Mantua to Venice 2019


Due to a couple of recent cancellations, we have a single cabin available and room for two people in a twin cabin, or up to three people in a superior cabin. Please Contact Us for more information including special offers!

September 14 – 21, 2019

Another Ukein’, Barge, & Bike Adventure is on the horizon for 2019, from Mantua, an ancient Italian Renaissance city, to Venice: eight days and seven nights blending “nature, culture, and fine cuisine,” with, of course, ‘ukulele instruction and fun.


The lovely Ave Maria, a deluxe barge with air conditioning in each of the cabins, will be our home away from home for the duration of our trip. And, because a few recent cancellations have left us with a few cabins to fill, we are willing to offer a discount in order to fill the boat.
The beauty of these trips is in the way we travel. Sort of like a cruise ship, but a much more intimate experience without the hoards of people or environmental impact. And the service is spectacular.
And, while our floating hotel moves from port to port during the day, we will be exploring the beautiful Italian countryside by bike.  (Electric bikes are available for those who are concerned their biking skills may not be up to par. And….you can always stay on the barge.) Or, if you prefer, you can stay aboard and enjoy the scenery from there, serenading the countryside with (or without) your ukulele.

There will be at least one world class ukulele instructor on board, in addition to the bike guide, chef, captain, crew, you, and nothing but ‘ukulele aficionados and their significant others! Check out the entire itinerary here, or click here for more details about the first and second days of our trip.  And remember, you can sit out any part of the trip and enjoy a lazy cruise up the river, aboard the Ave Maria.
As I mentioned above, with the recent cancellations, and the trip just a few weeks away, I am able to offer substantial discounts off the following prices, but you must contact me soon.

  • Single cabin; $3,300 total
  • Twin cabin for 2; $5,000 total
  • Superior Twin or Triple; $2,700 per person for twin; $2300 per person for triple (must have pre-existing group)

cover_venezia_mantova_ave_maria_bici_barca_girolibero_2017If you don’t fit into any of these categories but would still like to join us, please let me know.  It’s a little like Rubik’s Cube and I can still move a couple of the little cubes around!

The price includes seven nights lodging on a deluxe barge, three meals a day (most days….there is usually one evening out to give the crew a break), an English-speaking bicycle guide, bikes (e-bikes are available for an additional fee), helmets, guided tours of Mantua and Venice, a visit to a cheese factory with tasting, tour of the Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum, a boat excursion in the Nature Reserve of Mincio Park, daily ‘ukulele instruction (with the option for a private lesson), play-a-longs, new friends, and tons of camaraderie. (Click here for the full itinerary.)

If you have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible.