Etappe Tours

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Venice

-

Mantua

bike Cruise

8 dagen - 7 nachten

 

CYCLING 

along

RIVER PO

Blending nature, culture and fine cuisine, this leisurely bike and barge tour along the waterways of the River Po offers more than just a taster of Northern Italy. It explores celebrated cities of art, one of Europe's prime Nature Reserves and a wealth of tucked-away rural hamlets along the route, rewarding our daily rides with authentic regional dishes back on board.

 

From the glory of Venice, the lagoon leads us to colourful Chioggia. Next up, the natural wonders of the Po Delta, famed for its birdlife. Then Adria, once a key Roman port, and onwards to Ferrara and Mantua – once major city states crowned by the Italian Renaissance.

Day 1

Venice

We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 4.30 p.m. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6.30 – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitivo.

 

After dinner we can savour Venice at night, now free of the crowds and at her most romantic: Benvenuti a Venezia

 

 

 
 

taste the cheese of the region

A hard Italian cheese made of milk from cows grazing on grass meadows that ripens very slowly; There are examples of six-year-old cheeses that are still fruity and sweet. The name comes from Grana (grains of the ground cheese) and Padano, (the Italian name for the Po plain)

 

Grana Padano is very similar to Parmesan cheese and is often confused with that. Unlike Parmesan cheese, which can only be made according to strict rules and in a limited area around Parma, Grana Padano is produced in much of northern Italy, from the Po plain to the Dolomites. For this cheese, the cows may be fed silage, unlike the Parmigiano Reggiano. Grana Padano is delicious as a dessert cheese or for garnishing salads.

 

Grana Padano is cylindrical in shape, with slightly convex or almost straight sides and flat top and bottom sides. The diameter varies between 35-45 cm. and the height is 15-18 cm. The weight is around 38 kg. The crust is thin and light yellow. Grana Padano has been made since the 12th century. Production and quality are checked by the Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano. Grana Padano has had the Italian DOC quality mark since 1955 and moreover since 1996 a protected designation of origin within the European Union.

 

 

Grana Padano is sold in three different maturing stages:

Grana Padano 9-16 mesi: a nice texture and still creamy, only slightly grainy.

Grana Padano Oltre 16 mesi: more than 16 months: granular texture and more pronounced taste.

Grana Padano Riserva Oltre 20 mesi: more than 20 months: grainy and crumbly but with a full taste.

Pregnant proof

 

 

 Included

  • 7 overnights Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)

  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board

  • Sheets and towels

  • Complimentary courtesy kit

  • Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

  • Bike helmet

  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook

  • English speaking tour leader within an international group

  • Second tour leader with a minimum of 25 people (only aboard Ave Maria)

  • Guided visit in Venice and Mantua

  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano

  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum

  • Harbour charges

  • Bus transfer

  • Ferrara-Zelo / Ferrara-AdriaInclusief

 
 

 4 Superior Double cabins 

10x

Standard

twin cabins

3x bunk bed cabins

All cabins enjoy sizeable windows, comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities, air conditioning and safety box. Bed/bunk size is 2,00 x 0,80 m. Most of the double beds can be separated into two single beds. The air-conditioned living area measures 11 x 7,5 m and is divided into two parts

ave maria

10x

twin cabins

All cabins enjoy sizeable windows, comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities, air conditioning and safety box. Bed/bunk size is 2,00 x 0,80 m. Most of the double beds can be separated into two single beds. The air-conditioned living area measures 11 x 7,5 m and is divided into two parts

vita pugna