Italian Cycle & Barge Tour - ICB18
Number of Days: 13
Our combo bike and boat tour in Italy give you the chance to relax on board the boat every evening instead of repacking and moving from hotel to hotel. Our boat moves on each day while you enjoy cycling through gorgeous Italian countryside and villages, or stay on-board, the choice is yours. This Mantova to Venice bike and boat tour with added nights pre and post in Milan and the Italian Lakes is one of our most popular cycling tours.
Day 1: Milan
Transfer in hotel. Overnight Milan.
Day 2: Milan
Visit of Milan with local guide. We do a panoramic city tour of Milan including major sights such as The Duomo and Sforzesco Castle.
Day 3: Milano Mantova.
After breakfast departure from Milano to Mantova with car and driver (transfer). Boarding on boat from 4.30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader at 7 pm.
Day 4: Mantua round tour (40 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”. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of the town. B
Day 5: Mantua–Governolo–Zelo (50 km by bike)
A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes us to Governolo, where it flows into the Po and forms the largest inland basin in Italy. At Governolo Lock, once a vital staging post for local navigation, we saddle our bikes and follow the Po through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Finally, we reach Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po. B
Day 6: Zelo–Ferrara–Adria (50 km by bike + 60 km by bus)
After breakfast we continue our bike and boat adventure cycling towards Ferrara, another key City State of ancient Italy. You will visit this historic town and discover its little touched centre, still surrounded by the original city walls. From Ferrara a short transfer by private coach will take 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 bears witness to its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage. B
Day 7: .Adria–Porto Viro–Chioggia (40 km)
An exhilarating day of discovery alternating sailing and cycling starts with a short cruise to our drop-off point at Porto Viro and the exploration of the Po’s delta. This unique wetland park is the prime 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, we then follow the Po Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. Our overnight stop is the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as “Little Venice”. B
Day 8: Chioggia–Venice (30 km)
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 islands 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. B,D
Day 9: 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. B
Day 10: Venice
After breakfast departure by car and driver to Verona - Visit in the afternoon the city with local guide. B
Day 11: Verona
Departure from Verona in the morning. Stop in Sirmione, it is famous for the unique charm of its old town with narrow and irregular streets as well as for its thermal bath Virgilio and the ruins of the “Catullus Grottos” the former villa of the poet “Catullo”. In the evening arrival in Como Lake. Overnight around at Bellagio - Few places are as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer resorts as beautiful as Bellagio. Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio's world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama. The village is characterised by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares . B
Day 12: Italian Lakes
Departure and visit of Como – free time. Overnight Bellagio. B
Day 13: Italian Lakes
After breakfast depart to Milan Malpensa airport B
Italian Cycle & Barge Tour - ICB18
Milan to Milan
Our tour costs are inclusive of boutique hotel and on-board accommodation, breakfasts, other meals as per final itinerary, tour guide, transfers, transportation, sightseeing and other inclusions as per the final itinerary. At the conclusion of your tour we recommend the optional Taste of Tuscany Tour (ref TIX).
- Flexible Monthly Departures. Price on application