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
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
through historic Italian countryside
Ferrara - a UNESCO World Heritage
Mantua with its many palazzos
Ca Roman Nature Reserve
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
There are two categories of
||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.