(8 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT025

Italy / Euganean thermal district

Relax in the largest European thermal park

The long history of the spa resorts on the Euganean Hills starts with the ancient cult of Aponus, god of thermal waters with healing qualities. Just like two thousand years ago, these places dedicated to well-being and sorrounded by the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills, are still the ideal destination for a healthy, relaxing break.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Galzignano Terme
    Individual arrival at the hotel.

    2. Arquà Petrarca (40 km)
    A delightful itinerary through the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills and its wonderful sights. You will stop in the gardens of Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio, one of the most important examples of classical Italian garden (with a real labyrinth, too). Further on, you will visit Arquà Petrarca, medieval jewel where the poet Petrarca spent his last days. Here you will enjoy a tasting of local wine and oil. Finally, you will have the chance to pass through the medieval town of Monselice before cycling back to the hotel.
     
    3. Padua (50 km)
    Through country roads you will reach the magnificent Villa Emo Capodilista, now also a prestigious wine estate. Further on, following the Bacchiglione river you will arrive in Padua, where you will have the whole afternoon to discover its wonders, such as the Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed by Giotto, the Basilica of St. Anthony, the square Prato della Valle and the prestigious university founded in 1222.
     
    4. Free day
    Why not indulging today in your spa resort and enjoying one of the many thermal treatments? After all you are in the largest thermal park of Europe! Alternatively, you can book locally some guided visits of the surrounding towns, wine/oil tastings and a boat excursion, too (to be arranged on site). Another idea would be spending the day in Venice (45 minutes by train), but please don’t bring the bike with you!

    5. Euganean Hills round tour (65 km)
    Today you will follow the brand-new cycle path of the Euganean Hills, which encompasses the whole chain of the Euganean hills along 64 km, running among woods, abbeys and small towns such as Este and Battaglia Terme. Before cycling back to the hotel do not miss a visit of the Catajo Castle.
     
    6. Villa dei Vescovi and Praglia (40 km)
    An easy itinerary takes you to the majestic Villa dei Vescovi, designed in the 16th century, where you can admire the well-preserved frescoes and relax in the garden. The itinerary continues towards the celebrated Benedictine abbey in Praglia, founded in the 11th century and now a centre of excellence for the restoration of antique books.
     
    7. Galzignano Terme
    Departure after breakfast.

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

    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: 195 km
    • Total vertical up: 320 m
    • Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 3
     
    Four easy itineraries, all relatively level with some slight ups and downs. The routes are along safe cycle paths or roads with very 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

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

     

     

  • 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 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 entrances to the monuments 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.

  • 8 Client reviews
    • Roberto

      Departure 26 October - 01 November 2019

      Online from 06 November 2019

      Giri interessanti e piacevoli, adatti a tutti.
    • Iris

      Departure 14-20 October 2019

      Online from 31 October 2019

      In Arqua Petrarca müsste man genauer wissen, wie man zurück kommt!
      Bei Fornasetta Richtung Bastia hilflos und keinerlei Zeichen!
      Sehr nette und kompetente Reiseplanung via email! Danke Irene!
    • Monica

      Departure 15-21 September 2019

      Online from 26 September 2019

      Excellent , good food/drink very good value,
      Very friendly Italians!
    • Riccardo

      Departure 18-24 August 2019

      Online from 29 August 2019

      Una bella vacanza!
    • Sigal

      Departure 12-18 May 2019

      Online from 27 May 2019

    • Claudia Maria

      Departure 05-11 July 2017

      Online from 17 July 2017

      Percorsi pianeggianti, misto strada alzaie sterrate, meglio percorrerli in primavera o autunno. D'estate fa un po' troppo caldo.
    • Angelo

      Departure 20-26 August 2016

      Online from 15 September 2016

      La vacanza é andata benissimo, sicuramente lo rifaremo, consiglio di avere un minimo di allenamento, munirsi di pazienza, spirito di sacrificio, e divertirsi.
      Siamo rimasti soddisfatti.
      Porgo distinti saluti
      Angelo e Cristina
    • Loredana

      Departure 13-19 August 2016

      Online from 09 September 2016

      Bella esperienza e molto divertente. Da ripetere!!

Tour details

 

from 440 €

7 Days / 6 Nights, 4* hotel

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
440 € in double room, 4* hotel with swimming pool

Included

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide and Maps
  • Swimming pool entrance
  • Wine and oil tasting in Arquà Petrarca
  • Entrance to the Catajo Castle
  • Entrance to the labyrinth garden of Villa Barbarigo
  • Entrance to Villa dei Vescovi
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (about 10 €)
  • Special treatments at the hotel Spa
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person
200 € single room
80 € season 2
110 € season 3

160 € half board: 6 dinners (3-course meals), beverages not included

Extra nights 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
50 € 3rd person in room

 

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