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ITALY – Mantua To Venice

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This tour offers you a unique opportunity to experience by bike the North of Italy along the Po valley, following the course of the Po, the longest Italian river. After exploring the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantua, considered Italy’s “sleeping beauty”, you gently wend your way along the majestic Po.
Through hamlets and into the surprising Ferrara, you reach the Po Delta, a unique wetland park which is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. The Po river flows eventually into the Venetian lagoon and your first stop will be Chioggia, known as “little Venice” and famous for its bustling fish market. At the end of the trip you’ll be welcomed by the wonderful Venice, a town that has lured passersby for centuries (and still does).

What to Expect

  • Total Length: 195 km
  • Total vertical up: 30 m
  • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved

This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 25 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the bikes in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths or simply to enjoy the cruise.  

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.
The tour is also suitable for children. If the child one day does not want to cycle, he/she can stay on the boat with one of the parents.

Day 1Arrival in Mantua

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 2Mantua round tour (25 km)

A day dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque “lakes” formed by the river Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family and now considered by many as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”.

Day 3 Mantua – Governolo – Zelo (50 km)

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.

Day 4Zelo – Ferrara – Adria (50 km by bike + 60 km by bus)

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.

Day 5Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia (40 km)

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 follow then the Po-Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon.

Day 6Chioggia – Venice (30 km)

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);

Day 7Venice

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.

Day 8Venice

After breakfast end of services.

Price includes

  • 7 overnights Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Bus transfer Ferrara-Adria
  • Maps (1:75:000) + Roadbook
  • Guided visit in Mantua and Venice
  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
  • Bicycle
Mantua - Venice & Venice - Mantua

Departures - 2018

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Departures
From Mantua: 14, 28
From Venice: 07, 21

PRICE: from: $1850.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 12, 26
From Venice: 6, 20

PRICE: from: $2110.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 9, 23
From Venice: 3, 17

PRICE: from: $2110.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 7, 21
From Venice: 1, 15, 29

PRICE: from: $2110.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 4,18
From Venice: 12, 26

PRICE: from: $2110.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 1, 15, 29
From Venice: 9, 23

PRICE: from: $2350.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

Departures
From Mantua: 13
From Venice: 7, 21

PRICE: from: $2100.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : $450

*based on double occupancy

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