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  • 7 nights | 26 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Guided from: €890
  • Self-guided from: €890
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Blending nature, culture and fine cuisine, this leisurely bike and barge tour along the waterways of the River Po offers more than just a taste of Northern Italy. It explores celebrated cities of art, one of Europe's prime Nature Reserves and a wealth of tucked-away rural hamlets along the route, rewarding our daily rides with authentic regional dishes back on board. From the glory of Venice, the lagoon leads us to colorful Chioggia. Next up, the natural wonders of the Po Delta, famed for its bird life. Then Adria, once a key Roman port, and onwards to Ferrara and Mantua – once major city states crowned by the Italian Renaissance.

You have the option to ride with or without the guide, who will also be on board to advise on each day's riding. When you book, please specify which you prefer.

Daily program

Please note that this tour operates in two directions, from Venice to Mantua or from Mantua to Venice, depending on departure date. You'll find both itineraries detailed below. 

Venice – Mantua
Ave Maria: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2019.

Vita Pugna: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019.

Day 1: Venice
We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 4:30pm. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6:30pm – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitif. After dinner, we can savor Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia!

Day 2: Venice
After breakfast – and perhaps following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader – we all meet up with our Venetian guide for a tour through the historic center. Christened La Serenissima ("The Most Serene"), the Venetian Republic held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries – both as a military power and a beacon of culture, her explorers reaching as far as China and Newfoundland. After your guided tour, you have the afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace.

Day 3: Venice – Pellestrina/Chioggia (19 miles/30 km)
Leaving Venice behind after a gentle cruise, our cycling adventure starts on the Lido, the first of two islands we traverse today. Fashionable in high society ever since 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 by ferry takes us into another world: Pellestrina, where we ride past the picturesque cottages and boats of this humble fishing backwater. We rejoin our Ave Maria just in front of Chioggia – a bustling and colorful fishing hub known as "Little Venice."

Day 4: Pellestrina/Chioggia – Po Delta Nature Reserve – Adria (25 miles/40 km)
We open the day with a stroll through Chioggia, followed perhaps by a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Weather permitting, we can also bask in the sun at a fine-sand beach nearby: a dip in the Adriatic, a hot savory piadina – and you are well and truly local!

Then onwards into the delta of the life-giving Po. This unique wetland is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We moor for the night in Adria, a key Roman port, once washed by the waters of the sea which bears its name. Adria is also renowned for its Etruscan and Greek heritage. An after-dinner passeggiata into town for a well-earned grappa or gelato is in order.

Day 5: Adria – Ferrara – Zelo (22 miles/35 km by bike + 22 miles/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 ruling family, the Este, this city state attracted architects, artists, and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated worldwide ever since. To this day, Ferrara University ranks among the best, and the town is dubbed the ''Cycling Capital of Italy." A private bus and trailer take us back to our floating hotel in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

Day 6: Zelo – Mantua (31 miles/50 km)
This morning we head for the village of Bergantino, home of the distinctive Museum of Fairground Rides and its collection of street organs, all expertly restored (and thunderous!). But first things first: we are in the heartland of Grana Padano – the arch-rival of Parmesan – and after visiting the local cheese factory, we enjoy a degustazione of sharp and seasoned Grana, washed down with a glass of Valpolicella.

After our customary picnic lunch, we leave Bergantino and follow the river to Ostiglia, famed for its medieval fortress and the fierce fighting that took place here in 1945, as the Allies and partisans drove Hitler's forces back. We ride on and rejoin our barge at Governolo Lock, where Mantua's River Mincio flows into the Po. Veering north, we cruise through the lush wetlands that finally emerge into the glorious "lakes" of Mantua.

Day 7: Mantua round tour (22 miles/35 km)
Ruled by the House of Gonzaga for four centuries, the city state of Mantua attracted a dizzying roll call of names across the arts – from Rubens and Mantegna to Monteverdi and Mozart – and to this day the town is renowned for its international book festival.

A ride through the center soon takes us past Palazzo Tè, on the outskirts, the Gonzagas' summer residence. Onwards to the hamlet of Grazie and its historic church: a site of pilgrimage, it is adorned with an intriguing host of wooden figures, personifying the many torments that pilgrims of yore could identify with. A cruise on a local barge takes us home through a waterscape rich in birdlife, lilies and other aquatic flora.

This afternoon we meet our Mantuan guide for a walking tour of the historic center, and enjoy the rest of the day in town, at our own leisure.

Day 8: Mantua
Departure after breakfast. Possibility to book extra nights


Mantua – Venice
Ave Maria: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019.

Vita Pugna: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 2019.

Day 1: Mantua
We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 4.30 p.m. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6.30 – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitif. After dinner, we can stroll into town and savor the historic center at its most evocative: Benvenuti a Mantua!

Day 2: Mantua round tour (22 miles/35 km)
A day 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 and now considered by many as Italy’s "Sleeping Beauty."

A ride through the center soon takes us past Palazzo Tè, on the outskirts, the Gonzagas' summer residence. Onwards to the hamlet of Grazie and its historic church: a site of pilgrimage, it is adorned with an intriguing host of wooden figures, personifying the many torments that pilgrims of yore could identify with. A cruise on a local barge takes us home through a waterscape rich in birdlife, lilies and other aquatic flora.

This afternoon we meet our Mantuan guide for a walking tour of the historic center, and enjoy the rest of the day in town, at our own leisure.

Day 3: Mantua – Zelo (31 miles/50 km by bike)
After breakfast, we set sail from the "lakes" of Mantua and cruise through the lush wetlands that lead to Governolo Lock, where Mantua's River Mincio flows into the Po.

Here, we saddle up and follow the broad sweeps of the levee towards Ostiglia, renowned for its medieval fortress and fierce fighting in 1945, as the Allies drove Hitler's forces back.

Next: Bergantino, home of the distinctive Museum of Fairground Rides and its collection of street organs, all expertly restored (and thunderous!). This village is also in the heartland of Grana Padano – the arch-rival of Parmesan – and a visit to the local cheese factory, sampling some well seasoned Grana, is de rigueur. We catch up with our Ave Maria in Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

Day 4: Zelo – Ferrara – Adria (31 miles/50 km by bike + 37 miles/60 km by bus)
This morning we cross the Po and ride southwards through a patchwork of farmland, orchards and hamlets, as far as Ferrara. Under its ruling family, the Este, this city state attracted architects, artists and scholars for centuries, pioneering town planning principles that have been emulated worldwide ever since. To this day, Ferrara University ranks among the best, and the town is dubbed the ''Cycling Capital of Italy."

A private bus and trailer then take us back to our floating hotel in Adria, an ancient Roman port once washed by the sea which bears its name. Adria is also renowned for its Etruscan and Greek heritage. An after-dinner passeggiata into town for a well-earned grappa or gelato is in order.

Day 5: Adria – Po Delta Nature Reserve – Chioggia/Pellestrina (25 miles/40 km)
After a short cruise, we cycle into the delta of the life-giving Po. This unique wetland is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a sizeable colony of flamingos. Weather permitting, as we continue towards Chioggia, we can also enjoy a break at a fine-sand beach nearby for a dip in the Adriatic – not forgetting a hot savory piadina! Chioggia is also known as "Little Venice", a colourful fishing hub. The overnight takes palce on the Island Pellestrina, just in front of Chioggia.

Day 6: Pellestrina/Chioggia – Venice (19 miles/30 km)
Venice beckons, but first another world altogether: Pellestrina, the first of two islands we traverse today – a humble and tranquil fishing backwater, picturesque as ever with its cottages, boats and nets. A short island-hop by ferry lands us on the Lido. Fashionable in high society ever since the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. After rejoining our Ave Maria, an unrushed cruise takes us to our final destination. After dinner, we can savor Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia!

Day 7: Venice
After breakfast – and perhaps following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader – we all meet up with our Venetian guide for a tour through the historic center. Christened La Serenissima ("The Most Serene"), the Venetian Republic held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries – both as a military power and a beacon of culture, her explorers reaching as far as China and Newfoundland. After your guided tour, you have the afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace.

Day 8: Venice
After breakfast end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

From Venice: Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 2019. From Mantua: Mar 30; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 2019.
Low season: Mar 30, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Shoulder season: Apr 13, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019, Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019
High season: Aug 31, 2019 - Oct 18, 2019

Prices

Ave Maria

From Mantua: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019. From Venice: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2019.

Per person, double occupancy
€990
Shoulder season surcharge
€350
High season surcharge
€550
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Superior cabin upgrade
€140
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€85
Electrically assisted bike
€195
Extra Nights, Mantua
Per person, double occupancy
€85
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€125
Extra Nights, Mestre
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Extra Nights, Venice, prices starting at:
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€150
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-6 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 7-10 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
30%
Third person, ages 11 and older sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-250
Vita Pugna

From Mantua: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 2019. From Venice: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019.

Per person, double occupancy
€890
Shoulder season surcharge
€200
High season surcharge
€300
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€85
Electrically assisted bike
€195
Extra Nights, Mantua
Per person, double occupancy
€85
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€125
Extra Nights, Mestre
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Extra Nights, Venice, prices starting at:
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€150
Discounts
Third person, ages 11 and older sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-250

Dates

From Venice: Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 2019. From Mantua: Mar 30; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 2019.
Low season: Mar 30, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Shoulder season: Apr 13, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019, Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019
High season: Aug 31, 2019 - Oct 18, 2019

Prices

Ave Maria

From Mantua: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019. From Venice: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2019.

Per person, double occupancy
€990
Shoulder season surcharge
€350
High season surcharge
€550
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Superior cabin upgrade
€140
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€85
Electrically assisted bike
€195
Extra Nights, Mantua
Per person, double occupancy
€85
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€125
Extra Nights, Mestre
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Extra Nights, Venice, prices starting at:
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€150
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-6 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 7-10 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
30%
Third person, ages 11 and older sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-250
Vita Pugna

From Mantua: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 2019. From Venice: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2019.

Per person, double occupancy
€890
Shoulder season surcharge
€200
High season surcharge
€300
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€85
Electrically assisted bike
€195
Extra Nights, Mantua
Per person, double occupancy
€85
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€125
Extra Nights, Mestre
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Extra Nights, Venice, prices starting at:
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€150
Discounts
Third person, ages 11 and older sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-250
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Girolibero Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION FEES
If the customer withdraws from the contract he is anyway obliged to pay the registration fee which is Euro 30 per person in 2015. The calculation of the days does not include the day of withdrawal. A declaration of withdrawal must be made in writing within the deadline of one working day prior to the booked departure date:

  1. withdrawal until 30 days preceding the departure date: 20% of the total amount
  2. withdrawal from 29 until 22 days pre- ceding the departure date: 25% of the total amount
  3. withdrawal from 21 until 15 days pre- ceding the departure date: 50% of the total amount
  4. withdrawal from 14 until 8 days pre- ceding the departure date: 70% of the total amount:
  5. withdrawal from 7 until 1 day preced- ing the departure date: 95% of the total amount
  6. on departure day and no-show: 100%.

For the Bike & boat tours the following cancellation fees apply:

  1. withdrawal until 90 days preceding the departure date: 10% of the total amount
  2. withdrawal from 89 until 60 days preceding the departure date: 40% of the total amount
  3. withdrawal from 59 until 30 days preceding the departure date: 60% of the total amount
  4. withdrawal from 29 until 7 days preceding the departure date: 85% of the total amount
  5. withdrawal from 6 until tour and no-show: 100% of the total amount.

Charter cancellation fees:

  1. withdrawal until 180 days preceding the departure date: 15% of the Charter amount
  2. withdrawal from 179 until 120 days preceding the departure date: 30% of the Charter amount
  3. withdrawal from 119 until 90 days preceding the departure date: 50% of the Charter amount
  4. withdrawal from 89 until 30 days preceding the departure date: 75% of the Charter amount
  5. withdrawal from 30 until the departure date: 100% of the Charter amount
  6. on departure day and no-show: 100%.

The same amounts apply to the customer, even if the missed departure is due to the lack or imprecision of the necessary personal documents. No refund is due to the customer who does not show up at the place of accommodation or in the case of cancellation during the the program stay.

1. INTRODUCTION:
NOTION OF TOURIST PACKAGE
Considering that:

  1. the operator and vendor of tourist packages, to whom the tourist makes a request, must be in possession of the administrative authorization in order to carry out their activity.
  2. the tourist has the right to receive a copy of the tourist package sale contract (under art. 35 D.Lgs. 79/2011 of the Tourist’s Code) an essential document to get access to the National Guarantee Fund (art. 18 of these General Conditions).

The definition of tourist package (article 34 Tourist’s Code) is as follows: tourist packages have as their subject matter travel, holidays and “all inclusive” tours, which result from the pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components, which must be sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price and cover a period of more than 24 hours or include at least one overnight accommodation:

  1. transport;
  2. accommodation;
  3. other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation (redacted)... and accounting for a significant proportion of the “tourist package”.

2. LEGISLATIVE SOURCES
The purchase of a tourist package, either with services offered on national territory or abroad will be governed - up to its abrogation under art. 3 D.Lgs no. 79 dd. May 23rd, 2011 (Tourist’s Code) - by the Italian Law 27/12/1977 n°1084 in ratification and implementation of the International Convention on Travel Contracts (CCV) regarding travel contracts signed in Brussels on 23.04.1970 and also by Tourist’s Code (art(s). 32-51) and its subsequent modifications.

3. OBLIGATORY INFORMATION: TECHNICAL BRIEF
The operator is obliged to provide either within the brochure or separately to it a technical brief. The details that must be included in the technical brief within the brochure or separately to it are:

  • details regarding the operator’s administrative authorisation;
  • details regarding the operator’s civil responsibility insurance policy;
  • period of validity of the brochure or programmes separate to the brochure or tailor made tour;
  • methods and conditions for transferral (Art. 39 of Tourist’s Code);
  • exchange rate used in the case of currency adjustments, days or value (Art. 40 Tourist’s Code).

4. BOOKINGS
Reservation requests must be made on the appropriate contractual form filled in entirely and signed by the client. Acceptance for the booking will be complete, with subsequent conclusion of the contract, only once the operator has sent confirmation, even by telematic means, to the client. Indications regarding the package that are not contained in the contractual documents, brochures or in other written means, will be provided in good time before the start of the journey by the operator in accordance with his obligations under art. 37 comma 2 of the Tourist’s Code.

6. PRICE
The price of the tourist package is determined in the contract, and refers to the price indicated in the brochure or in the separate programmes, which have been added subsequently. The contract provides that price revisions can be made up to 20 days before the established departure date and solely to allow for variations in:

  • transportation costs, including the cost of fuel;
  • taxes or fees due for certain tourist services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports;
  • exchange rates applied to the package in question. For these variations reference will be made to the exchange rate and costs mentioned above in force on the date of publication of the programme as printed in the brochure technical brief or on the date printed in the above mentioned adjustments.

7. ALTERATIONS OR CANCELLATION OF A TOURIST PACKAGE BEFORE DEPARTURE
Before the departure the operator or vendor who is forced to make significant alterations to one or more elements of the contract must give immediate notification in writing to the tourist indicating the type of alteration and the consequent variation in price. If the alteration proposal is not accepted, the tourist can reserve the right to reclaim the amount already paid or receive an alternative tourist package in accordance with commas 2 and 3 of article 10. The tourist maintains the above rights also when cancellation is due to an insufficient number of participants required as stated in the brochure or in the separate programme, or due to force majeure and accidental cause, regarding the tourist package purchased. For cancellations which are not caused by force majeure or accidental cause or by insufficient number of participants, or reasons which are different from those of the non acceptance by the tourist of the alternative tourist package offered, the operator who cancels (art. 33 letter e Consumer’s Code) will reimburse the tourist the double of what was paid to and received by the operator. The amount to be reimbursed can never be more than the double of the amount that the tourist would owe on that same date according to art. 10, comma 4 in the case the cancellation was done by the tourist himself.

8. WITHDRAWAL BY TOURIST

The tourist may withdraw in writing from the contract, without penalty only in the following cases:

  • increase in the price as mentioned in art. 6 greater than 10%;
  • significant changes of one or more of the elements of the contract, which are objectively considered fundamental to the fruition of the tourist package either proposed after conclusion of the contract but before departure and not accepted by the tourist.

In the above cases the tourist has the right to alternatively:

  • receive an alternative tourist package, without paying a supplement and with the reimbursement of excess cost, in the case that the second package has an inferior value to the first;
  • reimbursement of only the sums already paid. Such reimbursement must be carried out within seven working days from the receipt of the reimbursement request.

The tourist must communicate his decision (of acceptance of the alteration or of withdrawal) within and not after two working days from the moment he receives notice of the increase or alteration. If no communication is made within these limits, the proposal formulated by the operator is to be considered as accepted. The tourist who withdraws from the contract before departure for reasons other than those listed in comma 1 or in the case considered under art. 7, comma 2, will be charged - independently from the payment of a deposit as in art.5 - with the individual cost of the organization and the penalty in the amount indicated in the brochure technical brief or programme or tailor-made tours. In the case of pre-formed groups these amounts will be agreed on a case by case basis at the moment of the signing of the contract.

ALTERATION OF THE BOOKING
For each and any kind of alteration of the already booked tourist package the customer is obliged to pay an administrative fee of Euro 30 per person. A reduction in participants will be considered a cancellation and therefore subject to the cancellation fees as mentioned above. The operator is not obliged to fulfill any customer's alteration request of an already booked tourist package if he is not able to meet the customer's requirements.

9. ALTERATIONS AFTER DEPARTURE
After departure, should the operator find himself in a position of not being able to offer, for whatever reason, except for a personal reason of the tourist, an essential part of the services included in the contract, he must offer alternative solutions, without additional cost to the price paid by the tourist and, if the services offered are of a lower value than those foreseen, the customer must be reimbursed exactly for the difference. In the case that no alternative solution is possible, or rather the solution of the operator is refused by the tourist for justifiable serious reasons, the operator will at no extra cost, provide the tourist with equivalent transport back to the place of departure or to another pre-agreed place depending on availability of the means and places. In this case the operator will compensate the tourist for the difference between the services to be supplied under the contract and those supplied to the moment of the early return.

10. TRANSFER OF BOOKINGS
The tourist who withdraws may transfer his booking to another person provided that:

  • the operator has been informed in writing at least 4 working days before the established departure date and also at the same time receives communication regarding all the details of the transferee;
  • the transferee satisfies all the conditions to benefit from the service (ex. Article 39 Tourist’s Code) and in particular with requisites regarding passports, visas and medical certificates; c) the transferee must reimburse the operator any extra costs that he may incur in order to proceed with the transferral. The amount will be quantified prior to the transferral. The transferor and the transferee shall be jointly and severally liable for the payment of the price of the package and also to the amounts in point c) of the present article.

11. OBLIGATIONS FOR THE TOURISTS
Foreign citizens will find the information concerning health requirements and documentation necessary for expatriation through their diplomatic representatives present in Italy and/or through official government information channels. In any case, before departure the tourists must check any updates with the relevant authorities and come into line with the information received before the tour starts. In the absence of such verification the operator cannot in any way be held responsible if one or more tourists do no depart. The tourists must be in possession of a personal passport or some other document valid for travel in the countries to be visited, as well as any tourist and transit visas and health certification that might be required. They must also respect the normal rules of prudence and diligence, all information provided to them by the operator and also any regulations and administrative or legislative requirements regarding their travel and tourist package. The participants will be liable for all and any damages that may be incurred by the holiday operator that may be caused by their failure to respect the above conditions. Tourists must provide the operator with all documents, information and other elements in their possession required for the exercise of operator’s right of subrogation with regard to third parties responsible for damages. The tourists is liable towards the operator for any compromise to the right of subrogation. The tourist must also inform the operator in writing, at the moment of booking, of any special personal requests that may be the subject of specific agreements on details of the holiday (pregnancy, food intolerances, disabilities, etc.), as long as the implementation of these requests is possible.

12. HOTEL CLASSIFICATION
The official category of hotels is described in the brochure or with alternative informative material only on the basis of explicit and formal indications by the competent authorities in the country where the service is provided. In the absence of official recognized classification of the competent Public Authorities of the countries, even if members of the EU, the operator reserves the right to their own description in the catalogue or brochure of the structure in order to permit an evaluation and subsequent acceptance of it by the tourist.

13. REGIME OF RESPONSIBILITY
The operator is responsible for damage caused to the tourist by the total or partial breach of contractual services owed, whether they are offered by him or by third party suppliers of services, unless proof can be given that the event derived from the tourist (also including initiatives carried out independently by the tourist) or by external circumstances in supplying contractual services, accidental cause, force majeure, or from circumstances that the operator could not, professionally or realistically foresee or resolve. The vendor where the booking for the tourist package was made is not held responsible under any circumstances for obligations that arise from the organization of the journey, but is responsible exclusively for the obligations that arise from the quality of mediation and therefore in the limits for such responsibility in respect of the legal obligations in force, except for the exemption under art. 46 Tourist’s Code.

14. LIMITS FOR COMPENSATION
Compensations under art(s). 44, 45 and 47 of the Tourist’s Code and relevant limitation periods are regulated by what is considered in this document and in any case within the limits established, by the C.C.V., by the International Conventions, which regulate the services of the tourist package as well as by art.(s) 1783 and 1784 of the Civil Code.

15. OBLIGATION FOR ASSISTANCE
The operator must give assistance to the tourist with professional diligence and exclusively with reference to the obligations cited both by law and by contract. The operator and the vendor are exonerated from their responsibilities (articles 13 and 14 of these General Conditions) when the contract cannot be carried out in part or completely due to the tourist or due to an unforeseeable or inevitable action by a third party, or rather fortuitous or by force majeure.

16. COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS
Any failure in the enforcement of the contract must be contested by the tourist without delay during the tour so that the operator, his local representative or assistant can rectify the situation as quickly as possible. Otherwise the compensation will be reduced or excluded under art. 1227 C.C.

The tourist must - on penalty of loss of any right to claims – make a written complaint by registered letter, with receipt of delivery, to the operator or the vendor no later than 10 working days after the date of return to the original place of departure.

17. INSURANCE AGAINST CANCELLATION EXPENSES AND REPATRIATION
It is advisable for the tourist to draw up an insurance policy against expenses deriving from the cancellation of the package tour, incidents, luggage (loss and damage) as well as an assistance contract, which covers the expenses of repatriation in case of accident or illness. Insurance policies are not included in our tour package offered by the operator.

18. NATIONAL GUARANTEE FUND
(art. 51 Tourist’s Code)
The Presidency of the Council of Ministers has constituted a National Guarantee Fund to which tourists may apply (under the terms of Art. 100 of the Consumer’s) in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy of vendors or operators, for the protection of the following rights:

  • reimbursement of price paid;
  • repatriation in case of holidays abroad.

The fund must also ensure immediate availability of economic assistance in the case of obligatory return of holiday makers from non-European Union countries due to emergencies ascribable or otherwise to the conduct of the operator. The details of the use of the fund are governed by Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers dated 23 July 1999. no. 349 G.U.n° 249 dated 12/10/1999 and the reimbursement requests to the fund are not subject to any time limits. The operator concurs in nurturing this fund in so far as established by the comma 2 of the mentioned art. 51 Tourist’s Code by paying the premium of the insurance, which the operator is obliged to take out. Part of this premium is paid into the fund, the payment method is indicated by art. 6 of the DM 349/99.

ADDENDUM GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR CONTRACTS - SALE OF SINGLE TOURIST SERVICES
A) LEGISLATION
Contracts regarding the sale of single services (accommodation, transport, any separate tourist service) and those therefore that do not regard a tourist package, are governed by Travel Contracts CCV art. 1, 3 and 6, arts. 17 to 23 and arts. 24 to 31 with the exclusion of references regarding contracts for organised travel or from other specific stipulations referring to the sale of single services in the contract. The vendor, who provides for a third party, even in a telematic way, a separated tourist service, has to issue to the tourist the documents for the provided service, showing the amount paid for it, and cannot in any way be considered a tour operator.

B) CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

The following clauses of the general contractual conditions can be applied to these above mentioned contracts: art. 6 comma 1; art. 7, comma 2; art. 13 and art. 18. The application of these clauses does not render these contracts in any way those of a tourist package. The terms used in said clauses regarding contract for tourist packages (operator, travel etc) must be considered in reference to the corresponding figures of the purchasing contract for the single tourist services (vendor, accommodation etc.).

COMPULSORY NOTE
According to the Italian Law n.269 dated 3/10/98, article 16. The Italian Law punishes the crimes concerning prostitution and juvenile pornography by means of reclusion even if these crimes are committed abroad.

TECHNICAL DATA
Registred with no. VI-354659 at the companies registration list in Vicenza.
Aut. Amm. of the province of Vicenza n° 22507 of 26/03/2013 Insurance guarantee:
UnipolSai Assicurazioni
no. 1/72935/319/40173402.
All prices are in Euro.

All photos used by permission. ©Girolibero

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 5
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 4.2
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 4.5
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4.3
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.7

Reviews

Biking Santa September 5, 2018

Exploring Italy

Having two guides was helpful and both were knowledgeable and very personable.
the boat was wonderful as well as the crew and food. Sites chosen were enough without making it too much to soak in. A highly recommended tour.

Sparky September 21, 2017

Boring trip

Although the barge itself was nice and the food delicious, the trip itself is very boring once you leave Venice. Hours and hours of passing soybean fields. Lots of riding in hot weather on unshaded roads....some quite busy. Very few days were on actual bike paths. When we did get to a town, most things were closed as it was between 1 - 4....siesta time in Italy. The cheese tour was nice. That's about it!

Tim and Kelly August 28, 2017

Bike & Boat is the Way to Go!

We had a great time on the Mantua to Venice tour. Having to only unpack once was so convenient- no wasted time packing/repacking and checking into/out of hotels. The staff was top notch, from our guides Sylvia & Fabio, to boat crew. Friendly, accessible and fun to talk with. The food was delicious and plentiful- we even bought the cookbook that was written by one of our guides and the chef on the cruise. Biking was easy and very scenic, with just the right amount of time on the bike and time to explore. We're already planning our next tour with this company!

Jennifer August 27, 2017

Perfect in every way!

We enjoyed this tour immensely and would recommend it to anyone wanting a small, personable, tailored tour of some of the most amazingly old and historical parts of Nothern Italy. The bike riding was the best way to see some "out of the crowd" hidden gems, covering much more than able to on foot. The bikes were fantastic, well maintained and easy to ride and adjust if needed. The cabins were comfortable, well setout with ensuite and air conditioning. Ample supplies of food and breakfasts, and deliciously cooked dinners at night made the evenings very relaxing. Drinks aboard were very reasonably priced and tea and coffee never ending. Tour Leaders and all boat crew were totaly amazing! A thoroughly enjoyable holiday!

Catlover October 17, 2016

Absolutely fabulous

The barge was small and intimate,comfortable and well maintained,the meals were to die for ,thank you Sylvie and Irene. The whole trip was wonderful,bikes were fine,so much to see,our guide was so much fun,he worked tirelessly to make the trip memorable,and made us a video at the end.Thank you Hugo.

mountain broad December 10, 2015

Perfect Pleasure Times Two

This was such a wonderful trip when my husband and I experienced it the first time for our thirtieth wedding anniversary, we took it again, in the opposite direction, two years later!
The small towns we traveled through were charming and welcoming. We saw places that were unique and off-the-beaten path of the general tourist. Chioggia, Ferrara, Zelo: they each kept beckoning us back.
Then, too, the Vita Pugna was any thing but "hard life". The staff treated us like treasured family members. The fed us local cuisine that was fresh, creative, and oh, so satisfying. They were enthusiastic and welcoming every day of the journey. Our bicycling guides, on each trip, revealed history, culture, and sites, that only the well-informed local would usually enjoy.

My husband and I have traveled on five bike trips with biketours.com, and we have plans of cycling again to an, as yet, undiscovered destination. The company makes our travel dreams affordable, successful, and worth repeating.

These memories are golden!