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Bike and Boat Italy - from Mantova to Venice


About your bike tour

This guided bike and boat our starts in the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantova and winds its way along the Mincio and the Po, following the natural course of the longest Italian river.

After a wonderful trip from the countryside to the Po delta, with its incredible wildlife, the most beautiful town of the world is waiting for you: Venice!

The ship will sail some of the way during breakfast or evening meal to make getting out of the towns easier or to shorten the stages.


Itinerary

The cabins are available from 4 p.m. The boat is moored at Porto Catena, just a short walk from the city centre. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 p.m. Mantova is one of the most beautiful towns in Northern Italy, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces, thanks to the financial support of the famous Gonzaga family.

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 and now considered by many as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes us to Governolo, where it flows into the Po and forms the largest inland basin in Italy. At Governolo Lock, once a vital staging post for local navigation, we saddle our bikes and follow the Po through Ostiglia (famed for
its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Finally, we reach Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

After breakfast we continue our bike and boat adventure cycling towards Ferrara, another key City State of ancient Italy. You will visit this historic town and discover its little touched centre, still surrounded by the original city walls. From Ferrara a short transfer by private coach will take you to Adria. Once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, Adria was an ancient Greek port, famous for trading Baltic amber. Its remarkable museum also bears witness to its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage.

An exhilarating day of discovery alternating sailing and cycling starts with a short cruise to our drop-off point at Porto Viro and the exploration of the Po’s delta. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. At the mouth of the River Adige, which flows fast and cool from the Dolomites, we then follow the Po-Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. Our overnight stop is the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as “Little Venice”.

A morning visit to the fish market is recommended and, time allowing, we also climb up Chioggia’s millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. We then enjoy some island hopping in the lagoon itself by bike and boat, starting with our barge dropping us off on Pellestrina (home to the Ca’ Roman nature reserve); and continuing by public ferry for the short crossing to
the Lido island. Celebrated by Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) and particularly 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. Finally, our floating hotel takes us to our marina in Venice, for the culmination of our bike and boat holiday.

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.

After breakfast end of services. Possibility either to book extra nights or to combine with following tours: Venice–Porecˇ or Veneto.


Photos of this bike tour


What we love

  • arriving at Ostiglia with its unique medieval fortress followed by a wonderful cheese tasting
  • cycling to the walled city of Farrara and and enjoying a guided visit of the historical centre
  • riding into the maze of the Po Delta, an uncontaminated paradise between marshes and lagoons
  • boating on the Venetian lagoon and witnessing age old fishing customs with grand view of St Marks
  • waking up to a wonderful day to discover the multitude of magnificent historical sites in Venice

What to know

  • This tour operates in both directions. Please ask about a detailed itinerary for tours from Venice to Mantova.
  • The tour is entirely in the low lands and the daily cycling stages vary from 30 km to 55 km
  • much of the pedalling is along rivers and canals on tarmac cycle paths or roads with a low volume of car traffic.

Arrival Info

Shuttle service from area airport or train station available upon request.

Departure Info

Shuttle service to area airport or train station available upon request.

Tour Season

April 4th – October 3rd 2015


Tour Dates

Accommodation & Rates

  • $1,839: Double Room (1 bed)
  • $1,839: Double Room (2 beds)
  • $2,055: Superior Cabin
  • $2,302: Single Room

Included

  • 7 overnights, full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • guided tours 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

Not included

  • beverages on board (aside from hot drinks)
  • museums, fees and extras in general
  • one ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about 9 €)

Description of Accommodation during the bike tour

AVE MARIA
Modern, bright and spacious, the Ave Maria was designed by a well-known team of italian architects and launched in 2011.

Capacity: 40 guests Lengtht: 41 m Width: 7.5 m Draught: 1.05 m
4 Superior Double cabins (two of these can accomodate up to 4 persons adding 2 bunk beds) above deck, approx. 11 m2
10 Standard Double cabins (three of these can accomodate 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 opened), comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Bed/bunk size is 2.00 x 0.80 m.
Each double bed can be separated into two single beds.
The corridor is air-conditioned. Bed size is 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m

The Living Area measures 11 x 7.5 m and air-conditioned, it is divided in two areas: 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 with 2 computers
Large 55” screen in the lounge for video/internet
Dedicated bike storage (for approx. 40 hanging bikes)
Hair-dryers (limited number) available on request


Seasons

Off Season Discount
  • - $300.00: Early Season Discount - Mantova to Venice (April 4th – April 11th)
  • - $300.00: Early Season Discount - Venice to Mantova (April 11th – April 18th)
  • - $300.00: Early Season Discount - Mantova to Venice (April 18th – April 25th)
High Season Markup
  • + 2c: Early Season Discount - Venice to Mantova (April 25th – May 2nd)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (May 2nd – May 9th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (May 9th – May 16th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (May 16th – May 23rd)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (May 23rd – May 30th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (May 30th – June 6th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (June 6th – June 13th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (June 13th – June 20th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (June 20th – June 27th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (June 27th – July 4th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (July 4th – July 11th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (July 11th – July 18th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (July 18th – July 25th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (July 25th – August 1st)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (August 1st – August 8th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (August 8th – August 15th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (August 15th – August 22nd)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (August 22nd – August 29th)
  • + $240.00: High Season Surchrage - Venice to Mantova (August 29th – September 5th)
  • + $240.00: High Season Surchrage - Mantova to Venice (September 5th – September 12th)
  • + $240.00: High Season Surchrage - Venice to Mantova (September 12th – September 19th)
  • + $240.00: High Season Surchrage - Mantova to Venice (September 19th – September 26th)
  • + $240.00: High Season Surchrage - Venice to Mantova (September 26th – October 3rd)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (October 3rd – October 10th)
  • + 2c: Venice to Mantova (October 10th – October 17th)
  • + 2c: Mantova to Venice (October 17th – October 24th)

Photos of Accommodation

Photos are examples, actual hotel & room may vary.


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Location
Northern Italy
Distance:
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Type of Biking:
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