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Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Venice & Mantua

From the narrow streets and waterways canals of the floating city to the Po delta, weaving through fishing villages, all the way to the art and opera of Mantua.

What not to miss

  • Pedalling through the backstreets of Venice
  • Island hopping from Lido di Venezia to Pellestrina
  • Magnificent scenery of Delta del Po

What's included

  • Accommodation on Vita Pugna or Ave Maria
  • Full board - all meals included
  • Flights and transfers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Local support available when needed 
  • Electric bikes on request

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Venice & Mantua

8 Day Tour 

Day 1

Arrive at Venice. Transfer by minibus or taxi to where you’ll board your boat and be equipped with your bicycle.

Day 2

Venice. This morning, you’re free to explore the magical city of Venice and its surrounding islands. Your tour leader is on hand to guide you should you wish, or you can simply lose yourself in the narrow streets and markets; perhaps hop on a gondola, or sip espresso as you wander around St Mark’s Square.

Day 3

Venice to Chioggia: 19 miles (30km). Today you embark on your Bike & Boat adventure, cruising gently out of Venice to the Lido, the first of two islands you’ll visit. Fashionable with the artists and aristocrats of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is home to the International Venice Film Festival. You’ll then island-hop over to Pellestrina, where you cycle towards a nature reserve, weaving through fishing villages. From here you’ll then hop back on board your barge and cruise over to Chioggia.

Day 4

Chioggia to Adria: 25 miles (40km). After a morning stroll through the bustling and colourful harbour and fish market, we suggest visiting Chioggia’s millennial clock tower - the oldest in the world - for wonderful views across the town. Back on the bike, you head south into the imposing delta of the Po and the wetlands, home to heron and flamingos. Finally you’ll reach Adria, an ancient Greek port.

Day 5

Adria to Zelo: 22 miles (35km) + 35km by bus. After a short cruise it’s time to get back in the
saddle, following the Po through farmland and little hamlets, until reaching Ferrara. This ancient city once attracted many influential architects and artists and the effects of this are still very much in evidence. At this point you’ll board a bus back to the barge in the sleepy village of Zelo on the Canal Bianco, a waterway running parallel to the Po.

Day 6

Zelo to Mantua: 31 miles (50km). Start the day with a brief ride to the village of Bergantino, where you can visit the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. You’ll then follow the river through Ostiglia (famous for its medieval fortress and floating mill), on to Governolo
Lock. This is where the River Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Cycling through magnificent scenery, you’ll reach Mantua in the afternoon.

Day 7

Mantua, round tour: 24 miles (40km). Boasting three beautiful lakes formed by the River Mincio, exquisite countryside and a vibrant town brimming with culture, Mantua is a little-visited gem. As well as the serene natural surroundings, there’s plenty to see and do - you can immerse yourself for the afternoon in the town’s operatic history, renaissance art and archaeological artefacts.

Day 8

We say “Arrivederci” before transferring you direct from Mantua to Verona by minibus or taxi.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Venice & Mantua

Accommodation Options

A fine selection of options to choose from

  • Ave Maria

    Ave Maria

    All our barges and river cruisers are equipped with everything you need for a fabulous holiday: comfortable ensuite cabins, sizeable living areas, a restaurant and sundecks. Think of it as a floating hotel, fully crewed with a skipper and catering staff. You’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning, and be sent off with a delicious packed lunch. Later, after a glorious day’s cycling, you can return to the boat for a tasty evening meal served with wine. Discover more about our two beautiful boats operating on our Mantua to Venice holiday below.

    Modern, bright and spacious, the Ave Maria was designed by a well-known team of Italian architects and launched in 2011. Ave Maria has capacity for 40 guests across en suite cabins; 4 superior twins/doubles (2 can accommodate 4 guests adding 2 bunk beds), 10 standard twins/doubles (3 can accommodate 3 guests adding 1 bunk bed)  and 3 bunkbed cabins (also available as single cabins). There is a delightful restaurant for up to 33 guests, a spacious lounge area with a hot drinks machine, 2 wonderful sundecks and free Wifi on board.

  • Vita Pugna

    Vita Pugna

    The Vita Pugna is a wonderfully romantic Dutch barge that was sailed over from Amsterdam to the waters of the River Po. Vita Pugna has capacity for 21 guests across en suite cabins; 10 twins (1 available for up to 3 people). There is a lovely air-conditioned lounge and restaurant, seating up to 23 guests. Sit upon the lovely sundeck whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Free Wifi is also available on board.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Venice & Mantua

2018 Departure Dates

8 Day, 7 Night Tour

(On Board the Ave Maria)

Tour Only Prices

2018 Departure Dates

Adult Prices

April 7, 21 £1035
May 5, 19 £1295
June 2, 16, 30 £1295
July 14, 28 £1295
August 11 £1295
August 25 £1515
September 8, 22  £1515
October 6 £1515
October 20 £1295

Flights and Transfers Included

2018 Departure Dates

Adult Prices

April 7, 21 £1395
May 5, 19 £1655
June 2, 16, 30 £1655
July 14, 28 £1655
August 11 £1655
August 25 £1865
September 8, 22 £1865
October 6 £1865
October 20 £1655

8 Day, 7 Night Tour

(On Board the Vita Pugna)

Tour Only Prices

2018 Departure Dates

2018 Prices

April 14 £895
April 28 £1095
May 12, 26 £1095
June 9, 23 £1095
July 7, 21 £1095
 August 4, 18 £1095
September 1, 15, 29 £1209
October 13 £1095

Flights and Transfers Included

2018 Departure Dates

2018 Prices

April 14 £1285
April 28 £1469
May 12, 26 £1469
June 9, 23 £1469
July 7, 21 £1469
August 4, 18 £1469
September 1, 15, 29 £1575
October 13 £1469

Supplements

  • Single Cabin: £38 per night
  • Electric Bike: £11 per day
  • Please call for children's prices

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