Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice
    • Travelcode: 168

    Po River by Bike + Boat from Venice

    Acqua e strada e vita

    • Blending nature, culture and fine cuisine, this leisurely bike and barge tour along the waterways of the River Po offers more than just a taster of Northern Italy. It explores celebrated cities of art, one of Europe’s prime Nature Reserves and a wealth of tucked-away rural hamlets along the route, rewarding our daily rides with authentic regional dishes back on board. From the glory of Venice, the lagoon leads us to colourful Chioggia. Next up, the natural wonders of the Po Delta, famed for its birdlife. Then Adria, once a key Roman port, and onwards to Ferrara and Mantua – once major city states crowned by the Italian Renaissance.





      Tour profile / Level 1

      Entirely on level ground and the daily cycling stages vary from 30 km - 55 km. Individual or guided tour (with tour guide). Please inform us by booking which variation you prefer.

      Day 1: Venice

      Individual arrival. The cabins are available from 4.30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 06:30 p.m.

      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. 30 km

      Cruising out of Venice at a gentle pace, you start your bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of the two islands you 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 you to Pellestrina, where you cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where you rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as "Little Venice".

      Day 4: Pellestrina island – Porto Viro – Adria, approx. 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. 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

      You sail for a short stretch and, 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 or extension.

      Important Information:

      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. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are taken by the boat’s captain.



      Airport: Venice (VCE), Verona (VRN)

      Venice airport - shipping pier:
      >> By bus: The Fly BUS ATVO shuttle service leaves every 30 min. (transfer approx. 20 min, approx. EUR 8) Further information via www.atvo.com
      >> By train: Train connections from airport Venice to Venice centre. Further informations via www.trenitalia.com


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

      Pier: Giudecca Island


      Train station: Venice Santa Lucia

      Individual return to Venice: by train, approx. 2,5-3 hours., Price approx. EUR 30-50/person, add. information via www.trenitalia.com


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

      Please note that we do not recommend you to bring your own bikes along, because on Vaperetti are bikes not allowed and you have to use one of these to get to center of Venice.

      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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    • Included services:

      • 7 Nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
      • Full board  (lunch: lunch package)
      • Coffe and tea on board
      • Port charges
      • 1x cabin cleaning & towel change
      • Tourguide*
      • Bus transfer Ferrara-Adria/Ferrara-Zelo
      • Guided Sightseeing Tour in Venice and Mantova
      • Maps and information material per cabin

      • Cheese tasting
      • 2x entrances + guided tours: Museum of "Carousel and Street Entertainment" + cheese factory

      *This tour offers 2 variations, guided (with a tourguide) or individual, please inform us at booking time which of these variations you prefer.

    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S1 03.04. - 10.04.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 17.04. - 24.04.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 01.05. - 08.05.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 15.05. - 22.05.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 29.05. - 05.06.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 12.06. - 19.06.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 26.06. - 03.07.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 10.07. - 17.07.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 24.07. - 31.07.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 07.08. - 14.08.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 21.08. - 28.08.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S3 04.09. - 11.09.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S3 18.09. - 25.09.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S3 02.10. - 09.10.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S3 16.10. - 23.10.21 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 10.04. - 17.04.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 24.04. - 01.05.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 08.05. - 15.05.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 22.05. - 29.05.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 05.06. - 12.06.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 19.06. - 26.06.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 03.07. - 10.07.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 17.07. - 24.07.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 31.07. - 07.08.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 14.08. - 21.08.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S3 28.08. - 04.09.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S3 11.09. - 18.09.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S3 25.09. - 02.10.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S3 09.10. - 16.10.21 MV VITA PUGNA
      S1 23.10. - 30.10.21 MV VITA PUGNA


      Discounts for an additional bed with min. 2 full paying adults / AVE MARIA  
      children 0-2,99 years -100%
      children 3-6,99 years -50%
      children 7-10,99 years -30%
      3rd/4th adult from 11 years -300
      * 4th bed only possible in a superior cabin  
      Discounts for an additional bed with min. 2 full paying adults / VITA PUGNA  
      3rd person (adult & child) -300
      Bicycle and equipment  
      27-speed bike 85
      E-bike 220
      Tagalong RQ
      Child trailor RQ
      Special dietary 50
      Extra nights**
      Mantova 3* (dbl/sgl) 50/80
      Mantova 4* (dbl/sgl) 85/125
      Mestre 3* (dbl/sgl) 65/90
      Mestre 4* (dbl/sgl) 70/105
      Venice 3-4* (dbl/sgl) from 90/150
      ** 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


      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.

      9x 2-twinbed cabins and 1 triple cabin with shower/toilet and portholes.

      The corridor, the lounge and the restaurant are air-conditioned.


      Full board: breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch, cofee and tea on board;


      The Ave Maria offers:

      10 x 2-bed cabins (11 m²)

      4x Superior twin bed cabins (11 m²) - in 3 of them the beds can be combined to a doublebed.

      3x bunkbed cabins, also availabe as single cabins. (7,5 m²).

      2x Superior cabins can be extended to a 3-/4-bed cabin (bunkbed cabins)

      2x 2-bed cabins can be used as a 3-bed cabin.

      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 size is 2.00 x 0.80 m.

      The living area is divided into two areas, the restaurant und the lounge (airconditioned).

      >> Virtual Tour


      Full board: breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch, coffee and tea on bord.


    • 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-unisex-bike
      • E-bikes unisex
      • children seat, children trailer, tagalong


      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. Our research has led us to:

      Kalkhoff, Agattu model
      Motor: 36 volts, 540W/H Impulse, located centrally.
      The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube.
      Gears: Nexus 8-speed.
      Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

      Tip: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle.

      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

    • 5,5 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
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      6,0 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
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      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
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      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
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 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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