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 … take a walk in charming Chioggia, affectionately known as “Little Venice” … take a relaxing break among the hills in the largest European thermal resort … discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities. This tour belong to the European classics, curling between the Alps and the Adriatic sea.
TOUR PROFILE: This journey is entirely flat with the exceptions of 1 km of ascent in Asolo. Cycle on low-traffic roads and paved bike paths. In bad weather you can also travel some sections by train.
Arrival to Vicenza – a nice historical city centre, which is known for houses of Palladio (16 century).
From Vicenza to direction Marostica, which is know for its castle and the chessboard at the main square. Then you will reach Bassano del Grappa with its wooden bridge and home of the famous Grappa.
The only real climb of the tour will take you to Asolo. The steep part of the way leads you to the Prosecco vineyards and on to Treviso. You can shorten the stage with a train journey from Montebelluna to Treviso (25 km).
You follow the river Sile to Casale. At the end of the tour Venice awaits you. Discover a labyrinth of lanes and canals. The property is located in Mestre. Overnight in Venice (island) for an extra charge!
From Mestre you cycle over a 4 km long bridge „Ponte della Libertà“ to the port of Tronchetto. From here you take the ferry to Lido. This is the most exciting day, as you cycle on two islands that separate the sea from the lagoon: Malamocco and Pellestrina with their Murazzi, the stone dams that once protected Venice from flooding.
Along the river Bacchiglione which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries
ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the change to relax
in a 4*-spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities. Worth visiting are the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy.
The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you will reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas.
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Cat. B: mostly 3-star hotels, with some 2 star hotels and a 4-star hotel
Cat. A: mostly 4-star hotels, with some 3-star hotels
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