Kayaking in Venice and “bacari” winery tour
With our new exclusive kayak tour you’ll get to see Venice like you’ve never experienced it before from the water.
Since centuries Venetian people have move around the city on the water. From transporting goods, to displace , delivering mail, collecting waste,…. So we do in our tour.
Duration: 3 hours
Venetian hidden canals by kayak, Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge, “Bacari” walking tour around Venice (includes visit to original local wineries).
Venice has a wonderful tradition of “bacari“, the local little pubs all over town where people go at the end of each workday to drink spritz and eat “cicchetti” the local appetizers that line the counters (deep-fried mozzarella cheese, gorgonzola, calamari, artichoke hearts, crostini and anything odd on a toothpick).
Cicchetti bars have a social standup zone and a cozy gaggle of tables where you can generally sit down with your cicchetti or order from a simple menu. In some of the more popular places, the local crowds spill happily out into the street.
And, in a town with canals and no cars, this pub-crawling is safe and easy. (You should be able to swim 😉
Venetians call this pub crawl the giro d’ombra. “Giro” means stroll and “ombra” — a simple word for a glass of wine — means “shade“. This dates back to the old days, when a portable wine bar scooted with the shadow of the Campanile bell tower across St. Mark’s Square. That wine bar is long gone, but the cicchetti bars remain, tucked away in the back streets.
The tour starts in front of Santa Lucia train station and passes through the center of the city through many of the smaller canals for about 2 hours
The exact route and distance depends on the weather, traffic, tide and the paddling skills of the group.
The tour ends close to Rialto Bridge, the most famous winery area where we will have a “Bacari” walking tour to recharge ourselves refill after the paddling efforts.
The closest airports are Venice and Treviso. From there you can get a taxi, buses or train to reach your departure point (further information will be provided in the answer).
Our canoes and materials
At FRT we know that a good paddling experience requires good equipment, so we have tried to make as few compromises as possible. We want to work with the best type of boat for each environment. That is why we provide different styles of boats depending on the tour.
In Venice you will paddle on the very last released PackRaft and enjoy its inflating comfort and stability.
This raft is also short and easy to handle in the narrow canals of the city.
On river experiences we will use canoes, better for longer distances and some current.
Our canoes are usually made out of pvc material, very strong and steady to facilitate movement in a river.
Paddles and life vests will be always given to you, together with waterproof bags for the things you want to bring along on the tour.
Included in the tour
- one of our guides
- canoe or packraft
- waterproof bag
- life vest and paddle
- sights and events
- bacari wineries tour