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“The Backstreets of Venice are the most beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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The Venice Experience - Private Tours
San Marco Vaporetto stop, Venice, Italy (San Marco)
340-994-2216
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Ranked #15 of 96 activities in Venice
Type: Tours
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california
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“The Backstreets of Venice are the most beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

Wow! Our group of 5 enjoyed a wonderful tour with Mike in June. We had never been before and even though we were awestruck by the beauty of the Grand Canal and our walks to St. Mark's, it could not compare to the picturesque sights that we were able to find during this tour. Mike was interesting and funny and we all had a great time seeing a part of Venice that we never would've found on our own. We were in Venice for 3 days, but I think we took the most photos during this tour. This tour was at our pace and Mike pointed out what we had seen from our guide book (it was a lot). Even with a good map I don't think we ever would've been able to locate half of these places on our own and it was more enjoyable to have someone with us to give us a brief background or explain some of the history surrounding the places we were seeing. Thank you, Mike!!

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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“A MUST-DO Tour When You Visit Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

My husband and I visited Venice for the first time in October, 2008. We only had four days to explore the city before heading off to Florence and Rome. We booked a three-hour "Back Streets of Venice" tour with "The Venice Experience", which offers private tours hosted by one or both members of a relocated American couple, Mike and Karen Henderson, who, along with their two little dogs, relocated from Maryland, US to Venice to live out their dream of operating a walking tour company in a city they have visited and loved for several years.

The tour we took was absolutely phenomenal! While all the tourists were packed in the typical areas, we explored with our guide, Karen, so many wonderful shops, restaurants and sites on the back streets, which were virtually empty! Of course we toured all the main attractions as well, but we got the most fantastic pictures and tasted the best food on the back streets that our friends who visited before us never knew existed. We are SO glad we booked this tour! Karen is extremely knowledgeable and informative and has a witty and vibrant personality. She helped us out with communicating with the locals and even when our tour was done, she went the extra mile and showed us some extra sites and taught us lots of local tips and tricks. We had a ball with her and we definitely plan to visit again!

So if you plan to visit Venice, Karen and Mike's tours are a MUST-DO! They will make the difference between just having a good time at the typical places and having a fabulous experience with their tour.

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