Mantua to Venice Verona
Price : £758
Category :
Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL001
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Cycling from Mantua to Venice east along the banks of the river Po, through farmland and hamlets, passing medieval fortresses, floating mills and through the prime reserve in Europe for herons and flamingos, you will also discover the landscapes unique to this region which make this a truly fantastic place to hop on your bike and enjoy the view!

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Cycling from Mantua to Venice east along the banks of the river Po, through farmland and hamlets, passing medieval fortresses, floating mills and through the prime reserve in Europe for herons and flamingos, you will also discover the landscapes unique to this region which make this a truly fantastic place to hop on your bike and enjoy the view!

This makes for a perfect starting point for your cycling holiday and sets the bar high for the rest of the tour which will take you through some of the most historically and culturally stunning towns in northern Italy. From Mantua – little touched by tourism – to the glamorous and fashionable Lido – famous for its reverence in the Belle Époque – and stopping at small traditional fishing towns along the way, you will get a taste of the many different places which make this region such a beautiful holiday destination.
Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries.

  • Superb on-board catering – Authentic regional cuisine, both simple and refined

  • Cities of art – Venice, Mantua, Ferrara, outstanding jewels of the Italian Renaissance

  • Po Delta Reserve – Tranquillity, natural beauty and birdlife to explore by bike

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mantua

Day 2: Round Tour of Mantua: 40km

Day 3: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km by bike, 60km by bus

Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Day 6: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Day 7: Venice

Day 8: Venice

Day 1: Arrival in Mantua

From 4.30pm your cabin aboard the Vita Pugna will be waiting for you and you can feel free to relax, hit the sundeck or explore the stunning Mantua, famous for its Renaissance and medieval architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site centro storico (Old Town). At 7pm, back on board, you’ll get the chance to meet your tour leader and other crew members over a delicious dinner and catch your breath before the tour begins!

Day 2: Round Tour of Mantua: 40km

Nicknamed Italy’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Mantua is a town slightly more off the beaten track than other famous Italian cities, but one of immense cultural and historical importance. Today we will visit the three picturesque “lakes” designed as a defence system for the city in the 12th century by the Mincio, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. In the late afternoon, gain an insight into local life and culture as a local guide walks you through the town’s rich history, and guides and its magnificent architectural highlights.

Day 3: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Prepare to set sail as we travel a short distance along the Mincio to Governolo, where the river joins the Po to form the vastest inland basin in Italy. From here, we continue our cycle along the banks of the Po towards Zelo, passing by the medieval fortress of Ostiglia and its famous floating mill, and stopping in Bergantino to visit the delightful Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. An evening spent in sleepy Zelo provides all the tranquillity and relaxation of quiet rural country-life as we prepare for the following day.

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km by bike, 60km by bus

From Zelo we saddle up again, heading towards the conserved historic town of Ferrara. Still surrounded by more than 6 miles of original Renaissance city walls, the best preserved in Italy, Ferrara is a key City State of ancient Italy with a rich cultural heritage, where you can wander its little touched streets. From here, a short coach journey will take us to Adria, an ancient Greek port town where we recommend you visit the museum to discover more of the area’s fascinating Etruscan, Roman and Venetian background.

Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Today we head on towards Porto Viro which hosts the Po’s delta – a magnificent and unique wetland area which is home to a plethora of beautiful and unusual wildlife, including colonies of flamingos and herons. From here we follow the path of the Po-Brondolo until our arrival at the Venetian lagoon where we stop for a night in the fishing port town of Chioggia, dubbed “Little Venice” for its lively atmosphere, bustling streets and friendly locals.

Day 6: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Here we spend a morning in which you have the opportunity to experience the animated fish market or climb up the famous millennial clock tower, the oldest in the world, and one which boasts an extraordinary viewpoint. In a combination of both cycling and sailing, we spend the rest of the day on an exciting and varied island adventure which includes Pellestrina, famed for the Ca’ Roman nature reserve and the Lido island. In a final burst of cultural delight, you can walk in the footsteps of the stars and experience the magic of a place so revered by the high-society of the Belle Époque and famous for the glamour and dazzle of the International Venice Film Festival, before we sail into Venice, our final stop.

Day 7: Venice

Venice’s charm and beauty need no introduction, but if you wish to gain a first-hand look into its labyrinthine streets and secret passageways, a local guide will lead the way for you before you can spend an afternoon exploring at your leisure, soaking in the sights, taking a famous gondola tour, or simply sipping coffee in one of the many plazas.

Day 8: Venice

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before the culmination of our bike and boat holiday. Please note there will be a possibility to book extra notes, or to continue on other exciting tours: Venice-Porec or Veneto.

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:

  • 7 nights accommodation on board

  • Board basis: Full board. Breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike

  • 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 and helmet hire


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).

Extras:

  • Trailers or tag-alongs for children (enquire)

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona Airport get the train to Mantua (approx 40 minutes).

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 : £758
Category :
Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL001
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Cycling from Mantua to Venice east along the banks of the river Po, through farmland and hamlets, passing medieval fortresses, floating mills and through the prime reserve in Europe for herons and flamingos, you will also discover the landscapes unique to this region which make this a truly fantastic place to hop on your bike and enjoy the view!

Read More

Cycling from Mantua to Venice east along the banks of the river Po, through farmland and hamlets, passing medieval fortresses, floating mills and through the prime reserve in Europe for herons and flamingos, you will also discover the landscapes unique to this region which make this a truly fantastic place to hop on your bike and enjoy the view!

This makes for a perfect starting point for your cycling holiday and sets the bar high for the rest of the tour which will take you through some of the most historically and culturally stunning towns in northern Italy. From Mantua – little touched by tourism – to the glamorous and fashionable Lido – famous for its reverence in the Belle Époque – and stopping at small traditional fishing towns along the way, you will get a taste of the many different places which make this region such a beautiful holiday destination.
Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries.

  • Superb on-board catering – Authentic regional cuisine, both simple and refined

  • Cities of art – Venice, Mantua, Ferrara, outstanding jewels of the Italian Renaissance

  • Po Delta Reserve – Tranquillity, natural beauty and birdlife to explore by bike

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mantua

Day 2: Round Tour of Mantua: 40km

Day 3: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km by bike, 60km by bus

Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Day 6: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Day 7: Venice

Day 8: Venice

Day 1: Arrival in Mantua

From 4.30pm your cabin aboard the Vita Pugna will be waiting for you and you can feel free to relax, hit the sundeck or explore the stunning Mantua, famous for its Renaissance and medieval architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site centro storico (Old Town). At 7pm, back on board, you’ll get the chance to meet your tour leader and other crew members over a delicious dinner and catch your breath before the tour begins!

Day 2: Round Tour of Mantua: 40km

Nicknamed Italy’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Mantua is a town slightly more off the beaten track than other famous Italian cities, but one of immense cultural and historical importance. Today we will visit the three picturesque “lakes” designed as a defence system for the city in the 12th century by the Mincio, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. In the late afternoon, gain an insight into local life and culture as a local guide walks you through the town’s rich history, and guides and its magnificent architectural highlights.

Day 3: Mantua – Governolo – Zelo: 50km

Prepare to set sail as we travel a short distance along the Mincio to Governolo, where the river joins the Po to form the vastest inland basin in Italy. From here, we continue our cycle along the banks of the Po towards Zelo, passing by the medieval fortress of Ostiglia and its famous floating mill, and stopping in Bergantino to visit the delightful Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. An evening spent in sleepy Zelo provides all the tranquillity and relaxation of quiet rural country-life as we prepare for the following day.

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria: 50km by bike, 60km by bus

From Zelo we saddle up again, heading towards the conserved historic town of Ferrara. Still surrounded by more than 6 miles of original Renaissance city walls, the best preserved in Italy, Ferrara is a key City State of ancient Italy with a rich cultural heritage, where you can wander its little touched streets. From here, a short coach journey will take us to Adria, an ancient Greek port town where we recommend you visit the museum to discover more of the area’s fascinating Etruscan, Roman and Venetian background.

Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia: 40km

Today we head on towards Porto Viro which hosts the Po’s delta – a magnificent and unique wetland area which is home to a plethora of beautiful and unusual wildlife, including colonies of flamingos and herons. From here we follow the path of the Po-Brondolo until our arrival at the Venetian lagoon where we stop for a night in the fishing port town of Chioggia, dubbed “Little Venice” for its lively atmosphere, bustling streets and friendly locals.

Day 6: Chioggia – Venice: 30km

Here we spend a morning in which you have the opportunity to experience the animated fish market or climb up the famous millennial clock tower, the oldest in the world, and one which boasts an extraordinary viewpoint. In a combination of both cycling and sailing, we spend the rest of the day on an exciting and varied island adventure which includes Pellestrina, famed for the Ca’ Roman nature reserve and the Lido island. In a final burst of cultural delight, you can walk in the footsteps of the stars and experience the magic of a place so revered by the high-society of the Belle Époque and famous for the glamour and dazzle of the International Venice Film Festival, before we sail into Venice, our final stop.

Day 7: Venice

Venice’s charm and beauty need no introduction, but if you wish to gain a first-hand look into its labyrinthine streets and secret passageways, a local guide will lead the way for you before you can spend an afternoon exploring at your leisure, soaking in the sights, taking a famous gondola tour, or simply sipping coffee in one of the many plazas.

Day 8: Venice

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before the culmination of our bike and boat holiday. Please note there will be a possibility to book extra notes, or to continue on other exciting tours: Venice-Porec or Veneto.

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:

  • 7 nights accommodation on board

  • Board basis: Full board. Breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike

  • 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 and helmet hire


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).

Extras:

  • Trailers or tag-alongs for children (enquire)

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Verona Airport get the train to Mantua (approx 40 minutes).

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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