Self-guided Bike and Hotel

IT003

Italy / Venice Lands

Palladian Villas and Prosecco vineyards

Cycling this sophisticated corner of Italy is a real pleasure: admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility, scattered in the whole region... discover Vicenza, architect Palladio’s personal “showcase” and part of the World Heritage List since 1994... taste a typical “grappa” in Bassano, famous also for its covered wooden bridge... cycle through the Prosecco vineyards between Asolo and Treviso... explore the timeless fascination of Venice by foot and by water... take a walk in the charming Chioggia, affectionately known as “Little Venice”... discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. This tour belongs to the European classics, curling between the Alps and the Adriatic sea.
  • Day by Day

    1. Vicenza
    Individual arrival. A nice and cosy historical city centre characterised by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).
     
    2. Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (40 km)
    From Vicenza you cycle towards Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard in the main square. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the famous “grappa”.
     
    3. Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (65/40 km)
    You enter Asolo, which represents the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on Maser, until you reach Treviso.
     
    4. Treviso – Mestre/Venice (45 km)
    Leaving Treviso behind you, follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale.
At the end of the trip Venice awaits you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation is in Mestre; a supplement applies for lodging in Venice.
     
    5. Mestre/Venice – Chioggia (35 km)
    Leaving Mestre this morning, you head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on the two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: the island of Lido, with the ancient hamlet of Malamocco, once capital of the Serenissima Republic, and the island of Pellestrina, with its long wild beaches.



    6. Chioggia – Padua (60 km)
    You will be pedalling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago: Bacchiglione and Brenta. You continue on to Strà, famous for the majestic Villa Pisani. On arrival in Padua, you will find the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle.



    7. Padua – Vicenza (50 km)
    The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you see the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.


    
8. Vicenza
    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 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: 265/295 km
    • Total vertical up: 530 m
    • Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 3.

     
    The itinerary is completely in the low-lands except for the 1 km slope in Asolo. You ride on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. 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.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Vicenza is connected with the following airports:
    Verona: 60 km, Treviso: 70 km, Venice: 90 km, Bergamo: 165 km, Milan: 250 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+: only 4* and luxury hotels (night in Venice - 3* Hotel -instead of Mestre is included).
    • Category A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.
    • Category B: mainly 3* hotels, with some 2* hotels and one 4* hotel.


    On request night in Venice instead of Mestre. 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.

     

     

  • 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
    • Electric bike
    • 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 helmets for adults as well as children’s bikes and devices:

    • Child seat: it is suitable for a maximum payload of 22 kg (0-4 yrs).
    • Child trailer: with one seat and suitable for children who cannot ride a bike (0-4 yrs). The child trailer is designed for a maximum payload of 30 kg. More info on www.croozer.com.
    • Follow-me tandem: a clever latch system enables the child's bike to lock firmly onto the tail of the adult bike as and when necessary (4-7 yrs). Adjustable only for the kids bike wheels size 20". The maximum weight of the child can be 27 kg. More info on www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Child bikes: bike frames with 20” and 24” wheels.


     

  • 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
    • restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
    • 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket only for the hotel category A and A+ (bike transport ticket not included)
    • 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 (www.villavalmarana.com)
    • 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

    In the first town of the tour 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 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.

     

  • 3 Client reviews
    • Mario

      Departure 09-16 July 2017

      Online from 04 August 2017

      Buono
    • Martina, Dortmund (Deutschland)

      Departure 2015

      Online from 19 October 2015

      Liebe Frau Maccà,

      seit Sonntag bin ich von meiner 1-wöchigen Tour durch Venetien zurück.
      Es war eine tolle Tour, zu der Sie und Ihr Team durch eine gute Organisation (deutliche Streckenbeschilderung, gutes Fahrrad, zuverlässiger und stets pünktlicher Koffertransport, gute Hotelauswahl ....) entscheidend beigetragen haben.
      Dafür möchte ich mich gerne noch einmal bedanken. Mille grazie!!!
      Ich werde Sie und Ihre Organisation weiterempfehlen und werde bestimmt auch selbst noch einmal ein Angebot von Ihnen nutzen.

      Liebe Grüße
    • Judy, London

      Departure 2014

      Online from 13 October 2014

      La vacanza era buonissima, mille grazie! Ogni giorno era diverso e individuale. Le citta di Padova e Vicenza erano tra quelle le piu interessanti ma tutti i piccoli paesi in mezzo erano anche cosi spettacolari che vorrei rifare tutto l'anno prossimo! Sono contenta che siamo partiti da Venezia prima che George fosse arrivato ma anche senza lui, la citta era piuttosto afollata. Pero abbiamo ascoltato un bel concerto dentro una chiesa nella piazza di S. Marco la sera e siamo ritornati alla stazione ferrovia in vaporetto. Non ero delusa di niente.
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Tour details

 

from 495 €

8 days / 7 nights, Cat. B

Tour type
self-guided

 

Departures

SA, SU from Vicenza (Cat. A, B, A+) and TU, WE from Mestre (Cat. A, B): from 24.03 to 27.10.2018
Other departure dates possible for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 24.03-20.04 and 1.10-27.10.2018
Season 2: 21.04-22.06 and 6.09-30.09.2018
Season 3: 23.06-5.09.2018

 

Price per person

495 € in double room Cat B
595 € in double room Cat A
1290 € in double room Cat A+

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Ticket for ferry transfer (on day 5, only for Cat. A/ A+, bike not included)
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice-cream in the best ice-cream parlour of Vicenza
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Only for cat. B ferry-boat transfers on day 5 (altogether about 25 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”

 

Supplements

180/230/380 € single room (Cat. B/A/A+)
150/180 € half board (6 dinners: 3-course meals, beverages not included, Cat. B/A)
70 € season 2
120 € season 3
80 € Girolibero bike
190 € electro-bike

85 € child trailer
15 € helmet

 

Additional free accessories for children on demand:
- Child seat
- FollowMe-Tandem (to connect parent’s and child’s bikes)
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
from 45/75 € in Vicenza/Treviso, Cat. B
from 55/85 € in Vicenza/Treviso, Cat. A
55/75 € in Mestre, Cat. B
65/85 € in Mestre, Cat. A
from 90/150 € in Venice*
*on request night in Venice instead of Mestre (for departure from Mestre only possible as last night of the tour, with delivery of the bikes in Mestre).

 

 

Reductions

3rd/4th person in room (valid for cat. B and A only):
100/130 € adults (Cat. B/A)
100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
50% 3-6 years
30% 7-10 years

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