Starting from the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantova this itinerary 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 Po Delta, with its unbelievable wildlife, the most beautiful town of the world is waiting for you: Venice!
2019 Pricing on the Comfort Barge, the Vita Pugna:
Value Season (April 6) starting at $1270.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.
Standard Season (April 13 to August 24) starting at $1530.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.
High Season (August 31 – October 12 ) starting at $1660.00 per person based on double occupancy.
*Includes Helmet rental.
**Upgraded E-bike available for additional $275.00 USD per person.
***An additional $65.00 will be charged for clients requesting Vegan or Gluten Free meals
2019 Dates on the Vita Pugna Barge:
From Venice: April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; Sept 14, 28; Oct 12.
From Mantova: April 6, 20; May 4,
18; June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24; September 7, 21; October 5
2019 Pricing on the Comfort Deluxe Barge, the Ave Maria
Value Season (March 30-April 6) from $1405.00 USD per person based on double occupancy and cabin category.
Standard Season (April 13 – August 24; October 19) starting at $1855.00 USD per person based on double occupancy and cabin category.
High Season (August 31 – October 12) from $2120.00 USD per person based on double occupancy and cabin category.
*The Ave Maria has several cabin categories, contact Nancy for more information.
**Helmet rental is included
***Upgraded E-bike available for additional $240 USD per person
****An additional $65 will be charged for those clients requesting Vegan or Gluten Free meals
2019 Dates on the Ave Maria Barge:
From Venice: April 6, 20; May 4, 18; June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24; September 7, 21; October 5, 19
From Mantova to Venice: March 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; September 14, 28; October 12
Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate. Single prices and 3rd/4th person in cabin discounts are available upon request.
Along the Beach Cycling Through Town
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Mantova
The cabins are available from 4:30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Mantova, round tour (40 km up 0 m).
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.
Day 3: Mantova-Governolo-Zelo (50 km by bike, eleveation up 0 m)
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.
Day 4: Zelo-Ferrara-Adria (50 km by bike + 60 km by bus, elevation up 0 m)
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.
Day 5: Adria-Porto Viro-Chioggia (40 km, elevation up 0 m).
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”.
Day 6: Chioggia -Venice (30 km, elevation up 0 m)
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.
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
After breakfast and the customary goodbyes if you haven’t booked any additional nights your tour has ended.
(subject to changes)
Included in tour:
- 7 nights’ accommodation aboard the Comfort barge Vita Pugna OR the luxury comfort barge Ave Maria, with lower beds, and air conditioning in the cabins of the Ave Maria.
- Bicycle and helmet rental
- Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made/packed lunch)
- Tea/Coffee and other hot drinks on board
- Bed and Bath linens for cabin
- Detailed route description and maps
- Bus transfer Ferrara-Adria/Ferrara-Zelo
- Accompanying Tour leader on board and on bike
- Mid week cabin service and change of linens
- Guided visit in Venice & Mantova
- Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
- Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
- Harbour charges
- Bus transfer Ferrara-Zelo/Ferrara-Adria
Not included in tour:
- Museums and extras in general
- One ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about 9 EU)
- Alcoholic beverages available on board
- Gratuities to crew (please tip in Euros)
- Transfer between airport and barge
- Personal purchases
- Travel Insurance