Viewing All 486 Reviews Add your review
Certiﬁed reviews by travelers like you.
Tours were easy to find and join each time. Maria, for the Palace, and Marina, for Basilica and walking tour, were absolutely excellent. A lot of interesting information, through the filter of a resident rather than a tour book, without being info overload. You need to be outside to enjoy the boat.
If you do one tour in Venice, this should be it. I would make sure to do the optional Doge's palace portion too. It was so nice to have a tour with a personable guide who knew what she was talking about. We were able to get really great pictures and not feel overwhelmed by hoards of crowds since it was after hours and few people were inside other than our small group. When they turned the lights on at the Basilica it was just breath taking.
The tour of the Doge's Palace was amazing I learned so much, both about Venice's history and the palace itself. Daniella was very knowledgeable. Walking through the prison and over the Bridge of Sighs was very cool. The walking tour through Castello was very interesting. The boat ride was fabulous we traveled through small canals as well as the Canale Grande, and again, our guide was very informative. St. Mark's Basilica was closed that day apparently priests were being ordained, so we weren't able to see inside the basilica. This was not a problem, as I was in Venice for two weeks and could visit another day when the basilica was open. I thought this tour was really a good value, and a nice way to learn about the city's major landmarks.
We, very cleverly, did this tour in a different day before we took the focused guided tour into the Basilica. We got a very nice, comprehensive input of all the exquisites on the Piazza, and the immediate surroundings.
Having three tours in a day gave us a good perspective on Venice - history, art, culture and architecture. Following guides through busy streets and buildings is not easy, but our guides made sure we were always together. The smaller group sizes helped. I would have liked a bit more time in St Mark's Basilica, maybe to purchase a book, as these were not available outside the Basilica.
Wonderful guide for Doge's Palace. The Basilica tour was a little repetious and very crowded.
Our guide was personable and knowledgeable, and it was a relatively small group. Great to go straight into the Basilica, the lineup was very long. Enjoyed the walk on some quieter streets lanes, and got a feel of Venice as locals live.
This was a great tour for the ones who are visiting Venice for the first time. The tour is broken up in two parts. First tour was the Doge's palace and the second one was St Marks Basilica. You had lunch on your own. I could not really understand the first Tour guide but the second one was excellent. She was full of information about Venice and the beautiful St Mark's Basilca. I would highly recommend this tour.
Pleasant leader but spoke too quickly and not able to understand everything. Basilica was closed for the am and we missed this part of the tour.
We loved everything about this tour! There was a different tour guide for all 3 parts and they were all very knowledgeable friendly and passionate about the city. Having skip the line passes for the basilica and doges palace is a must have because the lines are incredibly long so it was perfect.
Our guide was amazing! She is very proud of her city and full of information, travel tips, history of the area and answered all of the questions the group had. We were awe struck with St. Mark's Basilica and the Dodges Palace this was an add-on and very much worth it. Both are beautiful and left us awestruck with the architectural details and art work.
Skip the line is a must -- the lines to both Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica were substantial.
Our morning tour guide Doge's Palace was knowledgeable and friendly. The afternoon tour guide St. Mark's Basilica was our favourite in our entire Italy vacation. She was the most experienced, emotional, open and honest tour guide we ever had. She did a fantastic job at bringing Venice to life through her Venetian rooted background combined with her charisma and charm. It was a rare experience that left us enchanted with Venice.
We had a very good tour with a Walks of Italy guide. Very informative and the St. Marks Basilica After Hours Tour is worth every penny! Absolutely stunning at night with the way it is lit. Highly recommend this tour.
The after hours of the basilica was amazing and you are able to take pictures when nobody else is! The Doge Palace was nice but it was a little too much for one day.
Both ends of the tour were very informative and entertaining. Andrea was very passionate about his city! Gave good tips to see the real Venice. Time in the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica was just right. It's worth the price just to beat the lines, which were brutal when we went.
The tour guides for the Doge Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, and Venice Walking tour were all great. Taking the walking tour of Venice was helpful to learn extra information about the city. Having a guide in the Doge Palace and St. Mark's is much better than going alone since the guides had tons of concise knowledge about the artwork and other nuances that you would miss on your own.
Rudra S United States of ...
Very nice tour. Seeing all the hidden squares and learning about the architectural styles from a very knowledgeable guide was definitely enjoyable. Venice is picturesque and Doge and #39;s palace held our interest. St Mark and #39;s basilica is also well worth the visit.
Francesca the guide was very good. She knew her subject well. She was clear on Times and places to meet. The Gondola ride included a short spell on the grand canal. Shame the gondolier looked and acted like he had swallowed a sour lemon before we boarded. Then expected a tip. The skip the lines part was the best. Queues for the basilica and doges palace were an hour long. We were taken straight in.
This was a nice tour. It was interesting to learn about the Doge's Palace. I did not know anything about it. St. Marks's Basilica was nice as well as the walking tour. It was a nice way to see Venice. The best part of the trip was the Grand Canal Cruise. I would recommend this for anyone going to Venice.
Two must do attractions whilst in Venice. However, we found doing the two on a very hot day, very tiring. We also found that during the afternoon tour of the Basilica a lot of the history of Venice was repeated from the morning and the Basilica tour didn't seem as structured.
The walking tour after the Basilica took you through the quieter streets around the back of Doges Palace. There was no real features to see and it seemed very rushed.
This is three combined tours. We did this on August 21, 2016. I DO NOT recommend due to St. Marc's. Book separate tours.
Doge's Palace - 5 Stars
A great tour. The tour was very informative and at a good pace. There was plenty of time to take in the information and beautiful rooms. Many opportunities to take amazing photos. The tour is well worth taking. Our guide kept talking about another tour, Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour, which includes many extras that we were unable to see. I wonder if that would have been a better tour. This is a tour that I would tell people to take.
Walking Tour - St. Marc's - 1 Star
This walking tour was lacking in many aspects. Actual tour time was 45 minutes less than advertised time. The entire tour felt extremely rushed. There was not enough time to take photos and enjoy the city. Given a brief history of an area, we were off to the next campo as if on a race. This was a very fast pace tour. The most disappointing part of the tour was St. Marc's Basilica. We walked into St Marc's, were herded up towards the alter, a quick pass in front, and then back down the other side and out to the square. We were not able to walk around at all, and less than 10 minutes inside. The guide spent more time telling us about the mosaics and showing us pieces of tile before we entered. I will say that she was very knowledgeable about the history. If you want to SEE the beauty of St. Marc's, this is not the tour. I would NOT recommend this tour at all. Probably the BIGGEST DISSAPPOINTMENT of our entire trip.
Canal Cruise - 5 Stars
This was a lot of fun. Exactly one hour. We hopped on the motor boat very close to St. Marc's Square. We went through many canals and saw a lot of historical sites. The guide was a little slow on telling us what things were. It was almost like he was always saying the building we just passed is , causing missed photo opportunities. Overall, it was very enjoyable, and well worth doing.
Chuck United States of ...
Definitely the best way to see the Basilica. No lines. No rush. And a very knowledgeable and passionate guide. One of the highlights of our time in Venice.
This booking was very good. The lines to see the Doge's Palace and the Basilica are very long. The tour around Venice is very nice. You actually walk through very interesting areas within Venice.
My family really enjoyed our walking tour with Monica. She spoke very good English and was very easy to understand. The headsets worked great. Mind you, if you got too far away, they were intermittent or stopped but that's to be expected.
We saw many of the big sights to see, Rialto bridge, Grand Canal, San Marco Square, Doges Palace, St. Marks Basilica, but also many hidden gems.
Enjoyable for the whole family including a 10yo. Highly recommended!
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Moses our guide was so engaged and enthusiastic. He explained the political and cultural forces of the times into the best story of Venice. His timing as we walked through the square, basilica, and palace was perfect. We were on the viewing deck of the Basilica to see the clock tower chime 3:00. The Greek horses are a treasure to behold. It is a 3 hour tour and I could have just kept going for another 3! So interesting!
Loading more reviews