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Treasures of the Veneto

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Veneto Self-guided trip: Starts any Saturday or Sunday from March 25th to October 21st, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 41 km (25 miles) to 61 km (38 miles)
Starts from and ends in Vicenza
Vicenza is serviced by train from closest major Italian gateways (Verona, Milan and Venice)
Accommodation: Three options are possible (Option A: 2- and 3-star properties, Option A+: 3- and 4-star properties, Option A++: luxury hotels and villas)
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 535 euros per person sharing a double room

Treasures of the Veneto — 7 nights/8 days

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Vicenza's sites include its remarkable basilica
 
Verona has many sites to offer including its Roman theater
  The lowlands of the Veneto, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in northern Italy, provide for excellent cycling over flat terrain. Even better, a short ride in almost any direction brings you within reach of some of Italy’s most remarkable treasures.

This picturesque route will lead you from one marvel to another — Vicenza, Padova, an opportunity to island-hop, and Venice — for a grand finale in the world’s most romantic canal-laden, gondola-traveled city. Your detailed directions will carry you over very quiet roads or bicycle paths; although some sections may not be paved, they are definitely safe, easy to ride, and, of course, scenic.
 
Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday or Sunday): Arrival in Vicenza

Located 80 km from Venice and 220 km from Milan, Vicenza is easy to access by train, especially from one of the major international gateways or from secondary airports serviced by low-cost airlines, such as Bergamo. Your hotel is centrally located and the limited automobile traffic makes it easy to discover this bike-friendly city on foot or by bike. Vicenza’s remarkable architectural treasures include a number of works created by Palladio, one of the most influential architects of the 16th century, whose wonders you’ll be able to enjoy throughout this trip.
Day 2 (Sunday or Monday): Vicenza — Bassano del Grappa (41 km/25 miles, 260 meters/845 ft of climbing)

After meeting with our local representative who will outfit you with your bikes, you will soon be on your way to Bassano del Grappa. En route, you will ride through medieval Marostica and have a chance to play on its giant chessboard. When you spy the Brenta River, you’ll know you’re near Bassano! The covered “Ponte Vecchio,” bridge spanning the river was originally designed by Palladio. An early arrival will allow you time to stroll through Bassano’s historic pedestrian quarter.
Day 3 (Monday or Tuesday): Bassano del Grappa — Treviso (61 km/38 miles, 410 meters/1,350 ft of climbing)

Your ride starts with a rewarding climb to Asolo, the beautiful and charming “city of a hundred horizons”. From the land of Grappa (you will perhaps have tasted it in Bassano), you’ll enter into wine country through the vineyards that produce Prosecco, the famous sparkling wine. Afterwards, the ride takes you to Maser, where you can imagine yourself the master of many villas, before reaching Treviso. A tranquil town best visited on foot or by bike, Treviso makes a great destination for the night.
Day 4 (Tuesday or Wednesday): Treviso — Mestre (44 km/27 miles, 175 meters/570 ft of climbing)

Following the River Sile, pedal through picturesque countryside to Casale, from where you’ll count down the minutes to Mestre! Mestre is in the vicinity of Venice, and your hotel is conveniently located across from a bus line that can take you to Venice in a matter of minutes. Arrive early for enough time to enjoy an unforgettable afternoon and evening strolling along the canals, admiring the remarkable squares and palaces, and lingering over the bridges of enchanting Venice.
Day 5 (Wednesday or Thursday): Mestre/Venice — Chioggia (46 km/28 miles, 135 meters/435 ft of climbing)

Today’s mileage may seem low, but we haven’t included the wonderful ferry ride along the Canal Giudecca and the time you’ll spend island hopping from Malamocco to Pellestrina. In between, you’ll ride on a narrow band of land between sea and lagoon — a truly unique experience in a unique setting. Chioggia is a fishing port in the Venetian lagoon and a smaller, simpler version of Venice. Removed from the steady thrum of Venice, you can enjoy meals of freshly caught fish and other regional delights at your own pace.
Day 6 (Thursday or Friday): Chioggia — Padua (Padova) (60 km/37 miles, 215 meters/715 ft of climbing)

Pedaling along two of Venice’s vital lifelines, the Canal Bacchiglione and the Canal Brent — once crucial for supplying provisions to Venice — you’ll ride to Stra, where the historic Villa Pisani stands. Getting to Padua (or Padova) via a traffic-free route allows you to admire the imposing “Basilica del Santo” dedicated to St. Anthony. Padua boasts several other remarkable sites as well, such as Caffe Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, Italy’s biggest town square.
Day 7 (Friday or Saturday): Padova — Vicenza (48 km/30 miles, 270 meters/885 ft of climbing)

The Bacchiglione River will show you the way out of Padua. Following your detailed directions, you will make your way to Costozza at the foot of the Berici hills. The route takes you by Villa Rotonda, Palladio’s most famous villa, a splendid example of his application of pedimented porticos from Roman temples. Other sites include Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its remarkable frescoes. A few pedal strokes further and you’ll be in the Piazza dei Signori, right in the heart of Vicenza, the capital of the Veneto region and Vicenza Province.
Day 8 (Saturday or Sunday): Departure

After breakfast, depart Vicenza at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 535 euros per person sharing a double room

Three options are offered for this trip:

Option A: 7 nights in 2- and 3-star properties and one 4-star hotel

  • 535 euros per person in March, April, and October. Single supplement is 150 euros.
  • 595 euros per person in May, June, and September. Single supplement is 155 euros.
  • 705 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 160 euros.

Option A+: 7 nights in 3- and 4-star properties

  • 705 euros per person in March, April, and October. Single supplement is 195 euros.
  • 745 euros per person in May, June, and September. Single supplement is 200 euros.
  • 765 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 205 euros.

Option A++: 7 nights in luxury hotels and villas accommodation (night in a 3-star hotel in Venice instead of Mestre)

  • 1,330 euros per person March, April, and October. Single supplement is 285 euros.
  • 1,350 euros per person May, June, and September. Single supplement is 300 euros.
  • 1,405 euros per person July and August. Single supplement is 320 euros.

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodations as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Options A+/A++: Ferry transfer on Day 5 (ticket for bike not included)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Ticket for Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike.

NB: Special departure dates may be possible for groups of 5 or more (on request).
For further information or reservations:
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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