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Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride

Ride through the stunning Italian Dolomites to the Venice Lagoon 



At a glance

* 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
* 95% tarmac roads, 5% gravel tracks 
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs 
* 7 nights hotels, all en suite

 

Ride through the stunning Italian Dolomites to the Venice Lagoon 

Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the jagged limestone
Dolomites. The route starts with incredible views of Trentino’s dramatic
mountains, cycling on relatively easy roads and tracks along the Adige River.
On reaching the northern shore of Lake Garda, we will be immediately
mesmerised by the breath-taking views of one of the most famous Italian
lakes. A four hour ferry cruise on the lake gives us the opportunity to take
in these wonderful vistas before continuing the ride through the beautiful
cities of Verona, Padova and finally the canals and waterways of Venice.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* London flights (if booking incl. flights)
* Airport transfers
* Local bike hire (Excluding E-bikes)
* Lake Garda ferry 

Food:
All breakfasts are included on this trip.

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet including cold meats,
eggs, cheese, breads, pastries, jam, tea and coffee.
For lunch and dinner our leader will be on hand to recommend his favourite
restaurants based on your budget and preferences. As you would expect from a
holiday in Italy, the standard of food and drink throughout the tour is
extremely high and also very varied as we head from the mountains to the
coast. You can expect plenty of pizza’s and pasta dishes but also lots of
seafood options on restaurant menus too. This trip passes through several
wine growing areas and if possible we will stop to visit wineries and
vineyards on route and get to sample their produce in the evenings.

Start destination: Trento

End destination: Mestre (Venice)

Cycling profile

Day 1

The trip starts in Trento, province of Trentino-Alto Adige nestled in the
Adige River Valley. A cosmopolitan city and a centre for industry, education,
science and finance, Trento is one of the wealthiest and most prosperous
cities in Italy boasting an atmospheric historic centre adorned by well
preserved Medieval and Renaissance buildings. The group usually arrives in
the evening and after check in there may be time to go into town before we
have our evening meal and trip breifing.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

After breakfast we take a short train ride (40 mins) to Bolzano, the capital
city of the South Tyrol set in a stunning location surrounded by mountains.
In 2012 Bolzano was voted as the city with the best quality of life in
Italy. We have the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the bikes whilst
taking a short tour around the historic centre. From here we will cycle south
along the Adige River, following quiet undulating roads, with an overall
ascent of approximately 300m. Cycling through orchards and vineyards, we pass
Lake Caldaro and the lovely villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. This area is
well known for its wine production, which represents three quarters of the
whole of the South Tyrol. We arrive back in Trento late afternoon where and
spend a second night at our central hotel.

Day 3

We continue along the Adige until we reach Rovereto and Mori. From here, we
head west towards the northern shores of Lake Garda. After some short
ascents, we cycle down to Torbole and then onto the elegant resort of Riva
del Garda. There we take the ferry to the southern end of the lake, leaving
Trentino and heading towards the Veneto region. The cruise on the lake gives
us the opportunity to enjoy the splendid landscape and relax before we
reach our final destination of the day: Desenzano. Once in Desenzano we will
take a short walk from the ferry port to reach our hotel for the night.

 

 

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Day 4

Cycling mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths today, we make our way to the
legendary city of Verona. Located on the river Adige, Verona is arguably the
most beautiful city in Veneto. Its famous arena is one of the many Roman
monuments we can discover there. Other places of interest are the Basilica
San Zeno and of course Juliet’s house and the famous balcony!
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Day 5

After a flat start, we reach the hillier region of Monti Berici. There are a
couple of more challenging climbs on today’s route as we cycle over the
undulating terrain, but we are rewarded with fantastic views of our
destination for the day: Vicenza. The old city centre is a jewel of
Renaissance architecture: private palaces, public buildings and the Basilica
are testaments to the work of one of Italy’s most renowned architects: Andrea
Palladio. A visit to the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza is a great reward
after today’s ride!

Day 6

Leaving Vicenza, we cycle past beautiful Palladian villas. We continue along
the Bacchiglione River, on relatively quiet and flat roads, to the
fascinating city of Padova, famous for the Scrovegni Chapel, painted by
Giotto, and the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe.

Day 7

We continue cycling through Veneto, along the Brenta Canal and passing
numerous villas belonging to the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani,
Villa Widmann). Today’s ride ends in Mestre, which is the final destination
for our week of cycling. Here we drop off the bikes, get changed and hop on a
bus over the bridge to Venice. Once in the heart of the ‘Floating City’, we
can explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, bridges and waterways. We will
see famous sights including Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and of course
Piazza San Marco. After exploring the city we can enjoy a relaxed evening and
perhaps a gondola ride before returning to our hotel in Mestre.

Day 8

After breakfast the trip ends in Mestre.
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Customer Feedback

From the mountains to the sea – a thouroughly enjoyable trip

Summary:
This was our first time doing any sort of cycling holiday and I chose Exodus
based on the reviews of other people and it didn’t disappoint.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The scenery was amazing, from the Mountains and Lakes in the north, down to
the canals of Venice.
Also it was great to see the camaraderie grow within the group, from total
strangers at the beginning of the trip to good friends at the end.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader, Martino, was excellent. He has a huge knowledge of the region and
always gave us an extra little tour around any of our destinations. He also
offered the chance to do some extra miles with a couple of early morning
rides before breakfast. They were certainly worth doing as you saw things
that were not on the normal itinerary.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip was rated as moderate and I would agree with this. Just be prepared
for some days to be both moderately easy and moderately hard in places.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Would certainly book with Exodus again for a cycling holiday – they have a
good selection of routes in many countries.

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Excellent Holiday From Start To Finish

Summary:
I can’t recommend Exodus highly enough. We were taken care of extremely well
from start to finish.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The group spirit was great.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Martino was very professional and took very good care of us. His knowledge of
the areas we visited was quite amazing. Couldn’t have asked for a better
guide.

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Cycling Dolmites,Lake Garda and Venice

Summary:
The trip was excellent.
Brilliant changing scenery.
Our guide on the July trip was very knowledgeable, fun and paid attention to
detail. With our Driver making a great pair.
A memorable time had by all.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Find it hard to pick one particular moment but our guided trip round Venice
rates very high

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent and so was the driver.
They made a very good pair. A pleasure to be with.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I have said it all.

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Super Trip

Summary:
This was a great way to experience Italy on cycle paths and quiet roads with
our super guide providing lots of interesting commentary and experiences
along the way. We visited so many interesting villages, towns and cities
along the way finally arriving in Venice.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were many great moments – as various sights came into view. One special
moment was the view of Venice from the rooftop terrace.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was an excellent guide and consistently went the extra mile to ensure
we got the most out of the holiday. He explained the sites and the history in
an engaging and fun way and arranged many extra experiences for us along the
way. We will definitely be coming back for another of Michele’s rides.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take insect repellent as the mosquitos appeared after we arrived at the
southern end of Lake Garda.

Wear a road cycling jersey with rear pockets to carry phone / money etc so
you can leave your backpack in the van.

Bring a cycling water bottle – one is enough as there are lots of drinking
fountains along the way.

Do some riding beforehand to bulid some cycling fitness – everyone on our
trip had a good level of fitness which meant that the group stayed close
togehter.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would highly recommend this trip.

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One of the best holidays yet.

Summary:
My wife and I had an amazing time. The combination of cycling, culture, new
friends and fantastic guiding made this truely memorable. Thank you Mchele
and Martino, and of course all the other members of our group. One more
thing,… was it needing it or was the food fantastic anyway?

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing that Vicenza lived up to the description. The dinner in the square
with the group, Martino and Michele’s family was wonderful.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I could not praise Michele enough. I shall be joing him again soon for
another trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just do it!

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Fantastic Italian Cycle

Summary:
A brilliant trip from mountains to sea with something for everyone in
between. The route is along well kept cycle paths and quiet country roads.
The cycling isn’t too strenuous but there are plenty of challenges for those
looking to push themselves – and there are a few optional early morning
cycles if you really want to go for it. The scenery is spectacular, food is
amazing and the guides are inspiring.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The 4km descent from the Monte Berico hills to the vineyard is amazing. As
tempting as it is to keep the head down and enjoy the downhill with out
interruption make sure you stop somewhere to take in the views before jumping
back on the bike and speeding to the bottom all too soon. Lunch at the
Vineyard afterwards is a fantastic spread and well deserved.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele and Martino were fantastic. They both have a great sense of humor,
lots of experience and patience. They were always smiling – whether its at
6am on one of the optional morning rides or gone midnight touring Venice by
moonlight. From the moment we were met at the airport to returning us to
normality in Venice we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Both of them go
above and beyond to make sure that everyone enjoys their holiday. Thank you!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you like hills say ‘yes’ to the optional early morning cycle from Trento.
It follows part of the Giro route and is definitely a hill. The ascent takes
30 minutes and descent takes 3 minutes! The bragging rights at breakfast are
definitely worth it!

Our final cycle to Venice was cancelled due to heavy rain but this wasn’t a
problem because it gave us a full day in Venice. If you’re given the option
leave the bikes, take the train and enjoy the guided tour of Venice through
the back streets away from the tourists.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you haven’t booked already do it now!

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An inspiring and enjoyable trip

Summary:
This was one of the best holidays I have had. The combination of cycling,
scenery, excellent company and first class leadership has made this a holiday
I shall never forget.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The landscape in the Dolomites was breath taking and at times overwhelming.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was a first class leader. Always made sure he had time for everyone
in the group; had a great sense of humour and his knowledge of the places we
visited made their history come alive

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A great trip which enables you to enjoy your cycling and at the same time
take in some amazing scenery

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Michele went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable. His decision, because
of adverse weather conditions, for us to spend a whole day in Venice meant
that we able to visit and see the city in a much more relaxed way

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Fun and fantastic

Summary:
This was a fun, leisurely, week-long ride through some of Italy’s most
beautiful landscapes and cities, full of history, delicious food, and great
gelato. I was fortunate that there was such wonderful camaraderie amongst our
group, so that there was always lots of laughs, especially when the “easy,
flat” sections contained lots of undulations. I would do this trip again if I
could!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The first glimpse of Lake Garda.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
This was my second trip with Michele as leader – he’s extremely experienced,
takes great care of everyone and everything, and goes above and beyond to
make sure you’re having a good time. Whether you are being supported up a
climb, being recommended a good restaurant, or going on one of his optional
early morning rides, if you’re lucky enough to be in a group of his, you’re
in safe hands.

He and Martino made a great team, with Martino joining in with all the
support, all the laughs, and all the climbs. We were lucky to have them both
taking care of us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go for it and enjoy!

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Undulating

Summary:
This was my first Exodus cycling trip, it will not be the last!! This trip
takes you through some gorgeous Italian countryside, with mountains, lakes
and vineyards. In addition you visit some beautiful and historic cities. We
were fortunate to have bad weather on the last day which meant that cycling
was abandoned in favour of the train to Venice and a full day walking tour of
the city!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Travelling with a great bunch of people who were fun to be with, supportive
and encouraging.

Completing the ‘big’ climbs!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele is an inspirational group leader who goes out of his way to make sure
that everyone has a memorable experience, nothing is too much for him.
Martino likewise was very supportive especially on the ‘big’ climbs.
They made an excellent team

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you get the opportunity to miss out the last day of cycling and spend a
full day in Venice take it!

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Highly recommended

Summary:
Delightful route through some beautiful countryside and staying or passing
through towns oozing with italian atmosphere, history and wonderful
architecture.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Lunch and tour of a winery – just like out of a film set! With the most
delicious home-made/home-grown food, and wine, was a definite highlight.
That, after swimming in a mountain lake in the early part of the trip. And
the icing on the cake was being taken on a tour of Venice by our guide who
was able to take us away from the crowds to discover parts of the city only
locals would know, including nosing out restaurants where the locals eat!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent. Michele is hugely experienced in looking after cycling groups. His
enthusiasm for his work and love of his country is infectious and makes the
whole thing so much fun. There is no substitute for local knowledge…
Martino provided very helpful back-up and worked hard to make sure everyone
in the group was looked after.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared with an additional picnic for your journey from the airport to
the hotel on the first night if you want to avoid having to eat dubious
motorway services food. With so much good food available in Italy, it is not
the most attractive introduction to the week but probably unavoidable in view
of arrival times and the local tradition in that part of the country to eat
early.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Our ride from Padova to Venice on the last cycling day was curtailed because
of heavy rain. This turned out to be a huge bonus as that leg would not have
been through particularly attractive countryside and would have taken up all
of the morning and probably more. Going by train straight into Venice first
thing gave us a full day there, with our guide, which made it a memorable day
and a brilliant finale to a most enjoyable trip.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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