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The Venice Experience - Private Tours

Address: San Marco Vaporetto stop, Venice, Italy (San Marco)
Phone Number: 340-994-2216
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Ranked #15 of 126 Activities in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

This should be your first tour in Venice - if only to convince you of our two most important strategies for enjoying Venice. Go down that little alley and get lost, and stop for a "spritz." Mike spent a few hours taking us around Venice, showing us areas where tourists normally would never venture. it was a great time. As... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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155 reviews 155 reviews
47 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

My wife and I went to Venice for four days and booked the 6 hour Venice Experience. We actually received 6.5 hours for the 6 hour booking,including a relaxing lunch at a wonderful restaurant, and an early stop at a cafe for coffee (some of the best in the world) at our request. We had the opportunity to experience "real-world... More 

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NYC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

The Venice Backstreets Tour with Karen was the highlight of our 9 day trip to Italy! I am compelled to share our WONDERFUL experience. Karen was interesting, friendly and knowledgeable. We LOVED the insider access! Karen guided us to picturesque spots, hidden courtyards and canals, the tiniest of streets, funky bridges and cool historical spots. We learned about the current... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

My 15 year old daughter and I took a photography tour with Mike on June 22. We had spent 2 & 1/2 weeks touring italy - Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Sardegna, and Pompeii. This tour was my daughter's favorite experience (beaches in Sardegna may be a very close second). Why? I think Mike read what we wanted. We didn't... More 

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Poor tour. If I'm going to pay this much money for a tour, I expect the guide to be able to answer questions.

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venicelover, Owner at The Venice Experience - Private Tours, responded to this review

This client took a 4-hour Essential Venice tour with his wife and 9-year-old boy the day after arriving in Venice. We started at the Rialto Market, then went into the backstreets, to out of the way and historically significant places few tourists see, followed by other important sights. The boy was very bright, and was engaged at first, but about... More 

Chicago
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

I was really expecting a great experience based on the feedback from others but I have to say I was disappointed in this tour. In my opinion it is overrated. Mike seems like a decent enough guy but he was not exactly what I would consider enthusiastic and it seemed to me that he had no real “inside” information or... More 

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venicelover, Owner at The Venice Experience - Private Tours, responded to this review

This client took our 6-hour Essential Venice tour, which includes the major sights, some off-the-beaten-path places, and a stop for lunch. This tour is designed as either an orientation to the city for people staying in Venice for more than a day, or as a means for those here for a short time to see the major sights. The tour... More 

Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

With only two full days in Venice, we decided to spring for a private walking tour….and we are SO glad we did! Karen was the perfect person to spend a day with in Venice. She met us in the hotel lobby promptly at our agreed-upon meeting time. She spent a few minutes chatting with us about what we were looking... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

If you want to see the real Venice this is your tour. I booked a half day "Backstreet" with Karen and we saw it all. From the hidden corners you'd never find to the large tourist attractions, the tour flew. Karen is a dual citizen of US/Italy and loves sharing all the interesting and quaint things about this great town.... More 

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atherton, ca
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

Reading the reviews here, I'm not sure what happend on the day Mike took us around Venice backstreets. He was extremely low energy - maybe it was just an "off" day, but I felt like we were pulling teeth to get information out of him. He did say they were getting a lot of bookings, so maybe he was just... More 

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venicelover, Owner at The Venice Experience - Private Tours, responded to this review

As always, we are disappointed to learn that a client was not satisfied with their tour. We take such comments seriously and try to learn from them. This comment is particularly valuable because there are lessons for us and for our future clients. The beauty of the backstreets of Venice is that they are quiet, calm, and virtually devoid of... More 

Sundance, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

We signed up for the early morning photo tour and we are so glad we did! Mike taught me some excellent photo tips and camera settings that helped the rest of our trip. He knows where to go for great shots and interesting places. Places we would have never known about or gone to without his knowledge, along with the... More 

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