Bolzano - Mantova - Venice
Italy Bike + Barge Tours
Cycle in Italy through the gorgeous countrysides and villages!
This bike and boat tour in Italy is a variation of the classic tour Mantova - Venice, combining a self-guided hotel tour and Bike & Boat tour. You will bike Veneto, Trentino-Alot, Lombardy, and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy. During the initial stage of cycling, you will have 3 overnights in 3/4 star hotel accommodations. Upon arrival in Mantova, you will hop on board either the Ave Maria or the Vita Pugna and begin the boat tour in Venice, with 7 overnights spent on board.
This tour allows you to bike Bolzano, a crossroad of Austrian and Italian culture. You continue cycling in Trento, Peschiera del Garda (where you will stay overnight in hotels), but before reaching Peschiera you will enjoy a breathtaking ferry ride on the beautiful Lake Garda.
From Peschiera, you bike to Mantova where you will join your boat crew. Mantova (Mantua) is beautifully surrounded by lakes. Its centro historico is not to be missed – dozens of fascinating piazzas, churches, monuments and courtyards!
This Italy bike tour ends in the great city-on-water, Venice. Biking the surroundings of Venice is a once in a lifetime experience; it's lavish palazzi, elaborate bridges, quaint piazzas, and magnificent churches are all crammed into a maze of narrow streets and canals.
Vita Pugna Ave Maria Standard Season £ 1552 $ 2,385 € 1540 NOK 16298 kr 15045 $ 1,956 £ 1774 $ 2,726 € 1760 NOK 18627 kr 17194 $ 2,235 High Season £ 1643 $ 2,525 € 1630 NOK 17251 kr 15924 $ 2,070 £ 1955 $ 3,005 € 1940 NOK 20532 kr 18952 $ 2,464 SUPPLEMENTS Single £ 393 $ 604 € 390 NOK 4128 kr 3810 $ 495 £ 393 $ 604 € 390 NOK 4128 kr 3810 $ 495 Superior cabin (boat portion) - £ 141 $ 217 € 140 NOK 1482 kr 1368 $ 178 Gluten free or vegan diet request £ 50 $ 77 € 50 NOK 529 kr 488 $ 64 £ 50 $ 77 € 50 NOK 529 kr 488 $ 64 REDUCTIONS (boat portion of tour) Bunk bed cabin - £ 101 $ 155 € 100 NOK 1058 kr 977 $ 127 Third person in cabin £ 252 $ 387 € 250 NOK 2646 kr 2442 $ 318 £ 252 $ 387 € 250 NOK 2646 kr 2442 $ 318
Discount for third/fourth person (hotel portion): £ 60 $ 93 € 60 NOK 635 kr 586 $ 76
Standard Season: April 25 - August 15, 2018
High Season: August 22 - October 10, 2018
Electric bicycle rental: £ 176 $ 271 € 175 NOK 1852 kr 1710 $ 222
Helmet rental: £ 20 $ 31 € 20 NOK 212 kr 195 $ 25
Extra nights (local taxes to be paid upon arrival):
Bolzano, 3/4 star: £ 71 $ 108 € 70 NOK 741 kr 684 $ 89 per person/night Single room: £ 86 $ 132 € 85 NOK 900 kr 830 $ 108
Mestre 3/4 star: £ 66 $ 101 € 65 NOK 688 kr 635 $ 83 per person/night Single room: £ 86 $ 132 € 85 NOK 900 kr 830 $ 108
*Venice, 3/4 star: From £ 91 $ 139 € 90 NOK 953 kr 879 $ 114 Single room: From £ 151 $ 232 € 150 NOK 1588 kr 1465 $ 191
*In Venice, pricing depends on hotel, time of year, etc.
Only unisex hybrid touring bikes or electric bikes are available for this tour.
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Ideally, fly to Innsbruck and out of Venice. You can also fly into and out of Venice Marco Polo International Airport.
The most economical is to take the bus or taxi to the nearest train station, then the train to Bolzano. From there, a short walk or taxi ride to your first hotel.
The average high/low temperature in °F for the area is approx. 58/36 for Mar, 64/43 Apr, 72/51 May, 79/56 Jun, 84/61 Jul, 82/60 Aug, 75/54 Sep and 64/44 Oct.
Please note that you will be part of an international group of people. However, your tour guide and crew members will always speak English. Racing, electric, or tandem bike available upon request.
Every Wednesday from April 25 to October 10, 2018
Ave Maria: April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20, July 4, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29, September 12, September 26, and October 10, 2018.
Vita Pugna: May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 5, September 19, and October 3, 2018
Easy to moderate self-guided and guided bike and bike and boat tour. For the first 3 days of cycling, there are some moderate climbs to conquer. Cycling takes place on good asphalted roads and bike paths with little traffic. There are 9 days of cycling, with an average of 28 miles (44 km) of biking each day, however, on the first day there are 44 miles (70 km) of biking.
Where You’ll Stay
During the initial stage of cycling, you will have 3 overnights in 3/4 star hotel accomodations. Upon arrival in Mantova, you will hop on board the brand new Ave Maria (built during the winter of 2011), and begin the bike & boat tour to Venice, with 7 overnights spent on board.
- For the hotel-to-hotel duration of trip:
- 3 nights accommodations in a 3/4 star hotel
- 3 x breakfast buffets
- Information packet
- Ferry cruise on Lake Garda
- Luggage transportation
- Route descriptions & maps (one set per booked room)
- 27-speed unisex touring bicycle
- For duration of barge/bike tour:
- 7 nights on board
- Breakfasts, self-made packed lunches and dinners (drinks are extra)
- Detailed route descriptions & maps (one set per booked room)
- Bus transfer: Ferrara-Zelo/Ferrara-Adria
- Mid-week service of cabin cleaning and towel changes
- Information pack
- Tour guide
- 27-speed unisex touring bicycle
- Harbor fees
What’s Not Included
Verbringen Sie vor Tourbeginn 1 oder 2 Zusatznächte in Bozen oder verlängern Sie in Venedig.
Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano
Day 2: Bolzano - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70 km)
Day 3: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera , 29 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride
Day 4: Desenzano/Peschiera - Mantova, 27 mi. (45km) Arrival on boat in Mantova.
Day 5: Mantova, round tour, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Mantova - Governolo - Zelo, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Zelo/Castelguglielmo - Ferrara - Adria, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Adria - Porto Viro - Chioggia , 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 9: Chioggia - Venice, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 10: Venice, free day
Day 11: Venice, departure following breakfast
*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
DAY 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
The bilingual capital city of the South Tyrol is a renowned commercial and tourist center which looks back on a rich history. Today the Italian and the Austrian cultures and ways of life join together. The historical center of Bolzano boasts an enchanting beauty.
DAY 2: Bolzano - Trento, 41/44 mi. (65/70km)
Cycling on bike paths you follow the Adige River beside apple orchards, vineyards and through the villages of Ora, Egna, and Salorno. Along the river banks, you ride towards Trento. This city hides itself from the hasty tourist, so take your time to take a look behind the splendid walls of its painted buildings. You will discover something really worth seeing. It is possible to shorten the route today by taking a train from several stations along the way
DAY 3: Trento - Desenzano/Peschiera, 29 mi. (50 km) + ferry ride.
Still cycling along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here you continueup on a gently rising slope westwards in the direction of Lake Garda (the largest in Italy). Before leaving for Riva you must absolutely enjoy the sight of the lake from above! By boat, you travel as far as Peschiera del Garda along the southern shore of the lake. The boat excursion alone is the worth the whole trip.
DAY 4: Desenzano/Peschiera - Mantova, 44/28 mi. (70/45 km). Arrival on boat in Mantova.
Distance depends on where you begin your cycling. Today you will follow one of the most famous Italian bike paths, which runs parallel to the Mincio River. You will pass through the village of Borghetto, with its mills and Valeggio sul Mincio, famous for the huge botanic park “Sigurtà”.
The trip ends in Mantova, where your floating hotel for the next week is moored at Porto Catena, just a short walk from the city center. Your cabins will be available from 4 p.m. The meeting with the tour guide and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, approximately 7 p.m.
Mantova is one of the most beautiful towns in Northern Italy, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces, thanks to the assignment of the famous Gonzaga family.
Day 5: Mantova, round tour, 25 mi. (40 km)
The entire day is dedicated to the discovery of this wonderful city and its surroundings dominated by the family of Gonzaga.
DAY 6: Mantova - Governolo - Zelo, 32 mi. (50 km).
The boat will take you to Governolo, stronghold of the Mincio Pirates. Here you find the biggest basin of Italy, built in order to control the Mincio River. Here, you’ll take your bikes and start riding, following the flow of the Po River. You can also visit the Carousel and Folk Show Museum in Bergantino. After a ride along the Canal Bianco, you will reach Zelo, where the barge will moor for the night.
DAY 7: Zelo/Castelguglielmo - Ferrara - Adria, 32 mi. (50 km) and 60 km by bus
Following breakfast, you will start cycling towards Ferrara. Once you have reached the town, which earned the name of "city of bicycles", you will be enchanted by the historical center, still surrounded by the old city walls. From Ferrara, a short bus transfer will bring you to Adria, an ancient Greek port, famous for trading amber coming from the Baltic.
DAY 8: Adria - Porto Viro - Chiogga , 25 mi. (40 km)
The boat will bring you to Porto Viro, from where you will start the daily ride into the maze of the Po Delta, an uncontaminated paradise between marshes and lagoons of the Po, pedaling in the heart of nature. You follow the Po-Brondolo waterway, which links the river to the Venetian lagoon. Overnight in Chioggia, which is also known as "the little Venice". A visit to the fish market at dawn is an absolute must.
DAY 9: Chioggia - Venice, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today the ship will bring you to the Oasis of Ca’ Roman, a sandy islet surrounded by pine-woods. Pedaling along the lagoon, you will reach Pellestrina and from here, ride on the new bicycle path as far as the ferry landing stage. A short boat ride takes you back up the Lido island, along the ‘Murazzi’, with a stop in Malamocco, the ancient harbor. Overnight is on the Island of Giudecca, not far from St. Mark's square, with an amazing view of the lagoon.
DAY 10: Venice, free day.
After a wonderful awakening with a view of the lagoon, there is the opportunity for a guided tour of the city center. After which, you have the whole day to your liking, to continue your exploration of the magnificent historical center of the capital of the 'Republica Serenissima', or its wonderful islands.
DAY 11: Venice
After breakfast and the customary goodbyes, free time for individual visits of Venice before returning home.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice Boats + Barges
Ave Maria Italy Comfort Plus Class Boat The Ave Maria was launched in 2011. This Italian boat was totally rebuilt in order to meet even the highest expectations. The boat was completely redesigned by a renowned architectural firm. Its shapes, colors and materials were chosen carefully in order to create a warm, inviting and sophisticated atmosphere.
Vita Pugna Italy Comfort Class Boat The Vita Pugna is a romantic Dutch barge which has been sailing since 2008. She has 21 guests cabins with comfortable low twin beds and en-suite facilities. They also offer the convenience of attractive, traditional portholes, which can be opened for fresh air. The corridor is air-conditioned. The sundeck has plenty of seating where you can enjoy the passing scenery.