- Enjoying the imposing mountains surrounding Lake Garda
- Cycling along Pellestrina Island surrounded by Venetian lagoons and fishing boats
- Absorbing the hidden Rennaisance gems of the ‘Belpaese’
- Exploring Verona – a piece of art in itself
- Discovering the medieval fortification of Montagnana
- Taking a gondola ride along the canals of Venice
Following your arrival into Verona (VRN) airport, you will be transferred (approx 40 minutes) to your delightful accommodation in the town of Garda, on the southeast shores of Lake Garda.
- Meals: Breakfast
A gentle and relaxing start to your cycling holiday that will allow you to enjoy the delights of Lake Garda and explore the surrounding countryside. Ideally located on the south-east shores, the area is a network of cycle routes leading you into the countryside of expanses of vineyards over gentle hills. Cycle routes will take you through quaint little villages just below the Mt Baldo range, and will then take you back to the shores of the lake, where you can enjoy the lake-front vibrant life of Lazise and Garda itself. In the evening, Garda (your home for the night) becomes full of life and with plenty of little restaurants and Italian Trattorias to choose from, you are set up to have a lovely evening out.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your day today will start with a short cruise across the lake to Sirmione. From the boat you can admire the eastern shore of the lake, dominated by the long ridge of Mt Baldo, rising over 2000m/6561ft above the lake. Sirmione was once a famous Roman spa and still attracts visitors for the curative waters and charming character. In Roman times villas were built here, including that of the poet Catullus who wrote of the beauty of the lake in his verses. Sirmione is also full of art treasures and history, starting with the Castle through which one must pass to reach the old centre.
From Sirmione you’ll ride south following quiet country lanes, through vineyards, peach orchards and kiwi plantations, in the rolling hills of the region known as Le Colline Moreniche. You’ll pass near San Martino di Battaglia, with its museum of armaments. Heading back to Lake Garda, the final section will see you riding along the Mincio cyclepath into the fortified walls of Peschiera, your destination for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your destination today is the city of Romeo and Juliet, with Renaissance palaces, the Roman arena and many cosy corners. Setting off from Peschiera, you’ll start today’s ride, cycling north along the east side of the lake. Heading inland, rolling hills cultivated with kiwi, peach plantations and olive groves will accompany you along the way. The last section is a ride along the Adige cycle path, leading you into Verona.
You’ll have time to enjoy a stroll through this remarkable Renaissance city, recently named as a World Heritage Site. Verona has delighted painters, poets, travellers and celebrities for centuries. It is a work of art in itself: a fascinating cross-road of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic), a blend of both Nordic and Mediterranean influences. After settling into the hotel, you’ll have an evening to explore Verona and try out one of the many quality restaurants in town.
- Meals: Breakfast
You will leave Verona riding mostly on cycle paths along the banks of the Adige river. This interesting route, mostly on dirt roads and canal embankments surrounded by nature, is a relaxing ride, allowing you to explore the plains south of Verona, characterised by expanses of orchards and vineyards which extend to the foot of the Euganean Hills.
Riding on flat routes, you will reach the medieval town of Montagnana. Montagnana is a peaceful town, universally famous for its beautiful, and perfectly preserved, medieval city walls. Time permitting you may have the opportunity to visit some of the ancient walls.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today’s route reaches Padova passing through the town of Este, travelling along the banks of the River Frassine. You will be riding along quiet country roads with interesting natural features and the typical landscape of the Veneto countryside. Arriving in Este you will see the tower of the castle and part of the ruins, dating from the eleventh century. They are the only remaining artifacts of the five castles, built on the banks on the outskirts of the city to defend the strategic river accesses. This part of the route is mostly along the banks of the canals that surround the isolated group of hills. In particular you’ll ride along the banks of the River Bacchiglione taking a network of cycle paths.
Padova is a city characterised by complex town planning, a result of 2500 years of history. The city houses some world-famous works of art; from the traces of the Roman Age splendour to the masterpieces of the Middle Ages.
- Meals: Breakfast
You’ll continue with your journey heading towards Mestre and then onto Venice. Following a mixture of country lanes and cycle paths, you’ll ride through more beautiful landscapes and past regal mansions, following canals and natural reserves.
Reaching Mestre, you’ll arrive at the train station. From here you can take one of the regular trains to Venezia St Lucia, only a 12 minute journey, to avoid the busy section over the Liberty Bridge to Venice (train tickets not included, approximately 3€ per person). Here you’ll have time to stop and lock up your bikes for a few hours, allowing time to visit one of the famous Venetian Palaces and explore the city’s most beautiful and fascinating sights on foot. In the afternoon you will jump on the ferry to Lido and then to Pellestrina Island. The Lido di Chioggia are long strips of land that divide the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea and goes from Venice to Choggia, broken only by a few channels. Large sea defenses run the total length of the island with characteristic embankments called “Murazzi” which you will be cycling along, offering unique views of the sea and the lagoon of Venice.
One more ferry will take you to Chioggia. Situated on a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice, Chioggia is a miniature version of Venice, with characteristic narrow streets known as calli. Chioggia has several medieval churches, which were renovated during the 16th and 17th centuries, a period of great prosperity in the area.
This trip covers various terrains, as it extends from Lake Garda to the low lands of Venice. The route we’ve selected follows a number of cycle paths and country lanes, with around 50% on roads shared with traffic. South of the lake you’ll find a good network of cycle routes and minor roads which will allow you to explore Lake Garda’s surrounding countryside, away from the traffic. As you leave the lake and the terrain gets hillier, a mix of small roads, compact dirt roads and canal cycle paths will lead you to Verona and on to Montagnana and Padova. On this section of the journey, there will be some small hills, especially when contouring the National Park of Colli Euganei. Day 6 will prove the most challenging, being a longer day in the saddle with some climbing. We recommend hybrid bikes for this route. Another stretch of flat canal cycle path and minor countryside roads will lead you towards Mestre and then into Venice. After boarding the ferry to Lido and Pallestrina islands, the riding on these strips of land is on small, flat roads close to the lagoon.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
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Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual vacation? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these trips might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 trip to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
Dates & Prices
2021 Daily departures available between 22 Apr – 30 Oct.
Season 1: For trips starting between (and inclusive of) 03 May and 26 Jun, or 02 Sep and 30 Oct: $1790 pp.
Season 2: For trips starting between (and inclusive of) 22 Apr and 02 May, or 27 Jun and 01 Sep: $2070 pp.
Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled departures below.
A) Hotel accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) English-speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Pre-loaded GPS unit (1 per group)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival & departure day from/to Verona airport (VRN)
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required, on request)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (bar bills, souvenirs etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Ferry tickets Day 3: €15 approx. incl. bikes / Day 7: €20 day pass incl. bikes
J) Train tickets on day 7: €3 incl. bikes
K) Local tourist tax to be paid locally (approx 2€ per day)
L) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
Customer Story: Bike, Boats and Pizza
Here's a tale of Italian leisure cycling adventure.
Graham, York, UKStress free
Excellent hotels, good service by Skedaddle, interesting cycling and places to visit.
We really enjoyed the hotel in Verona, but all the hotels provided an excellent service. All the breakfasts were very good. The ride up the valley was fantastic, with the treat of a new ‘Bike and Wine’ cafe on route which was in our route notes. We had rain on two days, but we still enjoyed all the days.
the bikes provided were in good condition (nearly new), very reliable and perfect for the type of riding we were doing.
Lynne, North Yorkshire, UKGood...
Although lots of mileage to cover, we enjoyed Italy and all the hotels were lovely. We loved all the places we visited and stayed in.