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Veneto Custom

Venice, Italy

Romance here is alive and well, as history, geography and culture conspire together to create a very unique destination.

Ahh, Venice! The region is home to some of the Dolomites' most incredible, jagged and picturesque peaks that compete with the famous Venetian canals for your attention. Here, the mountains and hillsides open up to stores of marble and granite used throughout the world and in the architecture of the Veneto. Michaelangelo found his inspiration here, and so will you. And the region's luscious wines, sparkling prosecco, and incredible food also combine to make it one of Italy’s most flavorful destinations.

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Today's Ride:

Maser Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to the birthplace of romance. After a one hour shuttle, you will arrive at Albergo al Sole, your accommodations for the next week, to enjoy a lunch with views overlooking the charming town of Asolo. You'll feel a million miles from the incidentals of regular life. After lunch, your Trek Travel guides will familiaize you with your Trek bicycle for the week and ensure you have an excellent fit. A short warm up ride will introduce you to the rhythms of this area, taking you along winding roads surrounding this quiet little town. Stop at a local café and enjoy your first espresso or gelato of the trip on your way back. Savor each new sensation as your senses slowly come to life. This evening, you'll gather as a group for drinks and a discussion of the week to come, before enjoying your first gourmet dinner together.

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Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Today's Ride:

Asolo to Valdobbiadene Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Sernaglia di Battaglia loop
Approximately 48 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Description:

It's time for the first ride as a group. After a briefing from the guides on ride options, stops and road safety, we'll climb aboard our carbon rides and head for the hills. This morning’s route takes you along the quiet hum of the Piave River, on the outskirts of the famous Montello "Mound", a well-known ride to local cyclists. You'll make your way north to the foothills of the Dolomites and through the picturesque Valdobbiadene region, home to world-class prosecco. Stop and taste it for yourself, noting the dry, sparkling nuances of this classic Italian champagne. A short ride brings you back to Asolo for one last small climb to the hotel. This afternoon you're free to relax after a gorgeous day of riding, and prepare yourself for a dinner of quintessential Italian cuisine.

Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Today's Ride:

Asolo to Monte Grappa via Romano D'Ezzelino
Approximately 46 miles with 6,200 feet of climbing

Description:

It's time to ride Italian-style, today. We'll head for one of Italy’s most iconic climbs, Monte Grappa. You will pedal your way to the "classic" face of the climb, leaving from the 1,000 year-old city of Romano D' Ezzelino, often characterized as the gentler route. As you tour the winding ribbons of road up the mountain, you'll soon find yourself high above Bassano Del Grappa, at the Shrine of Monte Grappa, a memorial for WWI combatants. Look out at the stunning views of quintessential Italy and breathe in the quite peacefulness as you prepare for lunch. Following lunch on the mountain, we’ll descend the famous switchbacks featured in an uphill time-trial at this year's Giro d'Italia. Feeling like a pro yet? Tonight, celebrate your domination of this giant with an Italian feast, and re-live your adventures with new friends.

Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Asolo to Pinarello Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Asolo to Treviso
Approximately 27 miles with 890 feet of climbing

Description:

Today’s ride is slightly less rigorous, but much more exciting. It starts with a question: Pinarello on a Trek Travel tour? Certainly! Today you will make your way to the town of Treviso for a visit to the famous Pinarello stores, home to some of the world’s most famously crafted, quintessentially Italian bikes. Bike geeks will rejoice as we view the storied history of this famous bike brand, found under the legs of Team Sky as they won the Tour de France twice in a row. To begin, choose from the many options that abound today: Ride to Treviso and shuttle home, or choose to ride the entire route. Perhaps you need a rest after a tough day climbing Monte Grappa? It’s a great day to take in the scenic grotto views at our 16th-century hotel.

Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Today's Ride:

San Baldo Loop
Approximately 62 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

San Baldo Short
Approximately 37 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Today's ride takes you across the Piave river once again and up along the foothills of the grand Dolomiti. These are some of Europe's most dramatic peaks, and there’s a variety of terrain available today, but the most notable is the climb, San Baldo Pass. It's an impressively engineered stretch of road built by 1,400 engineers working in three shifts, snaking its way up the mountainside in no less than 18 switchbacks over 6km. Many of the switchbacks are carved into the mountainside through short tunnels, making it an especially interesting and fun climb. Count off each switchback as your conquer it, knowing full well that the view will be worth the climb. The route back will take you through the Valdobbiadene region once again for another sip (or two) of prosecco. You are on vacation, after all. Tonight, we’ll re-live the excitement of today’s tunneled adventure over a delicious Venetian dinner.

Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Asolo to Seren Del Grappa Loop
Approximately 73 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you will make your way up the river valley from Bassano Del Grapp to Seren Del Grappa, riding around the Monte Grappa climb you tackled days before. You’ll then join up with the 2014 Giro d'Italia route, making your way back south along the Piave River toward Valdobbiadene, and ultimately back to your luxury hotel in Asolo. The Giro (as it's known) is an Italian institution, and known as one of the most difficult bike races in the world. Italians travel from all corners to come and watch the pros ride through this very route. Tonight we'll join as a group for one final delicious traditional Italian meal and remember the moments of a great week of cycling and traveling.

Hotel:

Albergo Al Sole
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Montello Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Description:

It's sadly time to say goodbye, and today is yours to decide. A little shopping? A little more espresso? One last visit to your favorite cafe? Relax at the hotel, stroll around Asolo, or make your way to the "mound" for a short ride to cap off an exciting week before departing for your next destination. Ahh, Venice. There's no other region like this on Earth.

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Dates & Pricing

This trip is available as a custom trip only, please refer to our custom trip page for more details.

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Albergo Hotel on Trek Travel's custom veneto cycling trip

Albergo Al Sole

Asolo, Italy

Located in the heart of the picturesque town of Asolo, considered to be ‘the pearl of Veneto’, this Historic structure has been well preserved and is steeped in history. Having undergone a 5 year renovation after 25 years vacant, the hotel offers the finest in luxury accommodations and excellence in dining, as part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Veneto Custom trip, you will stay in an historic building in the heart of Asolo, completely renovated into a masterpiece of harmony and refinement to showcase the historical pedigree of the building with contemporary luxury.
  • On our Veneto Custom trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. The cuisine is characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, elegant style. Lunches will be carefully chosen to provide you supple energy on your rides. Dinners range from local trattoria fare featuring handmade pasta to fine dining, highlighting the best of the season's offerings. On other occasions, you’ll be free to dine on your own, so that you can discover your own personal favorites.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5%-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 50
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,200

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Veneto Custom is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. The terrain is hilly, with some narrow and winding roads, however, must cross through busier, industrial towns along the way. Some mountainous areas as well, with very long climbs See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Visit the town of Bassano Del Grappa with it's bustling city center
  • Explore the old town of Asolo
  • Partake in a cooking class
  • Wine tasting

Fall in the Veneto is usually clear and sunny, with nice daytime temperatures (60-70F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Venice, Marco Polo Airport (VCE).

There are many options to get into central Venice, including bus, land taxi or the famous water taxi from Marco Polo Airport. Land taxis outside the arrivals terminal are plentiful. Private water taxis cost approximately 80-120 Euros. For more information visit http://motoscafivenezia.it/eng/. For bus service, the ATVO direct coach (www.atvo.it) takes you directly to Piazzale Roma, the end of the road in historic Venice and entrance to the Grand Canal, in 20 minutes for 6 Euros. For a great source of travel information, check out Trip Advisor Venice: Arriving and Departing.

Best Western Hotel Bologna | Venezia, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Best Western Hotel Bologna, located opposite the Venezia Mestre train station, at 11:00AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle one hour to your hotel where you will settle in for a light lunch and a short warm up ride. Have your first day's cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch, your guides will do a bike fitting to ensure your comfort on your Trek Domane this week, before you take your first spin through the Veneto.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Albergo Al Sole Asolo (+39 (0) 423 951 332), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Albergo Al Sole | Asolo, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Albergo Al Sole Hotel. You’ll depart by private shuttle for the Treviso train station, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before & After: Venice, Italy

Venice is a city steeped in history and not to mention floating on water! During your visit, be sure to explore the canals that make up this magnificent city via the iconic Gondola ride, get a bird's eye view of the city from the Campanile - the tallest building in Venice, and savor the greatest gelato. Of course, no stop is complete without a stroll around the piazza San Marco where you can experience the best people watching that Italy has to offer! We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Hotel Moresco

A sheltered and convenient haven, is ideal for exploring the city. Located just a short walk from Piazzale Roma and the railway station, on the Rio Novo, one of the most important and well-served canals of the city, the hotel offers the right combination of a peaceful location and easy access to means of transport.

Sestiere Dorsoduro, 3499 Fondamenta del Passamonte - Venezie | + 39 041 2440202 | http://www.hotelmorescovenice.com/en/ | ~$350

Oltre il Giardino - Venezia

Oltre il giardino is a unique, enchanting country-house in the centre of Venice, overlooking its delightful garden. Having only 6 rooms, it is quite like a guest house, but with the utmost focus on luxury.The garden, with its olive trees, magnolia and pomegranate, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity and it provides the possibility to relax amidst its green embrace while being.

Fondamenta Contarini - San Polo 2542 | +39.041.2750015 | http://www.oltreilgiardino-venezia.com/ | ~$350

Aqua Palace Hotel

The intriguing luxury of the 4 star Aqua Palace Hotel awaits you in Castello, one of the oldest quarters of extraordinary Venice. A hotel that symbolizes the new Venetian hospitality for those in search of charm and comfort, in a perfect balance between traditional and modern, with a contemporary touch.

Calle de la Malvasia 5492, Castello | +39 041 2960442 | http://www.aquapalace.it/ | ~$490


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.