Summary of The Day: A single day. A unique opportunity. Discover Venice and its two small islands including the most interesting sites and experiences. Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, a bird’s-eye view of St. Mark’s Square, and the Doge’s Palace are some of the larger, most famous things to see on this tour. We’ll also visit quieter, lesser known locations including hidden streets and picturesque piazzas. From these off the beaten path spots, you’ll get a feel for what it is like living life on the floating city.
Then we’ll take you to the small but world-renowned islands of Murano and Burano - and we’ll do it all in one unbelievable day. We'll begin your adventure at the Rialto Bridge where we'll embark on a journey through the winding Venetian streets and over its tiny bridges. Perhaps you’ll see a gondolier or two floating beneath you as we work our way into the heart of the city.
Your expert, local English-speaking guide will teach you about the history and culture of Venice, from its surprising beginning as an unlivable marshland. Now one of the world’s greatest cities and most popular tourist destinations, you’ll have to truly stretch your imagination to think of it as once completely uninhabitable.
You will be escorted to Marco Polo’s house where you’ll learn of the son who went to sea and kept sailing far beyond the horizon. Then hear the tales he told upon his return, of a land we know as China. Amble through quaint piazzas including the lively Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Marvel before Renaissance architecture with unmistakably Byzantine influences amidst modern edifices, a stark juxtaposition of styles that showcase the eclectic approach to the city’s design and development.
Now on to the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square, once named the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by none other than Napoleon himself. With our Skip-the-Line Access, you’ll be whisked past the lines of tourists waiting to enter St. Mark’s Basilica and go straight inside. Stand in awe below the famed onion dome, the perfect blending of eastern and western design then admire the beautiful frescoes housed within.
Our special partnership grants you extra time inside the basilica and the opportunity to climb up to the first floor terraces, rarely included on other tours. Here you’ll appreciate a stunning bird’s-eye view of the piazza below. Snap a photo or two or ten, and soak up the horizon as you imagine life in antiquity here as a masked royal, a courtesan or simple villager.
Our mainland tour continues at the Doge’s Palace, former home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts. You’ll see the best sights of the palace open to the public including masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese. It is a wonderful way to wrap up the initial portion of your guided tour before setting off for 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time to explore the area on your own. Visit local stores, peruse artisanal offerings, enjoy an authentic Venetian lunch – the choice is entirely yours. Or simply rest and relax and people watch as throngs of tourists and Venetian locals stream by.
For the second leg of this unrivaled tour, you’ll board a comfortable water taxi across the lagoon to the timeless islands of Murano and Burano. Your expert, local English-speaking guide will continue to entertain you with stories of the sites you’ll be passing and before you know it you’ll be disembarking on the shores of Murano, our first stop. Known for its rich history and unmatched glassblowing, you’ll learn that it was here Europe’s first mirrors were crafted. So valued, the original artists were threatened with execution if they were to leave the city of Venice - on the chance they may share their secrets with the rest of the world.
Today these incredible artisans can come and go as they please but they still craft their work with the original authenticity of their ancestors. Watch them in action as they go about their business, your guide bringing the process to colorful life as vibrantly as the glass creations you’re witnessing. Then spend time on your own perusing their beautiful wares knowing we don’t make a commission on anything you buy, in fact we pass on our savings to you. No pressure. Buy here. Buy elsewhere in town. Or don’t buy anything at all.
Jump back onboard the boat and we are off to Burano, our final island destination. See the area’s famous multicolored houses huddled tightly together along canal streets with laundry strung between each facing window. Then be treated to Burano’s centuries-old tradition of lacemaking. You’ll see women, passing their trade down for generations, working feverishly stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. Watch as they work painstakingly designing every detail - a dying art in the age of sewing machines and mass production.
Your guide will tell you why they continue toiling at their craft before giving you time to explore the fascinating samples on display. An art in their own right, it is the perfect ending to the perfect day with an intimate group of just 25 people or fewer. We also offer convenient audio headsets throughout the entire day tour, so you can always hear your guide.
Don’t miss the interesting, informative and intimate experience of Venice and its two captivating islands, Murano and Burano. A tour like no other, with an unbeatable price. An experience that cannot be rivaled.
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* Adult: 15 and older|
* Child: 2-14 years of age
* Participation is free for children under the age of 2.
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