Multi-day trips: kayaking in Treviso, the Sile River and city center sightseeing

Treviso has everything you could want from a mid-sized Venetian city: medieval city walls, lots of pretty canals, narrow cobbled streets and church frescoes.

Despite this, it receives few visitors, eclipsed by its better marketed neighbors. If you want to experience authentic Veneto life away from the tourist crowds, this is a great place to visit.

An added bonus is that Treviso is next to the Sile River, a stunning natural environment worth a visit by canoe, especially to see protected birds and flourishing nature.

In fact, the Regional Natural Park of the Sile River covers an area of 4,152 hectares, including  11 counties, distributed between in the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice.

The area of the springs is located between Casacorba di Vedelago (Treviso) and Torreselle di Piombino Dese (Padua), where we find the headwaters of the longest resurgent river in Italy; its length is about 70 km from Casacorba di Vedelago (Treviso) to Portegrandi di Quarto d’Altino (Venice) to the natural end of the river Sile in the Venice Lagoon.

Since ancient times, the mild climate of the area, the navigability of the waters, the proximity to the sea, the abundance of springs and the rich woodland of the surrounding area attracted people who stopped along its banks.

Duration: 3 days trip


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Sile River Natural Park, Treviso city center, Quarto d’Altino, Badoere.

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Veneto Region, in the Sile River Natural Park.
After check-in at the hotel, we’ll share a welcome drink to better acquaint ourselves, followed by a tasty dinner together. We will show you the itinerary in detail and provide you with all the directions in order to navigate the Mincio river safely and in compliance with navigation rules. After going over Fun River Travel’s materials and information together, your guides will answer your doubts and/or questions that may arise.

Day 2: Descent of the Sile river from Badoere to Treviso (14 km)
A private transfer takes us from the hotel to Badoere, the starting point of our adventure. Here you become familiar with your canoes and the rest of the gear. Finally, we start the descent, paddling in the beautiful waters of the Sile river, immersed in a natural setting from another, more ancient time. During the descent, we take short breaks to rest and stretch our legs a little.
We arrive in Treviso in the early afternoon, where we disembark near the historic city center. There, we find our private bus which brings us back to the hotel. The day ends with a fabulous dinner together in a typical, nearby trattoria.

Day 3: Descent of the lower part of the river, from Silea to Quarto d’Altino (18 km)
After breakfast we reach Silea where we embark for paddling together another wonderful day. With the canoe we visit the famous “Burci cemetery“, an archaeological site of historical and cultural interest, where between the years 1974-75, 13 traditional river transport boats (called “burci”) typical of the Po Valley were abandoned.
The day continues in canoe along the various inlets and loops of the Sile river  up to reach Quarto d’Altino final destination of this tour.


The closest airport is Treviso. From there you can get a taxi, bus or train to reach your departure point (further information will be provided in the answer to your initial request.

Our canoes and materials

At FRT we know that a good paddling experience requires good equipment comma so we have tried to make as few compromises as possible. We want to work with the best type of boat for each environment. That is why we provide different styles of boats depending on the tour.

On river experiences we will use canoes, better for longer distances and some current.
Our canoes are usually made out of pvc material, very strong and steady to facilitate movement in a river.

Paddles and life vests will be always given to you, together with waterproof bags for the things you want to bring along on the tour.

You should all be reasonably fit for the tour you want to do … more info

Price: Euro 570,00 (3 days tour) per person (for single accomodation consider Euro 90,00 extra)

Scheduled Dates – Year 2020
April: 03/04 – 05/04
May: 01/05 – 03/05  and 22/05 – 24/05
June: 05/06 – 07/06
July: 03/07 – 05/07
August: 07/08 – 09/08
September: 04/09 – 06/09

Included in the tour

  • One of our guides
  • canoe
  • waterproof bag
  • life vest and paddle
  • sights and events
  • transfers during the trip
  • hand-picked hotels
  • One welcome drink
  • Hotel stay (two nights) and continental breakfasts
  • Two great group dinner

NOT included in the tour

  • tourist taxes (€ 2 per person per day)
  • remaining meals and drinks
  • tips and personal extras
  • anything not specified in “Included in the tour”