PADUA & EUGANEI HILLS ON THE BIKE
On your bike discover and fall in love with the Veneto Region!
Six days among thermal relax, culture, food & wine traditions, craft, sport, nature and local products!
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN THE HOTEL
Arrival in the thermal hotel 3* in Abano Terme (PD), accommodation in the room and free time to relax in the thermal spa pools of the hotel.
DAY 2 – EUGANEAN HILLS RING
This classical tour could not be missed in our cycling offer: this is one of the most complete tour which permits, thanks to its panoramic bike paths which touches many of the beauties of the Euganean Hills, to discover the territory. This tour takes you all along the ”Euganean Hills Ring” a circular cycling lane which traverses all the perimeter of the Euganean Hills. This tour is quite long, but not difficult: all the cycling lane is plane and if you want you can rent an e-bike, which simplifies you the tour, or rent a MTB or a normal bike: we will be the most time on cycling lanes, just sometimes you’ll leave them for untarmacked road. You can start this bike tour from many points of the ”Euganean Hills Ring” but we suggest you to start from Abano Terme and proceed in clockwise direction. First, you’ll pass by Villa Draghi, a beautiful Villa in Montegrotto Terme and after some kilometres you’ll pass by the Castle of Catajo, the so called Palace of Euganean Hills because of its 350 rooms. Proceeding along the Canal Battaglia, ancient padouan fluvial way, you’ll see the next villa: Villa Emo where you’ll admire its beautiful garden. Arrived in Monselice you’ll walk nearby the Castle of Monselice, one of the rare Castles which is still furnished and if you want you’ll have a little walk along the most beautiful Panoramic Walk in Veneto: Via del Santuario with its Seven Churches, which symbolize the seven Churches of Rome. From the top of this Panoramic Walk you’ll appreciate the view of the walled town Monselice. You’ll take your bike and ride in direction Este along streets immersed in the lush fields nearby the Euganean Hills. Break for lunch in a typical Trattoria than you ride to Lozzo Atestino where you’ll see the Castle of Valbona which will show you a beautiful testimony of the medieval history of this territory. It was fortress of an important Paduan family, whose story is strongly related to the Castles seen before in Este and in Monselice. Now, something like 20 km lack until where you started: the last effort will permit you to arrive to the last point of interest: The Abbey of Praglia, ancient monastery of the XI century, today there’s the Monumental National Library and many books, even from the Medieval Ages, are kept and restored.
Departure/Arrival: Abano Terme (PD)
Length: from 63 to 73 km
Difference in height: 200 m
Duration of the Bike tour: 5/6 hours
DAY 3 – DOP & DOC – OLIVE OIL AND WINE, EXCELLENCES OF THE EUGANEAN HILLS
Since a long time ago vineyards and olive trees are cultivated and grown in the territory of the Euganean Hills and from these products are produced real delights. Olive oil is certainly a source of pride of this area: you’ll visit an olive oil mill, where the producers show you the art of olive oil production, and they’ll guide you during a tasting of the final product, to discover the differences from a good or a bad olive oil. Then you’ll drive in one of the best wineries of the Euganean Hills, where you can taste wines and local typical products as salami and cheese, listening the stories of the owner that will explain you the details and the secrets of his products.
DAY 4 – BIKE TOUR: DISCOVERING THE RURAL SIDE OF PADUA AND SURROUNDINGS
A nice tour to reach the city of Padua in complete safety by bike. Leaving Abano Terme you’ll take the bank of Battaglia Canal and along the cycling route you’ll admire Villa Molin and then reach Scaricatore Bridge and its bank river and Ponte Quattro Martiri.
Length: Abano Terme – Padua 13,5 km
Difference in height: 0 m
Duration of the Bike tour: about 1 hour.
From Bassanello Zone, where Bacchiglione River divides in three parts the so called Tronco Maestro, Battaglia Canal, Scaricatore Canal. Following Scaricatore Canal and its bank you’ll reach Roncajette and Isola dell’Abba, a charming rural village where you can stop for a while. If you want you can admire Villa Rezzonico or, making a short diversion, the monumental Corte Benedettina of Legnaro. Going on in direction Polverara, the city famous for a special type of Chicken, you can discover the countryside and the typical farmhouses of this rural area. The next stop will be in Pontemanco, where the ancient mill is a must see and from here you’ll reach Battaglia Terme and come back in Abano Terme.
Length: Padua – Bacchiglione – Euganean River 48 km
Difference in height: 0 m
Duration of the Bike tour: about 3 hours
DAY 5 – PADUA
Discover the real city of Padua made of secrets alleys and awesome glimpses that surprised you on the reflections of the water of the channels or on the plays of lights and shadows under the medieval porticos of the city. You can know the typical inhabitants of Padua that traditionally take a coffee in the Caffè Pedrocchi or an aperitif under the “Salone”, the ancient covered market under the Palazzo della Ragione. Here, in the symbol of the city, you can stop for lunch and taste the best local products of the Region. The lovers of art, history and culture could visit also the Padua Baptistery, frescoed at the end of ‘300 by Giusto de’ Menabuoi, the popular Basilica of Saint Antony, the Palazzo della Ragione, The Bo Palace that is the most ancient building of the University of Padua, the second oldest University in Italy that is proud to have all the departments except architecture (the entrance tickets of the monuments listed here are not included in the price). At the end you conclude with an unforgettable place, also symbol of the city: The Scrovegni Chapel that enchant the visitors with its frescos by Giotto and its vault that seem a starry night. In that époque Enrico Scrovegni called Giotto to decorate the small church near his majestic palace in the surrounding of the ancient Arena. With this work Giotto obtained global fame. After the visit of the Chapel don’t miss the Civic Museum of Padua: an art gallery with more of 500 paintings from the Collection of Emo Capodilista, archaeological sections, sculptures and all the other beautiful masterpieces preserved in this museum like the wooden Cross of Giotto and the angelic hosts of the court painters of the family Da Carrara, Guariento di Arpo. The evening is dedicated to relax in the hotel.
DAY 6 – DEPARTURE
Enriched of positive energies in the soul, you can come back home with a baggage of beautiful memories.
Price per person starting from: 690,00 € (minimum 2 participants).
The price per person includes:
-5 nights in a thermal Hotel 3* (bed and breakfast) in double room per person,
-1 lunch in a typical Trattoria of the Euganean Hills,
-2 full days Bike Rental per person,
-1 visit and tasting of olive oil in an olive oil mill per person
-1 visit and tasting of wine in a local winery per person,
-1 entrance ticket for the Scrovegni Chapel per person,
-1 lunch in a typical restaurant of Padua.
The price not includes:
– visitors tax (to pay directly in the hotel),
– supplement for single room,
– supplements for public holidays,
– supplements for High season,
– other extras,
– lunch/dinner/tasting not indicated in “The price per person includes”,
– tickets entrance to museum/ monuments/ exhibitions not indicated in “The price per person includes”,
– everything else not clearly indicated.