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Venice & Mantua | Self Guided | Bike & Boat

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.

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. 

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 holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Venice & Mantua | Self Guided | Bike & Boat

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

Free Day 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

From Venice to Chioggia | Distance 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

From Chioggia to Adria | Distance 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

From Adria to Zelo | Distance 22 miles (35km) + 35km by bus.

After a short cruise it’s time to get back on 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

From Zelo to Mantua | Distance 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

Round Tour Mantua | Distance 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 holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Venice & Mantua | Self Guided | Bike & Boat

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Venice & Mantua | Self Guided | Bike & Boat

Ave Maria

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

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 holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Venice & Mantua | Self Guided | Bike & Boat

Package Prices | 2019 & 2020 (Flights and Transfers Included)

Departure Dates 2019

Direction

Vita Pugna

Ave Maria

Venice - Mantua

1st June 2019

-

£1795

8th June 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

15th June 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

22nd June 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

29th June 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

6th July 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

13th July 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

20th July 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

27th July 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

3rd August 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

10th August 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

17th August 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1795

Venice - Mantua

£1575

-

24th August 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1575

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1795

31st August 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1995

Venice - Mantua

£1695

-

7th September 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1695

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1995

14th September 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1995

Venice - Mantua

£1695

-

21st September 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1695

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1995

28th September 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1995

Venice - Mantua

£1695

-

5th October 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

£1695

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1995

12th October 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

£1995

Venice - Mantua

£1695

-

19th October 2019/20

Mantua – Venice

-

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1395

Tour Only Prices | 2019 & 2020

 

Departure Dates

Direction

Vita Pugna

Ave Maria

Venice - Mantua

1st June 2019

-

£1495

8th June 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

15th June 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

22nd June 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

29th June 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

6th July 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

13th July 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

20th July 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

27th July 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

3rd August 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

10th August 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

17th August 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1495

Venice - Mantua

£1255

-

24th August 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1255

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1495

31st August 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1735

Venice - Mantua

£1385

-

7th September 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1385

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1735

14th September 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1735

Venice - Mantua

£1385

-

21st September 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1385

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1735

28th September 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1735

Venice - Mantua

£1385

-

5th October 2019

Mantua – Venice

£1385

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1735

12th October 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

£1735

Venice - Mantua

£1385

-

19th October 2019

Mantua – Venice

-

-

Venice - Mantua

-

£1085

Departure Day: Saturday

Single Supplement: £330

Ave Maria Superior Cabin: £20 per night

Ave Maria Bunk Bed Cabin (2 sharing) Reduction: £14 per night

Triple Reduction: £34 per night

Ebike Supplement: £110 per person

Helmet: £15 per person

Please note that this tour departs on Saturdays and runs in alternate directions each week. For further information, please speak to one of our team on 020 7471 7750.

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