Due to the annual gold exhibition in Vicenza in September, the tour start city will change on the following dates (the tour program will not change, just the start city):
Sep 15, 16, 22, 23 tour start will be from Treviso instead of Vicenza
Sep 18 tour start will be from Padova instead of Mestre
Sep 19 tour start will be from Vicenza instead of Mestre
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 (25 or 40 miles/40 or 65 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.
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.
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 (37 miles/60 km)
You pedal along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago: Bacchiglione and Brenta. You continue on to Strà, famous for the majestic Villa Pisani. On arrival in Padua, you will find the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle.
Overnight in Padova.
Day 7: Padua – Vicenza (29 miles/45 km)
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 see the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvelous frescoes by Tiepolo.
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 – Padova (37 miles/60 km)
Day 4: Padova – 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