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The Piazza San Marco in Venice

Munich – Venice

From Marienplatz to Markusplatz

9 Days / 8 Nights
Athletic
The Piazza San Marco in Venice

Experience the delightful blend of Bavarian charm and Mediterranean leisure on this nine-day cycling adventure. Traverse breathtaking mountain vistas, charming hamlets, and shimmering lakes as you pedal through picturesque landscapes. As you journey southward, witness the landscape transform, with olive groves and vineyards lining your path until the refreshing sea breeze caresses your senses. Explore a plethora of attractions nestled within cities and along the route. Indulge in the culinary delights of both regions, savoring everything from hearty potato dumplings to sumptuous gnocchi between the vibrant cities of Munich and Venice.

Immerse yourself in tranquility amid the English Garden before setting off on your cycling adventure in Munich. Your first destination is Bad Tölz, where an enchanting old town and Bavarian traditions await. Tracing the path along the Isar, you'll pass by the picturesque Sylvensteinsee, and upon reaching Achensee, you'll find yourself already in Austria. On Day 4, you'll arrive in Innsbruck, where the striking ski jump on Mount Isel and the iconic "Golden Roof" consistently captivate visitors.

Crossing the Brenner Pass brings you into South Tyrol, where the breathtaking landscape of the Dolomites unfolds, offering mesmerizing views. Treat yourself to cappuccino, antipasti, and pizza as you journey from Pieve di Cadore to Conegliano. The final kilometers to Venice offer a leisurely ride through the Veneto region where upon reaching St. Mark's Square you can immerse yourself in the impressive architecture of the enchanting lagoon city.

  • The charming metropolis Munich: The Bavarian capital captivates visitors with its splendid architecture, featuring must-see landmarks such as Marienplatz and Nymphenburg Palace. The English Garden serves as the city's verdant oasis, while trendy cafés and boutiques beckon in the Glockenbach district. And of course, no visit to Munich would be complete without experiencing its legendary beer gardens!
  • With a view of the Dolomites through South Tyrol: The breathtaking landscape transforms cycling into an unforgettable adventure. Amidst the majestic Dolomites, idyllic vineyards, and charming historic villages, the cycle paths provide an ideal blend of physical activity and immersion in nature's splendor. Be sure to pause at Bruneck Castle and savor the beauty of South Tyrol with each turn of the pedal.
  • A discovery tour through the alleys of Venice: The romantic lagoon city captivates visitors with St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Discover authentic restaurants in the Campo Santo Stefano area and wander through the charming alleyways of the Dorsoduro district. Explore the hidden gem of Giudecca and experience the magic of the city on an evening gondola ride.

During your journey from Marienplatz to St. Mark's Square, expect to cover between 50 and 95 kilometers each day. While some climbs can be shortened by taking the train, be prepared for some challenging ascents. We recommend a good level of fitness for this athletic route. Once you've passed through South Tyrol, the terrain gradually flattens out, and "La Dolce Vita!" beckons you to unwind and relax.

Itinerary at a glance

Take a break in Munich's English Garden and raise a toast at the Hofbräuhaus before making your way towards Venice via the Brenner Pass. Along the way, you'll pass by Sylvenstein Lake, Innsbruck, Bruneck Castle, and the Tre Cime (Three Peaks).

Tour information and the handing out of the bikes. This is Bavaria’s county capital and it is waiting for you with its many tourist attractions (English gardens, town hall, Hofbräuhaus…)

Cycling along river Isar you leave Munich. On your way you will pass monasteries, authentic Bavarian villages as well as the beautiful area along the river Isar until you reach Bad Tölz, which was renowned for building rafts in former times. Especially the historic centre of the city is worth seeing.

Starting in Bad Tölz along the river Isar again until you reach lake Sylversteinsee. This tour leads you through the national park Karwendel where you cross the Austrian border. You will reach lake Achensee, where you could go on a boat ride.

You cycle on well constructed cycle paths along the River Inn towards Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck. Stroll through the historical old town, check out the famous Golden Roof or take a trip to the Isel mountain where there is a ski jump or Tyrol Panorama museum about the battles that took place under Andreas Hofer’s supreme command as a freedom fighter. The demanding section of today’s ride from Innsbruck to the Brenner pass, which is the border between Austria and Italy will be done via transfer by train or bus. Nowadays there are only some buildings to remind us about the former border. From Brenner you cycle along the old railway track to get to Sterzing followed by Franzensfeste and then Mühlbach.

From Mühlbach there is a good cycle path running through the Puster valley and past the Mühlbach pass, a former border post. In former times this formed an ancient gateway between the provinces of Rätien and Norikum. You will arrive in Bruneck by cycling along the River Rienz. We recommend a visit to the Folklore Museum in Dietenheim, an open-air museum documenting rural life, culture and customs in South Tyrol, the Messner Mountain Museums at Kronplatz or Bruneck Castle. From Bruneck you cycle along a bike path running along the River Rienz until you get to Niederdorf/Toblach, which is today’s destination.

Today you will cycle along the former Dolomite railway track, which is now a cycle path, through the Höhlenstein valley. It will take you past Lake Toblach and the war cemetery: this is a WW1 memorial of the front which you cross. Shortly after this you will get a fantastic panoramic view of the the rock formations of the ‘Drei Zinnen’ mountain peaks before you arrive at Lake Dürren. You now cycle slightly uphill towards the border of the two provinces Bolzano and Belluno. After this, you can free wheel along the former railway downhill. The valley opens up towards the South and you arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is a town in the Dolomites and that is located amongst wonderful scenery. You then cycle continuously downhill mostly along the former railway. To your left you get a view of the Sorapis massif and to the right the right formation of the ‘Cinque Torri’ - the five towers. You then continue cycling through the Boite valley to the junction of Pieve/Calazo die Cadore.

You cycle along the newly built cycle path to Longarone. This town was rebuilt in a very short time after being flooded by a tidal wave in 1963 caused by a rockfall at the former Vajont dam. You then continue to today’s destination, Conegliano.

Today you leave the Alps behind you and have a relaxed cycle ride along the flat to Treviso, which is the town of waterways and fashion. On your way you will keep spotting villas designed by the Italian architect Palladio. These are magnificent buildings that he completed here really close to the influential sphere of Venice.  Along the home straights of this tour you head towards the Adriatic Sea. The River Sile will be your main companion for this last section as the bike path to Venice/Mestre runs alongside it. Venice is of course the final destination of your tour and is a great place to end it with all of its gorgeous buildings.

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09
Departure or extension

Route Information

Athletic

This cycling tour from Munich to Venice is extremely diverse. The demanding parts of it across the Alps (Innsbruck - Brenner) can be shortened by train if desired. The section through the Dolomites from Toblach to Cortina d’Ampezzo is easy to cycle as you cycle along the bike path which follows the former railway. You cycle downhill for the last two days and then along the flat by the sea.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel
Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel
Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex rental bike PLUS 21 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel
Rental bike partner men
Men's rental bike PLUS 21 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel
Rental bike partner e-bike
E-bike 7 to 21-speed
with freewheel

E-Bike, damit Sie Ihre Reise motorunterstützt genießen können

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • 1 Transfer (bus or train) Innsbruck – Brennero incl. bike
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English and Italian)
  • GPS-data 
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfer to Munich on request, costs EUR 249 per person, minimum 4 persons, for your own bike additionally EUR 39, reservation necessary, to be paid for in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Munich train station
  • Munich airport
  • Car park available at your first hotel with costs, prior reservation through the hotel essential, to be paid at the time. Alternatively P+R next to the hotel
  • Good train connections from Venice to Munich

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

 

 

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