Grappa, ice cream and gondoliers
In between sun and sea, the Alps and the Adria, this bike trip leads you to the most beautiful sights of Northern Italy. Easy, flat stages, the delicacies of the Italian kitchen, regional culinary specials (pasta, grappa, prosecco), wonderful history and culture guarantee a great pleasure!
1. day Arriving in Vicenza
There are three airports within 60 km (Venice, Verona, Treviso). The hotel is situated in the city centre. Free parking facilities are available and the bikes will be handed over at the hotel.
2. day Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa 40 km
Saying goodbye to the magnificent centre of Vicenza is hard. With the wind in your back and the sun in your hair you will cycle towards a famous place. Here, where southern flair and the austere charm of the foothills of the Alps meet, the world famous Grappa has been distilled ever since the 18th century and the most beautiful Majolika products have been produced.
3. day Bassano del Grappa - Treviso 60 km
Today neat bike trails will guide you through the Prosecco vineyards. Visit Asolo, one of the most beautiful places of the Veneto with great palazzi and bourgeois houses dating from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Then marvel at Villa Barbaro, the most magnificent villa of Palladios, before reaching Treviso with its endless number of canals.
4. day Treviso - Venice Mestre 40 km
Easily you will follow the little Sille river today. Keep your camera ready to take pictures of the sunken wooden wrecks of the Burci boats you will pass on your way. An impressive experience of an untouched nature! You will reach your hotel in Mestre or Marghera early so that there will still be enough time for a trip to Venice (about 10 minutes from here by train).
5. day Venice Mestre - Chioggia 35 km
By bike and ship you will reach the islands of Lido and Pellestrina, situated between lagoon and the open sea. Look forward to Lido, Venice’ 12 km long beach! Here is where Europe’s Hautevolee used to meet in luxurious residences at the turn of the century, where the famous movie “Death in Venice” was produced and where the International Film Festivals take place annually. Pellestrina on the other hand leaves a very modest impression with its small wooden houses. The evening will be spent in the picturesque fishing village of Chioggia – Venice’ little sister.
6. day Chioggia - Padua (thermal area) 55 km
Today you will follow the idyllic banks of the Brenta- canal, seamed by more than 150 rural residences and villas in the 16th century. Many of the have fallen into ruins today, but visiting the famous Villa Pisani is an absolute must! Don’t get lost in the maze, as Padua, the most beautiful town of Northern Italy, awaits you now.
7. day Padua (thermal area) - Vicenza 50 km
By the foot of the Berici mountains you will ride through Costozza, to the Palladio Villa Rotonda, and to Villa Valmarana ai Nani with great frescos by Tiepolo.
8. day Departure from Vicenza
Today after breakfast your wonderful tour ends in Vicenza in the hotel.
Depending from the date the tour starts in Vicenza or Venice-Mestre:
- every saturday and sunday the tour starts and ends in Vicenza
- every tuesday and wednesday the tour starts and ends in Venice-Mestre
- changes on some September dates due to the Gold Fair in Vicenza
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.
Prices are per person.
21.03. – 24.04.2020
03.10. – 24.10.2020
25.04. – 19.06.2020
05.09. – 02.10.2020
20.06. – 04.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Cat. B: 3***hotesl; Vicenza 2**hotel
- Cat. A: mostly 4****hotels; sometimes 3***hotels
- Cat. Deluxe: 4****hotel and luxus hotels; 3*** in Venice (isle)
- personal tour information
- entrance fee Villa Valmarana ai Nani
- ferry ticket on the 5th day Lido and Pellestrina islands (without bike, cat. A and deluxe only)
- 1 icecream from the best ice cream parlor
- GPX tracks available
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Round trip Venetia
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Vicenza and Venedig Mestre are easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Vicenza. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Arrival by plane
Vicenza is well connected to the following airports:
Venezia Marco Polo (VCE), Airport - Venezia Mestre train station by shuttle bus or bus (journey time: about 20/25 min; price: about € 8) Venezia Mestre train station - Vincenza train station (journey time approx. price € 6-15 depending on the type of train).
Verona Villafranca Catullo (VRN), Airport - Verona Porta Nuova train station (journey time approx 15 mins, price about € 6) Verona Porta Nuova - Vicenza train station (journey time approx 30-50 min, price approx € 6-20 depending on train type)
Treviso Canova (TSF), airport - Treviso station by taxi (journey time approx 15 minutes, price about € 15) or by bus (journey time about 15 minutes, price about € 1.30) Treviso - Vicenza station (journey time approx. 60 minutes, price about € 5-24 depending on train type)
Mestre is well connected to the following airports:
Venezia Marco Polo (VCE), Airport - Venezia Mestre train station by shuttle bus or bus (journey time: about 20/25 minutes, price: about € 8)
Verona Villafranca Catullo (VRN), Airport - Verona Porta Nuova train station (journey time approx 15 mins, price about € 6) Verona Porta Nuova - Mestre train station (journey time approx 60-120 min, price approx € 9-25 depending on train type)
Treviso Canova (TSF), airport - Treviso station by taxi (journey time approx 15 minutes, price about € 15) or by bus (journey time about 15 minutes, price about € 1.30) Treviso - Mestre train station (journey time approx. 30 minutes, price about € 4)
Arrival by car
Vignette obligation on austrian motorways 10-day vignette Euro 9. Toll fee Brenner motorway is about Euro 9.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Vicenza provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are usually plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Tourinformation und rental bike
The personal route information with rental bike takes place in the first city. The exact location and time will be communicated with the travel documents.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between 27-speed gear shift with freewheel (men's, women's or unisex bikes). 7-speed gear shfit with coaster brake (men's, women's or unisex bikes). Electric bikes are available on request. You simply give your bike request when booking.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle with the exception of the 1 km climb to Asolo on a completely flat path. (It is possible to shorten the stage by 25 km from Montebelluna to Treviso, with change in Castelfranco Veneto). You bike on side roads or paved bike paths. All sections are covered by rail.
Weather and clima
In Veneto, fresh-mild temperatures prevail in spring and autumn and hot, humid in summer. More information about the climate in the Veneto under www.arpa.veneto.it
Cycling in italy
In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore tio pay in the hotel locally. This is about 10-15 euros per person (changes reserved). Transport Venice about 25 euros (Cat. B), bike ticket for the ferry on the 5th day about 4 euros (Cat A).
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
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.
Duomo di Vicenza
The cathedral of Vicenza was built in the 15th century on the foundations of three earlier churches. Despite severe war damages from the Second World War, the Gothic facade was reconstructed again – the beautiful dome is unmistakably a work of Palladio himself.
Teatro Olimpico Vicenza
The Teatro Olimpico is the first indoor theater in masonry in the world, with interiors made of wood, stucco and plaster. It was constructed by architect Andrea Palladio between 1580 and 1585 when it was inaugurated. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Basilica of Saint Anthony Padova
The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony, which the people of Padua call Il Santo (The Saint), is the most important monument in the city and one of the world’s most important art treasures. Recognised by the Holy See as an International Shrine, it is also one of Christendom’s most
celebrated and popular churches.
Basilica San Marco and Campanile Venice
To build St. Mark’s Church, Venice brought the spiritual and material heritage of Byzantium to the West.
The Greek cross plan stands on a structure which in the longitudinal nave has basilica architectural motifs: the vertical arm of the cross is greater than those of the transepts and the altar is in the apse area. Above the cross are five cupolas, according to the eastern model, as a symbol of God’s presence.
Organisation of the space is rich in evocations that are not found in other Byzantine churches. The interior has a unitary sequence subdivided into individual spatial orchestrations to which gold background mosaics ensure continuity and the church’s special way of being.
Doge's Palace Venice
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions. The structure is made up of three large blocks, incorporating previous constructions. The wing towards the St. Mark’s Basin is the oldest, rebuilt from 1340 onwards. The wing towards St. Mark’s Square was built in its present form from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing, housing the Doge’s apartments and many government offices, dates from the Renaissance and was built between 1483 and 1565.
Murano is rich in history and much of it is to do with the glass industry. Find out how glassmaking came to the island, its ups and downs and some stories about the foundries over the centuries.
Canal Grande Venice
The Grand Canal originally served as a port channel for the Lagoon Shipping and as a waterway for the transport of goods. When the port function was taken over by the San Marco basin, the aspiring nobility began to build representative residences on the canal. Between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries, along the Grand Canal, palaces were created that reflect the whole repertoire of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. With the fall of the Republic, the Grand Canal lost its function as a boulevard.
Pellestrina is a small, fishermen-inhabited island that is more than 10km long, like the Lido, but much narrower. Here you can find vegetable gardens, old inns where traditional fish cicchetti are eaten and fishing boats lined up on the shore close by, small, colorful little houses that seem to have fallen out of time suggesting that the relationship between man and lagoon and fishing is still alive Agriculture is determined.
Corso Andrea Palladio Vicenza
Corso Andrea Palladio is the main axis around which the city has developed over the centuries. There are art treasures, palaces and churches from all eras to bury. Coming from Piazza Castello in the west, on the left in the Stradella dei Filippini, the church of Santa Maria e San Cristoforo from the second half of the 15th century. At number 47 of the Corso there is a Gothic facade of the 15th century Palazzo Thiene to admire a four-arched pointed arch loggia with preselected balcony.
Bassano del Grappa
The Grappa del Bassano is the result of a centuries-old tradition and one of the city's most important landmarks. The grappa tradition of Bassano was born in 1779 by the passion of a local entrepreneurial family. Soon the liquor distilling in Bassano was refined into art, which over time produced a great variety of Grappa types. Grappa from Bassano is today exported all over the world and is of such importance to the city that it has even dedicated its own museum, which is located in palazzo near the wooden bridge.
Villa Valmarie ai Nani
Villa Valmarana ai Nani consists of three buildings, the Palazzina (owner's residence) built in 1669, the Foresteria (guesthouse) and the Scuderia (stables) from 1720. They are surrounded by a large historic park with rose gardens, a 'giardino all'italiana with its open-air theater and a fountain, a lane with double hornbeams that ends with a Neptune statue. The villa takes its name from the statues of the 17 stone dwarves, who were originally set up in the garden and are now on the walls around the house, inspiring the legend of the villa over Princess Layana. The Valmarana family still lives in the villa.