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Italy - Venice Lands

Italy - Venice Lands

Degree of difficulty - A

Nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the Veneto region is renowned for its natural, historical, and artistic beauty.

Our safari starts and finishes amongst the marvellous architecture and cosy atmosphere of Vicenza. We cycle through rustic landscape, mountain backdrops and enjoy stunning views from the medieval village of Asolo. We spend an evening in Venice amidst a world of gondolas, a labyrinth of side streets and a plethora of romantic walkways.

The safari encompasses a lovely mixture of scenery, meandering along rivers, rural flatlands and 'island-hopping' between the sea and lagoon. The sleepy fishing villages and bustling towns display a unique fusion of the slow rhythm and vibrant Italian way of life. Apart from one hill climb, This flat itinerary leaves you plenty of energy to soak up the atmosphere at the end of each day!

It is possible to organise a shorter version of this tour ( 4 nights ),  please email our office for more details on this.

Day 1 Arrival in Vicenza
Individual arrival to Vicenza, a historical town with buildings designed by famous architect Andrea Palladio.

Day 2 Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa 40km
On our first day on the bike we cycle to the foothill of the Alps until we reach the castle village of Marostica, characterized by the surrounding castle walls and its Chess square where human chess games takes place. We finally reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming town situated on the Brenta River, and famous for its marvellous wooden bridge and the “Grappa”.

Day 3 Bassano del Grappa to Treviso 40/65km
One of the tour’s scenic highlights, today we cycle the only uphill section of the tour: the 1km climb that takes us to the beautiful village of Asolo. From here there is a nice downhill section and we continue through the Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser. In the afternoon we reach Treviso where we stay the night.

Day 4 Treviso to Mestre/Venice 40km
Departing from the centre of Treviso, the cycling track takes us along the course of quiet river Sile towards Casale village where you have the opportunity to enjoy the local cousine through wine and cheese tasting. The cycle continues towards Mestre where we spend the night. Today’s cycle is a deliberately short one so as to give us plenty of time to explore Venice, the “city on water” where an evening of narrow streets and canals awaits. A supplement applies for accommodation in Venice.

Day 5 Mestre/Venezia to Chioggia 35km
One of the most exciting days of the tour, today we pedal along two tiny Islands that divide the sea from the lagoon. In the morning we leave Mestre and cycle along the 4km bridge “Della Libertá” towards Venice and Tronchetto harbour where we find our ferry connection. The ferry takes us to along the canal Giudecca to the island of Lido with the sea on one side and the lagoon on the other. This is the most exciting day – you will be cycling on two narrow islands (Malamacco and Pellestrina) that divide the sea from the lagoon. This is the first day of the tour for those who start in Mestre

Day 6 Chioggia to Padova 60km
Today we pedal along Bacchiglione and Brenta, the two rivers used to carry trade in and out of Venice. The cycling continues along quiet roads where we embrace the rustic charm of the Italian countryside. We eventually reach Stra where you can stop for lunch and also have the opportunity to visit the famous Villa Pisani of Stra. When arriving at the vivacious city of Padova the beautiful sight of the basilica dedicated to St. Anthony meets us. Known to have one of Europe’s oldest and most glorious universities this city is renowned for its rich history and culture.

Day 7 Padova to Vicenza 50km
The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the city towards Costozza, a small town situated at the foot of the Berici hills. The village is famous for the bar “botte del covolo” that, in the past, was used to conserve ice. Further along the way we pass Villa Rotunda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza we see the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.

Day 8 Homeward Bound
After breakfast we head home.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2018 GROUP TOUR PRICE
€1100 per person sharing
€1330 for single occupancy

2018 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE
€675 based on 2 sharing a room (March 24 - April 20 & Oct 1 - Oct 27)

€745 based on 2 sharing a room (April 21 - June 22 & 6 - 30 Sept)
€795 based on 2 sharing a room (June 23 - Sept 5)

€230 single room supplement
€170 half board supplement (6 dinners)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights in a hotel ( mainly 4* hotels with some 3* )
- All breakfasts
- 7 dinners (guided tour)
- Welcome briefing (self guided tour)
- 21 speed tour bike / pannier bag
- Guide cycling with group (guided tour)
- Support van (guided tour) 
- Excursions and visits as per the itinerary
- Ferry ticket for transfer on Day 5 ( €4 bike ticket not incl. )
- Route details and maps
- Ice cream in Vicenza
- 24-hour hotline
- local hotel taxes not included    ( approx €10 - €15 )


- €110 E-bike supplement   (limited availability, on request)

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

14-April,
19-May,
23-June,
15-September,
6-October,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from March 24 to October 27. Every Tuesday and Wednesday departure from Mestre. Every Saturday and Sunday departure from Vicenza

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

VICENZA

Hotel De la Ville Vicenza1 Cat A Hotel De la Ville Vicenza2 Cat A Hotel De la Ville Vicenza Cat A

Day 1 + 7 - Category A: Hotel De La Ville Vicenza

Hotel Albergo San Raffaele1 Cat B Hotel Albergo San Raffaele Cat B

Day 1 + 7 - Category B: Hotel Albergo San Raffaele


BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Hotel Bonotto1 Cat B Hotel Bonotto2 Cat B Hotel Bonotto Cat B

Day 2 - Category A: Hotel Bonotto

Hotel Brennero1 Cat B Hotel Brennero2 Cat B Hotel Brennero Cat B

Day 2 - Category B: Hotel Brennero


TREVISO

Hotel Carlton1 Cat A Hotel Carlton2 Cat A Hotel Carlton Cat A

Day 3 - Category A: Hotel Carlton

Hotel Maggiorconsiglio1 Cat B Hotel Maggiorconsiglio2 Cat B Hotel Maggiorconsiglio Cat B

Day 3 - Category B: Hotel Maggior Consiglio


VENICE

Hotel ai pini1 Cat A Hotel ai pini2 Cat A Hotel ai pini Cat A

Day 4 - Category A: Hotel Ai Pini

Hotel Venezia1 Cat B Hotel Venezia Cat B

Day 4 - Category B: Hotel Venezia


CHIOGGIA

Hotel Grande Italia1 Cat A Hotel Grande Italia2 Cat A Hotel Grande Italia Cat A

Day 5 - Category A: Hotel Grande Italia

Hotel Airone Sottomarina1 Cat B Hotel Airone Sottomarina Cat B

Day 5 - Category B: Hotel Airone


PADOVA

Hotel Grand Italia Padova Hotel Grand Italia Padova1 Hotel Grand Italia Padova2

Day 6 - Category A: Hotel Grand Italia (above)

Hotel Casa del Pellegrino1 Cat B Hotel Casa del Pellegrino Cat B

Day 6 - Category B: Hotel Casa Del Pellegrino

How to get to the start point in Venice:

Venice is connected with the following airports: 
Venice Marco Polo: 10 km, Treviso Canova: 30 km, Verona: 110 km, Bergamo: 240, km Milano: 310 km

Connection Marco Polo Alilaguna water bus: - from the airport of Venice you can reach the boarding point by sea with Alilaguna lines. Red Line Alilaguna (www.alilaguna.it) with stop on Certosa island on request. This line works from 8.22 a.m. to 6.22 p.m. (transfer approx. 40 minutes, ticket about 15 €). Blu Line Alilaguna: if you arrive later, you can take the Blu Line that works until 00.15 a.m. (transfer approx. 1 hour, ticket about 15 €). 
Connection shuttle bus: - from the airport you can reach Venice by bus: the Fly Bus ATVO shuttle service leaves every 30 minutes from 7:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (20 min journey; ticket: €6; www.atvo.it).

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We had a great time on our recent bike trip. We really enjoyed seeing the small towns that we rode through and the places where we stopped for coffee and for lunch. The hotels were very nice. 
We wouldn't hesitate to plan another bike tour with your company.

Polly Hardin (Venice Lands group tour 2013)

We had a wonderful experience. Martina is an excellent leader, and very accommodating and caring. Bikes were durable and easy to ride. Accommodations were above average! Overall we enjoyed it!

Georganne & David R. (Venice Lands group 2013)

Overall a fabulous trip for the value. The bikes were in good shape and appropriate for the range of road conditions we experienced. The routes were very scenic.
You guys run a really nice service and I would recommend it to others.

Gregg Blodgett (Venice Lands self led 2012)

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