Discover a city like no other! Venice continues to charm and fascinate those who visit. Historically and culturally rich, there is so much to see and more to do. We’ve organised this perfect day trip for you so that you don’t miss out of this iconic city.
Enjoy a short, comfortable trip by high speed train from Rome to Venice, where you’ll be met by a member of the team to embark on your first water way journey, via Vaporetto to St Marks Basilica. Upon arrival you’ll skip ahead of the tourists and head straight into the Basilica with your local guide. You’ll get to see the golden mosaics adorning the domed interior as well as head up to the famous Basilica terraces, a perk rarely included in standard tours, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the city.
You’ll then start a guided tour on foot: Strolling across the church and palace-lined piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance and modern elements fuse seamlessly together. Walk by Marco Polo’s house and hear about how the Venetian merchant set off to sea one day and returned with tales of faraway eastern lands that in those days, few had ever seen. Your guide will tell you stories of the rich Venetian history and culture that has so charmed the world.
Upon reaching the iconic Rialto Bridge, you will then have some free time to enjoy Venice at your own pace. Explore further down the canals, go shopping or find your picture-perfect location for your holiday photo. Your guide will offer local advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or take a trip to the famous Harry’s Bar where the Bellini was invented.
After your free time, head back down to the water for a cruise along some of the lesser known areas of the Venetian Canals. Starting at the Grand Canal we’ll move to through the Rio dei Apostili, the Fondamenta Nuove and the Cannaregio District. It’s through its waterways that the beauty of Venice really shines. We end the tour at the main station, where we board our speed train for our return to Rome.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.
You should expect to receive an email within minutes of booking with your confirmation voucher.
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