Cruise the canals of the fabled city of Venice. Revel in the grand St. Mark’s Square and visit its Basilica. Take a Gondola through the 150 canals or ride the local water bus under the famous Rialto Bride. If you want to get creative, the island of Murano is home to glass-blowing artisans, and the island of Burano's multi-colored houses look straight out of a Crayola box. Only the floating city can truly reflect the beauty of Italian architecture and culture.
The trip meets in Venice anytime after 14:00 on Friday. You will be able to check into our accommodation anytime after 14:00 on Friday.
After checking into the accommodation we will get lunch on the way to the famous Rialto Bridge, one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal of Venice. Right by the Rialto Bridge are the well-known Rialto Markets. These centuries-old markets are busy with local Venetians shopping for fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables.
Exploring the intricate arrangement of canals, buildings, shops, and churches we will eventually make our way to St. Mark’s Square. Being the main public square of Venice, ‘Piazza San Marco’ is home to many important sites. These include the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Piazzetta, and the Campanile (bell tower). A view of the Piazza and the city of Venice from atop the Campanile is breathtaking and highly recommended. Ask your tour leader for more information about the different sites in the square.
At this time you will have the opportunity to experience the old Venetian tradition of riding in a gondola. Rates usually run around 80 euro and can be split between 2-6 people. After a relaxing 45 minute boat ride around the island (hopefully as the sun is setting), you will end right back where you started. If you’re lucky enough, your gondolier will sing to you and your friends!
The night will start when we head to Campo Margherita, Venice’s lively nightspot for local students and Venetians. Your Trip Leader will organize an aperitivo or you will have the choice to dine in one of the many restaurants/pizzerias lining the square. You may have heard there is no nightlife in Venice, but Campo Margherita stays alive until as late as 2 AM!
Saturday, you will have plenty of time to spend your day between the islands of Murano and Burano. Your trip leader will organize this island hopping day trip. The island of Murano is known for its glass-making artisans. You will have the opportunity to visit the Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum), glass-making factories, or just browse along the many shops lining the canal streets.
After Murano, we will make our way to the picturesque island of Burano for lunch. The island of Burano is known for its colorful houses and lace-making artisans.
We will arrive back in St. Mark’s Square at approximately 16:00*.
The rest of the day and night is yours to see the rest of Venice, get a seafood dinner, or just relax by the canals with some gelato! Ask your Trip Leader for suggestions of things to do in the many different districts on the main island. Some suggestions are listed below.
The tour ends Sunday morning. You have the day free until your flight to explore any parts of Venice you may have missed or want to spend more time in.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art: (14 euro*) Located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, right on the Grand Canal. The museum is home to some important European and American art from the 20th century.
Galleria dell’Accademia: (11 euro*) Museum that is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Lido Beach: (Seasonal*) Venetian beach that is the site of the world’s oldest film festival, the Biennale International Film Festival.
Teatro La Fenice: Venice’s famous opera house, dating back to 1789.
Campanile: (5 euro* for lift to top) The bell tower of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city and is the highest point of the city as well.
Venice Ghost Tour: (22 euro*) The ghost walking tour tells several intriguing ghost stories, legends, and facts and takes you off the beaten path to experience the romance and mystery of Venice by night.