BIKE PATHS, ROUTES, TRAVEL TIPS Bike and Barge in Italy and France

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In brief

Girolibero original Bike and barge tours

100% created, organised and managed by our team.
These are the most loved itineraries: from Mantua to Venice (and vice versa) on our cozy barges Ave Maria and Vita Pugna, and Provence and Camargue from Aigues-Mortes to Avignon (and vice versa) aboard the barges Caprice and L’Estello.

Bike and barge: how it works

Holidays along rivers, canals and coastal routes, with cycling by day and overnight stays in a floating hotel that follows cyclists stage by stage. The cabin will be yours for the whole week, and breakfasts and dinners are served on board, where you’ll be welcomed by the captain and crew. You can also enjoy leisure time on the boat in the salon or on the sun deck, and if one day you don’t feel like cycling, you can relax on the boat all day.

2025 ready to book

The 2025 departures for our bike and barge tours in Italy and France are now online: check them out, calculate your quote online and start planning your holiday for next year. See tour details here Italy, The waterways of Venice, and France, Provence and Camargue


Bike and barge in Italy (1 tour)

The only itinerary in Italy that combines easy cycling with overnight stays aboard a riverboat.

Our Ave Maria and Vita Pugna boats navigate along the waterways of the north: from the Mantova Lakes and Mincio River they glide slowly on the waterway to the Venetian Lagoon.

From April to October, these boats offer an itinerary with bike stages from Mantua to Venice (and vice versa). In the winter months they are available to private groups for tailor-made programs.

Bike and barge in France (1 tour)

Nearly 8,000 km of waterways link villages, castles and beautiful towns in a landscape that invites slow travel by boat, but also by bike, thanks to the many bike paths that flank rivers and canals.
The perfect way to combine the two experiences is a bike and barge trip: you sleep in the cabin of a riverboat at night, and in the morning you disembark with your bike for a day on the pedals. On board, you’ll meet the captain, crew and other passengers, fellow travelers with whom to share the journey.


The tour leader, captain and crew lead the way and is ready to solve any mishaps, but you will also have our office number, which is available 7 days a week.

You will receive briefing materials with all the practical information, details on how to reach the meeting point, and answers to any questions you may have before you leave.

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