Veneto Gourmet

Difficulty  Easy

8 Days - €3,250.00 approx US$3,447
AU$4,621
GBP£2,738

Terrain: Undulating to Hilly
Daily Distance: Approx 60km / 37mi
Total Distance: Main Route: 400km / 250mi
Total Ascent: Approx 5,000m / 16,400ft

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06 - 13 June 2017 (12 PLACES REMAIN)

Highlights:
This is a tour for the beginner cyclist but aimed at those who take their riding seriously.  The Pre-Alpine area of the Veneto region is the ideal region for such a cyclist.  Undulating terrain, spectacular views and captivating towns known for their art and gastronomic delights!
In this tour we discover the lovely town of Soave known for its classic white wine, beautiful Bassano with it’s medieval wooden bridge, Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, well as many other charming locations such as Marostica known for its living chess event and cherries.  Book now as places on this tour are limited!

Activities:
Visit of Gaerne cycling shoe factory - Prosecco tasting – Cheese tastings – Guided tour of Bassano del Grappa and more.

What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
  • Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One - Soave Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 30km / 18mi
Total Ascent 300m / 1,000ft
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into moving again.  Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out any tiredness.  Soave lies between Verona and Vicenza, also known as the Soave wine region.  This is a nice easy ride among the Soave vineyards.

Day Two - Soave Loop to Verona
Main Route: 65km / 40mi
Total Ascent: 800m / 2,600ft
Wonderful ride on undulating roads to the spectacular and romantic city of Verona where will can visit the famous Arena and the Romeo & Juliet balcony!

Day Three - Soave to Bassano del Grappa, Casoni
Main Route: 70km / 43mi
Total Ascent: 750m / 2,400ft
Today we'll leave the Verona area and move to the province of Vicenza. The ride to Bassano is not difficult but has some real hills in it, as we ride through pretty villages and towns.  You’ll know they are only hills as you’ll see the real mountains in the distance.  Our hotel is just a little way beyond Bassano, at Casoni.

Day Four - Bassano / Casoni Loop to Asolo
Main Route: 60km / 37mi
Total Ascent: 1,000m / 3,300ft
Our route takes us through some beautiful countryside, as we ride a loop east of Casoni to Asolo.  After the morning's adventure, we head to the Gaerne factory to check out first-hand their range for 2017, and see how they hand make their fantastic cycling shoes.  There may be time for a wander through Bassano before dinner.

Day Five - Bassano / Casoni to Follina
Main Route: 55km / 34mi
Total Ascent: 600m / 1,900ft
Today we leave the wonderful town of Bassano and head into the famous Prosecco region, where we find and taste one of Italy’s most famous wine.  This is an undulating route with one climb at the very end.  We’ll visit the enchanting town of Valdobbiadene before we arrive the delightful village of Follina!

Day Six - Follina Loop to Vitorio Veneto
Main Route: 65km / 40mi
Total Ascent: 1,100m / 3,600ft
Spectacular day's ride through the hills and wineries of the "Strada del Prosecco".  The route is undulating with some short climbs over vine clad hills.  A very enjoyable day's ride!

Day Seven - Follina Loop to San Boldo
Main Route: 48km / 30mi
Total Ascent: 1,300m / 4,200ft
An interesting and spectacular day as we ride over the San Boldo mountain, up the impossibly tight, but ingeniously engineered switchbacks of Passo San Boldo to the picturesque countryside towards the Piave river.  Two achievable climbs and glorious views at almost every turn, before a fantastic descent down from Praderadego and our return to Follina for the celebratory final dinner.

Day Eight - Arrivederci

Recommended Arrival Airport: Venice Marco Polo
Recommended Departure Airport: Venice Marco Polo

(Airport transfer not included)