This was an interesting tour. The tour guide did a great job. I'm sorry I can't recall her name to give her kudos. It's not a royal palace like you would think with all the decadent decorating of that era but a place where the politicians worked. We toured all the prison cells and heard stories of how prisoners were housed as well as hearing Cassanovas story of his imprisonment which was quite interesting. We walked across the bridge of sighs and toured the palace and courtyards. The palace is huge! The morning we went on the tour was still cool I think it would be awful to try to tour the private upstairs areas if it were a hot day.
This was a great tour. Out tour guide was born, raised and lived in Venice her entire life. She took us thru the residential areas and told us how the People in Venice live. She explained about how the water comes up and how they deal with it. It showed us another side of Venice that we would not have even thought about had we not taken this tour. We finished the tour with a visit to St Marks Basilica. I would highly recommend this tour.
Once again very interesting- the meeting point was a little hard to find
Great tour and our tour guide was great!
This was an outstanding tour! The guide was excellent and very thorough!
This is a two hour tour but at a very easy-going pace with a very knowledgeable guide who's name unfortunately we can't remember - we found her wonderfully knowledgeable, kind and funny - using her red umbrella for us to follow was such a good idea.
The tour was very good and fun. Be prepared for walking. The tour guide kept it interesting all the way. There is gap between the walking tour and the boat ride which worked out well since we were able to grab some lunch and do some shopping. Skip the line portion alone saved a lot of time.
Our personal guide for our group of 6 was wonderful and knowledgeable and well prepared. He, being an architect himself, was able to give us an in depth explanation of all the architectural features of the various structures and buildings in the city. He came along with illustrations in books on the topic, showing us the mechanics of the construction. That 2 hour walking tour were the best, informative, interesting time we have ever spent in Venice.
Very interesting but too much to see in one day
Our guide was an Art Historian and grew up in Venice. She was dynamic and personable. Great true stories that brought Venice's history to life.
Enjoyed seeing Venice and learning about the city. It was my favorite city.
My only suggestion is to improve the directions to the tour meeting place. Should inform people the Garden is on the lagoon side of the museum.
This is the way to get introduce to Venice especially if you want to skip the crowds and learn a lot in a short period of time. We love both of our local guides and the walking and boat tour work really well together. Keep in mind the water bus does not explain the history either. My only suggestion to improve the tour is to receive a post walking tour map so I could go back and spend more time at some of the spots. Venice unlike any where else is hard to relocate some of the sites.
The tour was great. The guide was good, but it was difficult to understand her and, therefore, we probably ("probably" because we could not understand her English) missed many of the important points.
This tour was a perfect way to see the highlights of Venice by both land and sea. Skipping the line in Venice is a must if you want to see multiple sites in one day and really get a taste for all of the incredible things Venice has to offer. Saint Mark's cathedral is a must see and honestly an hour and half wait in the hot sun is not the best use of your time. The guided boat tour later in the afternoon was great and gave us some amazing views and wonderful history about the Venetian lifestyle.
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