Venice
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  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    1. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    2. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead you through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. The canals of Venice have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

    You get to share and enjoy a gondola ride (with others) without having to rent the whole boat (which is likely to cost a bomb)

  • Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    3. Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    Take a traditional gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canals. Enjoy informative commentary from your gondolier, pass under picturesque bridges, and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, 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 charming canals and marvel at the majestic bridges that you glide under. Experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Listen as your gondolier tells interesting facts about the site on the water route and learn more about the city’s history.

  • Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    4. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    Don't miss the chance to live a unique and unforgettable experience, framed by the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice. The Venetian Galleon will wait for you in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table to offer you a delicious welcome drink. The candlelight, the elegant tables, a fine and well-finished service, and the charm of a boat of other times will be the perfect setting of your wonderful evening out, for an unforgettable dinner immersed in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon, with its mysterious canals, while the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto reveal themselves to you one after another. During dinner, you will taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the chef on b...

    A beautiful, charming, delicious evening. The food was outstanding, the staff extremely gracious and the scenery breathtaking. Judy a superb delight.

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    5. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

  • Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    6. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies, and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani, the grandest villa of the Brenta Riviera. Continue towards Dolo, looking at historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Vill...

    The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

  • From Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Trip

    7. From Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano and Burano and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Enjoy free time to explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing and lace-making traditions. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Get the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a work of art in glass. Stroll the quiet streets of Murano at your own leisure and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. After visiting both islan...

  • Venice Grand Canal: One-Hour Boat Tour

    8. Venice Grand Canal: One-Hour Boat Tour

    Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the canals of Venice for this one-hour tour of the city. You will 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. You will 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.

    The guide had very good English and was easy to understand, even over the noise of the boat's engine. She was obviously very knowledgeable and was able to explain clearly the points of interest. The tour was one hour and it passed very quickly. There were 10 of us but there was still room for all to stand and take photos.

  • Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

    9. Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

    You will be met at the meeting point and brought to the gondola pier where you'll board the gondola and meet your gondolier. Take your place on the gondola (maximum of 5 people per shared gondola) and let the local gondolier, in his distinctive blue and white striped shirt, carry you along the hidden channels of Venice on a 30-minute ride. Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on earth, the traditional Venetian gondola is built following unique techniques that incorporate symbolic meanings. For example, the gondola’s multi-pronged ferro, or prow, features pettini that are symbolic of the 6 sestieri (divisions) of Venice. This part is made of iron to balance the weight of the gondolier, and has the shape of an S, evoking the flow of the waters of the Grand Canal. On this enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice, you’ll admire elegant...

    A great way to ride the famous Gondola with an affordable price, I don't think you lose anything from the experience. We had the best time

  • Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

    10. Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

    Discover the artistic heart of Venice on an unforgettable cruise by motorboat. Get stunning views of the lagoon from the panoramic boat as you cruise towards the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Enjoy an audio guide with a digital map to discover the history and legends of the 3 islands by your self, and take marvelous pictures of Venice and its lagoon. See the 16th-century Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio Maggiore and pass the famous Venice Lido before arriving at Murano. Visit one of the glass-blowing factories of its glass manufacturing industry, known throughout the world for its refined techniques and use of color.  Continue to the neighboring island of Burano and admire the brightly painted fishermen’s houses. See some of the lace products made on the island, and then sail to the sparsely populated island of Torcello, where the estuary was first settled in 452 AD. Adm...

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

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based on 12,015 reviews

This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

Very nice journey on the lagoon with Alessandro, who provides great commentaries and good mood. We had a wonderful weather, and really enjoyed the beauty of the city from another angle.

Very relaxed island hopping, with a great guide. It was a little warm in the boat. It's a shame that it wasn't an open boat.

Great experience and a fraction of the cost. Would really recommend this.

Nice gondola ride lasted about half an hour, nice the gondolier. To try