The charms of ‘La Serenissima’ (the affectionate Italian name for Venice) hardly need repeating . . .choosing this cruise is about so much more than just boating. Once on board you’ll be right in the heart of this famous Italian city to marvel at those world-renowned sights and incomparable history: the bridges, the churches and stunning historic palaces. Imagine piloting your own boat and exploring Venice for yourself – a dazzling island city that has emerged from the water, latticed with winding narrow streets and gloriously picturesque canals. And you can also discover Venice’s lagoon and its brilliantly coloured island villages. Venetian hospitality and Italian cuisine will delight you so much you’ll want to stay longer, and return sooner!
HERE ARE SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR ENJOYABLE SELF-DRIVE BOATING HOLIDAYS IN VENICE
CRUISING IN AND AROUND VENICE – SOME TIPS
Venice’s canals and lagoon connect directly with the Adriatic Sea, there are no intervening locks. So they’re subject to small tidal variations and you’ll need to be a little careful about where and how you moor up. Because of this the lagoon also experiences some tidal flows and currents. But rest assured, this unique destination is still easily managed with just a little experience and, of course, Locaboat’s friendly staff will carefully guide, instruct and make sure your cruise is both enjoyable and tranquil.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Locaboat clients who have tasted the pleasures of a holiday in and around Venice return home delighted. Italy is a unique place to experience self-drive boating and we can tell you ourselves that you will not regret your decision. But don’t take our word for it . . . read just one satisfied review..
OUR CRUISE SUGGESTIONS
A holiday without some sightseeing and some local culture is almost certainly no holiday! Are you the type to want to visit all the museums, not forgetting a single one? You’ll be overwhelmed by all that Venice has to offer, on the land and from the water. If you’d like to discover heritage and history, great art and the picturesque islands of the lagoon, then we have what you need.
CRUISE SUGGESTION: VENICE AND THE ISLANDS OF THE LAGOON
Leaving Chioggia, stop by the fish market near the Vigo Bridge, take a look at the typical fishing village of Pellestrina and then, after three short hours of navigation, arrive at Venice. Take some time to explore the lagoon and the islands, such as Burano and its lacemaking, Murano known around the world for its glass-blowing craftsmen, or San Francisco del Deserto and Torcello. After your island voyage is finished, head for Venice herself. Discover Saint Mark’s Square, the Doges’ Palace and lose yourself in the myriad of narrow streets of this amazing historic city.
Average navigation: 3 hours each day
Difficulty level: 1/5
Great for: Couples or families
Timescale: Short week or Full week (including the River Sile)
Venice . . . Venice . . . who has not imagined being there, strolling hand in hand with one’s other half? So why not take a romantic Valentine’s Holiday for two, seduced by the sights and sounds of the city of lovers? And of course, if you’d like to bring along some friends we also have an amazing cruise to suggest, equally entrancing, follow the guide.
CRUISE SUGGESTION: VENICE TO PADUA ALONG THE BRENTA CANAL
From Chioggia make a stop in Venice to discover Saint Mark’s Square and the Doges’ Palace, then head towards Padua. Along the way, marvel at the wonderful villas and their gardens, from another time. Stop off at a typical trattoria for a glass of cool refreshing Prosecco and some antipasti and your trip will become even more memorable.
Average navigation: 3.5 hours each day
Difficulty level: 5/5
Great for: Groups with at least three active adults
Timescale: Full week
Would you like to relax deep in nature, away from Venice’s hustle and bustle? We’d like to suggest something a little different – leaving Chioggia to explore a uniquely unspoilt natural landscape of conserved vegetation and prolific wild life. This is the loop of the River Po and you will cruise through the heart of a national park, also experien cing much of the wonderful history and heritage of the region.
CRUISE SUGGESTION: TWO WEEKS AND THE RIVER PO DELTA
Take a two-week cruise from Chioggia and enjoy the Po river delta. Travelling amongst rice fields, natural landscapes and jewels from the Renaissance, relax in the heart of unspoilt nature. During your Italian self-drive boating holiday you will pass through Adria, in the middle of a protected natural area, or through Boccasette, in the heart of the Po delta national park. During this time your wild-life encounters can include Fallow Deer, Stags, Badgers, Ferrets, Hedgehogs…
Average navigation: 3.5 hours each day
Difficulty level: 3/5
Great for: Families
Timescale: One week or Two weeks (including Mantova)