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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

2. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 1.5 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

3. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

Feel the essence of Venice as you explore hidden and picturesque waterways near the Grand Canal with a gondola ride. Listen to in-app commentary to learn more about the city as you admire the sights. Start your activity by meeting the host, who will explain some curiosities about the history of gondolas and gondoliers. Get free access to an app with commentary of your itinerary on the gondola. As you enjoy the beauties of the Grand Canal, admire the marvelous Palaces such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, the Punta della Dogana. Discover the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House along the romantic and hidden waterways. At the end of your ride, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saint Mark’s Basin with San Giorgio Island.

Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

4. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

5. Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

6. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: 4.5-Hour Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

7. Venice: 4.5-Hour Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Enjoy a half-day excursion from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano in the Venetian lagoon. Your tour starts out from St. Mark's Square, where you’ll board a boat that will take you to the northern part of the lagoon. During the crossing, some commentary about the area will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Murano Island is the first stop, a place that’s world-famous for its glass production. You’ll have a chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a work of art in glass. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore the island and take in the picturesque views. Next stop is Burano, one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the lagoon. Burano is well known for its colorful houses and long tradition of lace production. You’ll have enough free time here for a walk around the island to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, before the boat returns to Venice.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Rialto Bridge

8. Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Rialto Bridge

Start the gondola ride from Bacino Orseolo located behind St. Mark's. Float through the beautiful canals of Rio dei Barcaroli and Rio dell’Ovo until you reach the Grand Canal. From the Grand Canal, admire the magnificence of the Rialto Bridge and important buildings such as Ca’ Farsetti, the head office of the city hall. See Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal. Continue the journey along the Rio San Luca where you can see Palazzo Manin, the residence of the last doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin, now home to the Bank of Italy.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Audio Guided Tour

9. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Audio Guided Tour

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square. 

From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

10. From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Depart Rovinj or Venice and take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea. Explore the Venice and its 118 islands connected by 400 bridges and 150 channels that flow under them. Take a gondola ride across the lagoon, or stroll the narrow streets at leisure. Experience the famous cuisine of Italy at enchanting restaurants, or encounter old squares, beautiful palaces, art-filled churches and galleries that perfectly illustrate the romantic ambiance of the city. Arrive at the pier at least 15 minutes in advance so that boarding can proceed smoothly. Once each passenger has been confirmed and the information sent to the border police, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants (own expense) as you set sail. Glide in or out of the lagoon of Venice and look at the architecture of the city built on water from the catamaran’s open deck. During the Venice introduction (on the boat ride towards Venice), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.

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What people are saying about Venice

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There is commentary during the boat ride, spoken in Italian, English, French, Spanish. The itinerary worked out really well and you’re given ample/sufficient time at each island. Would definitely recommend this tour to help ease with transportation as well!

The meeting point is clearly stated and easy to find. Our guide was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, pleasant and motivated. She kept it interesting all the time!

Lara made this tour a very fun and informative one. She kept everyone engaged and pointed out the nuances of the Palace.

It was a lovely day. An itinerary might improve guests planning for how to spend allotted time in each place.

This art collections is magnificent. All other art museums pale in comparison.