All you can do if you are here overnight or you arrive by cruise
This tour wants to supply a 360° feeling of Venice and is customized for those visitors who are in town just for a couple of nights or who wish to enjoy the highlights in a few hours and be left with some free time.
This tour is perfect to collect all the necessary infos about art, history, customs, crafts, food. . . . and at the end of it you'll get a complete understanding of Venice since I'll walk you around, I'll take you for a memorable ride by watertaxi and by gondola, I'll introduce you to the art of glass blowing and you'll sip a good cappuccino!
Please, be aware that a gondola fits up to 6 people; if you are a larger party I need to customize the tour.
We start our day together with a couple of hours walk through the city centre admiring the highlights but also indulging in some less crowded areas and more intimate corners. After a stop in a coffee shop for a good capuccino or other drink, we'll board a private watertaxi and cruise the Grand Canal and some rios to get a water view of the city. By boat we reach Murano Island and visit a beautiful glass factory. At the end of the glass blowing demo and the showrooms we head back to the city. I'm going to take you to a typical inn to grab some local finger food after the Venetian tradition of "cichetti". And how could you finish this glorious day better than by gondola?
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel/flat if you are staying in the city centre.
If you are on a cruise and you want to meet at the main Port, we need to catch a shuttle to get closer to the centre. This is to avoid a long walk and costs 1,50 Eur.
End location: City centre.
Available to help you getting back to your ship
Duration: 6 hours
It is a walking tour but we'll enjoy a cruise by private watertaxi and 30 minutes by gondola
My assistance and guiding during the whole tour, a coffee or capuccino or soft drink per person, a boat ride along the Grand Canal on the way to Murano island, the visit of a glass factory, 30 minutes gondola ride.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 EUR - It is always good to carry some cash in case you need to buy some water or use the public restrooms (the glass factory, the coffee shop and any place where you might stop to grab something have facilities).
If we meet at the main Port a 1,50 Eur fee is paid for the shuttle taking us to the pedestrian area where we start our walking tour.
You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature.
There are many good and inexpensive options to grab something for lunch without spoiling too much of the tour time.
If we meet at the main Port we have to catch a shuttle to get closer to the city centre. The cost for this is 1,50 Eur per person to be paid on spot
Licensed guides have no restrictions.
For tours run on the mainland, vehicles will be driven by professional drivers.
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Our trip with Isabella was wonderful, and included a tour of the Murano glass factory, a water taxi trip along the whole of the Grand Canal, along with lots of eating and sightseeing (she's especially knowledgeable about all things culinary). Along the way, she filled us in on what is was like to be a Venetian in the past and what it means to be a Venetian in the 21st century—it's not so easy because of all us tourists. Seeing Venice through the eyes of a Venetian was truly wonderful.