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Venice to Florence: From Rialto Across the Sea to Ponte Vecchio

  • 4.3

    (4)

  • 7 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €829
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This bicycle tour through Italy begins and ends at two of Italy's most famous cities: Venice and Florence. A tour of exceptional beauty, you cycle through an almost unknown Italy as you leave Venice and head to Florence. Kiwis, peaches, melons, vineyards, and sunflowers line the way, as birds sing and friendly fishermen wave from their pole-huts along the canals.

Discover typical towns and places far off the beaten track, as you admire the history of the region at every turn. Enjoy a cup of cappuccino in one of the many little cafés on the piazza and listen to the locals discussing sports and politics with their melodious language. You can experience all this and more on this cycle tour from Venice to Florence!

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival at Venice/Mestre
The hotel on the mainland is within easy reach of Venice through excellent bus connections. At the beginning of your tour, not far from Marcus square, you can look forward to a little Grappa tasting session.
Overnight in Venice/Mestre.

Day 2: Mestre/Venice – Chioggia/Sottomarina (22 miles/35 km)
In the morning, you will have your tour information. Then you will cycle on the bike path over the Liberty Bridge to Venice. Afterwards, you will take the ferry to Lido and then you will cycle via Pellestrina, with stunning views of the sea, to Chioggia, a quiet little town reminiscent of the Venetian naval supremacy, where you can take a rest in one of the typical fish restaurants. Tonight, you will stay in Chioggia/Sottomarina, where there is a wide sandy beach.
Overnight in Chioggia/Sottomarina.

Day 3: Chioggia/Sottomarina – Adria (31 miles/50 km)
On quiet roads, you cycle today to the Adige River passing through fertile fields, melon plantations, and solitary villages to Adria, a small, friendly city with lots of charm. Founded by the Etruscans because of its proximity to the rivers Adige and Po, now especially the branched channels, narrow streets, cosy cafes, and friendly people attract visitors.
Overnight in Adria.

Day 4: Adria – Comacchio (40 miles/65 km)
You will cycle a short part of today's route along the longest river in Italy, the river Po. Then, one of its branches, called Po di Goro, will lead you right through its delta towards the sea. Perhaps you want to cool off in the Adriatic Sea before you get to the charming town of Comacchio. Magnificent palazzi, ornate churches, and numerous bridges still bear witness of the prosperity once gained by salt production.
Overnight in Comacchio.

Day 5: Comacchio – Ravenna (40 miles/65 km)
The first half of the day’s bike tour is dedicated to the natural park "Delta del Po" with its unique flora and fauna. Riding your bike on a dam, you will feel like cycling straight through the water while flamingos are nesting only a few metres away from you. After two short ferry rides (tickets not included in the tour price, about €2) you will reach the Adriatic Sea. There are wide beaches on the way to Ravenna, where you will be enchanted by the art and culture of the port city.
Overnight in Ravenna.

Day 6: Ravenna – Brisighella (34 miles/55 km)
The foothills of the Apennines form gently rolling hills which change the landscape. Even earlier, on the edge of the vast plains, you will get to Faenza – an enchanting little city where world-famous ceramics are produced. The artists will be happy to let you watch while they are painting the artifacts.

Now it is not far to Brisighella anymore – an idyllic, medieval village, overlooked by the Rocca Veneziana and the Torre Orologgio. Tranquillity and pure relaxation are waiting for the cyclists.
Overnight in Brisighella.

Day 7: Brisighella – Florence (22 miles/35 km + train journey)
The day starts with an amazing train ride through the wild mountains of Apennines to Borgo San Lorenzo. Following two climbs, you cycle down a rushing descent via Fiesole to Florence, the historic capital of Tuscany. Take time to tour Florence in the evening.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 8: Individual departure or extra days
This tour can be combined ideally with the tours Bolzano – Venice, Florence – Rome or Tuscany tour.

Dates

Saturdays: Mar 24-Oct 13, 2018
Low Season: Mar 24, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018, Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Shoulder season: Apr 28, 2018 - May 25, 2018, Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018
High season: May 26, 2018 - Sep 07, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€829
Shoulder season surcharge
€40
High season surcharge
€70
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€219
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame
€80
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame
€80
Electrically-assisted bike
€180
Helmet (for purchase only)
€35
Extra Nights, Florence
Per person, double occupancy
€110
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€195
Extra Nights, Venice/Mestre
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€103
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
25%
Person, ages 15 and older sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
10%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Eurobike Terms and Conditions

I. Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The Customer may withdraw from the agreement at any time prior to the start of travel. We recommend that the Customer communicate his or her cancellation in writing. In the event of a cancellation or no-show, we shall be entitled to charge the following fees (percentages refer to the price of travel):

  • Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 20%, at minimum €50
  • From the 27th to the 14th day before the beginning of the journey: 30% of the travel price
  • From the 13th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
  • From 7th to 4th day before the beginning of the journey: 70%
  • From 3rd day to no-show: 90% of the travel price
  • By travel expensen 100% of the travel price.

In each case a cancellation insurance is recommendable. We recommend a travel withdrawal insurance, please note that the insurance doesn't work for travel expenses. For that case you shall take an additional insurance.

For bike and boat tours offered through the tour operator, the following cancellation penalties apply:

  • Until 84 days before start of the journey 20%
  • From 83 days to 42 days 30%
  • From 41 days to 28 days 60%
  • From 27 days to 4 days 80%
  • From 3 days and no-show 90%
  • By travel expensen 100% on the travel price.

2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. The tour operator may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge €50,- for change fees.

3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will however have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50,-.

II. Signing the travel agreement
1. By registering, the Customer undertakes to enter into a travel agreement with the tour operator. Registration shall take place in writing on the form designated for this purpose. A telephonic, oral or other form of registration with us or one of our partner agencies shall be equally binding. Registration shall be carried out by the registering party for all co-named participants. The registering party firmly agrees to these conditions of travel, including on behalf of and for the co-named participants.

2. The agreement shall come into being upon acceptance by the tour operator or its partner agencies upon sending the booking confirmation.

3. Subsidiary agreements and amendments to the concluded travel agreement shall require our written confirmation.

IV. Services
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current tour operator catalogue shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours.

Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.

2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double bed room. If available, a single bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels however there are only a limited number of single bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two bed room. In this case you will of course receive a prorated refund.

3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%

V. Liability and restriction of liability
1. The tour operator shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.

2. Travelers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.

4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.

5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).

6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.

7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.

8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.

Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the customer's own risk only. The settings of our cycle carriers are fitted to our rental bicycles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.

9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.

VI. Warranty
1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. The tour operator can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognize claims.

2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by the tour operator. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveler, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.

3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.

VII. Cooperation Obligation
1. If the traveler does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform the tour operator without delay.

2. The traveler is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimize or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.

VIII. Miscellaneous
1. The Customer shall be responsible for complying with all passport, visa, customs and health regulations.

2. We must reserve the right to make changes to prices and services and to correct any mistakes and typographical errors.

3. The invalidity of individual provisions in the travel agreement shall not invalidate the rest of the agreement.

IX. Legal domicile/applicable law
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.

2. The Customer may only bring legal action against the tour operator at its registered place of business.

3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.

 

Insurance of customer funds
Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by the tour operator (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth, customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured.

The guarantor or insurer is Volksbank Braunau, 5280 Braunau (bank guarantee no. 5746). Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.

Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 2
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.3

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.5
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 2.7
  • Bikes & equipment 4.3
  • Hotels or boat 3.8
  • Scenery 3.8
  • Ease of navigation 3.8
  • Tour documents 3.3
  • Local tour company services 4
  • Route selection 3.8

Reviews

James289 September 6, 2017

Terrific bike trip!

My daughter and I certainly enjoyed the wonderful ride from Venice to Florence. The scenery and small towns were great and the hotels all very nice.

Badger June 25, 2017

Good trip

An interesting trip from and to two iconic destinations stopping at several interesting cities along the way. Tour is very well organized and the hotels were all good to excellent. The route except for the last day is flat and mostly low traffic except near cities. In and out of cities can be high traffic and you need to be quite careful

JPeter October 3, 2016

History seen

The accommodations were satisfactory to good (hotel in Choggia was wonderful). The trip was as expected and explained in the brochure. For the most part the directions and markers were decent except in Florence. Little to no markers seen and the directions to the parking garage given were incorrect for Florence, frustrating.