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Cycle Tour Italy: Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride
Spectacular riding from the stunning Dolomites to Venice on an 8 day cycling sojourn of Northern Italy. Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the jagged limestone Dolomites. The route starts with incredible views of Trentino's dramatic mountains, cycling on relatively easy roads and tracks along the Adige River.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance205.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance41 miles
- Day 1Start Trento
The trip starts in Trento, province of Trentino-Alto Adige nestled in the Adige River Valley. A cosmopolitan city and a centre for industry, education, science and finance, Trento is one of the wealthiest and most prosperous cities in Italy boasting an atmospheric historic centre adorned by well preserved Medieval and Renaissance buildings. The group usually arrives in the evening and after check in there may be time to go into town before you have your evening meal and trip briefing.
- Grand Hotel Trento or Hotel America, Trento
- Day 2Morning train to Bolzano, capital city of the South Tyrol. Cycle on quiet roads following the Adige River back to Trento
After breakfast, you will take a short train ride (40 mins) to Bolzano, the capital city of the South Tyrol set in a stunning location surrounded by mountains. In 2012 Bolzano was voted as the city with the best quality of life in Italy. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the bike whilst taking a short tour around the historic centre. From here you will cycle south along the Adige River, following quiet undulating roads, with an overall ascent of approximately 300m (984ft). Cycling through orchards and vineyards, you will pass Lake Caldaro and the lovely villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. This area is well known for its wine production, which represents three-quarters of the whole of the South Tyrol. You will arrive back in Trento late afternoon and spend a second night at the centrally located hotel.
- 46.6 miles
- -131.2 ft
- Grand Hotel Trento or Hotel America, Trento
- Day 3Continue riding along the river to Lake Garda. A 2.5 hrs ferry cruise takes you to the south shore of the lake
You will continue along the Adige until reaching Rovereto and Mori today. From here, you will head west towards the northern shores of Lake Garda. After some short ascents, you will cycle down to Torbole and then onto the elegant resort of Riva del Garda, offering plenty of bars and restaurants along the lake shore and a lovely beach. Later in the afternoon, you will take the ferry to the southern end of the lake, leaving Trentino and heading towards the Veneto region. The cruise on the lake gives you the opportunity to enjoy the splendid landscape and relax before reaching the final destination of the day, Desenzano, where you will take a short walk from the ferry port to reach the hotel for the night.
- 34.2 miles
- -65.6 ft
- Hotel Bonotto, Desenzano
- Day 4From Lake Garda, you will cycle to Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Cycling mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths today, you will make your way to the legendary city of Verona. Located on the river Adige, Verona is arguably the most beautiful city in Veneto. Its famous arena is one of the many Roman monuments you can discover there. Other places of interest are the Basilica San Zeno and of course Juliet's house and the famous balcony!
- 37.3 miles
- 393.7 ft
- Hotel Leon d’Oro or Ark Hotel, Verona
- Day 5Cycle to Vicenza; riding through vineyards and the rolling hills of Monti Berici
After a flat start, you will reach the hillier region of Monti Berici. There are a couple of more challenging climbs on today’s route as you will cycle over the undulating terrain, but you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the destination for the day: Vicenza. The old city center is a jewel of Renaissance architecture: private palaces, public buildings and the Basilica are testaments to the work of one of Italy's most renowned architects: Andrea Palladio. A visit to the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza is a great reward after today's ride!
- 46.6 miles
- 656.2 ft
- Albergo San Raffaele, Vicenza
- Day 6Pass the Palladian Villa Rotonda, as you cycle to Padova where Giotto’s Chapel and other marvels await
Today you will have the opportunity to take in some of the greenest and most stunning views of the Veneto countryside. Leaving Vicenza, you will cycle past beautiful Palladian villas. En route, time and availability permitting, the leader might arrange to have lunch in a family-run winery. You will continue along the Bacchiglione River, on relatively quiet and flat roads, to the fascinating city of Padova, famous for the Scrovegni Chapel, painted by Giotto, and the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe.
- 40.4 miles
- 164 ft
- Hotel Casa del Pellegrino or Methis Hotel, Padova
- Day 7To the enchanting city of Venice; sightseeing on foot
This morning you will transfer to Venice by train (approx. 30mins). Once in the heart of the 'Floating City', you can explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, bridges and waterways. You will see famous sights including Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and of course Piazza San Marco. After exploring the city you can enjoy a relaxed evening and perhaps a gondola ride before returning to your hotel in Mestre by train.
- Hotel Venezia, Mestre (Venice)
- Day 8End Mestre (Venice)
After breakfast, the trip ends in Mestre.