CANALS BY KAYAK

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

If you have a sense of ad­ven­ture and like to be ac­tive on hol­i­day you might like to take a kayak tour of Venice. Most trav­ellers take a crowded va­poretto or over­priced gon­dola to see this fas­ci­nat­ing city but sit­ting low on the canals in a kayak al­lows a dif­fer­ent and a less crowded ex­pe­ri­ence. Not to men­tion a dar­ing thrill.

My hus­band and I booked a dou­ble kayak and guide for 1½ hours and toured around the la­goon, smaller back canals and large main canals. We crossed the Grand Canal not once but three times. Our guide, Jack, gave clear in­struc­tions in flu­ent English, of­fered fas­ci­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion and en­cour­aged our con­fi­dence in our pad­dling and nav­i­ga­tion abil­ity.

We felt we had learned about Venice in greater de­tail by get­ting closer to the bridges and build­ings and Jack gave us plenty of lo­cal sto­ries to em­bel­lish our un­der­stand­ing of Vene­tian culture. Re­li­able and pro­fes­sional kayak tour busi­nesses can be found on­line and if you like to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently from the av­er­age tourist, I urge you to try it. My hus­band and I agree it was the high­light of our time in Italy.

KAREN ROSS

SMART TRAVEL

My hus­band and I al­ways pack a light out­fit for each other in our suit­case. If one case dis­ap­pears at least there is a de­cent out­fit avail­able for the one whose case has gone walk­a­bout.

JEN­NIE READ

PIC­TURE: ELLA SHEAR­ING

PIC OF THE WEEK The Ke­pler Track in three days in snow con­di­tions was the best ex­pe­ri­ence in New Zealand’s beau­ti­ful South Is­land.

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