A tour among European classics, perfect to start discovering Italy by bike. Laid between the Alps and the Adriatic sea, the itinerary is completely flat and develops itself on cycle paths or level roads with low traffic volume. The itinerary has a ring shape and it really reminds the image of a pearl necklace, because the cities and the villages visited are considered among the most beautiful and representative of the region.
Tour type Leisure Cycling
Holiday type Self guidedmap
- Palladio’s Villas
- Asolo plateau
- Treviso and the Sile canal
- Venice and the lagoon islands
- Padova and the Giotto arts
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The town of Andrea Palladio, famous architect of the 17th century, that had influenced the architecture to the 19th century (for example the White House). Vicenza hasn't only Palladio. Discover its palaces, churches and little streets. between the small lanes one can still find the domicile of Pigafettas, the seafarer and the companion of Magellan. Welcome meeting with local representative: explanation of the route and bike delivery. Dinner and overnight.
1st day: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa (40 km)
From Vicenza you pass along the venetian fields heading to Sandrigo, home of the "Baccalà alla Vicentina". Then along the walls, the castle and the „Square of chess" of Marostica, scene of the famous chess-game with alive pawn. Finally, you reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming town in the valley of the mountains, famous for its old wooden bridge and the grappa!
2nd day: Bassano del Grappa - Treviso (60 km)
Passing gentle hills you get to Asolo by the one and only gradient of the whole tour. This wonderful old town was isolated domicile of the Ezzelini during the italian age of community. The descent leads you between the wine-fields of the prosecco up to Maser where one can have a look at the most splendourous villa of Palladio: Villa Barbaro. The drive ends in Treviso, founded on and surrounded by water. But in the wine one find the antique dimensions; numerous old osterias constituting the centre of the urban and social life, like it was also in the Italy of the fifties. Not to forget the fontana della tettona, which spittet white and red wine in former times.
3rd day: Treviso - Mestre/Venice (20/45 km)
Leaving Treviso, you follow the silent course of the river Sile who accompanies you up to Casale. This is the most impressing stretch of the tour, sunken in a luxuriant nature. Small villages reflect on the water, which, in the past, was an important tradeway. Have a look at the cimitero dei Burci (cemetery of the burcis). The burcis are old barges, which now lay semi-sunken in an lively river fauna consisting of a variety of different waterfowls. At the end of this stage, Venice awaits you with an evening between little lanes and canals. Overnight stay in Mestre. By paying a surcharge is possible to stay in Venezia.
4th day: Mestre/Venice - Chioggia (35 km)
Leaving Mestre heading to the harbour of Tronchetto (Venezia). From there you take the ferry along the canal Giudecca and reach Lido, of course not before having admired from the top the Piazza San Marco. This is the most entusiastic day of the tour, riding along the two little narrow islands which build the border between the sea and the lagoon. From Lido, one of the most impressing resorts and seat of the cinema exhibition of Venezia, you ride up to Malamocco, the first seat of the republic of the Doges, today a region of the tearing rythm of the modern life. The isle Pellestrina with its natural oasis of Ca’Roman. A third boarding takes places in the lifely fisher harbour in Chioggia, an harbour corresponding to the venitian taste. Obligatory and unique is the daily fishmarket.
5th day: Chioggia - Padua Thermal District (55 km)
A drive through countrysides, on secondary streets and along two rivers that, along with the Sile, made the trade depending of them in this venetian region in the past centuries: the Bacchiglione and the Brenta. Now, you pass by the small locality Strà, famous for the Villa Pisani, the most majestic villa of the Brenta. Finish this stage in Padova, seat of one of the most antique universities (1222). Have a look at the huge Basilica del Santo, the historical caffé Pedrocchi, the Prato della Valle, the three central places and the astronomical clock. It’s possible as well to visit Giotto’s masterpiece, the Cappella degli Scrovegni, by night.
6th day: Padua Thermal District - Vicenza (60 km)
The river Bacchiglione will show you the way to leave the town and to arrive finally in Costozza, a small village on the foot of the Berici hills. To admire is the garden of the Villa da Schio offering the best view. Galileo came here as well to put his field glasses. Really unique is the the former fridge which has been changed into a wine stock. The cyclepath runs along the Villa Rotonda, the most famous villa of Palladio. Before getting into Vicenza, you see the villa Valmarana ai Nani. The name is given because of the statues with whom the property wall is decorated. In the inside one can admire the frescoes of Tiepolo.
After breakfast, end of services.
Cycling days: 6
- Day 1:
- Day 2:
- Day 3:
- Day 4:
- Day 5:
- Day 6:
- Bike Tour code: LCS11
- Cycling vacation type: self guided tour
- Nearest airports: Venice, Verona, Treviso (arrival and departure).
- Duration: 7 days / 8 nights
- Departures: Saturday and Sunday from Vicenza* (cat. B, A, A+). Tuesday and Wednesday from Mestre (cat. B, A). From 21.03 to 24.10
Prices season 1 (from 21.03 to 24.04 and from 03.10 to 24.10)
- Package category B: € 510
- Package category A: € 620
- Package category A+: € 1290
Prices season 2 (from 25.04 to 19.06 and from 05.09 to 02.10)
- Package category B: € 580
- Package category A: € 690
- Package category A+: € 1360
Prices season 3 (from 20.06 to 04.09)
- Package category B: € 630
- Package category A: € 740
- Package category A+: € 1410
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Single room supplement cat. B: € 180
Single room supplement cat. A: € 230
Single room supplement cat. A+: € 380
Hybrid Bike rental: € 125
E Bike: € 195
INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE
- 7 Night hotels accommodation with en suite bathroom
- 7 Breakfasts
- Welcome meeting (tour explanation and bike fitting)
- Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
- Supply of road notes and maps
- 7 day telephone assistance
- Entrance to the gardens of Villa La Rotonda in Vicenza
- Free ice cream in the best ice cream place in Vicenza
- ticket for ferry transfer (bike not included) on day 5 valid only Cat. A/A+
- Local Taxes (approx. 10 - 15 €)
- Only for cat. B ferry-boat transfers on day 5 (about 25€ per person+bike)
We only select charming family-run accommodation where you will be able to experience the traditional Italian hospitality. Food is another thing we take very seriously, as any visitor to Italy should! We select our hotels and restaurants carefully for the highest standards of regional cuisine, so your clients can expect plenty of local delicious foods and good local wines accompanying dinners on every tour.