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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

USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SOG6105

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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Own arrival in Venice. The boat is moored at the Giudecca island, not far from St Mark's square. The cabins are available from 4pm. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew will be at 7pm, just before dinner.

Meals:  D

Today you a free to explore the city of Venice. After waking up to a wonderful view over the lagoon, the tour starts with a whole day at your disposal. Discover the wonderful historical centre of the capital of the "Republic Serenissima" or the wonderful surrounding islands.

Meals:  B,L,D

This is the most exciting day of the tour, riding along the two little narrow islands which border the sea and the lagoon. From Lido, one of the most impressive resorts and the site of the cinema exhibition of Venice, you to up to Malamocco, the first seat of the republic of the Doges. A short boat ride will take you to the isle of Pellestrina with its nature reserve of Ca' Roman. The boat will bring you to the lively fishing harbour of Chioggia.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you leave the so called "small Venice" going south along the Po-Brondolo waterway and through the mouth of the River Adige. Pedalling between the wonderful nature reserve of the Po Delta, with its incredible number of bird species. Continue cycling to your destination for the night, the island of Albarella.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's cycle takes you deep into the maze of the Po Delta and you will pedal in the heart of nature. The destination today is Adria, an ancient Greek port, famous for trading amber coming from the Baltics.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a short navigation in the morning, you start cycling towards Ferrara. Ferrara is known as "the town of bicycles" and is still surrounded by the spectacular old city walls. In the afternoon a short bus transfer will bring you to Bergantino for a visit and short tasting in a cheese factory. The bus will then take you to Zelo. Total distance by bus: 35km

Meals:  B,L,D

A short cycle will bring you to Torretta on the Fissero/Bianco canal. Continue cycling along the Po as far as Ostiglia, a small village with the ruins of a medieval fortress. After a few kilometres you finally reach Mantova, one of the most beautiful Renaissance towns of Northern Italy. Discover the famous jewels of Mantova on your guided visit of the town.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the trip concludes.

Meals:  B

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Own arrival to Mantova. The boat is moored at Porto Catena, just a short walk from the city centre. The cabins are available from 4pm. There will be a meeting with the tour guide and the crew at 7pm, just before dinner. Mantova is one of the most beautiful towns in Northern Italy. Many world-famous artists left their masterpieces here thanks to the financial support of the famous Gonzaga family.

Meals:  D

The boat takes you to Governolo, the stronghold of the Mincio Pirates. The biggest basin in Italy is in Governolo and it was built in order to control the Mincio River. Here you leave the boat and start cycling. Today's cycle follows the River Po to the village of Ostiglia, and its ruins of a medieval fortress. You will visit the "Carousel and Folk Show Museum" in Bergantino then enjoy a tasting at a cheese factory. Continue cycling along the Canal Bianco until you reach Zelo, a small and cozy village.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will start cycling towards Ferrara. A guided visit of this wonderful town, which is known as the "city of bicycles", will let you discover its historical centre still surrounded by the old city walls. From Ferrara a bus transfer will bring you to Adria. An ancient Greek port famous for trading amber coming from the Baltic. Total distance by bike: 60km.

Meals:  B,L,D

The boat will bring you to Porto Viro and from here you will start today's cycle into the maze of the Po Delta. The Po Delta is an uncontaminated paradise between marshes and lagoons of the Po, and today you will be pedalling in the heart of nature. Your destination for today is Albarella, a private island of ancient traditions. *In case of low water you will start cycling directly from Adria, for approximately 55km.

Meals:  B,L,D

On today's cycle you will be suspended between water and land as you pedal between the Po Delta and the mouth of the River Adige. You then follow the Po-Brondolo waterway which links the river to the Venetian lagoon. Overnight in Chioggia ("key-oh-gee-a"), known as "the little Venice". A visit to the fish market at dawn is an absolute must.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's cycle is the most exciting stage of the tour. The boat will bring you to the nature reserve of Ca' Roman, a sandy inlet surrounded by pine-woods. Pedalling along the lagoon you will reach Pellestrina. From here you will ride along the cycle path to the ferry landing stage. A short boat ride takes you up the Lido island, along the "Murazzi", with a stop in Malamocco, the ancient harbour of Venice. You will stay overnight on the island of Giudecca, not far from St Mark's square. Enjoy the amazing view of the lagoon.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you a free to explore Venice. After waking up to a wonderful view of the lagoon, you have the whole day to discover the magnificent historical centre of the "Repubblica 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 the standard barge with private facilities on a twin share basis below deck in low season (upgrade to Premium boat - supplement applies)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit to the Sanctuary of Our Virgin Mary in Grazie and ferry back to Mantova on day 7
  • GPS Tracks available on request

  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry in Pellestrina
  • Optional Bicycle insurance, payable in cash locally - EUR15 per person for the standard bike, EUR45 per person for the electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • 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

HS
Supplement for vegan or gluten free diet
IT1
Trip starts in Venice.

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