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Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

1. Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

Join a panoramic, round-trip cruise and enjoy a typical aperitif in St. Mark's Basin. Take in a stunning sunset on board as you pass in front of Saint Mark's Square. Get a unique perspective of the most romantic spots in Venice and its islands. Start your trip by meeting in Venice San Marco, at a location that's just a short walk along the waterfront, not too far from Saint Mark's Square. Hop on board and find a comfy spot to take in the views as you head out on your cruise. This trip is a great way to relax after a long day of sightseeing and is the perfect tour to take with friends, family, or your partner while admiring dreamy places and listening to music. Raise a glass to your trip with your choice of drink, paired with crisps and pretzels.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

2. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

3. Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Sail up the Grand Canal on a guided boat tour, and cruise along some of the Giudecca canal. The Grand Canal is, without doubt, the most spectacular 'High Street' in the world. It's lined with beautiful palaces constructed over hundreds of years.  As you sail, you can easily imagine what it was like when it was lined with gardens, warehouses, stonemasons, and squeri, where gondolas were built. Discover why there are so many different styles of architecture and why so many of the buildings are of Moorish or Eastern style.  Experience first-hand why poets and writers, such as Shelly, Byron, and Browning, loved Venice so much. Then, nip down some of the city's more secluded waterways, unreachable by foot. Cruise under picturesque bridges, and explore a quieter side of Venice, where the façades of the city can only be seen from the canals

Venice: Luxury Cruise in Venice Lagoon

4. Venice: Luxury Cruise in Venice Lagoon

Cruise through the heart of Venice's Northern Lagoon. Take in the beautiful landscapes and landmarks from a unique vantage point. Visit the island of Giudecca, the Vignole, Murano, and Mazzorbo. Glide by the amazing Torcello e Burano, where you can see the famous northern Venetian settlement from the comfort of a luxurious boat, all the while learning the location's secrets. Continue then towards Sant'Erasmo Island, San't Andrea, San Servolo, San Clemente, and Sant'Andrea. Discover the hidden islands of the lagoon and their amazing landscapes, which only locals know about.

Venice: Giudecca Island Discover Walking Tour

5. Venice: Giudecca Island Discover Walking Tour

Discover the fishbone-like shaped Giudecca Island, known to be Venice’s unofficial seventh sestiere (neighborhood), on a guided walking trip of the Island. Once an aristocratic retreat and later the city industrial center, the island nowadays boasts a trendy artistic district. After meeting your guide for the day, set out to walk through characteristic Giudecca, the largest and closest island to Venice, from which it is separated by the broad and deep Giudecca Canal. Travel via waterbus to Giudecca and enjoy breath-taking views of the city on the way. The peacefulness of the island has also made it popular among religious communities and with patrician families who have built palaces with gardens and allotments here. You’ll get to see how, after the fall of the republic, these areas were converted into warehouses, barracks, prisons, factories, and workers’ quarters. Today, some of them have been converted for artistic and modern purposes. Walk through the long pedestrian quay running the length of the island’s Venice-facing side and wander around its hidden lagoon-facing side with lush gardens, inspiring galleries, and neighborhoods. 

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

6. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

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3.8 / 5

based on 132 reviews

Meeting point well described, guide spoke to waiting people if tour was booked. The trip offers a very good overview of the most important sights. Explanations come in all languages one after the other over the microphone - some of them were not very easy to understand. Drinks were fine and refills were given again. Despite thick clouds we were lucky because the sun didn't come out at sunset. The view is great from the upper deck, but the smell of fuel from the boat is sometimes a bit disturbing. All in all, a great trip

Very great experience! The tour guide is knowledgeable and willing to share. Really happy that he took us to the larger canals outside of main island so that we could see the sunset horizon of Venice. One of the best sunsets I have seen! The drinks were very good too.

Great tour to see Venice through the water, especially at sunset. Guide was very informative and spoke several languages. Plus you receive a glass of wine or champagne.

Nicole was the best guide ever Super knowledgeable and very charming My family enjoy her tour very much

great, guide speaks French and the aperitif is at will