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Venice Deluxe Tour

Venice Deluxe Tour
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Venice Deluxe Tour
US$104.44
Overview

Semi-private walking tour of the main attractions in the St. Mark’s area, including skip-the-line entrance to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Other highlights of this informative and entertaining 3-hour tour comprises hidden gems of Venetian architecture as well as insights into the history of Venice, its palaces and churches, and traditional crafts. The itinerary is designed to appeal to visitors looking for an authentic Venetian experience and the undivided attention of the passionate professional guide who is the heart and soul of this tour.

What to Expect

Travel back in time and learn how this island city became a crossroads of civilizations and Queen of the Seas.

This exclusive 3-hour walking tour will take you through a maze of narrow streets and gently flowing canals from Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice to the Renaissance Church of Santa Maria Formosa, built on the site where the Holy Virgin allegedly appeared to St. Magnus, the church’s founder, as a magnificent matron. Just across the square from the church, you will also get a glimpse of the majestic foyer of an 18th century palace, resplendent with magnificent Murano glass chandeliers. Just a few steps from this lively Campo will take you to the medieval buildings of Marco Polo’s House,  one of the city’s most famous sons.

The next stop will be at the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the newest architectural renovation in Venice and latest addition to stylish shopping in the city. Once a palace-cum-warehouse that was the headquarters for German merchants starting from the 13th century, it has been metamorphosed into a luxury lifestyle department store and center of culture overlooking the Grand Canal.

The hustle and bustle of the commercial district is epitomised  by the Rialto Bridge, the oldest  bridge over the Grand Canal, still lined with shops  as it was in the Middle Ages and affording a breathtaking view of the magnificent palaces lining the canal banks.

 

On the way back to St. Mark’s Square, pause for a minute to admire the spiral staircase of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and then reach the pulsating heart of the city – Piazza San Marco.

 

The only square in Venice called piazza and the hub of political power for centuries, it showcases the most iconic Venetian buildings – St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

With this skip-the-line tour, walk through the spectacular rooms of the Doge’s Palace literally lined with priceless masterpieces, and see the halls of power in which the government of the Most Serene Republic convened.


After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, your guide will walk you through St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. The glittering mosaics of the interior tell the story of St. Mark and episodes from the Bible. Its most famous treasure stands in the sanctuary -- the Pala d'Oro, a golden altar screen encrusted with pearls and jewels (admittance ticket not included).  

 

End your visit at an artistic glass furnace just off St. Mark’s Square where you will enjoy a spectacular glass blowing demonstration with a detailed explanation of this ancient handicraft. Stunning examples of blown glass pieces are on display in the adjoining showrooms.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Amazing toir

Antonio’s tour was excellent! A very small group and for this reason the tour was personalized. He has a passion for Venice (as a true Venetian does)! We made a few surprise stops along the way that supplied refreshing cocktails. I would recommend this tour...More

1  Thank olivia h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Quality Time

We spent 3 hours in Antonio's knowledgeable and enthusiastic company taking in both the main attractions (with no queue) but just as interesting, if not more so, walking through the backstreets and learning of the leading Venetians from the past. A few rest stops with...More

2  Thank Richard B
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a lovely review. I really enjoyed exploring Venice with you and engaging in interesting conversation on a large variety of topics. I do hope to see you again in Venice soon!

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile
Personable and genuine

Antonio was a fantastic guide to the sites and history but I most enjoyed learning about Venetian personality and pride through him. A wonderful experience for our group of 9 that included 5 young children

4  Thank S V
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for the delay in responding, but I am still trying to learn to navigate this system. I am so glad to read that you had a good time, and that also the children enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Great tour, great guide.

This was a great introduction to Venice with a local Venetian who obviously loves his city. He has a wonderful loud voice so it was never a problem to hear him. Skipping the queues was also a great bonus. Loved it all except the glassblowing...More

1  Thank Chell M
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. I apologize for the long delay in answering, but I am only catching up on the system bit by bit. I am also sorry to hear you did not enjoy the glassblowing experience, which we included to give the...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018
TRUELY - Skip the LInes!

Antonio is fantastic! He is knowledgeable and personable. He also has this magical ability to get you into St. Marks and the Doges Palace without waiting in line. There was literally a thousand people waiting in in line to get into St. Marks and we...More

4  Thank Alwaystravel_99
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