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Backroads to Venice

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20242
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Dolomites, Italy
  • Ends Mestre, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycling at the base of the stunning Dolomites
  • Experiencing the outstanding scenery and small villages en route
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in one of Verona’s magnificent piazzas
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the hotel owners
Start in Dolomites and end in Mestre, the "Backroads To Venice" tour is a self-guided bicycle tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Mestre, Trento, Padova and 6 other destinations in Italy. "Backroads To Venice" is a private tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Cycle the quiet paths and backroads from Bolzano to the canal city of Venice via Shakespeare's Verona. This enchanting journey takes you through the historic Veneto region of north-east Italy. Taking in the splendid cities of Trento, Verona and Vicenza you'll have time to appreciate the architectural and cultural delights specific to each. Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, passing the beauty of Lake Garda and winding through pretty meadows and orchards you'll head east to the lovely town of Mestre, located on the doorstep of Venice.
  • Day 1 : Join Bolzano
  • Day 2 : Cycle to Trento along the Adige (65 or 70km/40 or 43.5mi)
  • Day 3 : By bike and boat to Lake Garda south (50km/31mi)
  • Day 4 : Cycle to historical Verona (35 or 60km/21.5 or 37mi)
  • Day 5 : Continue to Vicenza via Soave and the Berici Hills (35 or 70km/21.5 or 43.5mi)
  • Day 6 : Cycle past Palladian villas to Padova's thermal district (50km/35mi)
  • Day 7 : Cycle along the Brenta Canal to Mestre (55km/34mi)
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2-3 star (Category B) or 3-4 star (Category A) hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts – buffet breakfasts are served
  • 4 hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Bicycle, 27 gears with puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle, helmet and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps and navigational App (can be used offline) with GPS Tracks per room booked (smartphone required)
  • Ice cream in the best gelateria in Vicenza
  • Bike insurance against theft and damage (does not cover negligence)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to Bolzano and from Venice
  • Dinner and lunches daily
  • Drinks
  • Local hotel taxes - approx. 10-15 € per person
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage and parking
  • Transfers
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Options available: stay in Padova centre on day 6 or in Venice on day 7 - supplements apply
  • We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app
  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to apply from January 1st, 2023 (approx. 3-10€/day, to be paid on site)
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  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 31 2019
4 - Very Good
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This was a great trip enjoyed by our group of ten friends. Cycling through the Italian countryside along bike paths and quiet roads combined exercise and sightseeing, with the comfort of having our luggage waiting in the... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Backroads to Venice tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 09 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 09 December 2022, a deposit of 271 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Backroads to Venice tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Backroads to Venice tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best month to visit Italy?

    The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Is Italy expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work? What currency do they use?

    While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

    Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Japan can visit Italy (along with the free-movement zone of Schengen in the EU) for 90 days as tourists without requiring a visa.

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