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Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

1. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables and the elegant eighteenth-century Coffee House. Continue towards Dolo, enjoying historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Villa Widmann for a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion that belonged to a noble family of Persian origin. Cruise to Oriago, where you will stop for lunch in the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant. Next, navigate to Malcontenta, cruising past villas, villages and swing bridges. Upon arrival in Malcontenta, stop to explore one last villa; the regal Villa Foscari. Located on the edge of the lagoon, it was within easy access of Venice for its powerful Venetian owner. Finally, cruise through the Moranzani Lock to journey across the lagoon, and dock at San Marco Riva degli Schiavoni at the “Pontile della Pietà” landing stage.

Venice: Countryside Bike Tour

2. Venice: Countryside Bike Tour

Start the tour by meeting your guide and pick up your bicycle at Fusina Harbor. Stop in the small town of Malcontenta, famous for the old villa Foscari made under the project of the famous architect Palladio. Next, visit Villa Widmann in Mira with ancient furniture, light glass chandeliers, and a beautiful garden. Bike along the Brenta River and stop for a refreshing drink and snack offered by the guide. Finally, arrive in Dolo for a sightseeing tour of this cozy town famous in the Serenissima Republic. Enjoy a taste of "Cicchetti" for lunch in a typical Venetian bacaro.

Venice: Brenta River Cycling & Kayaking Tour with Drink

3. Venice: Brenta River Cycling & Kayaking Tour with Drink

Meet your local guide at Fusina Harbour where you will get your bike. Please provide your height on booking form. Start your bicycle ride along the river with some stops to admire some magnificent villas like Villa Foscari at Malcontenta or Villa Widmann in Mira. After Oriago and Mira you will arrive to Dolo where you drop off the bike and meet the instructor for the kayak experience. Instructors will give you the equipment and teach you the basic techniques and then leave for the historic center of Dolo. Arriving at the Squero, pause to enjoy a spritz and restart for the way back. At the end free time to return to freedom by public transport or with our transfer by van (on request) The experience takes place with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participants

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A delightful day out

The boat trip is a great way to spend a day. Very relaxing with a good mix of visits to villas, enjoying the process of the locks and the bridges along the way and capped off by the spectacular entrance to Venice. Highly recommended

Very pleasant cruise

The Burchiello ride allows you to spend a pleasant day along the Brenta. The guide is very available and competent, she allowed us to discover the history of the villas of the Venetian notables.

It is a nice feeling to drive through a beautiful, largely natural landscape on the deck of a ship. The villas are of course the highlights, each one for itself.

Very special and original. Brave the escorts. Getting to Venice from the lagoon is priceless

The navigation with swing bridges and many locks is very useful and interesting