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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. Skip the ticket line with to 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: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

2. 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: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

3. Venice: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

Delight your ears with a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by the "I Virtuosi Italiani" ensemble in the church of Santa Maria della Visitazione in Venice. It was here that Antonio Vivaldi spent forty years of his life and composed his magnificent works.  Enjoy inspired performances of the Four Seasons where in the music you can sense the reaping of the wheat, the grape harvest, the summer storms, the snow falling in winter, the warm fall colors, and the bright blossoming of flowers in springtime. Watch talented musicians play in the church where masters like Francesco Gasparini and Antonio Vivaldi trained the Daughters of the Choro to become virtuoso musicians that were renowned for their art all over Europe.

Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

4. Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

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. 

Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

5. Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

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.

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.” Spend 30 minutes visiting one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown.  Enjoy about 15 minutes of free time on Murano before heading 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: Local Secrets of Venice Tapas & Wine Walking Tour

7. Venice: Local Secrets of Venice Tapas & Wine Walking Tour

Enjoy a variety of local Venetian cichetti and 3 wines on this walking tour. Meet your local guide at the first traditional bacaro (bar). Learn a bit about the city of Venice and sample some traditional cichetti (Italian-style tapas) along with 1 wine of your choice. Your guide will explain the unique combination of ingredients as well as the wine you're tasting. Then make your way through hidden alleyways, over bridges, and alongside beautiful canals to discover the real Venice off the tourist track as you make your way to the second bacaro. Along the way, your guide will tell you some interesting and fun stories about Venice that only locals know. Enjoy more cichetti and wine at another 2 hotspots. Your knowledgeable local guide will reveal more secrets about this amazing floating city. The tour vibe will be very friendly and enthusiastic, but most importantly your guide will ensure you get the most out of the history of the city and, of course, of the food and wine culture.

Venice: Murano & Burano Boat Trip with Glass Factory Visit

8. Venice: Murano & Burano Boat Trip with Glass Factory Visit

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 & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

9. Venice & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

Relax on a boat with large windows and open spaces, for your hop-on hop-off tours of Venice. Take the tour all in one go to get a good first overview of Venice, or stop off on the way where and for how long it suits you best From Santa Lucia Central Station, the boat will lead you to the very heart of Venice: the treasures of St. Mark's Square, and the island of Murano, where you will witness the art of glass-making. From Murano, head towards the islands of Burano, famous for its bright coloured houses and lace production, and Torcello, a little oasis of quiet in the middle of the lagoon. You can also go to Punta Sabbioni, or simply return to Santa Lucia Station, with one stop only at Zattere by the Canale della Giudecca, where you can learn the art of gondola-making. Download the 5 audio-guides with 7 different itineraries on/off board, to make the most of your visit. You can download audio-guides for free through our app. Off-line mode is also available.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

10. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

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It was extremely easy to book tickets online, and the instructions to collect tickets at the meet up point were easy to understand. I got my tickets in no time and was able to enter Doge's Palace all in about 10 minutes. Overall a very easy quick process. I also didn't realize that the ticket came with tickets for the Museo Correr! This made the ticket worth it's price and I would definitely consider buying thought GetYourGuide again.

It was a a very enjoyable evening the opera was Magnificent set in a beautiful old building each act was set in a different room which made the performance a much more interesting experience all in all a great evening out and a bonus of a glass of Prosecco.

No waiting, walk thru the courtyard, into the major rooms of the palace then finish up with the prison and cross the Bridge of Sighs twice. Excellent.

We enjoyed a wonderful morning with our guide Martine. She explained the history of the ghetto, of Venice and it’s development.

So fun to skip lines and Sylvia was very knowledgeable and quick! Learned so much and enjoyed every minute!