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Boat and bike | From Mantua to Venice

Boat and bike Italy

Rich Italy on the river

Blending nature, culture and fine cuisine, this leisurely bike and barge tour along the waterways of the River Po offers more than just a taster of Northern Italy. It explores celebrated cities of art, one of Europe's prime Nature Reserves and a wealth of tucked-away rural hamlets along the route, rewarding our daily rides with authentic regional dishes back on board. From the glory of Venice, the lagoon leads us to colourful Chioggia. Next up, the natural wonders of the Po Delta, famed for its birdlife. Then Adria, once a key Roman port, and onwards to Ferrara and Mantua – once major city states crowned by the Italian Renaissance.

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided Tour
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Itinerary

We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 4.30 p.m. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6.30 – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitivo. 

A short circuit from the lakes of Mantua which continues in the “Parco del Fiume Mincio”.The second part of the stage will follow the canals in which the river Mincio branches out.

This route is not difficult. Attention should be paid to traffic when you are crossing the bridge over the river Po after the village of Ficarolo. Transfer: about 70 minutes by private bus from Ferrara to Adria.

The itinerary starts with a double crossing on the river Po di Levante and with 2 km of unpaved road in good conditions. Be careful of the traffic when crossing the bridges on the river Adige and Brenta, where you will have to walk pushing your bike, sheltered by a guard-rail.
When you arrive in Chioggia, we recommend you to buy a 48 hour-ticket. When you take the first ferry on the following day, you have to validate it and then it will be valid for the next 48 hours.

After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its ruling family, the Este, this city state attracted architects, artists and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated worldwide ever since. To this day, Ferrara University ranks among the best, and the town is dubbed the ''Cycling Capital of Italy". A private bus and trailer take us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

ca. 35 km + Busfahrt

Wonderful last stage along the thin strip of land that separates the Venice lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. A short path but full of opportunities for pleasant stops.

ca. 50 km

After breakfast – and perhaps following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader – we all meet up with our Venetian guide for a tour through the historic centre. Christened La Serenissima ("The Most Serene"), the Venetian Republic held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries – both as a military power and a beacon of culture. The guided tour will start from Piazza San Marco with a brief description of the monuments around it; then the walk continues towards the biggest “sestiere” of the city, Castello, up to Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo with its imposing gothic church and the Scuola Grande di San Marco (today city hospital). The guided tour ends at the Rialto Bridge; you have the afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace. (The programme may be subject to changes).

ca. 35 km

Departure after breakfast. Embarkatio till 09 a.m.

Tour character

Along cycle paths and on secondary roads with little traffic. Most of the stages are flat, with a few short sections on unpaved roads.

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Prices and events

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Place of arrival: Mantua
  Season 1
27.03.2021 | 23.10.2021 |
Season 2
10.04.2021 | 24.04.2021 | 08.05.2021 | 22.05.2021 | 05.06.2021 | 19.06.2021 | 03.07.2021 | 17.07.2021 | 31.07.2021 | 14.08.2021 |
Season 3
28.08.2021 | 11.09.2021 | 25.09.2021 | 09.10.2021 |
R+S Mantua - Venedig, MS Ave Maria, Tage 8, IT-VESMA-08G
Base price
1,030.00
1,490.00
1,700.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 300.00 300.00 300.00
surcharge superior cabin 140.00 140.00 140.00
R+S Mantua - Venedig, MS Vita Pugna, Tage 8, IT-VESMV-08G
Base price
930.00
1,220.00
1,330.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 350.00 350.00 350.00
Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 | Oct 23, 2021 |
Season 2
Apr 10, 2021 | Apr 24, 2021 | May 8, 2021 | May 22, 2021 | Jun 5, 2021 | Jun 19, 2021 | Jul 3, 2021 | Jul 17, 2021 | Jul 31, 2021 | Aug 14, 2021 |
Season 3
Aug 28, 2021 | Sep 11, 2021 | Sep 25, 2021 | Oct 9, 2021 |
R+S Mantua - Venedig, MS Ave Maria, Tage 8, IT-VESMA-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
surcharge superior cabin
R+S Mantua - Venedig, MS Vita Pugna, Tage 8, IT-VESMV-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
1,030.00
300.00
140.00
930.00
350.00
1,490.00
300.00
140.00
1,220.00
350.00
1,700.00
300.00
140.00
1,330.00
350.00
Filter
27-gear-bike
electric bike
85.00
220.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and extras

Services
  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Complimentary courtesy kit
  • Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Bike helmet
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Second tour leader with a minimum of 25 people (only aboard Ave Maria)
  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantua
  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
  • Visit of a historic glass factory on Murano island
  • Harbour charges
  • Bus transfer Ferrara-Zelo / Ferrara-Adria

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Ticket for public transportation in Venice and lagoon (we suggest the ACTV 48hticket, 30 €)
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Infos

Arrival/Departure

  • By plane to Venice and by water taxi to the ship  
  • By train via Mailand to Mantua  
Notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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