked forward to the next day's expedition. Great holiday!


Mrs Seville, 10/08/2015

This was a fantastic holiday mixing activity through cycling with culture by visiting Vicenza, Padua and Venice. It is great if you want an authentic holiday experience getting the feel of a country independently by cycling along country lanes and canal banks undisturbed by traffic and stopping at local markets or cafes for lunch with the security of knowing that a comfortable bed and good food awaits you at the end of a day. You feel you have earned the glass of wine and the lovely food using fresh local ingredients . The hotels were all different but individual and whilst not needed it is good to know that there is a local rep on hand to sort out any problems. It was 10 years since our last headwater cycling holiday but we were pleased that we still easily coped with the cycling and this holiday was the best mix of scenery, cycle routes, hotels and food out of the other 4 I have had over a 25 year period. Thank you for a great time.


Mrs Craik, 19/07/2015

We almost always travel independently and avoid package holidays. However, we wanted to do a cycling holiday and were attracted by the idea of being able to cycle from place to place with our luggage transported. Headwater did not let us down - we felt we had all the advantages of independent travel (getting off the well-worn tourist routes, meeting local people and eating regional food) yet had backup if we wanted or needed it. Our rep, Sarah, was outstanding, friendly and knowledgeable and generous with her time. Cycle routes were clear and had plenty of suggestions for detours to places of interest, or to make the day's trip more or less taxing. We liked all the places where we stayed - the two hotels were polished and comfortable, a lovely complement to the country cooking and warm family atmosphere of the two agritourismi.


Mr Crockett, 12/07/2015

Super holiday, loved the area, and all the hotels. Our rep, Sarah, was absolutely wonderful. She found us a taxi at a good price, she knew all about the area, the bag transfer was done most efficiently, what a lovely lady. She even recognised that we felt more comfortable eating as just a couple, and not in a larger group, and without us asking she organised a table for just us two. How perceptive!! Thank you Sarah.


Mrs Hulme, 18/08/2014

We enjoyed another quality holiday with Headwater. This area of Italy is very pretty, ideal for gentle cycling and sightseeing. All of the hotels provided excellent food, wine and accomodation.


Mr Mace, 25/07/2014

You really get to know a country on a bike - the real people, the flora and fauna, food and customs. Eat like a king and not feel guilty!

You have to accept some discomfort - mosquitos, missing/faulty air conditioning, rain showers, bikes with no suspension at all, miss the odd lunch, but it's got to be better than plonked next to a pool reading a book, and cramming another meal in.

Not sure you'd want to publish these comments though!

Seriously, we enjoyed our holiday, and look forward to our next one - maybe Denmark?


Mr Waters, 10/07/2014

Overall a superb holiday, occasional cyclist managed route, good accommodation, good route and other notes. Good access to other locations for tourist visiting.

Excellent local rep.


Mr Munn, 13/06/2014

This was our 13th consecutive year of cycling holidays with Headwater and was one of the best. This was partly because the weather was so good but mainly because the Veneto is such a lovely area for cycling and hoidaying. The food at all hotels was excellent and the local wines are not only excellent but cheap.


Mrs Ripley, 25/11/2013

An excellent holiday with the usual high standards of food, accommodation and planning.


Mr Collman, 14/10/2013

A cycling holiday is an adventure. We started in summer weather and ended in cold and rain which did somewhat marr this experience. This was our 6th cycling holiday, and we felt that the route was somewhat artificial. [Our favourite was the Danube, Passau to Vienna, which was a real journey.]


Mr Jackson, 10/10/2013

The holiday itinerary was well-planned and took us through a delightful and unfamiliar part of northern Italy. The cycling was leisurely but varied, with opportunities to visit a range of very interesting and attractive places and sights. Sarah's advice and suggestions were excellent, and she dealt promptly with a problem with one of the bikes. Accommodation was very good: we particularly enjoyed our stays at Belvedere Resort ai Colle and at Agriturismo l'Albara (where dining alongside the family made for a great atmosphere). Everyone we met was friendly and helpful, the weather was excellent at this time of year, and the local wine a revelation (unfortunately we were only able to bring back 2 bottles from Gabriella at Agriturismo Il Feudo)!


Dr Bungay, 27/09/2013

Wonderful cycling holiday with varied days and experiences. The cycling could be easy or more challenging according to the options. The scenery and architecture was amazing, but very few tourists (except Venice)


Mrs Fuller, 10/09/2013

Really lovely holiday. We loved Il feudo especially, but variety in the hotels was a positive feature. Would avoid temperatures in high 30s next time by going earlier. Sarah was helpful and knowledgeable. Ideal for family with children, including chance to visit Venice and Vicenza.


Mrs Morris, 22/07/2013

Sarah was fantastic- all credit to her. Funny, kind, thoughtful and a wealth of knowledge!


Mr Moss, 20/05/2013

Wonderful opportunity to see some of the lovely Veneto plain, whilst getting exercise, and building up appetite for the evening meals. We have used Headwater twice now and would not consider using another cycling tour company as the variable start dates, knowledgeable and helpful reps, and welcoming hosts make the entire experience enjoyable.



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This 8 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts and evening meals

Services of your local Headwater Representative

Headwater Wine Collection Service

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality hybrid bikes

RidePlus route options

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip

Luggage transfers between hotels


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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 25th Aug 2019 to 28th Sep 2020, for 8 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and evening meals

RidePlus
Customers wishing to include the free RidePlus option should request this at the time of booking. RidePlus holidays include additional route directions as GPX files for you to download to your own route navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc). Not all RidePlus routes are suitable for our standard hybrid bikes so you may need to bring your own road bike or hire one - please call for details.

Rideplus bike upgrades
Road bikes (Ribelle Bike) are available at a supplement of £305 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

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Transfers included from Vicenza train station at 14:03 and back to Vicenza train station at 12:45.

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