Summary of The Day: See all of Venice's top sights in the most exclusive way possible with our Full Day VIP Venice Tour including the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Extended tour and the Best of Venice Semi Private Tour including Water Taxi Trip.
Our day begins at the Doge's Palace or Palazzo Ducale. The Doge's palace features the very best and the very worst of Venice's history, from vast paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese to the wooden slot where accusations of treason were slipped to the fearsome Secret Police. To wander the corridors of the Duke's palace is to understand the Republic of Venice, for better or for worse.
Our tour of the palace visits all the best sights open to the public, but for all the splendor that its corridors hold, you would never guess what is hidden in the attic upstairs in the Palazzo Ducale. Follow your guide to the attic prison where Venice's famous lover and writer Casanova was kept for months before he managed a successful escape. Peering around this dark room, considering the security that must have existed, it's almost impossible to imagine how he did it never mind, our guides have the answers.
Casanova was not the only man to see the Doge's palace on less than favorable terms.
After a short break for lunch (not included), it's on to the Venice walking tour portion of your visit, we'll wander Venetian bridges and alleyways in groups of 10 people maximum. With such a small group your guide will have more time to answer questions and tailor the pace of the tour to suit you. Our Best of Venice Semi-Private Tour is perfect for visitors with only a short time in Venice or for anyone wishing to use their time here to explore off-the-beaten-track sights, such as the Bovolo Staircase. In just one afternoon, we will have taken you to see the highlights of Venice along with some lesser-known gems, using skip the line access to whisk you past long queues so that you make the most of every precious second in Venice.
Our tour starts on the Grand Canal, the city's main waterway which snakes its way past no less than 50 palaces, six churches, four bridges and two open-air markets. We'll take to the water for a tour of all these wonderful sights. With only 10 people in the boat you won't have to crane your neck to see and the guide will have loads of time to answer all the questions you can think of.
Back on dry land next , well, kind of. The on-land section of our tour is a head-spinning journey past some of the best-known sights of Venice along with some of our unlikely favorites. We've spent a lot of hours hunting Venice trying to get the right balance of major landmarks and quaint beauty. We'll visit the Bovolo staircase whose spiral clings desperately to the walls of a building. We'll stop by Marco Polo's house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China and a world in the East that few had ever seen. We'll see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular architecture. We'll see the Goldoni Theatre (outside visit), Venice's lesser known but hardly lesser loved opera house. Of course, we won't miss the Rialto Bridge, a favorite among many visitors for its sleek marble lines and the beautiful way it reflects in the water. Be sure to lean over the edge to capture a photo of the reflection, this is a picture you'll see on many Venetian postcards and one you'll be dying to frame when you get home.
Then we'll make for Venice's main square; Piazza San Marco. Here orchestras abound (in Venice even the street artists are classy) and cafes spill out onto the square. Basilica San Marco dominates the piazza with its spectacular East-meets-West architecture. This is what many people come to Venice to see and for day-trippers it's often the start, middle and end of the agenda. This wonderful structure took 800 years to build with relics and monuments inside brought (or stolen) from all over Europe and Asia. Even St. Mark's remains came here through dubious means when Crusaders stole them from Egypt. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have skip the line access! Your guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks. Then it's up to the second floor for a closer look at the sparkling golden mosaics. Included in the price of your tour are special tickets for the second-floor terraces at St. Mark's where you'll find the most spectacular view over the bustling piazza below.
Grand Canal, Bovolo Staircase (from outside), Campo San Luca, Goldoni Theater (from outside, Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo?s house (from outside), Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo, Campo SM Formosa, Covent of San Zaccaria (from outside), Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice, Doge's Palace: Chamber of the Great Council, The Chamber of the Scrutinio, The Compass Room, The Chamber of the Council of Ten, Senate Chamber, The Council Chamber, Antechamber to the Hall of the Full Council, The Four Doors Room, Bridge of Sighs (tour ends before entrance), The New Prisons (tour ends before entrance), Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, Torture Chamber, Casanova?s Cell, Chamber of the Inquisitors, Chamber of the Three Head Magistrates.
Skip the Line access at Basilica San Marco Entrance tickets to the Terrace (2nd level) +*We advise our clients that St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice.
When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from outside and of St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
09/01/2016 - 10/31/2016
|USD $163.06||USD $151.82|
* Adult: 15 and older|
* Child: 6-14 years of age
* Participation is free for children under the age of 6; no reservation required.
* Tour prices are based on EUR and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.
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The tour does not consist of a full 8 hour day of walking.
You will receive a break of approximately two hours in order for you to have lunch.
The walking portion of the tour does not commence until after your break.
If you wish to take the tour on two different days, unfortunately you would have to pay for the tour twice, once for each day.
If you need assistance walking with a walker or a cane, you are more than welcome to bring one.
The tour will also be at a leisurely pace - you will not be forced to walk fast, and you can request to sit at any time as long as it does not impede with the entire itinerary of the tour.
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