Charming from Bolzano to Venice
Look forward to this trip and to your hotel with special charm. Whether former monastery, the location in the historic center or with private park, whether new construction or elegant hotel with a beguiling swimming pool - you always stay in hotels with a particular individual equipment. In this way you can enjoy the beauty of northern Italy between the magnificent mountain ranges of South Tyrol and the lagoon city of Venice. You cycle through vast orchards, mostly right along the Adige on separate bike paths towards the gorgeous Lake Garda. Here you will make a beautiful boat ride from the north shore to the south shore. Through the Po Valley the route leads to interesting and famous cities such as Verona, known by the famous lovers of literature and the largest amphitheater of antiquity. Discover the beauties of Vicenza, Padua, the city of St. Anthony and the grand finale Venice.
1. day Bolzano Arrival
Arrive early, Bolzano's is worth it! Your Hotel with charm, the 4-star Stiegli Scala is located in the historical center of Bolzano. The beautifully decorated rooms, with views of the hotel park or on the mighty mountains around the rose garden, provide a romantic atmosphere. Just a few steps and you are right in the cozy arcades of Bolzano, at the fruit market and the Walther square with Italian flair. And if you have time, visit "Ötzi" in the Museum of Archaeology.
2. day Bolzano - Trient 70 km
Today you cycle through orchards and mostly directly along the Adige on well-developed causeways to the center of Trento with its attractive old town and the famous Piazza Duomo. Look forward to the 4-star Hotel Accademia, the former monastery from the 15th century was converted into a very nice hotel. The unique mix of modern furniture and historical architecture radiates a special atmosphere. In fine weather, breakfast is served in the former cloister.
3. day Trient - Lake Garda (south) 50 km + Boat Trip
On the Adige Bicycle Path you cycle via Rovereto to Mori. On separately path you master the small San Giovanni pass and be rewarded with a fantastic view of Lake Garda. Enjoy a nice boat ride along the lake to the south shore. Today, staying at 4-star Hotel Lido International in Desenzano. The hotel is characterized by the stunning location. You reach the historical center within a few minutes. Your rooms have lake views and the hotel provide a beautifully landscaped pool.
4. day Lake Garda (south) - Verona 50 km
Partly flat, partly easily hilly through the vine hills to Verona, a city full of places of interest: festival arena, Julia`s house, old city walls, roman bridge, Scaglieri palace and so much more. You spend the night outside the city walls in the 4-star Hotel San Marco only a few steps from the San Zeno Church. Look forward to spacious superior rooms and a spa area for relaxing. (Not included)
5. day Verona - Vicenza 70 km
Today is the longest stage on the program. At first flat and then through the hills of "Monti Berici", the excursion region of Vicenza, with a beautiful view over the city. In the old part of town one can still feel the spirit of Palladio, the famous architect from the Middle Ages. Marvel at the Basilica Palladian, the Teatro Olimpico and the splendid boulevards of the city. The elegant and newly renovated 4-star Hotel Campo Marzio is located right at the city wall and thus the ideal starting point to reach all the sights of Vicenza.
6. day Vicenza - Padua 45 km
Today numerous Venetian villas are on your bike route. But you cycle straight towards the pretty university town of Padua, the city of St. Anthony with overwhelming Basilica, the old university Palace and Palace of Justice. Just a few steps from the Astronomical Observatory and directly at the waterway of Padua you are staying at the 4-star Hotel Methis. Upon entering the hotel you will feel like home. This comfortable hotel is also an ideal starting point for visiting the historic center.
7. day Padua - Venice / Mestre 40 km
Mostly driven by the light wind you cycle comfortably towards the sea. The landscape is dominated by meadows and fields. Your goal is the 4-star Park Hotel Ai Pini in Venice / Mestre, the best house on the mainland near Venice. The historic building is surrounded by a private park with many flowers. The Baldo family recently renovated the hotel and thus created a wonderful feel-good atmosphere. From Mestre you have a good train and bus connections to the lagoon city.
8. day Venice depature
Much too fast passed the beautiful time. After the breakfast check out and departure or you stay a few days more and discover Venice intensively. Or you can use the transfer back service to Bolzano by minibus (reservation necessary) to have a comfortable way back to Bolzano or you take the train back to Bolzano (3,5 hours) but there's no bike transport.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
01.04. – 14.04.2023
30.09. – 07.10.2023
15.04. – 12.05.2023
09.09. – 29.09.2023
13.05. – 08.09.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Personal tour information at Bolzano
- 1 x boat trip at Lago di Garda incl. bike
- Pistachio ice cream in Mori
- 1 small grappa tasting in Venice
- Navigation app and GPS data available
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour from Bolzano to Venice. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 0049 (0)6421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Bolzano can be easily reached by train from Venice. The best way to get to our partner hotels in Bozen and the surrounding area from the train station is by taking a short taxi ride (costs around EUR 10, payable locally) or by public transport. Current timetable information and price information can be found very conveniently at:
Arrival by plane
From Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg you can fly non-stop to Bolzano with the airline Sky Alps. Alternatively, there are three other airports nearby. Verona, Venice and Treviso can be reached inexpensively from many German and European airports.
Parking at Bolzano
At the start hotel you will find parking facilities for the duration of the trip. Hotel parking in the garage or on a parking lot costs approx. 20 euros per day and car, payable on site. A reservation in advance is not possible. Free, unguarded parking spaces can be found outside the city center. You will receive further information about parking options with the detailed travel documents approx. 2-3 weeks before the start of the trip.
The hosts for this trip will be in Charme Hotels specially selected by us. Almost all of the accommodations correspond to a national 4 **** standard.
Parkhotel Laurin in Bolzano: The hotel was built in 1910 and is undoubtedly the first house on the square and next to the city center town of Bolzano . The rooms are comfortable and elegant, the public areas are sophisticated. The historic hotel bar is a meeting place for locals and guests, who all stroll through the spacious park. The beautifully landscaped pool is reserved for hotel guests. Overnight stays also possible in the sister hotel Greif with all services of the Laurins.
Hotel Accademia in Trento: A former monastery from the 15th century has been converted into this very charming hotel. The unique mix of modern furniture and historical architecture creates a special flair. When the weather is nice, breakfast is served in the former cloister courtyard.
Hotel Lido International Desenzano: The hotel is characterized by its impressive location. Located directly on the water, the historic center of Desenzano can be reached in just a few minutes. The rooms booked by us have a view of the lake and a beautifully landscaped pool ensures that you can cool off. The host family Ferrari and their staff impress with their special friendliness. Alternative hotel in Sirmione: Hotel Blu Lake Sirmione
Hotel San Marco in Verona: The Hotel San Marco is located directly outside the city wall and therefore only a few steps away from the San Zeno Church. It is the only hotel in Verona with an outdoor swimming pool and ensures special relaxation after a day of cycling. Only the spacious superior rooms will be booked for you. The SPA area is available for a fee.
Hotel Campo Marzio in Vicenza: This elegant and newly renovated house is located directly on the city wall and thus offers the ideal starting point to easily reach all of Vicenza's sights. Beautiful rooms and particularly attentive staff ensure a comfortable stay.
Hotel Methis in Padua: Only a few steps away from the Astronomical Observatory and directly on the Naviglio (Padua's waterway), the comfortable hotel is the ideal starting point for visiting the historical center. The four elements earth, fire, water and air are reflected in the furnishings of the rooms. You feel at home as soon as you enter the hotel.
Parkhotel Ai Pini in Venice / Mestre: Certainly the best hotel on the mainland in front of Venice. The historic building is surrounded by a private park with lots of flowers. The Baldo family recently had the hotel carefully renovated and thus created a wonderful feel-good atmosphere.
Condition of the cycle paths
The route is flat to slightly hilly, but also has some steep sections to offer. The strenuous passage is the way up the Monti Berici. The first two stages run mainly on bike paths, south and east of Lake Garda mostly on farm roads and side roads. Due to the lack of cycle paths there, some sections on roads with moderate traffic are unavoidable. The route is almost completely paved and has its own signage.
Available rental bikes
For this trip you can choose between 7-speed unisex touring bikes with back pedal and 21-speed unisex touring bikes with freewheel in different frame sizes as well as unisex electric bikes with back pedal. 21-speed men's touring bikes with freewheel can be made available for people taller than 1.85m. Simply let us know what bike you want when you make your booking.
Touring information and rental bike
The personal route information with rental bike (if booked) takes place on the day of arrival in the hotel.
Special dates and additional nights
Special dates are possible on request. Additional nights can be booked in each stage location, prices on request.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
You have the option of booking a relaxed return transfer by minibus from Venice to Bolzano, which runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Costs per person 85.00 euros, for your own bike there is an additional charge of 29.00 euros. Please indicate your request when you make your booking. Please note that it is not possible to take your own bikes on the train.
Cycling in italy
In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Costs which are not included in the price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Bozen, Archeology museum
The Archeology Museum is the new location of "Ötzi", the approximately 5300 year old man from the ice, the mummy of the Similaungletscher. The exhibition space is approximately 1,200 m² and comprises four floors. In the museum the history of South Tyrol from the first beginnings to the early Middle Ages is illustrated by archaeological finds, models, holograms, videos and acoustic impressions. The mummy is located along with the discovery history and the natural sciences in the area devoted to the Bronze Age, on the first floor.
In the air-conditioned showcases also the devices, which together with the man from the ice were found, are exhibited.
Trient, Castello del Buonconsiglio
The fortress consists of the "Castelvecchio" built in the 13th century and the "Magno Palazzo" built in the 16th century. The former two parts were combined into one unit in the 17th century on behalf of Bishop Francesco Alberti-Poja. Through the entrance gate "Porta dei Diamanti" one reaches the castle garden and from there into the Magno Palazzo, in which the two halls "Camera delle Udienze" and "Camera del Camin Nero" are quite worth seeing. A bridge leads to Castelvecchio, a medieval castle, which has a medieval appearance.
In the tower is the main attraction of the Castellos, which can only be admired with a guided tour. In the 14th - 15th century, The "fresco cycle of the month pictures", which was created in the sixteenth century, extends over the entire room and captivates the diversity of the motifs and creativity of the (unknown) artists.
Just a few kilometers from Lake Garda, Rovereto is a beautiful city in the Vallagarina, around the imposing Castel Veneto (the seat of the Historical War Museum). Rovereto is known all over the world for the PEACE BALL that rings on the hill of Miravalle every evening one hundred times to remind of all the fallen of all wars.
The Lake Garda Region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive natural regions in Europe. The sight of the lake alone was worth a detour. The mild climate, the lush Mediterranean vegetation and picturesque villages in front of an impressive mountain landscape, which then transitions into a gentle hill covered with wine and olive trees - all this is simply the epitome of romantic Italy, the "country in Italy Where the lemons bloom ".
Due to the continually moving glaciers about 10,000 years ago the largest Italian inland water was created. The lake covers an area of 370 km² and is 52 km long and has a width of 4 km in the north, while the south is about 17 km.
The Arena of Verona is a well-preserved Roman amphitheater. Originally it had a size of 152 x 123 m, now only 138 x 109 m at a height of exactly 24.1 m, but it is still the third-largest of the ancient ones after the Coliseum in Rome and the Arena of Capua Amphitheater. The arena was built in the 1st century from white and red limestone, which was partially taken for construction in the Middle Ages. Today, the arena is used for the world famous opera performances and now seats 22,000 spectators on 45 stairs on two inner rings.
Verona, Piazza delle Erbe
Here was the center of ancient Verona with the forum where the urban life took place. This function has preserved the Piazza delle Erbe until today. In this square, which is one of the most beautiful in Italy, the administrative headquarters of the commune, the magnificent Fountain of the Scaligeri period, with the Roman statue "Madonna Verona", is a common meeting point and there is a joyous market in Piazza delle Erbe.
Padua, Basilica of Saint Anthony
The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua is one of the most famous and most visited sanctuaries in Italy and Basilica minor. It was built between 1232 and the middle of the 14th century in Romanesque-Gothic style to accommodate the tomb of Saint Anthony of Padua (1231 in Arcella, now part of Padua).
Vicenza, Basilica Palladiana
Palladio received the order for this artwork, built between 1549 and 1614, only after he had prevailed against other competitors. The Basilica Palladiana (also Palazzo della Ragione) was his first order.
Basilica of San Marco, Campanile and Doge´s Palace
The basilica of San Marco was built as a cross-dome church in the 11th century, following the example of the Apostle Church in Constantinople. With its mix of Byzantine, Late Gothic and Renaissance architecture and the Venetian decorations, the Basilica looks like an enchanted fairytale castle.
From the Campanile, Venice's highest bell tower, you have a fantastic view over the lagoon.
The Doge's Palace, right next to St. Mark's Basilica, was the administrative center of the Venetian Republic, and at the same time an impressive symbol of its size and power. All important governmental bodies and courts had their seat here.
This island in the lagoon of Venice is famous worldwide for its glassware. You should not forget to visit Murano during a Venice holiday. Here you can see glassblowers at work, which conjure up the best things from a lump of glass.