- 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
An enchanting guided cycle journey from the magical city of Venice along the canals and waterways of the Po River. 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.
Day 1 : Arrive Mantova
Day 2 : A round tour in Mantova and its surrounds (35km/22mi)
Day 3 : Boat to Governolo, cycle to Zelo (50km/31mi)
Day 4 : Cycle towards Ferrara, explore the city, transfer to Adria (50km/31mi)
Day 5 : Boat to Porto Viro then cycle to Chioggia (40km/25mi)
Day 6 : Cycle on Pellestrina and Lido islands, cruise to Venice (30km/18.5mi)
Day 7 : Guided tour then free time to discover the magic of Venice
Day 8 : Trip concludes
- 7 nights accommodation aboard a comfortable barge with private facilities on a twin share basis. (note there are no single cabins, it's single use of a twin cabin)
- 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (6 dinners in 2023) (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.
- Bus transfer Ferrara to Zelo / Ferrara to Adria
- 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
- English speaking tour leader
- Guided walk of Venice and Mantua
- Insurance against theft and irreparable damage of the bike (limited)
- Tea and coffee available on board
- Sheets and towels, complimentary courtesy kit
- Digital information pack including route notes, maps and navigational App (can be used offline) with GPS Tracks per cabin (smartphone required)
- 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 & glass factory visit on Murano island
- GPS Tracks available on request
- Travel to/from Venice/Mantova
- Drinks on board
- Museum entrance fees
- Personal items
- Travel insurance
- Ticket for public transportation in Venice and lagoon (we suggest the ACTV 48 hour ticket, 30 €)
- Supplement to provide vegan or gluten free meals
- We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app if you would like to cycle independently (self guided)
- Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2023 (approx. 18-30 € to be paid on site)
- Supplement to provide vegan or gluten free meals
- Earn US$ 71+ in travel credits.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Veneto Bike & Boat tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 09 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 09 December 2022, a deposit of 271 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Veneto Bike & Boat tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Veneto Bike & Boat tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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