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Italy by bike and boat, between Mantova and Venice - Ave Maria

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Bike and boat trip in 8 days and 7 nights from Mantua or Venice aboard the Ave Maria. Discovery of the Po Delta and Venice.

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Ave Maria

The Po Delta and the Adriatic Sea by bike, between Mantua and Venice


Bike and boat trip aboard the Ave Maria on the Po cycle route between Mantua and Venice in northern Italy. Exceptional stay which combines gastronomy, nature and culture. On your way, discover the towns of Chioggia and Adria and admire the natural wonders of the Po Delta. This route can be done from Mantua or Venice.


Highlights of the stay :

  • Mantua, Venice and Chioggia
  • the Po delta
  • Ferrara, cycling town
  • Nature, culture and gastronomy

Day 1 - Mantua

Reception on the boat is possible from 4 p.m. and bikes are available on site. The boat is moored in Porto Catena, a 15-minute walk from the station. Meeting with the team for dinner at 7 p.m. Self-guided tour of Mantua, one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy.


Day 2 - Loop around Mantua - 40 km

Departure for a short hike to the lakes of Mantua to the Bosco Fontana Nature Reserve.
The afternoon is devoted to the visit and discovery of the city.

Day 3 - Mantova - Governolo - Zelo - 50 km

The boat takes us to Governolo, stronghold of the Mincio Pirates and the starting point of the cycle route along the Po river, to the village of Ostiglia and its medieval ruins. Then you can visit the Carousel museum and the folk show in Bergantino. You can also do a tasting at the cheese factory. Along the "Canal Bianco" you will reach Zelo.


Day 4 - Zelo - Ferrara - Adria - 50 km

After breakfast, you set off by bike towards Ferrara. The number of cycle paths and the great popularity of cycling make it the "city of the bicycle." You will enjoy the historic center of the old town which is still surrounded by its walls. From Ferrara you will take the bus to reach Adria, an ancient Greek port, known for the Baltic amber trade.


Day 5 - Adria - Nature Reserve of the Po Delta - island of Pellestrina - 40 km

Departure from Adria by boat to Porto Viro. You discover the Delta and cross the Adige river. You follow the Po-Brondolo, connecting the river to the Venetian lagoon. Night on the island of Pellestrina in front of Chioggia also called "Little Venice": do not miss the fish market at dawn.


Day 6 - Pellestrina Island - Venice - 30 km

Pellestrina, a humble and tranquil fishing backwater, a picturesque island. A short island tour by ferry takes you to the Lido. The Lido di Venezia now hosts the Venice International Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. Visit a historic glass factory on the island of Murano, with a glassblowing demonstration by a master craftsman.
After joining the barge, a cruise in front of Saint Mark's Square to Venice. After dinner, enjoy Venice at night, now free from the crowds: Benvenuti a Venezia! Then short boat trip to Lido Island, along the Murazzi with a stop in Malamocco. Night in the lagoon near Saint Mark's Square.


Day 7 - Venice loop

Free day to discover the magnificent historic center of the capital of the Republica Serenissima and its magnificent islands. You stay in Venice, for the last night.


Day 8

After breakfast with a view of the lagoon and the ritual of greetings, end of the tour and departure. You can enjoy Venice with extra nights.

Depending on the departure dates, the tour departs from Mantua or Venice.

Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or modified.






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General Information:

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Level of comfort of the boat : Comfort
  • Language spoken on board: English



Saturday departures:


From Mantua from 25/03 to 21/10/2023

  • Low season: 25/03 and 08/04
  • Mid season: 22/04, 01/07, 15/07, 29/07 and 12/08
  • High season: 06/05, 20/05, 03/06, 17/06 and 21/10
  • Very high season: 26/08, 09/09, 23/09 and 07/10

From Venice from 01/04 to 14/10 : 

  • Low season: 01/04 and 15/04
  • Mid season: 29/04, 08/07, 22/07, 05/08 and 19/08
  • High season: 13/05, 27/05, 10/06 and 24/06
  • Very high season : 02/09, 16/09, 30/09 and 14/10

With Ave Maria from Mantua or Venice.


Included :

  • 7 nights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and homemade packed lunch)
  • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Free courtesy kit
  • Short daily maid service and midweek cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Application including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Information about the digital tour
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Second companion with a minimum of 25 people
  • Guided tour in Venice and Mantua
  • Visit to a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of the Carousel and the Street Entertainment Museum
  • Visit to a historic glass factory on the island of Murano
  • Ferrara-Adrian bus transfer

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • meal day 6
  • Drinks on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Ticket for public transport in Venice and in the lagoon (we suggest the ACTV 48h ticket, 30 €)
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • cancellation insurance

Levels :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Much of this cycling tour takes place along the Po plains and the daily stages vary from 25 to 55 km, mostly on paved cycle paths along rivers and canals, or on quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and usually sets sail after breakfast. Some parts of the route are made by barge, to allow easier access to the cycle paths or simply to enjoy the cruise.
Recreational cycling in mostly flat areas with only a few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

The tour is also suitable for children. If the child one day does not want to ride a bike, he / she can stay on the boat with one of the parents.

Weather :

Warm temperatures and sunny region.



30 to 55 km of hiking per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
Easy to follow route. No difficulties, accessible to all.



- Cycling maps for Italy on cartovelo.fr

- Cycling guide on Po cycleroute

Additional nights:

An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of your stay, in a hotel.


The participants :

On board you meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children.



Here are the people responsible for your bike and boat holidays:
On board, the captain and his boy. They are responsible for the smooth running of the holidays (on the boat) and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
Participants are accompanied by a guide. This will help you in the event of a breakdown and will advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


Meals :

- Breakfasts: on the boat, you will find a substantial breakfast.
- Lunches: 'lunch' (sandwiches, fruit, snack, drink).
- Dinners: three courses (drinks not included)
Drinks, such as wine, beers, lemonades and mineral water are not included but can be purchased on board.


The bike :

21-speed VTC available for hire. At the end of the tour you leave the rental bike on the boat.
The bikes are equipped with saddlebags as well as an anti-theft device, a card holder, a bottle and a tire repair kit.

If you take your own bike, the return to the starting point is at your expense. (crossing in Venice around 130 €). It cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Don't forget your anti-theft device!

Roadbook :

We will provide you with information on the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary, subject to change.


Transport :

- By train: Venice is on one of the main railway lines and serves the largest Italian cities. Mantova accessible via Verona.
- By car: Mantova is on the A22 (Brennero-Modena) motorway 50 km from Verona. Venice is on the A4 motorway.
- By plane: Venice international airport.


Your vehicle:

In Mantova: free parking 500m from the port and supervised paid parking 1.5km from the port
In Venice: Very expensive parking, it is advisable to park in Mestre and take public transport. Secure parking near Mestre station.


Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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