(11 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 and overnight. 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 (65 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 (25/45 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: 235/320 km
    • 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.



  • How to get there

    Vicenza is connected with the following airports:

    Verona: 60 km, Venice: 80 km, Treviso: 90 km, Bergamo: 165 km, Milan: 250 km


    For 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+: hotels with charme and overnight on Venice Island
    • Cat. A: 4* 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
    • Hybrid bike 27-gear Shimano
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano



    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard (not for Hybrid)
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com (different model for Hybrid)
    • 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 58 to 61. 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.

  • 11 Client reviews
    • Sason Dror

      Departure 11-17 May 2023

      Online from 23 May 2023

      Perfect :)
    • Peggy

      Departure 07-14 May 2023

      Online from 19 May 2023

      We were unlucky with weather but overall gad a great trip.
    • Mark

      Departure 09-16 October 2022

      Online from 29 October 2022

    • Nadia

      Departure 24-31 July 2022

      Online from 05 August 2022

      Grazie mille di tutto!!!!
    • Emanuela

      Departure 19-23 June 2022

      Online from 01 July 2022

      Girare in bicicletta è affascinante
    • 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 670 €

8 days / 7 nights, Cat. B

Tour type


Departure dates

SU, TU 31.03 - 13.10.2024
Special departures for at least 6 people.



Season 1 | 31.03 - 20.04 and 29.09 - 13.10.2024
Season 2 | 21.04 - 11.05 and 8.09 - 28.09.2024
Season 3 | 12.05 - 7.09.2024


Price per person

Season 1 | 31.03 - 20.04 and 29.09 - 13.10.2024

Cat. A | 4* hotels
770 € in double room
1,080 € in single room
570 € 3rd person in triple room


Cat. B | 3* hotels
670 € in double room
940 € in single room
530 € 3rd person in triple room



Cat. A+ | hotels with charme & Venice Island
1,370 € in double room
price for the whole season | 31.03 - 13.10.2024




  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 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. 10-20 €)
  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2024 (approx. 3-10€/day, to be paid on site)
  • Ferry-boat transfers on day 5 (about 30 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”


Supplements per person

130 € season 2 | Cat. A+B | 21.04 - 11.05 and 8.09 - 28.09.2024
180 € season 3 | Cat. A+B | 12.05 - 7.09.2024

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage

110 € Touring bike
160 € Hybrid bike
270 € E-bike
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 58-61 cm

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast

70 / 110 € in Vicenza | Cat. A
50 / 80 € in Vicenza | Cat. B

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