Highlights of Veneto 25015 Desenzano BS, Italy
Price : £474
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL008
Duration : 6 nights

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Overview

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair – today it’s dominated by the astounding Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza, well worth the visit should you have the time!

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Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair – today it’s dominated by the astounding Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza, well worth the visit should you have the time!

From the southern tip of the lake you’ll find your route to Venice is full of wonderful surprises. Cities and towns steeped in history and culture – from Verona – one of Italy’s most beautiful and important cities and the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet – to Soave – a stunning town in the midst of the wine country and home to the Castle of Suave and its famous walls – are a welcome pit stop between the vast and natural scenery that make up this tour.

Cycling through the countryside’s boundless vineyards and bounteous orchards, alongside rushing rivers and down winding mountains, you’ll not fall short of scenic reasons to stop and have yourself a well earned break. This tour is one that’s not only a superb ride, but is highly manageable and has something for everyone. Come one, come all!

  • Peschiera del Garda – one of Lake Garda’s best loved resorts

  • Palladio’s architecture – The Renaissance master’s finest designs, in and around Vicenza

  • Padova – city of art and learning. The oldest Faculty of Medicine in the world;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera/Desenzano

Day 2: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona: 35/60 km

Day 3: Verona – Ilasi/Soave: 30/40km

Day 4: Ilasi/Soave – Vicenza: 50/40km

Day 5: Vicenza – Padova: 50km

Day 6: Padova – Mestre/Venice: 40km

Day 7: Departure from Venice

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera/Desenzano

Arriving in Peschiera/Desenzano and time permitting, a short ferry to Isola del Garda is highly recommended. The Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza is a true spectacle and in a location that simply can’t be beaten. Alternatively, at the heart of the city of Desenzano are a series of interconnected piazze, filled with open-air cafes, shops, ice-cream parlours and bars for you to relax and soak up the local air before setting off on your tour on day 2.

Day 2: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona: 35/60 km

A short cycle today brings you to the famous city of Verona. A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right and home to the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. Wonder around this stunning city as you please. The Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House are highly recommended.

Day 3: Verona – Ilasi/Soave: 30/40km

A relaxing and flat stage of your tour, today you’ll cycle through the regions beautiful vineyards and countryside before joining the Strada del Vino or ‘Wine Road’ which takes you on to Ilasi/Soave, an area famous for yet more vineyards but also its medieval sights, including the Castle of Suave and its famous walls.

Day 4: Ilasi/Soave – Vicenza: 50/40km

Another flat start to the days cycling leads you towards the Colli Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza with a wonderful view of the city. Arriving in the evening, the old city centre is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings of world wide renowned 16th century architect, Andrea Palladio. Take some time to walk around and take in the sites and enjoy one of its many piazze over a glass of wine or dinner.

Day 5: Vicenza – Padova: 50km

As you leave Vicenza you will come across the elegant Palladian Villa Rotonda, a truly breathtaking building and an architectural inspiration for many more recent buildings across the world. Then cycling along the Bacchiglione river, the route continues on and into the enchanting city of Padova, famous for Giotto’s Chapel and one of the largest squares in Europe – Prato della Valle.

Day 6: Padova – Mestre/Venice: 40km

Cycling along the Brenta Canal, this leg of the tour sees you overlooked by the countryside villas of ancient Venetian nobility – Villa Pisani, Malcontenta and Villa Widmann as you approach Mestre – mainland Venice. From here you are free to explore one of the most romantic cities in the world and for a supplementary cost you can choose to stay directly on the islands of Venice.

Day 7: Departure from Venice

After breakfast this morning we bid you farewell. If you happen to have some extra time in Venice be sure to take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes €10-15

  • Train transfers

  • Bike hire

  • Bike helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Peschiera/Desenzano

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona airport, get a bus to Verona Porta Nuova and then a train to Desenzano del Garda (approx 40 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to Venice airport (approx 10 minutes).

Price : £474
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL008
Duration : 6 nights

Book Now

Overview

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair – today it’s dominated by the astounding Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza, well worth the visit should you have the time!

Read More

Formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Garda, at over 50km in length, is Italy’s largest lake. Situated about half way between Milan and Venice, it’s a popular holiday location surrounded by beautiful towns and dotted with many alluring islands. Its largest island, Isola del Garda, is testament to the regions diverse and magical history – ranging from the site of a Roman burial ground – to the plot of a pirate’s lair – today it’s dominated by the astounding Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza, well worth the visit should you have the time!

From the southern tip of the lake you’ll find your route to Venice is full of wonderful surprises. Cities and towns steeped in history and culture – from Verona – one of Italy’s most beautiful and important cities and the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet – to Soave – a stunning town in the midst of the wine country and home to the Castle of Suave and its famous walls – are a welcome pit stop between the vast and natural scenery that make up this tour.

Cycling through the countryside’s boundless vineyards and bounteous orchards, alongside rushing rivers and down winding mountains, you’ll not fall short of scenic reasons to stop and have yourself a well earned break. This tour is one that’s not only a superb ride, but is highly manageable and has something for everyone. Come one, come all!

  • Peschiera del Garda – one of Lake Garda’s best loved resorts

  • Palladio’s architecture – The Renaissance master’s finest designs, in and around Vicenza

  • Padova – city of art and learning. The oldest Faculty of Medicine in the world;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera/Desenzano

Day 2: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona: 35/60 km

Day 3: Verona – Ilasi/Soave: 30/40km

Day 4: Ilasi/Soave – Vicenza: 50/40km

Day 5: Vicenza – Padova: 50km

Day 6: Padova – Mestre/Venice: 40km

Day 7: Departure from Venice

Day 1: Arrival in Peschiera/Desenzano

Arriving in Peschiera/Desenzano and time permitting, a short ferry to Isola del Garda is highly recommended. The Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza is a true spectacle and in a location that simply can’t be beaten. Alternatively, at the heart of the city of Desenzano are a series of interconnected piazze, filled with open-air cafes, shops, ice-cream parlours and bars for you to relax and soak up the local air before setting off on your tour on day 2.

Day 2: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona: 35/60 km

A short cycle today brings you to the famous city of Verona. A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right and home to the setting for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. Wonder around this stunning city as you please. The Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House are highly recommended.

Day 3: Verona – Ilasi/Soave: 30/40km

A relaxing and flat stage of your tour, today you’ll cycle through the regions beautiful vineyards and countryside before joining the Strada del Vino or ‘Wine Road’ which takes you on to Ilasi/Soave, an area famous for yet more vineyards but also its medieval sights, including the Castle of Suave and its famous walls.

Day 4: Ilasi/Soave – Vicenza: 50/40km

Another flat start to the days cycling leads you towards the Colli Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza with a wonderful view of the city. Arriving in the evening, the old city centre is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings of world wide renowned 16th century architect, Andrea Palladio. Take some time to walk around and take in the sites and enjoy one of its many piazze over a glass of wine or dinner.

Day 5: Vicenza – Padova: 50km

As you leave Vicenza you will come across the elegant Palladian Villa Rotonda, a truly breathtaking building and an architectural inspiration for many more recent buildings across the world. Then cycling along the Bacchiglione river, the route continues on and into the enchanting city of Padova, famous for Giotto’s Chapel and one of the largest squares in Europe – Prato della Valle.

Day 6: Padova – Mestre/Venice: 40km

Cycling along the Brenta Canal, this leg of the tour sees you overlooked by the countryside villas of ancient Venetian nobility – Villa Pisani, Malcontenta and Villa Widmann as you approach Mestre – mainland Venice. From here you are free to explore one of the most romantic cities in the world and for a supplementary cost you can choose to stay directly on the islands of Venice.

Day 7: Departure from Venice

After breakfast this morning we bid you farewell. If you happen to have some extra time in Venice be sure to take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes €10-15

  • Train transfers

  • Bike hire

  • Bike helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Peschiera/Desenzano

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona airport, get a bus to Verona Porta Nuova and then a train to Desenzano del Garda (approx 40 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to Venice airport (approx 10 minutes).

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