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Parma to Verona Bike Tour

Parma's Cuisine, Mantua's History & Verona's Wine

  • Enjoy meandering rides on quiet one-lane roads through the winding northern Italian countryside
  • Learn to make fresh tortelli alle erbette and other secrets of Italian cuisine in a private chef-driven cooking class
  • Visit fascinating World Heritage towns like Sabbioneta, Mantua and Verona—the last immortalized by Shakespeare
  • Taste wonderful regional wines—including amarone, Bardolino and Valpolicella—right in their places of origin

From Parma to Verona, passion is everywhere. In the air. In the water. In the art. Food is prepared with it. Wine is produced with it. The culture is steeped in it. Even the people themselves are famously passionate—look at Romeo and Juliet. And when you experience this place for yourself, you'll be passionate too.

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Itinerary

Day 1 A scenic ride leads from the Taro River along the foothills of the Apennine Mountains | An exclusive tour reveals the opulent living quarters at the Castle of Tabiano | Enjoy an aperitivo on the terrace with stunning views of the Po River Valley and the Alps beyond.

Day 2 Visit a small Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese farm in the quaint village of Noceto | A local chef shares the secrets of la cucina italiana at a private cooking class | Relish a sunset spin through the rustic countryside before sitting down to a dinner, sommelier-paired with local wines.

Day 3 Explore ancient Sabbioneta, known for its impressive ducal palace and synagogue | Pedal along the placid Po River to Mantua, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.

Day 4 Follow the lush Mincio River past natural parks and beautiful villages to Peschiera del Garda, a walled town that Dante once described as a “fortress fair and strong” | Take a stroll through Shakespeare's Fair Verona.

Days 5-6 Follow the Adige River to the foot of the Alps | Relax over lunch at a cantina near the shores of Lake Garda | Bike through renowned Valpolicella vineyards, where world-famous amarone is produced.

Start with Parmigiano Reggiano then move on to the fresh pasta. Prosecco goes with every meal. Finish up with Valopolicella and Amarone. There's also some nice biking in between!
Don - Philadelphia, PA

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic

Our exploration of Parma and the Po River basin traverses Italy's most productive agricultural region. Most routes travel on tranquil farm roads but, on occasion, you can expect to encounter increased traffic as we pass through larger towns that produce gastronomic delights such as prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Of course, the van is nearby if you want a lift.
$3,598 - $4,098
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(+$610 to $720 for sgl. occ.)

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Parma, Italy/Venice, Italy

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello

Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello

Parma (2 nights)

This grand 11th-century castle has been transformed into an elegant hotel offering comfort, relaxation and romance. (pool, spa)

Hotel Casa Poli

Casa Poli

Mantua (1 night)

A sophisticated hotel with modern minimalist style, conveniently located in the heart of the vibrant city.

Villa Cordevigo

Villa Cordevigo

* Premiere Hotel
Verona (2 nights)

Once home to 18th-century nobility, this beautifully restored villa is surrounded by cypress, oak, and vineyards—the perfect place to unwind in the heart of the countryside. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Do it for the food and wine!

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Start with Parmigiano Reggiano then move on to the fresh pasta. Prosecco goes with every meal. Finish up with Valopolicella and Amarone. There's also some nice biking in between!

 
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Once again, Backroads far exceeded expectations

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Three fabulous women as leaders, who anticipated our every need.

 
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Fabulous - food, routes, views, leaders, accommodations

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From the moment we stepped on the bus at Maestre until the final good-byes in Verona, the trip was fantastic. Routes were well planned to accommodate various skill/energy levels, the tour leaders were fun, knowledgeable and supportive, the activities were unique and engaging and all of the accommodations were superb. I loved this trip and would highly recommend it.

 
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Our Backroads leaders were amazing!

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Absolutely wonderful! Everything was so beautifully organized and we got to experience things that we could never have done on our own.

 
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We loved the trip from Parma to Verona, combining rides through picture book scenery and historic villages with fine wine and extraordinary cuisine. As always, the Backroads staff were outstanding. They were very hard working, resourceful, and responsive to the needs of individuals and the group. We also were impressed by the expertise of the two local guides. Everyone worked very well as a team and ensured that trip was as smooth as possible.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 15* 400 21* 1200
2 22* 300 30* 600 37 1100 41 1600
3 20* 400 26* 500 30 500
Walking Tour of Mantua (1 Hour)
4 17* 200 20* 400 29* 700 46 1700
5 15* 900 23* 1300 35 1800 42 2100
6 13 600
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Parma and Verona area

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Parma and Verona area trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Parma and Verona area

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Parma and Verona area. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Parma and Verona area—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ

Click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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