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Guided Barge and Cycle

Mantua to Venice   (or Venice to Mantua)
Itinerary from Venice to Mantua:

Total Distance: 200 km   Total vertical  30 m        Terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved

This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains with daily stages from 30 to 55 km – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or on quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the bikes in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths or simply to enjoy the cruise through the Venice lagoon.
This is easy cycling in mostly flat areas with only few short climbs and descents.
1. Venice.
Cabins are available from 4.30 PM. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at 7 PM.
2. Venice.
In the morning a local guide will help you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.
3. Venice – Chioggia (30 km).
Cruising out of Venice at a gentle pace, we start our bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of the two islands we explore today. Fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. A short island-hop takes us to Pellestrina, where we cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”.
4. Chioggia – Porto Viro – Adria (40 km).
A morning stroll through Chioggia’s fish market is recommended and, time allowing, a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Our cycling resumes southbound, into the delta of the imposing Po. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We overnight in Adria, an ancient Greek port once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, also renowned for its Etruscan and Roman heritage.
5. Adria – Ferrara – Zelo (35 km by bike + 35 km by bus).
After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its overlords, the Este family, this ancient City State attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. A private bus takes us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.
6. Zelo – Mantua (50 km).
After a few km on our bikes, we reach the village of Bergantino where we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum (entrance included). Following the river through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where the River Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Leaving the Po behind, we enter the MIncio and reach Mantua in the afternoon.
7. Mantua tour (40 km).
Today is dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque “lakes” formed by the Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead the group through the highlights of the town.
8. Mantua.
Departure after breakfast. .
The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/ Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the Po and connects Mantua to the Adriatic Sea. Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

Bike and Barge  Venice to Mantua
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