Bike and boat Italy: From Mantua to Venice with the MS Vita Pugna

8 Days

Your trip

With this fantastic bike and boat tour, we offer you the pleasure of discovering northern Italy by bike along and on the Po, the longest Italian river.

You start cycling in the beautiful Renaissance city of Mantua. Thanks to the Gonzaga family, it is a town with a rich cultural heritage of works of art by numerous artists.

Your route meanders along the lovely course of the river. It immerses itself in largely untouched rural areas, such as the Po Delta nature reserve with its extensive flora and fauna.

During the tour you will get to know cities such as Ferrara, the “city of cyclists”, or the old port city of Adria, which owes its name to the Adriatic Sea.

The river flows into the Venetian lagoon and you first visit Chioggia, famous for its fish market, and finally the magnificent Venice, which fascinates thousands of travelers again and again.

Accommodation

Your ship – the MS Vita Pugna

You travel and stay overnight on the ship . A timeless Italian ship with a length of 36 m and a width of 5.5 m. With up to 21 guests, the good lady has been in action since 2011.

Deck plan

You can look forward to

> a sun deck

> an air-conditioned lounge with a small 5-table restaurant for up to 23 guests

> Self-service coffee and tea machine

> free WiFi in the common areas

> Large flat screen in the lounge for videos

> a well-secured storage area for bicycles

> in the cabins: Hair dryer, soap, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap

The cabins

> 10 double cabins on the lower deck, one of which can be converted into a triple cabin with bunk beds, each approx. 8 sqm

> Each cabin has large windows, low beds, shower/WC, air conditioning and a locker.

> In each cabin, under at least one of the two/three beds, there is a storage space approx. 40 cm high for your suitcases.

> The bed size is: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m.

Please note: The ship is a ship and not a hotel. Space and comfort are limited. During the voyage you will hear typical ship noises on board.

The route

Your journey leads mainly through flat land. You only climb about 50 meters in total. The daily distances vary between 25 and 55 km. The total distance is around 200 km.

Most of the cycle route runs along rivers and canals on asphalted cycle paths or roads with little traffic. 5% on unpaved roads.

To make it easier to leave the cities or to shorten the stages, parts of the route are mainly covered by boat in the morning during breakfast.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Bicycles

Rental bikes: If you want to rent a bike from us, you will get a very good unisex city bike with Deore Shimano 27 speed derailleur. Also available as a men’s bike.

Electric bikes (pedelecs): You can also rent an electric bike for this trip. These are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 90 km (depending on driving style)

All bikes are equipped with mudguards, puncture-proof tires, single-sided waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), bike computer, repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

The bikes of sizes S – XL and the corresponding equipment such as repair kit, air pump, spare tube, bike lock, saddle bag, handlebar bag, bike computer are ready for you at the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, simply drop off the rental bike at the last hotel. Return transportation is provided. Models may vary depending on region and availability.

Please indicate your age and height when booking!

Please note: Helmets are not compulsory in Italy. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip.

Own bikes

Unfortunately, it is NOT possible to bring your own bikes on this tour.

Arrival

by train:

> Mantua has excellent public transport connections with Verona, journey time approx. 45 minutes.

> You can travel back from Venice to Mantua comfortably by train in around 2.5 hours.

> Information on timetables and tickets can also be obtained from Trenitalia or from the travel information service of Deutsche Bahn.

by plane:

> Mantua and Venice are very well connected to many airports in northern Italy: Venice (VCE), Treviso (TSF), Verona (VRN), Bergamo (BGY).

Note on the itinerary

Normally you follow the Fissero / Bianco canals, which flow parallel to the River Po and connect Mantua with the Adriatic. For organizational reasons, due to weather conditions or according to the regulations of the local authorities, changes may be made to the itinerary before and/or during the trip. High and low water as well as logistical obstacles such as (unpredictable) maintenance work on bridges or locks can change the daily routes or mooring points and may even require a bus transfer. The decision is made by the captain alone.

Please note: We also offer the same route on a sister ship, the Vita Pugna. Information on dates and prices can be found under the link Tour 20a.

Country information and tips on package tours

Information on entry requirements to Austria and Italy can be found on our page under country information. Please read our notes on package tours on the ARB page.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you take out international health insurance and travel cancellation insurance.

Day by day

Individual arrival in Mantua and embarkation :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Mantua and embarkation

The cabins are available to guests from 16:30. The meeting with the tour guide is scheduled for 18:30 before dinner. Mantua is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy, where numerous world-famous artists have left their works of art.

Dinner
Ship
Mantua :
Day 2

Round trip by bike around Mantua, approx. 35 km

A day dedicated to discovering this cultural gem and its three picturesque lakes.
In the late afternoon, you will be accompanied by a guide through Mantua to discover the numerous works of art of the Italian Renaissance.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Mantova - Zelo :
Day 3

Cycle tour Mantova – Governolo – Zelo, approx. 50 km

The boat takes you to Governolo to the fortress of the river pirates of the Mincio, where the largest river basin in Italy is located; it was built to better regulate the water of the river.

Here you take your bikes and ride along the course of the Po to the village of Ostiglia with its medieval castle ruins. Afterwards, you will visit the “Museum of the Carousel and Popular Theater” in Bergantino and enjoy a tasting in a cheese dairy. After another stretch along the Canal Bianco, you reach the small and beautiful village of Zelo, where the boat is moored for the night.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Zelo - Adriatic Sea :
Day 4

Cycle tour Zelo – Ferrara – Adriatic Sea, approx. 50 km by bike and 60 km by bus

After breakfast you cycle towards Ferrara. The beautiful historic center with its mighty ring of walls is sure to enchant you. Ferrara has earned the name “city of cyclists” thanks to its numerous cycle paths and the widespread use of two-wheelers.

A short bus transfer will take you to Adria. This city was an old Greek port, known for its trade in Baltic amber.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Adriatic Sea - Pellestrina Island :
Day 5

Cycle tour Adriatic Sea – Porto Viro – Pellestrina Island, approx. 40 km

The ship disembarks in Porto Viro. From here you cycle through the labyrinth of the Po Delta, an unspoiled paradise between the waters and lagoons of the Po. You then follow the watercourse of the “Po- Brondolo”, which connects you to the Venetian lagoon.

In Chioggia you have a short boat trip to the island of Pellestrina.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Island of Pellestrina - Venice :
Day 6

Cycle tour Pellestrina Island – Venice, approx. 30 km

This is the most exciting day of the cycle tour. You cycle along the charming little island of Pellestrina with its picturesque fishermen’s cottages, which separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. After a short boat trip, you will reach the Lido with its “Murazzi” stone dams.

We continue to Malamocco, an ancient port. You will also visit a historic glassblowing workshop on the island of Murano, where a demonstration will show you the centuries-old art of glassblowing.

After a final trip opposite St. Mark’s Square, the ship arrives at the landing stage for the overnight stay.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Venice :
Day 7

Venice

In the morning, a Venetian guide will accompany you through the wonderful historical center of the “Serenissima”. Afterwards, you can enjoy the city on your own or discover the islands of the lagoon.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Departure from Venice :
Day 8

Individual return journey

Individual departure after breakfast – you would like to stay an extra night. No problem. Ask us and we will make you a suggestion for an extra night in Venice.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship

Services

contain

  • 7 nights on board with breakfast
  • 6 Dinner
  • Freshly prepared packed lunches on board every day
  • Welcome drink
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Towels and bedding
  • Cleaning of the cabin once in the middle of the week and change of towels
  • Bicycle helmet, please reserve in advance
  • App with maps, route description, sights and GPS data, digital tour information
  • English-speaking tour guide within an international group
  • Guided tour of Mantua
  • Visit to a cheese dairy with tasting of the typical Grana Padano cheese
  • Visit to the Carousel Museum and the People's Theater
  • Visit to a historic glassblowing workshop on the island of Murano
  • Some short tours
  • Port fees
  • Bus transfer Ferrara - Zelo and Ferrara - Adriatic Sea

not included

  • Tips
  • 1 x dinner
  • Drinks on board
  • Museums and general extras
  • Ticket for public transportation in Venice and the lagoon (we recommend an ACTV 48-hour ticket, approx. 30 - 40 €)
  • Entrance fee to the city of Venice, approx. 20 to 30 €, to be paid on site
  • Everything that is not explicitly listed as 'included in the price'

Dates and prices

Please note that we offer this trip in two variants on two different ships. Here you will find dates and prices for the MS Ave Maria. MS Ave Maria also sails the same route at slightly different times, cf. voyage 24a.

Departure 2024 with the ship MS Vita Pugna every Saturday in …
Season 1
Season 2 20.04., 29.06., 13.07., 27.07., 10.08.
Season 3 04.05., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 19.10.
Season 4 24.08., 07.09., 21.09., 05.10., 19.10.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package in cabin below deck Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Double cabin with 2 standard beds 1.050 € 1.400 € 1.500 € 1.600 €
Per pers. in 3-bed cabin standard bed 1.000 € 1.350 € 1.450 € 1.550 €
Double cabin for single use 1.950 € 2.300 € 2.400 € 2.500 €
Extra nights
Starting point Mantua on request
Destination Venice on request
Additional nights are possible in Mantua (additional night at the starting point) and in Venice (additional night at the destination). If necessary, please indicate in the comments field of the booking how many additional nights you want and at which location.
Rental bikes
E-bike 300 €
Touring bike 150 €
Please note that it is NOT possible to take your own bikes on board the ship.
Additional services
Gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan food: Please let us know your wishes 50 €
Transfer Mantua – Verona on request
Please note: The indicated route is only for rough orientation. You will receive a detailed route plan with all routes, arrival and departure times on board.

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