VENICE GRAND TOUR
Venice Grand tour is designed to be a complete introduction to Venice in just four hours.
It will include St Mark’s Square and the interior of the Basilica (which cannot be done if there is “acqua alta,” high water, or religious holidays), with an overview of all the celebrated monuments.
This part of the Venice Grand Tour allows our guides to provide you with a well-articulated historic introduction to the city: its birth, peak, and decline throughout the years, spanning from the 9th through 19th centuries.
We will then board a private boat to cruise parts of the Grand Canal, still the main thoroughfare, to admire the homes of the rich and powerful in past and present Venice, each with their unique style and charm.
We will also navigate some of the narrow canals where public ferries are not allowed to go, sided by hidden gardens and picturesque residences, for a more intimate insight on Venice’s residential areas.
Your guide will also stress the current problems with the preservation of this singular cultural heritage Venice is fortunate to have.
Venice Grand Tour continues up to the Northern Lagoon to visit the island of Murano, a major center of glassblowing for 800 years. On Mondays through Fridays, you will see an actual production line at one of the top glass factories, while
- St Mark’s Square and Basilica (skipping the line)
- Murano Glass Factory
- Rialto bridge
- Grand Canal navigation on private taxi to Murano
- Stroll into backstreets
The New York Times recently described the Grand Tour as such:
300 years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization.
With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections, and months (or years) to roam, they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skills, and mingled with the upper crust of the Continent.
Gross, Matt, “Lessons from the Frugal Grand Tour” New York Times September 5th, 2008.
It was a long trip through the cradle of Classical antiquity, which could last a couple of years.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- Short sleeves and knee high pants and skirts are ok
- No sleeveless and no shorts
- This tour lasts four hours and costs 470 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties – For larger parties, send us an email!
- Entrance fees per person:
- S. Mark’s Basilica 7 euros