(6 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code 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... discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities and take a relaxing break among the hills in the largest European thermal resort. 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 city centre characterised by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).


    2. Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (40 km)

    From Vicenza you will cycle towards Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard on the main square. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the famous “grappa”.


    3. Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (60 km)

    You will enter Asolo, which represents the only real uphill section of this ride. The downhill run will take you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser, until you reach Treviso, whose city centre is characterised by ancient waterways.


    4. Treviso – Mestre/Venice mainland (20/45 km)

    Leaving Treviso behind you, you will follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice will await you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation is in Mestre, Venice mainland.


    5. Mestre/Venice mainland

    Today you can decide to give your bike a day of rest and spend your time in Venice, exploring its timeless fascination on foot. Alternatively, you can enjoy another exciting cycling day (ca. 65 km) by 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. If you have time you can take the motorboat from Pellestrina and visit Chioggia, too.


    6. Mestre/Venice mainland - Padua thermal district (55 km)

    You will start following the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Malcontenta, Villa Widmann, Villa Pisani) until you reach the hamlet of Stra. From here you will cycle along the Piovego Canal, which will lead you to the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. Finally, along the cycle path of the Battaglia canal, you will head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the chance to relax in the largest European thermal district.


    7. Padua thermal district – Vicenza (50 km)

    Cycling out of the Euganean Hills, you will head towards the cycle path of the river Bacchiglione, which will lead you into Vicenza, architect Palladio’s personal showcase. Before entering the town, along the way you can admire the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda. Let yourself be fascinated by the old city centre of Vicenza, characterized by beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio.


    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 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: 225/315 km
    • Total vertical up: 590/630 m
    • Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2, 3, and 4
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4 and 6.

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


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


    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. 


    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:

    • Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
    • Cat. B: 3* hotels


    All rooms have en suite facilities. Most hotels have air conditioning while some smaller hotels 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
    • Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano
    • Tandem www.pedalpower.de



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


    You can also rent:

    • Child bikes | 20” and 24” wheels
    • Child seat | max 22 kg | 1-5 yrs
    • Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat | www.croozer.com
    • Follow-me tandem for 20” child bike | max 30 kg | 6-8 yrs | www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Family tandem | 1 adult + 1 child 6-8 yrs


    These accessories can only be mounted on unisex 27-gear Shimano Deore Touring bikes.



    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 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, roadbook, 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
    • 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
    • Roberto

      Departure 29 August - 05 September 2020

      Online from 17 September 2020

      Bell'itinerario. L'emergenza Covid ha tolto qualche suggestione (le ville principali erano chiuse nei giorni di passaggio).
      Si poteva eliminare il supplemento alta stagione
    • Silvia Carla

      Departure 29 August - 05 September 2020

      Online from 14 September 2020

      Belle città da visitare e percorso abbastanza vario.
    • Carlo

      Departure 02-09 October 2019

      Online from 15 October 2019

      complessivamente un ottimo giro
    • Diklah

      Departure 2018

      Online from 09 October 2018

      We are just back from the Venice Lads (IT003). It was our family vacation with the 5 of us.
      It was end of September-2018 very nice weather with blue sky every day. The trip was just wonderful: combination of agriculture landscape with small villages through the fields and rivers, old historical cities like Treviso, Mestre, Chioggia, Padova, Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa. The day of traveling with the ferry between the islands in front of Venice (Lido and Pellestrina) indeed was exciting with even more magnificent places and views.

      I must say that although-out the hotels were comfortable with good breakfast, however, they all were very big hotels, we particularly liked the Casa San Raffaele hotel in Vicenza which was rather small with an old-times special character.

      The roads are mostly bicycle trail, some are not paved. There were also rides on small roads abut all in all only very few points which we had to ride along busy traffic. Food and wine along the way, as expected, was terrific. We all like to thank Girolibero for a great holiday!

      And thanks for the socks too!
    • Vibeke

      Departure 15-22 September 2018

      Online from 26 September 2018

    • Mario

      Departure 09-16 July 2017

      Online from 04 August 2017


Tour details


from 540 €

8 days / 7 nights, Cat. B

Tour type


Departure dates

SU, TU 3.04 - 9.10.2022
Special departures for at least 6 people.



Season 1 | 3.04 - 23.04 and 25.09 - 9.10.2022
Season 2 | 24.04 - 21.05 and 11.09 - 24.09.2022
Season 3 | 22.05 - 10.09.2022


Price per person

Season 1 | 3.04 - 23.04 and 25.09 - 9.10.2022

Cat. A | mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
650 € in double room
880 € in single room

3rd person in triple room:
500 € >11 years
450 € 7-10 years
320 € 3-6 years
Free 0-2 years - baby cot to be paid on site

Cat. B | 3* hotels
540 € in double room
740 € in single room

3rd person in triple room:
420 € >11 years
380 € 7-10 years
270 € 3-6 years
Free 0-2 years - baby cot to be paid on site



  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Ice-cream in the best ice-cream parlour of Vicenza
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2022 (approx. 3-10€/day, to be paid on site)
  • Ferry-boat transfers on day 5 (about 25 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”


Supplements per person

Season 2 | Cat. A+B
24.04 - 21.05 and 11.09 - 24.09.2022
80 € > 11 years
56 € 7-10 years
40 € 3-6 years

Season 3 | Cat. A+B
22.05 - 10.09.2022
120 € > 11 years
84 € 7-10 years
60 € 3-6 years

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage
85 € Touring bike
220 € E-bike
85 € Child bike | 20” and 24" wheels
85 € Child bike | 20” wheels wtih FollowMe-Tandem
170 € Family and Adult Tandems
85 € Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 54-61 cm
Free Child rear seat | max 22 kg

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast
55 / 85 € in Vicenza | Cat. A
45 / 75 € in Vicenza | Cat. B
from 90 / 150 € in Venice | Cat. A+B

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