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Day Trip to Venice by High Speed Train from Rome

1. Day Trip to Venice by High Speed Train from Rome

Set off on a day trip from Rome to reach Europe’s most romantic city in just a few hours by high-speed train. Your tour leader will be with you all the way from Termini train station, escorting you to the platform and on board. They will explain the highlights of Venice, and give you your ticket for Venice’s waterbus transportation. After reaching Venice in little more than 3 hours, enjoy a one-way ride on the Venetian typical public transport, the waterbus, or Vaporetto. It will be a fantastic opportunity to get the first glimpse of this magical city and its breathtaking views. Get to St. Mark’s Square, the heart and soul of Venice’s historical center. From the waterfront, marvel at the magnificence of the western façade of St. Mark's Basilica. Take the opportunity to go shopping or sip a good Italian coffee in one of the historic venues in the center, or get lost in the labyrinth of the insanely romantic alleys. You definitely cannot miss the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which is among the city's most beloved locations and a source of many popular Instagram shots. On the way back to the railway station, join your tour leader for a fantastic aperitivo, or cicchetto as the locals call it: a mix of small savory side dishes typically served in the so-called bàcari and accompanied by the famous Venetian Spritz. Head back to Rome.

Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

2. Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

Climb aboard a motor launch and glide down the Grand Canal on a 1-hour tour of Venice. Escape the crowds of the city as you see the sights at a more relaxed pace. The luxurious motor launch is limited to a maximum of 8-9 passengers for a more intimate experience. Sit outside and enjoy the views and cooling breeze of the waterways. Feel like a VIP as you glide down the Grand Canal. Take photos of the splendid palaces, churches, and romantic bridges at almost every bend on the canal. Learn the evolution of Venice’s main thoroughfare, and hear anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along it. Then, meander through the minor canals to discover a more hidden side to Venice. Travel through 4 of the city’s sestieri (districts) to get a full overview of the city and lagoon. Return to St. Marks Square to disembark back in the bustling heart of the city.

1-Hour Motor Boat Ride on Grand Canal

3. 1-Hour Motor Boat Ride on Grand Canal

Venice was built to be lived from the water and the Grand Canal is the most important and best-known arterial water road in Venice. Get ready to be blown away and enjoy your tour along the Grand Canal discovering Venice from a different perspective. Sit on your water boat and enjoy all the stories and comments regarding Venice and its palaces from your knowledgeable and qualified tour guide. Learn Venetian history and culture and savor tales and anecdotes about the most famous building and people that once lived along the most beautiful “high way” of the world. The tour will start and end in St. Mark’s Square and proceed in an “unconventional” way, showing you all the splendor of minor Venice. Then, your journey will continue through the minor canals of Venice. Return to the Grand Canal and proceed straight to the whole canal, going back to Saint Mark. Going slowly, see the haze rising on the water and the best of Venice with no noise. Visiting the Grand Canal of Venice in this way will be breathtaking, one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

4. 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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4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

OMG! I don't even know where to begin as it was an amazing trip!!! Rossella Ruscio was our guide and she was fun, informative, attentive and knew so much about Venice and the surrounding areas it was like having our own private guide! She even recommended a great place for lunch and that didn't disappoint either! She checked so often to make sure that we were all present and accounted for and she even took the time to care for those of us who couldn't walk as fast as the group. She made this trip worry free and super fun!!!! This was our 4th trip with you folks and we LOVE 'Get Your Guide' all of your guides are super so thank you so much for offering this great service!!!

Who doesn't love Venice ! Super helpful for the company to have handled bookings for the trains and ferry. This was my second time in Venice, but I enjoyed it much more than the first because there was more structure and help getting around. Another amazing tour with excellent tips and facts about Venice.

Loved our guide. She was very accommodating and really attended to everyone's needs on the tour. She walked us through Venice and made great suggestions on what to eat and so. We really enjoyed our time in Venice.

We really enjoyed our boat ride emma the guide was so lovely and full of knowledge it ended our amazing trip to venice in a brilliant way

The experience was nice for a day tour. Like an introduction to Venice