Il Burchiello mini-cruise

Padua and outskirts of Venice

£94 per adult

Take a mini-cruise along the Brenta River from Padua to Venice or vice versa and visit three amazing Venetian Villas en route.

The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated and used to transport wealthy aristocrats of the 1700’s from the city of Venice to their countryside Villas. Today the Burchiello is a modern and comfortable motorboat (for up to 110 people) that has an air-conditioned cabin with comfortable sofas, a bar selling snacks, a toilet and a panoramic deck with seating.

A full day mini-cruise takes in the extraordinary beauty of the Brenta Riviera and passes nine swivelling bridges and five locks. A guided tour (including entrance fees) of Villa Foscari - also known as La Malcontenta (Mira), Villa Widmann (Mira) and Villa Pisani (Strà) is included, plus a stop for lunch at Oriago (optional) at ‘Il Burchiello’ restaurant.

There are daily departures from March to October from Padua to Venice (36km) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and from Venice to Padua on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Price is £94 per adult, £84 for people aged 65 years (or over) and £55 for children aged 7-17 years Optional light fish lunch (meat and vegetarian on request) for £27 per person.