We loved this tour! Frederica did part 1 and 2 and Christina did the Grand Canal Boat Tour portion! Frederica was excellent!!! She is a real gem and she definitely knows her stuff! She provided us with so many facts, stats and information on the history of Venice that it was fascinating. The walking tour was done at a nice pace and we enjoyed wearing the headsets as they allowed us freedom once we were in St.Mark's Basilica to stray a bit from the group and then quickly reconnect. The Doge Palace was absolutely beautiful and the info provided was extremely interesting. I was surprised there were only 5 of us on this portion of the tour.There was even someone trying to listen in, on everything Frederica was telling us. He should have paid for the tour because I could tell he only got bits and pieces. Christina was very friendly and did a great job of the Grand Canal Tour too at the end as well. We did this tour our first full day in Venice and we picked up so many tips that it made our next 4 days even better! So glad we did it at the beginning of your trip! We would highly recommend this 3 in one tour!
Morning walking tour was excellent, taking us to parts of Venice we had never visited and with a typically cheeky Italian guide who added immensely to the overall atmosphere of the walk. Not much time for lunch between the end of this tour and the Doge's Palace, which was more functional and which we could have done ourselves. Loved the Grand Canal Tour at the end of the day but would have liked a head set as when we were standing up in the rear of the boat, we could not hear the commentary!
An amazing introduction to the beautiful city of Venice. The check in process was very easy and the departure point easy to find. It was handy that all three tours leave from the same place. The guide for both the walking tour and Doge's Palace was Stefania. She was absolutely wonderful, very knowledgable and humorous. I believe she would have spent more time with us at Doge's Palace had we not have to leave to get the canal tour. Our guide for the canal tour, Cristina was also very knowledgable. It was a wonderful day and would recommend for anyone.
Doges palace was an excellent tour, the St marks part was really boring with a senseless walk around boring parts of Venice.
Our Guide was a woman named Marie and she was fabulous! We started in the courtyard, then moved through the Doge's Palace, taking back rooms, getting behind-the-scenes that certainly other tours don't do. Marie was fascinating and was so knowledgeable, she talked to us about one of the Doge Prison's most famous inmates: Casanova. His story while imprisoned was really a treat to learn. Highly recommend this tour!!
JB and TB
A great tour. Excellent tour guide and easily understood with headsets. Doge's Palace is well worth the visit.
Our guide was outstanding. We had been to Venice once before but did not venture into the interior of either of these sites. The narration and the explanation added to the amazement of what the citizens constructed hundreds of years ago and how they have stood the test of time. Truly a testament of what humans have accomplished without the use of modern day tools. The ceiling tiles of St Marc's and the enormity of the Doge's palace should not be missed on your first visit. We chose well.
Our guide was knowledgeable -her English was excellent and from our perspective concerned our ability to hear hear when the wireless hardware would "drop-out" in certain passages of the "Secret Tour" If you care about the Doge's Palace history -- this is the way to go!
This tour was AMAZING! We had no idea what to expect as we didn't know much about the history, we came away full of new information and wonderment. The buildings and places we toured were so BEAUTIFUL! Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the area. The tour was a good pace and the group was a good size for a personal experience. We would never known any of the things we learned about Venice without this tour, it truly made our time memorable! Visiting St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace were top favorites from our trip to Italy.
It was really a tour designed for you to see the most of Venice in a single day. It was very interesting to know about the stories behind the people of venice and how the city came to be as it is today. All the guides were excellent and very engaging in their stories (Fiona, Gina, and the last lady for the canal tour I forgot her name sorry) It was very organized with the meeting place and giving us the headsets. The headset for the Doge's Palace tour was not working properly though, it was good we were just a small group so we just turned them off and listened to the guide without the set. There wasn't much time in between tours, I'm not sure if it was because it was winter--- we started late and ended early maybe to take advantage of the daylight. It was a bit tiring but I enjoyed it and learned a lot :-)
The tour was very nice and informative. I was surprised the rest of the Doge's Palace was not
This was a wonderful walking tour; our guide Francesca taught us so much about the city without overwhelming us. We were much better informed for the additional days of our stay. The tour through St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace were also wonderful. The only thing I would change is to allow us a few minutes to look in the gift shop at St. Mark's; I wanted to buy a book about the mosaics and didn't have any time to browse. Over all we would highly recommend this trip.
Our guide was great in this tour. While those coming to Venice are amazed by the canals, we were blown away by walking through the town - the narrow lanes, the sudden huge squares and great canal side walks. It is no doubt very crowded, but this tour is the best way to get the feel of whole of venice in 4-4.5 hours. Make sure you take the Doge's Palace tour as well. Having come till Venice, it is simply not worth to miss this.
This was our last day in Venice and our last tour. We were exhausted after a three week fun filled trip to Italy! We used Viator for numerous tours while in Italy, they were all very good! I would use them again. This tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's was the BEST way to end our visit to Italy! Doge's Palace is breath taking! We saw MANY gorgeous Domo's while in Rome and Florence, but Doge's Palace has to be to me the most elegant we saw. The stair way of gold is a sight one must see! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and interesting and we not only learned so much from her, (I can't remember her name, sorry) but she made it fun and interesting. A+ on this tour! We can't wait to return to Venice!
It was a unique way to get a glimpse of the inner workings of the Doge's Palace before then seeing the impressive state rooms. Highly recommended
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