The Highlights of Venice
by Foot and by Water

An ideal experience for those seeking an informative exploration of Venice’s big “must-see” highlights. Hear the stories of the people and places that forged this breathtaking city. Includes a two-hour walking tour and a one-hour private boat ride along the canals of the city.


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Save time and see the most Venice's famous sites from the comfort of your own boat

Over three spectacular hours, a private Venice historian guide will lead guests through the charming alleyways of Venice on a combination walking and boat tour.

Commencing from the guests’ accommodation or other pre-arranged meeting point, the tour focuses on the highlights of mainland Venice and its most famous waterway, the Grand Canal.

Stepping into the “drawing-room of Europe”, Piazza San Marco, the glittering façade of the St Mark’s Basilica presents a literal mosaic of Venice’s past as an important port city, adorned with gems and gold gathered from faraway lands.

The expert Venice tour guide will recount unusual stories about the Bell and Clock Tower. Then, passing from the grueling to the glamorous past, focus turns to the famous coffee shops lining the square where exuberant parties have long been held.

Adjacent to St Mark’s Square, there is also the Doge’s Palace, home to the ancient ruling powers and the courthouse, with the condemned taken to adjacent prisons via the haunting Bridge of Sighs.

Upon request, it is possible to enter into the St Mark’s Basilica or the Doge’s Palace to make the best use of the time with the guide.

Time will also be spent in a private deluxe motor boat to explore the waterways of Venice. Offering unique vantage points of the historic palaces, the Rialto Bridge and picturesque canals, the Venice guide will recount stories from the outrageous to the out-right gripping.

Populated since around the 10th century BC, Venice grew to become an immense maritime force, particularly throughout the medieval and Renaissance periods. Trade, especially in spices, grains and silk, contributed to the great wealth the city amassed. Its maritime past bestowed an exciting mix of architectural styles from far-away lands, seen in the richly-decorated palaces.

Snaking through the city is the spectacular waterway, the Grand Canal, offering vistas of the most stunning residences visible only from the water.

One iconic symbol of Venice is the gondola, developed as a common means of transport for people and goods. Another symbol of the city is the colorful masks of the world-famous Carnivale held here each year. Marvelous hand-blown glass and hand-spun lace are other icons of Venice, made on the nearby islands of Murano and Burano respectively.

Venice also had a great impact on world art. For instance, it was here that painting on canvas is said to have developed to avoid the humidity of the “City of Water” from ruining paintings on board. Home of Antonio Vivaldi, Venice has been a great contributor to operatic music.

More than just a pretty face, Venice is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, its history certainly meriting time being spent with an expert tour guide to recount the marvelous tales of the city.

The Highlights of Venice: by Foot and by Water

Starting From:  400.00

  • A professional tour guide will meet guests at their accommodation or prearranged location in Venice to commence this combination walking and boat tour of Venice.
  • See the most picturesque and iconic views of Venice from land and sea.
  • Catch a private motor boat (included in the tour price), driven by your own personal skipper.
So that this tour may be tailored to individual preferences, any entry costs and food/drinks are additional, to be paid by guests directly on the day. St Mark’s Basilica is occasionally closed due to religious services or high waters, and in this case information will be provided from outside.

The tour (including the boat ride) runs rain or shine. It may have to be adapted during high waters to suit conditions. It will be necessary to step into and out of the boat from a pier. Any mobility issues should be advised ahead of time. Shoulders, backs and knees must be covered to enter into religious spaces.

Backpacks and most bags are not allowed in the Basilica and storage may take time away from the tour. Signature Italy declines responsibility if religious sites are closed for unseen circumstances.
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