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Italy's Venice lands 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1
Cycling this sophisticated corner of Italy is a real pleasure: admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility, scattered in the whole region... discover Vicenza, architect Palladio’s personal “showcase” and part of the World Heritage List since 1994... taste a typical “grappa” in Bassano, famous also for its covered wooden bridge... cycle the Prosecco vineyards between Asolo and Treviso... explore the timeless fascination of Venice by foot and by water... take a walk in the charming Chioggia, affectionately known as “Little Venice”... discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. This tour is among European classics, curling between the Alps and the Adriatic sea.
7 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels
Welcome briefing in English
Cycling guide + Roadbook + Maps (1:50:000)
Ticket for ferry transfer (on day 5 bike not included, approx. 4 €)
Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
Ice-cream in the best ice-cream parlour of Vicenza
7-day Hotline service
Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
Departure Saturdays and Sundays from Vicenza; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Mestre
If you would like to hire a bike (80 euro) or e-bike (190 euro) or helmet (15 euro), please contact our office when booking [email protected]
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Individual arrival. A nice and cosy historical city centre characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).
Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (40 km).
From Vicenza you cycle towards Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard in the main square. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the “grappa”.
Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (60 km).
You enter Asolo, which presents us the only real uphill section our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on Maser.
Treviso – Mestre/Venice (20/45 km).
Leaving Treviso behind you, follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice awaits you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation in Mestre: a supplement applies for lodging in Venice.
Mestre/Venice – Chioggia (35 km).
Leaving Mestre this morning, you head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: Malamocco and the island of Pellestrina.
Chioggia – Padua thermal district (55 km).
You will be pedalling along the river Bacchiglione, which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
Padua thermal district – Vicenza (60 km).
Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities. Worth visiting are the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy. The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you will see Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo (entrance included).
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen: in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
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