Ideal for beginners!
The heart of river navigation in the Veneto is the large bean-shaped lagoon that is home to the enchanting city of Venice.
The first island you will come to is Torcello on the left. From here on in, you must respect the information on the navigation maps and Navigation Rules.
A short way away is the colourful island of Burano with its characteristic leaning bell tower.
Coming from the Sile River you cross the Intestadura lock at Musile di Piave, which flows into the Piave River. Once in the Piave River, turning north you arrive in San Donà di Piave, turning south you go downstream toward the sea.
Caorle is a lovely town with about 11000 inhabitants. Its origins go back to the first century AC. Today, it is one of the prettiest towns in the eastern Veneto, with its 18 km long beach with golden sand. In addition to its gorgeous beaches and millennial historic centre, the inland valleys and lagoons are worthy of note.
The Valli di Caorle are crossed by the Canale Nicessolo and lead to the north through their intersection with the Lemene River to Concordia Sagittaria and Portogruaro where you can visit the ancient Roman monuments, or via the Canale del Morto, toward Bibione and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Once you pass Bevazzana, you are in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and the Marano lagoon. The nearby Lignano peninsula, on the other hand, especially its tip called Sabbiadoro, is a true amusement hub, with services and attractions for everyone, and with mooring.
The Stella River, a green and lush resurgent river that leads to the lagoon just west of the millennial fishing town of Marano Lagunare, is the shortest way to our Precenicco base. A lovely natural park in the heart of the lagoon with tiny islands, fishing grounds and saltmarshes, are home to some renowned restaurants accessible only by boat.
Departure and arrival base: both Precenicco and Casale sul Sile
One-way cruise – 7 days
23 hours – 3 locks – 5 movable bridges
Day 1 – h. 16
You will hop on board at the base of Precenicco, a small town with ancient traditions on the river Stella. After the briefing, you can stay there to enjoy one of many downtown restaurants, or you can navigate one hour and reach the center of Marano, where you can visit the WWF Oasis, the traditional huts of the valley, the scales fishing (we suggest “Da Bepi” , where you get free mooring if you have dinner there), the fresh fish market and the ancient medieval buildings with a very old bell (year 1000).
In the morning you can sail along the beautiful Marano and Grado lagoon, stopping in Porto Amphora, going to the beach and at the natural park’s restaurant. In the afternoon, sail to the Lignano Sabbiadoro port which is famous for its lively nightlife. You can also go a bit further south, in the quiet Pineta, there you are just a few steps away from the beaches and great restaurants (free moorings if you eat there)..
The navigation continues in Veneto through the Lock of Bevazzana, contact the lock keeper by phone to ask him to open the lock for you. You’ll sail through the beautiful valleys of Bibione and Caorle and along the river Lemene. After that you’ll arrive at the archaeological and monumental town of Concordia Sagittaria, which is a real gem. Navigation is simple and without any risk, there are no locks and in Concordia. You will find moorings before and after the lifting bridge. You will have to contact by phone the lock keeper to ask him to open the bridge for you. You can also choose to sail another 10 minutes after Concordia to reach Portogruaro, where on the right there are plenty of free moorings. If you call our office a few hours before, you’ll have the opportunity to take a guided tour to the center and appreciate these wonderful old towns in Veneto. These 2 towns are very close to each other have a lot to offer. You can visit the Roman archeological museum in Concordia, walk through the centre of Portogruaro and sit in the shade of the local bars, see the old mills, and bike along the cycle paths. Don’t miss the chance to see the small and incredible Roman museum in Portogruaro. Once you tie up your boat in Concordia, call the local guide service, and follow the guide for a couple of hours through the secrets of this fantastic area.
The 3 hours navigation will take you to the wonderful Caorle, colorful and ancient town, which is famous for its beaches and visited each summer by people from all over the world. Before mooring in the suggested docks, you should inform them by telephone so that they can help you moor. Before arriving in Caorle you will have to cross the bridge (you need to call first to book the opening). You’ll have to stop along the canal about 100 meters before the bridge and wait for the opening, it is very important since there is no place to stop close to the bridge. Then visit Caorle and walk through the big pedestrian area of the old town, admire the traditional colored houses and have an ice-cream in one of the typical Gelateria. Enjoy some hours on one of the great beaches of the coast and swim in the Adriatic.
It is longest sailing day, about 6 hours of navigation, but always in calm water and poor traffic. There are four mobile bridges and a lock, but no traffic and no height difference inside the locks, so it’s just a breeze. You only need to wait in the middle of the channel until it’s fully open and then you can go slowly. At the end of your navigation you will arrive at the famous Lido di Jesolo. This city is a perfect stop to enjoy the stunning beaches or invest some time for shopping as the Via Bafile is the Italian longest commercial street. But if you want a quieter break you can stop in the center of the country, and try the amazing roads to ride your bike in the north park of the Venetian lagoon, reserved for nature lovers.
In the morning you’ll sail through the lock of Cavallino and will enter in the Venetian lagoon. From there you will be able to follow the wooden stakes along the way. There is almost no traffic there so enjoy the amazing scenery of this nature reserve. Moor your boat comfortably in our moorings of the island of Burano, where our boats are the only ones allowed. Visit the colored island of Burano, the lace-makers museum, the linin tower bell, and one suggested laces shop to buy your personal gifts. Reachable in a couple of minute by Vaporetto, don’t miss the archeological site of Torcello, with a Bizantine Basilica and Baptistery. Or 40 ‘ minutes by “vaporetto” you can go to Venice, the most beautiful city in the world. Your boat mooring is secure and you can visit Venice in peace. The “vaporetto” sails through the night, and allows you to stop in the city and come back at night.
You can leave immediately or stay a bit longer (half-day), if you want to visit something else, you have the time. From here to the base there are only 4 hours of navigation and you can start after lunch. So leave the marina and go through the lock of Portegrandi, entering into the park of the River Sile; there you will be surrounded by lush vegetation and you will see many birds, living in their natural habitat .When you arrive in Casier you can moor easily in the historic center. Do not forget that the beautiful city of Treviso is only a few kilometers away; you can ride a bike along the river Sile and get to the city in just 15 minutes, or with your car (that the staff of the base transferred from one base to another). We recommend enjoying your last dinner in a good restaurant.
At 9 am you’ll give the boat back to our staff at the base and do your check out.