Innsbruck to Venice Cycling Holiday

This leisurely cycling holiday leads you on a wonderful journey through sensational, ever-changing scenery from the alpine town of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol via gorgeous Lake Garda and the elegant city of Verona to unique and captivating Venice on the Adriatic Coast.

Cycle through the Brenner Pass following the Adige river as it descends gently past vineyards, orchards and historic alpine towns. Be entranced by the beauty and charm of Lake Garda before riding on to Verona, setting for the most famous love story ever told.

Timeless Venice

From there you enjoy easy cycling through gently rolling countryside to the Renaissance town of Vicenza and then picturesque Padova. The tour’s fitting finale is unique and fascinating Venice on the shores of the Adriatic.

Most of the route is along cycle paths and quiet roads. There are a few busier sections as you enter some towns and one or two short climbs but this route really is very easy.

Innsbruck to Venice Cycling Holiday

This leisurely cycling holiday leads you on a wonderful journey through sensational, ever-changing scenery from the alpine town of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol via gorgeous Lake Garda and the elegant city of Verona to unique and captivating Venice on the Adriatic Coast.

Cycle through the Brenner Pass following the Adige river as it descends gently past vineyards, orchards and historic alpine towns. Be entranced by the beauty and charm of Lake Garda before riding on to Verona, setting for the most famous love story ever told.

Timeless Venice

From there you enjoy easy cycling through gently rolling countryside to the Renaissance town of Vicenza and then picturesque Padova. The tour’s fitting finale is unique and fascinating Venice on the shores of the Adriatic.

Most of the route is along cycle paths and quiet roads. There are a few busier sections as you enter some towns and one or two short climbs but this route really is very easy.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Innsbruck

On arrival make your way to your hotel and after check-in you are free to relax or explore. Innsbruck is a bustling town in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol. Take a cable car ride up to one of the surrounding peaks to enjoy a stunning alpine panorama or visit the Bergisel ski jump and take the elevator to the viewing platform to appreciate the terrifying view that awaits contestants. The town itself offers a wealth of bars and restaurants serving hearty Tyrolean specialities.

Day 2 : Innsbruck – Bressanone
34 miles/ 55 kms plus transfer

This morning you will start with a transfer to the nearby Brenner Pass where your bikes are handed over and your first day’s ride begins. You are now in the South Tyrol, an area that once belonged to Austria but which is now part of Italy. The route is mostly downhill and follows an old railway line. You cycle through small villages including Fortezza with its ancient fort. Enjoy a well-earned break alongside Lake Varna before riding on into Bressanone (aka Brixen) where you spend the night.

Day 3 : Bressanone – Bolzano
28 miles/ 45 kms

Today the route leads you on through the lush Isarco valley, past vineyards and orchards. En-route you can visit the huge and impressive Sabiona Benedictine monastery, built on a rocky outcrop above the valley. You spend the night in Bolzano, a pleasant alpine town with lots to see and do. We recommend a visit to 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. Alternatively you could take a cable car ride up to one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 4 : Bolzano – Trento
41 to 44 miles/ 65 to 70 kms

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 5 : Trento – Peschiera/Desenzano
32 miles/ 50 kms plus ferry

Leaving Trento you continue downhill to Rovereto where you say goodbye to the Adige River and cycle up over a ridge into the next valley. The short and easy climb is rewarded with an exhilarating freewheel down 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 Peschiera in the south. The scenery is truly 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 in Peschiera 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 6 : Peschiera/Desenzano – Verona 22 to 38 miles/ 35 to 60 kms

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 early 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 maze-like streets of the atmospheric old town.

Day 7 : Verona – Vicenza 22 to 44 miles/ 35 to 70 kms

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. Please note that it is also possible to curtail today’s ride with a train journey if desired.

Day 8 : Vicenza – Padova thermal area
32 miles/ 50 kms

As you leave Vicenza take time to visit the beautiful and elegant Villa Rotonda and gardens 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 cyle 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 9 : Padova thermal area – Mestre/Venice
35 miles/ 55 kms

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. 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 10 : End of trip

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

Bikes

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.

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

Accommodation

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.

Innsbrück: Hotel AC Innsbruck

Bressanone: Hotel Jarolim

Bolzano: Hotel Post Gries

Trento: Grand Hotel Trento

Peschiera del Garda: Hotel Bella Peschiera

Verona: Hotel Leopardi

Vicenza: Hotel De La Ville Vicenza

Padova thermal district: Hotel Splendid/Hotel Sporting

Padova town (supplement): Hotel Grand’Italia

Mestre: Mercure Hotels Marghera

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 Innsbruck or Munich. Train journey from Munich approximately one hour 45 mins. Alternatively fly into Verona and take the train to Innsbruck. The train journey from Verona will take approximately 3hrs 30 mins.

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