Get a taste of Venice with this guided full-day trip from Milan. See the main sights in Venice, including St. Mark's Square, the Basilica of St. Mark's, the Grand Canal. Il Fenice opera house, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace. Learn about the history of each place you visit. Sit in on a fun glass-making workshop by local glassmakers. And then enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride at your own expense, cruising through the narrow canals of this splendid city, before heading back to Milan.
Day trip to Venice from Milan with a local guide
Explore Venice on a walking tour and learn about its history and beautiful landmarks
Stroll along Riva degli Schiavoni, through St Mark’s Square and alongside the Grand Canal
See top Venice attractions including St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge
Visit a glass-making workshop to see a local craftsperson at work
Enjoy a gondola ride around the Venetian lagoon, if you wish
Spend a day in 'La Serenissima,' the city of bridges and canals, on this action-packed guided day trip to Venice from Milan. After meeting with your host in the center of Milan, hop in a comfortable coach for the 2.5-hour ride. During the journey, learn about the history of Venice or just gaze out the window at the Northern Italian countryside. Arrive in Venice and get ready for an informative guided 2-hour walking tour. Amble over bridges and along canals. Stand in front of Renaissance palaces and learn their history. Take in the aromas of delicious Venetian fare wafting out of restaurants. Stroll along Riva degli Schiavoni, one of the city's main promenades, and then pass by the legendary Bridge of Sighs connected to the Doge's Palace. Let your guide regale you with tales of the doges of centuries past, as you perambulate into St. Mark's Square. Stop for some photos in the pigeon-filled square. Stand in front of St. Mark's Basilica, noting its intricate facade. And don't forget to gaze up at the bell tower, a symbol of Venice. Then make your way through the narrow streets again, going over the famed Rialto Bridge, continuing along the Grand Canal to admire the grand mansions that flank the canal. Visit some lesser-known hidden gems in Venice too! Explore the calli, a maze-like warren of narrow lanes and canals and learn about what life is like here for locals. Take a break for lunch (at own expense) and then visit a glass-making workshop near St. Marks Square to witness skilled glassmakers plying their trade. After browsing in the gift shop and considering taking a souvenir back to Milan with you, head out on the narrow streets again, making your way for the optional 30-minute gondola ride (at your own expense) through the canals of the city. If you opt for the gondola, hop on the flat-bottomed boat, sit back and enjoy the only-in-Venice ambience. When the time comes, return to your coach and begin the journey back to Milan.
Sofia was our guide getting to Venice but then Chiara took over. Both ladies were great. Tour seemed rush once in Venice due to long travel time. You really need a few days to see Venice. We did enjoy a gondola ride and watched a glass blower plus has some free time to shop.
you need to see Venice, but 7.5-8 hours on a bus with no restroom is not the way to get there and back. what you really receive is a two hour walking tour, a ten minute glass blowing demonstration and a 20 minute sales pitch on the glass. A waste of time for me. the guide for the walking tour was more interesting in staying in the shade than she was in showing us anything special, and the main tour guide was not very helpful. I wouldn't do it again.
We enjoyed this trip to Venice once we had free time. Our local tour guide was a little pessimistic during the walking tour, always mentioning how Venice is sinking because it had too many tourists in front of an entire group of tourists. Our tour leader was pretty cool though. He was humorous, and because I was pregnant and it was hot, he let me and my husband skip the glass-blowing tour so we can grab lunch. We had a total of a little over 4 hours to roam around Venice.
Gondola rides were 20 Euros per person because it was peak season. We skipped it.
Venice is beautiful - need more time, less bus ride
, Aug 2018
Love the city itself however, 'city tour' provided little value/information; bus ride was too long for the short visit in the actual city. By the time you do the 'walk tour'; glass tour; and gondola you barely had time to eat least of all visit anything or do sight-seeing. Maybe reduce 'city tour' to 20 minutes; extend time on land and allow more time for exploring. Quality of mic and devices for tour listening were poor.
Venice was a once in a lifetime experience. The bus ride was super comfortable and the guide was great. The only downfall was that the headset kept shutting off during the walking tour of Venice, which was quite annoying. We really enjoyed the gondola ride though. Highly recommend if you visit Venice.