From the Alps to the Adriatic

A wonderful bike tour starting from the Austrian border at Brennero Pass: you’ll cycle downhill through ancient villages, forts and green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you’ll reach the Veneto region, with a stop at the palm-lined shores of lake Garda and then Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its impressive Roman arena. Further on you’ll discover Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small “calli”.

Day by day itinerary

1. Innsbruck
Individual arrival.

2. Innsbruck – Bressanone (40 km by transfer + 55 km by bike)
A private transfer will take you to Brennero, where you’ll start cycling into the green Isarco valley. Your cycling day continues without difficulties through nice villages and green meadows till Fortezza, where you will see the ancient fort. Lake Varna awaits you for a relaxing break before you reach Bressanone.

3. Bressanone – Bolzano (45 km)
Continue along the same cycle path, with few kms today: you’ll have the opportunity to visit the huge Sabiona medieval monastery, built on a rocky-hill and dominating the Isarco-valley. Overnight in Bolzano.

4. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
You will ride along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards, passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento.

5. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
Always pedalling along the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.

6. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.

7. Verona – Vicenza (75/40 km)
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza. The old city centre is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. The ones who consider this stage too long can take a train from several railway stations.

8. Vicenza – Padua (45 km)
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe, “Prato della Valle”.

9. Padua – Mestre/Venice (40 km)
You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland. You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement. Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.

10. Mestre/Venice
Departure after breakfast

TH, FR 5.04 – 21.09.2018
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 5.04 – 2.05
Season 2: 3.05 – 20.06 and 6.09 – 21.09.2018
Season 3: 21.06 – 5.09.2018

Price per person

985 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Standard bicycle
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero
  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included in the price”

 

Supplements

260 € single room
230 € E-Assist bike
15 € helmet

80 € season 2
130 € season 3

Extra nights in in double/single room with breakfast:
70/90 € in Innsbruck
65/85 € in Mestre
from 90/150 € in Venice*
*on request 9th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.