Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto
Join us in the Veneto region of Italy and cycle from Lake Garda to Venice through the rolling hills, limestone cliffs, citrus groves and quaint villages that shape the beauty of this region that inspired native son Andrea Palladio to create some of the most beautiful architecture the world has ever known.
- Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
- Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- Small Groups: 20
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Pre-Trip Extension - Verona
2 nights for only $295
- Two nights at Hotel Giberti
- Daily breakfast
- City Information
- Airport transfers
Verona boasts robust evidence of the bustling Roman metropolis it was in the first century B.C. Its streets, amphitheaters, doorways, bridges and city walls harken back to days of Empire. Verona’s most famous monument, the Arena – so well preserved, it is used today for unforgettable opera and theater performances – is the third-largest amphitheater in the world. In the 13th century, when medieval Verona was dominated by the powerful and liberal Scaligeri family, the city became an even richer hub of trade and commerce, and grew into a center of culture and art modeled after Venice. During your independent stay, you might visit the purported houses of Juliet and her famed fictional suitor, Romeo. Their sad story made famous by William Shakespeare was set here. Explore the Palace of Reason, the lively medieval squares of Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, or the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress. You’ll find Verona easy and pleasant to explore by foot, with its large, quiet pedestrian zones, the quiet flow of the River Adige, and fashionable population. You’re sure to rub elbows with these friendly Veronese as you linger in a lively café sipping a “Spritz”! Available only with the Air Inclusive package. Single supplement: $145
DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Verona
Depart from home for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Verona / Begin your Pre-trip Extension
You arrive at the airport in Verona, Italy, where a VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to your centrally located hotel. Later today at the hotel, our local expert will be available to answer your questions, assist you with your plans and offer a city orientation tour. The rest of the day is free to discover and dine on your own, using the VBT CIty Information as a guide.If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our driver know by calling or sending a text message to +39 393 64 64 393. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer. Verona is a pedestrian-friendly city. Easy strolling allows you to enjoy the city's wide, quiet, pedestrian-only streets and plazas, the gentle flow of the River Adige and the city's fashionable population. The entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a favorite for history buffs and shoppers alike. Its most famous monument, the Arena—so well preserved, it is still used for unforgettable opera and theater performances—is the third-largest amphitheater in the world. During your stay, you might visit the purported house of Juliet and her famed, fictional suitor, Romeo. Their sad story made famous by William Shakespeare was set here. Explore the Palace of Reason, the lively medieval squares of Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, or the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress. Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays. Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense. Hotel: Hotel Giberti
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Verona
Continue your exploration of Verona. If you are visiting from mid-June to the end of August, don't miss the opera performances in the Roman Arena, a very short walk from our hotel. A little tip: local opera lovers say the best seats (particularly for acoustics) are the very affordable “Unreserved Stone Steps in Sectors D or E (Gradinata D or E).” You can buy these at the Arena ticket office immediately prior to the performance, though it is best to purchase them in advance online at http://www.arena.it/en-US/HOMEen.html. An open-air opera in the Arena is an unforgettable experience. Hotel: Hotel Giberti Meals: B
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Verona / Join VBT Air Package Guests
Spend another day discovering the city. You may also take a 40-minute train ride to Padua to explore this beautiful art city. The centerpiece here is undoubtedly the Scrovegni Chapel, a 14th-century masterpiece reminiscent of a small Sistine Chapel. Its walls are covered with frescoes by Giotto. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day. Hotel: Hotel Giberti Meals: B
Post-Trip Extension - Venice
2 nights for only $395
- Two nights at Hotel Saturnia
- Daily breakfast
- City Information
- Airport transfers
Venice is not to be missed. During your extension, you will stay in a small boutique hotel located near St. Mark’s Square, a short walk from all the main sights that this amazing city offers. Whether you decide to explore the intricate maze of narrow streets or get around as locals do, by vaporetto (water bus), you will be astonished by the decorated palaces, museums, picturesque bridges, gondolas, churches and piazzas that are uniquely Venice. View masterpieces by Titian, Bellini and Donatello. Venture to Murano, the famous glass-blowing center. Relax at an outdoor café at the Piazza San Marco. This historic and atmospheric city is truly a must-see! Only available with the Air Inclusive Package. Single supplement: $195
DAY 1: Independent exploration of Venice
Built on 118 islands in a shallow lagoon, Venice is a city like no other. It is comprised of more than 150 canals and 400 bridges, which are delightful to explore by gondola or vaporetto (water bus). Today you might explore by vaporetto. Much of the city can also be seen on foot. Be sure to visit the Grand Canal, the famous Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in Europe. Other spots not to miss include the Bridge of Sighs (said to have provided prisoners with their last view of freedom before their incarceration), the Doge's Palace, the Gallerie dell'Accademia, and the island of Murano, famed for its glass-blowing. Your centrally located hotel makes it easy to access it all. Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays. Hotel: Hotel Saturnia Meals: B
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Venice
Continue your exploration of Venice. Hotel: Hotel Saturnia Meals: B
DAY 3: Depart for Home
This morning*, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Be prepared for an early transfer by private motorboat to get to the Venice airport docks. VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” The transfer is prearranged with the reception desk and is prepaid by VBT.** *Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served. **Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense. Meals: B
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