Backroads to Venice
This enchanting journey takes us through the historic Veneto region of north-west Italy. Taking in the splendid cities of Trento, Verona and Vicenza we have time to appreciate the architectural and cultural delights specific to each. Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, passing the beauty of Lake Garda and winding through pretty meadows and orchards we head east to the lovely town of Mestre, located on the doorstep of Venice.
|DAY 1||Join Bolzano|
|DAY 2||Cycle to Trento along the Adige (65/70km)|
|DAY 3||Cycle and boat to Lake Garda South (50km)|
|DAY 4||Cycle to historical Verona (35/60km)|
|DAY 5||Cycle to Vicenza via Monti Berici (75/40km)|
|DAY 6||Cycle past Venetian villas to Padova (50km)|
|DAY 7||Cycle along the Brenta Canal to Mestre (40km)|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
We highly recommend this tour - it's well organised and a fantastic way to explore some of northern Italy's cities, countryside and Lake Garda.
The hotels were all excellent and included good-sized breakfasts. The maps/information provided meant we could comfortably do this trip with the self-guided option.
The actual cycling required a moderate level of fitness-there was one day with a hill climb but otherwise the riding was relatively flat. The cycle was mainly on the road but we felt very safe, even coming into busier cities, as the motorists were very respectful to cyclists.
A unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.