Due to the annual gold exhibition in Vicenza in September, the tour start city will change on some of the dates. Please note the sense of the tour is not changing, only the departing city. On these days the tour will start from Treviso instead of Venice.
Day 1: Arrival to Vicenza
Individual arrival. A nice and cozy historical city center characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).
Overnight in Vicenza.
Day 2: Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (25 miles/40 km)
From Vicenza, you cycle towards Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard in the main square. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the "grappa."
Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.
Day 3: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (37 miles/60 km)
You enter Asolo, which presents us with the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser, until you reach Treviso, whose city center is characterized by ancient waterways.
Overnight in Treviso.
Day 4: Treviso – Mestre/Venice (28 miles/45 km)
Leaving Treviso behind you, follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice awaits for an evening among canals and narrow streets; accommodations are in Mestre, Venice mainland for Category A. You may book the Category A+ package for accommodation in Venice. (Note: it is forbidden to cycle in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia); bikes may not even be pushed by hand.)
Overnight stay in Mestre.
Day 5: Mestre/Venice – Chioggia (22 miles/35 km)
*Day 1 for tours starting in Mestre. Full itinerary below.
Leaving Mestre this morning you head into Venice pedaling on the 2.5 mile (4 km) bridge "della Libertà," then to Tronchetto harbor. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedaling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: the island of Lido, with the ancient hamlet of Malamocco, once the capital of the Serenissima Republic, and the island of Pellestrina, with its long wild beaches.
Overnight in Chioggia.
Day 6: Chioggia – Padua Thermal District (34 miles/55 km)
You will be pedaling along the river Bacchiglione, which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the chance to relax in a 4-star spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
Overnight in Padua Thermal District.
Day 7: Padua Thermal District – Vicenza (37 miles/60 km)
Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities. Worth visiting are the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy.
The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you will see Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvelous frescoes by Tiepolo (entrance included).
Overnight in Vicenza.
Day 8: Departure from Vicenza
Departure after breakfast.
*Itinerary for tours departing in Mestre:
Day 1: Arrival to Mestre/Venice (supplement for starting in Venice)
Day 2: Mestre/Venice – Chioggia (22 miles/35 km)
Day 3: Chioggia – Padua Thermal District (37 miles/60 km)
Day 4: Padua Thermal District – Vicenza (31 miles/50 km)
Day 5: Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa (25 miles/40 km)
Day 6: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (25 or 40 miles/40 or 65 km)
Day 7: Treviso – Mestre/Venice (28 miles/45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice
Note: Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.