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7 nights | 31 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 810
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4.5/5 (20)

7 nights | 31 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 810

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours Client favorites

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  • Bolzano – Verona – Venice

    7 night self guided bike tour in Italy

    Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the Dolomites, part of the UNESCO world heritage list since 2009. The cycling route starts in the heart of these superb mountains and following the course of the river Adige takes you to the palm-lined shores of Lake Garda.

    Further on, you'll explore some remarkable Italian cities such as Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet, Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip, the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small "calli."

    Highlights

    • Bolzano: the famous bilingual city
    • Trento: St. Vigilio Cathedral and Palazzo delle Albere
    • Garda Lake: the largest and most beautiful italian lake
    • Verona: the Arena and te castle of Romeo and Juliet
    • Vicenza: the city of the famous architect Andrea Palladio
    • Padova: famous and lively university city with the Basilica of St. Antony
    • Venice: the marvellous city of "calle" and canals

    Learn More

    Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Italy.

  • Traveler photos

    • Cycling into Lake Garda (photo by MelT)
    • Bolzano countryside (photo by Rach)
    • Photo 2 (photo by Rach)
    • Photo 3 (photo by Rach)
    • La Garda ferry ride (photo by Rach)
    • Photo 5 (photo by Rach)
    • Photo 6 (photo by Rach)
    • Photo 1 (photo by Jackie21)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Bolzano
    Individual arrival. Located along the Isarco river, bilingual Bolzano has always been at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and central Europe. Today it is an important commercial and tourist center.

    Day 2: Bolzano – Trento (40-44 miles/65-70 km)
    Today you will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards, vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. There is a possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train from several train stations along the way.
    Overnight in Trento.

    Day 3: Trento – Peschiera/Desenzano (31 miles/50 km + ferry)
    Always pedaling along the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.
    Overnight in Peschiera/Desenzano.

    Day 4: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona (22-37 miles/35-60 km)
    Today you head to Verona; crossed by the Adige is one of the most important and beautiful cities of the Veneto region. The Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House are all worth visiting.
    Overnight in Verona.

    Day 5: Verona – Vicenza (44 or 22 miles/70 or 35 km)
    At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. The old city center is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th-century architect known all over the world. This stage can also be reduced by taking a train in San Bonifacio.
    Overnight in Vicenza.

    Day 6: Vicenza – Padua Thermal District (31 miles/50 km)
    Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto's Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe "Prato della Valle."
    Overnight in Padua Thermal District.

    Day 7: Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice (34 miles/55 km)
    The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the once countryside villas of the Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice's mainland.
    Overnight in Mestre.*

    Day 8: Mestre/Venice
    Departure.

    *Note: The hotel on Venice island can only be booked for extra nights, the last night of the tour will always be in Mestre. If you wish, you may book additional nights in Venice, post-tour.

    Surface and terrain

    As a whole this tour has an easy to manage itinerary, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are occasional light hilly areas with short uphill sections.

    Trains with bike transportation connect all the cities of the tour, so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train (not included in tour costs).

    Route Profile:


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    3- and 4- star hotels– very comfortable with en-suite facilities. Most hotels will have air conditioning, with the exception of some hotels in mountainous areas. Mostly in city centers.

    Hotel Regina, Bolzano
    www.hotelreginabz.it

    Grand Hotel, Trento
    www.grandhoteltrento.com

    Hotel Puccini, Peschiera
    www.hotelpuccini.it

    Hotel San Marco, Verona
    www.sanmarco.vr.it

    Hotel De La Ville, Vicenza
    www.hoteldelavillevicenza.com

    Galzignano Terme Spa & Golf Resort, Padua Thermal District
    www.jsh-hotels.com

    Hotel Ai Pini, Mestre
    www.hotelaipini.it

    or

    Hotel at Sole, Venice
    www.alsolehotels.com

    Note: Local hotel taxes are not included and are to be paid on location directly to each hotel (approximately €10-15 per person for the duration of the tour).

    The hotel on Venice island can only be booked for extra nights, the last night of the tour will always be in Mestre.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour Start
    Nearest airports: Verona (VRN) or Innsbruck (INN)
    Nearest train stations: Bolzano

    From airport: Verona (VRN)
    Every day the Aerobus shuttle service to the station of Verona Porta Nuova leaves every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 23:35 (transfer: about 30 min; ticket: €5). From Verona Porta Nuova you take a train to Bolzano (transfer: 120 min; ticket: from €8-20 depending on the type of train).

    Tour End
    Nearest airports: Venice (VCE)
    Nearest Train: Venezia Mestre

    To airport: Venezia Marco Polo (VCE)
    Take the Fly Bus shuttle service to the airport, it leaves every 25-30 minutes from 6:06am-11:40pm. (transfer: 17 min; ticket €3)

    To return to Bolzano from Mestre/Venice
    You can reserve a minivan transfer, available Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 22-Sep 19, and other days upon request. Cost is €65 per person with bike included. The availability is limited, please inquire when booking your tour.

    --OR--

    By train, the transfer is quick and inexpensive. From Venezia or Mestre there are about 20 trains a day between 6.30 am and 19.30 pm. (transfer: about 180 minutes; tickets: €14-28 per person depending on the train; www.trenitalia.com) Between Venice and Bolzano there are no direct connections, you always have to change in Verona Porta Nuova.

    Tips for getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Self-guided: Saturdays and Sundays: Apr 16 - October 8, 2022; Tuesdays: May 24 - Sep 6, 2022 (additional dates available for groups of 6 or more)
    Guided: The tour operator is hopeful to operate the guided tour in 2023

    Low season: Apr 16, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022, Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 08, 2022

    Shoulder season: Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022, Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

    High season: May 21, 2022 - Sep 09, 2022

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy € 810
    Shoulder season surcharge € 80
    High season surcharge € 120
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 270

    Bike Rentals

    Hybrid bike, 27-speed € 85
    Electrically assisted bike € 220
    Helmet € 15

    Extra Nights, Bolzano

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 125
    Per person, double occupancy € 75

    Extra Nights, Mestre

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 120
    Per person, double occupancy € 70

    Extra Nights, Venice *prices starting at:

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 150
    Per person, double occupancy € 90

    Transfer

    Mestre/Venice-Bolzano, per person Saturdays and Sundays (Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 7-Sep 25), other days upon request € 70

    Discounts

    3rd person sharing a room with 2 paying adults (on base package price) € -150

    Included services

    • Welcome briefing in English
    • 7 nights accommodations with breakfast buffet
    • Travel guide, maps, GPS tracks
    • Luggage transportation
    • Route descriptions and maps, cycling guide in English
    • Ferry cruise on Lake Garda (4 hours)
    • 7-day emergency service hotline in case of problems or questions
    • Ice cream in the best ice cream parlor of Vicenza

    Note: Local hotel taxes are not included and are to be paid on location directly to each hotel (approximately €10-15 per person for the duration of the tour).


    Bike rentals

    The bikes available to rent on this tour (reserved in advance at time of booking):

    • 27-speed touring bikes, unisex or men's frames
    • 27-speed hybrid bikes (sportier frame)
    • Electrically assisted bike*
    • Children's bikes, seats, trailers and tag-alongs are also available upon request
    • Tandem bikes

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer
    • 1 Orlieb saddlebag
    • Water bottle (0.75l)
    • 1 handlebar bag/map holder
    • Combination lock
    • 1 repair kit per room (1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, 2 allen keys and tire levers)

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available to rent for €15, but for safety and hygiene purposes we recommend you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.


    Tour Company

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • Vijay DSouza 22 hours ago

      Very fun

      Trip was well organized and very scenic. Would recommend. Lodging was generally very nice. First couple days were most scenic. A lot of gravel and dirt surfaces which I’m not used to but was fine on hybrid bikes.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Kari Abrahamson 1 month ago

      Amazing trip for the whole family.

      Excellent route. Family friendly. Good accomodations. Very happy we went with BikeTours again for yet another amazing family vacation.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      Three
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • MelT October 17, 2019

      25th Anniversary Trip

      A great way to see the beautiful smaller towns of Italy that you would normally drive right by!

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 9, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Cycling into Lake Garda (photo by MelT)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Rach October 15, 2019

      Beautiful Italian countryside

      What a wonderful way to travel and see a country! This trip was wonderful! The weather was amazing (cool mornings and nice breezes mostly) we had one day of light rain, which some of the group opted to ride in it and some took the train to the next stop. Our group of 20 had two guides, Alain and Diego. These guys were so friendly, helpful, fun-loving, and personable. The riding each day was a little harder than I was prepared for, but it was worth all the effort. I would give it a higher difficulty level than 2- I would rate it a 3 as there are a couple of days with some longer hill climbs. Make sure you train on some hills...or get an e-bike to make it easier and enjoyable. Our group had fun together! My travel buddy and I loved meeting everyone in our group. I would love to do this kind of travel more often. I highly recommend this tour!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept-Oct
      How many tours have you completed?
      First one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Bolzano countryside (photo by Rach)
      • Photo 2 (photo by Rach)
      • Photo 3 (photo by Rach)
      • La Garda ferry ride (photo by Rach)
      • Photo 5 (photo by Rach)
      • Photo 6 (photo by Rach)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Jackie21 October 13, 2019

      Very Memorable

      Amazing way to see parts of Italy you couldn’t see any other way. I loved our guides and the fun places we stopped along the way, however, the biking was much harder and faster than expected. I was expecting to be able to stop and take pictures any time I saw something picture worthy, but that was not the case. I realized the first day that I was not as prepared as I should’ve been. We had a very large group and people of all skill levels and even though I bike regularly I was not prepared for all peddling and no coasting. I also found the bike trails to be very crowded and nerve wracking with racing cyclist both coming and going. I expected a relaxing daily 40miles and it was in fact rather stressful biking. We had an amazing group from all over the world and that really made the experience fun. Our guides, Alain and Diego, were very personable and fun. I would do it again, but I would get an E-bike for the hills.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by Jackie21)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • US cyclist July 31, 2019

      Difficult to navigate

      I chose this tour because I was finishing up a week of hiking in the Dolomites in Balzano, and though that riding a bike back to Venice to catch my plane would be more interesting than taking the train. I saw that there were several reviewers who noted that they had difficulty navigating but thought, "I can just check Google Maps if I have a problem. How bad could it be?"
      Well, it was bad. I found the step by step directions to be indecipherable. The maps made it look easy, but there was not enough detail to actually use them to follow the route. Google maps did not pick up the bike paths, so could not provide a cycling route. I spent a significant part of each day lost and frustrated, in addition to inadvertently ending up on roads with heavy traffic and adding extra miles to the trip. Towards the end of the week I discovered that there were several people from Belgium who were riding the same route I was, but had booked directly with the tour company rather than going through a third party. They were emailed the routes in digital format, and were able to download them to their Garmin. This was not offered to me.
      The area is beautiful, bike paths nice, and local folks very friendly and helpful.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Ended July 28, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      20+
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe August 1, 2019

        Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. We'll pass the feedback onto the tour operator regarding their directions and will consider this in our yearly review of our tour portfolio. I'm sorry that you were not made aware GPS tracks are available for this tour. As a note for future clients, many tours do offer GPS tracks upon request. We're glad to hear that, regardless of your troubles, you enjoyed the area, bike paths, and locals.

      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • MacS July 24, 2019

      Wonderful vistas

      What was the date of your tour?
      7/6- 7/13
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • None99 July 20, 2019

      Great tour of Northern Italy

      Unfortunately the guide had never done the tour before!!! Why wouldn’t he be an assistant guide once then lead the tour???

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 6-13
      How many tours have you completed?
      8
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe July 21, 2019

        So glad you enjoyed the Bolzano - Verona - Venice tour. Thanks for letting us know about the novice guide experience. We'll pass that feedback onto the tour operator so that they may improve their operations.

      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 2/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • nippy1 July 8, 2019

      One of our favorit family trips!

      This ws one of our favorite trips ever! It was our first really active trip with our kids (11 and 13). Up to this point our travel has been mostly cities, museums, tours, and short hikes. It was more difficult than we thought it would be mainly because the kids go slower than if it were just adults so each day had around two additional hours due to more frequent breaks. That said, we felt so accomplished at the end of each day, it was a wonderful confidence boosts for our kids. And it was very bike friendly -- only one day was on heavily traveled roads otherwise it was quite a few bike trails and backroads. And the scenery is stunning. We got a little lost in some of the cities, but it was part of the adventure. Instructions and equipment were top notch and we always felt well cared for. Fabulous adventure -- we highly recommend it!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 15, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Biabattistella October 1, 2018

      Great view, food, biking

      The view was fantastic, especially Dolomitas. The tour was easy, but very nice.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 9th
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Dan1 September 19, 2018

      With the Dolomites as your splendid background, ride through ancient towns until you reach the unique watery world of Venice.

      Highly recommend getting to Bolzano early so you have time to spend a day visiting the Italian Alps. The Dolomite Highway is awe-inspiring.

      The bike trails were great. Mostly paved, and when they weren't, the majority were well packed. The tour route goes through picturesque countryside. The daily destinations are beautiful and historical.

      The tour includes a 5+ hour ferry ride on Lake Garda. It is a gorgeous ride with the ferry zigzagging down the 35 mile length of the lake. Feels like you are in a National Geographic special. A couple of other recommended "must do's" - visit the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova and take in an opera at the Roman Arena in Verona.

      Girolibero was our tour company. They provide great tour book of entire area and towns on route. However, they give it to you (along with bikes) the morning that the tour starts which allows little or no time to really utilize the great information. It would be much better if they provided a month earlier so you have time to research in advance. Should also provide bikes the prior evening so you can get up and leave earlier in the morning.

      Some of the directions along the route could have been marked better. We followed other tour companies' markers more often because Girolibero's were fewer and far between. The bikes were excellent. In great shape and mechanically solid with smooth shifting.

      We paid for the upgraded hotels. However, a few of them were in sketchy areas; like near train stations.

      I don't mean to sound negative. Overall, it was a great trip and very glad we did it. Only offering suggestions to make the tour even better for future riders.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 26-31
      How many tours have you completed?
      Two
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Cousin September 5, 2018

      Loved it

      This was such a great way to see the country. We loved the whole experience.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 11 to July 18
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Raff September 29, 2017

      Wonderful itinerary, average biking

      Great towns, but not enough time to see them. The biking scenery was ok. Really poor cue sheets in English.

      What was the date of your tour?
      9-16-17-8-22-17
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany September 30, 2017

        Thank you for your review. We'll work with our partner operator on better translated daily directions. We appreciate your time and hope to help you in the future!

      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 3/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 2/5 Route selection
    • raystrach July 31, 2017

      Interesting Culture Great Scenery

      We decided to do two week long bike tours in succession with this trip coming immediately after the previous tour finish in Lecce.

      We caught an overnight train from Lecce to Bolzano which worked out quite well initially. The only problem was that our last couple of days were were getting a bit sick of moving in and out every day. We probably should have given ourselves a little more time in between trips.

      The tour itself was fantastic, with the main surprise being the cultural differences between the south and north. The germanic influences were much stronger that i had expected. Also, being in the foothills of the dolomites, obviously means different architecture and traditions. This was all good.

      The cycling itself was generally very easy and for the first few days followed a dedicated cycle way. There is plenty of time to take detours into the villages off the main track and still arrive at the next destination in plenty of time.

      Although the tour was very well organised, the tour directions were quite poor in comparison to other tours we had taken, however because the trail itself is quite well marked, it is probably better to follow your nose and the o site directions rather than using the detailed guide book. (there have obviously been recent changes to the tour route itself)

      if your are wanting a taste of the high italian mountains without having to climb any, this would be an ideal trip. there is a lot of spectacular scenery along the valley road and across lake garda before changing to a more typical italian countryside for the final couple of days towards venice.

      just a note on the approach into vincenza, my wife decided that she did not want to take the hillier route (there is a choice) but then when she discovered we were staying at the hotel at the top of a big hill, she regretted it. Take the hillier route into vincenza.

      for us, the apuglia tour was probably slightly better tour, but we have absolutely no regrets in doing this one as well.

      What was the date of your tour?
      late april 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • pkbiking July 24, 2017

      The Best Way to Get to Venice!

      Each town we visited was unique. Bolzano had a very Austrian feel and Venice was magical. Glad that we chose the 4-star hotels because they were beautiful and roomy and worth the extra money! The self-guided tour allowed us the flexibility to seek out really cool local restaurants and go at our own pace. It was the trip of a lifetime and the recommendations and help from Matt and the staff at BikeTours was excellent.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      several
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Ken1126 June 8, 2017

      Bolzano to Venice

      Overall the trip was very nice and I plan to use Bike Tours again soon. We arrived Bolzano via train from Munich and the scenery through the Austrian Alps was fantastic. Our first hotel is Bolzano, Hotel Scala, was very nice and we enjoyed the extra night we had booked, including a tram ride. We were a little surprised to have almost 30 people in our tour orientation. With so many people, there was little time for one on one instruction on the equipment and it was a struggle to get questions answered. The bikes, one e bike and one hybrid, were in great condition and were pleasant to ride. We were fortunate to have the tool kit which included a spare tube because on our last day the e bike had a flat in the back. The e bike had an extra (gear??) cable in the back we were not familiar with but managed to figure it out. It would be nice if the bikes had shocks to absorb the rough surfaces but I'm sure there is a reason they don't.
      Our second hotel, in Trento, was not as nice as Bolzano and had no air conditioning. Since it was hot and humid the entire trip, ac turned out to be a big issue for us. Some hotels had it but it was not very effective or efficient. The next trip we book will include the upgraded hotel package.
      Navigation into and out of the cities proved to be our biggest challenge. Following the arrows was great until you missed one and it required constant vigilance. Trying to follow the road book instructions was difficult, the mileage references never seemed to matched and street names were hard to find. I also found that often it would have been easier to join the route directly from our hotel rather than getting to a central starting point indicated in the road book.
      We booked an extra night in Mestre and were glad we did. The Hotel Venezia Mestre had great ac, several English language tv stations, and great location to catch the bus to Venice and airport (VCE-Marco Polo).
      Overall a great trip and looking forward to our next one.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 27, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Marc October 30, 2016

      Very pleasant trip in Italy

      I had a very great time in this tour, done in solo, in october. The scenery is fabulous, the mountains are wonderful, the roads and paths quiet and well paved. This is an almost always flat itinerary and the two days with an uphill section, there is an alternate route. I'm not used to slope, but I choose the hilly route and there were my favorite days of the trip. The effort was very worth it. Verye great trip.

      What was the date of your tour?
      october 8, 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Yeenie September 27, 2016

      Bolzano to Mestre, Italy bike trip

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 11th -- 17th, 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      Nine
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Boris August 10, 2016

      Great trip

      It was a part of my overall trip to Italy and definitely was a highlight. The only thing I would have done differently is to do a little more research in advance myself. There are so many things to see along the way one simply cannot get them all. So I could have been more selective and that would have give me more time at the sights that more interesting to me. For example, I was interested in a little wine testing and there were opportunities along the way, but because I found out about them just a bit too late, I had no time to stop.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 25 - Aug 2
      How many tours have you completed?
      First with this company
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Frankie April 26, 2016

      Great trip

      The trip was a lot of fun and our guide was the best

      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)