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Italy:

Venice to Florence Bike Tour



Seven nights; seven days of easy cycling between towns that alive with vibrant piazzas and northern Italian cuisine. The lack of hills (until the final day) makes this an easy choice!



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Itinerary


Start: At your first inn in Mira, near Venice, Italy, 16:00 day one
(or contact us to arrange transfers from Marco Polo Airport or Venice’s Mestre Train Terminal)


Finish: Florence, Italy, 10:00 day eight


Day 1:

Introductions

Meet at your delightful villa in nearby Mira at 16:00, or contact us to arrange transfer from Marco Polo Airport at 14:00 or Mestre train terminal at 14:45. You can test your bikes and freshen your legs to prepare for tomorrow’s start. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts)
Villa Margherita, or

Villa Franceschi; Mira

Day 2:

~50km

Warm up on bike paths along the Brenta Canal between Mira and Stra. Following the canal south, riding on quiet pathways and roads through the Veneto countryside, you will finish the day’s ride near Chioggia on the southern end of the Laguna Veneta. Your grand hotel overlooks the town piazza, and the Ponte Vigo. Chioggia is Venice in miniature, complete with palaces, churches, canals and bridges, and without crowds. BLD
Hotel Grand'Italia, Chioggia

Day 3:

Up to 106km (Vehicle assistance available as required)

Setting out early, you will cycle the fertile plain between the Adige and Po Rivers, crossing myriad canals. This is rich agricultural area highlighted with quiet roads and pathways along lagoons and canals – a relaxed cyclist’s dream. Energetic riders can start right from the hotel in Chioggia and cycle all the way to tonight’s lodging in Ferrara. Relaxed cyclists will start their day with a transfer to Cavazere to begin cycling alongside the Adige River. Finish the day with a ride along the destra bank of the Po to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ferrara. Riding along completely flat and quiet roads, you can enter Ferrara by bicycle and immediately appreciate the local passion for cycling. You will surely be smiling as you join the many cyclists on the lively streets of this Renaissance city. BLD
Hotel Annunziata, or

Hotel Ferrara, or

Hotel De Prati; Ferrara

Day 4:

Flexible

There are at least 3 optional rides today which will take you away from the bustle of Ferrara into quiet countryside and through small picturesque villages. You can also choose to spend hours exploring the old town of Ferrara. BL
Same lodging

Day 5:

Up to 135km (Vehicle assistance available as required)

Today’s ride will let you discover Italy’s longest river, the Po, which stretches 652km across northern Italy from the French border to the Adriatic Sea. You will ride along Italy’s longest cycling route, a flat, designated path, as it traces the banks of the Po all the way to Comacchio and Lido di Spina. From Comacchio, there will be a vehicle transfer into Ravenna, capital of the Byzantine Empire during the early ages, and home to the best preserved mosaics in Western Europe. Your inn is one of Ravenna's most prestigious and renowned historic residences. A Venetian era palace, it is decorated with wooden beam ceilings, and is located in the heart of Ravenna's lively pedestrian zone. BL
Albergo Cappello, Ravenna

Day 6:

~47km

Spend the morning visiting the San Vitale Cathedral, the mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Dante’s tomb, or the fashionable shops in Ravenna. Following lunch, you will be transferred by vehicle about 45 minutes to Argenta where today’s cycling begins. As you approach Dozza, you will climb your first significant hill of the trip; your spectacular inn waits for you at the top. BD
Monte del Re, Dozza

Day 7:

~66km of hilly terrain

The scenery becomes more dramatic as today’s ride takes you into the beginning of the Apennine hills. You will climb through a sub-alpine landscape of lush pastures and deep forests into the chestnut and pine-clad hills of Tuscany. Vehicle and guide support will be nearby throughout the day to assist relaxed riders. BLD
Relais Il Trebbiolo, Olmo

Day 8:

Farewell

The adventure finishes with a transfer after breakfast at your hotel. We will transfer you to the Florence airport, or your choice of destinations in Florence, but suggest that you plan to extend your trip to spend as many days as you can exploring the wonders of this Renaissance city, home to remarkable art, fabulous architecture, and a mood unlike any other. The Uffizi art gallery now requires advance booking. We can try to secure your tickets for you if you give us plenty of notice. B





Description




Note about the route:

Flat roads and quiet trails, with flexible distances. There are no hills until the last day. The hills and longer distances will be assisted with van transfers for most riders.






This flat and easy bike tour links together Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic” and Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You will spend your days leisurely pedaling between towns and villages along the Po River Delta, the flattest area in all of Italy. During evenings, you will savor the regions finest wines and cuisines, considered, even by Italians, the best the country has to offer. Beginning near Venice and cycling south across the rich fertile Po River Delta, you will experience the wonderfully flat and relaxingly quiet terrain of the Veneto and Emilia Romagna. Quiet pathways atop dykes lead to quiet roads through farmlands and peaceful villages. You will spend two nights in Ferrara, recognized by UNESCO as a picturesque Renaissance city where bicycles outnumber cars. As you approach the hills of Tuscany, stopping in Ravenna to visit Dante’s tomb, the beauty grows. These hills will begin to acquaint you with the headier challenges found in the Tuscan countryside, a perfect place for more energetic riders to delve deeper into the flavours of Italy. Your last night will be spent in the hills above the quintessential Italian Renaissance city of Florence. Providing a unique glimpse of Italian history and culture, this beautifully easy bike tour is a refreshing way to link two of Italy’s most romantic destinations – Venice and Florence.





Maps & Elevations






Before & After

 

Both Venice and Florence are destinations of a lifetime and we suggest you plan a couple extra nights in each.



Spend a week before or after you tour exploring other parts of Italy and Western Europe.



Join one of our Eastern European tours.




Costs

Start:
At your first inn at Mira, near Venice, Italy, 16:00 day one
(or contact us to arrange transfers from Marco Polo Airport or Venice’s Mestre Train Terminal)


Finish:
Florence, Italy, 10:00 day eight


Guided Cost

Self-Guided Cost

Single Occupancy

Bicycle Rental





US 3555 C 4195

(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 simple picnic lunch, 5 dinners, maps and route notes, luggage handling, guide service, tax)

US 3385 C 3995

(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, vehicle assistance on days 3, 5, 6 and 7, maps and route notes, luggage transfers, emergency support, tax)

US 845 C 995

Hybrid:

US 225 C 265

Racing:

US 335 C 395
















*Ask us about savings when groups of four or more book self guided tours!*


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.




2016 Dates:

Jun 5-12; Sep 4-11


2017 Dates:

Jun 4-11; Sep 3-10


I want different dates

Best months:

April to September

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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.