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Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride

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Ride through the stunning Italian Dolomites to the Venice Lagoon

  • Reviews 61 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride.

Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the jagged limestone Dolomites. The route starts with incredible views of Trentino’s dramatic mountains, cycling on relatively easy roads and tracks along the Adige River. On reaching the northern shore of Lake Garda, we will be immediately mesmerised by the breath-taking views of one of the most famous Italian lakes. A ferry cruise on the lake gives us the opportunity to take in these wonderful vistas before continuing the ride through the beautiful cities of Verona, Padova and finally the canals and waterways of Venice.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike hire (Excluding E-bikes)
* Lake Garda ferry

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Local city taxes (approx. €15)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle through stunning Dolomite scenery
  • Relax on a boat trip across Lake Garda
  • Discover the fascinating cities of Verona, Padova and Venice
  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 95% tarmac roads, 5% gravel tracks
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights 3-star hotels, all en suite
  1. Day 1 Start Trento.

    The trip starts in Trento, province of Trentino-Alto Adige nestled in the Adige River Valley. A cosmopolitan city and a centre for industry, education, science and finance, Trento is one of the wealthiest and most prosperous cities in Italy boasting an atmospheric historic centre adorned by well preserved Medieval and Renaissance buildings. The group usually arrives in the evening and after check in there may be time to go into town before we have our evening meal and trip briefing.*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Morning train to Bolzano, capital city of the South Tyrol. Cycle on quiet roads following the Adige River back to Trento. 

    After breakfast we take a short train ride (40 mins) to Bolzano, the capital city of the South Tyrol set in a stunning location surrounded by mountains. In 2012 Bolzano was voted as the city with the best quality of life in Italy. We have the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the bikes whilst taking a short tour around the historic centre. From here we will cycle south along the Adige River, following quiet undulating roads, with an overall ascent of approximately 300m. Cycling through orchards and vineyards, we pass Lake Caldaro and the lovely villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. This area is well known for its wine production, which represents three quarters of the whole of the South Tyrol. We arrive back in Trento late afternoon and spend a second night at our central hotel.

  3. Day 3 Continue riding along the river to Lake Garda. A 2.5 hrs ferry cruise takes us to the south shore of the lake.

    We continue along the Adige until we reach Rovereto and Mori. From here, we head west towards the northern shores of Lake Gard. After some short ascents, we cycle down to Torbole and then onto the elegant resort of Riva del Garda, offering plenty of bars and restaurants along the lake shore and a lovely beach. Later in the afternoon we take the ferry to the southern end of the lake, leaving Trentino and heading towards the Veneto region. The cruise on the lake gives us the opportunity to enjoy the splendid landscape and relax before we reach our final destination of the day, Desenzano, where we take a short walk from the ferry port to reach our hotel for the night.* *

  4. Day 4 From Lake Garda, we cycle to Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

    Cycling mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths today, we make our way to the legendary city of Verona. Located on the river Adige, Verona is arguably the most beautiful city in Veneto. Its famous arena is one of the many Roman monuments we can discover there. Other places of interest are the Basilica San Zeno and of course Juliet’s house and the famous balcony!**

  5. Day 5 Cycle to Vicenza; riding through vineyards and the rolling hills of Monti Berici.

    After a flat start, we reach the hillier region of Monti Berici. There are a couple of more challenging climbs on today’s route as we cycle over the undulating terrain, but we are rewarded with fantastic views of our destination for the day: Vicenza. The old city centre is a jewel of Renaissance architecture: private palaces, public buildings and the Basilica are testaments to the work of one of Italy’s most renowned architects: Andrea Palladio. A visit to the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza is a great reward after today’s ride!

  6. Day 6 Pass the Palladian Villa Rotonda, as we cycle to Padova where Giotto’s Chapel and other marvels await.

    Today we have the opportunity to take in some of the greenest and most stunning views of the Veneto countryside. .Leaving Vicenza, we cycle past beautiful Palladian villas. En route, time and availability permitting, the leader might arrange to have lunch in a family-run winery. We continue along the Bacchiglione River, on relatively quiet and flat roads, to the fascinating city of Padova, famous for the Scrovegni Chapel, painted by Giotto, and the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe.

  7. Day 7 Transfer to Venice by train and free time for sightseeing; overnight in Venice Mestre.

    This morning we transfer to Venice by train (approx. 30mins). Once in the heart of the ’Floating City’, we can explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, bridges and waterways. We will see famous sights including Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and of course Piazza San Marco. After exploring the city we can enjoy a relaxed evening and perhaps a gondola ride before returning to our hotel in Mestre by train. **

  8. Day 8 End Mestre (Venice)

    After breakfast the trip ends in Mestre.**

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Where you stay

3 and 4-star hotels

We use a variety of 3 and 4-star hotels throughout with en suite facilities. They may be located either in the towns themselves or in the surrounding countryside.

Examples of hotels used:

Trento – Grand Hotel Trento or Hotel America

Desenzano – Hotel Bonotto

Verona –  Hotel Leon d’Oro or Ark Hotel

Vicenza – Albergo San Raffaele

Padova – Hotel Casa del Pellegrino or Methis Hotel

Mestre – Hotel Venezia

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included on this trip.

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet including cold meats, eggs, cheese, breads, pastries, jam, tea and coffee.
For lunch and dinner our leader will be on hand to recommend his favourite restaurants based on your budget and preferences. As you would expect from a holiday in Italy, the standard of food and drink throughout the tour is extremely high and also very varied as we head from the mountains to the coast. You can expect plenty of pizza’s and pasta dishes but also lots of seafood options on restaurant menus too. This trip passes through several wine growing areas and if possible we will stop to visit one or two during the week.

This trip is classified  as Road

Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles) with 6 days cycling (5 from 2019)

Terrain and route: 95% tarmac roads, 5% gravel/unpaved roads.

We aim to use mainly quiet roads and cycle paths where possible, but at times we need to cross busy road sections in order to reach the quieter routes on the other side. Although there are no real steep climbs or technical difficulties, at times the route is undulating and requires a reasonable level of fitness.

A support vehicle (with limited seats) is available throughout the trip, it will not be able to follow the group at all times but it will meet you at the end of cycle paths and at junctions to give route directions and allow access to any items you don’t wish to carry on the bike.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The countryside and the people. I had never been to Italy before but had been told it was beautiful, and once you get there you see why. Our ride through the country from Bolzano (so beautiful) to Mestre was fantastic. The friendliness of the people in the small towns and villages was warming and welcoming. A few words of Italian had us buying bread and cheese, meat and fruit. It was actually fun to go to the markets each day. Sampling the speciality of each region was great and Michele made sure that we ate in good restaurants and even organised some ‘off the menu’ dishes for us.   
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele made a great trip fantastic. He showed a level of professionalism I hadn’t expected and a level of care for each and every one of us that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. He explained the individual aspects of every region we rode through and made each of us feel like we were the sole reason he was there. I can’t rate him highly enough. He allowed us to see things that we would have had no idea about had we not had a tour guide. Thanks Exodus for hiring him, he's a real asset to your company.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it. Go, and you’ll be glad you did. Have faith in your guide and just have a good time. Allow a few days at the beginning and end as Bolzano is so beautiful, and Venice was nice too.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our first cycling holiday, we have been back 2 weeks and are already planning our next trip. Thanks Exodus for the chance to see Italy.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

DOLOMITES, LAKE GARDA & VENICE RIDE

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On day 2 "flying" down the hill,heading for the northern end of Lake Garda.Following several hours cycling,  strolling around Padua's Prato della Valle, possibly the biggest town square in Europe. 
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He did a very good job getting a disparate group of 16 people ftrom Bolzano to Venice safely.He had an impressive knowledge of the area, it's architecture and history. Perhaps some of the stops could have been briefer or eliminated to allow more exploring time at our destination points.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure that you are "cycling fit" and learn a few (or maybe more than a few") words of Italian, partly because after this tour you are likely to want to come back to Bella Italia and partly because you will feel happier about getting the food you want in the places you fancy ! 
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Lightweight mountain bikes or hybrids would have made life easier.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Fantastic way to spend a week.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in Venice for the first time was fantastic. The evening we spent in Vicenza was excellent. The hotel was very simple but it was the best hotel of the trip. Very atmospheric and picturesque. The first time we saw lake Garda was also a special moment. Incredible views.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was so committed to ensuring everyone had the best time. He never seemed to stop and was always around when you needed him. Meeting his family in Vicenza was very nice and everyone on the trip enjoyed this insight to Italian Life.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry too much about the cycling - it was very straightforward. One tougher day but nothing too much.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a great holiday and would recommend this trip to anyone. A nice mix of pleasant cycling, nice view, beautiful cities and certainly we were on a very friendly group where everyone seemed to get along.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Dolomites,Lake Garda,Venice

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Coming through the vineyards to a lookout and seeing Lake Garda appear in front for all to see was amazing!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele is "the best guide in the whole world", he always makes sure everyone on the tour is absolutely happy with everything and if not he will sort it out for them. He has a vast knowledge of everything, he has an amazing personality, is always happy and that is why he deserves the title.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The best advice I can give anyone is to "Just do it", this trip is rated as moderate, however it is doable to all cyclists even those who have not ridden very much, fitness is important as we ride everyday. The terrain is easy apart from one hill climb of about 4 kilometers however the work to get to the top is rewarded with the most amazing views. Ask yourself, when was the last time you did something for the first time?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is the second cycle tour I have done with Exodus and I could not fault it. I am impressed with the organisation, preparation and content of this tour. I will surely pass it on.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride - Excellent Trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many inspirational moments on this trip that it is hard to pick out one. Every time we turned a corner, there was another great view or some stunning scenery or the lovely Lake Garda. Every time we stopped, there was some great food and wine to be had. We kept thinking it can't get any better - and then it did! We also enjoyed an additional short early morning ride to take in a view over Verona, and the achievement of the 4km hill (day 5 we think), which was easier than we expected it to be - just keep turning those wheels!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was probably the best tour leader we have ever experienced (and we have been on lots of similar types of trips). His knowledge of the area is fantastic, including all the great places to stop for a well earned coffee or lunch, and he certainly goes out of his way to ensure everyone has the best holiday. Not only is he a complete professional, he is great fun to be with. We would recommend him with all our heart (and it was lovely to meet his beautiful family too).
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes were not clear enough about the fact that a pannier and handlebar bag were included so we brought some things we simply did not need (e.g. a bum bag). The pannier was excellent too, large enough for a couple of extra layers of clothing, and so easy to use, take off and carry around when necessary. We would encourage other travellers to check with Exodus as to what to bring (just in case bike hire company changes). When we first saw the bikes, we were a bit dubious, but actually they were great - good gears, tyres, saddle etc, an easy ride, and quite comfortable (although we'd still recommend bringing some chamois cream!)
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book this trip! Whoever you are, whatever age you are, this is a great cycling holiday. Whilst there are a couple of longer days, and the odd hill, as long as you can ride a bike comfortably, you should find this trip enjoyable.

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