Bolzano to Venice Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (15 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bolzano / Venice
  • Distance

    200 miles/322 kms
  • Themes

  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

Price From £613


This Bolzano to Venice cycling holiday takes you from the alpine splendour of the South Tyrol, via gorgeous Lake Garda and enchanting Verona, to Venice – the Queen of the Adriatic. This wonderfully diverse itinerary will delight and enthrall offering new and varied sights and experiences each day.

High peaks, green valleys and tumbling rivers characterise the first two days of the tour. This is followed by the grand serenity of Lake Garda with it’s pretty fishing villages and deep placid waters. Onwards then across the plain to the magical and historical city of Verona where the impressive Arena and medieval old town await.

The video above was shot in June 2017 and depicts days 2 and 3 of the itinerary

Carry on eastwards through rolling hills and open countryside to the Renaissance city of Vicenza with its fabulous Piazza and Palladian Villas. From there you ride along the Bacchiglione River to Padova, home to the Giotto Chapel and the largest square in Europe before pedaling on to Venice – a fitting finale to such a great cycle tour. This leisurely cycling holiday follows cycle paths and quiet country roads with some short sections along slightly busier roads. The route is mostly level with one hilly section just before Lake Garda and another as you approach Vicenza. Neither are too serious however and this tour is well within the reach of most cyclists.

Itinerary & Map

This trip is mainly along cycle paths and quiet country roads with a few light hilly parts along the way! On some sections you may need to join slightly busier roads to get you back on the route. Also, if the going gets tough, you can always jump on the train as trains connect all the cities!

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Day 1: Arrive Bolzano

Cycling Holidays in Italy - Bolzano


On arrival in Bolzano, check in at your hotel and then spend the rest of the day exploring this alpine town and its pastel coloured streets surrounded by spectacular scenery. You are in the South Tyrol, a region that once belonged to Austria and the locals are happy conversing in either German or Italian – many also speak English. Perhaps visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see world famous ‘Ötzi’ the mummified remains of a man who lived 3,300 years ago. The perfectly preserved body emerged from a glacier in the nearby Ötz Valley in 1991. You can also ride a cable car up into the surrounding peaks to enjoy the views and perhaps go for an alpine walk.

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento, 41 to 44 miles/ 65 to 70 kms

Adige Valley - Italy*

Adige Valley

After breakfast your cycling adventure begins in earnest as you ride downhill alongside the Adige river through the Adige Valley to Trento.

Today there are two route options to choose from. The easiest and most direct route leads you south along the lower Adige valley beside the river which is bigger now, swollen by its confluence with the Eisack River at Bolzano. The second, slightly longer option includes a couple of short climbs but the payoff is a ride through the stunning Caladaro Valley to Lake Caldaro. The lake is one of the warmest in the alps and just perfect for a swim if the weather is hot. The two routes converge in the Adige Valley near the town of Ora from where you continue your journey south. For centuries this wide fertile valley has been one of the primary north-south trading routes through the alps and the scenery is spectacular. Tiny, white alpine villages, perched on the green mountainsides on either side of the valley, are overlooked by towering granite peaks. The easy, level cycle path sticks resolutely to the valley floor leading you through the small pleasant villages of Ora, Egna and Salomo before arriving at Trento, today’s destination. Trento has a long and colourful history, thanks to its strategic position on one of the Alps’ main passes. Head for the picturesque medieval city centre to absorb the atmosphere and learn more.

Day 3: Trento – Peschiera/Desenzano, 32 miles/ 50 kms plus ferry


Torbole – Lake Garda

Leaving Trento you continue downhill to Rovereto where you leave the Adige River and cycle up a ridge to escape the valley. A short and easy climb is rewarded with an exhilarating freewheel downhill to stunning Lake Garda. You can relax now and enjoy a wonderful ferry ride along the entire length of the Lake from Torbole on the north shore to the south shore. The scenery is spectacular with high limestone cliffs and tree-lined hillsides plunging down into the deep blue lake. Pretty villages line the shore and brightly coloured windsurfing sails flit to and fro across the lake’s surface. Disembark and make your way to your nearby hotel. Take time to visit Sirmione, a medieval settlement on a tiny peninsular protruding out into the Lake.

Day 4: Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona 22 to 38 miles/ 35 to 60 kms

Verona - Italy

Verona – Italy

Leave Lake Garda behind and cycle eastwards through open countryside to the Roman city of Verona. Shakespeare chose the beautiful city as the setting for Romeo and Juliet and you can visit Casa di Giulietta, purported to be the location of the famous balcony scene. The wonderful Arena, a crumbling roman amphitheater still hosts lavish productions today and you may wish to time your arrival to coincide with a particular performance – use this link to research further but be sure to book in advance as most performances are sold out months in advance. Ascend the Lamberti tower for a great view over the city, enjoy an ice cream in the buzzing Piazza Bra and stroll through the atmospheric old town exploring the maze-like narrow streets. There are a few hilly stretches to enjoy along the way today and near Peschiera you will cycle along a dirt road.

Day 5: Verona – Vicenza 22 to 44 miles/ 35 to 70 kms

Vicenza - Italy


Leave Verona and continue eastwards, stopping off at Soave Castle to enjoy the commanding view from its battlements. Cycle on through vineyards – the well known Soave wine is produced here – and into the Berici hills. Don’t worry, these are more rolling than steep and from the top you get a lovely view of the city of Vicenza. Coast down to your hotel, check-in and then get out to explore this lovely old city. Wonder through the flag stoned streets of the old town, pausing for a while in the lovely Piazza dei Signori. Visit the fabulous Galerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari full of stunning works of art and the restored Teatro Olimpico – an ancient elliptical theatre.


Day 6: Vicenza – Padova thermal area, 32 miles/ 50 kms

Prato della Valley - Padua - Italy

Prato della Valle – Padova

As you leave Vicenza take time to visit the beautiful and elegant Villa Rotonda designed by the 16th century architect Andrea Palladio before cycling southeast along the banks of the peaceful Bacchiglione River. Along the way you will pass small hamlets and villages. After Montegalda you cycle towards the Euganean Hills where you will stay at a spa resort. Alternatively, for a small supplement you can cycle on to the wonderful city of Padova. Check-in and then set out to explore. The huge square of Prato della Valle is amazing and the famous Caffe Pedrocci, right in the centre of the old town is a fabulous place to sip an aperitif and watch the world go by.


Day 7: Padova thermal area – Venice/Mestre, 35 miles/ 55 kms

Venice - Italy


Take the cycle path along the Battaglia Canal and pass through Padova. This is an easy ride through the flatlands of the Veneto region. Ride along the Brenta Canal, past opulent villas once owned by Venetian nobility, to Mestre which sits on the mainland, opposite Venice itself. Check-in and then head into Venice to explore the unique city on foot. Our top tip is to explore the smaller less frequented ‘calli’ or backstreets that unveil the real Venice. It’s also worth returning after dark when the crowds have left and a more serene and romantic atmosphere pervades the city.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2021 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday & Sunday between 20 March - 15 October
Arrivals every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday between 13 April - 22 September
12 June, 3 July, 18 September, 02 October

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2021 Prices
Per person
20 Mar
23 Apr
24 Apr
14 May
15 May
05 Sep
06 Sep
24 Sep
25 Sep
15 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £653 £753 £804 £753 £653            
Single £844 £944 £994 £944 £844            
Triple £613 £713 £763 £713 £613            
Superior category
Double/twin £763 £864 £914 £864 £763            
Single £1004 £1105 £1155 £1105 £1004            
Triple £713 £814 £864 £814 £713            
Superior category
Double/twin     £1155 £1155 £1155            
Single     £1396 £1396 £1396            
Triple     £1105 £1105 £1105            

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Deposit per person £220

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
Self-guided: 7 x Breakfast
Guided: 7 x Breakfast, 7 x Dinner
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Maps & route information. GPS route data
Welcome briefing
4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
Ice cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza
Local assistance
Guided Tour also includes: Support van in the area,
Tour guide, guided tour of Venice & Verona and
a wine tasting

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15, payable locally)
Optional train transfer (payable locally)


Overnight Padova instead of Padova Thermal district (self-guided only) (£21)
Extra night Bolzano, double/twin, comfort (£71)
Extra night Bolzano, single, comfort (£95)
Extra night Bolzano, double/twin, superior (£71)
Extra night Bolzano, single, superior (£95)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, comfort (£52)
Extra night Mestre, single, comfort (£81)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, superior (£66)
Extra night Mestre, single, superior (£95)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£72)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£164)
Helmet (£16)


Children 0-2 yrs free sharing with two adults
50% for children 3-6 yrs sharing with two adults
30% for children 7-10 yrs sharing with two adults

Practical Information


Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The Regular bikes provided are comfortable, modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds and gel saddles. These bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available as are child bikes, child trailers and child seats.

The smallest child bike frames are suitable for children between 120 and 135cm and in the event the child gets tired, can be connected via a clever bracket to one of the adult bikes (see image). These Follow-Me tandems must be requested at the time of booking.

Follow me tandem

Follow Me tandem – Flexible solution for family cycling holidays.

Child seats are free of charge and can accommodate children, aged 1 to 5, weighing up to 22 kg. Please request yours at the time of booking.

Child trailers, suitable for infants up to 4 years of age and weighing up to 35kg are available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

See the gallery for images of all bikes available.


Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Bolzano: Hotel Regina
Trento: Hotel Venezia Trento
Peschiera/Desenzano: Hotel Bonotto
Verona: Hotel Porta Palio
Vicenza: Albergo San Raffaele
Padova thermal district: Hotel Splendid
Padova town (supplement): Casa del Pellegrino
Mestre: Hotel Venezia (Mestre)

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Bolzano: Hotel Magdalener Hof
Trento: Grand Hotel Trento
Peschiera/Desenzano: Hotel Puccini
Verona: Hotel San Marco Verona
Vicenza: Hotel De La Ville Vicenza
Padova thermal district: Hotel Sporting
Padova town (supplement): Hotel Grand’Italia
Mestre: Park hotel Ai Pini

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to either Verona or Venice airport and then take the train to Bolzano. From Verona the train takes approximately 2 hours and from Venice approximately 3 hours.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains in Italy here.



Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 15 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 24/06/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Thanks for helping us with the pre and post trip hotels. The extra nights made our trip connections perfect
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  • Product comment - We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The scenery was fabulous, the transfers were trouble free. Our luggage was always there. The bikes were in great shape
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Sometimes, it's teh extra add-on bits that make all the difference - you are welcome.
    Product : Super - so glad you enjoyed this beautiful route.
  • Date - 08/06/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Excellent communication and very helpful. Timely response to all requests.
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  • Product comment - Fantastic organisation excellent materials well thought out routes.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Many thanks for the kind words - we really do appreciate it.
    Product : A tried and tested route enjoyed by many - thank you!
  • Date - 14/08/2018
  • Name - Tami Hoffman
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  • Service comment - Really helpful advise about which holiday was best suited to our (limited) cycling skills.
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  • Product comment - Me and my 13 year old had a great time cycling through this really beautiful part of the world. One tough day, but the rest was pretty good. Worth noting that the bikes are heavy - ideal for flat/downhill as they are super-stable but hard work (for me anyway) going uphill, so we stuck to the non-hilly options. The logistics worked smoothly and once we got the hang of the instructions, I found them clear to follow.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : So glad we helped you select the right holiday Tami - hopefully you are now a convert to leisure cycling holidays!

    Product : Thanks for the great review Tami and glad you both enjoyed it so much.
  • Date - 26/07/2018
  • Name - Janice Balgarnie
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  • Service comment - Yes would go again. Girolibero were excellent.
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  • Product comment - Really good. Excellent accommodation. Good instructions.
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you enjoyed it Janice, We offer quite a few variations on this route if you wanted something similar for next year?
  • Date - 28/05/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - I would use them again.
    Went to beautiful cities.
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  • Product comment - Well organised trip.
    Luggage always collected and generally at destination before 5.30
    Some of the superior hotels not in the greatest locations but this was probably due to needing space for bikes. Whether smaller boutique hotels could be used.
    Should guarantee that will come if a puncture as we had a puncture and the repair kit was not that great- the glue had run out. For 2 bikes, 2 inner tubes should be included.
    However maps and directions were excellent and it was really good fun despite bad weather the first 3 days!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Glad you enjoyed it!
    Product : Thanks for the very useful review and we're glad you enjoyed it overall. You are right that the hotel choices are sometimes limited by the need for good and secure bike storage. Sorry to hear the repair kit was not great - this has been addressed with our local bike supplier.
  • Date - 11/10/2017
  • Name - Colin McArthur
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  • Service comment - They were very easy to deal with and helped us book a fantastic holiday.
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  • Product comment - Bar the last, the hotels were very good, comfortable and perfectly satisfactory for the evenings we stayed there. The last hotel room in Venice Mestre was very poor with the en suite nothing more than a cupboard with extremely cramped facilities.
    The daily book of directions and instructions were excellent and we had great fun over the week
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you had a fantastic time Colin. We've fed your comments regarding the last hotel back to our local supplier and asked them to investigate alternatives.
  • Date - 26/08/2017
  • Name - Anthony Galloway
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  • Service comment - Pleasant , informative, quick response
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  • Product comment - Great cycle paths, bikes in good condition, good value for money
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Anthony. We're glad you enjoyed what is one of our most popular cycling holidays.
  • Date - 23/08/2017
  • Name - Kelvin James
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  • Service comment - Most helpful with everything required to undertake our first cycling holiday, we will definitely be using them again throughout europe
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  • Product comment - The holiday was great, last hotel was not what we had experienced in others and I do not consider it superior. Sign posting of ride could be hit and miss you really had to keep your eyes about you. Signing could be made much easier and simpler for the novice like us
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you enjoyed your first cycling holiday experience Kelvin. Message received regarding last hotel and signage - we'll review these areas for next season.
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Mark Seale
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  • Service comment - All very well organized and user friendly
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  • Product comment - Only improvements that I would suggest are better hotels or hotels closer to centers on the last few nights. Bolzano and Trento and Garda hotels fabulous but others did not keep to the early high standard or good locations. A bit disappointing but not enough to detract from a truly wonderful experience over all. Also, we found that the directions on leaving towns were sometimes confusing.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the useful feedback Mark. We've taken your comments on board and will liaise with our local supplier to see what can be done regarding the accommodation on the last couple of nights.
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Well organised trip and wonderful electric bikes! We've enjoyed our trip with our three adolescents. Highly recommended.
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  • Product comment - It was a great holiday, thank you!
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you enjyed the route and the e-bikes, which are gaining in popularity every season.
  • Date - 21/07/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Ally Hamer was great to deal with, this is now our second trip booked through Flexitreks with Ally.
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  • Product comment - We paid for the more expensive accom option, and the first couple of hotels were great, but quality and location seemed to get lower as the week went on.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback and rest assured your comments regarding the accommodation have been noted. We continuously reassess our preferred-hotel lists as we appreciate this is an important element of the holiday.
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - James
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  • Service comment - Very helpful in planning which of the trips would be most suitable for my 10yo. That said, 15th century frescoes and churches are not really his thing!
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  • Product comment - Great hotels - though not always very central. Clear directions and a really beautiful route.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks James. Yes, maybe this trip was a bit culture-rich for Hugo. I know you both really loved our Lake Constance Cycling Holiday last year so let's try and find something more along those lines next time.
  • Date - 25/06/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - The pre-tour service was good. Flexitreks were quick to follow up on our enquiries. I would have liked the tour information email earlier, as I had already started travelling and I'm old school, I like to print things, but this was a minor matter of finding the email.
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  • Product comment - Overall the ride was excellent. There were certain sections of the ride that kept us on the carriage way of busy roads, that was mainly day four, but the other days were lovely and generally we were told where the climbs would be. The translation of the directions from Italian into English sometimes did not make sense, and their were certain critical points such as detours where the directions were not clear and the arrows were hard to find, we relied on other riders with gps to help us find our way. Overall these issues would have applied to about 10% of the ride and I would recommend that each rider uses a gps for navigation or downloads an app of the bicycle path, to help the riders make decisions as they ride, or even more regular placement of the arrows. The rest of the ride went very smoothly, we rode through some beautiful country and would really recommend it as a way to see Italy. The hotels were good, and the baggage always arrived.

    Thank you we thoroughly enjoyed our riding holiday.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the helpful feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your trip overall. We hope to be able to offer gpx tracks for use with gps devices on this route very soon.
  • Date - 24/12/2015
  • Name - Linda Haycox
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  • Service comment - we were very undecided as to which tour to choose and we received patient and helpful advice. we also have a son with a serious food allergy and our concerns were dealt with.
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  • Product comment - All hotels comfortable and well placed, routes well described and traffic free
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Linda,
    We really appreciate you taking the time to give your positive feedback on your cycling trip with Flexitreks. We hope you are already thinking of another trip in 2016! Happy New Year.
    Ally and the Flexitreks team..
  • Date - 18/11/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - great advice
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  • Product comment - super, a wonderful experience