Cycling through the picturesque countryside of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia
Exploring the historic towns and cities of Venice, Aquileia, Palmanova, and Portorož
Riding through scenic cycle paths and popular holiday resorts like Koper and Piran in Slovenia
Admiring stunning coastal views and landscapes along the Adriatic coast
Visiting iconic landmarks and attractions such as Piazza San Marco and Miramare Castle
Once you arrive at the enchanting town of Garda, located on the tranquil shores of Lake Garda. After settling into your charming lodging, take some time to explore the town’s numerous attractions, such as the historic Castello di Garda, and the picturesque San Vigilio hill, or simply unwind by the glittering waters of the lake.
Indulge in a delectable meal at one of the many local eateries, relishing the flavors of the region’s cuisine. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you set out on a cycling expedition through the breathtaking landscapes of northern Italy.
Hotel in Garda
Today’s cycling route offers a gentle and relaxing start to your tour as you explore the beautiful Lake Garda and its surrounding countryside. You’ll pedal through expansive vineyards and gentle hills, passing quaint little villages nestled below the majestic Mt. Baldo range.
In the evening, Garda comes alive with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of options for a delicious meal at one of the many authentic Italian trattorias or local restaurants. With its stunning scenery and relaxing pace, this day of cycling is the perfect way to start your unforgettable journey through northern Italy.
46km, 380m elevation gain
Your cycling adventure continues with a morning cruise across Lake Garda to the enchanting town of Sirmione. Admire the art treasures and history, including the famous Castle and the villa of the poet Catullus.
Next, you will pedal south along tranquil country lanes, passing through vineyards, peach orchards, and kiwi plantations, in the rolling hills of Le Colline Moreniche. Make a stop at San Martino di Battaglia, which houses a museum of armaments.
The final leg of your journey will take you along the Mincio cycle path, leading you to the fortified walls of Peschiera, your destination for the night.
Hotel in Peschiera del Garda
40km, 200m elevation gain
Today, your destination is the charming city of Romeo and Juliet, which boasts Renaissance palaces, the Roman arena, and various cozy corners. Your journey begins by cycling north along the east side of the lake, departing from Peschiera. As you head inland, you’ll encounter rolling hills adorned with kiwi, peach plantations, and olive groves. The final leg of your journey involves a ride along the Adige cycle path, leading you into Verona.
Once you arrive in Verona, take your time to explore this extraordinary Renaissance city, which was recently designated as a World Heritage Site. Verona has inspired painters, poets, travelers, and celebrities for centuries. The city is a masterpiece in itself, representing a captivating blend of historical periods and cultures, including classical and Germanic influences, as well as a fusion of Nordic and Mediterranean elements.
Hotel in Verona
35km, 200m elevation gain
Leaving Verona behind, you’ll embark on a relaxing ride along the banks of the Adige River. Most of your route will be on cycle paths, leading you through nature on dirt roads and canal embankments. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the orchards and vineyards that extend to the foot of the Euganean Hills.
Pedaling on flat routes, you’ll eventually reach the medieval town of Montagnana. This peaceful town is universally famous for its perfectly preserved medieval city walls, and you may have the opportunity to visit some of the ancient walls if time allows. After a day on the bikes, you can unwind in the main square during aperitivo hour, soaking in the local atmosphere and watching Italian life go by
Hotel in Montagnana
57km and mostly flat
Your cycling route will take you to the charming city of Padova, passing through the picturesque town of Este and along the scenic banks of the River Frassine. The ride will be on peaceful country roads, allowing you to take in the natural beauty of the Veneto region. In Este, you’ll catch sight of the impressive castle tower and ancient ruins, which date back to the eleventh century and were once part of a network of five castles built to defend strategic river access points. The majority of this route follows the canals that surround the isolated hills, with the River Bacchiglione serving as your guide via a network of cycling paths.
In Padova, you’ll discover a city that has been shaped by over 2500 years of history, resulting in a complex and fascinating urban layout. Throughout the city, you’ll encounter world-renowned works of art, ranging from the remnants of the Roman era to magnificent Middle Age masterpieces.
Hotel in Padova
64km and 200m elevation gain
You will continue your journey towards the beautiful city of Venice, riding on a mix of country lanes and cycle paths, passing through stunning landscapes and past majestic mansions, and following canals and natural reserves. As you approach Mestre, you’ll reach the train station and have the option to take one of the regular trains to Venezia St Lucia, which is only a 12-minute journey, to avoid the last section between Mestre and the Liberty Bridge. This is recommended, especially if you’re traveling with kids, but alternatively, you can ride the new cycle lane over the Liberty Bridge and arrive at Piazzale Roma.
Once in Venice, you’ll have the chance to explore the city’s most beautiful and fascinating sights on foot, including one of the famous Venetian Palaces. After some time in the city, you’ll take a ferry to Lido and then to Pellestrina Island. The Lido di Chioggia, a long strip of land that divides the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, offers unique views of the sea and the lagoon of Venice, which you’ll experience as you cycle along the characteristic embankments known as “Murazzi”.
Hotel in Venice
35km and mostly flat
Following breakfast, we’ll ride back to Mestre, where you’ll have the option to leave your bikes at the hotel and take a brief train ride to Venice. This way you can spend a whole day exploring the city’s most beautiful and captivating sights, or simply relax at your hotel and prepare for the second half of your journey.
This marks the start of your cycling adventure as you leave Mestre. After picking up your bikes, take a ferry and Vaporetto ride through the Venetian waterways, passing by iconic landmarks like Piazza San Marco before arriving at Punta Sabbioni. From here, the cycle takes you northeast along the beautiful Adriatic coast to the city of Jesolo.
B&B in Jesolo
48km and mostly flat
This morning, the journey takes a northerly direction towards the Julian Alps, momentarily bidding farewell to the sea. The route meanders along peaceful country roads, passing through an area abundant with “Valli da Pesca” – vast stretches of lagoons enclosed by earthen dikes, where extensive fish farming takes place, and “casoni” – buildings previously used by fishermen during the fishing season.
The subsequent destination is Portogruaro, a significant hub during the era of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice,” and still an awe-inspiring sight with its splendid “Palazzi” or “palaces.”
Hotel in Portogruaro
40km and mostly flat
Today’s journey takes you through the picturesque countryside that connects the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. As you cycle through this lush landscape, you’ll pass by historic Roman towns, canals, and rivers that have played a vital role in the region’s rich history.
The day’s ride will take you to your choice of either Aquileia, renowned for its impressive Roman excavations, or Palmanova, known as the “starry city” for its unique star-shaped layout. Depending on where you choose to stay, you’ll have the option to take a loop cycle to visit the other town or to rest and relax after a day of cycling.
For those who prefer a shorter cycling distance, there’s the option to take a train from Portogruaro to Latisana and reduce the day’s ride by 20 km.
Hotel in Palmanova
The route will take you back towards the sea, with the stunning Gulf of Trieste awaiting you. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities for interesting stops and sightseeing, including Duino and its two castles, Sistiana with its charming bay, and Miramare and its famous castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian of Augsburg, set within a beautiful park of over 20 hectares.
If you’re looking to reduce the cycling distance for the day, there is the option to take a train from Monfalcone to Trieste towards the end of the stage.
Hotel in Trieste
56km and 100m elevation gain
Starting the day by crossing the border into Slovenia, cycling mainly along scenic cycle paths through popular holiday resorts like Koper, which was a Venetian town before becoming Slovenian. Enjoy exploring the picturesque streets, vibrant atmosphere, and sea views before cycling to Piran.
In Piran, take the time to relax and unwind after several days of cycling. Take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, or simply stroll along the promenade and soak up the coastal charm. With plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, this evening is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine and wine.
Hotel in Piran
40km and 350m elevation gain
On the final day of our journey, it’s time to bid farewell to the stunning Adriatic coast and the beautiful countries of Italy and Slovenia. As you pack your bags and prepare to depart, take the time to reflect on the unforgettable experiences and memories you’ve made along the way.
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Embark on a cycling adventure that takes you through the stunning landscapes and rich cultural history of northern Italy and Slovenia. Starting from Lake Garda, you’ll make your way through charming villages, rolling hills, and historic towns, all while soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the region.
Pedal through the picturesque countryside of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, passing by canals, rivers, and lush greenery that have played a vital role in the region’s history. Visit ancient Roman towns and admire the grand palaces and basilicas that stand as a testament to the area’s rich heritage.
Explore the bustling streets of Venice and marvel at its unique architecture, from grand palaces to intricate bridges. Take a gondola ride or stroll along the canals, soaking up the city’s unique atmosphere.
As you make your way towards Slovenia, enjoy the stunning views of the Gulf of Trieste and the Adriatic Sea. Explore historic towns that were once ruled by Venice, including Piran and Koper, and relax in the spa town of Portorož.
Throughout the journey, you’ll have access to our 24/7 support and expertly prepared itinerary to ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling experience. With carefully planned routes that cater to a variety of fitness levels, this cycling adventure is perfect for anyone looking to explore the beauty and culture of northern Italy and Slovenia.
Our priority is to find the ideal accommodation that suits your needs. We collaborate with several lodging providers that meet our criteria, but please note that availability can be limited, particularly during peak seasons. Furthermore, we can tailor your holiday to align with your preferences and budget, and are committed to finding a more suitable alternative that matches your taste.
To ensure availability, we advise booking your tour as early as possible. Our tours typically pass through highly popular tourist destinations where lodging options are restricted. Many of these desirable locations become fully booked for the summer season well in advance, often filling up by spring.
The availability of food options in Italy depends on the extent of your dietary restrictions. While it is relatively easy to find vegetarian dishes, locating vegan meals can be challenging, particularly in smaller towns and rural areas. Additionally, the traditional lunch stops we make may have limited ability to accommodate special requests beyond their standard menu. We recommend considering this when planning your meals.
Our tours in Italy can accommodate various types of bikes, including road, gravel, and mountain bikes. We maintain constant communication with you to ensure the optimal conditions for your cycling holidays in Italy.
A versatile option for cycling in Italy is the gravel bike, even if you plan to embark on a road cycling holiday. It does not significantly affect road performance and allows you to explore scenic backroads that may be slightly rougher than the main routes. Furthermore, gravel bikes typically offer greater comfort and more control.
Italy is a diverse country with something for every cyclist. Regardless of your choice of bike, we will customize the perfect route for your cycling holiday.
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