Original Hidden Walking Tour of Venice
Duration: 2 hours
Overview: Visit the imposing Frari church, hidden away in the San Polo district, home to masterpieces of Titian and Bellini as well as a magnificent funeral monument by Canova. Enjoy a guided walk through a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways in the old artisans' quarters of Venice and listen to stories of the illustrious merchants and their ruthless acts of cruelty. Pass by the old locandas, where the merchants would sojourn and encounter the famous Venetian courtesans in the old red-light district of Venice, home to the notorious 'Ponte delle Tette'. See some of the oldest houses in Venice, quaint bridges and palazzi, an old prison for tax evaders and learn about how life used to be in Venice and how life is today for the modern day Venetians.
Venice Walk tour of the St. Mark's Basilica & Gran Canal Boat
Duration: 3 hours
Overview: Enjoy a morning walking tour of St. Mark's Square and learn about the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks; the Basilica and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons. Then leave the square to discover the 'real Venice' by entering a labyrinth of narrow passageways and alleys, where a magical city of meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges awaits you. After a walk of about two hours, free time at disposal for lunch and relaxation before starting your cruise down the Grand Canal and the smaller canals while your guide introduces you to the history that lies behind the many buildings that line their banks.
Gondola Ride...the Romantic Waterways of Venice
Duration: 35 minutes
Overview: A romantic 'promenade' by gondola that will take you along the canals of Venice. Travel along Venice's waterways looking up at the fabulous mediaeval palaces that line these historic thoroughfares and down to see their shimmering reflections dancing on the surface of the water. This cruise through the city's most secluded waterways passing under small bridges will help you appreciate the special quality of this floating city.
Gondola Serenade (evening tour)
Duration: 40 minutes
Overview: Join a flotilla of gondolas gathered around a barge containing musicians and singers and float along the fascinating Grand Canal, glittering in the reflection of the illuminated facades of the sumptuous 'Palazzos'. Return in the dark stillness of some of Venice's interior canals.
Grand Canal Boat Tour
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Overview: See the beautiful and imposing palaces and churches that line the banks and learn how the Grand Canal has developed over the centuries into the most beautiful street in the world. In the second part of the tour, discover the more romantic and intimate minor canals to savor the true essence of Venice.
Wine-tasting in a Venice Enoteca Cicchetteria
Duration: 1 hour
Overview: The region of Venice offers many of the best wines in Italy and if you do not have time to visit the vineyards, sample 5 of the most important wines in the Veneto region, accompanied by 5 different types of Venetian Cicchetti (Tapas), all served in an environment internationally renowned for its wine, food and art, conveniently close to Saint Mark's Square
Half Day to Murano, Burano & Torcello
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Overview: After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the famous Lido beach resort, the boat arrives in Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Stop here for around 40 minutes to visit one of the factories. Next, stop for 30 minutes at the picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace but also for the fishermen's houses painted in bright colors. After a short cruise, reach Torcello, the earliest centre of civilization in the estuary. Only the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory. The stop will be for about 30 minutes. Return to St.Mark's Square.
Dolomites Mountains – Day Trip from Venice
Duration: 9 hours
Overview: After only an hour's drive from Venice, emerge into a land of towering peaks and peaceful valleys dotted with villages. Before entering the Sesto region, stop for morning coffee at Pieve di Cadore, a typical Italian village surrounded by soaring peaks, the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Titian.
After stopping to admire Lake Santa Caterina, visit Lake Misurina, 'the pearl of the Dolomites' famous for its breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the most celebrated peaks of the Sesto region. Drive up to the base of the Tre Cime for truly spectacular views of the Dolomite Mountains, stretching as far as the eye can see.
Enjoy an optional lunch at a local trattoria, then take a short (optional) walk along a level trail to further appreciate the dramatic scenery of the area. In the afternoon, drive into the Cortina region to visit the cosmopolitan ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, pausing at a panoramic viewpoint to admire the town circled by soft green meadows and towering mountains.
Enjoy free time to wander around the town of Cortina, with its streets lined with elegant boutiques or relax at one of the street-side cafes. In the late afternoon, travel back to Venice, passing several major peaks.