2021
Bike and Boat in Italy From Mantua to Venice

Bike and Boat in Italy: From Mantua to Venice

Highlights of Italian Renaissance

 Mantua – Zelo – Adria – Venice

  • Full board included!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Vita Pugna & MS Ave Maria

days
8

km / day avg.
40

The fertile, flat landscape along Northern Italy’s Po plain is a veritable paradise for a bike and boat holiday in Italy. Unique natural scenery awaits beside the cycle paths between Mantua and Venice. Not only Venice – La Serenissima, but all the other towns in this region have been centres for culture, art and architecture for centuries. Mantua is a proper gem, while great food, delicious wine and impressive Renaissance buildings await in Bergantino and Chioggia, also known as little Venice. Venice itself is the subject of many a dream. And how better to enter this city of canals and bridges than by ship.

The starting point will either be Mantua or Venice. Available dates will be displayed in the booking form.

Bike and Boat in Italy
  • Booking codes
    MS Vita Pugna
    Mantua – Venice: IT-ABSMV-08G
    Venice – Mantua: IT-ABSVV-08G
    MS Ave Maria
    Mantua – Venice: IT-ABSMA-08G
    Venice – Mantua: IT-ABSVA-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Mantua / Venice
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 195 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 50 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruisers MS Vita Pugna and MS Ave Maria

The authentic Dutch river cruise ship has been on an exciting journey: The MS Vita Pugna sailed along the Rhine, the Danube, the Black Sea and the Adriatic to reach Venice and the Po River Cycle Path. A number of modifications and renovations have made it the ideal companion for this bike and boat cruise in Italy. The atmosphere on this welcoming cruise ship is always relaxed, as it can only accommodate a modest number of guests. 

This former freighter MS Ave Maria was recently converted into a placid, modern river cruise ship which caters to all the wishes of a bike and ship holidaymaker. On one of the two sun decks or in the Italian-style lounge you will while out relaxing and enjoyable evenings. In the restaurant, you’ll be looked after with Italian delicacies, while the countryside slowly passes by the windows. La dolce vita!

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MS Vita Pugna

MS Vita Pugna

MS Ave Maria

MS Ave Maria

Day 1: Individual arrival in Mantua

The town was founded by the Etruscans and gained particularly in significance in the 16th century.  You will be entranced by the historic quarter of the town, which is still hardly frequented by tourists. Particularly worth of a visit are the Palazzo Ducale and the round Roman church of San Lorenzo. Your boat is at anchor in Porto Catena. You can board from 16.30 onwards. Enjoy the first evening of your holiday!

Day 2: Round trip Mantua, approx. 35 km

Today you can explore Mantua and the surrounding area by bike. A large number of very impressive buildings feature in the historic quarter. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.  It was here to which the unhappy Romeo was banished in Shakespeare’s tragedy. The surrounding region is fertile, flat and pleasant to cycle.

Day 3: Mantua – Governolo (by boat), Governolo – Zelo, approx. 50 km

The boat takes you to the Mincio fortress, where the Tyrolean freedom fighter, Andreas Hofer, was executed by the French. Next, you cycle along the river via San Benedetto, which has an important Benedictine monastery, and, via Revere to Ostiglia. In Bergantino you can enjoy tasting cheese and visiting the Museum of Carousel and the local theatre. Next the route takes you to Zelo, where your boat awaits you.

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara, approx. 50 km, Ferrara – Adria (bus transfer)

In the morning, you’ll cycle towards Ferrara. Copious amounts of cycle paths and the locals’ utter reverence for cycling have led to this town being called town of cyclists. Ferrara as a whole is a UNESCO world heritage site und presents itself in a 14th century style. From here, you’ll get on a coach for the short stretch to Adria, a small town important enough to give the large sea its name.

Day 5: Adria – Porto Viro (by boat), Porto Viro – Chioggia, approx. 40 km, Chioggia – Pellestrina Island (by boat)

Today’s itinerary features nature from start to finish. Initially, the ship will take you to Porto Viro. Today’s cycling route leads through the labyrinthine Po delta, an untouched paradise between lagoons and other stretches of water. Flamingos and herons feel at home here. Chioggia – or little Venice – is today’s cycle destination, located on the southern tip of the Venetian lagoon. By boat it is a short hop onto the Island of Pellestrina.

Day 6: Pellestrina Island – Lido – Venice, approx. 30 km

Pellestrina island is sandy and covered in pine trees. It is only a few hundred metres wide and well known for its mussel fishing. New cycle paths have been created here and are great to ride along. As you approach Lido, the town of Venice will be in sight. In between you take two boats to finally arrive on the opposite site of St. Mark's Square, where your boat is acnhoring for the night.

Day 7: Stay in Venice

Today is yours to spend as you wish. After getting up, you can either visit the wonderful historic Serenissima centre, or explore the islands in the lagoon. Use a two-day ticket that enables you to travel on all the ferries and other public means of transport in Venice. The Piazzo San Marco, the Canale Grande and the wonderful Rialto bridge are all must sees!

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast, your bike and boat tour in northern Italy comes to an end.

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from 01.05.2021 to 23.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

MS Vita Pugna

Season A

27.03. - 03.04.
17.10. - 23.10.

Season B

04.04. - 21.08.

Season C

22.08. - 16.10.

Additional fee single cabin 349

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 overnight stays on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x lunch package, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Rental helmet
  • All harbour fees
  • Guided tour in Venice and Mantua
  • Entrance cheese dairy with cheese tasting
  • Entrance museum Carrousel and Theater
  • Visit of a historic glass factory on Murano island
  • Bus transfer Ferrara – Adria
  • Daily Routing discussion, guided cycling tours
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Fees for excursions and entries
  • Tips
  • Ferries in Venice and laguna

No minimum number of participants.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 17 years

-300 €

Applies for accommodation in cabins with 2 full-paying guests.

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Accomodation

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MS Vita Pugna

MS Vita Pugna

MS Vita Pugna

Restaurant

MS Vita Pugna, restaurant

MS Vita Pugna

Cabin

MS Vita Pugna, cabin

MS Vita Pugna

Sun deck

MS Vita Pugna, sun deck

MS Vita Pugna

Deck plan

MS Vita Pugna, deck plan

MS Vita Pugna

  • 10 outward-facing cabins, approx. 7 – 8 m²
  • Facilities: showers / WC, A/C
  • Windows can be opened
  • Ground-level beds (i. e. no bunk beds)
  • It is possible to use the 2-bed cabins as single cabins

Boat facts

  • 1 passenger deck
  • Maximum occupancy: 21 passengers
  • Length: 36 metres
  • width: 5.4 metres 
  • Facilities: sun deck, lounge, WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Tour operator languages: German, English
  • Crew languages: English


If you have food intolerances or need a special diet, please contact us before your booking.

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Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from 01.05.2021 to 23.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

MS Ave Maria

Season A

27.03. - 03.04.
17.10. - 23.10.

Season B

04.04. - 21.08.

Season C

22.08. - 16.10.

Additional fee single cabin 299

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 overnight stays on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x lunch package, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Rental helmet
  • All harbour fees
  • Guided tour in Venice and Mantua
  • Entrance cheese dairy with cheese tasting
  • Entrance museum Carrousel and Theater
  • Visit of a historic glass factory on Murano island
  • Bus transfer Ferrara – Adria
  • Daily Routing discussion, guided cycling tours
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Admission fees and excursions
  • Tips
  • Ferries in Venice and laguna

No minimum number of participants.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Child reduction on basic price

discount-icon discount-icon-football

From 0 to 17 years

-300 €

Applies for accommodation in cabins with 2 full-paying guests.

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Accomodation

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MS Ave Maria

MS Ave Maria

MS Ave Maria

Restaurant

MS Ave Maria, restaurant

MS Ave Maria

Cabin

MS Ave Maria, cabin

MS Ave Maria

Sun deck

MS Ave Maria, sun deck

MS Ave Maria

Deck plan

MS Ave Maria, deck plan

MS Ave Maria

  • 17 outward-facing cabins
  • Facilities: showers / WC, A/C, windows
  • Main deck: windows can be opened
  • Lower deck: windows cannot be opened
  • Main deck – Superior cabins: 2 ground-level beds (i. e. no bunk beds), approx. 11 m²
  • Lower deck – standard 2-bed cabin: 2 ground-level beds (i. e. no bunk beds), approx. 11 m²
  • Lower deck – bunk bed cabins: approx. 7.5 m²
  • Single cabins – lower deck bunk bed cabins for single occupancy
  • Three- / four bed cabins: Superior or standard cabins partly expandable with bunk beds

Boat facts

  • Built in 1970
  • Refurbished in 2011
  • 2 passenger decks: main deck | lower deck
  • Maximum occupancy: 40 passengers
  • Length: 41 metres
  • width: 7.5 metres
  • Facilities: 2 sun decks, restaurant, lounge, WiFi (subject to availability), hairdryers on request
  • Tour operator languages: German, English
  • Crew languages: English


If you have food intolerances or need a special diet, please contact us before your booking.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices per person
MS Vita Pugna
MS Ave Maria

Additional fee single cabin

349 €

299 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Mantua

49 €

49 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Mantua

79 €

79 €

Extra night in a couble room, B&B, Venice-Mestre

69 €

69 €

Extra night in a couble room, B&B, Venice-Mestre

105 €

105 €

Additional fee superior cabin

145 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
219 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear derailleur with free wheel
  • E-Bike
Fittings

Pannier, bike lock, repair kit, speedometer, handlebar bag, rental helmet (head circumfence 54-61)

NOTE

Transport of own bikes in Venice habour to the main station Vencie-Santa Lucia is very expensive and not recommended.

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Rental Bike

27-gear Rental Bike

85 €

E-bike

219 €

Brief Information

Bike and Boat in Italy
  • Booking codes
    MS Vita Pugna
    Mantua – Venice: IT-ABSMV-08G
    Venice – Mantua: IT-ABSVV-08G
    MS Ave Maria
    Mantua – Venice: IT-ABSMA-08G
    Venice – Mantua: IT-ABSVA-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Mantua / Venice
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 195 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 50 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Route condition
    The route follows flatland, mostly along rivers on cycle paths and quiet roads.
  • Returning to Mantua / Venice
    With the train on own initiative, connections every 1 – 2 hours, duration approx. 2.5 hours, 1 change.
  • Minimum number of participants
    All departures are guaranteed, there is no minimum number of participants.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; we reserve the right to make changes.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
40