Veneto to Venice

Veneto Italy: (ZZ-BK-GL01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_bike_italy_Biking_Veneto_to_Venice.aspx

Introduction
Veneto Italy
Cycling this sophisticated corner of Italy is a real pleasure: admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility, scattered in the whole region... discover Vicenza, architect Palladio’s personal "showcase" and part of the World Heritage List since 1994... taste a typical "grappa" in Bassano, famous also for its covered wooden bridge... cycle through the Prosecco vineyards between Asolo and Treviso... explore the timeless fascination of Venice by foot and by water... take a walk in the charming Chioggia, affectionately known as "Little Venice"... discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities.
This tour belongs to the European classics, curling between the Alps and the Adriatic sea.

Accomodation

Accommodation
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. rooms have en suite facilities. All 3/4* hotels have air conditioning.

The hotels of this tour are:
-Category A (standard): mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.
-Luxury upgrade: only 4* and luxury hotels (night in Venice - 3* hotel - instead of Mestre is included).


Meals
A breakfast buffet is included each day.
* Half board can be arranged: 6 dinners (3-course meals), beverages not included and to be paid on the spot. The restaurants are mostly in the city centres and very rarely in the hotels.

Riding

Route profile
Total length: 265/290 km
Total vertical up: 500/540 m
Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 3.
The itinerary is completely in the low-lands except for the 1 km slope in Asolo. You ride on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths.

Activity level
Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people. This tour is also suitable for children.
We have carefully chosen our bicycles and accessories in order to be able to satisfy the requests and wishes of our customers. In this page we illustrate some of the available types of bicycles.

Rental bikes
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
- Electro-bike
- Tandem

Features:
- aluminum frame
- mudguard
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system (only for city bikes)

Accessories
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock

We supply you with some useful material to help you follow the itinerary as well as some tourist information about places and cities you will meet in your holiday.

The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
- hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
- restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board)
- 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket only for the hotel category A and A+ (bike transport ticket not included)
- ice cream voucher: you can enjoy a free ice cream in one of Vicenza's most famous ice cream parlours
- Villa Valmarana ai Nani voucher: you can enjoy a free entrance ticket to this beautiful villa in Vicenza, famous for Tiepolo’s frescoes (www.villavalmarana.com).

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.
3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

Mechanical problems
During the tour, if the bicycles should have any type of technical problem that prevents you from continuing, please contact us at the emergency numbers and try to describe the occurred issue. We’ll try to solve as soon as possible the problem. In relation to your location and to the damage of the bike Girolibero can:
- ask you to wait there in order to provide a change of the bike
- Send you to a mechanical shop nearby. Girolibero will estimate the damage with the mechanic. The charge will be refunded only after autorizathion of Girolibero and on presentation of the receipt. In case of puncture no intervention or assistance is forseen. Customers will be given a proper puncture reparation kit, which wil enable them to intervene directly and solve the problem.

Itinerary



Day 1: Arrival in Vicenza: 
Individual arrival. A nice and cozy historical city centre characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).

Day 2: Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa (40 km, uphill 100m)

From Vicenza you cycle toward Marostica, famous for its castle and the chessboard in the main square.  The last stop ins Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge and the "grappa". Watch out for the traffic when you cross the provincial road 111 and when you follow the provincial road 248 on a short stretch. There are a few hundred metres on dirt roads before and beyond Marostica.

Day 3: Bassano del Grappa - Treviso (40/ 65 km, uphill 260/ 300m)
 
You enter Asolo, which presents the only real uphill action of our ride.  The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser.  The trip ends in Treviso. The degree of difficulty is medium because of the hard 1.5 km slope uphill to reach Asolo and because of the total length. The cycle track that runs at the foot of the Montello is sometimes unpaved but in very good condition. Watch out for the traffic along the final part of the stage, between the village of Ponzano Veneto and Treviso. Possibility to shorten the stage of 25 km by taking the train from Montebelluna to Treviso (with one change in Castelfranco Veneto).

Day 4: Treviso - Mestre/Venice (45 km, uphill 100m)

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; accommodation is in Mestre. Today you’ll ride mainly on the cycle path along the Sile river (75% of the whole stage), partially on unpaved surface.

Day 5: Mestre/Venice - Chioggia (35 km, uphill 0m) 
Leaving Mestre this morning, you head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge "della Liberta", then to Tronchetto harbour.  From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido.  This is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: the island of Lido, with the ancient hamlet of Malamocco, once capital of the Serenissima Republic, and the island of Pellestrina, with its long wild beaches. Today’s stage is divided into two parts. The first part is from Mestre to Tronchetto Island from where by ferry-boat you will sail towards Lido Island along the
Giudecca Canal and you can admire Venice and its famous Piazza San Marco. In Venice, city of canals and bridges, for obvious reasons it is forbidden to cycle. We remind you to use the train if you want to reach Venice from Mestre. The second part goes from Lido San Niccolò to Chioggia, and here you will find numerous beaches.

Navigation (24h ACTV ticket included):
- about 35 minutes by ferry-boat from Tronchetto to Lido S.Niccolò;
- about 10 minutes by ferry-boat from Alberoni to S. Maria del Mare;
- about 25 minutes by motorboat from Pellestrina to Chioggia.

Day 6: Chioggia - Padua (60 km, uphill 0m)

You will be pedaling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago; Bacchiglione and Brenta.  You continue on to Stra, famous for the majestic Villa Pigani.  On arrival in Padova, you will find the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffe Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle. The degree of difficulty is medium because of the total length of the stage. You will cycle in total about 7 km on dirt roads along the embankment of the rivers and canals. Watch out for the traffic when you leave Chioggia, when you have to cycle on a short stretch along the road "Romea".

Day 7: Padua - Vicenza (45 km, uphill 130m)

The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the 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 marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo. The stage is not difficult. The few and short stretches on a dirt road are all in very good condition and the arrival in Vicenza is almost all the time on cycle tracks.

Day 8:

Vicenza After breakfast, end of service.

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Tour program variations
Due to organizational 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; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.


Rates and Dates for Veneto to Venice

Rates include:

Self guided Tour: 7 nights 3/4 star hotel accommodation, breakfast buffet, welcome briefing in English, luggage transportation, ticket to ferry transfer on Day 5 (bike not included), entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani, ice-cream in the best ice-cream parlour of Vicenza, route descriptions & maps, Hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 days, B&B (High)€735$885
  • B
    20198 days, B&B (Mid)€680$815
  • C
    20198 days, B&B (Low)€595$715
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Single supplement 230 $275
2019 Girolibero bike rental 80 $95
2019 Electro bike rental 190 $230
2019 Helmet 15 $20
2019 Triple room discount -150 $-180
2019 Extra nights, please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/16 - 07/23 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/17 - 07/24 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/20 - 07/27 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/21 - 07/28 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/23 - 07/30 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/28 - 08/04 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/30 - 08/06 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/03 - 08/10 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/11 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/06 - 08/13 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/11 - 08/18 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/13 - 08/20 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/17 - 08/24 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/18 - 08/25 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/25 - 09/01 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 09/01 - 09/08 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
A 2019 09/03 - 09/10 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (High) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/08 - 09/15 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/10 - 09/17 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/15 - 09/22 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Reserve
B 2019 09/22 - 09/29 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Reserve
B 2019 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Reserve
B 2019 09/25 - 10/02 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Reserve
B 2019 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Mid) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 09/29 - 10/06 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/02 - 10/09 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/08 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/13 - 10/20 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/20 - 10/27 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve
C 2019 10/23 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B (Low) 2 /15 Reserve

Dates Note:
Every Saturday and Sunday from Vicenza and every Tuesday and Wednesday from Mestre

Rates do not include:

Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €), lunches and dinners, beverages, anything not emtnioed in 'included'

Other Info
Meeting: Vicenza
Airport: Venice, Verona, Treviso
Transfer: Vicenza

Climate:
                                                  Venice area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

45

48

55

62

71

78

83

82

75

65

54

46

Average Low Temperature (°F)

32

33

40

47

55

62

66

65

58

50

41

33

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

9

13

17

22

26

28

28

24

18

12

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

0

1

4

8

13

17

19

18

15

10

5

1

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

5

7

7

7

5

5

5

6

6

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The climate is sub-continental, mild and pleasant in every season thanks to the mitigating action of the sea and to the Alpine barrier sheltering it from the North winds. There are 2 main climatic areas: the Alpine area, with fresh summers and often snowy winters, and the hilly and plain area characterized by an almost continental climate. The milder areas, with a Mediterranean climate, run along the coasts of the Adriatic sea and around Lake Garda. Summers can be humid, above all in the plains and in the Venetian lagoon.

In Veneto you will find cool or mild temperatures in spring and autumn, whereas in summer (June-September) the climate is definitely hotter and more humid with a good possibility of cooling rains.

What To Bring:
We advise you to wear comfortable shoes and various layers of practical clothing to be prepared for sudden changes of climate and temperature; don’t forget a K-Way or a poncho, both indispensable in the event of rain, besides a light jacket for cold days and evenings. Sunglasses, a hat, protective suntan cream and insect repellent sprays are important, especially in summer. Cycling trousers and gloves are advisable but not essential. Remember to bring a swimming costume and a towel for the stage from Venice to Chioggia, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a lovely swim in the Adriatic Sea. During the tour you will have the chance to visit various religious institutions, such as churches and convents, where you must be appropriately dressed (covered shoulders, shoes or sandals, etc...). Also remember to bring a first aid kit with you.