Venice to Mantua Venice
Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL002
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

A picturesque and glamorous holiday cycling from Venice to Mantua in Italy. 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.

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A picturesque and glamorous holiday cycling from Venice to Mantua in Italy. 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.

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 the glamorous and fashionable Lido – famous for its reverence in the Belle Époque – to Mantua – little touched by tourism – 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.

Cycling 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!

  • 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 Venice

Day 2: Venice:

Day 3: Venice – Chioggia: 30km

Day 4: Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria: 40km

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo: 35km (bike) 35km (bus)

Day 6: Zelo – Mantua: 50km

Day 7: Mantua tour: 40km

Day 8: Mantua

Day 1: Arrival in Venice

Your cabin will be available from 4.30pm after which you are free to wander the streets and canals of Venice before returning to meet your tour leader and other crew members back on board at 7p.m over a delicious meal from our superb on-board caterers.

Day 2: Venice:

In the morning a local tour guide will help navigate you through the twisting streets to discover the beauty and secrets of the ancient “Serenissima Republica of Venice” which held a great deal of power over much of the Mediterranean for centuries. In the afternoon, you can take some time to explore, visiting the beautiful churches and palaces, the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved.

Day 3: Venice – Chioggia: 30km

On a relaxed journey you begin our bike and boat tour with a visit to the Lido, the beautiful island renowned for its popularity with artists and socialites during the Belle Époque and famed for playing host to the International Venice Film Festival. From here you travel to the wonderful Pellestrina where you saddle up your bike and head past local fishermen’s cottages and boats towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve. From here you will get back on board the barge and sail to bustling Chioggia – a charming and lively fishing village, affectionately dubbed “Little Venice” where you will spend the night in the midst of local traditional culture.

Day 4: Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria: 40km

In the morning you will have some time to climb the oldest millennial clock tower in the world to take in the breath-taking views, or to visit Chioggia’s famously bustling fish market. After lunch you continue your cycle, heading south to the delta of the Po and its unique wetland park, which is home to a colony of flamingos and herons. You spend the night in the ancient Greek Port Adria, renowned for trading Baltic Amber and famous for its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian Heritage.

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo: 35km (bike) 35km (bus)

A short cruise takes you to the day’s starting point, from where you will follow the path of the Po, cycling through farmland and sleepy Italian villages and Hamlets to Ferrara. This key City State of ancient Italy, once within the power of the influential Este family is famed for its historic town centre, which has attracted architects and artists for centuries. Here you can spend some time exploring its little touched streets before catching a private bus to Zelo, a sleepy village on the banks of peaceful Canal Bianco the where we dock for the night.

Day 6: Zelo – Mantua: 50km

From Zelo, the boat will carry you a short way, before you get back on your bike and cycle to the village of Bergantino where 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. From here you follow the path of the river, passing by Ostiglia and its famous medieval fortress and floating mill towards Governolo Lock, where the River Mincio joins the Po, creating a stunning inland basin – the largest in Italy. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely trip as you leave the Po behind and arrive in Mantua.

Day 7: Mantua 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 8: Mantua

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on-board before departure. There is a possibility at this point to book extra nights on-board if you wish.

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, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)

  • 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 hire

  • Cycle helmets

  • Visits or activities suggested on the tour


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 Mantua

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice airport get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to your hotel (approx 10-15 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Mantua take the train direct to Verona airport (approx 40 minutes).

Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Easy
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : GL002
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

A picturesque and glamorous holiday cycling from Venice to Mantua in Italy. 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.

Read More

A picturesque and glamorous holiday cycling from Venice to Mantua in Italy. 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.

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 the glamorous and fashionable Lido – famous for its reverence in the Belle Époque – to Mantua – little touched by tourism – 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.

Cycling 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!

  • 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 Venice

Day 2: Venice:

Day 3: Venice – Chioggia: 30km

Day 4: Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria: 40km

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo: 35km (bike) 35km (bus)

Day 6: Zelo – Mantua: 50km

Day 7: Mantua tour: 40km

Day 8: Mantua

Day 1: Arrival in Venice

Your cabin will be available from 4.30pm after which you are free to wander the streets and canals of Venice before returning to meet your tour leader and other crew members back on board at 7p.m over a delicious meal from our superb on-board caterers.

Day 2: Venice:

In the morning a local tour guide will help navigate you through the twisting streets to discover the beauty and secrets of the ancient “Serenissima Republica of Venice” which held a great deal of power over much of the Mediterranean for centuries. In the afternoon, you can take some time to explore, visiting the beautiful churches and palaces, the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved.

Day 3: Venice – Chioggia: 30km

On a relaxed journey you begin our bike and boat tour with a visit to the Lido, the beautiful island renowned for its popularity with artists and socialites during the Belle Époque and famed for playing host to the International Venice Film Festival. From here you travel to the wonderful Pellestrina where you saddle up your bike and head past local fishermen’s cottages and boats towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve. From here you will get back on board the barge and sail to bustling Chioggia – a charming and lively fishing village, affectionately dubbed “Little Venice” where you will spend the night in the midst of local traditional culture.

Day 4: Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria: 40km

In the morning you will have some time to climb the oldest millennial clock tower in the world to take in the breath-taking views, or to visit Chioggia’s famously bustling fish market. After lunch you continue your cycle, heading south to the delta of the Po and its unique wetland park, which is home to a colony of flamingos and herons. You spend the night in the ancient Greek Port Adria, renowned for trading Baltic Amber and famous for its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian Heritage.

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo: 35km (bike) 35km (bus)

A short cruise takes you to the day’s starting point, from where you will follow the path of the Po, cycling through farmland and sleepy Italian villages and Hamlets to Ferrara. This key City State of ancient Italy, once within the power of the influential Este family is famed for its historic town centre, which has attracted architects and artists for centuries. Here you can spend some time exploring its little touched streets before catching a private bus to Zelo, a sleepy village on the banks of peaceful Canal Bianco the where we dock for the night.

Day 6: Zelo – Mantua: 50km

From Zelo, the boat will carry you a short way, before you get back on your bike and cycle to the village of Bergantino where 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. From here you follow the path of the river, passing by Ostiglia and its famous medieval fortress and floating mill towards Governolo Lock, where the River Mincio joins the Po, creating a stunning inland basin – the largest in Italy. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely trip as you leave the Po behind and arrive in Mantua.

Day 7: Mantua 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 8: Mantua

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on-board before departure. There is a possibility at this point to book extra nights on-board if you wish.

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, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)

  • 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 hire

  • Cycle helmets

  • Visits or activities suggested on the tour


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 Mantua

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice airport get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to your hotel (approx 10-15 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Verona

From Mantua take the train direct to Verona airport (approx 40 minutes).

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