Venice to Mantua by Bike and Boat (and reverse)

4.8/5 (12)
7 nights
26 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1000
Self guided from EUR € 1000
Countries: Italy
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Client favorites Bike and boat tours

Venice to Mantua by Bike and Boat (and reverse)

4.8/5 (12)

Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Client favorites Bike and boat tours

7 nights
26 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1000
Self guided from EUR € 1000
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Ave Maria or Vita Pugna
Countries: Italy

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  • Stunning Italian landscapes, charming villages, and cultural richness along the scenic Po River

    This leisurely bike and barge tour along the waterways of the River Po offers more than just a taste of Northern Italy. You will experience the perfect blend of nature, culture, and fine cuisine. Explore celebrated cities of art, one of Europe's prime Nature Reserves, and a wealth of tucked-away rural hamlets along the route, wrapping up your days with a regional dish back on board. From the glory of Venice, the lagoon leads you to colorful Chioggia. Next, you'll see the natural wonders of the Po Delta, famed for its bird life; the Adria, once a key Roman port; and onto 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 your preference.

    • Lambrusco wine in Italy! Ricardo Bernardo@Flickr
    • Venice, Veneto, Italy. Gabriele Rampazoo@Unsplash
    • Delicious gelatos in Italy! Allan Harris@Flickr
    • Rialto Bridge, Venice, Veneto, Italy. Denys Barabanov@Unsplash
    • Ferrara, Veneto, Italy. Amaren Selise@Unsplash
    • Venice, Veneto, Italy. Federico Beccari@Unsplash
    • Cycling Venice to Mantova
    • The many canals of Venice, Veneto, Italy. Ricardo Gomez Angel@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Venice: the city of "calle" and canals
    • Chioggia: the little unknown Venice
    • Ferrara: the "town of bicycles" with its wonderful historical city centre
    • Glass factory with glass blowing demonstration
    • Mantova: the city of the Gonzaga family

    Learn More

    Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Italy.


    Venice to Mantua

    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Gregg Duckett)
    •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
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    •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
    •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
    •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
    •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
    •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
    • Sailing into Venice. (photo by mountain broad)
    • To Venice! (photo by mountain broad)
  • 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.

    Some itinerary changes may be possible for the 2025 season.

    Venice – Mantua

    Day 1: Venice
    We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 5:00 pm. 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 – following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader, you have the day free to enjoy the city at your own pace. 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.

    Day 3: Venice – Pellestrina Island (16 miles/25 km)
    Leaving Venice behind after a gentle cruise in front of St. Mark's square, our first stop will be on Murano Island, where we will visit a historic glass factory, with a glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan. Then 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 pictureque cottages and boats of this humble fishing backwater. We rejoin our barge just in front of Chioggia - a bustling and colorful fishing hub known as "Little Venice."

    Day 4: Pellestrina Island – 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 day dedicated to the discovery of this cultural gem, its three picturesque "lakes" formed by the river Mincio and the surrounding countryside. This afternoon we meet our Mantuan guide for a walking tour across the historic center: starting from Piazza Sordello with its magnificent cathedral and Palazzo Ducale, we will walk through the city center up to Piazza delle Erbe. Here we will admire the Clock Tower, the Rotonda di S. Lorenzo (the oldest church in town) and the Cathedral of St. Ander, a jewel of Renaissance art and architecture. We will learn why Mantua, once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family, is now considered by many as Italy's "Sleeping Beauty." (This program may be subject to changes.)

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


    Mantua – Venice

    Day 1: Mantua
    We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 5:00pm 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)

    This afternoon we meet our Mantuan guide for a walking tour across the historic center: starting from Piazza Sordello with its magnificent cathedral and Palazzo Ducale, we will walk through the city center up to Piazza delle Erbe. Here we will admire the Clock Tower, the Rotonda di S, Lorenzo (the oldest church in town) and the Cathedral of St. Andrew, a jewel of Renaissance art and architecture. We will learn why Mantua, once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family, is now considered by many as Italy's "Sleeping Beauty." (The program may be subject to changes.)

    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 that 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 – 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 colorful fishing hub. The overnight takes place on the Island Pellestrina, just in front of Chioggia.

    Day 6: Pellestrina – Venice (16 miles/25 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. We will also visit a historic glass factory on Murano Island, with a glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan. After rejoining our barge, 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 – following a wander off the beaten track with your tour leader, you have the day fee to enjoy the city at your own pace. 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.

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

    NOTE: Ths program has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the Po river and connects to Mantua to the Adriatic Sea. Due to organizational 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 made by the barge's captain.


    Venice to Mantua

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Boats

      Ave Maria

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        Overview

        • Air conditioned restaurant and lounge
        • Lounge with television and internet desk
        • 2 Sun decks
        • Partly seated sunroof with storage space for bikes
        • Complimentary courtesy kit and Free hot drinks machine

        Vita Pugna

        The Vita Pugna initially began as a cargo boat and was renovated in the 1990s to be a passenger ship. The boat is 118 feet long, 18 feet wide, two-decker Dutch boat. It can accommodate up to 21 guests. Read more

        • Vita Pugna

          Overview

          • Sundeck
          • Dedicated bike storage
          • Free hot drinks machine
          • Free wifi in the common areas
          • Large 42" screen in the lounge
          • Complimentary courtesy kit
          • Spacious and air conditioned lounge/restaurant with 5 tables

        Venice to Mantua

         Daily program Bikes 

      • Bikes

        Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

        • Touring bike, 27-speed, unisex frames
        • Electrically assisted bikes*
        • Child seats, trailers, follow me tandems, and child bikes are also available upon request

        *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

        All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following:

        • One Ortlieb saddlebag
        • Handlebar phone-holder (one per cabin)
        • Water bottle
        • Helmet
        • Repair kit (replacement tube, glue, patch, pump, tools), 1 per cabin, self-guided only*

        *Please note that for the handlebar bag/map holder and repair kit are only included for the self-guided version of this tour. 

        Additional specifications about the Standard touring bikes:

        • Orange aluminum frame
        • Mudguards
        • Saddlebag rear rack
        • Comfortable gel saddle
        • Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon tires

        Bike Protection:
        Protection against theft and irreparable damage is included in the rental bike price. In case of careless or improper behaviour the insurance will not cover the costs. The insurance covers only the rented bikes, while it is not valid for any bike accessories (lock, helmet, panniers, handlebar bag, child seat, child devices etc…) nor personal belongings left on the bike or in the panniers/handlebar bags. Furthermore, the insurance is not valid for e-bikes used by customers under the age of 18. In case of theft the insurance may be activated only if the client presents: - a police report made at the local police office - the lock key in case of e-bike, or the damaged lock in case of standard bike.

        Pedals:
        The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.

        Helmets:
        Helmets are available on this tour. They must be reserved at the time of booking.  We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.


        Venice to Mantua

         Accommodation Dates & Prices 

      • Dates

        • Ave Maria

          Venice – Mantua: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2024
          Mantua – Venice: Apr 6; May 4,18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2024

          Vita Pugna

          Venice – Mantua: May 4,18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2024
          Mantua – Venice: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 2024

          Seasons:

          Season 1: Apr 6, 2024 - Apr 19, 2024

          Season 2: Apr 20, 2024 - May 3, 2024; Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 23, 2024

          Season 3: May 4, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024; Oct 19, 2024 - Nov 2, 2024

          Season 4: Aug 24, 2024 - Oct 18, 2024

        • Ave Maria

          Venice – Mantua: Apr 12, 26; May 10, 24; Jun 7, 21; Jul 5, 19; Aug 2, 16, 30; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 25, 2025
          Mantua – Venice: Apr 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 4, 18, 2025

          Vita Pugna

          Venice – Mantua: Apr 19; May 3, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 4, 18, 2025
          Mantua – Venice: Apr 12, 26; May 10, 24; Jun 7, 21; Jul 5, 19; Aug 2, 16, 30; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 2025

          Seasons:

          Season 1: Apr 5, 2025 - Apr 18, 2025

          Season 2: Apr 19, 2025 - May 2, 2025; Jun 28, 2025 - Aug 22, 2025

          Season 3: May 3, 2025 - Jun 27, 2025; Oct 18, 2025 - Nov 1, 2025

          Season 4: Aug 23, 2025 - Oct 17, 2025

        Prices

        • Ave Maria

          Per person, double occupancy

          Season 1

          Season 2

          Season 3

          Season 4

          Main deck, Bunk bed cabin €1000 €1550 €1700 €1850

          Main deck, Standard twin cabin*

          €1200

          €1750

          €1900

          €2050

          Upper deck, Superior twin cabin* €1450 €2000 €2150 €2300
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin)
          Main deck, Single cabin

          €1550

          €2100

          €2250

          €2400

          Main deck, Double cabin

          €2200

          €2750

          €2900

          €3050

          *Triple occupancy available on limited basis in certain cabins. Please contact us for more details.

          €200 discount per person applicable to June 29, July 6, July 13, July 27, August 17 & August 24, 2024. Valid for reservations on or after March 29, 2024.

          Vita Pugna

          Per person, double occupancy

          Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
          Main deck, Standard twin cabin* €1050 €1400 €1500 €1600
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin)
          Main deck, Standard twin cabin €1950 €2300 €2400 €2500

          *Triple occupancy available on limited basis. Please contact us for more details.

          €200 discount per person applicable to June 29 & August 24, 2024. Valid for reservations on or after March 29, 2024.

          Bike Rentals

          Standard bike, 27-speed €110
          Electrically assisted bike €270

          Special diets (such as gluten free, lactose free or vegan) are available for a €50 supplement.

          Extra evenings in Mantua, Mestre, or Venice available on request

        • Ave Maria

          Per person, double occupancy

          Season 1

          Season 2

          Season 3

          Season 4

          Main deck, Bunk bed cabin €1050 €1630 €1790 €1950

          Main deck, Standard twin cabin*

          €1250

          €1830

          €1990

          €2150

          Upper deck, Superior twin cabin* €1500 €2080 €2240 €2400
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin)
          Main deck, Single cabin

          €1650

          €2230

          €2390

          €2550

          Main deck, Double cabin

          €2400

          €2980

          €3140

          €3300

          *Triple occupancy available on limited basis in certain cabins. Please contact us for more details.

          Vita Pugna

          Per person, double occupancy

          Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
          Main deck, Standard twin cabin* €1070 €1470 €1570 €1680
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin)
          Main deck, Standard twin cabin €1990 €2390 €2490 €2600

          *Triple occupancy available on limited basis. Please contact us for more details.

          Bike Rentals

          Standard bike, 27-speed €110
          Electrically assisted bike €270

          Special diets (such as gluten free, lactose free or vegan) are available for a €65 supplement.

          Extra evenings in Mantua, Mestre, or Venice available on request

        Included services

        • 7 nights accommodation
        • Breakfast, self-made packed lunches, and 6 dinners
        • Welcome beverage
        • Sheets and towels
        • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
        • Application including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks (provided only on self-guided option)
        • Digital tour information
        • English speaking tour leader (provides briefing on board for self-guided option and rides with the guided option)
        • Bus transfer Ferrara–Adria/Ferrara–Zelo
        • Harbor charges
        • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board
        • Guided visit in Mantua
        • Visit to a historic glass factory on Murano Island
        • Visit to a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
        • Visit to Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum
        • Harbor charges

        This tour is available as both guided, and self-guided (same prices). You will have very detailed route descriptions and maps included if you choose the self-guided option. You can also choose to cycle with the whole group, and follow the tour leader for a guided tour (route descriptions not included).


        Tour Company


        Venice to Mantua

         Bikes Other Details 

      • Map

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

        Surface and terrain

        This cycling tour is largely along the flats of the Po plains, and mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The daily stages vary from 16- 34 miles (25- 55 km), and the tour will be relaxed cycling with only a few rolling hills.

        Total length: 185/200 km
        Total vertical up: 20 m
        Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved

        The boat is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the bikers 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.


        How to get there

        Tour start and end
        Nearest airports: Venice (VCE), Italy

        Nearest train stations: Venice Mestre and Mantua (Mantova), Italy

        Locating the boat:

        You will receive details on the boat's mooring place in your pre-tour documents, approximately 3-4 weeks before your tour start.

        Please note:
        On your arrival day, the cabins are available starting at 6:00 pm.

        Tips on getting to and from your tour


        Venice to Mantua

         Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

        • Gregg Duckett 2 months ago

          Gourmet dining and bicycles

          The staff was kind and helpful, the bike rides were scenic at a relaxing pace and the food on-board was the best I have ever had.

          What was the date of your tour?
          April 2024
          How many tours have you completed?
          3
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          Somewhat easier
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          •  (photo by Gregg Duckett)
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • Tom Goodman 3 months ago

          Best Crew ever

          What a wonderful surprise this tour was! The crew were fantastic and made everyone feel welcome and they took care of any of passengers’ needs right away. The rooms, while a little small, met our needs and the shower was large enough and maintained excellent water pressure and temperature without any fluctuations. The meals exceeded everyone’s expectations with fresh ingredients delivered every day. Our chefs Alberto and Sylvia simply hit a home run with each and every meal. Our guides Sylvia (yes two Sylvias) and Marco were so much fun and you could tell that they really enjoyed leading our group. I really can’t say enough about this 7 person crew, they all worked together performing what ever tasks were required with dedication and smiles. The president and vice president of the tour company joined us for dinner one evening which affirmed their commitment to providing a great product for the passengers.
          This is not a challenging bike tour so just don’t expect it to be, however we had one of the 30 mile days with some pretty strong headwinds. It should also be noted that Venice to Mantua is against the river flow so you will be climbing slightly the whole way. Some of the dirt roads need to be graded as we had to dodge numerous pot holes and there many shared roads with rude drivers but our guides did a great job keeping us safe. The ride in Mantua was by far the nicest on a dedicated bike path!

          What was the date of your tour?
          April 2024
          How many tours have you completed?
          8+
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
          •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
          •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
          •  (photo by Tom Goodman)
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 4/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 4/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • James Ruzevick 3 months ago

          Very well organized bike and boat trip

          I was impressed with all facets of the trip. The boat, guides, food and bikes were all first rate.

        • Nancy 9 months ago

          Our perfect idea of travel

          From the moment we arrived onboard the Vita Pugna, we felt welcomed by the competent and friendly staff, the outstanding tour guide Hugo, and the rest of our new found friends.
          This is our #1 way to travel...scenic, outdoors, experiencing small charming towns and villages, having expert tours on all types of topics from cheese making to carnival ride museum, art and history museums, clock towers, easy relaxing cycling along pathways and feeling like every day counts! Knowing that the entire week is well organized and flawless, adds to the enjoyment of travel in a new country.

        • Maria Bachman 11 months ago

          Beyond All Expectations

          This trip was beautifully executed from the minute we came on board. Our outstanding guide, Helmut made us feel welcome and was always attentive to our safety and comfort. The captain Jano was personable and we felt in capable hands with him as well as the engineer, Andrea. The food was 5 ⭐️! Sylvia and Alberto treated everyone with meals based on local traditions and mouth-watering flavors! It was easy to see that a lot of thought and planning went into creating a unique experience traveling through the countrysides of Italy. The charming tours and cappuccino stops along the way were perfectly timed and delightful. The crew fostered an ambience of comaraderie amongst the group. The social aspect of the tour made it even more memorable with lively conversations and the exchange of cultures. We could not have asked for a better vacation - already planning where to go next year!

          What was the date of your tour?
          July-August 2023
          How many tours have you completed?
          This was the first one.
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
          •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
          •  (photo by Maria Bachman)
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 4/5 Hotels or boat
          • 4/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • Emil Barbosa and Debbie Gundersen August 4, 2022

          Absolutely Lovely

          Our boat was super comfortable! The food was outstanding. Our guides Elena and Alex we’re professional and fun. Easy riding with many unique stops along the way. We highly recommend this bike and boat tour!!

          What was the date of your tour?
          July 2022
          How many tours have you completed?
          10
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 4/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • 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.

          What was the date of your tour?
          Aug 4-11, 2018
          How many tours have you completed?
          5+
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • 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!

          What was the date of your tour?
          August 26, 2017
          How many tours have you completed?
          0
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
          Do you recommend this tour?
          No
          • 3/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 1/5 Scenery
          • 2/5 Ease of navigation
          • 2/5 Tour documents
          • 2/5 Local tour company services
          • 1/5 Route selection
          • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • 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!

          What was the date of your tour?
          8/19-8/26/17
          How many tours have you completed?
          1
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          Much easier
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 4/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 3/5 Hotels or boat
          • 4/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • 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!

          What was the date of your tour?
          19/08/2017
          How many tours have you completed?
          1
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 4/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • 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.

          What was the date of your tour?
          Sept 17 to Sept 25 2016
          How many tours have you completed?
          5
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 5/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
        • mountain broad December 9, 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!

          How many tours have you completed?
          six
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • Sailing into Venice. (photo by mountain broad)
          • To Venice! (photo by mountain broad)
          • 5/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 4/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 5/5 Ease of navigation
          • 5/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Local tour company services
          • 5/5 Route selection
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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