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Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride

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Ride through the stunning Italian Dolomites to the Venice Lagoon

  • Reviews 10 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?

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 11/11/2019
5/5

Scenery, cycle paths and canals

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There has to be more than one! 1) The visit to the winery on Day 6 was very memorable. The family were so hospitable and lunch was amazing. Fantastic wines as well. 2) Our guide, Michele gave the option of a couple of early morning cycles to see the sunrise. These were certainly highlights for us and we'd recommend anyone on a future trip with Michele to take him up on the offer. Don't worry, there is still time for breakfast! 3) Venice - the experience of visiting this fascinating city is not to be missed. 4) The "best gelato in the world" in Vicenza!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was an incredibly enthusiastic leader with an obvious passion for his country. His knowledge about Italy, its history and people was amazing. He organised places for us to eat in the evenings (which were all lovely) and recommended places to go when we were doing our own thing. Nothing seemed too much trouble and he was determined that everyone should have a great holiday. As mentioned earlier, the early morning cycle rides are a fabulous bonus which certainly seem over and above his expected duties as a tour leader.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a jacket or jumper for the ferry on Day 3 as it can get quite cold if you are on the top deck.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing other than - book it! It's a fantastic way to get a taste of this part of Italy.

Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Great trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not one moment to single out, but the cycling generally through such a lovely part of Italy was my highlight.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was a very knowledgeable warm and inspiring guide. I believe he added greatly to the trip by his enthusiasm for helping us to see the best of his home region. As we were travelling to join the trip, I started coming down with a chest infection, and wondered whether I should opt for an electric bike. and having talked through the terrain with Michele, I stuck with a bike rather than opting for an electric bike. I was so glad I did but was wavering slightly. Having discussed what cycling we were used to, Michele encouraged me to cycle. It may have been easier for him to steer me towards an ebike, but he helped me choose what was better for me.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your own snacks for during the day if that is important to you, but there are coffee stops along the way. We were very lucky with the unseasonably lovely weather, so my rain jacket was unused, although best be prepared in case.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The choice of hotels was a little disappointing, particularly ( sorry Michele) the one in Vicenza.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice ride

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching everyone on the group achieve those hills. With love and laughter, you can all get there and enjoy the rewards, be it gelato, carafes of Prosecco or a stunning view.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    THE BEST
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This was my 1st trip since being on my own - I couldn't have done anything better. It was scary clicking that 'booking' tab but my life restarted as soon as I met the Exodus crew. So if you're not sure -honestly, do it!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've probably gushed enough but just to say, thank you Exodus, thank you Andy, thank you Mario and thank you to my new friends who are still making me laugh out loud until my ribs ache!

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Awesome

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Awesome place to ride your bike
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michela , went the extra mile to look after everyone looking forward to be on his next guided trip
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Tacke extra cycling clothes for wen the weather is hot , , sun cream , drink plenty of water or a hydration tablets in your bottle
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing really just awesome holiday

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Terrific Vacation

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was a collective beauty as the miles unfolded.. rivers flowing for miles on end, hilltop castles jutting toward the sky, unending vineyards and apple orchards, and fresh air to breathe in as each new scene came around the corners. Blending this with the group dynamics of idle chatter and laughter along the way and at various stops, and a few short history lessons now and then, made me feel like I was truly a visitor in a magical place for a while.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was a strong leader. His riding skills, group leadership and overall knowledge were exceptional. Michele’s sense of humour was much appreciated and he was a gentleman in anticipating the needs of all group members and took the time to ensure everything was running smoothly. He’s a good communicator and kept us well informed about the expectations of each day.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It’s probably best to have completed several 75km daily rides to know the distance and time on the bike. The first day is particularly long and straight, so music and headphones might be nice to help enjoy the miles. We had some triathlete riders in our group who were fabulous.. and strong riders, so even though it’s NOT a race, it is nice to be able to keep up off and on. I didn’t mind falling back at times but was glad I could reasonably stay with the group along the way. Bring mosquito spray and sunscreen. Electrolyte water tablets were helpful. Small, easy snacks for the distances. A cooling towel during hot afternoons made a nice difference. Lake Garda beach is beautiful but rocky ( no sand), so flip flops are good to bring along. If you like scenery, the ferry ride is a pleasure as it criss-crosses the lake and ours was the last stop. We arrived around 9pm and by the time we checked in, a few of us opted out of dinner, so the pre-ferry purchases were dinner too. I stayed a couple of days in advance at Lido and took the boat rides into Venice to wander around. It was a great way to relax into the trip, and Lido Beach is well worth the time!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Day 3 was a great mix of riding. Day 4 was the longest uphill climb (1 km, then 5km), but day 5 also had some long climbs in the morning. Well-rewarded by the winery tour and magnificent lunch. Breakfast at all hotels was excellent. All evening meals were fabulous too.. you’re in Italy after all. With coffee stops and a few snacks here and there, $40 to $50 Euros a day was lots.. plan extra for museums, etc. in Venice on the last day. Accommodations were clean and comfortable.

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