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Bassano del Grappa: cycling, rafting, and wine down the Brenta

Holiday code: BDG

A cycling and rafting holiday for all. Cycle down the Brenta Cycleway through Bassano del Grappa and Levico Terme. Taste the local delicacies and test yourself with a soft rafting activity.

A unique itinerary through nature, history, and eno-gastronomy. Cycle down the Brenta, discovering towns and hamlets full of surprises, including the Bassano historic town center and its Ponte Vecchio. Admire Marostica, its chess square, and its local products, such as the white asparagus, strawberries, and cherries. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will never forget the rafting experience down the rapids.


/// The structure also offers: SPORTACTIVE SPA ///
Sportactive Spa is designed to satisfy your wishes, in an elegant and intimate environment. The avant-garde equipment guarantees intense muscular relaxation and psychophysical wellness: the ideal conclusion for a day full of outdoor activities. Sportactive Spa offers Finnish sauna, Turkish aromatic bath, ice fountain, emotional shower (nebulized water with mint essence for cold temperature and tropical essence for warm temperature), and innovative PediSpa for the activation of the circulation of the limbs. The wellness path is completed with a relax area with herbal tea bar, single, and kingsize sunbeds. Sportactive Spa allows you to take some time for yourself, recharging mind and body after physical activities.

PROGRAM

Sunday: after some welcome drinks in the SPORTACTIVE SPA, our guide will present the holiday itinerary. We will get dinner at Sant’Eusebio restaurant before heading to bed to prepare for our big day Tomorrow.
Monday: we take a nice walk down the Brenta river to discover Bassano del Grappa. We reach Ponte Vecchio, where we have a typical Nardini “mezo e mezo” aperitivo. We then proceed towards the town’s squares, where we can visit Palazzo Sturm: along with its permanent exhibition dedicated to typography and calcography, we can also admire a temporary exhibition dedicated to Albrecht Durer. Later on, we can have a small wine and local food tasting. In the afternoon, we visit the rest of the town and for those who desire so, a relaxing break in the wellness center. Dinner with local food tasting.
Tuesday: Following breakfast, we head to the train station to get to Levico. We will find our bikes outside of the station, right where the Brenta cycleway begins, connecting Caldonazzo Lake to Bassano: true cycling and natural heaven. The Brenta River is a perfectly flat path that allows everyone to enjoy sports and contact with nature. Tonight we have a vertical tasting “Pasta&Pizza” at Sant’Eusebio restaurant. Distance: 70 km
Wednesday: Another day on our bikes to discover Marostica, the town of cherries and chess. We are greeted by the famous square where the rehashing of the historical 1454 chess game takes place. We go around churches and medieval alleyways to Castello Superiore, where we can admire the view. After leaving Marostica, we head to Schiavon, where we visit the Poli distillery: here we can discover how grappa is made, along with tasting some liquors. Did you know that the distillery is where filming took place for the RAI tv series “Di Padre in figlia”? We will rehash the scenes of Alessio Boni, Stefania Rocca, Cristiana Capotondi, and Francesca Cavallin! To conclude our visit, we take a fun picture in front of the alembic. Back at the hotel, we have dinner together. Distance: 50 km
Thursday: Today we can rest a bit. The bikes are always available for an excursion in Bassano. For those who wish to go further, Vicenza is close by, with its Basilica Palladiana, the Olympic Theater, and Villa Capra, or Padua, with Prato della Valle and the Giotto-painted Cappella Degli Scrovegni. Venice is also one hour away via train. We also recommend the Bike and Activity SPA inside the hotel. Free night and dinner.
Friday: After breakfast, the holiday concludes with a rafting day. This fun and for-all activity will take us on board a dinghy down the rapids of the Brenta. The difficulty of the river is intermediate-easy. This activity is suitable also for those who do not know how to swim. Back at the hotel, we have our last dinner together.
Saturday: we leave after breakfast, taking with us an unforgettable experience: see you next time!

INFO

Holiday code: BDG19
Where: Veneto – Vicenza – Bassano del Grappa
Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte – Bassano del Grappa (VI). The hotel, named bike hotel of the North 2017, is located down the Bassano hills, in front of the majestic Palladian villa “Angarano – Bianchi Michiel”, a few steps from the town center. Discover the hotel. Discover the wellness center.
Individual price: €620
Bike rental: €50 for 3 days
Electric bike rental: on demand
Single room fee: €150
Includes: accommodation in double/triple rooms, half board, free access to spa area inside the hotel, visit the cellar, grappa museum entrance, rafting, guide, guided tours, health, and luggage insurance.
Does not include: journey, drinks, Thursday dinner, city tax, towels and slippers (compulsory for spa area), and anything not listed in “includes” section.
Guide: one of Jonas’ own
Holiday suitable for: vegetarians and celiacs

USEFUL INFORMATION
Total kilometers: 120
First excursion: walk for all
Second excursion: 70 km
Third excursion: 50 km
Fourth excursion: free day
Fifth excursion: easy rafting
Inclination: approx. 300m
Intensity: medium
Type of path: 90% asphalt

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