We have teamed up with a company in Italy who has been offering boating holidays since 1986. Offering a new way to enjoy your holiday, a self-drive boat rental. Easy to handle houseboats, they are a perfect way to spend an unforgettable boat trip with your family or group of friends. Chioggia (Venice) and Marano Lagunare (Udine) are ideal locations for nautical tourism and river cruises, they are a perfect start and end spot for your boating holidays. Moreover, a unique environment, that offers breathtaking scenery by boat all year-round. Enjoy the canals and rivers, seas and lagoons, from island to island, from beach to beach; cities, villages, parks, countries, sunsets, perfumes, tastes ….. and even more. At last live the “dream”……. a real holiday.


Enjoy a wide selection of itineraries, which will lead you to discover the most famous Italian waterways (Veneto, Friuli V.G., Emilia Romagna and Lombardy). Areas of outstanding scenic beauty by boat that host a flora and fauna of great natural value. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and follow the tranquillity of the waterways that will take you through the tastes, flavours, and fragrances to discover the culture and traditions of a very rich region. Ideal places for canal boating and slow holidays. Choose your river cruise and every new glimpse will be a surprise, a discovery! We chose and highlighted some possible routes for you, but no doubt, more itineraries can be planned and personalised for you.


-       Venice Lagon

-       Sile River

-       Brenta Canal

-       Po Delta

-       Litoranea Veneta

-       Grado and Marano Lagoon

-       Po, Ferrara and Mantua


Ready to be the captain? Even if you have no prior experience, don’t worry, no license is required. Beginners are welcome and they will be at your side to help you. You will be shown everything you need to know during a briefing and demonstration. Then you're off enjoying your vacation. You will feel immediately at ease. Our riverboats are simple to drive even without a license. Agile and safe to be manoeuvred, they are authorized for internal waterways and most of them for coastal sea navigation.  The strength/speed-ratio of the boat is completely safe. The indoor and outdoor spaces have been designed in proportion to the use of the boat during all seasons. Our boats are fully equipped and they grant a comfortable onboard life all year round.



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All costs and quotations we give you when creating your unique proposal, are current when we send it through to you, however, it is important to note that flight prices and accommodation availability can change at any time before your booking is finalised. 


If you wish to make a booking, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required or the full payment if booking within 8 weeks before departure, together with a completed booking form. If there are any price fluctuations we will advise you beforehand. On occasions, if the increase is minimal, then we will still go ahead and book flights and/or accommodation, to ensure that there are no further increases.



It is extremely important that you are covered by some form of travel insurance when travelling to Italy and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover you for all eventualities you may encounter. Make sure that you are happy with your cover and read the small print.  It is possible to book travel insurance through us if required. and your contract will be directly with the insurance company Just Travel.

All hotels and accommodation venues are required to collect a city tax directly from their customers upon departure. This is known as La Tassa di Soggiorno. The cost varies and must be paid per person per night.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the city tax for 3-star hotels will be 4.50 Euros per person per night, 4.90 Euros per person per night for 4-star hotels and 5.0 Euros per person per night in 5-star hotels. Please be advised that these prices may change. 

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