Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

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Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

From US$ 115.59 per person

Enjoy a romantic full-day mini cruise along the Brenta Riviera on the Burchiello® and pass more than 50 Venetian villas. Explore the villas of Pisani, Widmann, and the Palladian Villa Foscari, and sail among small villages and the swing bridges of Brenta.

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Duration: 1 day
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English, French, German, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise along the Brenta Riviera, following the route of the old Burchiello®
  • Admire more than 50 villas on the banks of the river
  • Navigate 5 different locks and 9 swing bridges
  • Stop to tour the noble Villa Pisani, Villa Widmann, and the Palladian Villa Foscari
  • Lunch at the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant
  • Sail into the heart of the Venetian Lagoon and arrive at San Marco in style
Full description
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, the grandest villa of the Brenta Riviera. Continue towards Dolo, looking at 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.
Includes
  • Boat cruise from Padua to Venice San Marco
  • Guide
  • Entrance to Villa Pisani
  • Entrance to Villa Widmann
  • Entrance to Villa Foscari "La Malcontenta"
  • Lunch
  • Return to Padua (bus tickets can be purchased on board, train tickets at the station)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 Special information
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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At the Burchiello Stairway at Portello, Padua.

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  • Luggage allowances:
  • The maximum expected size for each piece of luggage is: 75x50x30 cm (€20 for each item)
  • Any luggage greater than the expected measures will be classed as 2 bags
  • Due to limited space, luggage is only allowed on board when it has been pre-booked. You can add luggage to your booking via the 'extras' section on the bookings page. If you do not book your luggage as an extra, undeclared luggage will only be accepted when there is available space on board (for a fee of €30)
  • The reservation is necessary for: suitcases, trolleys, large travel bags, big backpacks, travel bags or sport bags
  • The reservation is not necessary for: handbags, cameras and small backpacks
  • The luggage's storage area is located inside the passenger cabin and it is not guarded. The Management accepts no responsibility for any theft or luggage tampering
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

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  • Organization
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  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
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Lovely peaceful day drifting gently down the river to Venice.

The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

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July 7, 2019

Leisurely travel through history

I enjoyed the cruise of the Brenta Riviera. The scenery was lovely and varied as we passed through towns and countryside. Our tour guide was wonderful with a wealth of information about the areas, locks, bridges, and of course the villas. The scheduling of this whole day is delightful...cruising, touring, eating (the restaurant meal was delicious!), entering the Venice Lagoon. If you like history, you'll enjoy this day but it is the pace of the day and a highly knowledgeable tour guide that makes it special!

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April 2, 2017

Wonderful , relaxing day

We spent the day on the brenta canal to Venice. It was a lovely day and one of the highlights of our first visit to Italy . Informative guides were knowledgeable about the villas we stopped at and were happy to answer questions. Lunch at the restaurant was very enjoyable. HN

June 28, 2016

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