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Lake Garda to Venice

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

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$1,715 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Italy

Lake Garda to Venice

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,715 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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A wonderful self-guided vacation, taking you from the southern shores of Lake Garda to the charming city of Venice. Full to the brim with great riding, you'll be able to check off some wonderful areas of Italy as you ride, including Sirmione, Verona, Padova, Venice and Chioggia. This is your chance to enjoy a fantastic cycling tour, giving you an insight into the natural wonders of northern Italy. 
This trip has been set up to give you the chance to visit the hidden Renaissance gems of the “Belpaese”. The first few days will be spent exploring the stunning countryside and charming lake-side towns that surround the southern part of Lake Garda.
Leaving the lake behind, you'll ride through lush countryside on your way to Verona. Continuing on, you'll follow the Adige Valley alongside canals, through fields cultivated with fruit and vines, and over hills. Your route will lead you to the lagoon of Venice, for some sightseeing before you finish your cycling journey with one last ride to Chioggia where you will spend your final evening.
With plenty of time in between to stop and see the sights along the way, this will be a memorable vacation for the whole family! 
Do let us know if you'd like to extend your trip, either starting at the northern end of Lake Garda in Riva del Garda, or by adding an extra day in Venice. 
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Highlights

  • Enjoying a swim in Lake Garda
  • Cruising from Lake Garda to Sirmione
  • Hunting for the best Italian gelato!
  • Exploring Verona and eating pizza in the Arena Square
  • Cycling along Pellestrina Island surrounded by Venetian lagoons and fishing boats
  • Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice

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Excellent hotels, good service by Skedaddle, interesting cycling and places to visit.

Graham, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Verona Airport - Transfer to Garda

Following your arrival into Verona (VRN) airport, you will be transferred (approx 30 minutes) to your delightful accommodation in the town of Garda, on the southeast shores of Lake Garda.

Day 2
Vineyards and Lake Loop Ride
25 or 32 Miles / 40 or 50 Kms Approx.
  • 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, Bardolino (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. This is a great day of cycling and a superb way to start a fantastic and unforgettable cycling holiday.

Day 3
Lake Garda Mini Cruise - Cycle Sirmione to Peschiera
14 or 28 Miles / 25 or 45 Kms Approx.
  • 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 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 stop at San Martino di Battaglia, with its museum of armaments. Meandering past typical farm holdings, you’ll arrive at Castellaro Lagusello, a quaint village and ideal location to stop for lunch in one of the local trattorias. 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.

Day 4
Peschiera to Verona
20 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 5
Verona to Montagnana
35 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • 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. For the adults, there’s nothing better after a day on the bikes than sitting in the main square during aperitivo hour with the locals, watching Italian life go by.

Day 6
Montagnana to Padova
38 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 7
Padova to Chioggia (via Venice)
44 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • 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 first to Lido and then to Pellestrina Island. The Lidi di Chioggia are long strips of land that divide the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea and go from Venice to Chioggia, 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.

Day 8
Departure from Chioggia - Transfer to Verona Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to this charming part of Italy as we transfer you back to Verona airport for your return flight home (approx. 1.5 hours).

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

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!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures between 01/05 and 31/10.

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01/05 and the 30/06 or the 07/09 and the 31/10: $1715 per adult.

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01/07 and the 10/08 or the 24/08 and the 06/09: $1945 per adult.

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 11/08 and the 23/08: $2035 per adult.

We can offer the following discounts for children under 18:

  • 35% discount for any child travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers
  • 40% discount for any child sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers

Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Hotel accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary

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 day from Verona APT (VRN)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Verona APT (VRN)

What's not Included Cross

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)

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 / Day 7: €20 day pass – incl. bikes

J) Train tickets on day 7: €3 incl. bikes

K) Local tourist tax to be paid locally (Aprx. 2€ per day)

L) Airport transfers outside of trip schedule

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your trip.

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Verona airport (VRN). Please arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 11.30 and 19.00.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian or Aeroflot combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip. Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

You’ll stay in centrally located, comfortable 3 star hotels all with en-suite facilities which have been carefully selected for their location, local cuisine and service.

We also have an upgrade option available on trip trip. Please select the upgrade supplement when booking if you’d prefer to stay in a selection of both 3 and 4* hotels.

Family rooms (sleeping up to 4 people) available on request.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically hybrid/touring bikes. Depending on the size needed, the bikes may have a cross bar, or have a step through frame (usually the smaller models). If a smaller frame is required, occasionally a mountain bike with semi slick tyres adapted for road use may also be provided.

For your family we have both 20 or 24 inch kids bikes available, if a larger frame is required a small adult’s bike may be provided (usually with a step through frame). In addition, child/baby seats (6 months – 5 years) tag-alongs and trailers (Baby – 5 years) are available to hire.

Hire bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a spare inner tube, a bike lock, a bike pump, a KM counter and a map holder.

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