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Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

1. Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

Start this unforgettable experience in in front of Museo Dell'Accademia and board a private gondola ride cruising the grand canal, admiring the palaces and the beauty of the city ending the tour in a mysterious place. A gondola ride is something exclusive to Venice. It is an alternative way of getting around this unique city, seeing its smaller and bigger canals, passages, bridges, and palaces.  Opposite the Grand Canal, the palace is historically one of the most important buildings in Venice, where noble Venetians were once attending fancy balls, and enjoying the life of luxury amidst impressive paintings and frescoes. Today it is a boutique hotel and an attraction for those who want to experience a moment of the Venetian noble life. Indeed, this is a special chance to spend a romantic and exciting time, enjoying the views with a glass of wine and special dinner for you and your partner or friends.

Venice: Historic Walking Tour

2. Venice: Historic Walking Tour

Discover Venice, the most magical city in the world, on our epic walking tour and self-guided routes! Join our guided Venice walking tour to discover how the wealth and ambition of these influential people shaped this distinguished city. Rising from the Adriatic Sea to form a maze of canals, bridges, churches, and palaces, it seems so artistically constructed that it must be a Hollywood movie set. But no, the Floating City was, in fact, created by some of the finest Italian minds in art and architecture during the Renaissance. With our tour, you will discover all sides of this multifaceted city, from the most pictured palaces to the most discreet side streets. Your ticket includes 2 self-guided routes in the Vox City App so you can continue your experience at your own pace and make the most of your visit to Venice. So, after witnessing the Floating City’s beauty with your guide, use the free Vox City app to discover more of Venice and its incredible sights. Venice Historic tour includes: Bridge of Scalzi Jewish Ghetto Canal Grande Rialto Bridge Ca' D'oro Campo della Maddalena San Salvador The Church pf San Giacomo of Rialto Calle dei Boteri Campo delle Beccarie Mater Domini Church Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio Our 4 self-guided route's main sights: Correr Museum Clock Tower Bridge of Sights The Ducal Palace Riva degli Schiavoni San Zaccaria Ponte dei Sospiri Bell Tower Ca' Rezzonico Scuola Grande di San Rocco San Barnaba Peggy Guggenheim Collection Santa Maria della Salute Church of Miracles ...and many more!

Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace to marvel at the magnificent halls of the former seat of power of the Venice Empire at your own pace. Get a handy guide book to explore the palace and associated museums, with 8 suggested itineraries. Learn about life in the city in centuries past through the sculptures and paintings of the Museo Correr. Explore the city's naval power at the crossroads of the East and West. Then, climb aboard the most iconic mode of transportation in Venice and cruise down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways by gondola. See sights such as La Fenice Theatre and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from the water. Admire the noble Ca’ Dario Palace and Punta della Dogana, with its breathtaking view of St. Mark’s Basin.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

4. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

5. Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Belltower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way. You'll be escorted by your private guide during a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. Discover the hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo’s house, and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “Calle”, to encounter hidden away treasures. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 

From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

6. From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

Enjoy a private tour of Venice from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with private chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off at your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead to your destination to meet with your tour guide at a meeting point in the city. On this tour you will discover Venice, a city located in the northwest of Italy with a historic center declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Both its geographical particularity and its monumental and artistic heritage have made Venice one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the world. Thanks to your tour guide you will visit the most important sites of the city such as the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark's Basilica, the arsenal of Venice known as one of the largest industrial complexes in Europe, the Grand Canal where you can take a gondola ride, the gallery of the academy which is the richest of Venetian paintings in the world and much more. Once you have visited the most emblematic sites of the city, your private driver will take you back to Milan.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Frankly exceptional, it may be expensive but it's class. Arrive by gondola at the foot of a magnificent Palace and eat in a room as sumptuous as we were that all 6 of us spent a divine evening, with a meal and a top class sommelier. I don't know if it's still in the same palace (and I may or may not say the name) because secret until arrival at the scene. If it's still the same then go for it. (Hint for G. Clooney Palace)

Our guide Valentina had an excellent in-depth knowledge of all the areas we visited. Also the fact that she was a local was fantastic, as you could see and feel how much Venice meant to her.

A good source of information on how Venice was built and how it functions nowadays

Great guide - told us lots of history and brought us to interesting places

Short walking tour but interesting. The guide was very funny