Bolzano, Mantua and Venice Verona or Innsbruck
Price : £1,109
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 229m/370km
Tour Code : GL003
Duration : 10 nights

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Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, the medieval city of Bolzano is certainly not short of history. Capital to the Germanic province of South Tyrol, its centre plays host to numerous Gothic and Romanesque churches, uniting influences from both Austrian and Italian cultures harmoniously. A truly unique site in the Northern most territory of Italy, surrounded by the vast mountains of the Alps, this is the perfect setting for the start a the tour that just keeps on giving!

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Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, the medieval city of Bolzano is certainly not short of history. Capital to the Germanic province of South Tyrol, its centre plays host to numerous Gothic and Romanesque churches, uniting influences from both Austrian and Italian cultures harmoniously. A truly unique site in the Northern most territory of Italy, surrounded by the vast mountains of the Alps, this is the perfect setting for the start a the tour that just keeps on giving!

Your route to Venice not only takes you along one of the most famous cycle paths in Italy, running parallel to the stunning river Mincio, but also leads you through some of the regions quaintest and most historical towns. From Mori – famous for the Sanctuary of Montalbano, its castle ruins and the Ravezzone Bridge – to Zelo – with its 15th and 16th century frescoes – a whole day is set aside to explore the virtues of the wonderful city of Mantua – a world heritage site known for being one of the countries main artistic, cultural and musical hubs.

Cycling alongside the regions many orchards, vineyards and winding rivers, visiting some of the regions most famous towns and historical sites. These highlights can only be matched by the views crossing Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda. Ending in Venice, described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it’s the combination of vast, inspiring landscapes and culture by the bucket load that make this tour an absolute must!

  • Bolzano – Italy’s northern outpost town immersed in the Dolomites

  • Lake Garda – Sit back and soak up the views, as you sail through by ferry, North to South

  • Superb on-board catering from Mantua, an authentic regional cuisine

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento: 65/70km

Day 3: Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera: 50km (bike and ferry)

Day 4: Desenzano/Peschiera – Mantua: 75/45km

Day 5: Mantua, round tour: 40km

Day 6: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Day 7: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km (bike) 60km (bus)

Day 8: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Day 9: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

The first four days of your tour are self-guided. You will need to arrange your own accommodation during these days. Time permitting, the centre of Bolzano is known for its Gothic and Romanesque churches. It is draped in history and the combination of both Austrian and Italian cultures collide here to make for a truly diverse and unique settlement.

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento: 65/70km

The first stage of your tour takes you along the scenic Adige river. Cycling alongside the regions many orchards and vineyards, you’ll pass through the stunning towns of Ora, Egna and Salorno before arriving in Trento. Be sure to take the time to explore the city centre and its famous painted walls. It’s possible to shorten this stage by taking the train from many stations situated along the route.

Day 3: Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera: 50km (bike and ferry)

Leaving Trento you’ll continue along the Adige, making your way to Rovereto and Mori where lies the impressive Sactuary of Montalbano and the ruins of the castle. From here, head towards Lake Garda, a gentle incline leads you all the way to the ferry port for your crossing. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest Lake, surrounded by historic old towns and awe-inspiring mountain ranges. You want to take it as far as Desenzano/Peschiera on the southern shore. Relax and enjoy!

Day 4: Desenzano/Peschiera – Mantua: 75/45km

Today you’ll be cycling one of the most famous cycle paths in Italy. An evocative route suitable for all, these are some of the most picturesque landscapes of the tour, running through the Regional Nature Park of the River Minicio. The stage ends in Mantua, with your overnight stay on one of our barges.

Day 5: Mantua, round tour: 40km

Once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family, Mantua is a little visited cultural hub, surrounded by three beautiful lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can spend a day exploring the centro storico (old town), now known by most as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the afternoon gain an insight into local culture as a tour guide walks you through the town’s architectural treasures, Renaissance cityscape and palaces.

Day 6: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

From Mantua a boat will take you as far as Governolo, where the River Mincio joins the Po, creating a stunning inland basin – the largest in Italy. Following the path of the river, you’ll pass by Ostiglia and its famous medieval fortress and floating mill before continuing on towards the village of Bergantino. Here it’s recommended you visit the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum, which celebrates both the history of amusement parks and the psychological enjoyment of them. A few km further on and you’ll arrive in Zelo where a barge awaits you.

Day 7: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km (bike) 60km (bus)

After a delicious breakfast you’ll begin your cycle towards Ferrara, a city and commune still surrounded by more than 9km of ancient walls. It is home to numerous palaces dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Along with Mantua it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Sight known for its beauty and cultural importance. The Castle Estense is well worth a visit! Taking the bus towards Adria you’ll arrive in its beautiful ancient Greek port. The remains of the Etruscan city of Atria or Hatria lie below the modern city, around 3-4 metres below its current level.

Day 8: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

From Adria, a boat will take you to Porto Viro. Suspended between water and land as you cycle between the Po Delta and the mouth of the River Adige, follow the Po-Brondolo water-way, which links the river to the Venetian lagoon. Arriving in Chioggia, a small Island also knows as Little Venice, for your overnight stay. The church of St Andrew is home to a bell tower from the 11th-12th centuries, the most ancient tower watch in the world.

Day 9: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

An early rise is highly recommended for a dawn trip to the local fish market before the boat sets off for the nature reserve of Ca’ Roman, known for its pine trees and birdlife. Pedalling along the lagoon you’ll arrive at Pallestrina, an island just 11km long forming a barrier between the Venetian lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Here you’ll find uninterrupted views of the horizon and the islands famous colourfully painted houses. A short ferry ride up the Lido Island with a short stop in Malamocco with a final short ride to reach the barge. Welcome to Venice!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

The boat Vita Pugna is equipped with:

  • 10 Standard Twin cabins (including one accommodating up to 3 guests) of 7/8 m2.
  • All cabins are equipped with comfortable low twin beds, en-suite facilities and traditional portholes, which can be opened for fresh air.
  • There is a spacious air-conditioned lounge/restaurant with 5 tables, accommodating up to 23 guests.
  • 1 sundeck
  • Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Large 42” screen in the lounge for video
  • Dedicated bike storage

The boat Ave Maria is equipped with:

  • 4 Superior Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 4 people adding 2 bunk beds) above deck, approx. 11 m2;
  • 10 Standard Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 3 people adding 1 bunk bed) below deck, approx. 11 m2;
  • 3 bunk bed cabins (also available as single cabins) below deck, approx. 7.5 m2.
  • 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/bunk size is 2.00 x 0.80 m. Most of the double beds can be separated into two single beds.
  • An air-conditioned living area measures 11 x 7.5 m and is divided into two parts – the Restaurant (up to 33 seats) and the Lounge (up to 28 seats).
  • 2 sundecks
  • Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Large 55” screen in the lounge for video
  • Dedicated bike storage (for approx. 40 hanging bikes)
  • Hair-dryers (limited number) available on request

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (in Bolzano, Trento, Peschiera/Desenzano) followed by 7 nights accommodation onboard the Vita Pugna or Ave Maria

  • Board basis: Self catering from Bolzano to Mantua. Full board including breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch from Mantua onwards

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike from Mantau

  • Sheets and towels

  • Route description and maps

  • Bus transfer Ferrara- Adria/Ferrara-Zelo

  • Harbour charges

  • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board

  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantova

  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano

  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Beverages, museums fees and any other extras not mentioned above

  • One ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about €9)

  • Bike hire

  • Cycle helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Bolzano

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona or Innsbruck

From Verona take a bus to Verona Porta Nuova and then a train direct to Bolzano (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, from Innsbruck Airport get a bus to Innsbruck Houptahnhof where a direct train takes you to Balzano (approx 2hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to Venice airport (approx 10 minutes).

Price : £1,109
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 229m/370km
Tour Code : GL003
Duration : 10 nights

Book Now

Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, the medieval city of Bolzano is certainly not short of history. Capital to the Germanic province of South Tyrol, its centre plays host to numerous Gothic and Romanesque churches, uniting influences from both Austrian and Italian cultures harmoniously. A truly unique site in the Northern most territory of Italy, surrounded by the vast mountains of the Alps, this is the perfect setting for the start a the tour that just keeps on giving!

Read More

Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, the medieval city of Bolzano is certainly not short of history. Capital to the Germanic province of South Tyrol, its centre plays host to numerous Gothic and Romanesque churches, uniting influences from both Austrian and Italian cultures harmoniously. A truly unique site in the Northern most territory of Italy, surrounded by the vast mountains of the Alps, this is the perfect setting for the start a the tour that just keeps on giving!

Your route to Venice not only takes you along one of the most famous cycle paths in Italy, running parallel to the stunning river Mincio, but also leads you through some of the regions quaintest and most historical towns. From Mori – famous for the Sanctuary of Montalbano, its castle ruins and the Ravezzone Bridge – to Zelo – with its 15th and 16th century frescoes – a whole day is set aside to explore the virtues of the wonderful city of Mantua – a world heritage site known for being one of the countries main artistic, cultural and musical hubs.

Cycling alongside the regions many orchards, vineyards and winding rivers, visiting some of the regions most famous towns and historical sites. These highlights can only be matched by the views crossing Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda. Ending in Venice, described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it’s the combination of vast, inspiring landscapes and culture by the bucket load that make this tour an absolute must!

  • Bolzano – Italy’s northern outpost town immersed in the Dolomites

  • Lake Garda – Sit back and soak up the views, as you sail through by ferry, North to South

  • Superb on-board catering from Mantua, an authentic regional cuisine

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento: 65/70km

Day 3: Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera: 50km (bike and ferry)

Day 4: Desenzano/Peschiera – Mantua: 75/45km

Day 5: Mantua, round tour: 40km

Day 6: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Day 7: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km (bike) 60km (bus)

Day 8: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Day 9: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

The first four days of your tour are self-guided. You will need to arrange your own accommodation during these days. Time permitting, the centre of Bolzano is known for its Gothic and Romanesque churches. It is draped in history and the combination of both Austrian and Italian cultures collide here to make for a truly diverse and unique settlement.

Day 2: Bolzano – Trento: 65/70km

The first stage of your tour takes you along the scenic Adige river. Cycling alongside the regions many orchards and vineyards, you’ll pass through the stunning towns of Ora, Egna and Salorno before arriving in Trento. Be sure to take the time to explore the city centre and its famous painted walls. It’s possible to shorten this stage by taking the train from many stations situated along the route.

Day 3: Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera: 50km (bike and ferry)

Leaving Trento you’ll continue along the Adige, making your way to Rovereto and Mori where lies the impressive Sactuary of Montalbano and the ruins of the castle. From here, head towards Lake Garda, a gentle incline leads you all the way to the ferry port for your crossing. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest Lake, surrounded by historic old towns and awe-inspiring mountain ranges. You want to take it as far as Desenzano/Peschiera on the southern shore. Relax and enjoy!

Day 4: Desenzano/Peschiera – Mantua: 75/45km

Today you’ll be cycling one of the most famous cycle paths in Italy. An evocative route suitable for all, these are some of the most picturesque landscapes of the tour, running through the Regional Nature Park of the River Minicio. The stage ends in Mantua, with your overnight stay on one of our barges.

Day 5: Mantua, round tour: 40km

Once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family, Mantua is a little visited cultural hub, surrounded by three beautiful lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can spend a day exploring the centro storico (old town), now known by most as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the afternoon gain an insight into local culture as a tour guide walks you through the town’s architectural treasures, Renaissance cityscape and palaces.

Day 6: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

From Mantua a boat will take you as far as Governolo, where the River Mincio joins the Po, creating a stunning inland basin – the largest in Italy. Following the path of the river, you’ll pass by Ostiglia and its famous medieval fortress and floating mill before continuing on towards the village of Bergantino. Here it’s recommended you visit the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum, which celebrates both the history of amusement parks and the psychological enjoyment of them. A few km further on and you’ll arrive in Zelo where a barge awaits you.

Day 7: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km (bike) 60km (bus)

After a delicious breakfast you’ll begin your cycle towards Ferrara, a city and commune still surrounded by more than 9km of ancient walls. It is home to numerous palaces dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Along with Mantua it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Sight known for its beauty and cultural importance. The Castle Estense is well worth a visit! Taking the bus towards Adria you’ll arrive in its beautiful ancient Greek port. The remains of the Etruscan city of Atria or Hatria lie below the modern city, around 3-4 metres below its current level.

Day 8: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

From Adria, a boat will take you to Porto Viro. Suspended between water and land as you cycle between the Po Delta and the mouth of the River Adige, follow the Po-Brondolo water-way, which links the river to the Venetian lagoon. Arriving in Chioggia, a small Island also knows as Little Venice, for your overnight stay. The church of St Andrew is home to a bell tower from the 11th-12th centuries, the most ancient tower watch in the world.

Day 9: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

An early rise is highly recommended for a dawn trip to the local fish market before the boat sets off for the nature reserve of Ca’ Roman, known for its pine trees and birdlife. Pedalling along the lagoon you’ll arrive at Pallestrina, an island just 11km long forming a barrier between the Venetian lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Here you’ll find uninterrupted views of the horizon and the islands famous colourfully painted houses. A short ferry ride up the Lido Island with a short stop in Malamocco with a final short ride to reach the barge. Welcome to Venice!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

The boat Vita Pugna is equipped with:

  • 10 Standard Twin cabins (including one accommodating up to 3 guests) of 7/8 m2.
  • All cabins are equipped with comfortable low twin beds, en-suite facilities and traditional portholes, which can be opened for fresh air.
  • There is a spacious air-conditioned lounge/restaurant with 5 tables, accommodating up to 23 guests.
  • 1 sundeck
  • Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Large 42” screen in the lounge for video
  • Dedicated bike storage

The boat Ave Maria is equipped with:

  • 4 Superior Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 4 people adding 2 bunk beds) above deck, approx. 11 m2;
  • 10 Standard Double cabins (three of these can accommodate up to 3 people adding 1 bunk bed) below deck, approx. 11 m2;
  • 3 bunk bed cabins (also available as single cabins) below deck, approx. 7.5 m2.
  • 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/bunk size is 2.00 x 0.80 m. Most of the double beds can be separated into two single beds.
  • An air-conditioned living area measures 11 x 7.5 m and is divided into two parts – the Restaurant (up to 33 seats) and the Lounge (up to 28 seats).
  • 2 sundecks
  • Free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Large 55” screen in the lounge for video
  • Dedicated bike storage (for approx. 40 hanging bikes)
  • Hair-dryers (limited number) available on request

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (in Bolzano, Trento, Peschiera/Desenzano) followed by 7 nights accommodation onboard the Vita Pugna or Ave Maria

  • Board basis: Self catering from Bolzano to Mantua. Full board including breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch from Mantua onwards

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike from Mantau

  • Sheets and towels

  • Route description and maps

  • Bus transfer Ferrara- Adria/Ferrara-Zelo

  • Harbour charges

  • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board

  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantova

  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano

  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Beverages, museums fees and any other extras not mentioned above

  • One ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about €9)

  • Bike hire

  • Cycle helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Bolzano

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona or Innsbruck

From Verona take a bus to Verona Porta Nuova and then a train direct to Bolzano (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, from Innsbruck Airport get a bus to Innsbruck Houptahnhof where a direct train takes you to Balzano (approx 2hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to Venice airport (approx 10 minutes).

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