Grand Canal and view of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

Highlights of Venice Tour: The Iconic Floating City

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Arqua Petrarca, Asolo, Friuli...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Uncover the opulence of the Venetian Republic through an exploration of the architecture, history, legend, and natural beauty of a region shaped its history as a maritime powerhouse. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in the highlights of Veneto, a region of Italy intertwined with the rise and fall of Venice. Indulge in the flavors of the cuisine and the exquisite regional wine. Pass beneath arched bridges erected nearly five centuries ago and then bask in the panoramic views of lagoon...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the marvels of Venice during a private boat tour of the Grand Canal that highlights the history, architecture, and cultural charms of the city
  • Witness the production of a gondola inside a craftsman’s workshop to learn about the fine details of shaping a luxurious vessel
  • Indulge in the flavors of Veneto with a private cooking lesson and grappa tasting in the marvelous town of Bassano del Grappa
  • Visit the legendary balcony of Juliet Capulet in the elegant city of Verona
  • Wander along the bright and cheery houses, which line the quiet canals of the small island of Burano
  • Express your creative side with a private glassblowing demonstration as you visit the famous glass-making island of Murano
  • Sip from the celebrated La Fontana del Petrarca in the serene village of Arqua Petrarca, whose waters offer the gift of verse in honor of the poet
  • Embrace the history of Venice on a tour of the neighborhoods, which includes walking along the Jewish Ghetto and the sophisticated streets of Eastern Castelo
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramas of the Dolomites and Alps as you visit the charming villages around Veneto
  • Relax in the soothing natural spring waters of the Terme Euganee Spas that overlook the town of Arqua Petrarca

Detailed Description

From the foothills of the Dolomites to the shores of the Venetian Lagoon, the wonder of the Veneto region emanates from the natural landscape and culture unique to the influence of the Venetian Republic. Canals meander through the cityscape, and the churches and palaces are nearly indistinguishable in grandeur. Villages exhibit as many captivating historical frescoes as the palaces of the Venetian capital. Your 10-day tour will encompass the majesty of an entire region, while you relax in the lavish surroundings of Venice.

Your Veneto excursion will begin with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer will escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal where you will board a vaporetto to your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby after you have had a chance to settle in and lead you on an exploration of Venice through the waterways that connect the architecture, culture, and cafes of the city. Next day, you will have an elaborate walking tour of Venice that begins with St. Mark’s Square. Your guide will take you through the Basilica and Doge’s Palace to highlight the exuberant décor and historical chambers.  Continue to make a deeper connection with Venice as you move through an island tour of the Lagoon and visit a collection of celebrated communities including Burano and Murano. Look forward to observing a glassblowing workshop on Murano for an introduction to the historical artwork.

Move next to spend the following day on a guided tour through the history of the diverse neighborhoods of Venice. Your day will conclude with a visit to an artisan gondola maker’s workshop to see the process of crafting the distinctive boats. Venture next to the enchanting town of Chioggia to relax in the serene atmosphere of “Little Venice.” Wander the cobbled streets or relax on the sandy shores of the nearby beaches before you return to your hotel in the evening. Next, venture into the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains to delight in the culture of the rural villages, including the charming meandering streets of Asolo. Bask in the flavors of a coursed lunch paired with local wine.

Move on to enjoy the legendary poetic landscape and celebrated poetry of Petrarca in the town of Arqua Petrarca. Relax in the soothing waters of the thermal spa before you wander through the bustling and captivating historical city center of Udine. Cross the stone bridge to the heart of the cliff-side town of Friuli, the latter of which contains a burial ground that predates Roman settlement before the next day takes you into the embrace of Romeo and Juliet as you explore the gorgeous city of Verona.

Wander the distinct neighborhoods, visit Juliet’s balcony, and witness the drama of the Roman amphitheater before you venture next to Bassano del Grappa. Once in town, you can relish the serene setting and delight in a private cooking class paired with a tasting of local grappa. Conclude the next day as your private transfer meets you ready to escort you to the Venice airport for your flight home, or you could extend your stay in Italy with an in-depth visit to Tuscany or Lazio.

Starting Price

$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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