Day trip

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

4.5 / 5

80 reviews

Activity provider: Il Burchiello
Day trip

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

Activity provider: Il Burchiello

From US$ 135.09 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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Duration 1 day
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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 arrive 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. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables, and the elegant eighteenth-century coffee house.

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.

  • Guided cruise
  • Entry to all villas on the tour
  • Lunch
  • Return back to the departure point
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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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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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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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

4.5 /5

based on 80 reviews

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the organization is good, the guide too. In general, the trip is not bad. Cons - they spent too much time on the first 2 small villas and lunch, and on the huge Pisani Palace, where Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, etc., where the frescoes of Tintoretto were, left 40 minutes! We just ran across it. We didn't even go into the huge park. There was nothing to breathe in the locks on the upper deck due to the exhaust gases of our boat. The promised 50 villas along the coast are usually closed and dilapidated houses, not the palaces and castles we expected. So, in my opinion, this trip is not worth the whole day and this money. You can go if you are already tired of Venice and have nothing to do. And even that is unlikely

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October 19, 2022

The guide was waiting near the entrance to where you embark the boat. I could easily have missed the trip as she was not easily identifiable and I was waiting right in front of the church. Everyone chose to sit upstairs as it was a lovely day. Be warned though, despite it being only mid April it was still very hot in the open. The locks were interesting to traverse. It would have been nice to know what was being offered in the restaurant recommended by the guide. I chose to eat lunch independently in a small restaurant on the opposite side of the river. There was plenty of time to take photos whilst the guide explained to the diverse group in their native tinge. At the last stop I left my bag on the bus. Unfortunately there was an accident and the bus was delayed by 50mins reaching us at our pick up point. The train back to Venice from Padova was cheap and easy.

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April 16, 2022

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

Product ID: 36321