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Discover the rich culture of Venice, its history, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this 4-day Venetian tour. Enjoy a boat tour on Venice's Grand Canal to explore the city's bustling waterfront and famous historical sites, including St. Mark's Square, Giudecca, San Giorgio Maggiore, and the historic Rialto Bridge. Tour a traditional gondola shipyard. Learn more about ancient techniques as you put your new skills to the test to produce a stunning carnival mask to keep and take home. Take a boat and cruise to the islands of Mazzorbo and Burano in the Venetian Lagoon. Visit a local vineyard and learn about the wine-making process. These Venetian islands are known for their picturesque scenery, handicrafts, and history.
San Marco SquareColorful buildings line Venice's canalsPiazza San MarcoVisit the proud and ancient city of VeniceGondola on Canal Grande at Sunset, VeniceBrilliant blue of Venice's lagoonBrightly colored homes in BuranoSquero di San Trovaso boatyardMazzorba VineyardsSee the famed Rialto bridge in Venice
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice in a motorboat
  • See Venetian patrician homes, traditional palazzos, and famous churches
  • Enjoy wine wasting at Venissa Wine Resort on the island of Mazzorbo
  • Learn how to make or paint your own Venice Carnival mask
  • Discover hidden gems and walk through picturesque squares and alleys
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Day 1: Arrive in Venice

Upon arrival at Venice airport, transfer to your hotel by private water taxi across the famous Grand Canal, the city’s main street, lined with marble palazzi and dotted with drifting gondolas. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Venice by water. Explore the bustling waterfront and famous historical sites, including St. Mark's Square, Giudecca, San Giorgio Maggiore, and the historic Rialto Bridge. Settle into your hotel and dine at a local restaurant tonight. 

Day 2: Venice

After breakfast, visit a squero or boatyard, and learn the secrets of the art and science of traditional gondola construction. See the boats under construction and hear about the techniques that have been used to build and repair gondolas for generations. Then, meet a mask-maker artisan who creates amazing masks and learn about the history of the Venetian carnival. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Mazzorbo | Burano

After a leisurely breakfast, board a private motorboat and reach Mazzorbo. Visit a vineyard nearby to learn how it overcame high tidal challenges to produce famous Venetian wines. Take pictures of the vineyard and learn about the wine-making process, followed by a wine tasting. Cross a bridge and explore the colorful island of Burano at your own pace and enjoy lunch at leisure. Then, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Return Home

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After breakfast, a private transfer to Venice Airport for your return flight home or to continue your trip to the next destination.


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  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Professional local English speaking Guide during your tour
  • Private water taxi transfer from hotel in Venice to Venice VCE airport via car terminal
  • Private Venetian Mask Workshop with a Professional Artisan
  • Wine Tasting in Venice and at Venissa Wine Resort on the island of Mazzorbo
  • Porterage at all accommodation and all city taxes
  • Vaporetto card valid on day 2
  • Private water taxi (max 3 hours) for the excursion to Mazzorbo and Burano
  • 3-Hour Cruise within Venice
  • Private visit to a traditional Squero in Venice
  • Gratuities
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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