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Venice - Mantova: bike & boat, MS Vita Pugna

From the St. Mark's Square to the river Po

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
1,470.00 €
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1,470.00 €

This remarkable cycle tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the north of Italy along the River Po, the country's longest river. After a day completely at leisure to experience the magic of Venice, your journey along the Venetian lagoon begins with a visit to Chioggia and its lively fish market. From there, the route winds along the natural course of the river, dipping into largely unspoilt rural areas, including the nature reserve of the Po Delta with its rich flora and fauna. During your tour, you will also have the opportunity to explore important cities such as Ferrara, also known as the "city of cyclists", as well as the ancient harbour city of Adria, which owes its name to the Adriatic Sea. Finally, you will reach the enchanting Renaissance village of Mantua, which was characterised by numerous artists thanks to the Gonzaga family and is home to a wealth of works of art.


Doge's Palace
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions. 

Doge's Palace

Basilica San Marco and Campanile Venice
To build St. Mark’s Church, Venice brought the spiritual and material heritage of Byzantium to the West.

Basilica San Marco

The city of Chioggia was found in the ancient world. The Romans created an artificial canal, formerly known as Fossa Clodia. Chioggia got municipal law in the 11th century.


Parco delta del Po
The Regional Park of the Po Delta of the Emilia Romagna region was set up in 1988 through a special Regional Law (Regional Law 27/88) and is part of the system of the protected areas of Emilia Romagna. 

Parco delta del Po

Cathedral Ferrara
The cathedral of Ferrara dates from the 12th century and bears witness to all the historical periods of the city. The outstanding façade, divided into three sections, was begun in Romanesque style, still visible in the lower part.

Cathedral Ferrara


Venice - Mantova: bike & boat, MS Vita Pugna

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
1,470.00 €
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Originally, the Vita Pugna was a Dutch river cruiser, completely redesigned for its service in Italy in 2005. Its 10 cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with two seperated beds, bathroom, toilet and shower air-condition and a safe. The air-conditioned living room has 5 tables and space for up to 23 guests and

offers a cozy atmosphere. With the self-service coffee and tea machine, free WiFi in the common areas and a 42 ”flat screen in the lounge for videos you can enjoy a wonderful and relaxing time on bord. The sundeck serves as storage for the bikes over night.


Embarkation is possible after individual arrival from 5 pm. The welcome by the captain and the team takes place before dinner at 6.30 pm. 

After a walk with your tour guide, the day is free for you to explore and enjoy the city at your own pace. The Serenissima, as Venice is also known, exercised dominant rule over large parts of the Mediterranean and even beyond for many centuries. It was not only a military power, but also a shining cultural centre. 

You start the day with a visit to a historic glass-blowing workshop on the island of Murano. Here you will experience a demonstration that brings the centuries-old art of glass blowing to life. This day will undoubtedly be one of the most magical of the entire tour as you cycle through the two long islands that separate the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. From the Lido, an impressive beach town on the Adriatic and famous for hosting the international film festival, you cycle south towards Malamocco. This small town once served as the first seat of the Doges of the Republic of Venice. A short boat trip takes you to the island of Pellestrina with its picturesque fishermen's cottages. Finally, you will reach the ship near Chioggia, a lively and colourful fishing port, which marks the end of this eventful day.

You will pass Pellestrina and then cycle south to Chioggia. From there you continue southwards along the Po-Brondolo and across the mouth of the Adige. After cycling through the rich flora and fauna of the Po Delta, you finally reach the town of Adria, once an ancient Greek harbour.

In the morning you take a short boat trip, followed by a cycle tour through the countryside towards Ferrara. This city has earned the nickname "city of cyclists" due to its numerous cycle paths and the widespread use of bicycles. You will undoubtedly be impressed by the beautiful historic centre with its imposing city walls. In the afternoon, a short bus transfer will take you to Zelo, where your boat will be waiting for you.

After a short cycle tour, you will reach Bergantino, where you will visit the "Museum of the Carousel and the Popular Theatre" and enjoy a tasting in a cheese dairy. Your cycle tour continues along the Po to Ostiglia, a small town with medieval castle ruins. From there you cycle on to Governolo. You then leave the river Po and finally reach Mantua, the last stop on your journey, on a wonderful boat trip.

Today you will discover the three picturesque "lakes" of the city in the company of a guide. You start in Piazza Sordello with its magnificent cathedral and Palazzo Ducale, and continue your exploration through the historic centre to Piazza delle Erbe. Here you will have the opportunity to admire the bell tower, the Rotonda di S. Lorenzo (the oldest church in the city) and the Cathedral of St Andrew, a masterpiece of Renaissance art and architecture.

Disembarkation and individual journey home after breakfast.

The skipper as captain of the ship reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical conditions at any time!

>>>Please note: Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring your own bicycles on this trip.<<<


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Lunch packages
  • 6 x dinner on board (drinks are not inclusive)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Bedding and towels, 1 x per week cabin cleaning
  • Tour guide
  • Tour information and detailed maps
  • Bus transfer Ferrara - Zelo
  • Guided city tour in Mantova
  • Some short city walks
  • Visit to the cheese dairy with tasting
  • Visit to a carrussel and theater museum
  • Visit to a historic glass factory on the island of Murano
  • Bicycle helmet (reservation necessary)
  • Port fees
Worth knowing about your trip with the Ave Maria

Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.

Arrival by train

Mantua can be reached by train from Germany via Milan. From Mantua train station you can easily reach the port with a short taxi ride.

Current timetable information and price information can be found very practically at www.bahn.de. or www.trenitalia.it

Train schedule information Deutsche Bahn

Train schedule information Trenitalia

Arrival by plane

Mantua and Venice are relatively well connected (90-120 minutes) with the following airports: Venice (VCE), Verona (VRN), Treviso (TSF), Milan-Malpensa. You can fly low-cost.



Parking facilities in Mantova and Venice

Arrival in Mantova

There is a large, unguarded and free car park in Piazza Anconetta, approx. 400 meters from the ship landing stage. There is also an underground car park in Via Mazzini. This is about 1 km from the ship landing stage. It is not possible to reserve in advance.

Arrival in Venice

We recommend parking your vehicle in Mestre at the guarded, paid car park at the train station. There are regular trains to Venice Santa Lucia from Mestre train station. From there, take a vaporetto to the pier.

You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.

Guided or individual itinerary

On this tour you can decide spontaneously on board whether you want to cycle in a group or explore the region individually. The group (international audience) is led by a trained, English speaking tour guide. If you choose an individual cycling day, you will receive a very detailed route description on board.

Condition of cycle paths

The tour leads through flat land, daily distances between 30 and 55 km. Most of the bike route runs along canals and rivers on paved bike paths or roads with little traffic. In order to make the trips out of the cities more comfortable, sections are covered in the morning or in the evening by ship.

Available rental bikes

You can choose between 27-speed unisex bikes with derailleur and 9-speed electric bikes. The bikes are equipped with a speedometer, one-sided pannier, bike lock, water bottle and a bike helmet. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Own Bikes

It is not possible to bring your own bikes to this tour.

Cycling in Italy

In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.

Extra costs which are not included in the price

Drinks on board, tickets for public transport in Venice and the lagoon (ACTV 48-hour ticket 35.00 EUR p.p. and the ferry trip to Pellestrina (approx. 9.00 EUR per person) are not included in the tour price.
Entrance fee for Venice: From 1st January 2023 tourists in Venice will probably have to pay an entrance fee of approximately 18.00 to 30.00 euros per person. This fee is payable locally.

7 day hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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