Po River by Bike + Boat from Mantova
    • Travelcode: 169

    Po River by Bike + Boat from Mantova

    Acqua e strada e vita

    • A bike & boat tour with Vita Pugna or Ave Maria along the Mincio and Po, from Mantova to Venice. The route winds its way, penetrating into rural areas of the Italian countryside which are still natural, and ends in the warm embrace of the Venetian Lagoon. This territory has been reclaimed from the marshes for many centuries now and is framed by green pine-woods which offer protection for numerous species of animals.




      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: Mantova

      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: 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 late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town before you will have the possiblity to look after a huge variety of different bird species from a motorboat that leads you through the Mincio Nationalpark. 

      Day 3: Mantova – Governolo – Zelo, approx. 50 km

      A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes you 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, you saddle your bikes and follow the Po through Ostiglia (famed forits medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here you visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Finally, you reach Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

      Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria, approx. 50 km + 60 km bus transfer

      After breakfast you will continue your 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.

      Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia, approx. 40 km

      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, then you follow the Po-Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. Your overnight stop is the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as "Little Venice".

      Day 6: Chioggia – Venice, approx. 30 km

      A morning visit to the fish market is recommended and, time allowing, you also climb up Chioggia’s millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. You then enjoy some island hopping in the lagoon itself by bike and boat, starting with your barge dropping you 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, your floating hotel takes you to your marina in Venice, for the culmination of your bike and boat holiday.

      Day 7: 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 8: Venice

      Individual departure or extension.

      Important Information:

      The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the river Po and connects Mantova to the Adriatic Sea. Issues with high and low leveled 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 (VCE) - Mantova

      >>From airport to Venezia-Mestre train station: Fly Bus ATVO shuttle service leaves every 30 min (duration: approx. 20 min, EUR 6 per ticket) For further information: www.atvo.it
      >>From Venezia-Mestre train station to Mantova: several train connections to Mantova with at least one change in Verona Porta Nuova (approx. 150 min, EUR 30-50 depending on the type of train)

      Verona airport (VRN) - Mantova

      >>From airport to Verona Porta Nuova train station: daily connection aerobus shuttle service to the station of Verona Porta Nuova every 20 min (approx. 20 min, EUR 6 per ticket)
      >>From Verona Porta Nuova train station to Mantova: train connections (approx. 45 min, ticket approx. EUR 4-6 depending on the type of train)


      Train station: Mantova

      From the train station Mantova you can reach dock Porto Catena (shipping pier) on foot (2 km) or by taxi (approx. EUR 8) Radio Taxi Mantova tel.: 0039 0376 368 844; Further information ref. arrival by train via www.trenitalia.com


      Parking: Mantova, parking free of charge, parking garage approx. EUR 70/week

      Mantova is located near lake Garda at the highway A22. (so-called Brennero-highway) Exit in Mantova Nord and follow the indications to the centre of the city. You can choose to unload the car near the boat and then park the car, or to park the car first and walk to the boat.

      >> Parking Piazza Anconetta: free and unguarded parking at approx. 500 m from the port CATENA
      >> Parking at Albergo Bianchi: near the railway station (Piazza Don Leoni, 24, Telnr.: 0039 0376 326465) guarded parking place near the hotel, EUR 12 per day
      >> Parking Mazzini: (via G. Mazzini, 7) guarded parking opened 24 hours a day; located approx. 1.5 km from the port, EUR 80 per week. (no pre-reservation possible)


      Transfer: return transfer to Mantova with at least 1 change in Verona (depending on train connection): by train, approx. 2,5-3 hours., Price approx. EUR 30-50/person.


      This tour offers 2 variations, guided (with a tour guide) or individual, please inform us at booking which of these variations you prefer. Taxes for add. overnight stays prior/after the tour are to be paid on site.


      Please note that we don´t recommend to bring your own bikes along, because in Venice the bikes are not allowed on Vaparetti.

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    • Included services:

      • 7 Nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
      • Full board (lunch: lunch package)
      • Coffee and tea on board
      • Port charges
      • 1x cabin cleaning & towel change
      • Tourguide (optional)
      • Bus transfer Ferrara-Adria/Ferrara-Zelo
      • 1x drive with a motorboat (through Mincio Nationalpark)

      • Guided Sightseeingtour in Venice and Mantova
      • Cheese tasting
      • Guided tours: Museum of Carousel and Street Entertainment + Grana Padano Cheese Factory
      • Maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S1 28.03. - 04.04.20 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 11.04. - 18.04.20 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 25.04. - 02.05.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 09.05. - 16.05.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 23.05. - 30.05.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 06.06. - 13.06.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 20.06. - 27.06.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 04.07. - 11.07.20 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 18.07. - 25.07.20 MV AVE MARIA
      S2 01.08. - 08.08.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S2 15.08. - 22.08.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S3 29.08. - 05.09.20 MV AVE MARIA
      S3 12.09. - 19.09.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S3 26.09. - 03.10.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S3 10.10. - 17.10.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S1 24.10. - 31.10.20 MV AVE MARIA Fully booked
      S1 04.04. - 11.04.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 18.04. - 25.04.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 02.05. - 09.05.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 16.05. - 23.05.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 30.05. - 06.06.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 13.06. - 20.06.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 27.06. - 04.07.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 11.07. - 18.07.20 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 25.07. - 01.08.20 MV VITA PUGNA
      S2 08.08. - 15.08.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S2 22.08. - 29.08.20 MV VITA PUGNA
      S3 05.09. - 12.09.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S3 19.09. - 26.09.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S3 03.10. - 10.10.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked
      S3 17.10. - 24.10.20 MV VITA PUGNA Fully booked


      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 195
      Helmet 15
      Tagalong 85
      Child trailor 85
      Special dietary 50
      Extra nights
      Mantova 3* (dbl/sgl) 50/80
      Mantova 4* (dbl/sgl) from 85/125
      Venice/Mestre 3-4* (dbl/sgl) 65/90
      Venice 2-3* (dbl/sgl) from 65/from 100
      Venice 3-4* (dbl/sgl) from 90/from 150

      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.

    • 5,3 06.07.2015 | Alison S. Po River by Bike & Boat / Mantua - Venice

      Week on Ave Maria from Mantova to Venice

      Great little boat with a lovely crew. Comfy bikes in good condition, easy to ride. On and off boat very slick. Whole trip was well organized with good food and plenty of it. Downside was noise at night of boat generator and aircon (cabin 3) but solved ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5

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