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From Venice to Mantua

From Venice to Mantua

Along the Po river

Italy

8-days / 7 nights - 5 biking days

Guided group tour or Self-guided individual tour

Length 190 km / 115 miles

Grade of difficulty: Easy

Total vertical up: 20 m, terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved

Route: this cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily
stages vary from 25 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and
canals, or quiet country roads. The barge is moored at night and typically sets sail
after breakfast, meeting up with the bikes in the afternoon. Some parts of the
itinerary are undertaken by barge, to allow easier access onto cycling paths or
simply to enjoy the cruise.

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.

Easy

EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Self Guided

Self GuidedYou cycle alone without a cycling guide with provided itinerary, maps, GPS - exact documents depends on the exact tour.

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.

Standard

StandardYou can rent a standard bike.

E-bike

E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available

Full board

Full boardFull board available

Linear

Linear

Travel dates

15.08.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

22.08.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

29.08.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

05.09.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

12.09.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

19.09.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

26.09.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

03.10.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

10.10.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

17.10.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

24.10.2020

Direction: Mantua-Venice
Boat: Ave Maria

24.10.2020

Direction: Venice-Mantua
Boat: Ave Maria

Itinerary

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 – Pellestrina island (30 km)

Leaving Venice behind after a gentle cruise in front of St Mark’s square, our first stop will be on Murano island, where we will visit a historic glass factory, with a glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan. Then our cycling adventure starts on the Lido, the first of two islands we traverse today. Fashionable in high society ever since 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 by ferry takes us into another world: Pellestrina, where we ride past the picturesque cottages and boats of this humble fishing backwater. We rejoin our barge just in front of Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing hub known as “Little Venice”.

Day 4 - Pellestrina island – Po Delta Nature Reserve – Adria (40 km).

We open the day with a stroll through Chioggia, followed perhaps by a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views.
Weather permitting, we can also bask in the sun at a fine-sand beach nearby: a dip in the Adriatic, a hot savoury piadina – and you are well and truly local!
Then onwards into the delta of the life-giving Po. This unique wetland is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We moor for the night in Adria, a key Roman port, once washed by the waters of the sea which bears its name. Adria is also renowned for its Etruscan and Greek heritage. An after-dinner passeggiata into town for a well-earned grappa or gelato is in order.

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

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Included / Not included

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
-Complimentary courtesy kit
-Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
-Bike helmet
-Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
-English speaking tour leader within an international group
-Second tour leader with a minimum of 25 people (only aboard Ave Maria)
-Guided visit in Venice and Mantua
-Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
-Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
-Visit of a historic glass factory on Murano island
-Harbour charges
-Bus transfer Ferrara-Zelo / Ferrara-Adria


Not included
-Beverages on board
-Museums, fees and extras in general
Ticket for public transportation in Venice and lagoon (we suggest the ACTV 48h ticket,30 €)
-Tips
-Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Date / Price

Direction Mantua-Venice
-Ave Maria: SA 28.03, 11.04, 25.04, 9.05, 23.05, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 1.08, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09, 10.10, 24.10.2020
-Vita Pugna: SA 4.04, 18.04, 2.05, 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 25.07, 8.08, 22.08, 5.09, 19.09, 3.10, 17.10.2020

Direction Venice-Mantua
-Ave Maria: SA 4.04, 18.04, 2.05, 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 25.07, 8.08, 22.08, 5.09, 19.09, 3.10, 17.10.2020
-Vita Pugna: SA 11.04, 25.04, 9.05, 23.05, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 1.08, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09, 10.10, 24.10.2020

Seasons
Value: 28.03 - 4.04.2020 and 24.10.2020
Standard: 11.04 - 22.08.2020
High: 29.08 - 17.10.2020

Price per person:
-Ave Maria: 990 € standard cabin (below deck), value season
-Vita Pugna: 890 € value season

Supplements per person (Ave Maria/Vita Pugna):
300/350 € single cabin
140 € superior cabin - only Ave Maria
460/290 € standard season
670/400 € high season
50 € special diet (gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan diets)

85 € bike
195 € E-bike

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast*:
50/80 € 3* hotel in Mantua
from 85/125 € 4* hotel in Mantua
65/90 € 3/4* hotel in Mestre
from 90/150 € 3/4* hotel in Venice
*local taxes to be paid on site

Reductions
200 € bunk bed cabin (below deck) - only Ave Maria
300 € 3rd/4th adult in the room/cabin

Children reductions:
100% 0-2 years
50% 3-6 years
30% 7-10 years
Discount only applying if a child is occupying 3rd or 4th bed in the cabin. 4th bed only in the superior cabins available.

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

Bikes

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
Electro-bike

Features:
aluminium frame
mudguard
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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Testimonials

You can find testimonials on our other website www.bicycle-tours.cz

The tour is organized by GIROLIBERO S.R.L. Fiscal Code 03794470249

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