The world’s oldest and most glamorous film festival opens in Venice this month, putting us all in the mood to get behind the glitz, the glamour and the hordes of tourists to discover the ‘other side’ of this spellbinding city.
The International Venice Film Festival is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and will run from 29 August to 8 September 2018.
The good news is that UTracks, the active European holiday specialist has a great range of itineraries that get you behind the scenes, experiencing the very best of this grand Italian city and its surrounding regions.
But we’d suggest you get in quick and book one of these four itineraries, before the film festival’s end credits have rolled.
Backroads to Venice
Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, take in the beauty of Lake Garda and wind through pretty meadows and orchards as you cycle past Venetian villas and through the historic Veneto region. Enjoy a wine tasting and sample exquisite Italian cheese – all while exploring the unique landscapes of the Venetian lagoon and taking in the architectural and cultural highlights of Trento, Verona, Vicenza, Padova and of course Venezia! Backroads to Venice with UTracks (8 days) departs March-October, from $2190 per person.
Cycle the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea
From the imposing peaks of the Dolomites through Prosecco vineyards to the canals of Venice: the combination of both mountains and the sea are two infallible ingredients to ensure the success of any great cycling route. Offering jaw dropping views, the route winds its way around the foot of the Dolomites through Cortina, along an old rail trail and onto the Venetian plain, where the mountains give way to rolling vineyards, before reaching Venice on the Adriatic Sea. Cycle the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea with UTracks (8 days) departs April-September, from $1550 per person.
Veneto Bike & Boat
Journey by bike and barge through the historic Veneto region and beyond. As you leave Venice behind, you will cycle through seaside towns and along rivers and canals to the Renaissance town of Mantova, taking in the artistic, cultural and historical legacies entwined in the region. Explore the magnificent landscapes of the Venetian Lagoon and the Nature Reserve of the Po Delta and wander through medieval towns such as quaint Ferrara and the ancient Greek port of Adria. Veneto Bike & Boat with UTracks (8 days) departs March-October, from $1790 per person
Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike
Explore three countries in one week on a cycling journey that offers the perfect combination of historic towns and seaside landscapes. From the canal city of Venice, pass peaceful fishing villages and grand palaces on your way to the little-visited plain of Friuli in northeastern Italy. With two border crossings to cycle through (Slovenia and Croatia), the journey ends in the Adriatic town of Porec, known for its Euphrasian Basilica, one of Europe’s finest intact examples of Byzantine art.
Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike with UTracks (8 days) departs April-September, from $1460 per person.
For more information and bookings please visit www.UTracks.com or 1300 303 368.
Quoted prices are inclusive of accommodation, most meals, equipment rental, experienced guides (guided itineraries only), luggage transfers between hotels and clear maps and directions (self-guided itineraries only). International flights are not included but can be booked on request.