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  • Chioggia’s famous fish market
  • A lesson in Venetian gondola rowing
  • Two unforgettable days paddling the canals of Venice
  • The mysterious islands of the Venice Laguna
  • Fabulously fresh “farm to table” and “net to table” Venetian cuisine.
  • Glassblowing on Murano

Venice has been dazzling visitors for centuries. The unique character of this water city is linked to the Adriatic Sea and defined by the Laguna (lagoon) that has sustained it for fifteen centuries. Our new kayaking Venice trip explores the some of the many facets and mysteries of the 212 square mile Laguna and is an unparalleled journey into the heart of the city.

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For the ultimate perspective on a city built on water, kayak along Venice’s canals and lagoon, and get paddling tips from ex-gondoliers.

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Day 1: Arrival in Venice

Meals: Dinner

Transportation from the airport (VCE) or Venice’s Santa Lucia train station is provided to our boutique hotel in Compalto near the Via Lebertia bridge that joins Venice to the mainland. We’ll have a welcome drink and an orientation for the paddling trip in the courtyard before enjoying dinner at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. Extra luggage may be checked at the hotel until our return

Day 2: Canals of Chioggia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we’ll set off by van to Chioggia at the western end of the Venice Laguna. After checking into the hotel we’ll explore ancient Chioggia by foot on our way to the kayaks. Since Roman times Chioggia has been known for fresh seafood and en route we’ll visit the colorful fish market. In the kayaks we will explore the canals and surrounding waters of Chioggia (know as the “Little Venice”). Kayaking out of the town we’ll head a short distance offshore to a Casone for lunch. Casoni are open-air restaurants run by fishermen. They specialize in preparing the very freshest seafood. Paddling back into Chioggia in the afternoon there will be time to wander town and enjoy the beauty of this Venetian village that predates the great city itself. Tonight we’ll have dinner at a beautiful canal-side restaurant.

Day 3: Remiera Pellestrina – San Pietro In Volta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we set off paddling along the inside of the barrier island that separates the Laguna from the Adriatic Sea. Our first stop is a remiera or rowing club in the village of Pellestrina. The Remiera Pellestrina is composed of mostly former professional gondoliers that are devoted to preserving and perpetuating the art of Venetian rowing. We are welcomed as fellow paddlers and will receive instruction in classic rowing technique before trying our hand at paddling a training gondola. We’ll also learn some of the special vocabulary the gondoliers use to communication paddling the narrow canals. Afterwards we’ll join the gondoliers for a lunch of fresh seafood in their clubhouse that contains trophies of past regattas as well oars and forcole (oarlocks). Forcole are very personal, custom made and sometimes collected as sculpture. Returning by boat to Chioggia by boat the skyline of Venice is more defined and holds the promise of tomorrow’s paddle.

Day 4: Lido – Malamocco – San Giorgio Maggiore – Venice

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We cross one of the Laguna mouths to the Lido, the longest of the barrier islands and enter the canals of the charming village of Malamocco. After landing there will be time explore the village before paddling to Venice proper. We set course to island hop our way first passing the island of Poveglia, inhabited since 421 AD it is supposedly one of the “most haunted places in the world” (we shan’t be stopping), and then in turn the islands of San Spirito, San Clemente and Santa Maria della Grazia before arriving at San Giorgio Maggiore. By special arrangement (we became members) we will stay for the next three nights in the brand new waterfront guest rooms at Compagnia della Vela Venezia, a private yacht club located on the basin of the Grand Canal. Not only is this an outstanding location from which explore Venice by kayak is one of the best locations for a visit to the city ( the exclusive 5 star Hotel Cipriani is essentially next door). After checking in we’ll go to the top of the island’s campanile (bell tower) for what is arguably the very best view of Venice. With Saint Mark’s Square directly opposite and the mouth of the Grand Canal in front of us this is ideal spot for an overview of our previous and next days’ paddling. After time for a shower and perhaps a glass of wine we’ll take the Vaporetto ferry (departures every 10 minutes) across to Piazza San Marco for dinner in Venice and a stroll along the waterfront Riva delgi Schiavioni

Day 5: Venice – The Grand Canal, Rialto, San Polo, Dorsodoro and Giudecca

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rising early to catch the morning light we’ll embark on the first day of a Venice city tour like no other. Orchestrated with beauty and safety in mind we’ll explore this water city by kayak. The kayaker’s view of Venice is at once both grand and intimate and provides remarkable photographic opportunities. We’ll paddle the Grand Canal passing the palaces and great houses of Venice at its peak. Turning into side canals of the Rialto sestiere (district) we enter the heart of this water city where every turn offers a new view and interplay of light and water. Minute details are visible from a perspective that most visitors never see. Stopping the kayaks in a quiet campo (square) we continue to explore the city on foot pausing for coffee or lunch before paddling on. Returning to Isola San Giorgio by way of Giudecca sestiere in the mid afternoon there will be time relax, have a shower and perhaps a glass of wine before catching the vaporetto ferry to Piazza San Marco and dinner in the city.

Day 6: Venice – San Marco, Castello and Cannaregio

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Starting early we’ll cross to Piazza San Marco and paddle past the Palazzo Ducale as the morning light accents the byzantine inspired details of the Venetian Gothic façade. Entering the canals of the San Marco sestiere we’ll pass the massive water doors of the palace and enter a the world of hidden Venice and our kayaks allow us access to places that most boats can’t enter. Beyond are the sestieri of Castello and Cannaregio where much of the full time population of the city lives. Gliding silently through the canals the sounds of everyday life surround us. Our pranzo or lunch stop will be in a locals’ osteria well off the tourist track. There will be time to relax at the club on San Giorgio before we board the vaporetto to San Marco. Before dinner in a small restaurant in the Cannaregio district we will visit the Doge Palace for a glimpse of the wealth and grandeur that was Venice at the height of the Serenissima.

Day 7: Murano – Campalto

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Castello district of the city by canal we pass the cemetery island of San Michele before reaching Murano the famed home of Venetian glass. For centuries the furnaces that enabled this most noble of Venetian arts were considered far too dangerous to be housed in the city itself and were kept at a safe distance on Murano. After exploring Murano’s canals we’ll stop for a demonstration of glass blowing in the Veneitian style. In the afternoon we’ll paddle the final leg of our Venetian odyssey landing at Campalto and checking into our deluxe boutique hotel. In the evening we’ll meet for the now familiar cichetti e prosecco before a final celebratory dinner.

Day 8: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel we will arrange transfers to either the airport or the train station in the city. Arrivederci!

Dates & Pricing

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$ 4,495

Price Per Day:

$ 562 per person
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 600
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations from day 1 through day 8
  • All meals from day 1 through day 8
  • Airport / Train Station transfers on first and last day of scheduled itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • A personal Vaporetto water bus pass
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Group safety equipment including: medical kit, radios and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers
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  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tipping of guides
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature.
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