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Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

4.4 / 5

67 reviews

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

From US$ 112.29 per person

Enjoy a romantic, full-day, mini-cruise from Venice to Padua. Travel past the Venetian Villas along the Brenta Riviera and stop off at a handful of them for guided tours. Take in the scenery around you as you pass by 9 swing bridges and through 5 locks.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian


  • Cruise from Venice to Padua on a full-day trip
  • See more than 70 villas from the river and tour 3 of them
  • Learn about the art, history, and nature of the area
Full description
Head out on a full-day cruise beginning in Venice. Sail among the ancient and beautiful villas of the region, pass by 9 swing bridges and through 5 locks, and arriving in Padua in the evening. After meeting with your guide, begin a cruise toward the Brenta Riviera. Along the way you will see various villas lining the water. Keep going until you arrive in Fusina, passing through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level. Stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari, La Malcontenta. Then continue on past villages and swing bridges. In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Oriago. Here you will stop at the famous restaurant, Il Burchiello, where you have the option of a discounted lunch. Next, cruise to Villa Widmann in Mira and stop for a guided tour of Villa Widmann, before continuing on to pass through the Mira and Dolo locks. Arrive in Stra and tour Villa Pisani, then pass through the Stra and Noventa Padovana locks. Go by the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana before arriving at the historical Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello in Padua.
  • Navigation from Venice San Marco to the center of Padua
  • Guide in 4 languages
  • Entrance to Villa Pisani
  • Entrance to Villa Vidmann
  • Entrance to Villa Foscari "La Malcontenta"
  • Lunch
  • Return back to the location of departure (tickets can be purchased on board)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Venice - Riva degli Schiavoni, on the landing stage "Pontile San Zaccaria A", in front of the Pietà Church (Chiesa della Pietà)

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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 when booking onto this tour. 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

4.4 /5

based on 67 reviews

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Beautiful villas, crowded boat.

The cruise started out well. We left from Venice with the boat about 3/4ths full. After we stopped for lunch—which was very organized and very good(but not included)—they loaded several more people. We were not told this would happen. It now made the ride very noisy. We could not hear the tour guide as she talked about the things we were sailing past.

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September 23, 2019

Very special to visit 3 villas, but trip was too long at 9.5 hours

We especially enjoyed Villa Pisano and would have liked to see more villas. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable, patient and able to communicate well in Italian, English, French and German. She was very impressive. The boat had good air conditioning and sufficient, comfortable seating. To reduce the length of the trip: Could the boat go faster? Could passengers be expected to bring their lunch?

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September 2, 2019

Good, but expensive for what was offered, i.e. a guided tour round three villas. The canal trip was not very interesting, as little explanation of its origin, or the wildlife was on offer. We took the option of exiting after the third villa, at Stra, to get back to Venice at a more reasonable hour. This coincided with rush hour, which made the bus late and crowded.

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June 8, 2019

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