Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT039

Italy / Lake Garda to Venice

Highlights of the Venice Lands

Formed as a stunning result of the last glaciation, the enchanting attractiveness of Lake Garda has enraptured all its visitors even beginning in 1786 with Wolfgang Goethe, its first illustrious tourist and promoter. Alpine atmosphere, colours and flavours unique of the Mediterranean will follow you on your bike tour through medieval villages and castles, along the streets of some famous Italian art cities: Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice.
  • Day by Day


    1. Desenzano/Peschiera
    Individual arrival.

    2. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
    Today you head to Verona. With the river Adige crossing it, this is one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.
    3. Verona – Illasi/Soave (30/40 km)

    The stage is flat and relaxing, crossing beautiful vineyards and the countryside. Your cycle route will join the “Strada del Vino” (wine road) that leads to Illasi/ Soave, a very famous area full of vineyards and nice medieval sights.

    4. Illasi/Soave – Vicenza (50/40 km)

At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Colli Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. 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.
    5. Vicenza – Padua thermal district (50 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 can relax in a resort of the largest European thermal district.

    6. Padua thermal district  – Mestre/Venice (55 km)
    Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. From here, along the Piovego Canal, you will reach Stra and will follow the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Villa Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice mainland. You can choose to overnight in Venice with a 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.
    7. Mestre/Venice
    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: 220/245 km
    • Total vertical up: 520/640 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2
    • Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train: day 4 and 6

    As a whole it is an easy to manage itinerary, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are light hilly bits with short uphill sections.
    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.


  • How to get there

    Peschiera is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 25 km, Bergamo: 95 km, Venice: 150 km.


    Desenzano is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 40 km, Bergamo: 80 km, Venice: 160 km.


    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website:


  • 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 3* hotels, with some 4* 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 3/4* hotels have air conditioning while in the 2* hotels there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.


    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 rollaway.

    On request 6th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.




  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s Citybikes 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:

    • City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    • Standard Road bike with carbon fork
    • E-bike
    • Tandem



    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system



    • 1 cycle computer
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • a water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room (which includes 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. 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
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, 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 would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.




  • By your side

    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • 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.
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Tour details


from 500 €

7 Days / 6 Nights, Cat. B

Tour type



MO, TU 25.03 - 14.10.2019
Special departure dates for at least 5 people



Season 1: 25.03 - 31.03 and 28.09 - 14.10.2019
Season 2: 1.04 - 17.05 and 9.09 - 27.09.2019
Season 3: 18.05 - 8.09.2019


Price per person

500 € in double room, mainly 3* hotels, with some 2* hotels, Cat. B
600 € in double room, mainly 3* hotels, with some 4* hotels, Cat. A



  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

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


150/200 € single room (Cat. B/A)
70 € season 2

120 € season 3
75 € Girolibero bike
170 € E-bike
15 € helmet
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
from 60/85 € in Desenzano or Peschiera (Cat. B/A)
55/80 € in Mestre (Cat. B)
65/90 € in Mestre (Cat. A)
from 90/150 € in Venice*

*on request 6th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.



100/130 € 3rd/4th person in room (Cat. B/A)

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