Venice Cycling Break

  • 4.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Venice/Mestre / Venice/Mestre
  • Distance

    90 miles/145 kms
  • Themes

  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £347


A short cycling break taking in the romantic city of Venice where opulent architecture and iconic landmarks are waiting to be discovered. Your route will lead you along easy cycle paths and lanes to the historic city of Padova and around Venice Lagoon to the coastal fishing village of Chioggia.

Discover all that Venice has to offer and more – see St Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, and The Grand Canal. Maybe take a gondola ride to see Venice from a different perspective or enjoy a ‘Bellini’ in the famous Harry’s Bar!

Venice - Italy

Grand Canal – Venice

Cycle along the islands of the Venetian Lagoon to Chioggia, a mini more serene version of Venice and enjoy a night in this atmospheric village. Then ride inland to Padova, a wonderful city with the Basilica to St Anthony and Italy’s largest town square, the impressive Prato Della Valle – always a hive of activity.

This cycling break offers easy cycling along quiet lanes and bike paths and can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness.

Itinerary & Map

This cycling break offers easy cycling along quiet lanes and bike paths and can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness.

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Day 1: Arrive Mestre/Venice

Grand Canal - Venice

Grand Canal – Venice

On arrival into Mestre/Venice, make your way to your hotel, which is located in Mestre on the mainland opposite Venice itself. After checking-in, it will take around 20 minutes to get into Venice itself by bus or train. There is much to see and do in Venice and besides visiting the well known landmarks we highly recommend losing yourself in the quieter backstreets to get a real flavour of this most unique of cities.

Day 2: Mestre/Venice – Chioggia, 22 miles/35 kms

Venice Lido

Venice Lido

Today is a nice easy day of cycling as you head into Venice over the ‘della liberta’ bridge to Tronchetto Harbour. From here a ferry takes you along the canal Giudecca to Lido where you then cycle along the length of the narrow islands that separate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Arrive into Chioggia, a fishing village which, like Venice, is built on wooden poles and hence its nickname “Little Venice”. Spend the night in this atmospheric little village.

Day 3: Chioggia – Padova thermal area, 35 miles/55 kms

Prato della Valley - Padua - Italy

Prato della Valley – Padova

Today you will cycle along the River Bacchiglione which used to carry trade to Venice many centuries ago. Once you reach the foothills of the Euganean Hills you will stay at a lovely spa resort for the evening. 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 4: Padova thermal area – Venice/Mestre, 35 miles/55 kms

En-route in Veneto

En-route in Veneto

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, overlooked by the villas of the ancient Venetian nobility until you reach Mestre and where you will spend your last night. Mestre offers easy access to Venice and we highly recommend an evening visit as the city takes on a very different atmosphere once the day tours have left and the lights come on.

Day 5: End of trip

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

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Tuesday & Wednesday from 24 March to 14 October

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2020 Prices
Per person
24 Mar
27 Apr
28 Apr
22 Jun
23 Jun
07 Sep
08 Sep
05 Oct
06 Oct
14 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £369 £450 £485 £450 £369            
Single £490 £571 £606 £571 £490            
Triple £347 £428 £463 £428 £347            

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €8 payable locally)
Ferry transfers day 2 (approximately €25 per person with bike)


Overnight Padova instead of Padova Thermal district (self-guided only) (£18)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, superior (£62)
Extra night Mestre, single, superior (£89)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£52)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£107)
Helmet (£15)


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

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

Electric bikes are also available.

Child seats and child bikes are also 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 accommodations 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.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Mestre: Best Western Quid Hotel
Chioggia: Hotel Le Tegnue
Padova thermal district: Hotel Splendid
Padova town (supplement): Casa del Pellegrino

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 Venice airport and then take the shuttle bus into Mestre – the journey will take approximately 20 minutes.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.5
  • Date - 19/09/2016
  • Name - Paul
  • Service rating -
  • Service comment - We asked whether we could go one day later than the advertised last date of season and it was positive. There may have been the odd question answered but all pretty straight forward stuff. We did later have to ask about transfer costs as the ferries involved in the tour were not included.
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  • Product comment - We had wondered what there was to do regarding a self-guided cycling break ie. we could have put it together ourselves couldn't we ? Well, that may still be so but having said that they did think of everything. The bikes were great as were the accessories. The hotels were great too on the whole. The info was also good but I'd be lieing to say we didn't get lost a few times. The schedule is very accomodating and the cycling incredibly flat and easy so even with getting lost and not getting up too early, we still made destinations in good time. The scenery was good even though sunshine would have made it a lot better (mid Sept.). They did manage to lose our luggage on the final hotel transfer but in the end it only lost us an hour or so although it obviously caused a deal of stress. The only minor negative is that the ferry transfers aren't included - not big money but a bit niggling really. Venice is a must see so this makes for a perfect short break to see such a delight and still get some exercise in. I wouldn't recommend it for people wanting any proper cycling though. Perfect for beginners. Tbh, the best praise I can make is for coming up with a 4 day break at all when so many others have 7 day minimums.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Paul and we're glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday. We'd love to build in the cost of the ferries but unfortunately the ferry operators can't facilitate this at the moment. Rest assured we'll keep trying though.