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Kayaking Venice and the Dolomites

September - October
10 Days
Venice VCE


Venice and Dolomites Linked Through Time

The beauty of Venice and the grandeur of Dolomites have been dazzling visitors for centuries. These two premier Italian destinations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are linked through history, much of Venice stands on pilings made from timber cut in the nearby Dolomites. The proximity of both of these exciting, but very different kayak travel experiences inspired this itinerary. First we paddle pristine alpine lakes, hike through wild flower strewn meadows surrounded by stunning peaks and then kayak the canals of Venice to experience the inspiring interplay of water, light and architecture that make the city so special.
Unforgettable Venice - Piazza San Marco by Kayak Venice

Remarkable Mountain Landscape

Italy’s Dolomite mountains can’t help but impress and our itinerary covers the must-see sites of this spectacular range. A pleasing blend of paddling and light hiking makes this trip through the wildest part of the Dolomite both unique and memorable. Along the way you’ll enjoy the culture of the mountains savoring picnic lunches at charming refugi (mountain lodges) surrounded by some of the most remarkable scenery anywhere.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo

The Ideal Craft with a Uniquely Venetian Perspective

Like the sleek fast gondolini, sea kayaks are ideally suited to exploring the canals and experiencing the special Venetian relationship with water. This trip encompasses sights and experiences quintessentially Venetian – gliding through canals, staying at in exclusive waterside rooms, and having private glass blowing demonstration. You’ll paddle the canals of Venice and explore the various sestieri (districts), each with its distinct character and special history.
Kayakers Meet a Venetian Rower

A Culinary Journey

As with all of our trips, we highlight food as a window on culture. Enjoy hearty mountain cuisine in the Dolomites and then dine on the freshest seafood prepared in classic Venetian style. We’ll discover the supremely enjoyable tradition of Cicchetti e Prosecco – a small snack with a glass of wine that is a mainstay of daily life in Venice.
Venetian Pasta

A Venice Few Visitors Ever See

Explore the canals and experience a Venice that very few visitors ever even see, each night dining in restaurants favored by the locals. This is a unique exploration of Venice, the water city of the world, that forges a connection between the past and the vibrant present of this most romantic of cities and was awarded, “ Best Tours in Europe - 50 Trips of a Lifetime 2014,” by National Geographic Traveler.
Kayaking Hidden Venice

A Paddling Adventure like None Other

Join us for a kayaking and hiking trip that links mountain and sea, the pristine wild and supremely urban for a range of paddling experiences that is impossible to match anywhere else in the world.

Why kayak Venice?  Learn the story behind this award winning trip.
Magnificent Dolomites


Day 1

Arrival in Venice

Transportation is easy from the airport (VCE) or Venice’s Santa Lucia train station to our boutique hotel in Compalto near the Via Lebertia Bridge that joins Venice to the mainland. In the late afternoon we’ll have a welcome drink and an orientation for the paddling trip before enjoying dinner at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. Extra luggage may be checked at the hotel until our return.
Overnight: Hotel Antica Fenice or equivalent
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Dolomites – Pieve di Cadore and Kayaking Lago Centro di Cadore

A 1.5 hour drive takes us from the Venice Laguna to the heart of the southern Dolomites. Our destination is the town of Pieve di Cadore at the center of the region of Cadore that for centuries was a part of the Republic of Venice and was the home to the great Renaissance master painter Titian. We’ll launch our kayaks in Lago Centro di Cadore and paddle through a landscape dominated by the Marmarole group of mountains that inspired Titian and many others since. After checking into our hotel and there will be time to wander this Venetian mountain town before we depart for a dinner at an alpine lodge and our first taste of Dolomiti cuisine
Overnight: Hotel Belvedere, Pieve di Cadore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Dolomites Kayak Lago Santa Caterina, Cortina and hike the Alta val Pusteria

We’ll paddle Lago Santa Caterina nestled in an alpine valley with the town of Auronzo di Cadore then head to stylish Cortina d’ Ampezzo and a funivia cable car ride into the high country for a spectacular hike. Returning to Pieve di Cadore in the late afternoon there will be time to relax before dinner in town.
Overnight: Hotel Belvedere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Hike the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and kayak Lago Misurina

The Tre Cimi are by far and away the most iconic peaks and Dolomites and a spectacularly beautiful by anyone’s measure. Road access takes us into the high country and an easy hike leads to stunning views in every direction. Lunch in an alpine meadow is followed by paddling on Lago Misurina. This is a day of unforgettable vistas and post card perfect images.
Overnight: Hotel Belvedere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5

Hike Marmarole, Proesecco Road and Campalto

Road access takes us to a hike in one of the wildest mountain groups of the Dolomiti. Another round of breathtaking mountain views awaits us along with lunch at the refugio San Marco. After lunch we’ll descend to Belluno and the drop out of the mountains towards Venice entering the southern foothills of the Dolomites where Prosecco the best know wine of the Veneto region is produced. We’ll visit a family owned artisanal winery that makes some of the very best examples of this sparkling wine that is the basis of for Italy’s de facto national cocktail the Aperol Spritz. This evening another fine meal awaits us in the dining room of the Antica Fenice as we prepare for paddling in Venice.
Overnight: Antica Fenice or equivalent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Campalto, Venice – San Giorgio Maggiore

Putting in at a marina in Campalto we’ll traverse the city to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. By special arrangement, we will stay for the next three nights in the brand new waterfront guest rooms at Compagnia della Vela Venezia, a private yacht club located on the basin of the Grand Canal. Not only is this an outstanding location from which to explore Venice by kayak, it is one of the best locations for a visit to the city. We’ll ride an elevator to the top of the island’s campanile (bell tower) for what is arguably the very best view of Venice. With Saint Mark’s Square directly opposite and the mouth of the Grand Canal in front of us, this is an ideal spot for an overview of our next days’ paddling. After time for a shower and perhaps a glass of wine, we’ll take the vaporetto ferry (departures every 10 minutes) across to Piazza San Marco for dinner in Venice.
Overnight: Compagnia della Vela Venezia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Venice – The Grand Canal, Rialto, San Polo, Dorsodoro, and Giudecca

Today we’ll embark on the first day of a Venice city tour like no other. This part of the tour is orchestrated with beauty and safety in mind as we explore this water city by kayak. The kayaker’s view of Venice is at once both splendid and intimate and provides remarkable photographic opportunities. We’ll paddle the Grand Canal passing the palaces and great houses of Venice at its peak. Turning into side canals of the Rialto sestiere (district), we enter the heart of this water city where every turn offers a new view and interplay of light and water. Minute details are visible from a perspective that most visitors never see. Stopping the kayaks in a quiet campo (square), we continue to explore the city on foot, pausing for coffee or lunch before paddling on. Returning to Isola San Giorgio by way of Giudecca sestiere in the mid-afternoon, there will be time to relax and have a shower, before catching the vaporetto to Piazza San Marco and another grand dinner in the city.
Overnight: Compagnia della Vela Venezia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Venice – San Marco, Castello, and Cannaregio

Starting early we’ll cross to Piazza San Marco and paddle past the Palazzo Ducale as the morning light accents the byzantine inspired details of the Venetian Gothic façade. Entering the canals of the San Marco sestiere, we’ll pass the massive water doors of the palace and move into the world of hidden Venice. Our kayaks allow us access to places that most boats can’t go into. Beyond are the sestieri of Castello and Cannaregio where much of the full-time population of the city lives. While gliding silently through the canals, we will capture the sounds of everyday life surround us. Our prank ( lunch )stop will be in a locals’ osteria that is well off the tourist track. There will be time to relax at the club on San Giorgio before we board the vaporetto to San Marco. Before dinner in a small restaurant in the Cannaregio district, we will visit the Doge Palace for a glimpse of the wealth and grandeur that was Venice at the height of the Serenissima.
Overnight: Compagnia della Vela Venezia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Murano – Campalto

After traversing the Castello district by canal we will pass the cemetery island of San Michele before reaching Murano, the famed home of Venetian glass. For centuries the furnaces that enabled this most noble of Venetian arts were considered far too dangerous to be housed in the city itself and were kept at a safe distance on Murano. After exploring Murano’s canals, we’ll stop for a demonstration of glass blowing in the Venetian style. In the afternoon, we’ll paddle the final leg of our Venetian odyssey, landing at Campalto and checking into the now familiar Antica Fenice. In the evening, we’ll meet for a last Cicchetti e Prosecco before a celebratory farewell dinner.
Overnight: Hotel Antica Fenice or equivalent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10


After breakfast at the hotel, transfers can be easily arranged to either the airport or the train station in the city. Arrivederci!
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast


Hotel Antica Fenice, Venezia Campalto

The Antico Fenice is a charming, family-run boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant located near the mainland end of the Via Liberta causeway to Venice. Its location provides easy access to Marco Polo airport (VCE).

Hotel Belvedere, Pieve di Cadore

Providing and excellent base for exploration of the Dolomites Hotel Belvedere is a family owned and operated establishment located in Pieve di Cadore’s historic center. The hotel features comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers panoramic views across Lago Centro di Cadore, the Marmarole mountain group and Piazza Tiziano.

Compagnia della Vela Venezia, Venice

Located on San Giorgio Maggiore Island directly across the basin of the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) the Compagnia della Vela Venezia is a private yacht club which has a brand new set of well appointed, contemporary styled rooms right on the water. Really one of the very best locations in all of Venice.

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Dates & Availability

Trip Length
9/12/2018 - 9/21/2018
9/12/2018 9/21/2018 10 days
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

– All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
– All meals as specified in Itinerary
– Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
– A personal vaporetto waterbus pass
– Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
– Group safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
– Luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

– Airfares
– Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
– Alcoholic beverages
– Items of a personal nature
– Single supplement if applicable ($850 US)
– Tipping of guides
– Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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