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  • Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    1. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    Explore the city of Venice aboard a gondola. Your gondolier will take you down secluded canals, passing under small bridges and along the Grand Canal. Listen to the guide as they explain all about the palaces, churches and attractions around you. Hear stories known only by Venetians, and about the fascinating history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, you will admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At t...

    Beautiful and the girl that gave the guided tour was very good. Definitely recommended

  • Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    2. Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    Enjoy your trip in Venice and use public transportation without queuing at the ticket offices. Just head to the yellow ticket machines that you can find at the vaporetto stops across the city: enter the PNR code that you'll find on your voucher and get the paper ticket with which you can catch your vaporetto. Your tickets must be validated each time before boarding a water bus. The validity of your ticket begins from the exact time it is first validated.

    Franscescha was a gem. She made the trip very memorable. Gave all the knowledge and a very good guide and host. Great trip. Txs

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    3. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    4. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. Departing from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin, towards the Lido, and then back along the north coastline of the city. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit. Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and cho...

    This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

  • Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    5. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic ride. See the sights along the historical part of the Canal Grande. Admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

    Excellent gondola ride through Venice. Ask for Ronaldo as the guide, he was the most entertaining and lively guide. He would chat and sing, he really enjoys his job.

  • Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    6. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions.

    Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own.

    Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century.

    Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According...

    I think it's a good option if you want to take on the three islands in one day. There is not much information given by the tour guide so you're basically just paying to get transported between the islands. You do get to see a blown glass demonstration in Murano.

  • Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    7. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead you through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. The canals of Venice have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

    You get to share and enjoy a gondola ride (with others) without having to rent the whole boat (which is likely to cost a bomb)

  • Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    8. Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    Take a traditional gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canals. Enjoy informative commentary from your gondolier, pass under picturesque bridges, and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the charming canals and marvel at the majestic bridges that you glide under. Experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Listen as your gondolier tells interesting facts about the site on the water route and learn more about the city’s history.

  • Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    9. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    Don't miss the chance to live a unique and unforgettable experience, framed by the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice. The Venetian Galleon will wait for you in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table to offer you a delicious welcome drink. The candlelight, the elegant tables, a fine and well-finished service, and the charm of a boat of other times will be the perfect setting of your wonderful evening out, for an unforgettable dinner immersed in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon, with its mysterious canals, while the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto reveal themselves to you one after another. During dinner, you will taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the chef on b...

    A beautiful, charming, delicious evening. The food was outstanding, the staff extremely gracious and the scenery breathtaking. Judy a superb delight.

  • Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    10. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4 or 6-hour afternoon tour. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Spend around 45 minutes on Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello, where you will spend around 45 minutes. See the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists. You will have 45 minutes here before returning to the mainland.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to...

    Only few minutes to Murano island, which is a beautiful place. Most of thr time for demonstration of Murano glass and the shop for buying Murano products. Murano stop is a trap for making money the shop owner and the boat company... Secondly, Burano is absolutely magnificent! Has to be more time to explore and rest (time for coffee for example).

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 441 reviews

We are a very young couple who are interested in history, but have already seen enough of the conventional landmarks. Our guide was a very hard-working and informative history professor, who really peppered each of the stories with interesting details and almost brought the past to life through his stories. In addition, you pass parts of Venice that you would otherwise have overlooked. I can recommend the tour for everyone who wants a little twist on normal sightseeing. :)

The gondola was a great experience, very romantic and very quiet, it was an unforgettable part of our trip to venice. The tasting tour was also great, our guide was full of goodwill and shared a lot of his experience with us. Also the cichetti were delicious, I highly recommend.

Sergio was a wonderful guide filled with anecdotes and knowledge about the many mysteries in Venice. He also shared a few great recommendations for local restaurants. Can highly recommend! Emma and Marc

Great guide informative and helpful food and drink was fine. Into to cheitti

Moses was super personable and knowing .... great tour !!