Biking along the meanders of the big Po River until the Pomposa Abbey
17 > 20 September 2015
Easy itineraries in the Po Delta area, among land and water, sea and lagoon, birds flights and rushes. Visit to the Pomposa Abbey and the museum of drainage system of Cá Vendramin.
We call Po Delta that area included between the outlet of the River Adige north and the Valleys of Comacchio south. Its modern shape is mainly due to the massive drainage system built by the Venetian Republic in 1604. In that period, in fact, the so called “Taglio di Porto Viro” was constucted deviating the main stream of the river. The aim of these works was to avoid the rivers massive amount of sediments filling in the port which was of vital importance for the life of the people of Venice. During the first years of the 19th century the water pump of Cá Vendramin was also buit but this area has nevertheless been flooded many times. One of the most terrible was the 1951 merciless flood which caused more that 100 deaths and leaving 180 people homeless. The Cá Vendramin water pump was then a technological jewel and has today turned into a museum. Last floods happened in the 60s’ and put an end to the gas extractions that were carried out in that area which had caused the collapsing of the river banks and of the land. The following reclamation gave back hope and life to this area and economy started again. Up to today the River Po hasn’t overflown its banks.
What we find today, in our bike trips, it’s a nice and peaceful environment; land is cutivated with rice and other cultivations, tall poplars trees cut the perfect shape of the fields.
Our holiday starts at Cá Zen, a beautiful 17th century Villa with its estate. From here we’ll depart riding along the Goro Po, we’ll go through the dwelling of Mesola and close to Torre Abate, old sewerage that today is a natural oasis. After all this we’ll reach the Abbey of Pomposa: founded in year 1000 a.c. it’s still very inspyring fot its beauty. Our day finishes with an excellent fish dinner in the Cannevié Oasis. This place, today a lodging, used to be a fishing station with its lords’ residence.
We’ll go through the Mesola Wood to get to Goro. We’ll cross two boat bridges to reach the island of Ariano and the Island of Donzella going along the Sacca of Scardovari. Once countryside it is now an empy lagoon were muscles are grown. Once in Porto Tolle we’ll cross the Po of Venice on a ferry boat. This is the largest branch of the River. After the ferry we’ll continue our tour heading towards Porto Levante; we’ll ride on the Valleys Road between sea and land to reach Boccasette where we’ll get a boat ot discover the Po of Maistra. This natural excursion is not to be missed: we’ll see the most hidden sides of the canals, go through the rushes and take a look to those birds that have here found their perfect habitat. Many pink flamingos dwell here. We’ll get back to the island of Ariano and, after exploring the large area of the Po Delta but before returning to Cá Zen, we’ll go and visit the water pump of Cá Vendramin, now museum of the drainage system and important witness of the history of this area.
Sites of interest
- Unesco Wourld Heritage Sites: Ferrara and the Po Delta
PRICES AND CONDITIONS
€ 395 double room
€ 445 single room
€ 385 triple room / family room
€ 315 children up to 12 years of age, sharing room with 2 adults
The price includes
* 3 nights with breakfast in three stars hotel and in agriturism *.
* 3 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, two of which will be fish dinners, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl bier), tap water and bread are included.
* 3 lunches, pic nics (sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, ? liter water) or at a Trattoria (main dish, pudding, ? liter water)
* 2 tour guide by bike (1 in case of groups from 10 to 17 partecipants)
* Boat excursion with bird watching in along the river branch of Po di Maistra
* Ferry transfer from Cá Tiepolo to Cá Venier
* Hotel City tax
* Luggage trasportation
* Insurance for medical matters and in case of loosing the luggage, and for the risk of tour cancelation.
* Color tour handbook with historical and artistic information and information about the tour (only in Italian).
* Hotels are shown in the program, it is however possible, due to force majeure, to change some of them with others of the same or superior cathegory.
The price does not include
Tranferts from partecipants’ place of residence to Taglio di Po (Rovigo). Entrance to museums, tips and all personal needs and everything not specified in this program.
Bike renting. Rentingan excellent bike costs 50 euro for the three days of the tour. Renting a bikeincludes: safety lock, back bike pack.
Transfer. Upon request we can provide transferts from/to any airport or as required.
Number of participants
Minimum 10, maximum 22
Information about the price
There will be 2 tour leaders with 18 partecipants, 1 in case of smaller groups. With less that 10 partecipants the tour won’t be confirmed and fees will be given back as soon as possible though bank tranfer. Inscription costs 15 € and it is included in the fee and it cover insurance expenses and management. This sum won’t be refunded in case the partecipant doesn’t take part to the tour even if the tour has been confirmed. To those who wish to have a double room but don’t have a partner and if no match with any other partecipant has been possible, will be accomodated in a single room for 25 € lump sum as a single room supplement.
Booking, substitutions and penalties
100 euro have to be paid with the reservation, the rest of the sum when the tour will be confirmed.
Substitutions are possible, but the agency needs to be informed about it. In case of substitution 15 euro need to be paid to the agency and other extra substitution costs, if the agency had to go to them.
If a participant renounces a tour, the following penalties will be applied, which could be refund if and with the conditions of the assurance for cancellation risk, included in the package:
- from the booking to 46 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 20%
- 45 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 50%
- 30 days before the start of the tour, penalty of the 100%
Documents and visas
Identity card valid for foreign travel and health Card.
Program information and change
Before departure all info will be sent by email such as the names of the guides and other details. The above programm may have few changes due to weather conditions or any other organising problem.
HOW TO BOOK
If you wish to book please contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights, 3 biking days
When: 17 > 20 September 2015
Where: Italia > Friuli Venezia-Giulia - Veneto
Tour description: This is a round 3 day tour that starts and finishes in Cá Zen Mansion in Taglio di Po (Rovigo). The bike trail is flat and it goes on cycling paths, b-roads with low car traffic and short stretches on medium car traffic roads. The road bank is asphalt or we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Individual arrival in Taglio di Po (Rovigo). Meeting at Tenuta Cá Zen at 19 o’clock.
Taglio di Po – Tenuta Cà Zen
Taglio di Po > Cannevié Oasis
About 65 km - Departure at 9:00 am - Flat path
Canneviè Oasis Tourist Structure – Codigoro (Ferrara)
Cannevié Oasis > Porto Tolle
About 67 km - Departure at 9:00 am - Flat path
Porto Tolle – Albergo Italia ***
Porto Tolle > Taglio di Po
About 62 km - Departure at 9:00 am - Flat path
Arrival at Tenuta Cá Zen at 4/5:00 pm
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