“The History/Political information on the way to Venice was interesting, fun and added context to the day.David W., Australia – See more reviews
What To Expect
For centuries Venice was a republic of immense power; controlling trade routes in the Adriatic, and waging successful wars with rival states. Ruled by a doge, who had his powers controlled by a cabinet, Venice was a proud and rich republic, known as la Serenissima, the most serene. Every year the Doge would take part in a symbolic ceremony, the Marriage of the Sea, to celebrate Venice's mastery over the ocean.
Like most great powers, however, Venice's glory was followed by a decline. La Serenissima lost her chattels in wars, and the city's trade routes declined in importance after the discovery of the New World. By the eighteenth century, Venice was already seeking profits from the tourist trade, leasing fine 'palazzi' to foreign travelers.
Venice is composed of more than a hundred tiny islets, packed closely together around canals. The city is in a lagoon, protected by the longer island of Venice Lido. Venice is famously sinking. Every year high water levels (acqua alta) threaten the city's fabric, and it has long been feared that the beautiful city will one day disappear beneath the water. Many ideas (and funds) have been put forward to protect the endangered heritage site; current plans include a giant water-gate.
06:00 - Pick-up from hotel
07:00 - Departure by bus from 76 Foro Bonaparte
10:30 - Arrival in Venice and transfer by boat to St. Mark's Square. Upon meeting the local tour guide, we will proceed for a visit to the city. Tour will end with a short visit to a Glass Factory. Free time.
16:30 - Departure from Venice
Hotel pick-up (depending on option selected)
Return bus trip from Milan
English speaking tour leader*
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
This tour has a 6 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 72 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
Child rates apply from ages 4-11. Children below 4 years old are free of charge (please provide date of birth upon booking).
*On Tuesdays from April to October, this tour is also available in Spanish.
In winter season (November-February) some tours may be modified or suspended.
It is your responsibility to check with appropriate consulates if any visa is required.
This tour must be booked at least 24 hours prior to departure. Tour with hotel pick-up option must be booked at least 48 hours before desired departure date.
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