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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.

We enjoyed the whole experience. Going through the locks and narrow channels with swing bridges was an adventure. The skills of crews were impressive both on the water and on the shore. Beautiful countryside to admire, visits to Venetian villas and great restaurant lunch was available too. Our energetic tour guide was amazing both knowledgeable and dedicated. It is a very long day but worth the time and money spent for sure.

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?

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.

Having been on a few day tours, i appreciate the difficulty in getting the balance right as to how much time is allocated to each area. I think this tour goes close to achieving that balance although possibly another half hour in Verona would have been good.