Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT027

Austria, Italy / Innsbruck to Venice

From the Alps to the Adriatic

A wonderful bike tour starting from the Austrian border at Brennero Pass: you will cycle downhill through ancient villages, forts and green meadows of South Tyrol. Riding along the Adige River you will reach the Veneto region, with a stop at the palm-lined shores of lake Garda. Further on you will discover Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, with its impressive Roman arena, and then Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture. Further on you will reach the Euganean Hills and their renowned thermal district, the largest in Europe. Beautiful Padua, cradle of arts, will open the way to the Venetian lagoon, where the timeless fascination of Venice has lured passersby for centuries (and still does).
  • Day by Day

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    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 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.
     
    5. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
    The river Adige will take you to Rovereto, famous for its museum of modern and contemporary art. After a short ascent to Passo di San Giovanni, you will enjoy a superb view onto the Garda Lake and the little town of Torbole. Then in Riva del Garda you will take a ferry to reach the southern part of the lake.

     

    6. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
    After crossing the hilly landscape surrounding the Garda Lake, you will meet again the river Adige, which will take you into Verona, 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.
     
    7. Verona – Vicenza (70/35 km)
    Cycling in the countryside at the foot of Mounts Lessini, among the vineyards you will reach the castle of Soave. Further on the fortress of Brendola will show you the way to the Berici hills and to Vicenza.
    The old city centre is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. It is possible to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio.
     
    8. 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 and the frescoes of Tiepolo at Villa Valmarana (entrance included). 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.

     

    9. 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.

     

    10. 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.

     

    In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Riva del Garda to Peschiera/Desenzano), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice.
    In case of cancellation the ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus). The same applies if the ferry boat service is no longer foreseen (for example at the end of the season).

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 390/455 km
    • Total vertical up: 730/1,160 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

     

    The itinerary is mainly on one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy, the river Adige cycle route. Continuing from Lake Garda to Venice the itinerary is developed on secondary streets with low traffic.

     

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

     

     

  • How to get there

    Innsbruck is connected with the following airports:
    Innsbruck: 5 km, Verona: 270 km, Venice: 400 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following websites: www.trenitalia.com, www.deutschebahn.com and www.oebb.at.

     

  • 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.

     

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels.
    The overnight in Padua thermal district will be in a 4* Wellness Hotel with swimming pools.

     

    All hotels have en suite facilities. Some hotels located in mountainous places of Austria and northern Italy can be 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 9th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City 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: 
    - 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

     

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

     

    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. 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
    - Lake Garda ferry-boat voucher: give this voucher to the ticket office in Riva del Garda to get your passage by ferry-boat to Peschiera or Desenzano del Garda.

     

    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

    Welcome briefing
    On day 2 (first cycling day) a transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero will take place between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.

    During the transfer you can ask further information on the tour and once at the Brennero you will be delivered the rental bikes.

     

    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 Notes.

  • 3 Client reviews
    • Robert

      Departure 19-28 April 2019

      Online from 21 May 2019

      A most enjoyable time. Extremely good luck with the weather: a week earlier or a week later and we would have had snow at the Brenner Pass. A sense of utter elation on the final 6 km across the causeway (even though there was another 10 km afterwards back to the hotel).
    • Johann, Österreich

      Departure 2018

      Online from 28 September 2017

      Die meisten Leute melden sich mit Beschwerden. Wir nicht denn die Reise war perfekt organisiert und die Leihräder vollkommen in Ordnung.
    • Michael, USA

      Departure 2017

      Online from 04 August 2017

      Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again!

      We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time.

      We owned the Lake Garda ferry. It was like a private excursion! Very few other people. It was very pleasurable!

      Sometimes we couldn’t locate a hotel but with GPS and phones we worked through those issues. A couple of hotels were a little warm because
      of the hot weather and their weak AC systems. But food and wine solves those problems quickly!

      We did have to split the group on the 2nd ferry crossing going from Venice. It would have been very difficult if we travelled on a busy day! The first ferry from Venice was very confusing for us as there was at least a .5 Km line of traffic stopped to pay tolls and waiting in line. We just pushed through on our bikes and walked up to the toll station to get our bike tickets. I would recommend that you tell your customers to do this as there was no guidance or information for bikers. Just push through, get your ticket, then wait by the ramp/boarding area. The second crossing utilizes a large and a small ferry. We needed to split into 2 groups to cross at this point. No problem. It just takes time.

      Porec was beautiful and the hotel was very nice, Great buffet for breakfast and supper! Actually, the hotels were all very good. We didn’t want to leave Hotel Rosa or Crystal Hotel. Beautiful and so relaxing! The staff at Hotel Al Pini were super helpful and patient with us.

      You (and company) did a fantastic job with reservations and taking care of the electric bike switch for three of us. Your attention to detail is commendable as we had no reservation problems. And that was a lot of rooms to get right!
      The bikes worked well and were in excellent shape. All of the restaurant reservations went smoothly and the food was fine and Ristorante Paccagnella was the stand-out favorite. They had some really special foods for us.

      The guide books worked well especially once we realized to read them carefully in advance! In English we put our adjectives before the noun but in Italian the adjective goes after the noun - and remains like that in the translation.
      That’s where we had some confusion if we read to quickly while biking. It's a little thing but it can cause a few problems! Nice job on the arrows. A few had become hidden but we worked through that problem with guide.

      So, we thank you for all the work you did and for ordering the beautiful weather ( a little hot some days!) That’s two years that we carried our raincoats and didn’t need them.

      I hope we can meet again. I’m working on 2018 trip now. Some people want to get to Norway, Sweden, Finland. Some want France, Spain. Who knows where we will end up!

Tour details

 

from 900 €

10 Days / 9 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

self-guided

 

Departures

TH, FR 4.04 - 20.09.2019
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 4.04 - 1.05.2019
Season 2: 2.05 - 19.06 and 5.09 - 20.09.2019
Season 3: 20.06 - 4.09.2019

 

Price per person

900 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

  

Included

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
  • Transfer from Innsbruck to Brennero
  • 4-hours ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

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

 

Supplements per person
260 € single room
90 € season 2
140 € season 3
105 € Girolibero bike
230 € E-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in in double/single room with breakfast:
70/90 € in Innsbruck
65/90 € 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.

 

Reductions
190 € 3rd person in room

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