Venice-Mantua with the MS Ave Maria - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Venice / Mantua
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    approx. 185 km/114 mi
  • Distance per day:
    30-50 km / 19-31 mi
  • Altitude profile:
  • Profile:
    Predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths, sometimes quiet roads.
  • Return transfer:
    individually by train,
    look at "Info/arrival"

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board (only 1x dinner in Venice). In the mornings you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Venice-Mantua with the MS Ave Maria

North Italy with boat & bike incl. rental bike from 1109€

The Tour

Venice - Mantua with the MS Ave Maria

From Venice to Mantua - along the banks of the river Po and numerous canals, the fascinating Po Delta and the famous lagoon. There are countless UNESCO world cultural heritage sites: the Renaissance city of Mantua, the medieval town Ferrara and the Doge city Venice. Enjoy cycling on excellent flat paths. This tour is also suitable for inexperienced cyclists. The tour starts in Venice.
Here you can find further information on the MS Ave Maria.

Venice - Mantua with the MS Ave Maria

Day 1 Arrival in Venice
Embarkation from 6.00 pm. In the evening, explore the city, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 2 Explore Venice
In the morning you’ll take part in a guided tour of the ‘Serenissima’, then you can explore the city or the islands of the lagoon by yourself.

Day 3 Venice - Pellestrina Island, approx. 25 km/16 mi
Between the lagoon and the Adriatic you will go past the Lido, where the film festival takes part, further to the island of Pellestrina.

Day 4 Pellestrina Island - Adria, 40 km/25 mi + boat trip
Be sure not to miss the fish market at sunrise. Then you will cycle through the nature park in the Po Delta. Constantly changing streams create a number of different eco systems with countless plant and animal species. Your destination is Adria city.

Day 5 Adria - Ferrara - Zelo, 35 km/22 mi + bus transfer
Enjoy a beautiful bike tour to Ferrara, a town dating from the 14th century, which is also a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Afterwards you will take the bus to Zelo.

Day 6 Zelo - Mantua, 50 km/31 mi + boat trip
You’ll cycle on easy paths along the river Po and the Canal Biano to Manuta. Visit a museum and a cheese factory.

Day 7 Round trip, approx. 35 km/22 mi
The tour will take you through the surroundings of Mantua. In the afternoon there is a guided tour of Manuta’s countless Renaissance monuments.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your Boat & bike tour in northern Italy on MS Ave Maria ends.

Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

Here are the details on MS Ave Maria.

Included in your package "Venice-Mantua with MS Ave Maria":

  • 7 nights aboard
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 6 x dinner, only 1x dinner in Venice)
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • 1x cabin cleaning
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink
  • guided city tour in Mantua
  • visit of a cheese dairy, Bergantino
  • visit "Museum of the Carousel + Folk Theater"
  • visit glass blowing factory, Murano
  • transfers by bus Ferrarra - Zelo
  • several short guided city tours
  • guided cycle tours according to tour agenda
    from 22 persons 2 tour guides
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • rental bike inclusive


  • outside cabins, approx. 7-8 sqm (75-86 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • upper deck cabins with openable bull eyes
  • level-access beds which can be moved
  • lower deck cabins for 3 guests too
  • upper deck cabins for 3+4 guests too

Rental bicyles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 21-speed gearboxes, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.
  • If you choose to wear a helmet, we recommend using your own due to the variety of head sizes and shapes and for hygienic reasons.

Bookable dates 2024:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    13.04. + 27.04. + 11.05. + 25.05.
    08.06. + 22.06. + 06.07. + 20.07.
    03.08. + 17.08. + 31.08.
    14.09. + 28.09. + 12.10.


All prices are per person.

2-bed cabin, bunk bed1109 € 
2-bed cabin, ground level beds1309 €1559 €
27.04. + 06.07. - 17.08.*:  
2-bed cabin, bunk bed1659 € 
2-bed cabin, ground level beds1859 €2109 €
11.05. - 22.06. + 26.10.:  
2-bed cabin, bunk bed1809 € 
2-bed cabin, ground level beds2009 €2259 €
31.08. - 12.10.:  
2-bed cabin, bunk bed1959 € 
2-bed cabin, ground level beds2159 €2409 €
*06.07. + 17.08.
price reduction: -200 €/P.
single cabin, bunk bed+ 550 € 
2-bed cabin, single occupancy+ 1000 € 
3-bed cabin, 3rd person- 300 €- 300 €
e-bike160 €
private bikenot possible
special diet50 €

Additional costs:

  • eventually Venice city entrance fee: approx. 18-30 €/person, payable on site

The booking process

The Tour


Arrival to "Venice-Mantua with MS Ave Maria":

  • The MS Avemaria is berthed on the island of Giudecca.
  • Arrival by car:
    Video-monitored car parks at Mestre train station, approx. EUR 16/day. Then take the train to Venezia Santa Lucia train station, see below for further information.
  • Arrival by train:
    Train station Venezia Santa Lucia, take water bus to the jetty, duration approx. 20 mins.
  • Arrival by train:
    Airport Venedig Marco Polo:
    Water bus to the jetty, duration approx. 60 mins, approx. EUR 15, details under
    Airport Verona:
    Shuttle bus to Verona main station, every 20 mins
    Train to Mantua, every hour, duration approx. 45 mins, standard fare approx. EUR 10, for more information see return transfer
  • Embarkation 6 pm., luggage can be left from 1 pm.

Return transfer:

  • under your own steam by train from Mantova to Venezia S. Lucia, every hour, duration approx. 2 hours, 1 x change, standard fare approx. EUR 35 is a helpful on-line resource (DE/EN/FR)

Personal bikes:
As space is limited, it will not be possible for you to bring your own bike on this tour.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
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