Treasures of the Veneto and Po Valley
We follow an ancient route, pedaling flat farmland and riverside bike paths from Verona to Mantua and on to timeless Venice. En route, we’ll make a foray into Emilia and perfectly preserved Renaissance Ferrara. The region is the home of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, pumpkin tortelloni and Parma ham, so naturally the culinary adventures equal the extraordinary scenery. The trip culminates in the renowned city of canals where the gondola ride to dinner might forever change your sense of wonder.
Bistro trips offer more independence (more meals on your own), and the hotels are likely to be stylish 4-stars instead of off-the-chart. But the heart of every one is exactly the same as our marquee trips— incredible scenery, events, insider access and B&R guides. Find out more about our Bistro trips »
Verona to Venice
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price per person from: $4,495
Single supplement: $700
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Day by Day
We’ll rendezvous in Verona and pedal alongside the lazy Adige River, passing Custoza’s lush vineyards, and Mincio’s medieval streets. Not before enjoying pasta and a glass or two of local vino, we will follow the gradual descent to Mantua, where we will spend the night.
Ride to Sabbioneta, the Renaissance fantasy of Vespasiano Gonzaga, where a palace, theatre and gallery of antiques have earned the town its fame. Marvel at Giulio Romano’s fresco that marks the birth of Mannerism and savour the route through forests and quaint villages, back to Mantua’s romantic shores.
Following the Po River alongside medieval towns and fisheries, we’ll bike towards our relaxing lunch spot where a cooking lesson awaits. The specialty? Pumpkin-filled tortellini. Today, we divulge into Ferrara’s culture, exploring the old city streets with an expert guide.
Kick off the day with a ride out of town into the flat countryside. A sleepy route that contrasts well with an afternoon you can spend absorbing Ferrara’s lively culture and restaurant scene.
From the banks of the Adige River we’ll pedal to Chioggia, a bustling fishing port along the southern end of the Venetian lagoon (and an excellent place to try sea spiders.) Lido Island lets us enjoy the Venetian “skyline” on two wheels before our grand entrance to Venice by boat.
Before departing Northern Italy, those interested are welcome to join an expert-led walking tour of the hidden treasures of Venice. Afterwards, private taxis to the airport or train station are readily available.
Casa Poli, Mantua
Set in the heart of Mantua, this ancient palazzo has been restructured with care by the Poli family. If the outside is in perfect harmony with the city centre, the interior definitely shows that it belongs to the 21st century. Rooms are decorated in a sophisticated minimalistic style and offer all modern comforts. View hotel website »
Hotel Annunziata, Ferrara
This 13thC palazzo is located in the heart of Ferrara, just behind the medieval castle. The modern design of the rooms combined with a careful choice of colours conveys a warm and welcoming atmosphere. View hotel website »
Hotel Palazzo Ruzzini, Venice
Ruzzini Palace is an 18thC palazzo comfortably nestled on Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the true Venetian piazzas that could have inspired Canaletto or Carpaccio. It is a perfect example of modernity embracing history. The Venetian marble of the floors, the Murano glass and the beamed ceilings are the features of the glorious past whereas amenities will provide the comfort of nowadays. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Easygoing. For the most part, the routes on our Verona to Venice trip are delightfully flat. In fact, one guide delights, “it’s flatter than Holland here!” That said, daily routes are easily expanded (by 30-50 km) for those looking for more of a challenge, or easily shortened by hopping into our ever-present support van. Many of our routes follow designated bike paths, such as our unforgettable ride along the legendary Po River near Ferrara, the Mincio River near Mantua and our final-day ride on the lagoon islands near Venice.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
All breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, including wine
Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
Use of a customized Cannondale bike: a hybrid, a racing bike with drop bars, or a racing bike with flat bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All special events and private tours
All baggage transportation
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“For me it was the guides that really made the trip outstanding. Everything was wonderful - the food, the hotels, the cycling - but the graciousness our guides demonstrated and their incredible knowledge of and enthusiasm for the history, architecture and culture of the areas we visited was incredible!”
— Peggi Peacock
Verona to Venice Biking
Notes from the Road
- Vines 101: Veneto WineFor us, a great culinary experience involves a fine glass of wine or two (or three). And while expanding your palate is a worthwhile endeavour in its own right, it’s made all the more rewarding when you have a sense of the history behind the bottle. …
- Where to Eat: Verona RestaurantsThese elegantly rustic Verona restaurants feature superb pastas, extensive wine lists and vast selections of grappa and other liqueurs that will make you forget your waistline for a night and explore the culinary scene with abandon. It is very diffic …
- Venetian Masks: Veiled in HistoryGreed, envy, jealousy, happiness, beauty and love. Though they conceal a wearer’s face, the masks of the Venetian Carnival can reveal an entire spectrum of emotion. Usually made of leather or porcelain, many Venetian masks provide wearers with exagge …