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Po River by Bike + Boat from Mantova

Italian treasures between Mantova and Venice

Map Po River by bike & boat

Route

Tour profile / Level 1

This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 25 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The barge 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 barge, to allow easier access onto cycling paths or simply to enjoy the cruise.

Day 1: Mantova

Individual arrival. The cabins are available from 5 pm. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 06:30 pm.

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.

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 – Pellestrina island, 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.

Day 6: Pellestrina island – Venice, approx. 25 km

Venice beckons, but first another world altogether: Pellestrina, the first of two
islands we traverse today – a humble and tranquil fishing backwater, picturesque as ever with its cottages, boats and nets. A short island-hop by ferry lands us on the Lido. 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. We will also visit a historic glass factory on Murano island, with a glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan. After rejoining our barge, an unrushed cruise in front of St Mark’s square takes us to our final destination. After dinner we can savour Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia! Free dinner in Venice.

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

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 cabins with shower/WC 

  • Full board (daily breakfast, 6x self-prepared packed lunches, 6x dinner)

  • Afternoon snack

  • Coffee & tea, water dispenser and ice dispenser on board

  • Welcome drink

  • Towels and bed linen, 1x cabin cleaning

  • Courtesy set

  • All port charges

  • English-speaking cycling tour guide

  • Bus transfer Ferrara-Adriatic Sea/Ferrara-Zelo

  • Guided city tour in Mantua

  • Visit and tasting in a cheese dairy

  • Sightseeing tour: Museum of the "Carousel and Popular Theater" 

  • Visit to a glass blowing workshop

  • Some short walking tours

  • Rental helmet 

  • App with maps, route descriptions, sights and GPS data, digital tour information
    If you would like to cycle the tour individually, we recommend that you bring a cell phone holder and power bank to ensure that the tour runs smoothly.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   05.04. - 12.04.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   19.04. - 26.04.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   03.05. - 10.05.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   17.05. - 24.05.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   31.05. - 07.06.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   14.06. - 21.06.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   28.06. - 05.07.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   12.07. - 19.07.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   26.07. - 02.08.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S2   09.08. - 16.08.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   23.08. - 30.08.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   06.09. - 13.09.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   20.09. - 27.09.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S4   04.10. - 11.10.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S3   18.10. - 25.10.25
    MV AVE MARIA
    S1   12.04. - 19.04.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   26.04. - 03.05.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   10.05. - 17.05.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   24.05. - 31.05.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   07.06. - 14.06.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S3   21.06. - 28.06.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   05.07. - 12.07.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   19.07. - 26.07.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   02.08. - 09.08.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S2   16.08. - 23.08.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   30.08. - 06.09.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   13.09. - 20.09.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   27.09. - 04.10.25
    MV VITA PUGNA
    S4   11.10. - 18.10.25
    MV VITA PUGNA

    Extras

    Price 3rd person in cabin (no age restriction)
    Vita Pugna S1 770
    Vita Pugna S2 1170
    Vita Pugna S3 1270
    Vita Pugna S4 1380
    Ave Maria S1 950
    Ava Maria S2 1530
    Ave Maria S3 1690
    Ave Maria S4 1850
       
    Bicycle and equipment
    27-speed bike 110
    E-bike 270
    helmet included
    Tagalong on request
    Child trailor on request
       
    Special dietary
    special diet (vegan, lactose free or gluten free) 65
    *we cannot guarantee to fully avoid any cross contamination with allergenes.
       
    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

    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)

    Venice airport (VCE) - Mantova
    From airport to Venezia-Mestre train station: Fly Bus ATVO shuttle service leaves every 30 min (duration: approx. 20 min, € 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, € 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, € 6,- per ticket)
    From Verona Porta Nuova train station to Mantova: train connections (approx. 45 min, ticket approx. € 4-6,- depending on the type of train)


    Arrival by 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. € 8,-) Radio Taxi Mantova tel.: 0039 0376 368 844; Further information ref. arrival by train via >>trenitalia.com


    Arrival by car

    Parking: Mantova, parking free of charge, parking garage approx. € 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, € 12,- per day
    Parking Mazzini: (via G. Mazzini, 7) guarded parking opened 24 hours a day; located approx. 1.5 km from the port, € 80,- per week. (no pre-reservation possible)


    Departure

    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. € 30-50/person.


    Participants

    Minimum: 12 guests


    Additional information

    Please enter your cell phone number when booking!

    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. 

    Videos

    Travel stories

    5,4 of 6 Stars | 5
    Great little boat with a lovely crew. Comfy bikes in good condition, easy to ride...A.S. 07/15
    5.8 17.10.2022 | Roy S. Po River by Bike + Boat from Mantova

    Bella italia

    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.2 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
    • Per-Tour information 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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