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Top Venice Attractions

Piazza San Marco

The Grand Canal

Adriatic Sea

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Top Activities in Venice

Enjoying a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Visiting the Piazza di San Marco

Seeing Venice as a part of the "Big Three" - Venice, Florence, Rome

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Classic Venice Itineraries

Venice is typically explored in 2-4 days as a part of most classic Italy tours

However if you're looking for a quick Venice getaway, some Self Guided tours provide this option:

See Mutli-day Venice City Tours

One Week Venice tours

Tours including Venice that are between 6-8 days and above usually include other cities in Italy as well.  

Your time in Venice will almost certainly include the ubiquitous gondola ride through the magical canals, a stroll through the Piazza di San Marco, and time to explore the many glass and mask shops or simply enjoy a lingering coffee.

Make the most of your time in Venice. Read our Venice Destination Guide »

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Reviews of Venice Tours
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 181 Great 45 Average 7 Disappointing 1 Terrible 1
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals



Absolutely amazing September 2016


Iconic Italy

Absolutely amazing! This was a bucket list trip for me and I came back dying to go back and with the best memories to share (and annoy everyone with). I can't wait to plan my next adventure with G!

Operator G Adventures


Generally good trip. Scenery worth cycling through and routes good. Distances easily achieved. We found towns and villages along the way, so coffee and food was not a problem. Routes often used good quality cycle paths. Previous comments about unclean hotels not experienced. Most hotels excellent, although a couple were a bit old and cramped.
We would recommend this trip.
Many other riders from several countries are doing this route with the same land agents and their company was great.
Finding our way with the directions provided was sometimes a challenge but it was great when it worked.

N/A as self led

We always buy maps of an area before any departure and mark up the route, even if guided. This helps to show what is happening and especially helps when self guided routes are not totally correct. The trip was stated on the Exodus website as 100% on tarmac which we found to be incorrect, although trip notes stated some off road. At least the route maps provided showed off road sections. As we were not on mountain bikes we then used our own maps to detour round one or two long off road sections.

We agree with previous comments that in spite of (or maybe because) the land agent is providing tours for several companies, they did not always meet our expectations. This is a tough commercial world and other land agents would surely be willing to replace them.
The website states some gentle ascents. On the last day there are some tough hills, which most people finished up walking.

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Operator Exodus Travels



Excellent Care and Concern June 2016


The Best of Italy

The Best of Italy Tour showed us what a travel company is made of. We had unforeseen weather delays just getting to the initial U.S. departure city which caused us to miss our flight to Venice, Italy. smarTours was aware of the delay and kept in constant contact with our flight, arranging (at no cost to us) a later connecting flight. The Airline lost our luggage and for 24 hours our smarTours tour guide communicated with the airline so that they could track the tour and bring us our long-delayed luggage. smarTours showed excellent care and concern. We are looking forward to booking our next trip (2017) with Smartours. Read more

Operator SmarTours



Some of the accomodation we're not acceptable September 2015


Highlights of Italy

Some of the accomodation we're not acceptable as we're a couple who payed for a room without having to share with another but had to.

Operator Intrepid Travel


We enjoyed this self guided cycle trip.The first 3 days are totally flat with the hills starting after Trieste. The hotel in Mestre was not great, the room was small and stuffy room with ineffective air-conditioning. We agree with previous comments about the written instructions, they are too wordy and therefore difficult to follow. We gave up on them after the first day and used the maps provided and followed the arrows placed along the route.When that failed we backed up with the map app on the smartphone.
I disagree with a previous review that said don't start in Mestre, as the ride across to to Venice is dangerous. For us it was a Sunday morning( little traffic) and on a cycle path most of the way, the view of the city is great and the only downside were the swarms of flies so essential to keep your mouth closed. Lido di Jesolo was fine (big resort) but Caorle is a much smaller, prettier town and we would have preferred to stay there. Portogruaro, nice hotel and small town. Alquilea , hotel not so great but fantastic Basilica with mosaic floors. Trieste is an interesting city but busy traffic. The route out is hilly but actually takes small backroads so wasn't as bad as expected.Into Slovenia, lovely lush farmland often on dedicated cycle track but with a few more hills ( some steep but short) we stayed in Portoroz which is a large resort, the hotel was fine but for us Piran would have been a much nicer place to spend the night as prettier and smaller. On into Croatia where the route is on a busier road at times but the coastal scenery was beautiful and the hotel in Porec was the most comfortable of the whole trip. We averaged about 40 miles a day so had usually arrived at the destination by mid afternoon giving us time to explore.
Cycling towards Venice and through lush farmland. The Basilica in Aquilea is well worth a look. Italian ice cream and fantastic fresh fish in the restaurants en route.

We only encountered him once when the bikes were delivered to the hotel, so can't really comment. The luggage transfer was very efficient.

The hire bikes were very good but the female bikes are more " sit up and beg" style. I asked to change to the bike given to men (as I prefer that cycling position) so ended up with a frame that was slightly too large as that was all they had. So women travellers.....check the style of the bike you prefer ( look more closely at the photos than I did!) and relay that to Exodus before you travel so hopefully you will get the best bike fit for you. Also mosquito repellant, antihistamine cream for bites is useful.

Better accommodation in some places would definitely have improved the rating of this holiday for us.

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Operator Exodus Travels


Does Not Recommend

I think a little re-evaluation of tour guides is needed. January 2017


Italy & the Greek Islands

Went on one tour to Italy and Greece. I believe that one was planned out as well as it could have been. We missed excursions we already paid for and was told too bad, no refund. Then Barcelona was extremely dissapointing. I got home and cancelled my third tour. I would not recommend for several reasons.. Rude unhelpful tour guide, not being fed when that's all the group wanted, ended up walking around the entire city on foot but only had three special passes included that made the trip something other than just walking around and getting a normal sight seeing experience. While going to another country is amazing, do not let it blind you to the work this company does! Both trips EF tours was the worst part and interfered with my experiences. I think a little re-evaluation of tour guides is needed. Read more

Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

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