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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Ticket

Skip the ticket line to Doge's Palace in Venice, a historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries, with this reserved entry ticket. Admire its Gothic architecture. Also get entry to the Museo Correr, National Archeological Museum, and Marciana Library. Enter the Doge's Palace to explore the seat of a 1000-year republic and travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the Bridge of Sighs. Admire the palace's impressive structure and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th-century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Also, enjoy entry to the Museo Correr on St. Mark's Square, a building that was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

2. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

Feel the essence of Venice as you explore hidden and picturesque waterways near the Grand Canal with a gondola ride. Listen to in-app commentary to learn more about the city as you admire the sights. Start your activity by meeting the host, who will explain some curiosities about the history of gondolas and gondoliers. Get free access to an app with commentary of your itinerary on the gondola. As you enjoy the beauties of the Grand Canal, admire the marvelous Palaces such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, the Punta della Dogana. Discover the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House along the romantic and hidden waterways. At the end of your ride, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saint Mark’s Basin with San Giorgio Island.

Marco Polo Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Venice City Center

3. Marco Polo Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Venice City Center

Travel seamlessly between Venice City Center and Marco Polo Airport with a convenient and reliable 1-way transfer or return ticket, depending on your book option. Head to and from the airport in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, avoid the hassle of negotiating public transport and enjoy an efficient airport shuttle service that departs frequently and regularly. Store your luggage, jump on the bus, take a seat, relax, and admire the views of Venice. Go to and from the airport with an express bus that provides a non-stop service to and from Central Venice; the pickup and drop-off service in Venice is from Piazzale Roma. Enjoy comfort on board with the cooling ventilation and high-speed WiFi on board; this is the quickest and cheapest way to travel.

Venice: Burano, Torcello & Murano Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

4. Venice: Burano, Torcello & Murano Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through Venice Lagoon on a panoramic vessel and enjoy the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure by boarding a comfortable panoramic boat as you set off from St. Mark's. Learn about the islands from your host along the way. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and taste some of the local biscotti that are native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1-hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1-hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambiance of the Venetian lagoon.

Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

5. Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

With this transportation pass, bypass the ticket lines and ride on Venice's public transport services. Climb aboard the public ship, known as the vaporetto, and explore the city by waterway. The ticket is valid for nearby areas and for buses in Mestre and Marghera. Begin traveling around Venice with your pass by first pausing at a vaporetto stop. Once you've acquired your ticket, head out with one of the unique water buses to your destinations. Cruise around the city and take in the sights for an hour or up to a full week, depending on your ticket. Make the most out of your ticket by journeying to area destinations, including Venice's surrounding islands. Experience the magic of Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello Island with the handy ticket that has you covered at every step of the way. Zip over to Mestre and Marghera with a bus.

Venice: Marco Polo Airport Water Taxi Transfer

6. Venice: Marco Polo Airport Water Taxi Transfer

Enjoy a shared water taxi service between Venice Marco Polo Airport and central Venice hotels. Choose from a 1-way or round-trip service and relax for a scenic ride. Depart straight after you find your luggage and get whisked across the lagoon to your hotel or the nearest accessible point by water taxi. This is the most romantic and direct way to travel to the city. Be picked up or dropped off directly at some hotels located along the Grand Canal, Hilton Stucky. For less-accessible destinations on the inner canals, a designated meeting point will be decided that is within walking distance of your hotel.  For JW Marriott - Isola delle Rose, and San Clemente Island, you will be dropped off in San Marco nearby the Marriott hotel shuttle boat.

Venice: Murano and Burano Boat Tour with Glass Factory Visit

7. Venice: Murano and Burano Boat Tour with Glass Factory Visit

Set sail on a boat tour from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano. Sail there on a comfortable vessel, enjoy some time exploring the islands at your leisure, and witness a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano. Depart from San Marco or the Venice Train Station (depending on the option selected) and head to Murano and Burano. Meet your crew and cruise across the lagoon, enjoying the views from a panoramic terrace along the way. Discover the art of glass-making in Murano and visit a glass factory. Learn more about the traditions and processes behind glass production. Then, admire the colorful houses of Burano and take a stroll through the picturesque streets. In the evening, return to your original meeting point.

Venice: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

8. Venice: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

Delight your ears with a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by the "I Virtuosi Italiani" ensemble in the church of Santa Maria della Visitazione in Venice. Experience the emotion of listening to Vivaldi's music in the places where it was composed. it's sound, it's musical notes, it's the art of a great Baroque composer, but above all it's the energy of this place, Vivaldi's Church. It was here that Antonio Vivaldi spent forty years of his life and composed his magnificent works.  Enjoy inspired performances of the Four Seasons where in the music you can sense the reaping of the wheat, the grape harvest, the summer storms, the snow falling in winter, the warm fall colors, and the bright blossoming of flowers in springtime. Watch talented musicians play in the church where masters like Francesco Gasparini and Antonio Vivaldi trained the Daughters of the Choro to become virtuoso musicians that were renowned for their art all over Europe.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

9. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square.  Continue your journey with an exciting virtual reality experience. With the VR headset on, time peels away, revealing Piazza San Marco and its iconic monuments as they once were. The journey extends into the Grand Canal's carnival-like atmosphere, guiding you through Venice's waters as if you were a true Venetian.

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Live Commentary

10. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Live Commentary

Explore the canals of Venice aboard a gondola. Enjoy live commentary from your guide as your gondolier takes you down narrow ways and along the Grand Canal. Learn about the city's palaces, churches, and attractions. Hear about local stories and the history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace, and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s Basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. 

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What people are saying about Venice

wonderful photographer ! Messua feels exactly what you need. we wanted to have a romantic walk and private gondola ride , but dreamt to keep these memories filmed. She was very polite , discrete - we have many natural photos without posing . It was raining like crazy - still we had great pictures with her - way beyond expectations! Bravo!

Well ran boat tour of Murano and Burano. Glass blowing demo was interesting. Time on each island needs to be longer as only enough to see a few highlights. Murano very short considering the demo and glass factory shop - about 40 mins only to see anything else on Murano. Burano such a colourful chilled placed.

Really good, we opted for the shared Gondola with one other couple and it was fine sharing. Got taken round a few small canals and onto the main lagoon. Was lovely and save paying €100 that they're asking when you get there.

Roberta did a great job. The tour was informative, exciting and very entertaining. Very good way to explore Venice's main attractions!

This whole tour is really good 😊 absolutely perfect and a little surprise at the end was good 😊