Journey through the historic Veneto region and beyond to the regions of Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna. Beginning in the magical city of Venice, cycle through seaside towns and along rivers and canals to the Renaissance town of Mantova. Along the way, take in the artistic, cultural and historical legacies entwined in the region and explore the unique landscapes of the Venetian lagoon and the Po Delta area, where bird life is prolific. Wander through classic towns such as Ferrara famous for bicycles and the ancient Greek port of Adria. There will be opportunities to taste wine and cheese as you wind your way to Mantova, rich in artistic masterpieces. In the evening experience the cameraderie of your fellow cyclists, whilst moored at picturesque locations.
DAY 1 Arrive in Venice DAY 2 Guided visit of Venice then free day to explore DAY 3 Cycle through Lido to Malamocco, then by boat to Chioggia (30km) DAY 4 Cycle along the Po-Brondolo waterway to the nature reserve of the Po Delta, continue to Adria (40km) DAY 5 Cycle to the walled town of Ferrara, bus transfer to Zelo (35km by bike + 35km by bus) DAY 6 Cruise then bike to Bergantino, continue to Mantova (50km) DAY 7 A round tour of Mantova and its surrounds(40km) DAY 8 Trip concludes
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights accommodation in a 2 bed cabin with ensuite facilities on board the standard boat below deck *tea and coffee on board *tour leader *bike rental with gel saddles, puncture resistant tyres, pannier and helmet *sheets and towels *information pack including route notes & maps *bus transfer Ferrara to Zelo / Ferrara to Adria *harbour charges *mid week service of cabin cleaning and towel change *entrances and visits as described in the program *guided visit in Venice and Mantova *visit of a cheese factory