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Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT013

Italy / Bolzano – Bassano – Venice

Treasures of Brenta Valley and Lagoon

In this tour water is the linking element. You will start cycling in the heart of the Dolomites and follow the rivers Adige and Brenta, past Caldonazzo and Levico lakes. Along the course of the Brenta river, you will arrive in the historically interesting Bassano del Grappa, which played an important role in the First World War and it’s famous today for its medieval wooden-roofed bridge as well as for its high quality “grappa”. Further on you will reach Vicenza, renowned for its classical Palladio architecture. Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities, will open the way to the largest European thermal district, where you will be spoilt in a spa resort in the Euganean hills. Another little town deserves now your attention: Chioggia, the so called “little Venice”, famous for its huge fish market. At the end of the trip the endless beauty of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small “calli”.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Bolzano
    Individual arrival. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano has always been at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist centre.

    2. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
    You will start riding along the River Adige cycle path, through orchards and the vineyards of the renowned Wine Route. Half way between Bolzano and Trento you will reach Salorno, which represents the linguistic border between the German and the Italian world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.
     
    3. Trento – Bassano del Grappa (20/35 km by train + 75/60 km by bike)
    The whole stage schedules 95 km altogether. We suggest anyway to shorten it by minimum 20 km taking a train from Trento to the lakes area, thus avoiding the only uphill section of the stage. Starting from the spring of the lakes Caldonazzo and Levico, you will follow the river Brenta across its beautiful valley up to Bassano del Grappa, which offers you its famous wooden-roofed bridge and a wonderful historical centre. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.

    4. Bassano – Vicenza (40 km)
    After a few kilometres from Bassano you reach the little fortified town of Marostica, which is famous for its castle “Castello da Basso” and the stone chessboard on its main square. At the end of this stage Vicenza awaits you: this is the famous city of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who built plenty of extraordinary buildings around here.
     
    5. Vicenza – Padua thermal district (60 km)
    Cycling out of Vicenza, along the cycle path of the river Bacchiglione, you can admire the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda. Then, past the hamlet of Montegalda, you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
     
    6. Padua thermal district – Chioggia (55 km)
    Quiet country roads and rural hamlets will accompany your trip along the river Bacchiglione, once an important commercial waterway, up to the picturesque fishing village Chioggia, in the Venetian lagoon. You will be fascinated by this “little Venice”, with its small canals and bridges.

    7. Chioggia – Mestre (35 km)
    Across the islands of Pellestrina and Lido, which separate the open sea from the Venetian lagoon, you will reach the stately, beautiful Venice. After a nice long stroll in the city’s fascinating maze of lanes and bridges you will reach Mestre.

    8. Mestre
    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 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: 315/335 km
    • Total vertical up: 540/760 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2, 3, 4 and 7
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3 and 5.

     
    Mainly flat route with some short uphill sections, on paved cycle paths or secondary roads with little traffic.

     

    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Bolzano is connected with the following airports:
    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 240 km, Venice: 280 km, Treviso: 280 km, Milan: 300 km

     

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

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
    - Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
    - Cat. B: mainly 3* hotels, with some 2* hotels
    The overnight in Padua thermal district for both categories will be in a 4* Wellness Hotel with swimming pools.

    All rooms have en suite facilities. All rooms in the category A have air conditioning, while in the category B there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning. Some hotels located in mountainous places of northern Italy can be without air conditioning (even in category A).

    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 room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • 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

    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 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
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception  upon arrival

    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.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    In Bolzano you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.


    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.

     

  • 1 Client reviews
    • Mario

      Departure 11-18 August 2019

      Online from 23 August 2019

      Una ciclabile, forse poco frequentata, che vale quanto le declamate ciclabili che abbiamo fatto all'estero (Danubio, Avenue Verte, Amsterdam-Bruges)

Tour details

 

from 630 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat. B

Tour type

self-guided tour

 

Departures

SA, from 21.03 to 17.10.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people

 

Seasons
Season 1: 21.03 - 24.04 and 26.09 - 17.10.2020
Season 2: 25.04 - 22.05 and 7.09 - 25.09.2020
Season 3: 23.05 - 6.09.2020

Price per person
630 € in double room, Cat. B: mainly 3* hotels, with a few 2* hotels
740 € in double room, Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Train journey from Trento to lake area (approx. 40 minutes, 6 € per person) on day 3
  • Ferry-boat transfers on day 7 (altogether about 25 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person
190/240 € single room (Cat. B/A)
80 € Season 2
120 € Season 3
20 € overnight in Padua instead of Padua thermal district

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
75/100 € in Bolzano (Cat. B/A)
55/85 € in Mestre (Cat. B)
70/100 € in Mestre (Cat. A)
from 90/150 € in Venice

70 € transfer Mestre-Bolzano (bike included, min. 2 persons).
Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request).

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

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

Reductions
120/150 € 3rd person in room (Cat. B/A)

 

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