Follow the river back: Venice to Dolomites
Without a doubt, this is our most spectacular highlight tour! Cities, countryside, mountains, lakes…and an entire week to discover the hidden pearls of our northern region: Veneto. Let’s start with an energizing canoe tour along the Venetian canals, we will then visit the University City of Padova.
Our last day will be on two wheels exploring the wine area of Lake Garda. Plus, another highlight: a guided tour in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. This week you will be immersed in sport, gourmet meals and culture: in short, an experience you’ll remember long after you’re out of the canoe or off the bike.
Duration: 7 days trip
Day 1: pick-up in Padova
Welcome to Padova! In the afternoon, check in at the hotel and enjoy a welcome drink, while meeting our guide and your travel companions. Afterwards we move to a local “trattoria” for a toast with the original Prosecco Wine and start to sample the regional delicacies. Accommodation in hotel with welcome drink and dinner together.
Day 2: visit of Venice
After breakfast we will move to Venice where a guided walk will disclose the main attractions (Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark Square, the Church of Health and more). In the early afternoon we jump in the canoe for a little activity (about 3 hours). Surely you will be enchanted after paddling the watery labrinth of this unique city. Back on solid ground, it is time for the Italian happy hour (Aperitivo) and a savory dinner in a typical Venetian “Bacaro”. We will shuttle back to the hotel in Padova after dinner.
Day 3: visit of Padova and transfer to S.Vito di Cadore/Cortina d’Ampezzo
Today, we must leave the city and but we will reach a Unesco World Heritage Site: the Dolomites. After a healthy breakfast we visit the main attractions in Padova (Church of the Saint, the Reason Palace, the University, Pedrocchi Caffè). After lunch, we shuttle to San Vito di Cadore and check in at the hotel. There is also a relaxing moonlight walk (aww, how romantic 🙂 and a first glance at the Dolomites as we reach the restaurant for dinner tonight.
Day 4: Trekking in S.Vito di Cadore/Cortina d’Ampezzo
We get up early today because (weather permitting) we gain some elevation on our way to a hike embraced by the Dolomites. After breakfast, we start our hike to 5 Torri mountain hut (or San Forca mountain hut). We plan to reach the hut around midday, right on time for a local dish tasting, including some homemade “Grappa”. A power nap will recharge us to descend back to town for another interesting experience called “struscio” in Cortina d’Ampezzo town center. And of course, aperitivo is already part of our Italian style routine. Dinner at “Giro Pizza” and some craft beers.
(In the unlikely event of inclement weather we can switch to a thermal bath experience in Sesto).
Day 5: Rafting at Valstagna – Bassano del Grappa
Today we leave the Dolomites for the pretty Valsugana and a rafting descent along river Brenta (about 3 hours). At the end, a light lunch is waiting us at the School of Rafting. Then a short shuttle to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa. In the afternoon we can discover more about “Grappa” production at the famous Ponte degli Alpini Distillery, in a building constructed in structure from 1569 and designed by the architect Andrea Palladio. Then dinner at a local Trattoria in Bassano before we return to the hotel.
Day 6: Biking at Garda Lake
At this point, we have discovered the flats and the mountains but we haven’t yet encountered a lake! That’s why after breakfast we shuttle to the town of Desenzano on the shores of Lake Garda where we take our bicycles for an exciting tour in the countryside that surrounds this town (an easy 30 km). Later, we meet a beekeeper and discover more about his job. For lunch we visit a local family woodfired homemade pizza. Back to Desenzano in the afternoon where we shuttle to our next hotel in Verona. To celebrate together another rich day of discovery, we have dinner in a traditional restaurant right in the town center.
Day 7: Guided tour in Verona and farewell
After a mind-blowing week spent together in the beautiful Veneto region, we finally arrive at the last day. After breakfast, we go for a walk highlighting one of the Europe’s capitals of love: Verona. Then, right before lunch, we say a proper “Arrivederci” and look forward to the next adventure!
The closest airport is Venice. From there you can get a taxi, bus or train to reach your departure point (further information will be provided in the answer to your initial request).
At FRT we know that a good outdoor experience requires good equipment, so we have tried to make as few compromises as possible. We want to work with the best type of boat and bike for each environment.
Price: Euro 3.700,00 (7 days tour) per person (for single accomodation consider Euro 600,00 extra)
Included in the tour
- one of our guides
- canoe or packraft
- waterproof bag
- rafting tour
- sights and events
- transfers during the trip
- hand-picked hotels
- hotel stay and continental breakfasts
- 1 welcome drink
- 6 dinner and 1 aperitivo
- special dining requests