Cycling Across The Brenta Valley
Day 1 –
Bolzano – Arrival. The bilingual capital city of South Tyrol is a renowned commercial and tourist centre which has a rich history. Today the Italian and the German cultures and ways of life join together. The historical centre of Bolzano is enchantingly beautiful.
Bolzano-Trento (65/70 km, elevation up 370 m). Your cycling tour starts with a ride along the banks of the Adige river, past fruit orchards, vineyards and through the town of Ora, Egna and Salorno. Along the embankments you ride towards Trento with its wonderful frescoed buildings. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.
Day 3 –
Trento-Bassano del Grappa (35 km by train + 60 km by bike, elevation up 600 m). The whole stage schedules 95 km altogether. We suggest anyway to shorten it of minimum 20 km by taking a train from Trento to the lakes area, avoiding in this way the only uphill section of the stage. Starting from the spring of Lake Caldonazzo and Levico, you will follow the river Brenta across its beautiful valley up to Bassano del Grappa, which offers you its famous wooden-roofed bridge and a wonderful historical centre.
Day 4 –
Bassano-Vicenza (40 km, elevation up 20 m). After a few kilometres from Bassano you reach the little fortified town of Marostica, which is famous for its castle “Castello da Bassano” and the stone chessboard on its main square. At the end of this stage Vicenza awaits you: this is the famous city of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who built plenty of extraordinary buildings around here.
Day 5 –
Vicenza-Padova (50 km, elevation up 20 m). You leave Vicenza and ride past the splendid “Villa Rotonda” by Palladio. Through the village of Costozza and then cycling along the river Bacchiglione you arrive at the ancient university city of Padova. Here you will be astonished by the exceptional abundance of architectural masterpieces and art treasures.
Day 6 –
Padova-Chioggia (60 km, elevation up 0 m). From Padova you cycle along canals. The rivers Bacchiglione and Brenta, which were once important commercial waterways, accompany you to the picturesque fishing village Chioggia, in the Venetian lagoon.
Day 7 –
Chioggia-Mestre (35 km, elevation up 0 m). Across the islands of Pellestrina and Lido, which separate the open sea from the Venetian lagoon, you reach the stately, beautiful Venice. After a nice long stroll in the city’s fascinating maze of lanes and bridges you will ride to Mestre along the 4 km-long bridge “Ponte della Libertà”.
Day 8 –
Mestre. Departure after breakfast. Possibility either to book extra nights.
- Total Length: 310/350 km
- Total vertical up: 410/1,010 mt
- Terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
- Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2 and day 3.
It is generally an easy route that runs on quiet sideroads and secure cycle lanes. Some hilly sections on day 2 and day 3.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast buffetLuggage transportation
- Welcome briefing in English
- Luggage transportation
- Maps (1:50:000) + Roadbook
- 7-days Hotline service
- bike and helmet rental
- Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
- Train journey from Trento to Lake area (approx. 40 minutes, 5 € per person + bike)
- Ferry-boat transfers on day 7 (altogether about 25 € per person + bike)
- Any item not mentioned in the “Included”
Price starting from: $1,590 CAD per person based on DBL;
- Code: GRLBBV17
- Self Guided Tour: Level of difficulty: 1-2
- Dates: SA 9.05 – 12.09, Special departures dates for at least 5 persons
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Accommodations: starting from 3* hotel
- Season 1: 9.05 – 26.06and 5.09 – 12.09
- Season 2: 27.06 – 4.09
Price per person in Canadian Dollars, Minimum 2 passengers
All rates and hotel availability subject to change. High season surcharges may apply