Excursions in Venice

Excursions in Venice during a Mediterranean cruise

Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Grand Canal Boat Tour

from €88 per person

This combined tour lets you explore the Venice of the Doges and its eastern influences, immersing yourself in the stuccoed halls, followed by  one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world and the discover of the historical venice throug the grand canal on a private motor boat .
The tour is composed of three parts and allows you to discover the places and history of the Venice of the Doges and the Byzantine art and the historical palaces on the grand canal

In the first part of the tour, together with an experienced and qualified tour guide you will discover the Doge’s Palace and visit the halls of power, immersing yourself in medieval Europe among the stuccoed halls and hundreds of masterpieces.
In the second part of the tour, together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring.

Private transfer - Treviso (Canova) Airport to ship or Visaversa

from €138 per unit

Your personal driver will meet you at Treviso, Canova airport just as you come through customs, he will be holding a sign with your name on it. He will then accompany you to the car or Mini Van, which is just a short walk from the arrival area.

The drive from the airport to the Marittima port in Venice is approximately 1 hour  long depending on traffic. He will drop you directly at the port where you can check in for your cruise

You can also take this transfer the other way round with the pick up at the Marittima port in Venice to Treviso Canova airport

Private transfer from Marco Polo Airport to ship over land or Visaversa

from €63 per unit

Your personal driver will meet you at Venice Marco Polo airport just as you come through customs, he will be holding a sign with your name on it. He will then accompany you to the car or Mini Van, which is just a short walk form the arrival area.

The drive from the airport to the Marittima port in Venice is approximately 30 to 40 minutes long depending on traffic. He will drop you directly at the port where you can check in for your Cruise

You can also take this transfer the other way round with the pick up at the Marittima port in Venice to Marco Polo Airport

Classic Gondola Ride

from €31 per person

Take our enchanting gondola tour and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi. The perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water, you will be enthralled by what surrounds you.

The tour starts at Gondola Park of Santa Maria del Giglio, next to the hotel Gritti Palace in the center of Venice ( look for the orange umbrella!). There are a lot of transportation option from the cruise port to the center of Venice

Relax and enjoy the romantic tranquillity of the Serenissima, unlock the secrets of Venice and her intriguing labyrinth of canals. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. Once upon a time the most noble and wealthy of families would have travelled around by gondola - the slightly eccentric Peggy Guggenheim was the last person to have her own private gondola in the 1960's.

On this unique exploration of the Venetian canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself! This charming tour will take you one step closer to the romantic facades of Venice and will enable you to understand what it was to be truly Venetian.

Classical Venice combined tour: gondola ride, Saint mark's basilica & Doge's palace 09.40 am

from €89 per person

Enjoy this combined tour to discover venice: classica gondola ride, guided tour of the S. Mark's Basilica & Doge's palace

departure: from monday to saturday:

  • 09.40 am classic gondola ride 30 min
  • 11.15 am s. mark's basilica & doge's palace 2 hours

departure : sunday

  • 11.00 am classic gondola ride 30 min
  • 2.00 pm s. mark's basilica & doge's palace 2 hours

 

Grand Canal small Boat tour

from €32 per person

The Grand Canal of Venice is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today.

Our tour helps you to imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone-masons. Why are there so many palaces with differing styles of architecture? Why are there those moorish and eastern style windows? Our guide will entertain you with stories of the most historical palaces (many having famous owners). Our narrated tour helps you recognize each palace, who lived where, and to discover why the poets & writers such as Shelley, Byron, & Browning loved this city.

The tour starts outside the Ticket Office Ali Laguna close to the Royal Gardens few steps from Saint Mark's square 

This 60 min tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice.

Venice was built to be appreciated from the water, the facades of the city can only be seen from the canals. This boat tour is enjoyable for all ages and gives your feet a well-earned rest! Our boat tour in a private motor-launch gives you a great overall view of the city, covering many of the sestieri (areas).

Medieval Hill Towns and Prosecco Wine Tasting

from €139 per person

A journey into the countryside, visiting three of the most enchanting Towns in the Veneto region. The walled town of Marostica with its medieval castle, famous for its ‘human game of chess’ that is held every two years on a giant chess board in the main square.

Then to the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa, a shoppers paradise and synonymous with its production of the firewater of the mountains - Grappa! Crossing the celebrated Palladian bridge over the Riviera del Brenta we will visit the famous distillery situated right on the bridge. Our next stop is Asolo ‘The pearl of the Veneto’, situated among the cypress covered foothills of the Dolomites, with its tiny pavements & archways and the castle of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus.

Robert Browning was one of the many poets who fell in love with Asolo. Here you will have free time to walk around this enchanting town or opt for an optional lunch in one of the local restaurants. Heading inland mid way between Venice and the Alps, you will see the beautiful rolling hills of Valdobbiadene. Here you will discover a very important white sparkling wine called “Prosecco” Italy’s most popular “vino frizzante”. Passing enchanting churches we follow the panoramic “Wine road of Prosecco”, surrounded by endless vineyards, we visit one of the most important Cantinas (Vineyards) of the area, following a guided visit of the Cantina, you then get to taste your first glass of Prosecco wine and 3 other wines, you also have the chance to purchase a few bottles before making our way back to Venice.

Padua and a romantic cruise among the Venetian Villa of the River Brenta

from €160 per person

Padua is the first stop on this tour. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the mystical Basilica of St. Anthony which contains relics, chalices, gifts, and documents relating to his life. The four-cloistered Basilica contains many precious adornments and decorations, and has an incredible aura of faith and votive mysticism – an extremely interesting place to visit. Here, along with thousands of pilgrims, you can inscribe your own prayer of intercession to St Anthony and place it on his tomb. There is time for a stroll into the historical centre of Padua where you can admire many medieval monuments.  Our arrival at Oriago at 11.45 gives us time for an optional lunch (light lunch €21, full lunch €27 on request) before commencing your romantic cruise among the Venetian villas of the Brenta Riviera. The programs offer navigation from Oriago to Venice (Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venice) plus a guided tour inside some of the Venetian Villas, the famous richly-frescoed summer dwellings of the Venetian aristocrats of the 1700’s.

Private - Photography Tour

from €199 per person

On this creative, informative and interactive guided photography tour, our professional photographer will instruct you on how to take expert photos in some lesser known but equally enchanting parts of Venice.

All you have to do is provide the camera (however modest) and you will have the opportunity to pick up professional tips on the art of photography, composition, technique and capturing images that are perhaps less obvious, but that represent beautiful Venice just as effectively as St. Mark's Square.

Capture the spirit of the city and maximise on how the light and the water complement one another. No previous experience is required. This tour will take you to the undiscovered hidden away areas of Castello and Cannaregio frequented only by Venetians.

Each tour will be unique. Our photographer will decide where to lead you depending on the time of day and the light in order to take the best photo. This tour is a great way to see real Venice and also to learn a skill that will be valuable in whichever amazing city you visit next!

As an alternative option for the private photography tour, you can also choose to be taken around a glass factory in Murano and you will have the opportunity to take photos of the glass maker while he's at work.

Private - The Magnificent Doges Palace Tour

from €198 per unit

The Doges Palace "Palazzo Ducale" is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. Palazzo Ducale was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city.

Listen to our informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini.

Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.

Private - Venetian Art and Architecture Walking Tou

from €198 per unit

This walk caters for those with little formal knowledge of architecture and art, yet who are keen to become fully immersed in the aesthetic beauty of Venice.

Through visiting areas of architectural and artistic richness, such as the interior of the huge Gothic church of San Giovanni & Paolo with the largest stained glass window in Venice, the jewel box exterior of Church of the Miracoli, and then through narrow alleyways to the area where Marco Polo lived, our guide will give you a clear understanding of the evolution of a broad range of artistic and architectural images.

Venice Ship to shore private guided Grand canal excursion

Venice Ship to Shore. Privately guided Grand Canal boat excursions departing directly from your cruise ship or your hotel. The only way to arrive or depart from Venice, Great for couples, families and groups.

The perfect introduction to the city of Venice with one of our expert local guides who'll provide the ideal introduction to the worlds most beautiful highway (The Grand Canal).

Romantic gondola ride for 2

from €140 per person

Pre-book your gondola tour for just the two of you ! Enjoy a 30 minute relaxing journey through the tranquil canals of Venice, away from the tourists and see Venice as it should be seen.

This private tour is perfect for a special occasion – a birthday treat, a surprise for your companion or that special moment to propose!

The tour starts at Gondola Park of Santa Maria del Giglio, next to the hotel Gritti Palace. There are a lot of transportation options from the cruise port to the center of Venice.

Spectacular Gondola Guided Grand Canal Cruise

from €349 per unit

On this truly unique and magical guided tour of Venice's waterways, you will be guaranteed the best and most breathtaking views of Venice possible. More in the heart of Venice you could not hope to be! You will be steered in style by your own personal gondolier through the picturesque 'Rio della Madonetta' and on to the incomparable Grand Canal.

The tour starts at Gondola Park of Santa Maria del Giglio, next to the hotel Gritti Palace in the center of Venice ( look for the orange umbrella!). If you visit Venice on a cruise you have a lot of transportation options from the cruise port to the center of Venice

Passing through centuries of history and stunning palazzi, each with their own story to tell, you will glide effortlessly along one of the most famous, beautiful and elegant 'high streets' in the world. All you need to do is sit back, relax with a glass of Prosecco or Bellini in your hand, and take in the surroundings while our informative guide entertains you with stories and anecdotes of the city, explaining the history behind La Serenissima and her array of stunning palaces.

The tour will take you under the modest Accademia Bridge, which separates the districts of buzzing San Marco on one side from charming Dorsoduro on the other. Moving on, you will hear about the many characters that Venice has played host to throughout history. You will also discover the secrets of the Venetians, the 'traghetto' for example and the tales behind the gondola itself.

Turning into another of Venice's scenic side canals, you will not only be able to enjoy the splendour of the Canal Grande but also the quaint charm of the smaller, more residential areas too - 'real Venice'. Wending your way back out on to the Grand Canal you will pass by the gothic masterpiece, Ca' D'oro, the historic fish market and under the romantic and majestic Rialto bridge. These are just a few highlights of this outstanding exploration of Venice.

Why not indulge in this exceptional tour? See Venice from the way it was intended to be seen and appreciate it from the best and most original angle. An excellent way to combine an informative and stimulating guided commentary with an essential gondola ride, this tour is not to be missed!

St. Mark's Extravaganza Saint Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace- Skip the line combined tour

from €59 per person

On this essential Venice guided walking tour, you will be intrigued by the fascinating history of La Serenissima and discover what it is like to live in this unique city.

Walking around this open air museum our informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Marks square, the Doges palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell tower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural master pieces and why they were built that way.

The tour starts under the arches in front of the Correr Museum in Saint mark's Square in the center of Venice ( look for the orange umbrella!). There are a lot of transportation option from the cruise port to the center of Venice

Learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes and when the new World was discovered , leaving Venice medieval forever.(avoiding the public queues with our special pass) We enter inside Saint Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics. With its awe – inspiring gold mosaics our talented guide will walk you through to one of the main highlights of the Saint Marks Basilica, the “Pala d’Oro” (Golden altar), with masterpieces by generations of Venetian Goldsmiths, universally recognized as one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship and the most precious treasure in the Saint Marks Basilica.

Take advantage of our expert guide, hear anecdotes about this remarkable city and its historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. This walk is an absolute must for the first time visitor, leaving you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city.

The Dolomites

from €139 per person

Tour includes the most famous towns in the dramatic Dolomites, Cortina, Misurina Lake, Tre Cime, Auronzo Lake. Passing through tunnels with astounding views of canyons and valleys that appear as if from nowhere, the scenery is quite simply, breathtaking.

The Dolomites are this and much more. On arrival at Cortina, "the Pearl of the Dolomites", you will have approximately 1 hours of free time to stroll around and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting you may also take the Cable car up to Faloria at 2134mt, which overlooks the entire town of Cortina and the surrounding mountains. We then continue our trip towards the natural lake of Misurina (1756mt) taking the toll road up to the outstanding peaks of the "Tre Cime di Lavaredo", 2,360mt with more unforgettable views of the Dolomites.

Here you will have time to wander around or alternatively, you can enjoy an optional lunch, whilst admiring the beautiful mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop with views of "Sorapis", and the "Marmarole". Surrounded by scenery as stunning as this, photo opportunities are plentiful! After lunch we journey on to admire the picturesque Auronzo lake passing through enchanting mountain villages. We then make our way back to Venice.

Private Cooking class: Veneto cuisine

from €140 per person

Come with the expert food&wine staff of Venice Day Trips to learn the secrets and techniques of the Italian cuisine. This Venice cooking class is for small groups of 6 people max and is designed with the goal of preparing a complete Italian meal that you can easily reproduce at home. Previous to the cooking lesson, we will walk through the colourful market stands of the Venice Rialto Market, choosing the freshest seasonable produce that is the secret of the Italian cuisine. Signora Donatella will teach you how to prepare typical specialties such as homemade fresh pasta and tiramisu.

As her assistant chefs for the day, be prepared to really work! This culinary experience is for those who want to learn in a fun and relaxing atmosphere in a charming venetian apartment in the center of Venice. Don't miss this incredible hands-on experience.

10:00 am: Venice cooking class Program
We will meet at Venice Rialto Market and visit the fruit and vegetable market
11:00 am: a glass of Prosecco and Cooking Class
1:00 pm: Lunch that you prepared with Italian DOC Italian Wines
3:00 pm: Return to Rialto Bridge
Venice cooking class Rate

Shopping in Venice

from €70 per person

Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the boutiques and small artisan shops in this fascinating city. Each neighbourhood, or sestriere, in Venice has something particular to discover. We will explore the hidden areas of the city that are off the beaten path that have managed to maintain their authentic charm. We can hunt for that specific treasure you have long been searching for, or delight our senses with the traditional crafts and products of Venice, including glass, jewelry, leather, paper, masks, luxury fabrics…. The possibilities are endless.

Note: Your shopping walk will be customized to your tastes and needs. If given carte blanche however, our shopping mavens will take you to the traditional, specialized boutiques and small shops that these cities have to offer. We receive no commissions from any of the stores we visit, allowing us to focus exclusively on your requests and search for the best prices and quality the market offers.

We will meet at Rialto bridge or other place in Venice at 10:00 a.m. and finish at 1:00 p.m. or 04:00 p.m. and finish at 7:00 p.m.

Venice Wine Tasting

from €70 per person

Discover the hidden corners of Venice with your expert wine guide, who is a professional sommelier. Participate in a unique wine tour which allows you a glimpse of local life, history, culture and traditions of the region, while learning about traditional local wines and their place in the Veneto culture.

The tour starts at Campo Santi Apostoli. When on a cruise to Venice, you have a lot of transportation options from the cruise port to the center of Venice

Your wine tasting tour will take you to two different enoteche (wine bars), set in authentic areas of Venice, well off the beaten path. In each “enoteca”, your personal sommelier will select two typical quality wines for you to taste, each paired with small Venetian appetizers, called cicchetti. We will start with white wines, and finish with red wines.

During your time together, you will learn about the most important aspects of Italian wine production and its role in Italian culture. Regardless of your level of wine knowledge, you will find this walk both informative and fun. Your guide will be happy to focus on any particular wine topic that interests you most, including history, tasting guidelines or quality standards.

The Classic wine tasting includes 4 glasses of wine from the Tri-Veneto area (the area formerly ruled by the Venetian Republic). Each wine is paired with small Venetian appetizers, called cicchetti. Examples of the quality wines you will taste are Prosecco and Tocai (white wines), and Refosco and Ripasso della Valpolicella (red wines), though the selection available may be subject to change.

There is the possibility to upgrade your wine tasting to the Premium level. Examples of these prestigious wines are Franciacorta and Gewurtzraminer (white wines), and Brunello di Montalcino and Amarone (red wines). Again, these selections may be modified if necessary. If you would like to personalize your wine tour and/or wine selections to match your group’s particular interests, please contact us for personalized rates. We are more than happy to accomodate special requests in order to fine-tune your visit.

In this tasting you can learn about the wine and the food of Italy and specially of Venice and  the Veneto. You'll be able to live a real italian experience, that and really make your holiday special. 

Enjoy this experience while you tour a hidden Venice with Mario or Rachel.

Venice In A Day

from €116 per person

Great discount when booking 4 of our most popular tours in Venice!

Venice in a day tour is the best way to spend a whole day in Venice or divide these tours over two days.

Visit Venice in one day with most famous city tours: Saint Marks basilica, Doge's palace, Grand canal boat tour and Gondola ride.

Classic Gondola Ride
Saint Mark's Basilica Tour - Past and Present
The Magnificent Doges Palace Walking Tour
Grand Canal Boat Tour

Summer Departure Schedule: Daily Tour 

  • Summer departure times  (Monday through to Sunday)
  • Classic Gondola Ride  9.40 am- (11.00 am on Sunday) - 4.30 pm
  • Saint Mark's Basilica Tour  11.15 am - (2.00 pm on Sunday)
  • The Magnificent Doges Palace  12.15 pm - (3.00 pm on Sunday)
  • Grand Canal Boat Tour  4.30pm

Monday-Saturday: Departure 1st tour 9.40 am

  • 9.40 am Classic Gondola Ride
  • 11.15 pm Saint Mark's Basilica Tour
  • 12.15 pm The Magnificent Doges Palace
  • 4.30 pm Grand Canal Boat Tour

Sunday: Departure 1st tour 11.00 am

  • 11.00 am Classic gondola ride
  • 2.00 pm Saint mark's basilica tour
  • 3 pm the Magnificent doge's palace tour
  • 4.30 pm the grand canal boat tour
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Verona and Amarone

from €160 per person

A journey into the countryside, visiting three of the most enchanting Towns in the Veneto region. The walled town of Marostica with its medieval castle, famous for its ‘human game of chess’ that is held every two years on a giant chess board in the main square.

Then to the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa, a shoppers paradise and synonymous with its production of the firewater of the mountains - Grappa! Crossing the celebrated Palladian bridge over the Riviera del Brenta we will visit the famous distillery situated right on the bridge. Our next stop is Asolo ‘The pearl of the Veneto’, situated among the cypress covered foothills of the Dolomites, with its tiny pavements & archways and the castle of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus.

Robert Browning was one of the many poets who fell in love with Asolo. Here you will have free time to walk around this enchanting town or opt for an optional lunch in one of the local restaurants. Heading inland mid way between Venice and the Alps, you will see the beautiful rolling hills of Valdobbiadene. Here you will discover a very important white sparkling wine called “Prosecco” Italy’s most popular “vino frizzante”. Passing enchanting churches we follow the panoramic “Wine road of Prosecco”, surrounded by endless vineyards, we visit one of the most important Cantinas (Vineyards) of the area, following a guided visit of the Cantina, you then get to taste your first glass of Prosecco wine and 3 other wines, you also have the chance to purchase a few bottles before making our way back to Venice.

VIP Venice in a day - The best of Venice

from €890 per unit

VIP Venice in a day tour is the best way to spend a whole day in Venice with your own private guide.

We start our day with a private guided gondola tour through the smaller canals, the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water.  We than take a short walk and skip the line into the Doge's Palace crossing the Bridge of Sighs and visiting its prisons cells. We than continue to skip the line with our special pass into Saint Mark's Basilica also includes entrance fees to get a closer look at the breath taking mosaics on the 2nd floor and views from the terrace.

After the Basilica and just a short walk to the waterfront we pick-up a private motor launch (water taxi) which will take you along the most spectacular high street in the world "Venice's Grand Canal" giving you a great overall view of the city covering many of the "sestieri" (areas).

Duration of this tour is 4 hours can be taken in the morning or in the afternoon.

  • Departure time in the morning 9.30 am
  • Departure time in the afternoon 2.00 pm
  • Price is for 1 to 5 people 

wine tasting & dinner in an elegant sorround

from €149 per person

In the elegant surroundings of a very well known Venetian restaurant just a few minutes walk from Saint Marks square you can enjoy a four course dinner accompanied by 4 wonderful wines. Depending on your choice from our tailor-made menu, the restaurants sommelier will combine the wines to accompany the food you choose. A great way to get to know the local wines and also the local food.

Outstanding value in comparison with the average cost of dining out in Venice with some exceptional wines. This restaurant is noted as one of the Top 10 best restaurants in Venice.

    Aperitif
    Antipasto
    1st course
    Main course
    Dessert
    Cafe

Wine Tour Road of the Doges

from €90 per person

As we leave Venice we make our way to the south-east of Treviso to a historical cantina. Surrounded by 40 hectares of vineyards this area is perfect for the production of high quality wine, thanks to the characteristics of the terrain which is very fertile.

The grapes cultivated are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Raboso, Verduzzo, Chardonay, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, Traminer and Prosecco, all grapes are typical of this area.

When you arrive you will have the chance to see how they are producing the superlative wines today, visit the cantina with its huge wine barrels and then enjoy the wine tasting combined with appetizers of local products. You will also have the opportunity to stock up on a few bottles of “vino”.