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Venise à Mantua

Cycling along the Po-delta and Ferrara

Venice
Venice

  • Départ
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Mantova
Venise

Between Venice and Mantova, you will be cycling along the Venetian lagoon, Po Delta, Adriatic coast and the walled town of Ferrara, through rural areas of the Italian countryside.

 

After a day at your full disposal to discover the magic of Venice, you will start knowing the unique ecosystem of the lagoon and the Po Delta area. The trip leads you into the core of the Po plain, until Mantova, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces thanks to the assignment of the famous Gonzaga family. The tour is completely flat, there is no uphill part. It follows for a good part the river.

  • Type de voyage Guided
  • Niveau 1
  • Durée 8 jours
  • Distance 39 km, moyenne par jour
  • Lugana, white wine
  • Fresh seafood, following traditional recipes
  • Po Delta Reserve, natural beauty and birdlife
  • City of Mantua, jewel of the Renaissance

Itinéraire

1 km = 0,62 miles
Jour 1

Saturday: Arrival in Venice

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. After dinner we can savour Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia

Jour 2

Sunday: Venice

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, her explorers reaching as far as China and Newfoundland. After your guided tour, you have the afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace.

Jour 3

Monday: Venice–Pelestrina/Chioggia

30km

Leaving Venice behind after a gentle cruise, our cycling adventure starts on the Lido, the first of two islands we traverse today. Fashionable in high society ever since the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. A short island-hop by ferry takes us into another world: Pellestrina, where we ride past the picturesque cottages and boats of this humble fishing backwater. We rejoin our barge just in front of Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing hub known as « Little Venice ».

Jour 4

Tuesday: Pellestrina/Chioggia–Po Delta Nature Reserve-Adria

40km

We open the day with a stroll through Chioggia, followed perhaps by a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Weather permitting, we can also bask in the sun at a fine-sand beach nearby: a dip in the Adriatic, a hot savoury piadina – and you are well and truly local! Then onwards into the delta of the life-giving Po. This unique wetland is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We moor for the night in Adria, a key Roman port, once washed by the waters of the sea which bears its name. Adria 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.

Jour 5

Wednesday: Adria–Ferrara–Zelo

35km

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.

Jour 6

Thursday: Zelo–Mantova

50km

We sail for a short stretch and, back on our bikes, we reach the village of Bergantino where we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Following the river through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where the River Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Leaving the Po
behind, we reach Mantova trough a magnificent navigation in the late afternoon.

Jour 7

Friday: Mantova, round tour

40km

An entire day dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque “lakes” formed by the Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

Jour 8

Saturday: Mantova

Departure after breakfast

Dates de Voyage

Date Disponibilité Départ Accommodation Category  
4/6/2019 - 4/13/2019 Limitée Venice Ave Maria Comfort Inscription en ligne
4/13/2019 - 4/20/2019 Disponible Venice Vita Pugna Comfort Inscription en ligne
4/20/2019 - 4/27/2019 Limitée Venice Ave Maria Comfort Inscription en ligne
4/27/2019 - 5/4/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
5/4/2019 - 5/11/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
5/11/2019 - 5/18/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
5/18/2019 - 5/25/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
5/25/2019 - 6/1/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
6/1/2019 - 6/8/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
6/8/2019 - 6/15/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
6/15/2019 - 6/22/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
6/22/2019 - 6/29/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
6/29/2019 - 7/6/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
7/6/2019 - 7/13/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
7/13/2019 - 7/20/2019 Disponible Venice Ave Maria Comfort Inscription en ligne
7/20/2019 - 7/27/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
7/27/2019 - 8/3/2019 Disponible Venice Ave Maria Comfort Inscription en ligne
8/3/2019 - 8/10/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
8/10/2019 - 8/17/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
8/17/2019 - 8/24/2019 Disponible Venice Vita Pugna Comfort Inscription en ligne
8/24/2019 - 8/31/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
8/31/2019 - 9/7/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
9/7/2019 - 9/14/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
9/14/2019 - 9/21/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
9/21/2019 - 9/28/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
9/28/2019 - 10/5/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
10/5/2019 - 10/12/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
10/12/2019 - 10/19/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Vita Pugna Comfort
10/19/2019 - 10/26/2019 Entièrement réservé Venice Ave Maria Comfort
10/26/2019 - 11/2/2019 Limitée Venice Vita Pugna Comfort Inscription en ligne

Prix

Hébergement Cabine Prix par cabine Enfants de 0-2 ans Enfants de 3-11 ans
Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with bunkbed 0 0
Lower deck: cabin for single use 0 0
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1780,- 0 0
Ave Maria Upper deck: Superior 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2480,- 0 0
Ave Maria Standard season surcharge per person (April 29th to August 19th and October 7th to October 21st) € 2880,- 0 0
High season surcharge per person (August 26th to September 30th) 0 0
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1980,- 0 0
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds for single use € 2680,- 0 0
Ave Maria Standard season surcharge per person (April 29th to August 19th and October 7th to October 21st) € 3080,- 0 0
High season surcharge per person (August 26th to September 30th) 0 0
Ave Maria Prices are per cabin € 2260,- 0 0
Ave Maria € 2960,- 0 0
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin, bunk bed on April 7 + April 21 € 3360,- 0 0
Lower deck: 2-berth cabin, bunk bed, May 5 - August 11 + Oct. 20 0 0
Vita Pugna Lower deck: 2-berth cabin, bunk bed, August 25 - Oct. 6 € 2180,- 0 0
Vita Pugna € 2380,- 0 0

Location de vélo

Image Nom Type Prix par semaine
27-gear unisex Citybike 27-gear unisex Citybike Incl. bike helmet €85
Electric bike Electric bike Kalkhoff, Agattu model, incl. bike helmet €195

Included

  • All nights on board (incl. sheets and towels)
  • Season supplement
  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages, self-made, when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour leader on bike (English/German speaking)
  • Detailed route description, maps (1:75.000) and info-pack
  • Bus transfer Ferrara – Zelo/Ferrara – Adria
  • Entrances and visits as described in the program
  • Harbour charges
  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantua
  • Visit of cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

 

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Cabin for single occupancy (Standard cabin): supplement of € 300,- (only available on the lower deck)
  • Bicycle rent
  • Personal insurance / Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Beverages
  • Museums and extras in general
  • Ferry boat stage in Pellestrina (about € 9,-)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking. In case of gluten-free and vegan there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Tour programme variations: The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/ Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the Po river and connects Mantua to the Adriatic Sea. Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

Arrival info

Saturday is the day of arrival on board and you start cycling on the 3rd day. On the day of arrival you can leave the luggage on board anytime during the day but the cabins will be available from 4.30 PM to 7.00 PM (dinner time). Just before dinner, a meeting with the tour guide and the crew is scheduled. The mooring place of the barge is at Certosa Island – Dock “Vento di Venezia” www.ventodivenezia.it

Airport

The nearest international airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). The airport is located about 10 km from Venice www.veniceairport.it
There are several ways of transportation to get to the mooring place of the barge:
By water bus (vaporetto)  you can reach the boarding point by sea with Alilaguna lines. Travel time is between 40 minutes and 1 hour and a ticket costs about € 15,-.
By shuttle bus  with the Fly Bus ATVO shuttle service. Travel time is 20 minutes and a ticket costs € 6,-
By motor boat you can take a motorboat as collective service that will bring you directly to the island of Certosa. Travel time is about 30 minutes and a ticket price starts from € 25,- per person (min. 2 persons).
By taxi boat from Venice airport, from the railway station of Venice or from Piazzale Roma you can take a transfer by taxi boat.
Costs about  € 120,- for a maximum of 5 passengers.

Car

Venice is easy to find coming from the highway A4 Milano- Trieste. You can park your car in Venice in several parkings. You can also park your car in Mestre and reach Venice by public transport. Average of € 18,- per day.  Detailed information will be included in your travel documents.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later, on Saturday morning after breakfast before 9 AM, in Mantua. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board.To get to Venice Marco Polo Airport, the easiest and cheapest way is to take the train. Travel time is approx. 2.5 hours and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs between € 13,- and € 25,-.

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Questions & Réponses

  • Quelle est la taille du groupe à bord ?

    Le nombre de participants varie entre 12 (le minimum) et 24 personnes.

  • Quelle est la distance moyenne des tours à vélo ?

    La distance moyenne est de 40 à 50 kilomètres par jour. N’oubliez pas que les Pays-Bas sont plats et qu’on fait du vélo tranquillement. Une journée de vélo dure environ 7 à 8 heures, pauses et visites comprises. Le temps passé sur votre vélo est environ 4 heures par jour.

  • What biking level is the Venice to Mantua tour?

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

    This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 25 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the bikes in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths or simply to enjoy the cruise.

  • Proposez-vous des assurances ?

    Nous vous proposons une assurance annulation et une assurance de vélo. Vous trouvez plus d’info ici.

  • Qu’est-ce que je dois emporter ?

    Des vêtements de vélo spécialisés peuvent être pratiques mais ne sont pas strictement nécessaires.

    Ce dont vous avez besoin (entre autres) est le suivant:

    • Shorts / pantalon / survêtement / legging
    • Chemise / pull
    • Imperméable
    • Gants (en avril et en octobre il peut faire froid le matin)
    • Bonnes chaussures / baskets
    • Lunettes de soleil / casquette / maillot de bain
    •  Nécessaire de toilettes
    • Spray anti-moustique, crème solaire
    • Sèche-cheveux (220V ; disponible sur le Sailing Home et le Zwaan)
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Prix p.p. à partir de € 890,- * * Prix par pesonne. Il n'y a pas d'extras inclus dans ce prix

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