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Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

1. Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

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.

Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

2. Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the Grand Canal of Venice. See dozens of palazzos, mansions, churches, and iconic bridges that span the waterways. Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and then admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge constructed near Calatrava. Pass central Venetian patrician houses, home to art collections, museums, and university seats. See major city and state institutions like Ca' Grande and Ca' Balbi, and the luxurious hotel Gritti. Catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Caliergi, and the soirees' palace Ca' Pisani Moretta, before passing through international communities like Fondaco dei Tedeschi. You will also get to see the grand religious edifice of La Madonna Della Salute.

Murano Island: 3-Hour Private Tour from Venice

3. Murano Island: 3-Hour Private Tour from Venice

Learn about the history of glass on a visit to the source. A private boat will take you from Venice to the island of Murano with your tour guide. Admire the work of some of Venice’s master glass craftsmen on this island that’s been world-famous for its glassblowing for hundreds of years. On this 3-hour tour, learn about the island’s traditions and visit a traditional glass factory. After the glassmaking demonstration, your guide will bring you around Murano, narrating secrets and histories of the Island. Visit the marvelous Church of San Donato. At the end of your tour, return to Venice historical center by boat, crossing the northern lagoon.

Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

4. Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Get picked up at your hotel by your English-speaking guide and visit two of Venice’s most popular islands, Murano and Burano. Get an insight into the daily life and pace that differ on each island in order to fully understand Venetian culture. Your first stop is the island of Murano, which is renowned worldwide for its long tradition of glass making. Witness firsthand the skill of glassblowing and see the locals working on other traditional crafts. Pick up some unique souvenirs or presents for the family here. Next, head to Burano, which you’ll be able to see from the shore thanks to its vividly colored buildings. Enjoy some free time to wander around, meet the locals, enjoy a cup of coffee and take some memorable pictures. Finally, stroll through some smaller and secret pathways, crossing the island’s most popular and lively neighborhoods, before reaching the end point of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

5. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Find out the facinating story of Murano glassblowers and how their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Uncover Burano’s centuries-old lacemaking tradition as you visit a building where women still partake in this tradition of stitching lace. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

6. 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.

Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

7. Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat and travel down the Grand Canal. See the most beautiful parts of the city and its architectural masterpieces from the water. Learn about the noblemen and other inhabitants of the lagoon. Head across to the island of Murano, famous for its glass production. See a glass-blowing demonstration, and then go to the neighboring island of Burano. Stroll among the brightly colored buildings and get some time to enjoy a coffee. Discover secret streets and go to the most popular and lively neighborhoods. Return to the city center and get dropped off on Piazza San Marco.

Private Cruise: Venice Viewed by the Water

8. Private Cruise: Venice Viewed by the Water

There is no doubt that Venice was built to be seen from the water where it is at its most spectacular and magnificent. Enjoy a guided private boat tour to discover the charm and silence of the canals of Venice. Observe the silhouettes of the ancient rooftops against limpid skies. Glide down the Grand Canal with centuries-old palaces on either side. Experience a magic synthesis to the rhythm of the waves. Meet your guide at the designated meeting point to board your private boat. The trip will go along the Grand Canal and small side canals through vibrant neighborhoods, bridges, squares and secret gardens. This is a true Venetian experience that should not to be missed. Enjoy the possibility to have dinner in a typical Venetian restaurant at the end of the tour (optional).

Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

9. Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

Departure by private water taxi will take you across the lagoon to the well-known island of Murano. Famous for its glassmaking since the 10th century, visit one of Murano’s quality glass works. Whilst watching one of the glass masters blowing the glass in the furnace of the glassworks, your local guide will explain to you the history and the process of glassmaking throughout the years. After this, you will have time to visit their elegant show rooms. Then by private water taxi crossing the northern part of the lagoon, you will arrive at the colorful island of Burano, famous for its brightly colored houses, fishing industry and also its lacemaking. You will have time to walk around this elegant little island and also visit its shops. Your guide will point out to you one of the specialized shops where it will be possible to see one of the local ladies working on Burano lace. She will show you the different stitches involved in the making these wonderful works of art. Then leave the Island of Burano and take a short boat ride to the island of Torcello known as the “mother of Venice.” You will have the chance to visit the basilica, which is one of the oldest in the lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not, you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and historical island. Then, on your return to Venice, you may wish to continue exploring the rest of the city with a walking tour or be dropped back off at your hotel.  

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

10. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

It is estimated that there were 8-10 thousand gondolas operating on the canals of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, there are just 400 that are still in active service. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Venice from one of these icons on a private ride. During the ride, you’ll enjoy the majesty of the Grand Canal as well as the silence and the mystery of the smaller canals, through some of the most beautiful locations that Venice has to offer. You will see the Rialto Bridge, the palace Papadopoli, the home of Mozart, Santa Maria della Salute, the Phoenix and the home of Desdemona and Punta della Dogana. All of this, from the best and most fascinating point of view in the city - directly from the water!

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 594 reviews

This was a great way to see Venice and very convenient method to get home. Be aware that '48 hours' means midnight to midnight, not from the first time you use the voucher. the process is very easy to convert your tickets and will save you time as the manual ticket sellers can get into pfaffing mode and waste your time. if you have a ticket you just go straight through to the waiting area

The tour is a must-do. The guide is very knowledgeable and the motor boat was great. There were only 4 of us plus a couple so e tu of space to enjoy the trip comfortably. You get to see all the best Venice sights from a privileged viewpoint. The kids and myself loved it. Unforgettable!

Everything worked just as planned and directed on the voucher. The vaporetto officials at the ticket site said it would not work and sent us elsewhere, but they were wrong and it did work at Piazza Roma. Dry good and convenient purchase.

Able to get anywhere using this pass whether it was the water bus around Venice, to and from Murano and Burano islands, or the bus back to our hotel by the airport.

It was fantastic tour were the bout went around venice. It was 1 hour tour and the guide would explain the historical background of buildings and islands.