Venice to Mantova Cycling Holidays
Start: Venice

Your Itinerary


Venice to Mantova (Bike and Barge)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £839 per person
Full holiday prices by date are shown on the ‘Book Now’ tab.

Book the Venice to Mantova cycling holiday here >>

Tour Highlights
• Start your bike and barge adventure on the Lido
• Cycle towards the Ca Roman nature reserve
• Sail to the bustling and colourful fishing harbour of Chioggia known as Little Venice
• Combine cycling with river cruising

Route features
This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 30 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads.The boat 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 boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 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.

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 is where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”.

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 just a few kilometers on the bike we reach the village of Bergantino for a visit of the 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.

Map & Route Information

Route Features
This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 30 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads.The boat 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 boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


View Larger Map

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the Vita Pugna
The Vita Pugna is a wonderfully romantic Dutch barge which we have been sailing since 2008, after her long voyage from Amsterdam to the river Po.

VITA PUGNA

Capacity: 21 guests
Lenght: 36 m
Width: 5.4 m
Draught: 1.60 m

CABINS

10 Standard Twin cabins (including one accommodating up to 3 guests) of 7/8 m2. All cabins are equipped with comfortable low twin beds and en-suite facilities. They also offer the convenience of attractive, traditional portholes, which can be opened for fresh air. The corridor is air-conditioned. Bed size is 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m

THE LIVING AREA

There is a spacious air-conditioned lounge/restaurant with 5 tables, accommodating up to 23 guests.

EXTRA FEATURES

1 sundeck
Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
Free wi-fi with 2 computers
Dedicated bike storage

Important Information:

• The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

The bike tours are guided or individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with detailed bicycle maps and directions. You can choose. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.

Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request and must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport.

Included services

- 7 overnights, full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
– Tour Leader on board and on bike
– Sheets and towels
– Route -description and maps
– Bus transfer Ferrara- Adria/Ferrara-Zelo
– Harbour charges
– Coffee -tea and other hot drinks on board
– Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
– Guided visit in Venice and Mantova, visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano, visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

Star Star Star
Rental Bike Information

After years of touring throughout Europe, opinions and feed-back by customers, road and workshop tests you will use a bike, which is perfect for the city, but above all suitable for trekking: solid, reliable and with excellent technical characteristics.

27-gear City Sports Bike

TYRES: Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon plus
GEAR: Shimano Deore LX 27 gears or Shimano Nexus 7 gears with pedal brake.
SADDLE: Selle Royal www.selleroyal.com
HANDLEBAR GRIPS: Ergonomic

27-gear unisex City Sports Bike

TYRES: Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon plus
GEAR: Shimano Deore LX 27 gears or Shimano Nexus 7 gears with pedal brake.
SADDLE: Selle Royal www.selleroyal.com
HANDLEBAR GRIPS: Ergonomic

Star Star Star

Your Prices

Venice to Mantova (Bike and Barge)
8 days, 7 nights

Prices shown are per person and include full board accommodation.

Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays only
Your Ship: Vita Pugna from Venice

Prices per person including bike hire:

15th April 2017: £839 per person
29th April 2017: £969 per person
13th May 2017: £969 per person
27th May 2017: £969 per person
10th June 2017: £969 per person
24th June 2017: £969 per person
8th July 2017: £969 per person
22nd July 2017: £969 per person
5th August 2017: £969 per person
19th August 2017: £969 per person
2nd September 2017: £1029 per person
16th September 2017: £1029 per person
30th September 2017: £1029 per person
14th October 2017: £969 per person

Single cabin supplement (limited number): £xxx
Rental bike (Included)
E-Bike (Payable locally): £79

Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays only
Your Ship: Ave Maria from Venice

Prices per person including bike hire:

8th April 2017: £969 per person
22nd April 2017: £969 per person
6th May 2017: £1159 per person
20th May 2017: £1159 per person
3rd June 2017: £1159 per person
17th June 2017: £1159 per person
1st July 2017: £1159 per person
15th July 2017: £1159 per person
29th July 2017: £1159 per person
12th August 2017: £1159 per person
26th August 2017: £1309 per person
9th September 2017: £1309 per person
23rd September 2017: £1309 per person
7th October 2017: £1159 per person

Single cabin supplement (limited number): £xxx
Rental bike (Included)
E-Bike (Payable locally): £79

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Holiday Price: From £839
Single Supplement: From £279

Click here to book now
Call: 0800 731 1631

Walking holidays in Europe

Wheel2Wheel Holidays, part of Sports Tours International Ltd. 91 Walkden Road, Walkden, Manchester, UK, M28 7BQ

Registered in England 2207655 VAT: 480 3031 80