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From Venice to Mantua

From Venice to Mantua

Along the Po river


This tour offers you a unique opportunity to experience by bike the North of Italy along the Po valley, following the course of the Po, the longest Italian river. You start with a full free day in Venice, before setting sail to explore the Venice lagoon and the bustling fish market of Chioggia. Cycling along waterways and through hamlets, you ride in the Po Delta, a unique wetland park which is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. Further on you’ll discover Adria, which gave the name to the Adriatic Sea, and Ferrara, the town of cyclists. Finally, you have the chance to discover the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantua, considered Italy’s “sleeping beauty”.

Bike and Boat

Bike and BoatYou cycle during the day and stay on the same boat over night. You do not need to pack every day your belongings as your "hotel" is travelling with you.


EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Guided Group

Guided GroupTours are led by experienced and qualified bilingual tour leaders who ride with the group throughout the tour and are backed up by the supporting vehicle.


StandardYou can rent a standard bike.


E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available


Half-boardHalf-board available




Day 1 - Venice

1. Venice.
The cabins are available from 4.30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 p.m.

Day 2 - Venice - free day

In the morning a local guide will let you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.

Day 3 - Venice – Chioggia (30 km)

Cruising out of Venice at a gentle pace, we start our bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of the two islands we explore today. Fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. A short island-hop takes us to Pellestrina, where we cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”. When you arrive in Venice, we recommend you to buy a 48 hour-ticket (you can buy it at the ticket office ACTV of the airport Marco Polo or in Piazzale Roma, price is 30 €). When you take the first ferry, you have to validate it and then it will be valid for the next 48 hours.

Day 4 - Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria (40 km).

A morning stroll through Chioggia’s fish market is recommended and, time allowing, a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Our cycling resumes southbound, into the delta of the imposing Po. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We overnight in Adria, an ancient Greek port once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, also renowned for its Etruscan and Roman heritage.

Day 5 - Adria – Ferrara – Zelo (35 km by bike + 35 km by bus)

After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its overlords, the Este family, this ancient City State attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. A private bus takes us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

Day 6 - Zelo – Mantua (50 km)

After a few km on our bikes, we reach the village of Bergantino where we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Following the river through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where the River Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Leaving the Po behind, we reach Mantua through a magnificent navigation in the afternoon.

Day 7 - Mantua round tour (40 km).

An entire day dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque“lakes” formed by the Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

Day 8 - Mantua

Departure after breakfast. Possibility to book extra nights.

Tour programme variations
The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/ Bianco canal,
which runs parallel to the Po and connects Mantua to the Adriatic Sea. Due to organisational
reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be
subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as
well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on
locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even
request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

Map / Profile

Total Length: 210 km
Total vertical up: 30 m
Terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved


Included / Not included


  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Courtesy kit
  • Daily short cleaning + mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Second tour leader with a minimum of 25 people
  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantua
  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
  • Harbour charges
  • Bus transfer Ferrara-Zelo
  • Boat excursion in the Nature Reserve of the Mincio Park.

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Ticket for public transportation in Venice
  • Tips
  • Everything not included in the section “included in the price”

Cancellation conditions

For the Bike & boat tours the following cancellation fees, calculated on the total amount, apply:

  • 15% up to 90 days prior to departure date
  • 45% from 89 to 60 days prior to departure date
  • 65% from 59 to 30 days prior to departure date
  • 90% from 29 to 7 days prior to departure date
  • 100% from 6 to departure date and no-show


City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:
City bike 27-gear

aluminium frame
rear rack
comfort gel saddle
anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
ergonomic bicycle grips
Speed Lifter system (only for city bikes)

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 combination bike lock

Only for self-guided:
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 repair kit per cabin: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers

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