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Unesco Barging Tour for charters

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Mappa Unesco Barging Tour for charters


Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Mantua, a wonderful city settled on the shores of three lakes. Sail with us into the Po Delta and discover art cities like Verona, Ferrara, Vicenza and Padua. We will conclude this magic cruise in the Venetian Lagoon.


1. Mantua.

Start in Mantua, Italy’s 2016 Capital of Culture. Welcome aperitivo as we sail across the city’s “Lakes”.


2. Mantua–Sabbioneta.

Excursion to historic Sabbioneta and visit the Teatro all’Antica (Renaissance Theatre). Back to Mantua and visit the Ducal Palace.


3. Mantua–Vicenza–Zelo.

Sail to Governolo. By coach to Vicenza, visit Villa Valmarana, renowned for its Tiepolo frescoes. Wine tasting. Coach transfer to Zelo. Overnight.


 4. Zelo–Ferrara–Adria.

Sail to Bosaro. By coach to the Palladian Villa Badoer and on to Ferrara. Walk through the historic centre and visit Schifanoia Palace. Coach transfer to Adria. Overnight.


 5. Adria–Padua–Chioggia.

Visit Padova, including the Scrovegni Chapel and Botanical Garden. Arrive in Chioggia, gateway to the Venetian Lagoon. Overnight.


6. Chioggia–Venice.

Walk to the famous Fish Market of Chioggia, sail to Lido Island. Aperitivo at Malamocco, lunch on board as we cruise into Venice. Excursion to the islands of Burano and Murano, including visit to glass workshop.


7. Venice.

Venice, visit Ducal Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica. PM visit Accademia Galleries (most comprehensive collection of Venetian School paintings) then free time.


8. Venice.

Tour ends after breakfast. Option of extending the tour with a trip to the Dolomites.


NB: a reverse programme is also possible. 


every Saturday from March to October

Winter weeks:  from November to February you can either charter the barge for a shorter period, tailoring your tour. How about celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Carnival on board?er



Chartering the Ave Maria (16-18 cabins) is possible if organized well in advance, with an option to tandem cruise with the Vita Pugna (10 cabins).

Rates vary according to the season, itinerary, number of passengers and the kind of service required. Contact us for more details!


standard services:

  • Overnights
  • Dinners (3 courses)
  • Daily cleaning
  • Welcome Aperitivo
  • Hot drinks
  • Misc. on-board facilities
  • Tour Manager 

 extra services to be required:

  • Cookery Class (on board)
  • Open Bar (ample selection of complimentary wines and other drinks available on board at any time)
  • Gala Dinner on last night
  • Free unlimited use of bikes or e-bikes
  • Wine tasting (on board)
  • 4-course dinners
  • Lunch (on board)
  • Themed events or meetings
  • Transfers in and out