Heart of Veneto Cycling

8 days
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Self-Guided Cycling
Min age:

This single centre cycling holiday is a perfect choice for people wanting a genuine grass-roots Italian experience.

It's easy to become enchanted with the idyllic, back-to-nature lifestyle, that doesn't compromise on the comfort and style that genuine Italian country living boasts. The area is excellent for cycling as the valley floor here is criss-crossed with lots of quiet country lanes. We've put together a selection of circular routes of varying lengths, so you can be as active or relaxed as you choose. Further afield, the must-see regional highlights, such as Venice, Vicenza and Padua, can all be reached on a full day out. Or, of course, you can just laze by the pool (typically open June - end Sept only) and soak up the warm Italian sun!


RidePlus is available on this tour, meaning that on most days you have the option to do a more challenging RidePlus route. Each option comes with GPS navigation and route maps to ensure you get to your destination easily, and you’ll stay at the same hotel regardless of which route you take, although RidePlus cyclists will be provided with an upgraded lightweight road bike. If you’re travelling as a group you can split up for the day to ride independently – so everyone has their perfect day. Find out more about RidePlus here and more about the routes for this holiday in the Itinerary section.


  • Undiscovered corner of Italy
  • Stay in a delightful agriturismo - friendly and family-run with pool, a Headwater favourite!
  • Gentle circular routes with more challenging options available
  • Tranquil lakes, pretty villages, ancient villas, beautifully green countryside
  • Olive groves, vineyards, cherry orchards
  • Varied day-trip options: Venice, Verona, Padua and Vicenza

Key information

  • 7 Nights , single centre
  • 5 Days activity 
  • Departs Every Saturday from 13 Apr '19 to 19 Oct '19
  • GPS route directions
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • GPS route directions
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request -compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Cycling

The suggested cycling routes mainly follow quiet country lanes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 25.0km/16.0miles
Day 3 38.0km/24.0miles
Day 4 25.0km/16.0miles
Day 5 34.0km/21.5miles
Day 7 25.0km/16.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in Villaganzerla

    Arrive at your friendly agriturismo in Villaganzerla where you'll be kitted out with a bike and go through the various cycling choices available to you before dinner (time permitting). (Staying at l'Albara for 7 nights)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Bastia Market


    Option: 1

    Sunday is market day (morning only) in Bastia, so we've built in an easy cycle along quiet country lanes criss-crossing the Paduan plain to get you in your stride. Stroll around the stalls before heading off to the tiny village of Lovolo, a charming village square with its ancient lime kiln, for lunch. Your return route takes you through the delightful hamlet of Monticello as you wind your way back to Villaganzerla.


    Option: 2

    84km / 52mi

    Today you ride through the Paduan plain to Bastia (market on Sunday mornings). It's an ideal coffee stop before you ride a succession of climbs through the hills of the national park, the Colli Euganei. You're rewarded with stunning views from this unique terrain. The medieval village of Arqua Petrarca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and, long ago, home to the poet Francesco Petrarca, is a good stop for lunch, before heading to the historic walled towns of Monselice and Este. 770m / 2526ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Lake Fimon


    Option: 1

    Today's route takes you along wonderfully tranquil valley lanes and on to Lake Fimon, a totally undiscovered gem surrounded by shaded woodland. There are lots of little spots for picnicking by the water's edge, or you can take lunch at one of the lakeside trattorie. It's a lovely 5km circular cycle around the lake, before you meander back amidst the green backdrop of lush valleys and rolling hills to your agriturismo.


    Option: 2

    58km / 35mi

    Today you head toward Lake Fimon, a residual feature from the last Ice Age, where you ascend the Berici hills and into the Berici Archaeological and Natural Park. Dipping into the Strada dei Vini, along the foothills of the Berici hills, you have the possibility of wine tasting at the village of Nanto, locally well known for using the red Tokay grape originating from Hungary. After a lunch stop at Barbarano you cycle back through the vineyards of the Berica plain. 1075m / 3467ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Villas and Vineyards

    Heading north this morning, your first stop is the lovely village of Costozza, named after the network of caves in the cliffs above, with its impressive campanile, beautiful villas and extensive formal gardens lined with statues. Ice cream lovers should call in at the locally renowned gelateria before looping south and on to Lumignano, famous locally for its annual pea festival! Your route then follows the Northern Strada as you wind your way through rows of immaculately tended vineyards, against the rolling backdrop of the Berici Hills. This is the only area outside Hungary where the red Tai Rosso grape is grown. Stop off for some tasting, perhaps in Castegnero or Nanto, with its striking Venetian bell tower, before pedalling east and back in time for a swim before dinner.

    Ride Plus option: 130km / 81mi

    Start this fairly flat days riding crossing the Paduan plain through the spa towns of Abano and Motegrotto. You skirt the historic UNESCO city of Padova, home of one of the world's first universities and traditionally a centre for leather shoe manufacturing, leaving alongside the Canale Brentella towards the foothills of the Venetian pre-Alps and the medieval walled citadels of Castelfranco and Cittadella. 367m / 1204ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Vicenza and the Villa Rotonda

    Option: 1

    A cycle path (those feeling lazy can catch the bus) takes you to UNESCO-recognised Vicenza, nicknamed 'Venice of the Terra Firma' for its marvellous architecture. Palladio designed dozens of the city's buildings from the Basilica Palladiana in the main square to the Teatro Olimpico, so there's plenty to explore. On the way home you can visit the famous Villa Rotonda and its surrounding gardens.


    Option: 2

    87km / 54mi

    Today's ride takes you to Palladio's city of Vicenza, traditionally the centre for gold jewellery artisans. The route follows a figure of 8 through the Berici Archaeological and Natural Park where you will ascend and descend several times through vineyards before passing Lake Fimon, a residual feature from the last Ice Age. There is an option on this route of reducing the amount of climbing by turning right at 13.2km to spend more time in Vicenza. 1432m / 4698ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free Day Exploring


    Option: 1

    Why not give the bike a rest today and head off to one of the great Italian cities? Venice, Verona and Padua are all accessible by train from Vicenza (short bus or cycle ride). If you prefer to avoid the crowds, perhaps take the bus to Bassano, home to the region's famous grappa and a museum in its honour.


    Option: 2

    91km / 56mi

    A break at the Villa dei Vescovi, one of the region's best-preserved Villas, is highly recommended while climbing and descending in the Euganean Hills. After a fairly gentle start on the flat along the canals that skirt the Monte di Lozzo the route then climbs through switchbacks at upto 18%, rewarding you with numerous spectacular vistas of the hills and surrounding plains. A sweeping ride along the route of the skateboard and inline skate world championships into the pretty hill top village of Teolo is followed by ending the day descending back onto the plain and return to your hotel. 1348m / 4423ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Southern Strada Dei Vini Berici


    Option: 1

    Today, ride past Villa Pigafetta-Camerini, inhabited by the Camerini family since 1700, to Mossano and enjoy the stunning panorama of the Venetian plain. The wine road undulates through the vineyards between the towering Berici Hills and the Paduan plain, offering wonderful vistas on all sides. Turn back north towards the idyllic Franciscan monastery of San Pancrazio before a lovely descent to Ponte di Mossano and a ride along the quiet country lanes of the Paduan plain back to l'Albara.


    Option: 2

    96km / 60mi

     A climb over the hills into the Liona region to join the Strada del Recioto, a trail through the vineyards of the Garganega grape that lead you to the walled town of Soave just outside of Verona. Here as well as exploring this beautiful town you can sample the wines that the town so famously gives its name to. You return crossing the vineyards and olive groves of the Berici hills. 845m / 2772ft of ascent on this route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Villaganzerla

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and evening meals included.

The Veneto ranks as one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country. You will see fields of maize and barley everywhere. It is also a big area for fruit; expect to eat cherries, peaches, melons, plums, pears, strawberries and apples. The cuisine varies from the coast up into the mountains and reflects the region’s mixed cultural past. Nearer to Austria in the mountains, you get a more Tyrolean cuisine with dishes such as apple strudel creeping onto the menu, whereas towards the coast, you will find a lighter cuisine with lots of fish dishes.
Three typical dishes you are likely to find throughout the region are baccalà (air-dried salted cod soaked and cooked to a creamy consistency in garlic, parsley and olive oil), carpaccio (now seen on menus throughout Italy and even internationally, this is thin slices of very rare beef sprinkled with lemon juice and garnished with parmesan cheese, mushrooms or even white truffles according to the season and the restaurant) and polenta (made from maize, this is served as an accompaniment to meat or fish).


In Veneto, the temperatures are cool/mild in spring and autumn and warm/humid in summer, with potential summer storms.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Av. daily ride: 29.4km (18.7miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain & route: The suggested cycling is along quiet, tarmac roads (mainly traffic-free). There are a few ascents and descents along the way.
Vehicle Support: A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Agriturismo L'Albara, Villaganzerla

Your base for the week is the charming AAA nine-room, Agriturismo l'Albara, nestled just outside the tiny village of Villaganzerla, in the heart of the Venetian countryside. Run by the affable Valfrido and Angelina, their daughter, Romina, and son, Federico, this is one of the friendliest places we've encountered. Don't be surprised if you're invited to take part in fruit picking or whisked away to the local grappa distillery just down the road! 

The bedrooms here are cheerfully decorated with wrought iron bedsteads, brightly coloured throws and polished wooden floors. The dining room is light and airy and serves fresh, regional cuisine according to what's in season. Everything, even the wine, comes from the farm!

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

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