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Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour

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icon1 hour 40 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Kayak through the historic canals of Venice on this eco-adventure tour. Following your expert kayaking guide, paddle through the canals that are known as the arteries of Venice. Learn about the history and culture of the Italian city through your guides' commentary while getting a unique aquatic perspective. Participants of all levels are welcome; no kayaking experience is necessary. Instruction and use of all equipment is included.
  • Kayaking tour through Venice's canals
  • Unique perspective on the city: from the water
  • Learn about the city through a guide's informative commentary
  • Eco-tour has low environmental impact
  • No experience necessary; all equipment and instruction is included
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Homologated Kayak - single Kayak (1 person) or double Kayak (2 persons)
Ergonomic paddle
Life Vest
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Calle Brazzo, 3347 , Calle Brazzo, 3347, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

Go to "Fondamenta de la Sensa", after the Hotel "Ai Mori d'Oriente" on your side, you'll find a small street going inside. Take it, walk a few meters and you'll be at the starting point. If you need it, search for "Real Venetian Kayak" on Google Maps to make your life easier.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your adventure guides and tour group at the kayak outfitter office in Venice. Get a brief introduction and instruction on basic safety and kayaking techniques, then jump in the boats and take off. This tour is suitable for all levels of experience, guides will be with you every step of the way to ensure your safety and comfort. 

This tour gives a unique perspective on Venice: paddling through the canals, the arteries of this city on the water. Since you are exploring under your own muscle power, this eco-tour has a very low environmental impact. Throughout the tour, learn about the history, culture and traditions of Venice through your guides' commentary.

Finish back at the starting point at the end of the tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY RVK Real Venetian Kayak
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour.

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  • "We were able to kayak in the lagoon as well as in the canals." See review

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star-1
Worst ever experience
Annamaria_H
, Aug 2022
We’ve been taken part at many different guided activities in Italy during the past few years, we are experiences travellers. But with this Kayak tour we had our worst ever experience. We’ve booked the tour for 3 persons, and paid 255 euro in advance. We called the organisers 10-15 min before the beginning of the tour to inform them we’ll be late (we drove 120 kms to reach there). No-one answered the phone. Despite of that we ran through Venice to arrive as soon as possible. However we arrived late, we reached the group in the moment of leaving. We asked the participants who is the guide of this tour - and as later it turned out - the guy who said “I don’t know” - was one of the organisers and paddled away. After that we ran alongside the channel to reach the organiser at the front of the group, who directed us the the guy who denied 1 min. ago that he was a guide. Finally when he was willing to speak to us, he was condescending and dismissive. He just said, it was our fault, and we can go away. In our opinion it was hurtful, humiliating and insensate. During the past years it already happened once, that we were late, and the organisers called us to make sure we are on our ways and everything is ok with us (we are able to travel up to 1-2 hours to certain programs and sometimes unexpected circumstances occur). As we had to give our phone no. during booking process, they also had the chance to do that - or at least answer the phone when we called them. So we paid 255 EUR for being humiliated.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Annamarie, I'm sorry but your review doesn't quite match what actually happened. First, there's no trace of any message left (Viator/Tripadvisor can prove that) so we had no choice other than to wait a certain amount of time before starting the experience. We have a very tight schedule to run, so since our mission is to deliver the best possible experience to those who manage to arrive on time (the vast majority) we can't wait forever. If we had seen a reschedule request for a delay (which can happen) we could have considered it, as we have done with other customers but there's no trace of any email, WhatsApp, calls, or SMS. Regarding what you said about the tour guide, he didn't mention anything like this in his report. We will of course dig into it but, being this the very first time we receive feedback like this (our numerous positive reviews speak for us), it all sounds odd to me. Last but not least, leaving a review for an experience that didn't happen, it's unfair to me because, again, if what you said actually happened, a reschedule request could have definitely been considered. No requests came on your end. Best, the team.
star-5
Great fun
Marjorie_G
, Aug 2022
We had a fantastic time. My husband, 31 year old daughter and I so enjoyed wandering through parts of Venice by kayak. It definitely gave us a more intimate view of the city. You don’t have to be a seasoned kayaker.
star-5
Fun experience
Cindy_S
, Aug 2022
Small group (4 kayaks) plus guide all around canals and a little open water. Helpful guide —watched for larger boats in canals.
star-5
I thought I was I was going to die
Lena_W
, Aug 2022
3 words: thrilling, terrifying and calming. I thought it would just be rowing through the canals but then we were lead to the main lagoon and the water was super choppy. I thought I would get tipped over in my plastic bottle made kayak but nope! Did get wet a lot but that’s fine. The rest of the path was back to calm throughout the canals. George was a great guide but it would be hard to hear him if you were too far behind. He did a great job explaining the area!
star-5
A Must-Do in Venice!
Brandon_P
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing time on this tour. William was not only patient and informative when it came to teaching us how to Kayak, but his extensive historical insight and knowledge made for a very interesting experience. Kayaking through the canals of Venice was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend giving this a try, regardless of your kayaking experience. It’s a very unique way to see the city and you’ll have some engaging commentary and a lot of fun along the way!
star-5
Great fun
Talitha_C
, Jul 2022
Had a fab time kayaking the canals in Venice. Only one out of five had done it before but that wasn’t a problem at all. The guide went at a suitable pace for all
star-5
The “back” guide and I...
Payton_M
, Jul 2022
The “back” guide and I got behind because I am not a good kayaker, he gave me all the history of venetians and we went our own route. Amazing staff and experience 10/10.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Venice Tour/Activity
Ilona_K
, Jul 2022
So much fun! A great way to see and learn about Venice from a different vantage point. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
star-5
The tour was great! Our...
Dorothy_M
, Jul 2022
The tour was great! Our guide was very knowledgeable and safety was his priority. It was neat seeing the city from that perspective.
star-4
Fabulous alternative experience
Holly_D
, Jul 2022
Great alternative way to experience the Venice canals. Our guide was very knowledgeable, helpful and really patient. This was our first time kayaking and some of the canals were a little intimidating as they were quite narrow. However, our instructor was really supportive and on hand if you needed. We would recommend the 8pm onwards slot, as it was much cooler and we got to see the sun set. Wear comfortable clothes that you aren’t afraid to get a little wet, and if possible a small towel to dry yourself off afterwards. Overall, a fantastic experience!
star-3
Great Kayaking, limited instructor but no facilities
Cheryl_F
, Jun 2022
We found the location using Google Maps but the only signage was on a recessed doorway which we initially overlooked as the alleyway lead to the canal. Unless you walked it you wouldn't know it was there. There was a small combined toilet and shower with no lock! No space to change although lockers were provided. The kayaking itself was enjoyable but my partner had never done this before and no guidance on how best to use the paddle other than to change direction, was given. Overall this was expensive given the lack of facilities
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Interesting but not informative.
Susan_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide was nice, however I'm not sure Venice is conducive to a kayak tour. With 6 of us plus a guide it was hard to hear anything about the city, and often our guide's conversation got monopolized by the lead guest kayaker, and the rest of us didn't hear what was being said. That aside, it was an interesting and a-typical way to see Venice, and we had fun. If they could work out the kinks this would get a better rating from me.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience!
MaryJane_E
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed learning how to kayak with my 15 yr old grandson who is an experienced kayaker. The guide took us through the canals & gave us historical information along the way. It was so much fun we weren't ready for it to end. It was a memorable experience.
star-5
The sunset was...
Richard_B
, Jun 2022
The sunset was awesome.The canals at night were fun to navigate.This trip is worth the effort.We passed under bridges full of people.
star-5
This was a really great...
Anna_W
, Jun 2022
This was a really great experience. I wasn't an experienced kayaker but I was given good instruction and in no time felt confident. Also it was very interesting and we were given informed history and facts. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Fantastic experience
Sanah_A
, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic experience. Both my husband & I have little to no experience Kayaking. The guide was very patient with us & we are so grateful to have had him as our guide. He told us about the history behind Venice & how the city was built. Deffo recommend 10/10
star-5
Great experience- professional guide, amazing sights! Highly recommend!
Susan_I
, Jun 2022
Anna was an exceptional tour guide. We learned a lot about Venice, and got to see a whole new side of a great town with an amazing history.
star-5
So beautiful
Stephanie_F
, Jun 2022
Loved this tour, very cool experience to kayak the canals. Best to have a little experience and bring a change of clothes--please also be on time!
star-5
Unforgettable
Nathalie_R
, May 2022
Amazing experience. So pleased we opted for this as opposed to gondolas. Worth every penny. The guide was very friendly and calm and he did not even laugh once at our skills!!
star-3
' Over priced for the experience '
Sivi_U
, May 2022
The tour was maybe half of it what was planned since a thunderstorm hit us. We left maybe 20 minutes later than we where supposed to and the "informative commentary" was not there. The Guide was nice but still I'd say the price of 85€ is too much for the tour even I do get the fact that the weather isn't their fault.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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