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Mantova to Venice

Cycling along the Venetian lagoon


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Between Mantova and Venice, 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.


Starting from the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantova this itinerary winds its way along the Mincio and the Po, following the natural course of the longest Italian river. After a wonderful trip from the countryside to Po Delta, with its unbelievable wildlife, the most beautiful town of the world is awaiting you: Venice! The tour is completely flat, there is no uphill part. It follows for a good part the river.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 27 km
  • Venice: the city of gondolas
  • Mantova: Italy's sleeping beauty
  • Walled town of Ferrara
  • Po’s delta unique wetland park

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Arrival in Mantova

The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 PM.

Day 2

Sunday: Mantova, round tour


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 and now considered by many as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

Day 3

Monday: Mantova–Governolo–Zelo


A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes us to Governolo, where it flows into the Po and forms the largest inland basin in Italy. At Governolo Lock, once a vital staging post for local navigation, we saddle our bikes and follow the Po through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Finally, we reach Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

Day 4

Tuesday: Zelo–Ferrara–Adria


After breakfast we continue our bike and boat adventure cycling towards Ferrara,
another key City State of ancient Italy. You will visit this historic town and discover its little touched centre, still surrounded by the original city walls. From Ferrara a short transfer by private coach will take you to Adria. Once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, Adria was an ancient Greek port, famous for trading Baltic amber. Its remarkable museum also bears witness to its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage.

Day 5

Wednesday: Adria–Porto Viro–Chioggia


An exhilarating day of discovery alternating sailing and cycling starts with a short cruise to our drop-off point at Porto Viro and the exploration of the Po’s delta. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. At the mouth of the River Adige, which flows fast and cool from the Dolomites, we then follow the Po-Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. Our overnight stop is the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as “Little Venice”.

Day 6

Thursday: Chioggia–Venice


A morning visit to the fish market is recommended and, time allowing, we also climb up Chioggia’s millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. We then enjoy some island hopping in the lagoon itself by bike and boat, starting with our barge dropping us off on Pellestrina (home to the Ca’ Roman nature reserve); and continuing by public ferry for the short crossing 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. Finally, our floating hotel takes us to our marina in Venice, for the culmination of our bike and boat holiday.

Day 7

Friday: Venice

In the morning a local guide will let you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.

Day 8

Saturday: Venice

After breakfast end of the tour.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/27/2017 - 6/3/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
6/3/2017 - 6/10/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
6/10/2017 - 6/17/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
6/17/2017 - 6/24/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
6/24/2017 - 7/1/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
7/1/2017 - 7/8/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
7/8/2017 - 7/15/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
7/15/2017 - 7/22/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
7/22/2017 - 7/29/2017 Available Mantova Ave Maria Comfort Book now
7/29/2017 - 8/5/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
8/5/2017 - 8/12/2017 Available Mantova Ave Maria Comfort Book now
8/12/2017 - 8/19/2017 Limited Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort Book now
8/19/2017 - 8/26/2017 Limited Mantova Ave Maria Comfort Book now
8/26/2017 - 9/2/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
9/2/2017 - 9/9/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
9/9/2017 - 9/16/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
9/16/2017 - 9/23/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
9/23/2017 - 9/30/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
9/30/2017 - 10/7/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort
10/7/2017 - 10/14/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Vita Pugna Comfort
10/14/2017 - 10/21/2017 Fully Booked Mantova Ave Maria Comfort

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with bunkbed € 1780,-
Ave Maria Lower deck: single cabin € 1290,-
Ave Maria Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1980,-
Ave Maria Upper deck: Superior 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2260,-
Ave Maria Standard season surcharge per person April 29th to August 19th and October 7th to October 21st € 200,-
Ave Maria High season surcharge per person August 26th to September 30th € 370,-
Vita Pugna Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1680,-
Vita Pugna Lower deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds for single use € 1140,-
Vita Pugna 3rd person in cabin € 590,-
Vita Pugna Standard season surcharge per person April 29th to August 19th and October 7th to October 21st € 150,-
Vita Pugna High season surcharge per person August 26th to September 30th € 220,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
27-gear unisex Citybike 27-gear unisex Citybike €75
Electric bike Electric bike Kalkhoff, Agattu model €170
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet €15


  • All nights on board (incl. sheets and towels)
  • 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 Mantova
  • Visit of cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Travel risk 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 booking conditions.

The program is subject to change without notice.

This tour will be operated by our local partner.

Arrival info

Saturday is 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 the harbour in Porto Catena.


The nearest international airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). The airport is located 120 km/ 75 miles from Mantova
To get to the barge you can go by city bus to the train station in Mestre (Venice), then continue by train from Mestre to Mantova (1x change of trains in Verona Porta Nuova). Travel time is almost 3 hours and costs between € 25,- and € 36,-.


The barge is located 2 km/1.25 miles from the train station in Mantova. From the station it is about 5 minutes by taxi, costs are about € 10,-.


The city of Mantova is located near the Brennero highway A22. You can park your car in Mantova in several parkings. From these parkings you can walk to the harbour (about 20 min. from the farthest parking) or you can take a taxi.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later, on Saturday morning after breakfast before 9 AM in Venice. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board. To get to Venice Marco Polo Airport, there are several ways of transportation: By water bus (vaporetto): you can reach the airport 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,-

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided.  We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems.  Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you’ll come across.

  • How do I get from the airport to the destination place and is this transfer included?

    Our sale and information department can inform you on this manner. These transfers are usually not included (see the included section for each tour).

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The principal countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, France, Germany, and Spain. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

More questions

Price starting from € 840,- * * There are no extra's included in this price


Ave Maria
Ave Maria

About the barge

100 % Italian design.This Italian boat has been totally rebuilt in order to meet the highest client's’ requests.  It has been completely designed by a renowned architectural Italian firm. Its shapes, colours and materials have been chosen carefully in order to create a warm, sober and yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Cabin plan

10 double standard cabins of 11 m2, below deck (3 of these can become triple cabins, with a bunk bed). 3 double superior cabins of 11 m2, upper deck (each of these can become a triple cabin, with a bunk bed), windows can be opened 4 single cabins of approx. 7, 5 m2, below deck (each of these can be sold as double cabin with bunk beds) Each cabin boasts large windows, comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities and air conditioning.

Air conditioned living room, measuring 11 x 7,5 m and divided into two areas:the restaurant (33 seats) and the lounge (up to 28 seats). Two sundecks dedicated bike parking (for approx. 40 hanging bikes).Internet point with two computers Free Wi-Fi. 

  • Offical name Ave Maria
  • Length 41 m
  • Width 7.5 m
  • Capacity 40 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Vita Pugna
Vita Pugna

About the barge

After many years as cargo boat Vita Pugna has been totally renewed in the beginning of the 1990s in order to start its new life as floating hotel along the Dutch canals. On board the Vita Pugna you will find the same style and cosy atmosphere of the Bike & Barge cruises in Holland enhanced by the friendly and homely management of the international crew. The typical wooden cabin area and the comfortable air-conditioned living room will welcome the customers for a well-deserved rest after a day on the bike.

Cabin plan

Each cabin ( 7/8 m2) boasts twin low beds, en-suite facilities and pretty portholes
The corridor is air-conditioned
9 double cabins and one triple cabin.
Shower and toilet in all cabins
Cabins have central heating but no air conditioning.

  • Offical name MS Vita Pugna
  • Length 36 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 23 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Mantova to Venice

Mantova to Venice


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