Venice to Mantova

Bike and Barge Tour from Venice  to Mantova

After a full day to discover the magic of Venice fully at your own disposal, you will start to get to know the unique ecosystem of the lagoon and the Po Delta area. The Venice to Mantova trip leads you into the core of the Po plain, up to Mantova, where many worldwide known artists left their masterpieces thanks to the financial support of the famous Gonzaga family.

2019Pricing 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 to 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 will be charged for clients requesting either Vegan or Gluten Free meals.

2019Dates on the Vita Pugna Barge:

From Venice: April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 21; Sept 14, 28; Oct 12.

From Mantova:  April 6, 20; May 4; 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) 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 to those clients requesting Vegan or Gluten Free meals.

2018 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:   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.

Day by Day Itinerary                            Venice to Mantova

Day 1: Venice
Welcome on board! 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: 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 3: Venice-Chioggia (30 km, elevation up 0 m).
From Venice at a gentle pace, we start our bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of two islands we 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 us to Pellestrina, where we cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”.

Day 4: Chioggia-Porto Viro-Adris (40 km, elevation up 0 m).
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. We 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 (35km by bike + 35 km by bus, elevation up 0 m).
After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its overlords, the Este family, this ancient City State attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. A private bus takes us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

Day 6: Zelo-Mantova (50 km, elevation up 0 m).
We sail for a short stretch and, back on our bikes, we reach the village of Bergantino where we 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, we reach Mantova through a magnificent navigation in the late afternoon.

Day 7: Mantova, round tour (40k, elevation 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. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

Day 8: Mantova
After breakfast end of services, if you haven’t booked an extra night.

(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.
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made/packed lunch)
  • Tea/Coffee and other hot drinks on board
  • Bicycle and helmet rental
  • Bed and Bath linens for cabin
  • Detailed route description and maps
  • 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:

  • Airfare
  • Entrance to Venues not described in the programme
  • Alcoholic beverages available on board
  • Gratuities to crew (please tip in Euro)
  • Transfer between airport and barge
  • Personal purchases
  • Travel Insurance
Venice to Mantova

Venice to Mantova Route Map