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Just finished our tour aboard the Ava…Maria

5 May 2024

Steve Daigle

Just finished our tour aboard the Ava Maria from Venice to Mantova. The vessel is a great custom design and purpose built for doing bike tours. State rooms are spacious with comfortable beds, well designed storage that enabled to be able to completely unpack. Suit cases have lots of room to be stored under the beds. Nice bathrooms with a very well designed vacuflush toilet that can be used like your toilet at home. First time I have seen a marine toilet system work so well. Our guides Alex and Elana were a fantastic team. The kept our large group of 32 riders safe. There were no accidents, mishaps, flat tires or breakdowns. Alex was by far the star of the crew. Years of bike guiding experience, went the extra mile in customer care and made the trip very fun. New bikes. We had e bikes and was very impressed with how light weigh they were, lots of quick adjustment features for a great fit. Best coffee machine in over 17 small group boats I have been on. “17 tours”. Meals at dinner were ok but 2 meals are fish only. So if you do not enjoy fish please let them know in an e mail before the trip. You make your own lunch that included fresh buns and breads, chocolate bars and fruit. My only small complaint that there were 2 sets of salt and pepper on the table at dinner but none at breakfast.This was brought to the captain’s attention but failed to happen. 1 salt and one pepper located at a very busy morning buffet held up the line. Captain Richardo was very good and worked harder by far than any crew member. He also helped out in the kitchen and serving meals. He bake his mother’s dessert recipe that was fantastic for our final meal. The sauce contains lots of alcohol so is your us and don’t drink it can be a challenge.

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