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Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

1. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Discover the serenity of the enchanting city of Venice with a dinner cruise aboard a Venetian Galleon. Watch the city's lights reflecting on the water as you savor a gourmet meal while sipping on wine and Aperitivo. Pick from Central Deck seating and stern/prow seating. Meet your host in front of the Museo Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table and offer you a delicious glass of Prosecco DOC. Sit by candlelight at an elegant table, and eat with a fine and well-finished service. Book the Central Deck for panoramic windows with exceptional views, or choose the prow/stern areas with tables for 4 that offer a more intimate atmosphere. On the prow, there are two small portholes at the top and there is no view of the outside. Select to sit at the stern which is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view of the outside. Couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy). Be swept away by the old-fashioned charm of a boat as you immerse yourself in in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon. Take in views of the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo, and San Francesco del Deserto. Taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the onboard chef while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and the artistic Murano. Circumnavigate Burano which is famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio. Head on to Venice and the cruise for a spectacular view of the San Marco basin. Disembark at the Museo Navale.

Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

2. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

Discover Venice from the water and admire the city of bridges and canals. Sit back, relax in your velvet seat 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 famous Canal Grande and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see the winding little canals. Relax on your gondola and take in views of sights like the famous Rialto Bridge and San Moisè Church. Admire the Teatro La Fenice and other Venetian landmarks as you cruise down its canals.

Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

This combined tour will allow you to discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice in two parts. From a centrally located meeting point, you will be led by a professional guide through the most characteristic places around the areas of St. Mark's Square and Castello. After this walk, you will enjoy a view of the city from the water on-board a gondola. The tour will start with a historical introduction in St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power for the Republic of Venice, and the surrounding buildings. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance through its labyrinth of narrow alleys or calli, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares known as campi. Discover the Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary captain. The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran Theatre will also be part of the itinerary. After the walking tour, you will be accompanied to Saint Moisè Square, the landing stage of the famous Venetian transportation, the gondola. Relax aboard this historic vessel, enjoying the thrills of both the Grand Canal and minor canals. Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners. The gondola ride will not be a guided tour. This 2-hour combined tour will conclude in Campo San Moisè, a short walk from St. Mark’s Square.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

4. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Feel like part of the ancient Venetian tradition, and experience the city as the locals have for more than a thousand years, on this private gondola ride. On your 25 to 30-minute journey, be taken away from the main waterways and tourist sights, as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you'll inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers and their particular Venetian dialect, which is as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. Pre-book your trip and avoid having to negotiate with the gondolier or stress about details.

Venice: Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour with Gondola Ride

5. Venice: Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour with Gondola Ride

Make the most of your time in Venice with this multi-attraction tour that combines 3 of Venice's most important locations. Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, and enjoy a gondola ride along the canals. Meet your professional guide in front of the Clock tower (not the bell tower) in Saint Marks square. Start your combination tour by discovering the buildings in the square. Enter the Doge's Palace "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. Listen to your guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counselors, learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and Casanova, Venice's most intriguing escapee. Then continue into Saint Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics. With its awe-inspiring gold mosaics, your talented guide will walk you through the church. At 1:00 PM, end the first part of the tour and you will enjoy 2 hours of free time to stroll around Saint Mark's square. You can have lunch (not included) or visit the Correr museum on your own (already included with the Doge's Palace ticket). Start the second part of your combined tour with a classic gondola ride at 3:00 PM or 5:15 PM. The appointment will be 15 minutes before the departure time behind the Correr museum in Saint Marks square (in front of the post office). On this unique exploration of the Venetian romantic canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers, who are as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. ITINERARY Doge's Palace & Basilica departure at 10:45 AM From 1-3 PM 2 hours free time Gondola ride departure at 3:00 PM (all-year-round) or 5.15 PM (April - October only)

Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

6. Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

No visit to Venice is complete without taking a gondola ride down the world famous Grand Canal - even better when it's accompanied by a live musician's serenade! Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising down many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos as you float by them. Explore the beauty of this city and breathe in the Italian culture unique to Venice. What makes this tour special is its musical flair - local musicians will be on board the gondola to serenade everybody with the traditional romantic music of Italy. What better way to spend an afternoon in Venice and get in the Italian spirit with your friends or family!

Venice: St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and Gondola Ride

7. Venice: St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and Gondola Ride

Discover the Doge's Palace, one of the most important symbols of Venice and for centuries, the historical seat of the most important political powers of the Serene Venetian Republic. Meet your professional guide in Saint Mark's Square, who will then escort you into this magnificent palace to visit the halls of power and immerse yourself in medieval Europe among hundreds of masterpieces. Dominating Saint Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, the Doge's Palace stands out for its size and its extraordinary structure, where Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture collide. Immediately entering the palace, you will pass through the great courtyard and admire the wealth of details on the famous Golden Staircase.  Once inside the palace, visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, whilst surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. Admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. For the second part of the tour, visit the outside of the Saint Mark's Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy. Your guide will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with its history and particularities. Visit the museum with the famous horses on the first floor and the terrace overlooking Saint Marks square. End the tour with a gondola ride, this is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and color of this unique city built on water. This traditional Venetian mode of transport will depart from San Moise Square, where you will be invited to relax aboard this historic vessel. Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners of the city. This is not a guided tour - words are not required to embrace the beauty of seeing Venice from the water.

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4.4 / 5

based on 40 reviews

We had an exceptionally pleasant dinning experience, the crew members were fantastically polite and professional, the food was amazing. The music, ambience and atmosphere were all well balanced. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who’s looking for a romantic night with her/his significant half and spend a night in this city of love

All the gondola's were taking 5 people at a time and although there was only 2 of us we were fortunate to have 3 lovely other tourists with us. From the guys at the meeting point to the guy on the boat, everyone was friendly and helpful. The tour was really great and we totally enjoyed the time.

What a fabulous evening. Food was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. Staff very friendly and super efficient. For the quality of food and the ambience it was worth every cent! Highly recommended

Very nice experience. The exceptional boat. The meal was very generous and very good. It is an outing to do without hesitation

15minutes queuing before getting into Gondola but still got 30 minutes on the boat so it was good.