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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 3-star 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 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 one or two during
the week.

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 briefing.
*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 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 Gard. After some short ascents,
we cycle down to Torbole and then onto the elegant resort of Riva del Garda,
offering plenty of bars and restaurants along the lake shore and a lovely
beach. Later in the afternoon 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, where we 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

Today we have the opportunity to take in some of the greenest and most
stunning views of the Veneto countryside. .Leaving Vicenza, we cycle past
beautiful Palladian villas. En route, time and availability permitting, the
leader might arrange to have lunch in a family-run winery. 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

2018 itinerary: 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. (approx.40km/24mi)
*From 2019,* this ride has been removed and replaced with a train ride to
Venice where we will spend the full day sightseeing. Overnight in Venice
Mestre.

Day 8

After breakfast the trip ends in Mestre.
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Date: 2019-04-202019-04-27

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Customer Feedback

What a trip…………….

Summary:
This really is a great trip – with a good amount of cycling with some
challenging climbs to get the heart and legs working. I love the fact that
every day was busy with so much to see and do. The scenery during the rides
was varied and very beautiful. The towns we visited were all full of history
and culture whether it was Trento, Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, Padova or
Venice.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The whole trip was very inspirational, but visiting Vicenza was definitely a
highlight. You could feel the love and passion that Michele has for his home
town and briefly meeting his family was very touching.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was and is the best group leader I have had on any Exodus trip – he
was my group leader when I went to Sardinia and I booked this trip for the
pure reason that I knew he was the group leader.
His energy is incredible and he is 100% focussed in making sure that everyone
has a great time.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you have reasonable fitness just so you can get the most out of the
holiday. You want to enjoy the rides as mush as you can and there are
sections that are quite challenging , so a reasonable level of fitness is a
huge benefit.
And “throw yourself” into your holiday – your fellow travellers are a big
part of your holiday, so join in with everything and you’ll get so much more
from the experience. I’ve certainly come back home with a new set of friends.

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

Answer:
Don’t hesitate to book this trip – a great combination of cycling and
culture.

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Fabulous

Summary:
This trip was an easy downhill cycle from Bolzano to Venice. Starting in the
Dolomites with the amazing mountains surrounding us we were cycling mainly on
beautiful cycle paths through the valley and along the Adige River. With 16
like minded people we were able to explore all the gorgeous villages on the
way. With our guide Martino giving us full descriptions of the history of the
areas we visited. The hotels were mostly average, all providing a hearty
breakfast before riding. Lunch was had on the way and dinner was enjoyed
with the group, usually Martino”s pick. all mostly good Italian food. I loved
everything about this trip, the people, both locals and on the tour, the
scenery, the cycling, the towns we visited, the culture, the history, the
food. If you’re wondering whether to do this trip, just do it. You won’t
regret it.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Meeting a group of different people from different countries with a common
interest of being fit, having fun, and seeing a different part of the world.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Martino was excellent in giving instructions of what to expect on the way
etc. He was a wealth of knowledge on all things Italian, delivered with a
sense of humour and patience. Roberta, our driver was also fabulous, friendly
and so helpful.

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Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride – #118937

Summary:
A great trip with a good cycle each day through stunning country side.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Nothing in particular

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Martino was a good knowledgeable leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Nope.

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

Answer:
No

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Amazing

Summary:
This was our first Exodus trip after being recommended by a couple of friends
– what an amazing trip!! Absolutely loved it – our guide Martino made the
holiday – highlights were Lake Garda, Venice, winery at Pegoaro, views and
safe cycle paths, the food and wine of course! Can’t wait for the next
adventure

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Riding down into Lake Garda

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastico

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
be prepared for all weathers – not so much daytime casual clothes as we went
from off the bike, shower and out for dinner – couple of insect bikes – keep
a diary and you pack so much in!!

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

Answer:
Excited to do it all again!!!

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Fantastic Ride Through Towns and Countryside

Summary:
The ride was at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow. We passed
through beautiful towns and countryside and there was ample opportunities to
take photographs.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The icing on the cake for this ride was how much I enjoyed the company of the
other riders on this trip. I think I was just as sore from laughing so much
as my legs were from riding.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Martino Falsini took good care of us, keeping the ride at a good pace so we
weren’t too far spaced out, stopping frequently to regroup and to refill our
water bottles. He provided us with commentary on many of the towns we passed
through.

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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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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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