(6 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT027

Italy / Brenner Pass to Venice

From South Tyrol to the Adriatic

A wonderful bike tour starting from the Austrian border at Brenner 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. Then 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


    1. Bolzano
    Individual arrival.

    2. Brenner Pass – Bressanone (85 km by transfer + 55 km by bike)
    A private transfer will take you to Brenner, 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 the largest European thermal district.

    9. Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice mainland (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.

    10. Mestre/Venice mainland
    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: 390/450 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 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 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.


    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.



  • 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


    For information on timetables and prices you can consult the following websites: 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.

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels.

    All rooms have en suite facilities. Most hotels have air conditioning while some smaller hotels and hotels located in mountain areas of 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 sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

    • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano


    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system 


    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag per room
    • 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.


    Important notes:
    We recommend that you bring your own reusable water bottle with you.

    In order to cycle smoothly following our App, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the App can be used offline, too).



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:


    1. Link to download the App including maps, roadboook, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)


    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details


    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list (due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may change just before your arrival)
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Voucher for the transfer from Bolzano to Brenner Pass
    • Garda Lake ferry-boat voucher: show 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



  • By your side

    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 6 Client reviews
    • David

      Departure 28 July - 06 August 2022

      Online from 16 August 2022

      We had an amazing trip!
    • Laura

      Departure 28 July - 06 August 2022

      Online from 12 August 2022

      Wonderful views, loved the wine and food. Unfortunately it was VERY hot. GL cannot control the weather, right?
    • Heather Mary

      Departure 19-28 May 2022

      Online from 08 June 2022

      We’ll organized route through interesting places. Certainly would use Girolibero again.
    • 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 1,190 €

10 Days / 9 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided tour


Departure dates

TH, FR 13.04 - 5.10.2023
Special departure dates for at least 6 people.



Season 1 | 13.04 - 19.04 and 28.09 - 5.10.2023
Season 2 | 20.04 - 10.05 and 7.09 - 27.09.2023
Season 3 | 11.05 - 6.09.2023


Price per person
Season 1 | 13.04 - 19.04 and 28.09 - 5.10.2023
3/4* hotels

1,190 € in double room
1,590 € in single room
950 € 3rd person in triple room


  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Transfer from Bolzano to Brenner Pass
  • 4-hours ferry cruise on Lake Garda (bike included)
  • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 15-20 €)
  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2023 (approx. 3-10€/day, to be paid on site)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements per person
140 € season 2 | 20.04 - 10.05 and 7.09 - 27.09.2023
190 € season 3 | 11.05 - 6.09.2023

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage
130 € Touring bike
320 € E-bike
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 54-61 cm

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast
on request in Bolzano and Venice
75 / 120 € in Mestre

90 € transfer Mestre-Bolzano (min. 2 persons)
30 € supplement own bike
Available on Saturday and Sunday

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