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See Venice by kayak

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What: Forget gondolas – the only way to discover Venice and visit parts of the city that few tourists get to see is by kayak. Plus, sharing the waterways with local ‘road users’ provides an authentic slice of everyday life in La Serenissima. See St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge; paddle your way past the palaces and homes to the toffery; and bob along the Grand Canal. Then strike out to see the islands that are all but inaccessible to tourists, but simply visited by kayak. 

Why: A unique experience for adventure seekers – and those looking to tone up their arms. And what better way to see the floating city than from the water? 

Cost: from €95pp

See: venicekayak.com 

See Rome by vintage Vespa

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What: Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) and hop on the back of a beautiful Vespa and be driven round all the sites of Rome - does it get any more Italian than this? 

Why: There are several tours to choose from - see Rome by night or explore the secret streets of Rome from back in the day...tours are 3-4 hours depending on the tour and includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.

Cost: price on application

See: happyrent.com/en

See Paris by 2CV

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What: Razz around Paris in a Citroen 2CV, the much-loved French economy car that sadly went out of production in 1990. There are a few 2CV tours around town, but we like 4 roues sous 1 parapluie (or ‘four wheels under one umbrella’). The company’s cars come in a variety of colours, and you’ll be driven around by smart chauffeurs who, the operator tells us, “are polite, cultivated, elegant (dressed by Saint-James) and pleasant”. Good to know. The convertible cars take in
a whistlestop tour of the city of love’s main sights. Tours last for approx 1.5 hours.

Why: The 2CV is to Paris what the gondola is to Venice and the yellow cab is to New York. Throw in a stripy shirt, an onion necklace and a baguette and you couldn’t get any more French. 

cost: from €60pp

See: 4roues-sous-1parapluie.com


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