(6 reviews)

Self-guided Bike and family / Original tour

Web code IT038

Italy / Euganean thermal district for families

Nature and relaxation for the younger ones

Here is the magic Veneto region for our little riders! The thermal and spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto, sorrounded by the natural park of the Euganean hills, represent the biggest thermal area of Europe, which can now be explored by bike, thanks to a growing network of cycle paths.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Individual arrival in the thermal district. 
An oasis of health and wellbeing in a unique territory, surrounded by a rich natural environment and boasting an important historic-artistic heritage, coming from its Roman, medieval and Venetian past. This region is also known for a culinary tradition based on local quality products, such as oil and wine.

    2. Arquà Petrarca - Monselice ( 20 km bike + 5 km walk)
    You will start cycling through the so called “Valli Selvatiche” up to the 17th century Villa Barbarigo, famous for its allegorical Italian garden, where children may get lost in the labyrinth. Second stop will be Arquà Petrarca, medieval jewel where the poet Petrarca spent his last days. Here you will enjoy a tasting of local wine and oil. From Arquà with a 30 minutes easy trek you can reach the plain of Mottolone, one of the most panoramic points of the Euganean hills. Then you will continue through the ancient city of Monselice, surrounded by medieval walls and hiding a Venetian heart. At the Buzzacarini Park children will find a small lake and a playground to have some fun before cycling back to the hotel.

    3. Battaglia Terme - Pontemanco - Mezzavia - Montegrotto Terme (25 km)
    In Battaglia Terme you can visit the Museum of River Navigation, which tells the story of the boatmen (the so called “barcari”) who transported goods from the Euganean hills to Venice. Along the cycle path of the Vigenzone canal you will reach the hamlet of Pontemanco with its mills. Then you will continue through Mezzavia, where the Castle of San Pelagio hosts the Air Museum with the history of the human flight, from Leonardo da Vinci to the Mongolfier brothers, to Neil Armstrong. At Montegrotto Terme you can visit the Butterfly Arc which hosts in its greenhouses butterfly collections from all over the world. In the afternoon you will enjoy a boat excursion along the Battaglia canal, on board a traditional wooden Venetian boat, the so called “caorlina”.

    4. Abano - Selvazzano - Padua (30/50 km)
    Today’s stage is dedicated to the visit of Padua. Passing through the centre of Abano Terme you will head towards the Montecchia Castle, and afterwards you will reach the cycle path of the river Bacchiglione, which will take you directly to Padua, where you can easily spend the whole day without getting bored. In Padua we recommend the visit of the Botanical Garden, founded in 1545, the oldest university botanical garden in the world and since 1997 part of the UNESCO world heritage list. Do not miss the Basilica of St. Anthony, the famous square “Prato della Valle” and the Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed by Giotto in the Middle Ages. You can either cycle back to the hotel or take the train.

    5. Villa dei Vescovi - Praglia (40 km bike + 5 km walk)
    Today’s stage will let you discover the 16th century Villa dei Vescovi, the ultimate example of Renaissance villa in the Euganean hills. From there you can reach Mount Pirio with an easy trek on the “Terre Bianche” path (White Lands path), between vineyards and olive trees, until you arrive at the small church dedicated to the Alpine army forces. You will also have the chance to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Praglia, an important centre for ancient books restoration at international level. Before reaching Praglia you will pass through the Biotope San Daniele, where you can have a walk along the small lakes which host colonies of turtles.

    6. After breakfast end of services.

    * According to the schedule of the boat excursion and wine/oil tasting, the sequence of the stages may be modified.

    Tour programme variations
    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.


     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 115/135 km
    Total vertical up: 350 m
    Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4

    Total length trekking: 10 km
    Total vertical up trekking: 400 m
     
    Four simple itineraries, all of them quite flat with some light ups and downs. The routes are along safe cycle paths or roads with very little traffic.

     

    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

  • How to get there

    Galzignano Terme is connected with the following airports:
    Venice: 80 km, Treviso: 70 km, Verona: 100 km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We have chosen for you a wonderful resort, surrounded by the natural park of the Euganean Hills, just a few kilometres from Padua.

    GALZIGNANO TERME | Spa & Golf Resort | www.galzignano.it
    - Hotel Sporting
    - Hotel Splendid
    4* hotels with inner restaurant, thermal pools, SPA, wellness centre, golf course and tennis club.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple/family room is usually a room with one double bed and one (or two) single beds or rollaways.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
    - Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    - Hybrid bike 27-gear Shimano
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano
    - Tandem www.pedalpower.de

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard (not for Hybrid)
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com (different model for Hybrid)
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

    You can also rent:
    - Child bikes | 20” wheels | 24” wheels
    - Child seat | max 22 kg | 0-4 yrs
    - Child trailer| max 30 kg | 0-4 yrs | 1 seat | www.croozer.com
    - Follow-me tandem for 20” child bike | max 27 kg | 4-7 yrs | www.followmetandem.co.uk
    - Family tandem | 1 adult + 1 child 4-12 yrs
    These accessories can only be mounted on unisex 27-gear Shimano Deore Touring bikes.

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - hotel voucher to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
    - restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
    - voucher for wine/oil tasting and for the boat excursion, as per programme

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
    Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.

     

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

     

  • 6 Client reviews
    • Rita

      Departure 19-24 August 2019

      Online from 30 August 2019

      Il tandem family è una ottima soluzione per bambini che non possono ancora essere autonomi. L'adulto che lo guida deve essere un pò allenato perchè è un pò "pesante". Va bene fuori paese o città in quanto le manovre richiedono spazio.
      Però davvero una bella soluzione per chi ha bambini tra i 5 e i 7 anni
    • Simone

      Departure 12-17 August 2019

      Online from 26 August 2019

      Nel complesso, una buona esperienza
    • Lana

      Departure 13-18 July 2019

      Online from 23 July 2019

      Very well organised.
    • Matteo

      Departure 22-27 April 2019

      Online from 09 May 2019

      OK
    • Alessandra

      Departure 22-27 April 2019

      Online from 08 May 2019

      Il tracciato è semplice e rilassante, con tante possibilità di sosta ed approfondimento per la grande ricchezza di tesori d'arte ed attrazioni culturali: è sempre emozionante fare il proprio ingresso in città da una pista ciclabile lungo un argine o destreggiarsi tra vie e passaggi a livello ed apprezzare la semplicità e forza della bicicletta, che si muove con discrezione e libertà, ma anche con potenza e velocità.
      Bicicletta è modo di essere! Bicicletta è vedere le cose da un altro punto di vista!
    • Giovanni

      Departure 20-25 April 2019

      Online from 08 May 2019

      Bel giro, rilassante e con molte occasioni di visite

Tour details

 

from 380 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, 4* hotel with swimming pool

Tour type
Self-guided

 

Departures

Every day from 21.03 to 24.10.2020

 

Seasons
Season 1: 21.03-10.04 and 28.09-24.10.2020
Season 2: 11.04-19.06 and 3.09-27.09.2020
Season 3: 20.06-2.09.2020

Price per person
380 € in double room, 4* hotel with swimming pool

Included

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide, Maps
  • Swimming pool entrance
  • Wine and oil tasting in Arquà Petrarca
  • Typical boat excursion in Battaglia Terme
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (about 6 €)
  • Special treatments at the hotel Spa
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person
160 € single room
70 € season 2
90 € season 3

Half board:  5 dinners (3-course meals), beverages not included:
135 € from 12 years
90 € 3-11 years
to be paid on site 0-2 years

Extra nights on request

Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
125 € Hybrid bike
195 € E-bike
85 € Child bike
170 € Family and Adult Tandems

Additional bike accessories on demand:
85 € child trailer
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)
Free of charge: child seat and FollowMe-Tandem

Reductions
50 € 3rd adult in room

Children reductions
The reduction for the 3rd/4th child in room will be calculated on the basic price and seasons supplements according to the following table:
100% 0-8 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
50% 9-11 years
30% 12-15 years

 

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