Venice - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Venice is built on a lagoon, crisscrossed by canals and a maze of narrow, winding streets that lead to centuries-old palazzos, piazzas, churches, bridges, and art museums. Take a gondola ride, wander the streets, savor a meal or glass of wine by the Grand Canal: you can’t go wrong.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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The Best of Italy tour
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The Best of Italy

SmarTours
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9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour to the Vatican which includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum
  • Explore Imperial Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See Michelangelo’s celebrated David
  • View the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano
Visits:
Colosseum, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Umbria, Italy
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany

STORY Land & Sea
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11 days
$ 507 / day
$ 5,579
From : $ 14,558
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Local Expert Italian Guides: Easy-to-understand, Friendly
  • Hosted by STORY Tour Captain throughout your journey
  • Experience Wine-Tasting story Exclusive Tuscan
  • Story's Handpicked Deluxe Heart-of-City Hotels
  • Story's Complimentary Laundry Service Mid-Tour to help you pack lighter
  • Magic Portage included beginning to end
  • Internet WiFi Access for Story Guests
  • Included Gondola with our own Italian Musician's Serenade
Visits:
Assisi, Colosseum, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, Venice, Italy
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The Italy - Venice Untour tour
Self-guided / Independent Tour
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The Italy - Venice Untour

7 days
$ 204 / day
$ 1,429
From : $ 1,929
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Venice
  • Explore Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge
  • Visit Island of Torcello and Burano islands
  • Visit Doge’s Palace and Murano
Visits:
Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy
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10 Day Jewels of Italy
Private Guided
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10 Day Jewels of Italy

STORY Land & Sea
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10 days
$ 336 / day
$ 3,359
From : $ 3,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
  • Enjoy Imperial Rome with Admission to Colosseum & Forum
  • Admission to Vatican City & Sistine Chapel
  • Visit Museums and St. Peters
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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A time to remember
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A time to remember

10 days
$ 141 / day
$ 1,410
From : $ 3,416
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore centre of Paris, the area of the Louvre Museum.
  • Enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin
  • Visit a spectacular cruise on the river Seine
  • Opportunity to Boat ride along the Seine
  • Explore Zurich
  • Admire the fantastic landscapes, cable car included to Grildelwald
  • City tour in: Rome, Florence, Venice
  • Boat: Vaporetto in Venice, River Seine in Paris
Visits:
Alps, Bern, Eiffel Tower, Florence, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Paris, The Louvre, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, Zurich, France, Italy, Switzerland
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Around Europe
Group Tour
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Around Europe

16 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Picturesque typical village of Volendam
  • Visit to Amsterdam
  • Discover London
  • Explore Bern, the capital city of Switzerland
  • Boat ride along the Seine
Visits:
Amsterdam, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Buckingham Palace, Verona, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Italian Dolomites
Group Tour
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Italian Dolomites

8 days
$ 498 / day
$ 3,986
From : $ 5,381
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Famous European mountain ranges
  • Amazing natural and cultural history
  • Mountain huts with incredible scenery
  • Diverse mountain hiking
  • Unique Alps wildlife
Visits:
Alps, Venice
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Heart of Europe Grand Tour
Group Tour
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Heart of Europe Grand Tour

22 days
$ 204 / day
$ 4,490
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit to Heidelberg
  • Visit Romantic city of Venice
  • Explore a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand, multi-colored chandeliers
  • Visit the Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
  • Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
Visits:
Alps, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Burgundy, Dolomites, Florence, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Lake Garda, London, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Rotterdam, Venice, Verona, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome
Private Guided
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome

14 days
$ 231 / day
$ 3,240
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
  • Explore Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
  • Explore romantic city of Venice
  • Visit a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand chandeliers
Visits:
Accademia museum, Alps, Burgundy, Colosseum, Florence, Lucca, Lucerne, Milan, Pantheon, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Sistine Chapel, Tuscany, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, France, Italy
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Rome, Florence & Venice By Rail tour
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Rome, Florence & Venice By Rail

Indus Travels
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8 days
$ 106 / day
$ 1,599
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided tour in Rome and see Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • Explore the major highlights of Florence, the capital city of the region of Tuscany
  • Visit Piazza San Marco with its stunning Basilica, the Clock Tower and Palazzo Ducale in romantic Venice
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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A Four Seasons Journey
Group Tour
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A Four Seasons Journey

11 days
$ 137 / day
$ 1,505
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Switzerland
  • City tour of Prague. Visit to Castle, boat tour along the river
  • See the old Town Innsbruck
  • Visit to Swarovski Museum
  • City tour of Rome and Vatican City
  • Admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well known Leaning Tower of Pisa
Visits:
Innsbruck, Milan, Pisa, Prague, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, Venice, Zurich, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland
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European Supreme with 3 Day Aegean Cruise Moderate A with Eurostar Summer 2019
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European Supreme with 3 Day Aegean Cruise Moderat ...

Trafalgar
Preferred
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32 days
$ 295 / day
$ 9,440
From : $ 11,611
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Vienna, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Delphi, Athens, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Kalambaka, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Acropolis in Athens, Excavations in Pompeii, the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • CRUISE along the Rhine River
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the battle site of Thermopylae, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineayrds of Burgundy, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Somme Battlefields in France
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
Visits:
Alps, Amsterdam, Assisi, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Rome, Sorrento, Tirana, Venice, Vienna, Albania, Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey
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European Supreme with 3 Day Aegean Cruise Premier with Eurostar Summer 2019
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European Supreme with 3 Day Aegean Cruise Premier ...

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
32 days
$ 301 / day
$ 9,625
From : $ 11,839
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Vienna, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Delphi, Athens, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • CRUISE along the Rhine River
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Kalambaka, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineayrds of Burgundy, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Somme Battlefields in France
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the battle site of Thermopylae, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • VISIT the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Acropolis in Athens, Excavations in Pompeii, the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
Visits:
Alps, Amsterdam, Assisi, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Rome, Sorrento, Tirana, Venice, Vienna, Albania, Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey
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Grand European with Eurostar Summer 2019
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Grand European with Eurostar Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
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24 days
$ 281 / day
$ 6,795
From : $ 8,296
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • City tour in London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • VISIT the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz - the capital of Liechtenstein, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Saint-Paul de Vence, Beaune and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • CRUISE the Canals of Amsterdam, the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Papal Palace, Pont d' Avignon in Avignon and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino and the Vineyards of Burgundy
Visits:
Amsterdam, Assisi, Avignon, Bruges, Florence, Innsbruck, London, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Sorrento, Venice, Vienna, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland
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European Supreme Summer 2019
Group Tour
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European Supreme Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
31 days
$ 271 / day
$ 8,395
From : $ 10,326
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Delphi, Athens, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Kalambaka, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Acropolis in Athens, Excavations in Pompeii, the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • CRUISE along the Rhine River
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the battle site of Thermopylae, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineayrds of Burgundy, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Somme Battlefields in France
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
Visits:
Alps, Amsterdam, Athens, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Rome, Sorrento, Tirana, Venice, Vienna, Albania, Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland
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Top Venice Experiences and Attractions

Top Venice Experiences

Taking a gondola ride through the city's famed canals, and watching the city life as you gently paddle by.

Browsing through the many hole-in-the-wall shops to shop for unique souvenirs, like delicate Venetian glass and  intricate masquerade masks. 

Walking through Piazza San Marcos, where hundreds of pigeons wait eagerly for you to drop your gelato. Offer them a trade -- if you buy some seed from local vendors, then  they will alight on your hands!

Sipping a classic Italian coffee, such as a delicate espresso or a macchiato,  at one of the many cafes in the city. 

Touring St. Marks Basilica, and admiring the awe-inspiring, Italo-Byzantine architecture.  

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Venice Trip Reviews

1,722 Venice Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 1,222
Great 419
Average 57
Disappointing 17
Terrible 7
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.

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Operator Topdeck

Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through
three countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a
good challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some
bigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is
the countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop
for coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!
Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing
views from the top!


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Do it! You won't regret it!


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Operator Exodus Travels

I had the time of my life!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I booked the Amalfi Coast trip for my summer break. I had so much fun during the Amalfi Coast tour and our guides were fabulous! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is visiting Italy, especially for the first time!!

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Operator Italy on Budget Tours

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The tour through Venice, Florence, Cortona, and Rome exceeded our expectations. Absolutely everything was FIRST CLASS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We gave it 5 stars only because there aren’t 6. The published itinerary was delivered in spades with special additions, sometimes twice a day. We never touched luggage, as it was moved for us from location to location. We never had to deal with tickets for transportation or museums. The local, private guides were super. The included dinners and wine were superb. This is a no driving, hassle free tour. We are planning to take another Story Small Group tour.

AND, as a special treat, the owner of the company was our tour captain. We tried several things that may be included in future itineraries. In the course of 9 days nothing flustered him. Everything was taken in stride, dealt with and resolved quickly. Nothing interfered with his fantastic service to his guests. We were not customers in any sense of the word. There was never a hint that Story was trying to watch the budget.

For those of you reading this and trying to decide, there are some things you need to consider. (When you have questions, call. You'll find that the Story help line is very knowledgeable and helpful.)

Small group - There were 15 people on our tour (16 is maximum). The tour caption had the time to get to know all of us. We saw lots of groups that appeared to be 40-50 people! You get to decide which is best for you. The smaller group = higher cost. We thought that it was easily worth it.

Walking - There is a lot of walking on this tour. There is always the option to use a taxi to get from place to place (extra cost). Some of the people on the tour with us had apps to count steps. Most showed more than 10,000 at noon time! MANY of those steps are on stairs and rough/cobble stone streets. Many of the stairs are inside attractions - not between them – so they can’t be avoided. By the end of our nine days, some tour group members were opting out of some planned activities. Opinion: If you can't complete a three mile walk, over uneven terrain, at a three mph pace (that's faster than most people walk), comfortably; get in shape. You’ll never do a constant three mile walk, on the tour – but it’ll feel like it.

Weather - We had fantastic weather! Temperature in the mid/low 70's and two sprinkles in nine days. Mostly sunshine. A great time to go.

Crowds - On the other hand, it wasn't such a great time to go. The crowds of tourists were overwhelming, everywhere except Cortona. I.E.: Our private, skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican was especially BAD. We waited in line for about an hour and then once inside, we were literally shoulder to shoulder for the remaining two - three hours. It was nearly impossible to enjoy/understand what we were seeing. We spent more time trying to keep in sync with the group than looking at the art. The Sistine Chapel was NOT worth the time it took to get there. This was not something that Story could control. If the Vatican is important to you, go some other time of the year! If you are there during the busy season, opt out. There are thousands of fantastic things to see in Rome that won't be busy.

Security - We had a tour guide point out a small group of gypsy/pick-pockets as we exited the Vatican and steered us around them. That was the only "issue" in nine days - not a big deal. But, we were reminded to be "vigilant" many times - especially around crowds.

Navigation - Venice, Florence and Rome are VERY difficult to get around. There are many streets/alleys that run in apparently random directions. The maps available through hotels/tourist agents are not in adequate detail. Consider a hand-held GPS navigation system MANDITORY. Our phone did not have cell connectivity, so we down loaded the Google map. It worked once. Be very careful that you have a navigation device that works! Download a local map and test, test, test in airplane mode (?) before you go.

Driving – If you are going to Italy and renting a car, during the busy season, Venice allows no cars, problem solved. Driving in Florence and ESPECIALLY Rome is crazy. You've been forewarned.

Hotels - As it says, the hotels are in the center of the city/attractions. For example: the hotel in Rome was 200 feet from the Pantheon! This means that some of the buildings are more than 1,500 years old. You'll get used to seeing corners that you'd think should be 90 degrees, but aren't. Be prepared to spend time learning how things work and how to find your room - it'll be different from hotel to hotel and what you are used to! WiFi worked good in each hotel, except Rome. (See review of Grand Hotel de Minirva on TripAdvisor)

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Our third Venice Untour

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

On our third Venice Untour, we did not set foot in Piazzale San Marco and avoided other heavily tourist visited spots. We had a lovely tour of the San Giorgio monastery grounds and saw great paintings in many less-visited churches. We also took day trips to Bassano del Grappa and Padua, and had a lovely lunch on Torcello. Venice still offers many delights!

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i had a wonderful time

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
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In May of 2016 we did the Heart of Europe Grand Tour which started in Amsterdam and ended in London. Both my husband and i had a wonderful time and saw sites we may have never seen before(we have been to Europe before but only to Germany and Amsterdam) Our Tour Guide was Ron Lazet and he was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Would recommend these tours for anyone. I hope to be able to do another tour in the near future

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Venice Tours and Travel Guide

Venice Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Venice is unique in the world. Built on a lagoon, crisscrossed by canals and a maze of narrow, winding streets that lead to centuries-old palazzos, piazzas, churches, bridges, and art museums, Venice by all rights should have sunk into the sea years ago.

But somehow Venice manages to survive as very possibly the most beautiful and romantic city on earth. Take a gondola ride, wander the streets, savor a meal or glass of wine by the Grand Canal: you can’t go wrong.

History Tours of Venice

For more than a thousand years, Venice’s twisting and winding streets and canals helped to repel invaders and turn this remarkable city-state built on a lagoon and a prayer into one of Europe’s greatest seafaring powers.

Wealthy, worldly, and cultured, Venice developed into a dazzling fairyland of medieval places, Renaissance guildhalls, Gothic churches, Byzantine domes, and soaring spires and towers that seem to float on the sea.

For all of these reasons and more, going on a history tour of Venice, and learning about the city’s fascinating history is a must-do on your visit. Learning about Venice’s role in the renaissance, in European trade, and the legacy of its most important families are just some of the things that a history tour of Venice might touch on. With that being said, however, learning about Venice’s past isn’t the only thing to do.

To this day, Venice’s legacy of architecture, art, food, seamanship, and craftsmanship resonates throughout the Adriatic Sea and beyond. Its main industry now, of course, is tourism -- tours to Italy almost never miss a visit to Venice.

But it’s also a city that – while seeing much of its permanent population dissipate over the years – still supports residential neighborhoods with all the requisite local cafes, kids kicking soccer balls, and authentic trattorias serving up regional specialties.

So as wonderful as San Marco, the Academy Gallery, and the Grand Canal are, if time permits it’s rewarding to get off the beaten tourist track for a while, and wander aimlessly through the city, simply absorbing the sheer beauty of your surroundings.

Exploring Venice: The Grand Canal

Venice somehow manages to squeeze some 3,000 streets, 150 canals, and 400 bridges into an area just 1.5 miles north to south and 2.5 miles east to west. Many of the streets are little more than narrow alleyways, many of them dead-ending on canals or walls, while some of the canals are barely wider than the streets.

The Grand Canal, however, is appropriately named: snaking through the heart of the city, lapping at the foundations of aging palazzi and offering one of the greatest water spectacles on earth. Boats of almost every description – from commercial vessels to yachts, water taxis, and gondolas – share the canal, and a ride on a vaporetto (water bus) that circuits the entire canal is unforgettable.

Vaporettos can get very crowded at certain times of the day, with mostly standing room, but work your way to the front or back if you can and grab a seat when one becomes available. You can ride for hours if you like – just be sure to buy a ticket or a pass before you board.

Innumerable streets and smaller canals branch off the Grand Canal and lead to just about anywhere you want to go, albeit indirectly amid the twisted knot of passageways.

If you want to experience the canals in a more luxurious fashion, try taking a gondola ride through them. A gondola, not be confused with the box-like chairlift of the same name, is a traditional Italian boat that served as the main form of Venetian river travel for centuries. The skinny boat can only carry a few people at a time, and is propelled forward by a single, standing oarsmen at the back of the boat.

Taking a gondola is now a classic tourist experience in Venice, and so the boats are typically beautifully painted, and the gondolier may even break into song during your boat ride!

Crossing the Rialto Bridge

The top landmark along the Grand Canal is the high-arched, marble Rialto Bridge, which has spanned the canal in grand style since 1591 and serves as a rough midpoint between the train station on the northern edge of the city and San Marco to the south. It also represents the commercial heart of the city.

The 94-foot-long, 24-foot-high bridge is lined with shops in the middle and flanked by walkways on either side. It’s the oldest of four bridges that now cross the Grand Canal, and the second most visited tourist site in Venice, a masterpiece of Renaissance design and engineering.  

Touring Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square)

San Marco – a huge square just off the Grand Canal -- is Venice’s leading attraction. Lined by splendid palaces and pricey outdoor cafes where chamber orchestras play Puccini for Bellini-sipping guests, San Marco is the site of the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, which graces one end of the square.

An 11th-century Byzantine-style multi-domed, spired church, San Marco is on the list of virtually every Venice visitor, so lines to enter are often long. But don’t let that deter you – this is one of Italy’s greatest sites, with a stunning interior lined with exotic gold mosaics.

Buy a ticket to the second floor to view the small museum containing the famous four bronze Horses of St. Mark -- then go out on the balcony to overlook the square in the company of four replica horses placed there to protect the originals from the elements

Across from the Basilica is the Campanile Bell Tower, which you can climb for panoramic views from the top -- best tackled before a big pasta lunch. And adjacent to St. Mark’s, overlooking the Grand Canal, is the ornate pink-tinged Doge’s Palace, where the rulers of Venice once governed an empire during its past glory days as a nation-state.

The palace is replete with artworks and is the location of the aptly named Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners caught their last glimpse of Venice as they were led to their cells.  

Viewing Venice’s Artistic Masterpieces

The Academy Gallery (Accademia) is Venice’s top art museum, displaying works from the Byzantine and Gothic periods through the Renaissance and into the 18th century, with an emphasis on Venetian painters.

Renaissance-era artists represented in the Gallery – whose works reveled in deep, rich tomes – include Giorgione, Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. The Gallery’s 18th-century artists -- who often painted scenes of Venice -- include Canaletto and Guardi.

You can also find great artworks away from museums, if you get off the beaten track a bit.  

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco – a 500-year-old guild hall in the San Polo district – is adorned with 56 remarkable paintings by the 16th-century Venetian master Tintoretto, including his monumental Crucifixion. Another finding is the 16th-century Scuola Dalmata dei Santi Giorgio e Trifone, where a little chapel is lined with some of Italy’s most captivating masterworks – panels depicting scenes from the lives of three saints, painted by the Venetian Vittore Carpaccio. It’s in the Castello district beyond St. Mark’s, tricky to locate but unforgettable.

Jewish History in Venice

Venice is a beautiful city, but it also has a darker history, particularly surrounding its Jewish heritage. In the Cannaregio district, you can tour the old Jewish center of Venice, and see the square that was the first “ghetto” in the world.

Like in much of Europe, the Jews were persecuted in a variety of ways. They were forced to pay extra taxes, were not allowed to settle in the city, they were forced to wear badges, they were not accepted on ships...the list of the restrictions they faced goes on and on. Starting in the 16th century, many Jews came to Venice fleeing persecution in Spain and other lands.

The Venetian government decided to allow them to stay, but only if they lived inside the Ghetto. Over the centuries, thousands of Jews lived in the Ghetto, held in by gates, guards and nighttime curfews – both to restrict and protect them.  

Today, the area is particularly special because it is one of the few untouched ghettos in the world. You can still see historic “skyscraper” buildings, the original five synagogues, the Jewish Museum, as well as some shops.

Most of Venice’s Jews left the city due to hostilities, or were transported out and murdered during the Holocaust, though there a few remaining Jewish families. Visiting the Jewish quarter in Venice is a great way to understand and see a side of a shared European history that is usually skipped over, and that most visitors never experience.  

Crossing the Venice Lagoon to the Outer Islands

The Venice Lagoon actually holds some 100 islands, most of them uninhabited, while others thrive as tourist attractions.

The best known are Murano, Burano, Torcello, the Lido, and San Michele, all easily reached by water bus from San Marco or other vaporetto stations.   

Murano is renowned as a center of glass-making. You can watch glass-blowing demonstrations and buy beautiful, often elaborate glassware, or just wander the streets and have lunch in a less crowded (though still heavily visited) area than San Marco.

Burano is best known for lace-making and colorful houses, while Torcello’s main attraction is a thousand-year-old cathedral. The latter two islands tend to be quieter than Murano. Quieter yet is San Michele, where a walled cemetery invites perusal if you have time.

The Venice Lido is the city’s beach resort area, home to a number of hotels, restaurants, and sandy beaches.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Venice Weather

Venice’s weather is seasonal, with temperatures soaring to the high 80’s in the hottest months of summer, June and July, and dropping to the low 40’s in the heart of winter, December and January. With this being said, the best times to visit Venice are not determined by weather, but by the number of tourists.

Tourist numbers peak in the summer, and then rise again (though slightly less) in the winter. As a result, the best time for you to make the most of a trip to Venice, without getting caught in lines or paying a premium for hotel and tour fees, is in the autumn and the spring.

Vencie Travel Tips

  • If you get a Vaporetto (water taxi) pas, consider spending the extra 10 euros to get a Vaporetto Dell’Arte pas. These are much more comfortable, and much less crowded. If you tour doesn’t include a boat ride, taking a nicer water taxi is the discount version of a tour -- your seat back will have a small map pointing out significant buildings on your route, and you will get complementary headphones for a brief explanation.
  • One good way to save money, as in most places, is to avoid dining in major touristy areas, particularly around St. Mark’s Square. Instead, try picking up a picnic lunch if you plan on going out to dinner. Try picking up some delicious local cheeses, bread, and cold cut meats instead -- this will create “farmers plate” good enough to be served in a restaurant, just a lot cheaper!
  • Be prepared that it may take a long time to commute anywhere within the city. Venice’s many canals can create detours, and crowds mean it’s slow going even when you’re on land. Get an early start wherever you’re going, or ask your tour guide for advice.
  • You’ll do a lot of walking in Venice -- public transport is inconvenient, and so is traveling by car at times! -- so be prepared with a small backpack and comfortable walking shoes.

Venice Tours For Families

Venice is a great destination for families -- it is safe, with tons of activities, and no matter where you’re from the landscape of a city built on water is sure to be a change of pace. When it comes to learning the fascinating (and at times, dark) history of the place, the right Italy tour will make all the difference with children.

If you are alright with splurging a little, another option many families opt for is taking a private Venice tour. This way, your tour guide will be completely focused on your family and make sure to engage with your children, as well.

It’s easy for kids to lose attention in a big group where the guide is focusing on communicating with the adults who make up the majority of most trips, but with a private tour guide, you don’t have to worry about this.

Some kid-friendly activities to do in Venice include:

  1. Visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Children under 10 enter for free here, but it’s recommended for all ages. This now-museum was once Guggenheim’s home, and the impressive art was all in her collection. Because this collection is smaller, your kids won’t become overwhelmed and bored. Besides, Peggy herself is buried in the backyard with her dogs!
  2. St. Mark’s Cathedral. While a typical trip to a medieval church might be boring, St. Mark’s Cathedral is anything but. It’s one of the main attractions in Venice, and even when you’re traveling with children, it is a must-see.
  3. See the Doge’s Palace. This grand palace is luxurious on both the interior and exterior of the castle. If your children aren’t too young, the Doge’s Palace also has a set of grisly prison rooms in the castle’s basement.
  4. Gondola at Night. Taking a gondola during the day is peaceful, leisurely, and usually considered one of the most romantic experiences in Venice. With that being said, children can sometimes become bored on these trips. To make sure you get that mandatory gondola-ride in, make it interesting by going for a ride at night. You will get a whole different view of city life, and it makes any ghost stories that much spookier. 
  5. Watch the Glassblowers. Venice is known for its beautiful glass works, and one of the coolest things you can do it watch the process of glass being made by visiting the glassblowing workshops on the island of Murano.

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