default-logo
Location: Italy | Adriatic Coast | Venetië
Price: From € 990,-
Book now!

Boat Bike Tours Italy: Venice | barges Vita Pugna & Ave Maria

The itinerary winds its way along the Mincio and the Po, penetrating into rural areas of the Italian countryside that are still uncontaminated, and ends in the warm embrace of the Venetian Lagoon. This territory has been reclaimed from the marshes for many centuries now and is framed by green pinewoods, which offer protection for numerous species of animals. The work of man overlaps nature in a constant game of roles: reclaimed land alternates with natural canals, fishermen’s huts are camouflaged in the reeds, and bridges formed of boats reduce the distances between strips of sand.
Italie-Venetie-AveMaria-VitaPugna

Italy

 

  • Dates/Prices Venice

  • Ship information

    Vita Pugna

    After many years as cargo boat Vita Pugna was totally renewed at the beginning of the 1990s in order to start her new life as floating hotel along the Dutch canals. After a famous long journey from Holland to Italy, this charming Dutch lady has been sailing with great success between Venice and Mantova since 2008. On board Vita Pugna you will find the same style and cosy atmosphere of the bike & boat cruises in Holland enhanced by the friendly and homely management of the international crew. A surplus is surely represented by the high quality meals served on board. The typical wooden cabin area and the comfortable air-conditioned living room will welcome the customers for a well deserved rest after a day on bike. There are 9 twin cabins and a triple one, accommodating up to 21 guests. Each double cabin with traditional portholes (which can be opened) is approx. 7/8 sq.m. big and has 2 low twin beds with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Bed size is: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m. The boat also has a spacious air-conditioned restaurant/lounge and there is a large sundeck, which is partly uses to store your bikes. There is free Wi-Fi , a free hot drinks machine (incl. Italian ground coffee) and a 42″ screen for video/internet in the living room.

    Vita Pugna
    Ave Maria
    This Italian boat was totally rebuilt in 2011 in order to meet the most challenging clients’ requests. Only the hull of the original 1970s sand digger sailing along the Po has remained and the boat is now brand new. It was completely designed by a renowned Italian architectural firm. Its shapes, colours and materials have been chosen carefully in order to create a warm, sober and yet sophisticated atmosphere. The ship can accommodate max. 40 guests and has a total of 17 cabins; 10 standard twin cabins of approx. 11 sq.m. below deck (3 of these can become triple cabins, with a bunk bed); 4 superior twin cabins of approx. 11 sq.m. above deck (2 of these can become a triple or four bedded cabin, with 2 bunk beds) and 3 bunk bed cabins of approx. 7,5 sq.m. (each of these can be sold as single cabin). All cabins have a large window (the ones in the superior cabins can also be opened), comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Bed size is 2.00 x 0.80 m. Each double bed can be separated into two single beds. The air conditioned living room is divided into two areas: the restaurant and the lounge. The barge has two sundecks and a dedicated bike storage. There is free Wi-Fi. In the lounge there is a large 55″flat screen for video/internet and a free hot drinks machine (incl. Italian ground coffee). A few hair-dryers are available on request.

    Ave_Maria_2

  • Program Mantova-Venice

    Tour Details Italy: From Mantova to Venice | Vita Pugna & Ave Maria

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Mantova
    The cabins are available from 4:30 p.m.. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 PM. Mantova is one of the most beautiful towns in Northern-Italy, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces, thanks to the financial support of the famous Gonzaga family.

    Day 2 (Sun): Mantova (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    An entire day dedicated to the discovery of this little cultural gem, three picturesque “lakes” formed by the Mincio and its surrounding countryside – once a city-state dominated by the Gonzaga family – and now considered by many as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

    Day 3 (Mon): Mantova – Governolo | Governolo – Ostiglia – Bergantino – Zelo (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
    A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes you to Governolo, where it flows into the Po and forms the biggest inland basin of Italy, built to control the Minico River. At Governolo Lock, the bike tour starts following the River Po through Ostiglia (famous for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here you will visit the “Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum”. You will finally reach Zelo, a sleeping village on the “Canal Bianco”, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.

    Day 4 (Tue): Zelo – Ferrara (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Ferrara – Adria (60 km by bus)
    After breakfast you will start cycling towards Ferrara, another key city-state of ancient Italy. You will visit the beautiful historical center, still surrounded by the old city walls. From Ferrara a short bus transfer will bring you to Adria. Once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, Adria was an ancient Greek port, famous for trading Baltic amber. Its remarkable museum also shows its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage.

    Day 5 (Wed): Adria Porto Viro – Chioggia (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    An exciting day which starts with a short cruise to Porto Viro and the exploration of the Po Delta. This unique wetland is the main reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. At the mouth of the River Adige, which flows fast and cool from the Dolomites, you follow then the Po-Brondolo Waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. The overnight stay is in the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as “the little Venice”.

    Day 6 (Thu): Chioggia – Pellestrina | Pellestrina – Lido Island (ferry) | Lido Island – Venice (Bike Tour Approx. 30 km/18 mi.)
    A morning visit to the fish market is recommended and, time allowing, we also climb up Chioggia’s millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. We then enjoy some island hopping in the lagoon itself by bike and boat, starting with our barge dropping us off on Pellestrina (home to the Ca’ Roman nature reserve); and continuing by public ferry for the short crossing to the Lido island. Celebrated by Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) and particularly fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. Finally, our floating hotel takes us to our marina in Venice, for the culmination of our bike and boat holiday.

    Day 7 (Fri): Venice
    In the morning a local guide will lead you through the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Venice
    After breakfast and the customary goodbyes, free time for individual visits of Venice, or return home, if you haven’t booked any extra night.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Program Venice-Mantova

    Tour Details Italy: From Venice to Mantova | Vita Pugna & Ave Maria

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Venice
    The cabins are available from 4.30 PM. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinnertime, at 7 PM.

    Day 2 (Sun):  Venice
    In the morning a local guide will let you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.

    Day 3 (Mon): Venice – Chioggia (Approx. 30 km/18 mi.)
    Cruising out of Venice at a gentle pace, we start our bike and boat adventure on the Lido, the first of the two islands we explore today. Fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. A short island-hop takes us to Pellestrina, where we cycle towards the Ca’ Roman nature reserve, past the fishermen’s cottages and boats. Here, where we rejoin the barge and sail to Chioggia – a bustling and colourful fishing harbour known as “Little Venice”.

    Day 4 (Tue): Chioggia–Porto Viro–Adria (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    A morning stroll through Chioggia’s fish market is recommended and, time allowing, a visit up the millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. Our cycling resumes southbound, into the delta of the imposing Po. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to a colony of flamingos. We overnight in Adria, an ancient Greek port once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, also renowned for its Etruscan and Roman heritage.

    Day 5 (Wed): Adria – Ferrara – Zelo (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
    After a short cruise we saddle our bikes and, following the Po through farmland and hamlets, we reach Ferrara. Under its overlords, the Este family, this ancient City State attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. A private bus (approx. 35 km) takes 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 (Thu): Zelo – Bergantino – Ostiglia – Mantova (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
    After just a few kilometers on the bike we reach the village of Bergantino for a visit of the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Following the river through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to Governolo Lock. Once a vital staging post for local navigation, this is where the River Mincio flows into the Po, creating the largest inland basin in Italy. Leaving the Po behind, we reach Mantova through a magnificent navigation in the afternoon.

    Day 7 (Fri): Mantova (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    An entire 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. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town.

    Day 8 (Sat): Mantova
    Departure after breakfast.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – Boat & Bike tour with the Vita Pugna/Ave Maria, 8 days/7 nights; accommodation on board in the booked category;
    – Full board (breakfast and dinner on board, a self-made packed lunch during bike tours); Tea, coffee and other hot drinks on board;
    – Use of bed linen and towels; mid-week service of cabin cleaning and towels change;
    – Tour leader on board and during bike tours;
    – Detailed route description and maps;
    – Bus transfer Ferrara – Zelo/Ferrara-Adria;
    – Guided tour in Venice and Mantova;
    – Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of the typical Grana Pardano;
    – Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from docking places in Mantova and Venice (Italy);
    – Reservation fee;
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fee;
    – Rental bicycle;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – The ferry-boat stage in Pellestrina (about € 9,00);
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurance;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle with 27 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €85 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike: €195 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)
    Rental bike helmet: €15 (on request) 

  • Cabin types and prices 2017

    TOURPRICE 2017 per person (dd.mm):

    MS VITA PUGNA:

     

    Departures

    Saturdays

    08.04. –  22.04. 29.04. – 19.08/ 07.10./21.10.  

    26.08. – 30.09.

    Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
    From Mantova or Venice 840 1,140  

    990

     

     

    1,290

     

    1,060 1,360

      

    MS AVE MARIA:                

     

    Departures

    Saturdays

     

    01.04. – 22.04.

     

    29.04. – 19.08/ 07.10.-21.10..

     

    26.08. – 30.09.

    Superior Twin Single Superior Twin Single Superior Twin Single
    From Mantova or Venice

     

     

    1,130

     

    990

     

    1,290

     

     

    1,330

     

    1,190

     

    1,490

     

     

    1,500

     

    1,360

     

    1,660

     

    Reductions:
    Bunk bed cabin: Discount of €100 p.p. (only Ave Maria)
    3rd person in a cabin: discount of €250 p.p.
    Children discount (only on MS Ave Maria): 0–2 yrs: 90%; 3–5 yr.: 50%; 6–8 yrs: 30%.
    Only valid in triple/quadruple cabin with 2 full paying persons. Quadruple cabin only as superior cabin available.

    BOTH SHIPS:
    Rental bike (27-gear) per week                                €      75
    Rental electro-bike                                                      €    170
    Rental bike helmet                                                      €      15 (on request)
    Reservation fee (per booking/group)                  €      15 (obligated surcharge)

    DEPARTURE DATES 2017: Weekly, every Saturday
    MS VITA PUGNA:
    Departures from Mantova to Venice (Italy)
    April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20; June 3 and 17; July 1, 15 and 29; August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, and October 7.
    Departures from Venice to Mantova
    April 15 and 29; May 13 and 27; June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; August 5 and 19; September 2, 16 and 30, and October 14.

    MS AVE MARIA:
    Departures from Mantova to Venice (Italy)
    April 1, 15 and 29; May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; August 5 and 19, September 2, 16 and 30, and October 14.
    Departures from Venice to Mantova
    April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20; June 3 and 17; July 1, 15 and 29; August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21.

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    DEPARTURE DATES Venice 2018: Weekly, every Saturday
    VITA PUGNA:
    Departures from Mantova to Venice (Italy)
    April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25, September 8 and 22 and October 6.
    Departures from Venice to Mantova
    April 14 and 28; May 12 and 26; June 9 and 23; July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18; September 1, 15 and 29 and October 13.

    AVE MARIA:
    Departures from Mantova to Venice (Italy)
    March 31; April 14 and 28; May 12 and 26; June 9 and 23; July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18; September 1, 15 and 29 and October 13.
    Departures from Venice to Mantova
    April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25, September 8 and 22; October 6 and 20.

    TOURPRICE Venice 2018 per person (dd.mm):

    VITA PUGNA:

     

    Departures

    Saturdays

    07.04. –  21.04. 28.04. – 18.08/ 13.10.  

    25.08. – 06.10.

    Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
    From Mantova or Venice 840 1,140  

    990

     

     

    1,290

     

    1,080 1,380

      

    AVE MARIA:                

     

    Departures

    Saturdays

     

    31.03. – 21.04.

     

    28.04. – 18.08/ 07.10.-21.10..

     

    25.08. – 13.10.

    Superior Twin Single Superior Twin Single Superior Twin Single
    From Mantova or Venice

     

     

    1,130

     

    990

     

    1,290

     

     

    1,350

     

    1,210

     

    1,510

     

     

    1,530

     

    1,390

     

    1,690

     

    Reductions:
    Bunk bed cabin: Discount of €100 p.p. (only Ave Maria)
    3rd or 4th person in a cabin: discount of €250 p.p.
    Children discount (only on MS Ave Maria): 0–2 yrs: 90%; 3–5 yr.: 50%; 6–8 yrs: 30%.
    Only valid in triple/quadruple cabin with 2 full paying persons. Quadruple cabin only as superior cabin available.

    BOTH SHIPS:
    Rental bike (27-gear) per week                                €      85
    Rental electro-bike                                                      €    195
    Rental bike helmet                                                      €      15 (on request)
    Reservation fee (per booking/group)                  €      15 (obligated surcharge)

     

  • Good to know

    BICYCLES:
    Rent of a bicycle is optional. The bikes on board are different frames sizes of unisex bikes with 27-gears Shimano Deore. They are fully equipped with a trip computer, side-bag, water bottle and padlock. Self-guided cyclists are provided with a map holder/front bag and a repair kit (1 per couple). You can also decide to book a Kalkhoff Electro-Bike 8-gear Shimano Nexus.
    Other bicycles and devices, like child bikes, follow-me tandem, family tandem, child trailer or seat are on request available. Due to limited space on board only a few own bikes will be accepted upon request. Due to high transportation costs of the bikes in Venice and logistic issues it is strongly advised not to bring own bikes.

    BIKE ROUTE:
    This cycling tour is largely along the flats ot the Po plains, and the daily stages vary from 30 km to 55 km (18 to 33 miles) – mostly on tarmac cycle paths along rivers and canals, or quiet country roads. The boat is moored at night and normally cruises of after breakfast, meeting up with the cyclists in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by boat, to allow easier access onto cycling paths.

    NAVIGATION:
    The program has been planned to feature navigation along the Fissero/Bianco canal, which runs parallel to the Po and connects Mantova to the Adriatic Sea. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles can modify some of the daily stretches or embarkation points. These decisions are taken by the boat captain.

    TRANSFER BACK:
    Mantova and Venice are linked very well by train (ca. 2,5 hrs).

    INDIVIDUAL OR GUIDED TOURS:
    This tour offers the chance to choose if pedaling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader. When booking the tour you need to specify which option is chosen (i.e. if Guided or Self guided).

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP:
    You can extend your trip by booking an additional night in Mantova, Mestre or Venice: prices on request.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Legal notice: Tour operator for this tour is Girolibero, Vincenza, Italy. Other conditionals may apply to this tour.

    Updated: July 23rd, 2017

  • Photos