Italy Weekend: Vogalonga


Italy Weekend: Vogalonga

Duration :   3 Days 2 Nights
Max People :    20
Start Location:   Venice, Italy
Travel Date :  27 May , 2023 - 29 May , 2023

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Italy Weekend: Vogalonga

In rowing travel circles, this event is legendary. How could it not be? Imagine Venice without motor boats for a morning. Thousands of rowed or paddled watercraft take to the waters for a 30 km “race”, which begins with a cannon shot from St. Mark’s Square. The route takes rowers through the lagoon to Burano, down to Murano and back along the famous canals to St. Marks to receive a participation medal. Rowers come from around the world, with quads, eights, various Venetian style rowing boats, plus kayaks, canoes, SUPs and anything else that moves forward with oars or paddles. Join us for a wonderful weekend in Venice and claim your Vogalonga story. Everyone has one.

Trip Details

Price Per PersonUSDCADEUR
Single Supplement$  210$  260€  190

Daily DistancesBoatsGroup Size
30 km + distance to and from start/finish – approximately 40 kmcoxed coastal quads Maximum is 20

We have a coastal double available, but requires an experienced bow person – contact us if you are interested.


  • Two nights’ accommodation in an excellent hotel on the Lido
  • Two breakfasts and two dinners (beverages and alcohol not included, with the exception of welcome drink and coffee/wine with dinner)
  • Seat in one of our four coastal coxed quads, including transportation fee, oars and life jackets
  • Registration in the Vogalonga event
  • Guide services and tour support  by Catriona Cameron and a full support team
  • Snacks during the event

Schedule Details

Day 1

We meet in Venice! How romantic is that?! Check into the hotel and join us in the afternoon for a meeting and boat preparation followed by our welcome dinner. Yes, you can have prossecco and pasta if you wish.

Day 2

The official start of the Vogalonga is at 9 am. An early start is needed to have coffee and breakfast, launch the boats and row to St. Mark’s. A cannon starts the rowing! Of we go with about 1,800 other rowing shells, mascarete (traditional Venetian rowing), kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards. Each of our four boats will row at their own pace, being sure to take photos and enjoy the experience as you traverse lagoons and row through the canals of Burano and Murano. Following the distinctive Venetian route markers is essential, otherwise you might end up stuck on a sand bank! The grand finale is a return to the main island, into Canoreggio.  It gets really congested now as you row back to St. Mark’s and the finish line where you will receive your participation certificate and medal. Then a final row to Lido where helping hands will be waiting to help lift the boats from the water.  Time to celebrate that evening with our final dinner.  Congratulations!

Day 3

Linger in Venice for as long as you want. As you take the ferry back to the mainland, give a wistful glance to the busy waterways, and remember what it was like when rowing ruled these waters!


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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Coastal Coxed Quad
  • Event Registration
  • Guide Services
  • Meals
  • Snacks


  • Centre-based

Meet our guide

Catriona Cameron

British. Lived in Italy for over 25 years.

Started rowing at Canottieri Varese following in daughters' footsteps nearly 15 years ago. Club member and contact for visiting teams/clubs who book training camps in Varese.

Since 2010 involved in the organisation of all the major international rowing events held in Varese and coastal rowing events on Lake Maggiore....

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