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Guided Barge and Cycle

Mantua to Venice, Italy   (or Venice to Mantua)     2022

Travelling by barge and bicycle is a great way to explore the countryside of Northern Italy. Sleep on a barge as it makes its way along the River Po and each day enjoy guided cycling on quiet roads and cycle paths. This holiday offers a unique opportunity to experience the North of Italy. After exploring the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantua, considered Italy’s “sleeping beauty”, the barge gently wends its way along the majestic Po. Cycling along waterways, through hamlets and into surprising Ferrara, you reach the Po Delta, a unique wet-land park which is the prime reserve in Europe for waterfowl. The Po then flows into the Venetian lagoon where a stop will be Chioggia, known as “little Venice”. Last, you’ll be welcomed by wonderful Venice.


  • Cycle through historic Italian countryside
  • Visit Ferrara - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See Mantua with its many palazzos
  • Explore the Ca Roman Nature Reserve 
  • Cruise through Venice harbour and explore this fabled city on the sea
Two different barges, the Ave Maria and the Vita Pugna, run regularly between Venice and Mantua. The trip takes seven days from Saturday to Saturday.  The following week the barges return from Mantua to Venice.

Guests stay on the barge for seven nights and enjoy guided cycling along quiet cycle paths and country roads.
A leader cycles the route with the group, however route descriptions are provided for those who prefer to cycle independently.

There are two categories of barges:

Comfort Vita Pugna   10 cabins     
Comfort Plus  Ave Maria    17 cabins  (10 standard double) (4 superior double) (3 bunk bed cabins)

All cabins have private ensuite toilet and shower and are non smoking.

Bikes are available in various sizes in unisex models. City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore bikes feature aluminium frame, mudguard, rear rack, comfort gel saddle, anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres, ergonomic bicycle grips, 1 cycle computer, 1 Ortlieb saddlebag, 1 water bottle, 1 combination bike lock.

Bike and Barge  Venice to Mantua
Dates and Prices
Itinerary 1 Contact us and Booking
Itinerary 2 Map
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