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Your cycle tour Italy, Cycling along the Venetian lagoon (Venice – Mantova)

IVM 2013

Cycletours Holidays Buiksloterweg 7a, 1031 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)20 521 84 90 · Fax +31 (0)20 627 90 32 · information@cycletours.nl · www.cycletours.com

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Character of the tour After a day at your full disposal to discover the magic of Venice, you will start knowing the peculiar ecosystem of the lagoon and the Po Delta area. The trip leads you in the core of the Po plain, until Mantova, where a lot of worldwide known artists left their masterpieces, thanks to the assignment of the famous Gonzaga family. The tour is entirely on level ground and the daily cycling stages vary from 30 km to 55 km. Much of the pedaling is along rivers and canals on tarmac cycle paths or roads with a low volume of car traffic. It is envisaged that the boat will sail some of the way during breakfast or evening meal to make getting out of the towns easier or to shorten the stages. High and low water issues can modify some of the daily stretches or embarkation points. These decisions are taken by the boat captain.

Itinerary from Venice to Mantova Day 1: Saturday, Venice Welcome on board! The boat is moored at the Giudecca island, not far from St.Mark’s square. The cabins are available from 4 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinnertime, at 7 p.m. Day 2: Sunday, Venice Free day at disposal. After a wonderful awakening with a view on the lagoon, the tour starts with a whole day at your disposal, discovering the wonderful historical centre of the capital of the “Repubblica Serenissima”, or its wonderful islands. Day 3: Monday, Venice – Chioggia, approximately 30 km. This is the most exciting day of the tour, riding along the two little narrow islands, which build the border between the sea and the lagoon. From Lido, one of the most impressing resorts and seat of the cinema exhibition of Venezia, you ride up to Malamocco, the first seat of the republic of the Doges. The boat will then take you to the isle Pellestrina with its natural reserve of Ca’ Roman and after the final few kilometers the boat leads you to the lively fisher harbor of Chioggia. Dag 4: Tuesday, Chioggia – Albarella, approximately 40 km. You will leave the so-called “small Venice” going south along the Po-Brondolo Waterway and through the mouth of the River Adige. Pedalling between the wonderful nature reserve of the Po Delta, with its incredible amount of bird species, you will then approach Albarella. Day 5: Wednesday, Albarella – Porto Levante - Adria, approximately 55 km. You go deep into the maze of the Po Delta, pedalling in the heart of nature. The destination today is Adria, an ancient Greek port, famous for trading amber coming from the Baltic. Day 6: Thursday, Adria – Ferrara – Zelo, approximately 40 km. cycling en 35 km. by bus After a short navigation in the morning, you start cycling in the middle of the nature towards Ferrara. In the afternoon a short bus transfer will bring you up to Bergantino, for a visit of a cheese factory and a short tasting session before reaching Zelo. Cycletours Holidays Buiksloterweg 7a, 1031 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)20 521 84 90 · Fax +31 (0)20 627 90 32 · information@cycletours.nl · www.cycletours.com

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Day 7: Friday, Zelo – Montova, approximately 50 km. A short stretch of navigation brings you to Torretta on the Fissero/Bianco canal. You cycle following the Po as far as Ostiglia, a small village with the ruins of a medieval fortress. After a few kilometres you finally reach Mantova. Day 8: Saturday, Mantova A short stretch of navigation brings you to Torretta on the Fissero/Bianco canal. You cycle following the Po as far as Ostiglia, a small village with the ruins of a medieval fortress. After a few kilometers you finally reach Mantova.

Cycletours Holidays Buiksloterweg 7a, 1031 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)20 521 84 90 · Fax +31 (0)20 627 90 32 · information@cycletours.nl · www.cycletours.com

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Daily program from Venice to Mantova 2013