CANALS BY KAYAK
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.
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.
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