Day 1 Arrive Vicenza:
This cosy historical city is characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio.
Day 2 Vicenza – Bassano de Grappa (40 km):
From Vicenza cycle to the picturesque town of Morostica whose centrepiece is a giant chessboard. In 1454 it was the scene of a live chess game using real people, to decide which of two suitors would win the hand in marriage of a noblewoman. Wander the town square and climb up to the castle above the town. The last stop is Bassano del Grappa with its covered wooden bridge by Andrea Palladio and the “grappa”.
Day 3 Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (60 km):
Enter Asolo, by the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you through the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser to end in Treviso.
Day 4 Treviso – Mestre/Venice (45 km):
Leaving Treviso following the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the ride Venice awaits for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation in Mestre. A supplement applies for lodging in Venice.
Day 5 Mestre/Venice – Chioggia (Public Transport in Venice) (35 km):
Leave Mestre and head into Venice pedalling on the 4km bridge “della Liberta”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you take a ferry along the canal Guidecca to Lido. It is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon.
Day 6 Chioggia – Padova (60 km):
Cycle along two rivers that were once important trade routes. Enroute you pass the majestic Villa Pisani. On arrival in Padova, visit the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Cafe Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle.
Day 7 Padova – Vicenza (50 km):
Bacchigilone River points the way out of the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you see the Villa Balmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tieplolo.
Arrangements end after breakfast in Vicenza.
Mostly flat easy cycling.
A wonderful easy ride on almost completely flat cycle paths and low traffic roads exploring the land of Prosecco vineyards; incomparable Venice; island hopping the quaint islands in the lagoon to Chioggia; along the river to Padova; and finally to Vicenza where you will see some of the best Palladian villas