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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.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.
  • Airfare Packages Available

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Lake Garda to Venice Bike Vacation

The Veneto lies nestled between sparkling Lake Garda and Venice, an enchanting realm of stately Palladian villas, lush vineyards and orchards, the limestone Berici hills, and pretty riverside villages where gracious traditions and modern fashion coexist. Your cycling route follows scenic bike paths with many stops to taste local wines and grappa, to picnic on the grounds of a 16th-century villa, enjoy a farmhouse cooking class, and more. You’ll also celebrate the genius of Antonio Palladio, the visionary 16th-century architect whose legacy extends beyond his native Veneto to some of the most important buildings of the western world.

Cultural Highlights

  • Cycle along the shores of Lake Garda
  • Enjoy lunch and a tasting at a Lombardy winery
  • Visit Borghetto, one of Italy’s “100 quaintest villages”
  • Ride the Valsugana Bike Path along the Brenta River
  • Explore the fortress town of Asolo
  • Savor a gourmet dinner in a medieval tower
  • Learn about Italy’s fiery grappa liquor—and sample some
  • See stunning Palladian architecture in Vicenza
  • Follow the Wine Route of the Berici Hills
  • Enjoy a cooking class on a working country farm
  • See the beautiful Veneto landscapes and villas

What To Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 miles (24–56 km)
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Verona
May  73º/55º  Jun  80º/62º  Jul  84º/65º  Aug  84º/65º  Sep 75º/59º  Oct 63º/50º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Verona
May 3.5  Jun 3.5  Jul 3.5  Aug 3   Sep  3 Oct 4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Vacation Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4-star accommodations, including a historic villa
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4-star accommodations, including a historic villa
  • 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • And the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Verona – 2 nights for only $345 • Post-trip: Venice – 2 nights for only $445

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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

You’ll 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. 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 able to wait for only up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will 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. It’s 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 houses of the real-life Veronese people who were said to have inspired Juliet and her famed 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.

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 this right before the performance, though it is best to purchase them in advance online at An open-air opera in the Arena is an unforgettable experience.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 p.m.. 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: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders at 1 p.m.  at our hotel in Verona (Hotel Giberti, via Giberti 7, Verona; Tel: +39 045 800 6900). Your Trip Leaders will hold a safety clinic, and immediately after you will start cycling from the hotel to the delightful lake village of Lazise and our luxurious hotel on Lake Garda. Please change into your biking clothes before we meet. Your Trip Leaders will be available at our hotel in Verona already from 11 12 p.m. and will be happy to hand you your Welcome package,  provide tips for lunch on your own near the hotel, and collect your pedals if you brought your owns.

If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 1 p.m., or if you are delayed, please contact the hotel, and they will pass your message along to your VBT Trip Leaders. In the event of delays, please see the section “For Travel-Related Emergencies.” VBT highly recommends flying to Italy at least one day before the tour begins. This allows you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin sightseeing and cycling.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Extension guests: Meet your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders at 1 p.m. at our hotel in Verona. Your Trip Leaders will hold a safety clinic, and immediately after you will start cycling from the hotel to the delightful lake village of Lazise and our luxurious hotel on Lake Garda. Please change into your biking clothes before we meet. Your Trip Leaders will be available at our hotel in Verona already from 11 12 p.m. and will be happy to hand you your Welcome package, provide tips for lunch on your own near the hotel, and collect your pedals if you brought your own. Check out is 11 a.m.; you may store your luggage at the reception desk. Luggage will be picked up later and transferred to the next hotel.

Today we will be  cycling  the first mile in the city, then along country roads and riverside bike paths to Lake Garda. This evening, you’ll get acquainted over a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Corte Valier
Meals: B (included for Air Package guests only), D
Daily Options: 16.2 miles (26 km)

DAY 4: Peschiera / Borghetto / Monzambano

Our morning route leaves the shores of Lake Garda and rises through scenic vineyards and fields, offering picturesque views. From Peschiera, you’ll follow a scenic bike path along the River Mincio en route to Monzambano, where you’ll ride over the low hills of southern Garda. You’ll make a stop in Lombardy to have lunch at a local winery, where you can savor specially prepared local specialties and taste some of the wines for which the area is so well known.

In the afternoon, you’ll pedal to the village of Borghetto, acclaimed as one of the “100 quaintest villages of Italy” by the Italian guidebook “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia.” After a short visit you’ll follow an easy bike path back to Peschiera. From there you can opt to shuttle or continue riding all the way to our hotel.

Back at the hotel, you might indulge in the outdoor swimming pool or a treatment at the wellness center, explore the gardens; or stroll in town, where you may enjoy dinner tonight on your own. You’ll find many options in Lazise, where memorable restaurants line the lakefront.

Hotel: Hotel Corte Valier
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 25.8, 35, or 43.8 miles (41.3, 54.4, or 70.1 km)

DAY 5: Valsugana biking path

You’ll start the day with a shuttle ride to approximately 1,300 feet (396 meters) up the verdant mountains of the Trentino region to Lake Caldonazzo. From there, a scenic route—mostly a paved biking path along the Brenta River—takes us to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa in Veneto. As you descend along the valley, an ever-shifting landscape of apple trees, vineyards, and narrow gorges and canyons takes your breath away. Along the way, picturesque villages like Borgo Valsugana invite us to take refreshing breaks.

In Bassano tonight, you’ll have time for a stroll before our dinner at Ristorante Trevisani, a gourmet restaurant set in a medieval tower. The ancient dungeons are today the wine cellar, where the welcoming owner Emilio will treat you to specialties only found here in Bassano. Open as a restaurant and hostelry in 1797, when Napoleon stayed for a few months in Bassano del Grappa, it was the first restaurant to open in the city.

Hotel: Hotel Belvedere
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 17.1, 44.1, or 51.5 miles (27.4, 70.6, or 82.4 km)

DAY 6: Asolo / Bassano del Grappa / Grappa tasting

Said to be one of the most beautiful small cities of the Veneto, Asolo rests high on a hill. Its symbol—a stunning and stalwart fortress—can be seen from miles away. There’ll be time here to take enchanting strolls through Asolo’s typical low porticoed-streets, peer into its gourmet food shops, and see ancient Roman remains and the Queen Cornaro Castle. Pause here for lunch on your own.

Pedal back to Bassano this afternoon and have time to enjoy this lively city. Here, you’ll learn about grappa, a very popular Italian liquor that can be drunk alone, or mixed with espresso as “ammazzacaffè” after any meal. You’re sure to sample some!

You’ll also have time to browse this lively city, shopping for ceramics, jewelry, food specialties, and souvenirs … strolling the famous wooden covered bridge designed by Andrea Palladio … and wandering picturesque alleyways and piazzas lined with medieval towers and palaces. Our hotel is just outside the high walls on the eastern side of the old city, and a scenic mountain ridge looms in the distance.

Dinner is on your own tonight. You’ll find plenty of choices within walking distance of the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Belvedere
Meals: B
Daily Options: 15.4 or 27.1 miles (24.6 or 43.4 km)

DAY 7: Vicenza / Palladian Villas

Today you’ll leave Bassano to cycle into the northern part of the Veneto region. These easy, flat country roads lead us past farms and pretty rural areas. Our destination is Vicenza, the city made famous by architect Andrea Palladio.

Today’s lunch (depending on availability) is hosted by either a family running a cattle farm following the American Breeding System; or by the descendants of the Schiavo family in the Villa Sesso Schiavo, built in 1570. The loggia of this villa was probably designed by Andrea Palladio, while the frescoes were painted by Antonio Fasolo and his scholars. Later in the afternoon, settle into your elegant hotel, Villa Michelangelo, set in a private manicured garden with sweeping views of the Berici Hills. Perhaps you’ll take a refreshing dip in the large swimming pool surrounded by olive trees, or relax in the hotel library and elegant common rooms.

This evening, you’ll shuttle into town to enjoy a guided walking tour of Vicenza. Our local guide will show us some of the most beautiful buildings by Andrea Palladio, the visionary 16th-century architect. His work is evident all over Vicenza, but he is best known for his country villas, whose symmetrical, classic designs unified what were basically farm buildings into single, elegant structures. He is considered the most influential architect of the western world and along with the city of Vicenza, the 24 villas he created in the Veneto are collectively registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’re sure to recognize some of his architectural styles from our own American monuments and national buildings, so it’s no surprise that on December 6, 2010, the U.S. Congress declared Andrea Palladio the father of American architecture.

Your walking tour concludes at the elegant Piazza dei Signori, where our guide will provide recommendations for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Michelangelo
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 16.2 miles (26 km)

DAY 8: Berici Hills / Picnic on the wine route / Cooking class

This morning, you’ll ride into the heart of the Berici Hills, a group of high limestone hills southwest of Vicenza. It’s a dreamy landscape of high cliffs, thick forests, and rolling vineyards. Some of its towering walls are home to caves once inhabited by prehistoric man—including the San Bernardino caves, where Neanderthals found refuge more than 200,000 years ago. You can admire some of the considerably more modern residences here, too: the romantic Palladian villas of the 16th century.

Next, you’ll follow the Wine Route of the Berici Hills, a rolling byway through picturesque villages. Some of the elegant villas along our route have been converted into working farms, while others are finely restored mansions. All provide unique examples of Italy’s cultural heritage.

One of these beautiful villas, the Villa di Montruglio, is the setting of our picnic lunch and olive oil tasting. This was originally the home of Italian scholar and explorer Antonio Pigafetta, who circumnavigated the world with Ferdinand Magellan between 1519 and 1522. Built with Nanto stone, the interiors are adorned with fine frescoes. Today, a local countess calls the villa home. It remains one of Italy’s finest and most magnificent villas.

Later enjoy a cooking class with our chef followed by a farewell dinner of farm-to-table delicacies.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Michelangelo
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 24.4 or 36.6 miles (39 or 58.6 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Venice / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. You can take a taxi on your own to the Vicenza train station to return to Verona. A taxi ride to the train station only takes 15 minutes and costs approximately €20. If you prefer, you can travel with the rest of the group to the Venice airport boat docks on the mainland, arriving at approximately 10 am. If you wish to continue into Venice proper, you will need to take one of the following modes of private or public transportation on your own:

  • Alilaguna hydrofoil to St. Mark’s Square. The ride takes 1 hour, and the ticket costs €15. The stop is next to the private water taxi stop.
  • Public Bus #5 from the bus terminal (a 10-minute walk from our coach drop-off point). Tickets cost €6, and the ride takes 30 minutes.
  • Private ATVO bus from the same bus terminal. The ride takes about 20 minutes. All the buses stop at Piazzale Roma, the only part of Venice accessible to vehicles, very close to the Santa Lucia railway station.

Luggage carts are available from our coach drop-off point to help you carry your luggage. You can use €1 coins or USD quarters.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to our Trip Leaders and board our private motorcoach to Venice. At the Venice airport boat docks, a local guide will welcome us and help us board a private water taxi that will take us to our centrally located hotel. Be prepared to carry your luggage for a very short way. At the hotel, the guide will be available to answer your questions and help you prepare to explore the city on your own. If you’d like to book a guided tour with our guide, please contact her in advance since Venice guides are always very busy in high season. Please refer to VBT Venice City Information. You have the rest of the day to explore Venice.

Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for home

Early this morning*, transfer to the Venice airport for your flight back home.** Be prepared for an early transfer by private motorboat to the Venice airport boat docks.

* 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 recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” 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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Hotel Villa Michelangelo

Escape into tranquility at this stately hotel, set in the soft rolling hills that inspired the architectural masterpieces of Andrea Palladio. Built as the country home of a noble family, this 18th-century structure is surrounded by olive trees and offers a host of modern amenities. Enjoy fine traditional cuisine in the elegant La Loggia restaurant, relax by the pool, or take in a round of golf at a nearby club. Each of the 52 rooms is uniquely appointed with wood-beam ceilings, a marble bathroom, and breathtaking views of a lush verdant landscape.

Hotel Saturnia

For more than 100 years, the family-run Hotel Saturnia has welcomed travelers with Old World elegance and style amid modern amenities. For 30 years, the hotel has been operated by the grandchildren of the original owner, who take particular pride in the hotel’s restaurant, La Caravella Restaurant, which is rated one of the best in the city. As a hotel guest, you will be entitled to a 10% discount in this ever-popular restaurant. You’ll also enjoy easy access to the highlights of Venice, thanks to the hotel’s location on Via XXII Marzo, the main street that links St. Mark’s Square and the Accademia Art Galleries. Via XXII Marzo also features world-class shopping, with famous fashion names like Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Ferragamo, and many more. Within walking distance, you can visit the famous La Fenice Theatre, the Rialto Bridge, and the world-renowned Guggenheim Collection, housed in the former residence of Peggy Guggenheim. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. A/C is available.
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Hotel Corte Valier

With its elegant grounds and innovative architecture, Hotel Corte Valier stands on the eastern shore of magnificent Lake Garda. To reach the nearby Old Town, simply stroll down a romantic pathway that leads from this thoroughly modern property. During your stay, indulge in a Turkish bath at the Laguna Spa, relax in the indoor or outdoor pool, watch the sun set over the lake from the terrace bar, and enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine at the Dome restaurant. Each of the hotel’s rooms offers views of the lake and features climate-control, a television, safe, telephone, and private bath with shower. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
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Hotel Giberti

The modern Hotel Giberti is located in the center of Verona, a half mile (0.8 km) from the Arena and Piazza Brà. This excellent location makes it easy to explore the city on foot, yet is far enough from the tourist path to offer an authentic view of daily life in Verona. The hotel features a classic and elegant décor, very spacious new bedrooms, and bathrooms designed with Rosa Portugal marble. You’ll also enjoy a warm welcome from the smiling and efficient staff. A/C is available.
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Hotel Belvedere

Overlooking Bassano del Grappa, the city that French writer George Sand once called “a piece of heaven fallen on earth,” the Hotel Belvedere was originally built in the 15th century. Recent renovations blend its historic ambiance with ample modern comforts. Enjoy the main Belvedere restaurant, which features typical Venetian cuisine, or Mangiosano, serving lighter fare. There is also an American piano bar. During your stay, you’ll have easy access to such local highlights as the main square of Bassano del Grappa and Ponte degli Alpini, the famous wooden bridge designed by master architect Andrea Palladio. The air-conditioned rooms are all individually decorated with touches like wood floors and/or leather headboards, and come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.
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