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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

1. 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.

Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Ride

2. Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Ride

Embark on an enchanting gondola ride and admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magic atmosphere only found in Venice. Pass highlights, including La Fenice Theater and the Salute Church. Meet your gondolier in their distinctive blue and white striped shirt and head along the hidden channels of Venice on a 30-minute ride. Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on earth, experience the traditional Venetian gondola. Sail along the narrow canals of the Campo San Moisè and admire La Fenice Theater from the water. Pass palaces, glide under city bridges, and make your way onto the Grand Canal for the best views. Marvel at the Salute Church from this wide and iconic waterway.

Venice: Shared Evening Gondola Ride at Sunset

3. Venice: Shared Evening Gondola Ride at Sunset

Enjoy a gondola tour on Venice’s small and narrow canals just when the sun begins to go down. At this less-busy time, and with the sky is changing colors, take a seat and enjoy the comfort of a less crowded gondola.   On a 4-seater gondola instead of the normal 6, you’ll be able to take pictures easily and enjoy the relaxing calm of Venice’s canals. Experience the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice as you admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magical atmosphere that you’ll only find in Venice.

Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

4. 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.

Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

5. Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

The best time to walk around and embrace the beauty of the city of Venice is certainly during the morning. This is when only a few locals are going to work, bakeries and coffee shops are opening for the day with their inviting scent of freshly baked pastries and coffee. The morning sunlight slowly filling narrow streets and spacious squares makes a fantastic setting for a photo shoot. Get around the city with a photographer, who will not only capture your memories, but will also share his knowledge and stories about life in Venice. The photo tour will then be followed by a breakfast at Gritti Palace that sits right on the Grand Canal. Depending on your preference, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy probably one of the best views in the city, or admire the impressive interior inside, depicting the noble past of Venice and Venetians. Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast in the morning sunlight. 

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

6. Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Sail up the Grand Canal on a guided boat tour, and cruise along some of the Giudecca canal. The Grand Canal is, without doubt, the most spectacular 'High Street' in the world. It's lined with beautiful palaces constructed over hundreds of years.  As you sail, you can easily imagine what it was like when it was lined with gardens, warehouses, stonemasons, and squeri, where gondolas were built. Discover why there are so many different styles of architecture and why so many of the buildings are of Moorish or Eastern style.  Experience first-hand why poets and writers, such as Shelly, Byron, and Browning, loved Venice so much. Then, nip down some of the city's more secluded waterways, unreachable by foot. Cruise under picturesque bridges, and explore a quieter side of Venice, where the façades of the city can only be seen from the canals

Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

7. Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

Make your trip to Venice extra special by renewing your wedding vows, accompanied by a celebrant who'll lead you through this unique ceremony. This romantic tour of the city's famous waterways includes a posy of roses. Your gondolier will lead you through the city's grand canal, then onto the quieter canals where the ceremony will take place in tranquility. It is possible to exchange rings and read personalized vows to each other, and at the end of the ceremony you will sign an official certificate to formalize the ceremony. This is the ideal way to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, or simply to surprise your beloved partner!

Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

8. Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

Uncover the simple authenticity of Venice, away from mass tourism, and explore the heart of the city from rooftops on a guided walking tour. Lose track of time and feast your eyes of the real beauty of Venice with access to incredible places. See the city and its waterways from a different angle and clink your glass with a drink of Prosecco, celebrating in true Italian style. Meet your local guide and start discovering the sestiere San Polo, one of the lively places of Venice, mostly inhabited by locals. Enter private Venetian palaces and admire the wonderful views from hidden panoramic terraces. Discover enchanting views over the lagoon, admiring canals, churches, and bridges from a new and dreamy perspective. Enjoy a privileged view on the most beautiful and unique city in the world from above. See Venice from the rooftops, get lost in Rialto market, where locals still go everyday to buy fresh fish, discover the ancient Red Light District, imagine Casanova walking through the city with his lovers, walk in Venice’s smallest “calle” (street), and enjoy a traditional aperitivo with a panoramic view over the Grand Canal.

From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

9. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

Treat yourself to a relaxing and knowledge-filled tour of Venice and the Lagoon Islands in a luxurious boat. See glass-blowing demonstrations and learn about the rich history of the area. Get picked up at San Marco Square and begin your luxury boat ride accompanied by an expert local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal and admire the splendor of the palazzos and bridges from a different perspective. Next, head to the lagoon and enjoy a short ride to Murano, the capital of high-quality glass art. Learn about the history of the industry, see a glass-blowing demonstration, and enjoy the chance to do some souvenir shopping of your own. Back on board, enjoy light refreshments, and head to Burano to see its brightly painted houses and immerse yourself in the charming fishing village with enduring traditions. Learn about the history and craft of the town's handmade lace. Continue on to Torcello and learn about the time Ernest Hemingway spent there, as well as the secrets of the enchanting island. Enjoy a unique view of the city skyline as you head back to Venice, and toast its beauty with a glass of refined Prosecco before being dropped off at San Marco Square.

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

10. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

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This is a wonderful and really unusual trip. Our guide was excellent, informative and a nice small group. The only feedback I would give is that they should include the Bolovo Tower. It would be a great addition and a spectacular view. Go on your own. If it’s not included. But this trip is great. Particularly the view over the Realto.

The gondola ride we picked took us down many of the smaller canals and then on to the Grand Canal. It was lovely. There was no interaction from the gondolaier but that suited us. There are other ones you can book if you want commentary. It's an amazing experience and like nowhere we've been before.

A gondola ride through Venice is a must! A unique experience, the organization works smoothly and everyone had fun. So you see Venice from a completely different perspective. There are five in a gondola, and care is taken to ensure that groups can sit together. Gladly again!

Venice without riding a Gondola, it's not coming to Venice, I was lucky to have a spectacular gondolier in his sympathy, a passionate about the city and he gave us explanations, it couldn't have been better :)

Nicole was the best guide ever Super knowledgeable and very charming My family enjoy her tour very much