Italy: Cycling Tour around Venice & The Veneto (7 Nights)
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Cycling Holidays in Italy: Venice & The Veneto

Unguided Cycling Holiday

8 Days / 7 Nights
(6 Days Cycling)

Approx 169-185 miles / 270-295 km, with 540 Metres of Climbing

Level: Easy

Three Categories of Hotels: A+, A & B

Departures

Available from 21 March to 24 October 2020

From Vicenza: Every Saturday & Sunday

From Mestre: Every Tuesday & Wednesday

Prices from €510 pp B&B, with Discounts for Children

Cycling Holiday around Venice & The Veneto

This cycling holiday in around Venice and the Veneto is a fabulous journey that loops between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. On this cycling tour around the Veneto, you can:

  • Admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility.
  • Discover Vicenza – Palladio’s personal “showcase” and a World Heritage site since 1994.
  • Taste a typical “grappa” in Bassano.
  • Cycle the Prosecco vineyards between Asolo and Treviso.
  • Explore the timeless beauty of Venice.
  • Take a walk through the charming town of Chioggia – affectionately known as “Little Venice”.
  • Discover the fabulous city of Padua – home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.

We grade this cycling holiday around Venice and the Veneto as “Easy”. The route is generally flat, with a few short climbs and one long climb. The roads and cycle paths are nearly all paved and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the time away from traffic. This is a great tour for cyclists of all levels, including beginners and families with small children.

The holiday includes accommodation and all breakfasts in a selection of hand-picked hotels. We offer 3 levels of accommodation. Daily luggage transfers, a comprehensive information pack, route information and emergency support are also included.

We can provide hire bikes, including electric bikes, tandems, and bikes, trailers and seats for kids.

Cycling Holiday around Venice & the Veneto: Itinerary

This cycling tour of Venice and the Veneto usually starts in either Vicenza or Mestre. The itinerary described below is based on starting in Vicenza. If starting in Mestre, Day 4 in this itinerary will be Day 1 of your tour and Day 3 will be Day 7.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Vicenza.
  • Day 2: Bassano del Grappa, Approx. 25 miles / 40 km.
  • Day 3: Treviso, Approx. 38 miles / 60 km.
  • Day 4: Mestre or Venice, Approx. 13 or 29 miles / 20 or 45 km.
  • Day 5: Chioggia, Approx. 22 miles /35 km.
  • Day 6: Padua Thermal District, 35 miles / 55 km.
  • Day 7: Vicenza, Approx. 38 miles / 60 km.
  • Day 8: Depart from Vicenza.
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In 2020, because of the Vicenzaoro (Gold Fair) taking place in Vicenza in September, holidays starting on the following dates will leave from either Treviso, Padua Thermal District or Vicenza, not as scheduled:

  • 29 & 30 August.
  • 1, 2, 5 & 6 September.

Please ask for details.


Day 1
Arrival in Vicenza

No meals

There has been a settlement in Vicenza right back into the depths of history and it has been ruled at different times by various great powers, including the Venetians, the French under Napoleon, and the Austrians.

Vicenza was a prosperous town under Venetian rule and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives. In particular, the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio has led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there is much more to the “City of Palladio” than elegant architecture. Its thriving street life and dynamic exhibitions provide an interesting dose of modern vibrancy.

Day 2
Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa
Approx 40 km / 25 miles, with 100 m of Climbing

Breakfast

From Vicenza you cycle towards Marostica, famous for its two castles, one at the top of the hill above the town and the other in the main square. Marostica is also known as the “City of Chess”, as every two years a medieval festival is held in the town and a giant chess game is played in the main square, with human chess pieces.

From Marostica, you will cycle to Bassano del Grappa, your home for the night. The town is situated at the point where the flat Veneto plains reach the foothills of the Alps. It is a prosperous place and the architecture reflects the town’s location: typical Veneto-style arcaded streets and piazzas are interspersed with alpine-style wooden balconies.

Bassano del Grappa is probably best known for its remarkable covered wooden bridge over the River Brenta, the “Ponte degli Alpini”, and for the strong grappa liqueur produced in the area.  The historic centre of the town is compact and very pretty.

If you are doing the tour at Category A+, you will cycle on to Asolo and spend the night there.

Day 3
Bassano del Grappa to Treviso
Approx 60 km / 38 miles, with 300 m of Climbing

Breakfast

Today you will pass through Asolo, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and known as “The town with a Hundred Horizons”, due to its hilltop position, which allows fabulous views over the surrounding hills, mountains and plains.

After Asolo you will pass the Villa di Maser, also known as Villa Barbaro, which is one of the greatest masterpieces of Andrea Palladio, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. It is situated in the middle of a flourishing estate whose historic winery produces wines of great quality and which offers guided tours and wine-tastings.

Treviso is an attractive town with meandering waterways and a tranquil atmosphere. The town centre is a rambling maze of streets lined with arcaded walkways. The River Sile runs to the south of the town centre and canals carry water around the town. The river and canal banks are lined with pretty houses, weeping willows, waterwheels and little parks. The town’s defensive walls, moat and gateways are still impressive sights.

Day 4
Treviso to Mestre (Cat A & B)
Treviso to Venice (Cat A+)
Approx 20 or 45 km / 13 or 29 miles, with 100 m of Climbing

Breakfast

Today you will follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale then on to Mestre. Mestre’s most appealing feature is the Piazza Ferretto, the town’s main square, which is pedestrianised and surrounded by interesting historic buildings.

If you are doing the self-guided tour at Category A+, you will cycle on to Venice and spend the night there.

For those who have opted for Categories A or B, the “City of Water” is just a short train or bus ride away. For a supplement, we can also arrange accommodation in Venice.

Day 5
Mestre or Venice to Chioggia
Approx 35 km / 22 miles, with No Climbing

Breakfast

Leaving Mestre, you will enter Venice along the 4 km-long bridge “della Libertà”, then take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. On the way you will be able to admire Venice and the famous Piazza San Marco. (Cycling is not permitted in Venice.)

“Lido di Venezia” is on the island of Malamocco, which separates the central part of the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea and where the atmosphere is very different to Venice. There are leafy residential avenues and lovely views across the lagoon towards Venice.

From Malamocco you will take another ferry to the even narrower island of Pellestrina, before crossing by motorboat to Chioggia.

Chioggia is a fishing port with several picturesque spots and a slower pace of life than Venice. The town’s morning fish-market is a popular sight and its seafood restaurants are highly-praised.

Day 6
Chioggia to Padua Thermal District
Approx 55 km / 35 miles, with No Climbing

Breakfast

Today you will be pedalling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice centuries ago, the River Bacchiglione and the River Brenta. You will pass through Strà, famous for the majestic Villa Pisani, home of Napoleon for one night and site of the first meeting between Hitler and Mussolini.

This evening, you will have the chance to relax and unwind in a 4* resort in the largest thermal district in Europe.

Day 7
Padua Thermal District to Vicenza
Approx 60 km / 38 miles, with 130 m of Climbing

Breakfast

On your final day of cycling, you will follow the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal through Padua, before continuing on to Vicenza.

As a medieval city-state and site of the second-oldest university in Italy, Padua challenged both Venice and Verona for regional hegemony. The city’s biggest tourist attractions are the Scrovegni Chapel, with its priceless frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. The town centre is an attractive place to explore, with many historic streets, a host of fine architecture, expansive parks and lovely gardens.

You will follow the River Bacchiglione out of Padua, towards Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. Your route passes the Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas.

Just before entering Vicenza you can visit the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.

On arrival in Vicenza you will hand over your hire bikes and be free to make the most of the final night of your cycling tour around Venice.

Day 8
Departure from Vicenza

Breakfast

End of your cycling tour around Venice!  However, what´s the rush to leave?  Why not take time to explore more of this fabulous part of Italy?  We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like, organise another tour or book other hotels, transfers and activities. Please ask for details.

Cycling around Venice & the Veneto: Dates & Prices

This cycling holiday is available as an unguided tour departing from Vicenza every Saturday and Sunday, and from Mestre every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 21 March to 24 October 2020.

Prices depend on the Category of accommodation and the season.

Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room, including Breakfast
Category B
Category A
Category A+
21 March-24 April & 3-24 October
€510
€620
€1290
25 April-19 June & 5 September-2 October
€580
€690
€1360
20 June-4 September
€630
€740
€1410
Single Supplement*
€180
€230
€380
Overnight in Padua instead of Thermal District
€20
€20
€20
Extra Nights (prices from)
Vicenza or Trevisa
Double (pp / from)
€45
€55
POA
Single (from)
€75
€85
Mestre
Double (pp)
€55
€70
POA
Single
€85
€100
Venice
Double (pp / from)
€90
€90
POA
Single (from)
€150
€150
Bike & Equipment Hire
Touring Bike
€85
Hybrid Bike
€125
Electric Bike
€195
Tandem Bike
€170
Kids Bike
€85
Kids Trailer
POA
Kids Seat or Follow-Me Tandem
FREE
Helmet Hire (sizes 54-61 cm)
€15

*This tour cannot usually be booked by a solo traveller. Please contact us if you would like to travel on the same dates as other clients.

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 

Discounts

There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling holiday around Venice & the Veneto:
  • Room share (Not Cat A+):
    • Third & fourth adult or child over 10 years sharing room with 2 adults – Cat A – €150 / Cat B –  €120.
    • Child up to 2 years – 100% (cot to be paid locally).
    • Child 3-6 years – 50%.
    • Child 7-10 years – 30%.
  • No luggage transfers – €50 pp.

Services Included

This cycling holiday around Venice & the Veneto includes:
  • 7 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels.
  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
  • Tour presentation (welcome meeting).
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel. (Discount if not required.)
  • Information pack, including cycle map & Greens Cycling Guide. (1 per room.)
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.
  • Ticket for ferry transfer on day 5  (Cat A & A+ only. Bike not included – Approx. €5 extra.)
  • An ice-cream in the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza.

Extra Services & Costs

The following services are not included in the price of this cycling tour around Venice & the Veneto:
  • Travel to and from the start and end of the tour.
  • Local tourist taxes (approximately €15-€20 pp).
  • Dinners, lunches, drinks and snacks.
  • At Cat B, ticket for ferry transfer on day 5.  (Approx. €30 extra, with bike).
  • Extra nights in Vicenza, Treviso, Venice or any other point along the route.
  • At Cat A & B, upgrade to night in Venice instead of Mestre. (Included at Cat A+.)
  • Travel insurance.

Accommodation

This cycling holiday around Venice & the Veneto includes accommodation and breakfasts in specially-selected hotels, many with free WIFI internet connections. There are 3 categories of accommodation available:

  • Category A+: Mainly 4* & luxury hotels, with one 3* hotel in Venice.
  • Category A: Mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.
  • Category B: Mainly 3* hotels, with one 2* hotel and one 4* hotel.

At both categories A & B, the overnight in Padua Thermal District is in a wellness hotel with swimming pools.

All 4* hotels have air conditioning, but some 2* and 3* hotels may not.

Your reserved accommodation will usually be confirmed not less than one month before your holiday start date.

Hotel Examples

Vicenza

Category A+: Hotel Palladio****

Category A: Hotel de la Ville in Vicenza****

Category B: Hotel Albergo San Raffaele**

Bassano del Grappa

Category A+: Albergo al Sole, Asolo*****

Category A: Hotel Palladio Bassano del Grappa****

Category B: Hotel Brennero***

Treviso

Category A+: Maison Matilda

Category A: Hotel Carlton****

Category B: Hotel Maggior Consiglio****

Mestre

Category A: Park Hotel Ai Pini****

Category B: Hotel Venezia***

Vienna

Category A+: Hotel al Sole***

Chioggia

Category A+: Hotel Grande Italia****

Category A: Hotel Grande Italia****

Category B: Hotel Airone, Sottomarina****

Padua Thermal District

Galzignano Terme: Hotel Splendid**** & Hotel Sporting****

Cycling Holiday around the Veneto: Travel

Getting to and from Vicenza or Mestre.

This cycling holiday around Venice & the Veneto starts and ends in either Vicenza or Mestre.

Vicenza is connected with airports at Verona (VRN / 60 km), Treviso (TSF / 70 km), Venice, (VCE / 90 km), Bergamo, (BGY / 165 km) and Milan (MXP / 250 km).

Mestre is connected with airports at Venice (VCE / 10 km) and Treviso (TSF / 35 km).

Please check www.skyscanner.net for flights and www.trenitalia.com for trains.

If you arrive by car, you can park in Vicenza or Mestre for the whole duration of the tour. Parking costs from €15-€20 per day. Some hotels have private parking, while in other cases you have to use other parking places. No reservation is possible and you have to pay on site.

We would be very happy to arrange your journey to and from the tour.  Please ask for details.

Hire Bikes

Hire bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:

  • Touring bike, 27-speed Shimano Deore.
  • Hybrid bike, 27-speed Shimano Deore.
  • City bike, 7-speed Shimano Nexus, with back-pedal brake.
  • E-bike, 9-speed Shimano.
  • Tandem.
  • Family tandem (child 4-12 years).
  • Kids bikes, with 20″ & 24″ wheels.
  • Child seat (max 24 kg)*.
  • “Follow-me” tandem (max 27 kg)*.
  • Child trailer (max 30 kg)*.

*Can only be mounted on touring bikes (not hybrids).

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Touring bikes have aluminium frames and are fitted with a rear rack, comfort gel saddle, anti-puncture tyres and ergonomic grips. The city bikes also feature a quick-release system for adjusting the height of the handlebars.

Hire bikes are supplied with a cycle computer, water bottle, combination lock and a single 20-litre pannier bag for the carriage of spare clothing and food. One bike per room is also supplied with a handlebar bag or map holder, a pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube and allen keys.

Bike Insurance

An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. However, in cases of careless or improper use, the insurance will not cover the costs.

Helmets

Helmets are not compulsory in Italy, even for children.  However, they can be hired at the time of booking. If you plan to cycle out of built-up areas at night or through tunnels, you must bring and wear a reflective vest.

Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.

More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycling tour around Venice and the Veneto is an “easy” tour that should be achievable by novice cyclists and is suitable for families. The route is generally flat with a few short climbs and one long climb (to Asolo). The roads and cycle paths are nearly all paved and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the time away from traffic.

All of the principal towns through which this tour passes are connected by train. On days 2, 3, 4 and 5, if you wish to skip a stage, you can take the train to the next overnight stop. (Please note that not every stage is served by a direct train connection and that it may be necessary to change train.) On days 4 and 7, it is possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train.

  • Total length: 270/295 km.
  • Total climbing: 540 m.
  • Terrain: 85% paved, 15% unpaved.

Cycling Tour around Venice - Route Profile

Route Profile – Click to enlarge

The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.


Baggage Transfers

Daily baggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling tour around Venice. There is a strict limit of 2 pieces of luggage per person: one with a maximum weight of 20 kg and one with a maximum weight of 10 kg.

A discount is available if luggage transfers are not required.


Weather

In the area of Venice and the Veneto, temperatures are usually cool/mild in spring and autumn and hot/humid in summer, with the potential for summer storms. Whenever you travel, please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. It will often be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. A sun hat and sunscreen are often essential.

On rainy days, all items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.