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My Exclusive Venice in One Glorious Day (or two or three)

from € 145.00

A Venice experience like no other. Enjoy all of Venice's must-see highlights with Venice's best tour guides!

Venice Tour 1 - My Exclusive Original Gondola Tour:

With our exclusive trajectory through Venice’s most charming canals, explore the intriguing waterways that weave through Venice's charming centre. There is no better way to learn about Venice, guided by a master of the archetypal gondola guild.

To unlock the secrets of mysterious Venice you have to experience it as Venetians have for over a millennia. No-one knows Venice like the Gondoliers that have plied the waters of this marvelous archipelago for centuries. Our weavers of Venice's magic will enthrall you with tales of ancient rites, secret symbols, high drama and colorful characters - all amid stunning surroundings in Venice.

What's more, your private gondola tour guide will reveal the secrets of the fascinating and ancient gondola craft as you glide along Venice's iridescent canals, experiencing achingly beautiful classic Venetian water scenes. Chase the merry tinkling of Venetian accents disappearing around corners before even catching a glimpse, be enveloped by history while learning the traditional greeting of the gondoliers in Venice. Sweeten to their merry sing-song cadences of the gondoliers as the water faintly laps on moss-covered facades whose colours seep century by century, drip by drip into Venice's mysterious lagoons.

Explore the labyrinth maze of Venice's tiny hidden picturesque canals, tantalizingly mysterious byways, charming squares and magnificent palaces while seeing Venice's own ‘Leaning Tower', the ‘street of the assassins', galleries, and Venice's trendiest celebrity hang out.

Venice Tour 2 - My Exclusive Original Venice Tour and Doge's Palace Tour:

Enjoy a marvelous introduction to St Mark’s and the magnificence of Venice, exploring St Mark's square with a wonderful Venice tour guide. Once the epicenter of the wealthiest and most powerful city in Europe, Venice was once the crossroads to the medieval world's most fascinating places, a glorious homage to human ingenuity and faith in the merchant's skill - a game of chance. Nothing compares with seeing St Mark's basilica bathed in a golden sunlight, embracing a millennia of glorious history as the sun glints off its domed sentinels and gleaming façades. Juxtapose this with the poignant reminder that this is a city slowly disappearing beneath the luminous waters of the Adriatic Sea, a sea that once ferried unimagined riches and made "La Serenissima" the world's most mesmerizing and mysterious city. Experience with our talented Venice tour guides what "La Serenissima" means, and has meant, to Venetians over the centuries. See the hauntingly beautiful and aptly named Bridge of Sighs, where the sighs and cries of the condemned echo over the centuries, chasing reflections through the colour-dappled surfaces of myriad canals.

Then, the power and the glory meets terror as you walk on to the setting of one of the world's great mercantile ‘dynasties'. Experience the pomp and pageantry of the magnificent Doges whose wizened exteriors masked a combined steel will to control international market forces. The Doge’s Palace embodies one of the grandest propaganda campaigns ever seen in history. Its superb Gothic façades also masked a sinister style of government developed to carefully drive the commercial interests so important to Venice's history. Learn about the Doges’ bizarrely cloistered lifestyles that were strictly interwoven into the very fabric of Venice and followed fascinating archaic rituals. Hear how the Doges orchestrated one of the greatest tragedies in the history of western culture and then profited from it. Follow in the footsteps of the condemned whilst walking though history, seeing their poignant tracings engraved into the palace prison walls in a private Venice tour you’ll never forget!

Venice Tour 3 - My Exclusive Original Grand Canal Tour:

Don't just see the Grand Canal, experience for yourself the heart-stopping views, film locations, grand palaces, intrigue, scandal, lifestyles of the rich and famous. Add to this a spicy sprinkling of gossip from those in the know, as you ride along Venice’s Grand Canal in a luxurious motor launch.

Our charming bronzed water taxi skippers have ferried some of the world's most famous celebrities as well as being the stunt drivers for blockbuster films such as the 007 epic ‘Casino Royale'. We will pass famous palaces and sights used in films. Our skippers have their fingers on the pulse of Venice, knowing every mossy, misty canal, crumbling palace and skeleton in the cupboard! Whilst gliding along Venice’s Grand Canal, an extraordinarily beautiful and unique highway, we will marvel at the stately procession of sumptuous water palaces gazing proudly upon centuries of comings and goings. Our entertaining companions will bear us along this splendid processional route while we see the palaces of the rich and famous. Hear about celebrities' favorite local places to hang out as well as discovering just why Venice is the sublime capital of masked carnivals, reveries, intrigue, and romance!

PLUS - My Exclusive Island of Glass Transfer from Venice:

This boat ride is provided free of charge when booking the 'My Exclusive Venice in One Glorious Day' discounted Venice tour package.

See Murano's greatest artisans creating masterworks. Leave the mainland behind as you head to the fascinating island of glass. See the ancient craft of glassmaking that has been protected for centuries in one of Venice's most illustrious glass artisan workshops. The pride of the artisans is palpable as you explore the galleries displaying the very best Murano has to offer, from finely crafted sumptuous palace chandeliers and museum-worthy classic Venetian mirrors, to stunning modern masterworks in glass. Visit the glass museum close by or take a stroll around this pretty island, perhaps having lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants, then return to see a vast array of artifacts available in glass at your host glass factory. This is a great shopping trip for experiencing the creative mercantile spirit that still drives Venice today and of course is great for memorable gift purchases. There is something for every taste and budget. Ask about special discounts for our clients. You are under no obligation to purchase - that is, if you can resist the temptation!  Please note that central Venice hotel pick-up is included in the price of this Murano transfer. This free transfer is optional and is not a guided tour.

Tour Length: around 4 hours of guided tour, consisting of 1 hour tour of St Mark's, 1 hour Doge's Palace tour, 1 hour Grand Canal Cruise, 1 hour Gondola Tour plus around 2-3 hour optional Murano visit.

Includes: private guided tour with your personal Venice tour guide, private water taxi cruise down the Grand Canal, private gondola with expert tour guide, pre-reserved Doge's Palace tickets, guided St Mark's tour, and optional water taxi transfer to Murano.

Excludes: Optional gratuities. 

Weather: This tour runs rain or shine.

Notes: Please dress appropriately, shoulders covered for women, for when entering churches.

FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS CALL OUR OFFICE NOW: ++39 0413 096 222 (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm) 

You can also opt to join the single public Venice tours:
1. At 2.00 pm: The Original Gondola Tour
2. At 4.00 pm: The Original Venice Tour
3. At 4.45 pm: The Original Doges Palace Tour
4. At 6.30 pm: The Original Grand Canal Tour

From One to Two persons 900.00 € From 450.00 € per person
From Three to Five persons 1,000.00 € From 200.00 € per person
From Six to Eight persons 1,440.00 € From 180.00 € per person
From Nine to Eleven persons 1,560.00 € From 141.82 € per person
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My Exclusive Venice in One Glorious Day (or two or three)
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On 2014/10/31
Greg D said:


We took tours in Venice, Florence, Sienna & Rome. Nothing short of exceptional at every turn. Knowledge, friendliness and honesty are what we got with every tour and guide. They are simply the best. Thank you all for making our trip as memorable as it was. Ciao!


On 2014/09/28
Eric P said:

Excellent, friendly and professions Venice tours

We look 4 tours in Venice today (27 Sept) and cannot adequately describe how pleased we were with the quality of the tours. Christina, our guide, was excellent and very knowledgable. And most importantly, she was extremely friendly and always courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day was made up of the gondola ride, the original and best Venice tour (St. Marks), Doge's Palace tour and culminating with the Grand Canal tour on our own boat. Christina was very impressive with her knowledge and presentation skills. It was simply a joy to be in her small tour group. We cannot say enough good things about her. One of the highlights of the tour was being (coincidently) literally two boats away from George Clooney's water taxi as he made his way to the Aman Canal Grande Hotel. It made my wife's day. And we managed to achieve this by coincidence. The boat captain was very professional throughout the madness of many, many boats on the Grand Canal at this time (a little before 19:00). Bravo Art Viva!


On 2014/09/02
Jessica R said:

Absolutely Amazing!

My boyfriend and I only had a day and a half to spend in Florence so we signed up for the Artviva Original Florence Walk. Our tour guide, Klaas, was just amazing. His love for Florence and it's history made the tour so enjoyable and made me fall in love with the city. In 3.5 hours (from 9 am - 12:30 pm) we saw: Piazza del Republica, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza di Santa Trinita, Basilica di Santa Trinita, Piazza del Limbo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral of Florence with the Duomo, and part of the Bapistery. We were given head sets so we could hear Klaas talking even if we were not right next to him. This tour was amazing for seeing most of Florence in a very short amount of time. My boyfriend and I are not big fans of art so we did not go into the Uffizi but did go see the Statue of David in the Accademia Gallery using the skip the line tickets through Artviva as well. Could not be happier with the way this tour turned out. Thanks again Klaas and Artviva!


On 2014/07/28
Boyan said:


Kane was an excellent guide with a good sense of humor. He is very competent, enthusiastic, and a great story teller. I learnt a great deal from him about the city of Florence. He really made my short stay in Florence that much more enjoyable. Thank you Kane!


On 2014/07/20
Sara said:


Kane was a fabulous guide! He had an extensive knowledge of relevant historical fact and made the history of Florence come alive. It really helped having a native English speaking guide as we found other guides who had English as their second language were often difficult to understand. Thank you Kane!


On 2014/05/26
Kaaren said:


The 4 Venice tours, Venice in one Glorious Day, are outstanding. We did 2 on Mon 5/12 and 2 on Wed 5/14. Jen was our fantastic guide for 2 of them. I don't remember the names of the other 2 Italian ladies, but they were also excellent & easy to understand.


On 2014/05/10
schoon said:

Venice in one glorious day!!!! Having heard from a friend that a visit to Venice could be a challenge as far as visiting the highlights is concerned, we decided to scour the internet for a suitable guided tour. Skipping the line was imperitive for us. Two ladies with 3 adolescent sons,a challenge in itself. We chose to "do" Venice in one day so that we could be free to return to places of interest with enough knowledge to recognise and be sure of not missing the most important sights. Skipping the line to enter the San Marco Basilica was absolutely a highlight. Thousands of visitors stood in the pouring rain in order to get a glimpse of this magnificent masterpiece. Our guide Christina was absolutely professional and was able to keep our teenage sons more than interested. It was also very much appreciated by us that Art Viva gave us a call the day previous to our tour that bad weather was expected and offered us to postpone the gondola trip.


On 2014/04/22
Helen Stevens said:

I'd like to thank Angelos for giving us a fantastic evening tour 16th April. His local knowledge brought Florence alive and made our stay much more enjoyable. Thanks for the tips about places to go - we loved the Opera!


On 2014/04/15
Susan S said:

Simply Wonderful!

Touring the Uffizi Gallery with Klaus was the highlight of our trip to Florence; his passion and knowledge provided for an unforgettable afternoon. Booking a tour with ArtViva is highly recommended!


On 2013/12/15
Ryan Antista said:

Awesome and highly recommended!

I used the Art Viva services while in Florence for two tours, The Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Because I went in a low season I was the only client and the company still went through with the service, thank you! I had the best tour guild that I could ever hope for! Her name was Elizabeth. She was knowledgeable, fun to be with, very well informed and broke down the pieces and art history in a way that was artful in and of itself. I give the tour service and specifically Elizabeth a 100% A+ and recommend this group all the way. I had a great experience, thank you so much!!

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