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Starting in dreamy Lake Garda, this tour takes you through peaceful Italian countryside to Verona, one of the most romantic cities in the world, before winding deep into the wineland of Soave for wine tasting in the balmy Mediterranean climes. Leaving the open countryside behind, the magic and the madness of Venice calls, via Vicenza and Padov.
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7 Day Tour
Arrive at Verona, Venice or Innsbruck.
Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Desenzano/Peschiera.
Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano del Garda to Verona | Distance 22 miles (35km) or 38 miles (60km).
After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. You then have some time to explore Peschiera or Desenzano. Stopping for a latté in one of the shoreside cafes is a nice way to acclimatise to the laid back vibe of summer in Italy, before taking to the saddle and cycling to Verona. With the Adige crossing it, this is one of the most beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Made ever more famous by Shakespeare, we suggest visiting Casa di Giulietta, or ‘Juliet’s House’, where you can see the balcony from which she was wooed (albeit in folklore) by Romeo. Also worth visiting are the Roman Arena and the Church of San Zeno.
Verona to Soave or Illasi | Distance 25 miles (40km) or 31 miles (50km) .
Today starts with a lovely flat ride through beautiful vineyards and the countryside beyond Verona. Your cycle route will join the ‘Strada del Vino’ (wine road) that leads to Soave, a renowned wine region full of vineyards and interesting medieval sights. The town itself (which means ‘smooth’ or ‘sweet’ in Italian) has 24 watchtowers and a medieval castle with spectacular views of the countryside from the upper ramparts. While you’re here, you must of course sample a bottle of the town’s namesake. Please note that your hotel will either be located in Soave or Illasi depending on availability.
Soave to Vicenza | Distance 28 miles (45km).
After breakfast at your hotel, your cycle route starts out relatively flat, then heads through the Colli Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza. In these limestone hills, wine-growing dates back to man’s earliest settlement in the area, where the climate is balmy enough not just for the endless vines, but for olive groves too.
The dramatic terrain offers up some beautiful views of Vicenza. The old part of the city is characterised by the striking private palaces and public buildings designed by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect. Once a humble stone cutter, he eventually transformed Vicenza into a city of bold architectural innovation. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site, the city is as impressive for its dynamic exhibitions, bars and restaurants as its wonderful buildings and heritage.
Vicenza to Padova | Distance 30 miles (50km).
Leaving Vicenza behind, today you will cycle to Padova, with plenty to see along the way. First we encounter the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda, another of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces of architecture and one of the most recognisable buildings of the Renaissance.
Setting off from here along the Bacchiglione River, you will continue along the route to the fascinating city of Padova. With the river running through it, the city is comprised of bridges that criss-cross over the Bacchiglione, and a dense network of arcaded streets that open onto the ‘Prato della Valle’, one of Europe’s largest piazzas. Bridges cross the Bacchiglione. We recommend visiting Giotto’s Chapel to view its stunning interior frescoes. And for food? The choice is huge - from informal pizzerias to traditional Venetian trattorias, the Italian fayre is rich and varied here - but as a city with a diverse population, there are restaurants and cafés here to cater for all tastes.
Padova to Venice | Distance 25 miles (40km).
Today the route continues easily through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility, until you reach Mestre, on Venice’s mainland. This is where your final hotel is located, or you can choose to stay directly in Venice for a supplement. It’s about 10 km from Mestre to Venice, so you can opt to ride there for the afternoon to explore its beautiful piazzas, marble palaces, labyrinthine alleyways and canals, and gorgeous little shops, bars and restaurants.
We say “arrivederci” before departing from Mestre or Venice.
Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.
Set in beautiful green parkland, this classy hotel is a haven on the outskirts of Venice with spacious rooms, big breakfasts and excellently helpful staff. You can enjoy the setting with drinks served in the gardens from the well-stocked bar. For those looking to head into Venice, you can use the local bus route which stops outside the hotel, which will get you to there in under 20 minutes.
Enviably located within the idyllic lakeside town of Desenzano del Garda, this recently renovated hotel is a short walk from the magnificent lakeside beaches. Breakfast is served on the 5th floor with a stunning panoramic view of Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. You’ll probably want an extra coffee just so you have more time to take it all in.
Set in the city centre within easy reach of all landmarks, Hotel de La Ville offers elegant, air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free wired internet. Rooms at the de La Ville have a minibar and tiled floors. Each includes a private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletry set. WiFi throughout is free.
The Hotel Galileo sits on the banks of the River Piovego and offers spacious rooms, a modern spa with indoor pool and gym facilities. If you can pry yourself away from the spa, you can get to the centre of Padova with ease, either by foot or by the bus that stops outside.
Situated in the heart of Padova, a short walk from the historic centre, the Hotel Grand Italia blends classical décor and modern to perfection, creating a sense of luxury throughout.
The Puccini is right on the shores of Lake Garda, a 1-minute walk from the beaches, but if the lakes aren’t for you, you can dip in the outdoor pool or sunbathe in the large garden instead. The town centre is just 500 yards away too, if you’d rather browse the shops or find a fine Italian coffee shop
The 4-star Hotel Roxy Plaza is set just outside the ancient walls of the medieval town of Soave. It offers elegant and spacious rooms with wooden floors, and features a fitness room with Technogym equipment. Some rooms overlook Soave's medieval castle. Roxy's American bar serves wine, local food and light lunches, happy hour is from 18:00 until 20:00.
Located on the eastern side of the beautiful hills surrounding Verona, just off the village of Illasi, Sporting Hotel San Felice is a family-run hotel in the middle of a world-renowned wine region. The hotel features over 20,000 m² of vineyards and fruit and olive trees, plus trekking and cycling paths.
The perfect stopover for those visiting Venice. Catch the bus from outside the entrance and be in the city in no time. The hotel itself is bedecked in classical Italian decoration and sits in a central position in Mestre, just yards away from a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Package Prices (Flights and Transfers included)
|2019 Departure Dates||Nights||
|18th May - 08th September||6||£1145|
|09th September - 27th September||6||£1085|
|28th September - 14th October||6||£995|
Tour Only Prices
|2019 Departure Dates||Nights||
|18th May - 08th September||6||£885|
|09th September - 27th September||6||£825|
|28th September - 14th October||6||£735|
Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.
Departure Days: Monday and Tuesday departures. Alternative days available for groups of 5 passengers or more.
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