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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in a 2 bed cabin
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1550USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: VEB

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the magical city of Venice
  • Visiting the walled city of Ferrara
  • Cycling through the natural reserves of the Po Delta and along Italy's longest river
  • Exploring the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantova and surrounds
  • Soaking up the hospitality on board a comfortable boat

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 camaraderie of your fellow cyclists, whilst moored at picturesque locations.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

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Make your own way to Venice. The boat is moored at Giudecca island, not far from St Mark’s Square and the cabins are available from 4:30pm. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew will be at 6:30pm, just before dinner. When you arrive in Venice, we recommend buying the 48 or 72 hour ferry ticket (from the ACTV ticket office at the airport Marco Polo or in Piazzale Roma, the price is 30 or 40 €). You must validate the ticket before boarding the ferry and it will then be valid for the next 48 hours. You will need it on day 3 for the ferry en route to Chioggia.

Meals:  D

This morning a local guide will uncover the capital of the ancient 'La Serenissima', the Republic of Venice, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean and beyond for centuries. The rest of the day is free to explore Venice on foot, to discover the magnificent historical centre or the wonderful surrounding islands.

Meals:  B,L,D

A great day, riding along the two narrow islands which border the lagoon and the sea. Cruise out of Venice to the Lido, fashionable with artists and the aristocracy of the Belle Epoque and now home to the International Venice Film Festival. Cycle from Malamocco along the sea front bike path to Lido town and its public beach, where there's a chance to swim. Continue along the lagoon side of the island before a short island-hop by ferry takes us to Pellestrina. Rejoin the barge just in front of Choggia, a bustling and colourful fishing hub known as 'Little Venice'.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we'll stroll through the local fish market in Chioggia before cycling south along the Po-Brondolo canal, through the mouth of the River Adige into the Po river delta. This unique wetland is a prime reserve in for herons and home to a colony of flamingoes. Continue cycling to Adria, an ancient Greek port, famous for trading amber coming from the Baltics. It is also renowned for its Etruscan and Greek heritage. An after-dinner passeggiata into town for a well earned grappa or gelato is in order.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a short cruise, we start cycling between the Po and fields of wheat, corn and fruit trees towards Ferrara. Ferrara is known as "the town of bicycles" and under its ruling family, the Este, the city state attracted architects, artists and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated through time. Its university ranks among Italy's best. There's time to explore the city and enjoy some local dishes for lunch before cycling around the old hippodrome and along the old city walls. In the afternoon a short bus transfer will bring us to Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po. Total distance by bus: 35km/22mi

Meals:  B,L,D

We cruise for a short stretch then cycle through the countryside to a Grana Padano cheese factory where we can enjoy a tasting of this famous cheese. We continue to the village of Bergantino where we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment museum. We'll follow the Po towards Ostiglia, a small village with the ruins of a medieval fortress and rejoin the boat at Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where the Mincio river flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. After a few kilometres we reach Mantova, one of the most beautiful Renaissance towns of northern Italy.

Meals:  B,L,D

An entire day is dedicated to the discovery of this wonderful city and its surroundings, which was ruled by the powerful Gonzaga family for four centuries from the early 1300s. We'll cycle around the three picturesque "lakes" formed by the Mincio and its surrounding countryside. In the afternoon a local guide will lead us through the highlights of the town.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the trip concludes.

Meals:  B

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Make your way to Mantova. The boat is moored at Porto Catena, just a short walk from the city centre. The cabins are available from 4.30pm. There will be a meeting with the tour guide and the crew at 6:30pm, just before dinner. Afterwards take a stroll into town and savour the historic centre at its most evocative - benvenuti a Mantua!

Meals:  D

An entire day is dedicated to the discovery of this wonderful city and its surroundings, which was ruled by the powerful Gonzaga family for four centuries from the early 1300s. We'll cycle around the three picturesque "lakes" formed by the Mincio and its surrounding countryside. In the afternoon a local guide will lead us through the highlights of the town.

Meals:  B,L,D

The boat takes you along the Mincio river to Governolo, where the Mincio flows into the Po and forms the largest inland basin in Italy. At the Lock, you leave the boat and start cycling, following the river to the village of Ostiglia and its ruins of a medieval fortress. Continue to the village of Bergantino where you will visit the Carousel and Street Entertainment museum. The day would also not be complete without a visit to the local cheese factory in the heartland of Grana Padano - the arch-rival of Parmesan. Finally, cycle along the Canal Bianco, parallel to the Po, to the sleepy village of Zelo.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will start cycling towards Ferrara. Ferrara is known as "the town of bicycles" and under its ruling family, the Este, the city state attracted architects, artists and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated through time. Its university ranks among Italy's best. There's time to explore the city and enjoy some local dishes for lunch before cycling around the old hippodrome and along the old city walls. From Ferrara, a bus transfer will bring you to Adria, an ancient Greek port with a rich Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage and famous for trading amber from the Baltic. Total distance by bus: 60km/37mi

Meals:  B,L,D

After a short cruise, we cycle into the po Delta. This unique wetland is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a sizeable colony of flamingos. Weather permitting, as we continue towards Chioggia, we can also enjoy a break at a fine-sand beach nearby for a dip in the Adriatic – not forgetting a hot savoury piadina! Chioggia is also known as "Little Venice", a colourful fishing hub. The boat will stay overnight on the Island of Pellestrina, just in front of Chioggia.

Meals:  B,L,D

Venice beckons, but first there is time to explore Pellestrina, the first of two islands we traverse today – a humble and tranquil fishing area, picturesque as ever with its cottages, boats and nets. A short ferry ride takes you to the Lido Island. Celebrated by Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) and particularly fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. Our floating hotel then takes us to the ancient harbour of Venice. You will stay overnight on Giudecca island*. Note: When you arrive in Chioggia, we recommend you buy a 48 hour-ticket (you can buy it in Piazzetta Vigo at ACTV ticket office, price is 30 €). When you take the first ferry, you have to validate it and then it will be valid for the next 48 hours. *actual mooring place can change

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning a local guide will uncover the capital of the ancient 'Serenissima Republic of Venice', which held sway over much of the Mediterranean and beyond for centuries. The rest of the day is free to explore Venice on foot to discover the magnificent historical centre of "La Serenissima" or the wonderful surrounding islands.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks). - Breakfast is buffet style and will usually consist of bread, ham / salami, cheese, butter, marmalade, yoghurt, cereals, milk, tea and coffee. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch which will be sandwiches, juice or 1/2L of water. Dinner will consist of 3 courses inclusive of a starter, main meal and dessert and include typical dishes of simple traditional Italian cuisine.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a comfortable barge with private facilities on a twin share basis
  • Bike rental with gel saddles, puncture resistant tyres, pannier, padlock, water bottle, helmet and repair kit (self guided only). Electric bike available on request - supplement applies
  • Bike insurance for loss or damage
  • Tour leader
  • Tea and coffee available on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Detailed route description, maps and info pack per cabin
  • Bus transfer Ferrara to Zelo / Ferrara to Adria
  • Harbour charges
  • Mid week service - cabin cleaning and towel change
  • Entrances and visits as described in the programme including a visit of a Grana Padano cheese factory & glass factory visit on Murano island
  • GPS Tracks available on request
  • Guided walk of Venice and Mantua

  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry to Pellestrina
  • Travel to/from Venice/Mantua
  • Supplement to provide vegan or gluten free meals

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

The tour is entirely in the low lands and the daily cycling stages vary from 30 to 50km/18.5 to 31mi. Much of the cycling is along rivers and canals on tarmac cycle paths or quiet roads with a low volume of car traffic. The boat will sometimes sail part of the way during breakfast or the evening meal to make getting out of the towns easier or to shorten the stages. *For safety reasons, we highly recommend that cycle helmets are worn during cycle sections.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
P
peak season surcharge
IT1
Trip starts in Venice
IT2
Trip starts in Mantova
DN3
Peak season is 27 Aug to 15 Oct 2022. High season is 7 May to 25 Jun 2022. Mid season is 9 to 30 Apr and 2 Jul to 20 Aug 2022. Supplements apply for peak, high and mid season departures. Note: 40% non refundable deposit is required to secure bookings on this trip.
DN4
A premium boat also operates, see trip code VBP. Prices valid to 31/10/22 only

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Total Priceper person from

$1550USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for vegan or gluten free dietUSD$80
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$170
  • Single SupplementUSD$440
  • peak season surchargeUSD$640
*Prices listed are per person

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