Full-Day Venice To Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    San Zaccaria Pietà, 30132 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Lungoargine Piovego, 6, 35131 Padova PD, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a 9-hour romantic cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Brenta Riviera, a trip through art and history by Burchiello boat. The cruise departs from Venice and ends in Padua.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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Meet with your guide in Venice in the morning at Riva degli schiavoni, on the landing stage “Pontile della Pietà”, in front of the Pietà Church (Chiesa della Pietà).
Embark and start the cruise towards the Brenta Riviera; presentation of the various Villas seen from the river.

Pass along Fusina, through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level.

Approx at 10:30 am: stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari called “La Malcontenta”;
Continue cruising between villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river.
Attive in Oriago and stop for lunch at the famous restaurant “Il Burchiello” (at own expense); choose between an optional discounted lunch or free time;
After lunch, continue your cruise to Mira; stop for the internal guided tour of Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana;
Cruising continues between villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river. Pass through the Mira and Dolo Locks with rising of the water level.

Upon arrival in Stra, stop for the internal guided tour of Villa Pisani.
At 5.30 pm embark and continue your cruise passing through Stra and Noventa Padovana Locks with rising of the water level. Cruise along the course of the old Venetian burchielli passing in front of the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana; cruise to Padova with arrival to the historical 1500’s Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello, ancient river port in the historical centre of Padua, around 7.00 pm.


Navigation from Venice San Marco to the center of Padua

Professional guide in 4 languages

Entry/Admission - La Malcontenta



Return back to the location of departure (tickets can be purchased on board)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The transport of animals is not allowed, unless they are kept in a pet carrier

Luggage transport is not allowed, unless for small hand luggage, allowed upon request

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Traveler Reviews

  • 19-Mar-2018

    Overall trip proved to be VERY DISAPPOINTING!
    From our initial departure, there seemed to be little concern or awareness of the customers. Boat arrived with no heat running despite temps in the high 30s and rain. Even after asking crew to turn on heat, there little response. Then the boat had a mechanical breakdown as we arrived at lunch and we were delayed waiting for another boat for 2 hours past the scheduled departure. During this entire time, we got little to no communications from the guide about what was happening and how the schedule would be changed. We ended up arriving at the final stop, Villa Piasani, nearly 2 hours after original schedule and too late to see anything as Villa was closed. Ultimately, we only saw one Villa in the morning, and a small farm mansion in the afternoon. Quite the contrast to the advertised program.
    To top off the issues with the ship performance, our guide seem clueless about managing communications with the customers. While legitimately multi-lingual, she seemed to regularly forget to speak in English. For every five minutes of the tour spoken in Italian, we heard only about one/two minutes in English. She never connected her content from the previous session with what she was currently describing. Her content seemed to be driven by whatever she was seeing out the window at the moment. She would shift from English to Italian in what seemed like mid-sentence. Not once did she check-in with her customers to measure if we were hearing her or had any questions. We ultimately got very little guide insight during most of the time on the river. Without a question, she was one of our most disappointing guide experience in our 15 years of international travels. At last stop, while everyone is getting off the boat, the other guide picked up at first stop with 50 Italians is speaking Italian to her group, but our guide is nowhere to be seen. Of course, she has not provided any info where should meet her since we going on a bus to final leg of our trip to Padova. We finally located her in her dark coat, in the distance in what is left of daylight at nearly 7 pm in the rain. Once on board the bus, not a peep from her about the trip or what was significant about the Villa Piasani even thought we could not see it.
    In summary, this trip was pretty much waste of an entire day and over 200.

  • 19-Oct-2017

    Had always wanted to do this tour after having seen the boat moored along the Riva Sciavone on an earlier trip to Venice.
    It was easy to board the boat and the guide was helpful and the boat comfortable. The history of the wealthy Venetians having their summer villas along this canal was very interesting. I enjoyed the day fully. On the downside, only one of the Villas was by Palladio and it was fabulous. I had thought the others would be as well. Also, it was a long day and possibly could have been condensed into a half day.
    However, I was glad I booked the trip and would recommend it.

  • 27-Oct-2016

    Very interesting tour ... our guide Alexandria was excellent! ... very knowledgeable!

    Only 5 of us on the boat and we were all surprised that the tour still went ahead.

    Saw 3 amazing villas and learnt so much history!

    Highly recommend this tour!

  • 21-Aug-2016

    This was a really good tour, a full day just chugging up the Brenta Canal visiting 3 villas, and stopping for a delicious 3 course meal 22 Euro extra. We went through numerous locks and several swinging bridges. A great way to see the countryside. On arrival in Padova we caught a quick train back to Venice for 4 Euro and it only took 25 minutes! Fantastic tour and our guide was amazing she gave the commentary in 4 languages! The villas we stopped at too, were well worth a look. The wealth of the Venetian Republic on display.

  • 12-Jul-2016

    We were a little disappointed that our tour ended short, at Stra, because we were told of conditions on the canal...BUT, received a lot of information about history, culture, language, the specifics of the different villas we visited...felt the tour was well organized, efficient and comfortable, and the lunch optional purchase was good. ...our guide narrated and managed us in Italian and English, fluently. She told us, she also does this in German and French--remarkable.

  • 25-Apr-2016

    We had a great time on the Brenta Canal. Our whole day was very well organised and our two guides were enthusiastic, welcoming, friendly and informative. The boat was comfortable and we had beautiful views despite the rainy weather. The lunch break was smoothly and efficiently run and the food was excellent. Our guides could not have been more helpful when giving us advice about getting back to Venice - timetables, maps etc., for train and bus journeys. Our tours of the three villas were made even more interesting by the conducted tours. Altogether an unmissable and unforgettable day.

  • 08-Apr-2016

    This is a fun way to have a relaxing day without the bustle of crowds. The tour itself is good and interesting to actually see the inside of the wonderful old villas. The guide was incredible!! She jumped from Italian, German, English and French with ease. Never did she sound bored-always animated. The meeting place was a little difficult to find. A hint that it is beyond San Marco would be very helpful.