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Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

Italian treasures between Venice and Mantua

Map

Route

Tour profile / Level 1

The tour runs continuously through the lowlands and the daily distance varies between a distance of 25 and 55 km. Most of the cycling route runs along rivers and canals on asphalt bike paths or roads with little traffic. In order to make the exit from the cities more comfortable or also to shorten the stages, partial sections - mostly in the morning during breakfast - are covered by boat.

Day 1: Venice

Individual arrival. The cabins are available from 6 pm The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 06:30 pm.

Day 2: Venice

In the morning you discover the capital of the ancient "Serenissima Republic of Venice" with a guide which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. Afterwards you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore the islands.

Day 3: Venice – Pellestrina island , approx. 25 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 – Porto Viro – Adria, approx. 40 km

A morning stroll through the 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. You stay 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, approx. 35 km + Bus transfer

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

Day 6: Zelo – Mantova, approx. 50 km

Back on our bikes, you reach the village of Bergantino where you 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, you reach Mantua through a magnificent navigation in the afternoon.

Day 7: Roundtrip Mantova, approx. 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 afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town. Aboard a motorboat you will then have the possibility to drive through the Mincio Nationalpark.

Day 8: Mantova

Individual departure after breakfast until 09:00 am or extension.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Normally you follow the canals Fissero/Bianco, which flow parallel to the river Po, connecting Mantova with the Adriatic Sea. For organizational reasons, because of the weather conditions or according to the regulations of the local authorities, some changes in the itinerary may occur before and/or during the vacation. High and low water, as well as logistical obstacles, such as (unpredictable) maintenance works over bridges or locks can change the daily routes or landing points and may even require a bus transfer may be required. The decision is made solely by the captain.

Services

  • 7 Nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet

  • Full borad (daily breakfast, self packed lunch packeges, 6x dinner)

  • Coffe and tea on board 

  • Port charges

  • 1x cabin cleaning & towel change (mid-week)

  • Tourguide (optional)

  • Bus transfer as advertised

  • Guided Sightseeing Tour in Mantova

  • Cheese tasting

  • Entrance Museum of "Carousel and Street Entertainment"

  • Visit of historic glass facoty on Murano island

  • Welcome drink

  • Courtesy kit

  • Bike helmet

  • Some short walking tours

  • Digital maps- and information material per cabin

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   13.04. - 20.04.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   27.04. - 04.05.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   11.05. - 18.05.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   25.05. - 01.06.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   08.06. - 15.06.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   22.06. - 29.06.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   06.07. - 13.07.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   20.07. - 27.07.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   03.08. - 10.08.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   17.08. - 24.08.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    **Special** 200€ discount per person!
    S4   31.08. - 07.09.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   14.09. - 21.09.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   28.09. - 05.10.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   12.10. - 19.10.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   26.10. - 02.11.24
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   20.04. - 27.04.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    CANCELLED
    S3   04.05. - 11.05.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   18.05. - 25.05.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   01.06. - 08.06.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   15.06. - 22.06.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   29.06. - 06.07.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   13.07. - 20.07.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   27.07. - 03.08.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   10.08. - 17.08.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   24.08. - 31.08.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    **Special** 200€ discount per person!
    S4   07.09. - 14.09.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   21.09. - 28.09.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   05.10. - 12.10.24
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   19.10. - 26.10.24
    MV VITA PUGNA

    Extras

    Price 3rd person in cabin (no age restriction)
    Vita Pugna S1 750
    Vita Pugna S2 1100
    Vita Pugna S3 1200
    Vita Pugna S4 1300
    Ave Maria S1 900
    Ava Maria S2 1450
    Ave Maria S3 1600
    Ave Maria S4 1750
       
    Bicycle and equipment
    27-speed bike 110
    E-bike 270
    Tagalong RQ
    Child trailor RQ
       
    Special dietary
    vegan, lactose free or gluten free (to be announced at booking) 50
       
    Extra nights**
    Mantova 3* (dbl/sgl) on request
    Mantova 4* (dbl/sgl) on request
    Mestre 3* (dbl/sgl) on request
    Mestre 4* (dbl/sgl) on request
    Venice 3-4* (dbl/sgl) on request
    ** With breakfast, Local taxes to be paid on site  

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    Your vessel for this tour will be the VITA PUGNA, or the Ave Maria


    VITA PUGNA

    The Vita Pugna is a wonderful romantic Dutch barge which we have been sailing since 2008 with after her long voyage from Amsterdam to the Po river. >>more


    AVE MARIA

    The Ave Maria is renovated in winter 2010/2011 and is a very comfortable moter vessel. Enjoy the sundecks after a day full of cycling! >>more

     

    Bicycle


    Important information: Own bikes are not allowed on board!


     

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    The offered bikes are citybikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

    You can choose between the following bikes:

    • 27-speed-hybrid-bike women/men
    • 9-speed E-bikes unisex
    • child seat, child trailer, tagalong

    The rental bikes are equipped with a spacious waterproof side bag, lock, handlebar bag or card holder. Each room receives a repair kit.


    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelcs

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the Great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. E-Bikes are great development and let people of different fitness levels enjoy a ride together.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Venice (VCE), Verona (VRN)
    By bus from VCE: The Fly BUS ATVO shuttle service leaves every 30 min. (transfer approx. 20 min, approx. € 8,-) Further information >>here
    By train: Train connections from airport Venice to Venice centre. Further informations >>here


    Arrival by car

    Parking: near Venice/Mestre, parking lot approx. EUR 60/week.

    Parcheggio Gregory (Piazzale Stazione 23) in front of the railway station, under a closed circuit security surveillance. (Costs approx. € 16,- per day)

    Parecheggio Stazione (Viale Stazione 10) in front of the railway station, under video surveillance. (Costs approx. € 16,- a day)

    Pier: Giudecca Island


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Venice Santa Lucia
    Individual return to Venice: by train, approx. 2,5-3 hours., Price approx. € 30-50,-/person, add. information via >>trenitalia.com


    Participants

    Minimum: 12 guests


    Additional information

    Please leave a mobile phone number when booking this tour!

    Taxes for add. overnight stays pre-/after the tour to be paid on spot.

    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,-).

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    Travel stories

    5,4 of 6 Stars | 7
    We thought the barge Ave Maria was great, well appointed/designed. We thought the crew on board were so warm, friendly and very professional. We also thought the food was fantastic. The daily organization was excellent...O.B. 09/17
    5.4 25.07.2019 | Jonathan L. Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

    Enjoyed the tour

    1. Boat Air Condition did not work for about 3 days. This was very unpleasent to say the least. A cabin with no window that can be open made the situation and sleeping very dificult. 2. Wi Fi on board was poor [Very narrow band] and was on from 07:00-23:00 ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    6 24.09.2017 | Ola B. Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

    A Happy Cyclist

    We thought the barge Ave Maria was great, well appointed/designed. We thought the crew on board were so warm, friendly and very professional. We also thought the food was fantastic. The daily organization was excellent
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.5 29.06.2017 | Stephen M. Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

    Venice and Mantova - it’s going to be special!

    OverallThis is a very special tour. Of course, it has all the usual advantages of boat and bike tours (your “hotel” moves with you so you don’t have to pack your bags every day), the number of people on board makes for a sociable experience ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    4.5 02.05.2017 | Jeffrey P. Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

    Pre-journey travel guide

    The R&R travel guide ("Your Travel Information") we received prior to our journey needs to be updated. Specifically, the map for locating the Ave Maria in Venice on page 12 is inaccurate. The pathway indicated by the dotted red line no longer connects ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 3
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 3
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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