Venice to Mantova Cycling Holidays
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Venice to Mantova (Bike and Barge) Cycling Holliday
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £1049 per person
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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.

We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 4.30 p.m. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6.30 – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitivo. After dinner we can savour Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia

Day 2. Venice

After breakfast – and perhaps following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader – we all meet up with our Venetian guide for a tour through the historic centre. Christened La Serenissima (“The Most Serene”), the Venetian Republic held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries – both as a military power and a beacon of culture, her explorers reaching as far as China and Newfoundland. After your guided tour, you have the afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace.

Day 3. Venice – Pellestrina island (30 km)

Leaving Venice behind after a gentle cruise in front of St Mark’s square, 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 ruling family, the Este, this city state attracted architects, artists and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated worldwide ever since. To this day, Ferrara University ranks among the best, and the town is dubbed the ‘‘Cycling Capital of Italy”. A private bus and trailer take 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)

This morning we head for the village of Bergantino, home of the distinctive Museum of Fairground Rides and its collection of street organs, all expertly restored (and thunderous!). But first things first: we are in the heartland of Grana Padano – the arch-rival of Parmesan – and after visiting the local cheese factory, we enjoy a degustazione of sharp and seasoned Grana, washed down with a glass of Valpolicella. After our customary picnic lunch, we leave Bergantino and follow the river to Ostiglia, famed for its medieval fortress and the fierce fighting that took place here in 1945, as the Allies and partisans drove Hitler’s forces back. We ride on and rejoin our barge at Governolo Lock, where Mantua’s River Mincio flows into the Po. Veering north, we cruise through the lush wetlands that finally emerge into the glorious “lakes” of Mantua.

Day 7. Mantua round tour (35 km)

A 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 and now considered by many as Italy’s Sleeping Beauty”. This afternoon we meet our Mantuan guide for a walking tour of the historic centre, and enjoy the rest of the day in town, at our own leisure.

Day 8. Mantua

Departure after breakfast.

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?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the Ave Maria

The boat Ave Maria is equipped with:

4 Superior Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 4 persons adding 2 bunk beds) above deck, approx. 11 m2;

10 Standard Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 3 persons adding 1 bunk bed) below deck, approx. 11 m2;

3 bunk bed cabins (also available as Single cabins) below deck, approx. 7.5 m2.

All cabins enjoy sizeable windows (the ones in the Superior cabins can also be partially opened), comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities, air conditioning and safety box. Bed/bunk size is 2.00 × 0.80 m. Most of the double beds can be separated into two single beds.

The air-conditioned living area measures 11 × 7.5 m and is divided into two parts: the Restaurant (up to 33 seats) and the Lounge (up to 28 seats).

EXTRA FEATURES

2 sundecks
Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
Free wi-fi in the common areas
Large 55” screen in the lounge for video
Dedicated bike storage (for approx. 40 hanging bikes)
Hair-dryers (limited number) available on request
Complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap

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.: lactose free, gluten free) possible on request and must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

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

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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

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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: Ave Maria from Venice

Prices per person including bike hire:

4th April 2020: £1049 per person
18th April 2020: £1489 per person
2nd May 2020: £1489 per person
16th May 2020: £1489 per person
30th May 2020: £1489 per person
13th June 2020: £1489 per person
27th June 2020: £1489 per person
11th July 2020: £1489 per person
25th July 2020: £1489 per person
8th August 2020: £1489 per person
22nd August 2020: £1489 per person
5th September 2020: £1689 per person
19th September 2020: £1689 per person
3rd October 2020: £1689 per person
17th October 2020: £1689 per person
Single cabin supplement (limited number): £289
Rental bike (Included)
E-Bike (Payable locally): £109

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

Prices per person including bike hire:

11th April 2020: £1489 per person
25th April 2020: £1489 per person
9th May 2020: £1489 per person
23rd May 2020: £1489 per person
6th June 2020: £1489 per person
20th June 2020: £1489 per person
4th July 2020: £1489 per person
18th July 2020: £1489 per person
1st August 2020: £1489 per person
15th August 2020: £1489 per person
29th August 2020: £1689 per person
12th September 2020: £1689 per person
26th September 2020: £1689 per person
10th October 2020: £1689 per person
24th October 2020: £1049 per per person
Single cabin supplement (limited number): £289
Rental bike (Included)
E-Bike (Payable locally): £109

Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday







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

Holiday Price: £1049
Single Supplement: From £289

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