Cycling tours in Italy, Dolomites to Venice
Optional single supplement £320.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Cycling tours in Italy, Dolomites to Venice
This week long cycling tour in Italy packs in six days of cycling in the Dolomites, down to Lake Garda and then onto the stunning cities of Verona, Padova and Venice. It is hard to imagine that all of these colossal sites can be cycled in a week, but this carefully crafted itinerary pulls it off.
Starting in the Dolomites town of Bolzano, gateway to the Southern Tyrol region of Italy it has a beautiful medieval centre, from which we cycle through vineyards and orchards that line the Adige River to Trento, capital of this Trentino Southern Tyrol region. And just one of many wonderful cities along our cycling route. Our next stop is the iconic Lake Garda, where we board a cruise in Riva del Garda and take one of the most beautiful short cuts on any cycling holiday, leading us to the pretty town of Desenzano on the southern shores of the Lake.
Our next stop is Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of romance and Roman history rolled into one. We take on a more rolling landscape after that through the Monti Berici region en route to the Renaissance city of Vicenza at the foot of Monte Berico and just 60km west of Venice. This is a wonderful place to spend an evening enjoying art galleries, museums and famous Palladian villas, all contributing to its UNESCO World Heritage status.
We cycle to one more city of Padova otherwise known as Padua before hitting the Adriatic wonder that is Venice, which brings this cycling trip through one Italian idyll after another to a close. Cycling an average of 50km per day, you have plenty of excuses to treat yourself at many a gorgeous gelateria along the way.
Please note: It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday.
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4 Reviews of Cycling tours in Italy, Dolomites to Venice
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2022 by Martyn ForseyExcellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by Helen MaxwellAbsolutely top shelf. Well managed and led by the 2 group leaders.....Spectacular scenery, history as well as the food and wine. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019 by Florence KresineWe loved going downhill with such wonderful scenery during the ride and riding into such beautiful Italian cities as Padova. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2016 by Wendy PillarIt was a fantastic holiday. Beautiful scenery, great food, enthusiastic leader, good company. Read full review
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to use markets to purchase traditional handicrafts.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 7 nights in a mixture of locally-owned hotels and inns. Our local partners try to ensure that the trips benefit the local communities by using mostly family run hotels that source as much produce locally as possible. With only breakfasts included, we have the opportunity to eat in local restaurants and buy products from local shops along the way. We support the local economy by spending our money in smaller villages that line our route as well as seeing local wine production in Ora, Egna and Salorno.
Local Craft and Culture:
As our route spans two regions of Italy (Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige), we try to encompass a variety of the local craft and culture on offer in both areas. We support local vineyards and orchards on the way to Trento and then we visit a number of beautiful, historical buildings and monuments in Vento, Vicenza and Padova.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. We also use transfers and hire a bike locally, which has a positive effect on the community.
Since 2001, our local operators have been donating 1% of salaries to Mani Tese (Hands Outstretched), which is one of Italys most established humanitarian charities. The organisation runs several projects in developing countries, in particular those linked to tourism. Other charities supported include Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Emergency and ViaFirenze21, a local charity for the disadvantaged in Vicenza.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.