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IT001

Italy / Bolzano – Verona – Venice

From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the Dolomites, part of the UNESCO world heritage list since 2009. The cycling route starts in the heart of these superb mountains and following the course of the river Adige takes you to the palm-lined shores of Lake Garda. Further on, you’ll explore some remarkable Italian cities such as Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small “calli”.
  • Day by Day

    1. Bolzano
    Individual arrival. Bolzano is a famous commercial and tourist centre and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

    2. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
    Today you will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.

    3. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
    Always pedaling along the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.

    4. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
    Today you head to Verona. With the 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.

    5. Verona – Vicenza (75/40 km)
    At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. 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. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio.

    6. Vicenza – Padua (50 km)
    Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe “Prato della Valle”.

    7. Padua – Mestre/Venice (40 km)
    The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland. You can choose to stay directly in Venice with a price supplement.

    8. Mestre/Venice
    Departure after breakfast. Transfer back to Bolzano on request when booking the tour.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued  by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 280/345 km
    • Total vertical up: 1,270/1,450 m
    • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    • Train connections among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3 and 5.


    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. This tour is also suitable for children. The longest stages, from Bolzano to Trento and from Verona to Vicenza, can be shortened by taking the train.

     

  • 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. The hotels of this tour are:

    • Category A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
    • Category B: mainly 3* hotels, with some 2* hotels


    All rooms have en suite facilities. All 3/4* hotels have air conditioning while in the category of 2/3* 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 7th 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 
    • Racing bike 27-gear Shimano Tiagra 
    • Electro-bike 8-gear Shimano Nexus
    • Tandem  

     

    Features: 

    • aluminium frame 
    • mudguard 
    • rack 
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system (only for City bikes)

      

    Accessories:

    • 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

     

    You can also rent children’s bikes, child seats, bike trailers, follow-me tandems and helmets for adults.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack includes:

    • roadbook describing the cycling route stage by stage
    • bike maps
    • Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide
    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organisational 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
    • restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
    • 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
    • ice cream voucher: you can enjoy a free ice cream in one of Vicenza's most famous ice cream parlours
    • Villa Valmarana ai Nani voucher: you can enjoy a free entrance ticket to this beautiful villa in Vicenza, famous for Tiepolo’s frescoes.
  • By your side

    In Bolzano you will meet our representative who:

    • will present you the tour
    • will deliver you the bikes
    • will be at your disposal (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:

    • office +39 0444 330724 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 1 Client reviews
    • Alison & Bernard, Australia

      Vacanza del 2015

      pubblicazione 27 July 2015

      Dear Anna,
      we are now back in Australia having had a great holiday in Italy and France. The cycling was the best part! Everything went well (we even managed the hilly alternative route) and the accommodation was excellent. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the Italian cities and Aida in Verona on my birthday. Thanks very much.
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Tour details

 

from 580 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat. B

Tour type

self-guided tour

 

Departures

SA, SU from 25.03 to 21.10.2017 and also TU, WE from 16.05 to 6.09.2017.
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 25.03 - 16.04 and 30.09 - 21.10.2017
Season 2: 17.04 - 23.06 and 9.09 - 29.09.2017
Season 3: 24.06 - 8.09.2017

 

Price per person

580 € in double room, 2/3* hotels, Cat. B
680 € in double room, 3/4* hotels, Cat. A

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide + Roadbook+Maps (1:50:000)
  • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
  • 7-days Hotline service

 

Not included

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


Supplements

150/200 € single room (Cat. B/A)
65 € season 2
100/110 € season 3 (Cat. B/A)
75 € Girolibero bike
170 € electro-bike
15 € helmet
170 € half board only for Cat. A: 6 dinners (3-course meals), beverages not included
65 € transfer Mestre–Bolzano (bike included). Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request). Also possible on Tuesday and Wednesday from 23.05 to 13.09.2017.

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
65/85 € in Bolzano
55/65 € in Mestre, Cat. B
65/85 € in Mestre, Cat. A
From 90/150 € in Venice*
*on request 7th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

 

Reductions:

100/130 € 3rd/4th person in room
90% 0-2 years
50% 3-5 years
30% 6-8 years

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