• Info

    Tour type

    guided

     

    Departures

    SA 15.06, 6.07, 31.08, 28.09.2019

     

    Price per person

    1110 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

     

    Included 

    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast buffet
    • 7 dinners (3-course meals, 1 dinner in Venice)
    • Welcome briefing in English
    • Guide on bike
    • Luggage transportation
    • Travel Guide, Maps
    • Support van in the area
    • 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
    • Wine tasting
    • Guided visits of Verona and Venice
    • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
    • Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
    • Hotline service

     

    Not included
    Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
    Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

     

    Supplements per person
    230 € single room
    80 € Girolibero bike
    190 € E-bike
    15 € helmet
    65 € transfer Mestre–Bolzano (bike included). Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days on request).
     
    Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
    75/100 € in Bolzano
    65/90 € in Mestre
    From 90/150 € in Venice

     

    Reductions
    150 € 3rd/4th person in room

  • Day by Day

    1. Bolzano
    Individual arrival. Bolzano is a famous commercial and tourist centre and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

     

    2. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
    Today you will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.

     

    3. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + 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. 

     

    4. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
    Today you head to Verona. With the Adige crossing it, this is one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.

     

    5. Verona – Vicenza (75/40 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 centre is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio.

     

    6. Vicenza – Padua (45 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 Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe, “Prato della Valle”.

     

    7. Padua – Mestre/Venice (40 km)
    The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland.

     

    8. Mestre/Venice
    Departure after breakfast.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; any changes to the route will be discussed and decided by the Tour Leader.

     

    In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Riva del Garda to Peschiera/Desenzano), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice.
    In case of cancellation the ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus). The same applies if the ferry boat service is no longer foreseen (for example at the end of the season).

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 275/340 km
    Total vertical up: 570/1,120 m
    Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
    Train connections among the overnight stays: every day
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3 and 5.

    As a whole it is an easy to manage itinerary, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are light hilly bits with short uphill sections.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people. The longer stages, from Bolzano to Trento and from Verona to Vicenza can be shortened by taking the train. 

     

     

  • How to get there

    Bolzano is connected with the following airports:
    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 240 km, Venice: 280 km, Treviso: 280 km, Milan: 300 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

     

    You will be accommodated in mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.

     

    All rooms have en suite facilities; some hotels located in mountainous places of northern Italy can be without air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    - Standard road bike with carbon fork
    - E-bike
    - Tandem

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing
    In Bolzano you will meet your tour leader who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Tour leader
    Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigourously trained by Girolibero. They are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre. As we like to say, our tour leaders are CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin), a real traveller’s ticket to discover the land with ease and to live an unforgettable active travel experience.

     

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

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