Lake Garda to the Adriatic
Peschiera, Ferrara and the Po Delta
from 650 €
8 Days / 7 Nights, mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels
Web code IT020
Price per person
650 € in double room, mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels
- 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
- App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
- Digital tour information
- Luggage transportation
- Hotline service
- Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
- Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”
Supplements per person
200 € single room
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
from 60/85 € in Peschiera del Garda
50/65 € in Po Delta area
290 € transfer Po Delta-Peschiera (1-4 people)
350 € transfer Po Delta-Peschiera (5-8 people)
Transfers have to be requested when booking the tour. Service available on Sunday (other days on request).
Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
195 € E-bike
Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)
100 € 3rd person in room
Day by Day
1. Desenzano/Peschiera del Garda
2. Desenzano/Peschiera del Garda – Mantua (70/45 km)
From Peschiera, skirting the river Mincio, you follow Italy’s most famous cyclepath and reach Mantua. Along the way, you discover the settlements of Borghetto, with its iconic watermills and Valeggio, with its Parco Sigurtà, a green oasis spread across 600,000 sqm.
3. Mantua – Ostiglia/Sermide (45/65 km)
Leaving Mantua along its lakes and the river Mincio, you arrive at the historic lock of Governolo and join Italy’s largest waterway: the majestic River Po. A detour leads to Polirone Abbey at San Benedetto. Carrying on along the Po cyclepath, you arrive to the overnight stay in Ostiglia or Sermide.
4. Ostiglia/Sermide – Ferrara (65/45 km)
You resume along the Po and arrive at Stellata, a settlement with the star-shaped Rocca Possente, an 11th century fortress, once controlling the river’s shipping from the flood plain. At Bondeno you veer off to catch the scenic cycling path of the Burana Canal. Once ruled by the Este dynasty and a key city state of the Italian Renaissance, Ferrara is now a thriving university town and Italy’s “Cycling Capital”.
5. Ferrara round tour (55 km)
This day is dedicated to a nice round tour in the quiet countryside around Ferrara, considered the ‘bike capital’ of Italy, due to the large use of bicycles in the everyday life. Ferrara is a key City State of ancient Italy, which attracted influential architects and artists for centuries. You will visit the historic little touched centre of this thriving university town, still surrounded by the original city walls.
6. Ferrara – Ostellato/Pomposa (40/70 km)
Today’s stage offers the discovery of two of the Este family’s celebrated Delizie: Belriguardo and Verginese. Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, they both form part of the collection of country retreats and hunting lodges playfully known as “Delights”. Along with Ferrara itself, in its days a pioneering example of town planning, these villas are listed as World Heritage Sites by virtue of their unique fusion of Renaissance vision and natural landscape. Overnight will be either in Ostellato or Pomposa, with its 9th century abbey, a major centre of learning in the Dark Ages.
7. Po Delta round tour (65/70 km)
For the last cycling stage you will complete a round tour. If the overnight is in Ostellato you will follow the cycleway to Comacchio, a small town in the heart of the lagoon, considered the Delta’s capital. Founded on 13 islets linked by bridges and canals, Comacchio also boasts the area’s richest historic centre. Pushing deeper into the lagoon, you explore its fishing farms, or “valli da pesca”, with their fishermen’s shacks and salt marshes. If your overnight is in Pomposa you will head towards the coast through the Mesola Forest Nature reserve, emerging at the tiny fisherman’s harbour of Goro with its picturesque waterfront. This is the core of Po Delta, its fishing “valleys” and brackish lagoon, home to over 300 species of birds.
8. Po Delta
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.
- Total length: 310/370 km
- Total vertical up: 0 m
- Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2 and 3.
- Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train: NO.
The tour is completely on flat terrain and along cycling tracks – typically along the rivers and on country paths – and occasionally on minor roads with low-level traffic. Some stretches within the Po Delta Reserve are on rough (but unchallenging) tracks, although the tour is largely on paved surfaces.
Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.
How to get there
Peschiera is connected with the following airports:
Verona: 25 km, Bergamo: 95 km, Venice: 150 km.
Desenzano is connected with the following airports:
Verona: 40 km, Bergamo: 80 km, Venice: 160 km.
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.
Accommodation and meals
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
You will be accommodated in mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels.
All rooms have en suite facilities.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.
Bikes and accessories
Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
- Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
- E-bike 9-gear Shimano
- aluminium frame
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
- 1 cycle computer
- 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
- 1 front bar bag
- 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
- 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
- 1 combination bike lock
At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.
Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:
1. Link to download the App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)
2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:
- Tour notes
- Final tour details
- Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour. Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
3. Digital travel documents:
- Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
- Luggage labels
By your side
In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.
The Girolibero team is always available for you at the office number during office hours.
3 Client reviews
Departure 07-14 July 2019
Online from 02 August 2019Wir vergeben nur Pluspunkte für die Reise: Vorbereitung der Reise, Infomaterial, Gepäcktransport, Auswahl der Hotels, Frühstück, Streckenführung, Etappenlänge.
Einziger Minuspunkt: Der Rücktransport vom Podelta (Ostellato) zum Gardasee (Peschiera) erfolgte mit einem Transitbus, der nicht für einen Radtransport ausgestattet war.
Departure 09-16 April 2017
Online from 21 April 2017In complesso bene. Il primo giorno a Mantova i bagagli sono arrivati molto dopo di noi ma poi è stato tutto regolare .
Online from 11 November 2016Thank you for a truly wonderful Girolibero trip.
It was our first cycling holiday and it could not have been a better experience. Riding from Lake Garda along the Mincio and on the banks of the grand Po, getting Mantua and Ferrara on top. This trip had only one drawback: when we arrived at Comacchio, our final destination, and cycled along its canals… we wanted to do it all over again.