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Italy - Venetian Waterways (Mantova to Venice) - Bike and Barge Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling through some of northern Italy’s most enticing cities
  • Staying on board the modern, bright and spacious Ave Maria or the traditional Vita Pugna
  • Spending the day discovering Mantova
  • Riding alongside the River Po, the longest river in Italy
  • Experiencing the Po Delta, one of Europe’s largest wetlands
  • Finishing your trip in beautiful Venice

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Mantova   D  
2 Mantova Loop Ride 22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx. B L D  
3 Mantova to Zelo 31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx. B L D  
4 Zelo to Adria (Through Ferrara) 31 Miles By Bike + 37 Miles By Bus / 50 Kms By Bike + 60 Kms By Bus Approx. B L D  
5 Adria to Chioggia/Pellestrina (Through the Po Delta Nature Reserve) 25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx. B L D  
6 Chioggia/Pellestrina to Venice 19 Miles / 30 Kms Approx. B L D  
7 Venice - Free Day   B L D  
8 Departure from Venice   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Blending nature, culture and fine cuisine, this leisurely bike and barge tour offers you the chance to explore the River Po's lovely surroundings. Led by a local guide, you'll be riding alongside lazy canals, biking through vineyards and meandering along country roads as you discover some of northern Italy's most beautiful waterways. You'll be enticed by celebrated cities of art, including Mantova, the seat of the Gonzaga dynasty; Ferrara, the capital of the Este family and glorious Venice. You'll enjoy flat terrain as you follow the River Po, the longest river in Italy, and you'll experience the tranquillity and natural attractions of the Po Delta, one of Europe’s largest wetlands.
Your accommodation for the week is on a specially designed boat. During the day, a local leader will be leading the way, however route descriptions are provided if you'd prefer to cycle independently from the group. This tour is run in conjunction with a local partner and you will join their guests on the tour. You will spend your evenings sharing experiences of the day with an international group of cyclists over authentic regional cuisine, cooked and served on board the barge. Please get in touch if you'd like to know the make up of the group booked onto your chosen departure.
If the below dates don't work for you, or if you'd prefer to do the route the other way around, you could consider starting the trip in Venice and making your way to Mantova. Both barges are available on both versions of the route on alternate weeks. Please contact us for details.

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
8 days
Prices From:
£875
Estimated flight price
£200

Optional

Bike Hire
£100
Electric Bike Hire:
£225
Electric Bike Hire:
£225
Single Cabin
£275
Superior Cabin - Ave Maria:
£130
Superior Cabin - Ave Maria:
£130
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47

Holiday Details

Two boats available:

Vita Pugna

£875 departures (low season)

£1100 departures (mid season)

£1210 departures (high season)

Or the more luxurious Ave Maria

£980 departures (low season)

£1360 departures (mid season)

£1585 departures (high season)

Place to place

7 nights barge accommodation

6 days riding

Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals

Bike and barge

Route notes and maps provided

Local leader

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