Can you visit Venice in 1 day? Yes, taking part in an unforgettable Venice package tour. You will immerse yourself in the magical scenery of an 18th-century fairy tale. Elegant and romantic, Venice will captivate you with its outstanding artistic and cultural history, thanks to the tales of your private guide. You will cross its ancient bridges to admire Gothic churches and palaces in delicate colors. You will notice the characteristic balconies and arched windows from the Grand Canal, with details that look like lace. Inside, the precious ceilings with wooden beams are proudly displayed, illuminated by the wonderful Murano chandeliers. Sailing aboard a private launch, you will leave the most magnificent waterway in the world to explore the three major islands, Murano, Burano, and Torcello, each with a unique soul to discover. A typical lunch will complete your unforgettable day!
Venice Walking Tour
Your Venice walking tour with a private local guide starts from your hotel in Venice.
Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Venice (further information at the end of the description) and accompany you on a walk through the narrow streets of Venice, where you can breathe the atmosphere of an Italian city symbol of the 18h century and more extremely vital. Piazza San Marco is the living room of Venice, a meeting place for tourists and Venetians. Upon request, the guide will organize a half-hour Venice gondola ride, to be paid directly to the gondolier. The fare for half an hour of the gondola is € 80.00.
St. Mark’s Basilica visit
Despite the total lack of architectural unity, the beauty of the Basilica is unique and enveloping. The Byzantine influence is immediately evident and not only for the magnificent mosaics that decorate the facade and the entrance. You will visit the Basilica of San Marco’s interior with your private guide, who will tell you the story of the Saint and the Church. There are some dates, which vary from year to year, in which the Basilica is closed to visits. In these cases, it will be explained from the outside, and the guide will replace the visit by exploring other suggestive places in the city.
St. Mark’s Square: Doge’s Palace (exterior) and Bridge of Sighs
The top things to see in Venice are in St. Mark’s Square!
Next to the Basilica of St. Mark, there is the Ducal Palace, once the Doge’s residence, the ancient Serenissima Republic governor. Its facade’s oriental style is the perfect casket to house masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese’s likes. You will admire the characteristic Bridge of Sighs. It was the access ramp for the condemned who sighed while admiring the view for the last time before being imprisoned in prisons. The Doge’s Palace’s visit is possible on request and will be included in the tour, inevitably sacrificing at least one hour of the walk. Alternatively, a dedicated 2-hour visit can be arranged for another day.
The Bell Tower and the Clock Tower (from outside)
The Bell Tower, 324 feet, is the exact copy of the tower that collapsed suddenly in 1902. It was the platform for Galileo to test his telescope. It is a symbol of Venice together with Saint Mark Basilica.
At the top of the Clock Tower, two bronze “Moors” strike the hours, with the same mechanism, from the 15th century.
Venice off the beaten path
You can customize your private tour of Venice. Your guide will bring you to a site little known by tourists and beloved by the Venetians. The Contarini-Bovolo staircase is a harmonious ensemble of the Renaissance, Gothic, and Venetian-Byzantine styles. Commissioned by Pietro Contarini in 1400 to flaunt the importance of its name, the Venetians added the nickname “del bovolo.” The snail, whose shape it recalls, thus translates into Venetian. For those who wish it is possible to go up. We prefer to leave the optional climb; you will decide on-site whether to walk the 80 steps of the 26-meter high tower (the ticket costs 7 euros from 12 years upwards, to be paid locally). From the top, you can enjoy a spectacular view over Venice’s rooftops, but also from below, it is a spectacle worth seeing.
Between noon and 01:00 pm, you will enjoy a typical lunch in a selected restaurant (included).
Private boat tour to the most famous Venice Islands
Sailing in a private boat, you will move away from the spectacular Grand Canal to enter the lagoon, and you will reach three of the more than 100 islands, where the inhabitants of the mainland sought refuge from the Barbarian invasions. The guide, accompanying you to the restaurant, will show you where you will meet your private driver for the islands’ tour.
On the small island of Torcello, Hemingway lived, dreamed, and found inspiration. Charlie Chaplin, Lady Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and other celebrities have chosen this island for its peaceful and serene atmosphere. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta with Venetian-Byzantine style mosaics has become the symbol of the island.
Picturesque island with brightly colored houses that brighten the canals. The inhabitants’ hospitality is well known and reflects this island’s soul, also famous for its lace-making. Characteristic is the church of San Martino with the leaning bell tower.
The island is famous throughout the world for the long tradition of processing this material. Here you will have the chance to watch a glassmaker blow into a tube to create whatever he wants, even one of the fantastic Venetian chandeliers. Also worth seeing is the church of Santa Maria and San Donato, in Romanesque style, with its floor embellished with colored mosaics. According to legend, the church would house the bones of the dragon killed by the Saint.
Pick up details and other info
Departure is scheduled at 9:00 from your hotel / B & B / apartment on Venice’s main Island. From that moment your private guide will accompany you to discover the city. If you arrive by train, the guide will wait for you at the end of the platform (in the reservation, or later, you will indicate your train’s details). If you are coming from the mainland, your guide will be waiting for you at the foot of the Calatrava bridge with a sign bearing your name.
In case your hotel is on Giudecca or Lido, the guide will wait for you in Riva Degli Schiavoni in front of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele / Londra Palace Hotel (S. Zaccaria ferry stop). If you come from hotels located in small islands (such as Marriott, San Clemente, or Cipriani) that make the shuttle available to customers, the guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival. In any case, please specify your address. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, no problem; we ask you to notify us as soon as possible after the tour date.
At the end of the island tour, the driver will take you back to your hotel/apartment / B & B / station / Piazzale Roma or the closest berth to your accommodation on the main island. Remember to cover your shoulders and knees before entering the Basilica, and that only small backpacks and bags and folding umbrellas are allowed. The tour could start with the islands’ tour. In this case, the motorboat driver will come to pick you up at the closest berth to your hotel, which we will promptly notify you of.
Included in the tour:
- Pick up from your hotel to Rome rail station (by the guide)
- 3 hours Professional guide for the Venice walking tour
- Lunch (starter, main course, and water included)
- Private water taxi for the Islands’ Tour
- Admission tickets to St. Mark Basilica
- Transfer back to your hotel/apartment/B&B or Venice rail station
- COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff (social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites)
- half an hour Gondola ride (€ 80,00 each Gondola – 5 passengers per gondola)
- Bovolo Staircase (€ 7,00 per person)