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The Venice Experience - Tours

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Address: San Marco Vaporetto stop, Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 340 994 2216
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fantaaaaaaaaaaaaaastic amazing romantic

one of the most amazing cities around the world, just amazing,, everything,, the food the road the shops the hotels the sea the sky,, you will love everything there,, perfect for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Haya A

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The Woodlands, TX
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29 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our worst tour of many during our three weeks in Italy in 2014. Mark is great if you enjoy a very dry and uninteresting law professor type showing you around with no enthusiasm for the city. I told them ahead of time the few things we had in mind for our all day tour and said they could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of the most amazing cities around the world, just amazing,, everything,, the food the road the shops the hotels the sea the sky,, you will love everything there,, perfect for couples and can be visited with famelies and friends as well :) try the pasta and the pizza at thr rosa restaurant so yummy,, and try THE BAUERs Venezia... More 

Thank Haya A
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am extremely late in writing this but I didn't want it to go undone. We, there were 5 of us, visited Venice in late September 2015. We planned the trip with the assistance of an online travel advisor. The advisor arranged a private tour with Karen. The tour lasted approximately three hours and focused on the less touristy sections... More 

Thank Deborah D
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We had 2 full day tours on Oct 22 and 23. Booked with them as they were highly recommended in quite a few sites that offer tips for handicapped travelers. Venice is all they say about not being easy for chair users. We were a group of 4 seniors, 2 needing the use of wheelchairs. First day with Mike was... More 

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Lebanon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We booked with The Venice Experience based on a tripadvisor friend's recommendation, and we were delighted with the experience. Karen worked with me and planned a custom tour that included backstreets and cicchetti stops. We arrived in Venice on a Friday morning and scheduled the tour for late that afternoon. It worked out perfectly to help orient us to the... More 

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Venice, Italy
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I should have posted this earlier, but the memory is still strong - these 2 tours were highlights of our Venice visit. We have visited many times, but Karen and Mike showed us parts of Venice we had never seen, and their history knowledge is fantastic! We had a cicchetti tour, and then a night photography tour with Mike. Both... More 

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Mission, Canada
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

My wife Janet and I did the Backstreets of Venice tour with Karen on October 11, 2015. She is well-spoken and quite charming, and entertained and educated us the whole time. Highly recommended for photogs and history buffs alike. She gave us a great understanding of how Venice has evolved over the last several hundred years, and painted a picture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Well worth the price to skip the lines. The tour guides were excellent! I highly recommend taking tours! Saw and heard so much more as they pointed out "things" that the eye wouldn't if picked up! I will definitely use a guide again!

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Santa monica
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We took the Backstreets of Venice tour with Karen and loved every minute of it. Karen is extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. She showed us all the places you wouldn't see on a normal tour and we learned much about how the Venetians actually live, where they live and shop, etc. It was great... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The two tours were great! The walking tour was well organized and easy to find the starting point. The tour was punctual and finished on the proposed hour. this gave us enough time to browse for ourselves and have a lunch at our leisure before the Boat tour started. The guides on both were fluent in English and provided great... More 

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Staying in Castello

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.