This was a great experience. Our guide, Juliano, was amazing. He gave us lessons about the history of Venice. He also showed us some sites that we never would have found, or been given access to normally, For instance, he was able to get us into a private showing at a glass factory to see how glass products are made. The trip was well worth it.
Venice is a great city. I wish we were not so rushed to get everything done on the tour escorts agenda. We had to be in certain places by set times. We did get to go on a gondola ride. The driver did not say anything on the whole trip. The only words he said was to the tour escort asking if we gave a tip. We had no time to shop as we were whisked around so fast. Next time we will stay in Venice. Not a good day trip from Rome.
If you are visiting Rome and wondering about the day trip to Venice, stop wondering. It is a great day - and, yes, a long worthwhile day - but you will not regret taking the time to visit this Italian unique city! We will be coming back with more family in 12 months and we will do the same trip again!
If you are stapped for time and want to see Venice in a day, this tour is a way to go! Our tour guide Irene did a great job helping us navigate crowded streets of Venice while giving us an overview of sites we were passing by. She also arranged condola ride for us not included in the trip cost so we did not have to wait in line wasting precious time. We were also able to visit St. Mark's cathedral without standing in line. Murano glass factory visit which included glass blowing presentation was amazing!
We highly recommend this tour. We never could have navigated the intricate maze of streets and bridges without our excellent guide Lorenzo. Our private gondola ride was one of the highlights of our visit to Venice. The train was comfortable and on time as was our pick up and drop off at our hotel.
Irene was amazing. We cannot say enough about her. She did everything right but she can not control the weather :. It was a cold rainy day, but with Irene it did not matter. It is well worth the money to skip the lines. She explained the sites in great detail. We even had time on our own which was more than enough time. We could not have done this trip with out her!!!!! Thank you Irene thank you Irene!!!! Xo
This tour is expensive and Venice is a tourist trap! About 4 hours on a train each way. No service is available on this train...not even bottled water. When we arrived, we were told by our guide that the price of a gondala ride was NOT included - that was another 95 euros about 115 due on the spot. It was a nice 10 minute ride however, the gondala driver never offered any info - he was on his cell phone and talking to other gondala drivers. The restaurant suggested by our guide had a table, and was WAY overpriced! 5 euros 6 for a can of Coke! We ended up sharing a pizza bc it was the cheapest thing on the menu. None of the servers were nice and Venice does not treat tourists well. And the place is covered up like ants with tourists carrying luggage. Spend your in another city where they actually like the tourists...like Rome or Florence. Don't waste your money. After the price of tickets, food, gondalas, etc., we spent 1000 each on this city and it was the worst day trip by far!