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Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Avace W. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Guides were amazing. They worked hard to make sure all guests mingled with guests from other countries. Games played encouraged teams working together and finding new information about the villages we visited. Always extra surprises..like visiting the mussel fishermen, panoramic vista of Venice from rooftop. Training on how to use ferry system in Venice invaluable. I didn't think we could get a better tour than our 2018 trip, but this one exceeded all expectations. From snow in the mts. near Bolzano to swimming in the Adriatic, the differences in scenery was dramatic and thrilling. Bikes...so comfortable and fit perfectly. Didn't even need to wear my bike padding! Plenty of time to look around when we went thru villages. What can I say. This tour was the best!
Boat: Ave Maria
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Sandy H. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Fabulous trip. Filled with adventure. Highlights included guide, staff, food and overall camaraderie developed with a great group of people!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Gorge M. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Menu and food prep. much better than other bike and barge/cruises we've been on.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Connie M. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Venice to Mantua tour was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the stops for cultural and natural sites of interest. The food was wonderful and the staff very helpful.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Greg S. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It is hard to specify just one thing. The barge was great, the food superb and the staff could not have been better. Even though the weather wasn't great, we had a wonderful time. We're looking forward to booking our next tour.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by David & Patsy A. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We loved the scenery and it was such a relaxing bike ride we decided to go on our own rather than go with the group with the guide. The green arrow stickers saved us many times. Loved all the small villages on the way and stopped at a few every day for a cappuccino which was excellent. There was a few errors on the routes however we figured them out and pointed the errors to the guides when they occurred.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Katherine G. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Despite the crowds and chaos in Trento on day one of our cycling (Bolzano to Trento) due to the Alpine Black Feather military reunion, it is now one of my favourite memories and stories that I share! I also really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful poppies, gardens and farmers fields. The route guides had some errors and you could tell that they were translated by someone who’s first language is not English but we usually managed to figure things out. We preferred to cycle independently from the group as people rode too slow for us and being clustered together we were concerned about all of us crashing into each other. We loved being able to rendezvous with our guides and the rest of the group for the Carrosel Museum visit, the cheese factory etc. The staff on the Ave Marie Barge were fabulous, they all worked together, even the Captain helped set the table. The food was excellent and the chef was a real character. The bikes were excellent, we were provided with a pannier and a box style bag for our handle bars. It wasn’t necessary to bring a small backpack as they like you to remove and carry the bags with you when you lock up your bike. It was a great vacation and we hope to do another cycling trip in the near future.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia T. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I remember the day on a slightly "tricky" route into Chioggia. When we could bike into the town and rest our bikes for the first look-around -- what an enchanting place in such good company. We knew there would be another gourmet dinner that evening on the barge. Looking forward to another trip through Tripsite.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Carole H. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Ave Maria barge was so very comfortable with wonderful staff & fabulous fresh locally sourced food, beautifully presented.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Casimira R. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guides were amazing made sure no one was left behind. I wish there would have been transportation for us from the train station to the boat. Other than that the trip was amazing and I would highly recommend this.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Bernadette G. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This trip was the perfect balance for experiencing Italy as well as being physically active. The most memorable part of the trip was being with a group of like-minded active and curious people!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Danna J. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The knowledge about the country that our guide, Hein, provided at sporadic times. He was very astute to stop on a hillock for a small respite when there was no “cafe” in sight. Great information.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Nelson S. 9 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great trip....tour guides outstanding ,more than outstanding....the food was fabulous and all staff were wonderful....first 3 days of self guided biking were well worthwhile.....stay hydrated if it is warm as cramping can occur.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by John B. 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We started out in Bolzano, going from Hotel to hotel the first three nights, and then on the barge for seven more. The scenery of the hotel to hotel was spectacular! The Ave Maria was a fantastic boat, the crew was great and very accommodating. The only negative is- I wish we could have spent more time in each town we went past. But with only ten days, squeezing anything else like more time is impossible.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Heather P. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A thoroughly satisfying experience in all departments!The staff were welcoming and friendly, instructive and knowledgeable. I felt entirely safe in their hands.Accommodation has been well designed and thought out. I shared a cabin with a friend and it was easy to find our own space within a relatively confined space.The food was DELICIOUS! The meals exceeded expectations and were presented beautifully; the chefs having entertained us with their 'Two Ronnies' routine at the outset of each repast. I have made a batch of refreshing lemon and ginger cordial since my return, which is perfect for a hot summer day and reminds me of a very happy holiday.The bike was a delight to ride. I'm not a regular cyclist and I found the daily trips enjoyable and, with the regular stops, entirely within my capabilities. The one day off I had, sailing along the canal, added an extra dimension as it was so restful and enjoyable to watch the wildlife and the scenery glide by.The guided trips were enlightening and I now have a 'feel' for the part of Italy we traversed. From the start we felt like guests at a houseboat party. It was interesting to meet and enjoy meals with others from various countries and backgrounds.I shall be talking about this holiday for a long time thanks to you all.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann W. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part: Riding through amazing scenery and picturesque villages in Northern Italy!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by David & Patsy 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? The poppy fields along the bike ride was especially beautiful. Instructions need some updating.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Stewart J. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Hein was a most engaging and entertaining guide/trip leader. The rides were well planned with interesting stops and sightseeing, beautiful scenery and it didn’t hurt that we had spectacular weather. Post ride relaxation and camaraderie on the deck was great as was the value priced bar for beer/wine! The evening dinners were wonderfully prepared meals, truly excellent and overall the trip was very affordable, an A plus value.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Elizabeth Dianne D. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Montova was a really lovely spot and I liked the cycling around there. It might be easier in the towns if the cyclists all had either jerseys or pennies to identify the group so locals see we are all together which would prevent us from getting cut off or unable to pass.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jeanne W. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part? All of it! Fantastic! Most memorable: Hein! And Marco! The whole staff! Loved every minute. Loved the e-bike too.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patti S. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I was so impressed with the level of service and detail on this trip. Completely exceeded all expectations from the guides and the rides to the food and the lodging. So much fun! It didn’t hurt that we had perfect weather. Hoping to do it again!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Karilene M. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Every day was a new adventure, loved it all!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Ian S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Superb scenery, boat, bikes and guides. Delightful in every way.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Mary G. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Biking with Hans as a guide and the side trips we made.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Nelson N. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Piano player and entertainer was a highlight.....food was fabulous.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Prosper B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
My most memorable part of these trips are always at the halfway mark when I realize they are almost over and I want them to go on and on forever. Italy is so beautiful and the ride to Montava is an extension of that beauty.
My suggestion is simple: Do it. Don't wait. Go on a big cruise ship when you are too old to walk, but as for now, if you're able to bike, you're able to bike tour. Touring is different than racing. Its relaxing and invigorating, spiritual and memorizing. Seeing Italy at ground level and at 11 mph is the only way to experience it, in my book.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Christine D. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guide, Hein, was the absolute best. Knew everything about history, culture, architecture, food... Had a great sense of humor. Best guide in 10 bike/barge trips.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia K. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Everyday was fabulous. So difficult to pick any one memorable part when you experience Venice, Grana Padana tour and tasting, the oldest clock in the world, a lotus flower lake and charming friendly people and staff.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Myra B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Friendly knowledgeable staff, delicious food, great bikes! It truly was the vacation of a lifetime, and we can't wait for the next one!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Barbara S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Excellent dinners after cycling along some wonderful and varied routes. The tour guides were excellent and kept a great pace for all cyclists. Different activities and surprises along the routes almost every day. Highly recommend this trip. If you plan to travel in July, be prepared for hot weather.
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