• Venice VPD

Venice & the Delta of the river Po comfort

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: €1.390

The flat basin of the river Po brings you in provincial towns like Mantova and Ferrara to reach the magical city of Venice

Datum Schip Prijs
24-08-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
31-08-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
07-09-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
14-09-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
21-09-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
28-09-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
05-10-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
12-10-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
19-10-2019 Ave Maria € 1390
26-10-2019 Ave Maria € 1390

Cycling across the unspoiled Italian countryside and the flat basin of the river Po you head for the splendid lagoon of Venice.
This originally swampland has partially been reclaimed many centuries agVPD_VPPo. The new land lies within a system of natural canals, where fisherman’s cabins are hiding in the vaste reed lands. Sometimes floating platforms function as the only connection between two banks.
Mantova is an attractive provincial town with a centre that breathes the past and shows many art treasures from the Renaissance. Additionally world famous Venice and Chioggia, ‘Little Venice’, belong to the highlights of this Italian Bike & Barge Holiday.

Each next week the trip will be carried out in the opposite direction.

You also can book this tour on a standard ship. Please click: Italy: Venice & the Delta of the river Po.

Day 1. Mantova.
The cabins are available from 4.30 p.m. The boat is moored at Porto Catena, just a short walk from the city-centre. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 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 the famous Gonzaga family.

Dag 2. Mantova round tour (approx. 40 km by bike)
An entire day dedicated to the discovery of this wonderfull city and its surroundings.

Day 3. Mantova –Governolo–Zelo (approx. 50 km by bike)
The boat takes you to Governolo, stronghold of the Mincio Pirates, where there is the biggest basin of Italy, built in order to control the Mincio River. Here you take the bikes and start the ride, keeping on following the River Po, until the village of Ostiglia, with the ruins of a medieval fortress. After a ride along the ‘Canal Bianco” you will reach Zelo, where the barge will moor for the night.

Day 4. Zelo–Ferrara–Adria (approx. 50 km by bike +60 km by bus).
After 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 centre, 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 4. Adria–Porto Viro–Chioggia (approx. 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, pedalling in the heart of nature following the Po-Brondolo water-way. You will stay overnight in Chioggia, famous as “the little Venice”. The next morning a visit to the fish market at dawn is an absolute ‘must’.

Day 6. Chioggia –Venice (approx. 30 km).
The boat brings you to the Natural reserve of Ca’ Roman, a sandy islet surrounded by pinewoods. Pedalling along the lagoon, you reach Pellestrina: from here, riding on the new cycle path you reach the ferry landing stage. A short ferry-boat ride takes you then up the Lido island, along the ‘Murazzi’, with a stop in Malamocco, the ancient harbour. After the final short ride you reach again the barge for the overnight stay.

Day 7. Venice.
After a wonderful awakening with a view on the lagoon, a local guide will let you discover the magnificent historical centre of the capital of the “Repubblica Serenissima”. After that you have the whole day at your disposal, to discover the magical city of Venice.

Day 8. Venice.
After breakfast and the customary goodbyes, free time for individual visits, or return home, if you haven’t booked any extra night.

Each next week the trip will be carried out in the opposite direction.

  • 7 nights aboard m.p.s AVE MARIA
  • 7 x fullpension (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner aboard)
  • Bike (27 gears) + pannier
  • Sheets and towels
  • Tour leader
  • Roadbook and info pack
  • Bustransfer Ferrara-Adria or Ferrara-Zelo
  • Surcharge high season € 170,00
  • Surcharge cabin upper deck € 140,00
  • Surcharge single use € 300,00
  • Drinks on board
  • Excursions

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