• Info

    Tour type

    Self-guided


    Departures

    SU 7.04 - 14.07 and 18.08 - 29.09.2019
    Special departure dates for at least 5 people

     

    Price per person
    650 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

     

    Included

    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Maps, Roadbook
    • Luggage transportation
    • Hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
    • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

     

    Supplements per person
    200 € single room
    80 € Girolibero bike
    190 € E-bike
    15 € helmet

     

    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).
     
    Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
    from 60/85 € in Peschiera del Garda
    50/65 € in Po Delta area

     

    Reductions
    100 € 3rd person in room

  • Day by Day

    1. Desenzano/Peschiera del Garda
    Individual arrival.
     
    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.

  • Route profile
    • 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.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

  • 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.

     

    Trains
    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 3/4* 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 rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    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. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    - hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    - information on the cities, towns and villages of the tour

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    2) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 2 Client reviews
    • Cristiana

      Departure 09-16 April 2017

      Online from 21 April 2017

      In complesso bene. Il primo giorno a Mantova i bagagli sono arrivati molto dopo di noi ma poi è stato tutto regolare .
    • Pierre, Belgium

      Departure 2016

      Online from 11 November 2016

      Thank 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.
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