Venice Tours
Public Tour: The Charm of Serenissima Republic

Public Tour: The Charm of Serenissima Republic

By Venice Boat Experience
per adult
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Ages 0-80, max of 100 per group
Duration: 2h 45m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Audio guide: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Casa di Marco Polo

  • Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Meet your guide at the TURIVE kiosk.
  • Doge's Palace, San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    After the visit of the Doge's Palace the tour is ended.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18696P67

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour is not guaranteed with adverse weather conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18696P67

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  • Venice Boat Experience
    Venice, Veneto, Italy
    Joined in February 2016
  • Cancerbuster1
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unacceptable Service
    I have never written a bad review. This is my first. We are very concerned that the tour operator was not at the meeting location at 6:30pm (as booked - confirmed time on our ticket). We then called the tour operator who told us to go to the gondola starting point, to show our tickets and we can start the tour there. However, the gondola tour operator (Christopher) told us that our tour operator company only does tours until 5:30 pm with them, as later the gondola ride costs $110. So we paid $110, Viator and the gondola operator. There was also no info on where to pick up our evening walking tour after the gondola ride and the tour operator did not answer the phone after 6:30pm. Please be sure to give us our money back on this sadly fully failed tour on our first night in Venice, which was supposed to be our romantic evening intro to the city. Make sure to avoid this company for your tours…
    Written May 12, 2024
  • normanp311
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended.
    With some more coffee and active people watching, we recharged our batteries and pushed on to join our pre-arranged afternoon tour of St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Both were great and the tour guide provided context and history about Venice. Recommended.
    Written November 5, 2023
  • 379jeninem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect tour in Venice!!
    Ottivia was spectacular! Taking the evening private city tour and gondola ride was a blessing! No crowds, peaceful time to listen to her vast knowledge of the city. Her genuine love for Venice was so evident in the manner of which she interacted with us. We loved everything about it and her!!
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Irishgirl1963
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definetely tecommend . We skipped the walking partthe day had been long .
    It was raining when we met for the gondola ride . But, the sky cleared as we walked to the gondolas, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunset. The ride was peaceful.
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Jennifer B
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just OK
    So this tour was separated into two parts and there’s like an hour of hour and a half in between, and I do not remember them saying that initially, but anyway, the gondola ride was fun but the guys operating them were chatting together the whole time. I feel like they should’ve been talking to us if anybody. The walking tour guide was very nice, but none of the radios worked, so it was very difficult to hear her. The stories on the walk itself I do not really feel like was worth the money.
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Avel M
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not what we expected
    Visiting both of these islands was a little boring. Not what we expected. It was kind of lonely area. Not much to do or see. All restaurants closed very early and we did not get to eat
    Written July 13, 2023
  • 515DaveW515
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice guy but disappointing cruise
    Milo, our 'guide' is a really nice guy. Articulate and easy to talk to, but, Milo, you have to step up your game. First - on a two hour cruise in hot weather, you should have a couple of cold drinks even if only water and maybe a snack. Second - the only "mystic" part was explaining about the legend of a few haunted houses and buildings. Third - Milo doesn't have a boat or license to allow going into Venice, so our cruise "around Venice" was truly AROUND the outside of venice, not down any of the canals as we expected, so we only saw the periphery of Venice. Milo - you're a nice guy, but I have to be honest: we were disappointed for the above reasons, and I know you can do better for $350 US.
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Greg S
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good ride with amazing views
    We were fortunate the early day rain cleared for the boat ride and islands visit. The glass blowing demonstration only last 10 minutes and was amazing to watch. Wish there had been more time on Murano. Felt very hurried to get back to boat and not very clear how to return to the boat as we were searching for the correct path from the other side of the building. Burano has beautiful buildings to see, not at all interested in lace and the so called demonstration was watching a woman see in a shop. Too much time spent on Burano.
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Taher K
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inconsiderate organisers. Avoid this tour.
    The gondola ride was great. The walk was supposed to start at 8:30 pm. I reached the meeting spot at 8:31, and the guide had already left without waiting for even 5 minutes. The company's coordinator called someone a few times, but the opposite party did not extend and help. Eventually, I missed half the experience completely. Do NOT take this tour. They are inconsiderate and will run off even if you are just a tad late.
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Maureen C
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    100% waste of time and money!
    This tour was completely not worth the price nor the experience! The meeting point was beyond troubling to find. The gondola ride was super short and the evening tour was beyond boring. In fact, our guide left us in the middle of the second bar stop! She was completely disinterested. Furthermore, the food at each respective bar was terrible!
    Written August 12, 2022
  • annasZ6079RQ
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it once
    Overall there was nothing ‘wrong’ with our tour. Checking in was easy, we waiting in the shade until our tour time. The guide walked us very quickly to the boat. It would have been incredibly easy to get separated from the group or not be able to keep up with her. The walk was fairly fair, so not sure why the check in booth is where it is. Once on the boat the ride over was nice. You’re shuttled directly to the glass blowing facility first - literally into their warehouse. To exit you’re required to walk through the showroom. Burano made us feel a bit like going to a zoo- we docked next to peoples back yards, walked the path by their front doors. People were taking photos of the doors, windows, etc which felt very invasive. Both stops were beautiful, but I did feel like we were invading the privacy of the people that live there. Glad we did it, will never do it again though.
    Written July 29, 2022
  • twtm1307
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to find.
    Need better information on where the departure point is - we couldn't find it and ended up missing the tour. They still haven't issued a refund.
    Written April 14, 2022
  • Watty0407
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must whilst you are in Venice
    It was a little formulaic but enjoyable and interesting to do once. The gondolier was charming and they are obviously so very skilful (and well-balanced)
    Written November 5, 2021
  • Bonita B
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cruised September 2019
    Company is Very Viva Venice - very professional and pleasant staff, taking us to all the places mentioned with sufficient time to see everything. Only recommendation is stick close to your group because some including myself ended up getting lost, missed the boat in Torcello, had to take local ferry for an additional 3 hours.
    Written December 22, 2019
  • Willywick
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brief but wonderful experience
    Basic private ride. No singing (except for us). Canals get a bit crowded with work boats, Gondolas, and water taxis. Kinda like a Disney ride. Once we parted ways with the crowd the ride was quiet and romantic.
    Written November 8, 2019
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