Visit Some of the Most Photographed Places in Veneto with VBT

Cycling Verona
Italy’s Veneto region is a beautiful area full of soft, rolling hills, limestone cliffs, alpine lakes, citrus groves and quaint villages.  On our new Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto tour you’ll visit some of the most picturesque places in Italy including historic cities like Venice and Verona, scenic locales like Lake Garda and the Berici Hills, and marvel at Andrea Palladio’s unique architecture during our time in Vicenza. With so many great spots for photo ops on this tour, be sure to bring along your camera! As a primer, here are some of the most photographed places you won’t want to miss during your vacation in the Veneto region.

Verona Arena
Our tour begins in the city of Verona, which is very pedestrian-friendly, and we encourage you to walk along the city’s large, quiet, streets and plazas to fully take-in the scene.  The entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is highlighted by its most famous Arena—only a half a mile from our hotel—which despite being built in AD 30 is so well preserved it is still used for live operas and concerts today. During your stay take some time to see the Palace of Reason, Piazza Brà, and the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress.

Lake Garda
Lake Garda
During our stay in the commune of Lazise we’ll cycle along the eastern shores of Lake Garda. This beautiful lake was glacially carved and is full of dramatic alpine scenery where the surrounding mountains meet the lake.

Vicenza la Piazza dei SignoriA bike path along the Bacchiglione River takes us to Vicenza where we’ll explore its many treasures. We’ll meet a local guide and take a tour of the famed Piazza dei Signori where we’ll learn about historic buildings designed by Andrea Palladio, a 16th-century Italian architect who is known for pioneering the use of villas as an economical, healthy and beautiful place to live and work. This concept was ahead of its time, and the villas he created have earned recognition from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Berici Hills
Berici Hills

As we take a shuttle into the heart of the Berici Hills—a group of high limestone hills southwest of Vicenza—we’ll see thick forests, rolling vineyards, and high cliffs dotted with caves that were once inhabited by prehistoric man. Our bike ride follows the Wine Route of the Berici Hills, a rolling path through picturesque villages dotted with elegant villas.

Our tour concludes in Venice, a city not to be missed. If you take VBT’s optional post-trip extension, you will stay in a historic, family-run hotel located just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and a short walk from all the main sights. Explore this magical city by foot or by boat in its many canals and you will be astonished by the decorated palaces, museums, picturesque bridges, gondolas, churches and little squares that are so unique to this city.

These are just some examples of the places you’ll visit on our new Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto ​tour. To learn more about our Italian vacations, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Visit Historic Charleston, SC on VBT’s ‘A Southern Reel’ Biking Tour

Along the beautiful South Carolina coast, at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley rivers, lies the city of Charleston, the state’s oldest city. VBT travelers will savor the relaxed charm and unhurried pace of “Chucktown” and experience its colonial roots, historic architecture, delicious food, and meet friendly locals on the first 2 days of Anson Roomour popular Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel biking tour.

Our home base for the time spent in Charleston is luxurious Ansonborough Inn. The inn is located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district in the Ansonborough neighborhood, which is named after Admiral George Anson, a British Lord that first came to own the land by way of winning it in a spirited poker game. The inn itself is an old shipping warehouse that was transformed into a luxury boutique hotel and has since received AAA’s coveted 4-diamond award in 2011 and 2012.

During your stay you’ll have some free time to check out the city and wander along “Rainbow Row”, a group of pastel-colored homes along East Bay Street, or visit the Battery—a historic seawall-turned-promenade at the tip of Charleston’s peninsula. We also recommend listening to some local Gullah-inspired jazz music during your stay as the city’s rich musical tradition first captured American ears with “Charleston Rag” and James P. Johnson’s famed “Charleston” dance. The city also serves as the setting for the Gershwin-penned musical masterpiece, Porgy & Bess.

BridgeExploration beyond the city limits begins with an adventure over the Cooper River Bridge via its dedicated bike/pedestrian lane. Soak in expansive river views from the bridge while en route to Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms. Glance at some of the area’s prettiest beaches and most sought-after homes while cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway before ending up at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. Here we’ll learn how the fortress played a key role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and how Edgar Allen Poe was once stationed here from 1827 to 1828. Also, the use of palmetto tress in the fort’s construction inspired both South Carolina’s flag and state nickname.

Charleston Tea Plantation
Another day of riding brings us to “Angel Oak”, a Southern live oak tree on John’s Island that is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old and stands 65 feet tall. The tree is so massive that its widest crown is 180 feet, point to point, oakand it shades 17,000 square feet. After, we make our way to nearby Wadmalaw Island, where we’ll tour the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only place in America where tea is still grown. Before enjoying a picnic lunch on the plantation, we’ll tour the working tea factory, visit the tasting room and enjoy a trolley tour of the fields.

Charleston is only one example of the historic Southern cities we’ll explore on this popular biking tour that also has stops in Beaufort and Savannah. To read more about what else awaits you on this coastal adventure in America’s southeast, please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.