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Boat/Barge: Vita Pugna • REMOVE • About Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Sandra B. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was our 4th Bike & Barge trip with Tripsite. Our most recent was on the Vita Pugna from Mantova to Venice early May, 2019. We loved our first trip and didn't think it was possible, but somehow, they just keep getting better! Our guide, Hein, was knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. The staff was wonderful and the dinners were amazing! At each port, they shopped daily for fresh foods and wine, and served us the local specialties of the area. Each night before serving, they described the menu, explained how it was prepared, and paired it with a local wine recommendation.The cozy, comfortable barge accommodates 20 guests. Even though we represented 6 different countries, there were no differences at all. Everyone was enthusiastic, energetic, fun, friendly and helpful. The bikes were exceptional and made the rides smooth and comfortable. I usually struggle to keep up, but didn't have any problems this time. The bikes contributed to my ease, and the pace was ideal! The routes were well planned, the scenery was lovely, the designated stops were interesting, informative and great fun! Since the boats and owners, countries, food, scenery, cultures and customs are all different, we don't compare trips. We just embrace the differences and look forward to our next (5th) adventure with Tripsite. They're so great to work with and have always made every effort to accommodate their guests.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Catherine P. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The entire trip was great. Have highly recommended it to others!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Berry B. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guide (Sylvia) embellished every part of the day, the staff was very friendly, cooperative, accommodating and full of fun...great trip, thanks
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Susan J. 2 weeks ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Just finished the Venice to Mantova about the Vita Pugna. This trip was amazing and exactly as advertised with easy cycling on flat roads. Normally I would have liked more miles but with a record breaking heat wave (topping at 44C one day) that week, the distances worked out well. The chefs Sylvia and Irene are hugely talented and every meal was a delight. I really can't praise the food enough! Fabio did an excellent job as guide and is extremely knowledgeable about the area and gave excellent advice. Eduardo the captain was also very personable and friendly, overall a super crew who obviously enjoyed working together. Our international group had a great time cycling together despite the heat. I hope to do this trip again someday.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Sue F. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our fabulous 2019 vacation was aboard the Vita Pugna (very clean and comfortable) biking from Mantova to Venice. We were well taken care of by Captain Edoardo, crew/chefs Silvia and Barbara (delicious meals and afternoon snacks plus breakfast!) and our wonderful guide Fabio. I can’t say enough about each one of them, the patience of Fabio is extraordinary. He went above and beyond to make sure each guest was comfortable cycling and informed of routes/plans throughout the week. At the end of the tour he went out of his way to assure that each person knew exactly how to get to their destination when departing the barge. The biking (the bikes were in great shape!) was fun/well organized, the food was outstanding, the landscape/pubs/villages/museum/cheese factory/cappuccino stops, etc. were wonderful. We loved the night walks and the walking tours by local guides. Tripsite provided second to none customer service through our booking process. They were quick to answer any questions/concerns I had, and I love the online chat feature! We are looking at another bike/barge for 2020 and after going through another company a couple of years ago, will only use Tripsite now. Kudos to all and thanks so much for making our 2019 vacation one for the books!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Sue H. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Couldn't ask for more. We absolutely loved our bike/barge tour in Italy from Bolzano to Mantova to Venice in August on the Vita Pugna. The staff were fantastic and our guide Michela was amazing. We had a lot of fun, met some great people and visited some very beautiful places. The biking was not difficult. The food on the Barge was first class and plenty of it. Would absolutely recommend this trip. Can't think of the most memorable part of the trip it was all amazing. The first three days was challenging following the instructions, but we got there in the end. Was sorry to say goodbye to everyone.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Wendy S. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of our Mantova to Venice trip was visiting chioggia, the carnival museum and the cheese factory.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Lynn Y. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part? The wonderful food served everyday
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Nancy B. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Riding our bikes back to the barge in Venice in a rainstorm. The laughter and camaraderie was priceless.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kim F. 12 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Mantova to Venice was wonderful. Very pretty scenery with lots of unique places to stop.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Art W. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The food on the barge was terrific--as was our guide Fabio.Come prepared for 5 serious days of biking as well as bringing the right/complete biking clothes.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by April S. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Had an absolute great time on this Tour. Venice was amazing and Mantova as well. Our cook was Erica who is wonderful chef. Every meal was impressive— creative and delicious. This was my fifth bike/barge tour and she is definitely the best cook. Really enjoyed my fellow Travelers, as well.Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Robert V. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Every aspect of the trip was as expected or better.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Joanne B. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The best parts of the trip were the staff, the food and the camaraderie. The bike rides, the scenery and the towns visited could not have been better. It was an all around outstanding vacation!!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Rita L. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Being part of a bike family for a week with wonderful people from several countries! And our tour guide, Helmut ... Capt. Giovanni ... Crew/Chefs Sylvia and Samule, who made the week even more special! Riding through the small towns was fun!! Ready to go again!!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Susan E. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The trip was amazing: excellent food prepared by our 2 chefs; our guide was well-prepared, thoughtful, good-natured; the route was beautifully planned and educational, the bikes were more comfortable than my own, the weather was fortunately perfect, and we had a great group to bike with. The experience went way beyond my expectations . Can’t wait to plan the next biking adventure.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Laurie P. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The beautiful scenery of Italy and the connections we made with the other guests!!!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Rosemary B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Parts: the swimming off the boat, out in the ocean after a hot bike ride, were amazing.The historical information from our tour guides was outstanding.The food was DELICIOUS.Sunsets out on the water were glorious
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Cynthia W. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Everything was excellent! There were a limited number of available rental helmets, I highly recommend bringing one's own from home.
What a wonderful week!! Excellent staff...Captain, Helmut, Silvia & Samuele! Food was 5-Star, very comfortable accommodations! Helmut was a great guide, knowledgeable and made sure we all had a good, safe time! Bike riding was so much fun and we saw many different towns and sights we would have missed in a bus! Meeting so many wonderful, fellow bikers from different countries was so enjoyable! This trip was more than I ever expected!! Loved it!! Definitely will travel with Tripsite again!!! Bike On!!!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kim B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable. I took this trip with my sister not having any expectations. Besides the great accommodations, food & scenery, there were strangers from 8 different countries that became a bike family for 8 days. It was a wonderful trip.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann karen watson 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip. Truly amazing. The food was the best surprise of the week!! It was delicious!!! Our tour guide Tamara was excellent, she made every day very very interesting. She went above and beyond. Can't wait to do another trip with Tamara!!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Carmel M. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Every aspect of the trip made for a memorable experience. Having done both the hotel to hotel and the guided section gave us a truly great opportunity to see a part of Italy that is so varied in both history, culture, food and landscape.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by William H. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Irene was a great guide. She adopted my suggestion that she wait for the stragglers to catch up to the stopped leaders so the stragglers could have a short rest also. Her suggested side tours were great. Our chefs, Samuel and Enrico were great as well. Superb food. First class trip.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by A. Harris 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A fabulous experience. We will seriously consider further barge/bike holidays with you.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by JoAnn Grand 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The biking was not as scenic as other trips I have been on. However the food, staff and guide were excellent.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Alfred Lilly 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Understanding the trip was planned for little difficulty, expected that the terrain would be flat, but was hoping for more scenery and countryside to take in while biking. Perhaps if there was an option of having a sag vehicle for those who couldn't/didn't want more difficult terrain so the option was available for those who could do more ... and see more. Overall great experience, friendly crew and excellent food!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Brian J Craig 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our Guide, Rosita was excellent, friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable. Would recommend her anytime.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Mike Tansey 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Recommended for novice cyclists only. Not challenging enough for experienced cyclists.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Christopher Manning 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Route guides(arrows)could in some areas(particularly in the Bolzano to barge section when riders on their own) be more clearly marked and better positioned.Steph,our guide,and the boat crew combined to make this a special experience.
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