Venice exudes romance with enchanting gondolas gliding beneath arching bridges and the scent of seductive chocolates emanating from confectionaries. Discover Venice’s unique ardors during your custom tailored tour designed to immerse you in the passions of the historic Republic and the luxuries of the contemporary lagoon. Follow the trail of Casanova and linger in hidden neighborhoods protecting Venetian tradition. Uncover the secret chambers of the Doge’s Palace and navigate a gondola under the...
Venice – True Beauty of the Grand Canal
Venice is a city of opulence and prestige, grand feasts and pristine palaces, enchanting culture and captivating history. Priceless churches hidden in the narrow backstreets of the city contain Veronese facades and sculptures. Master artwork crafted by Titian and Tiepolo decorates ceilings and palatial walls. Elegant masks stare out the storefront windows of artisan craft shops, depicting mythical figures of the Commedia dell’ Arte. Your flight lands at Marco Polo International Airport, where you meet your private transfer at baggage claim, eager to view the iconic city rising out of the lagoon. Venice is a collection of more than 115 islands connected to one another through a network of bridges arching over the renowned canals.
You meet your private boat on the edge of the world-famous Grand Canal for your introduction to the city along its most popular waterway. Gondolas glide beneath the Rialto Bridge. Vaporettos cast a wake behind them as they ferry locals and visitors to and from St. Mark’s Square. The marvelous extravagant façade of Ca’ Rezzonico glints in the sunlight. The structure was erected between the 17th and 18th centuries with Baroque embellishments. Gondoliers wade in the water, passing the thin marble columns adorning the second and third stories.
The interior contains upwards of 40 rooms, each decorated to demonstrate the style and affluence of Venice’s former aristocracy, from lacquered furniture to bronze treasures, along with a collection of original 18th-century Venetian costumes. The culture of Venice brims along the walkways beside the canal, filled with the daily, ongoing life of locals. Women open their windows and chat over the stone divides. Workers replace rotted wood plinths by pounding new mooring piles into the sea floor. Cats sleep on windowsills, which are open to allow the refreshing breeze into the house. Exploring the Grand Canal puts you at the heart of a romantic city and makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a painting.
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- Embark on a lover’s exploration of the streets, palaces, and squares of Venice, following the footsteps of Venice's legendary Casanova, with a private guide to enhance the experience
- Uncover the hidden niches of the fabled city on the lagoon during your private tour of St. Mark’s Square and the secluded neighborhoods of the city
- Delight in a private couple’s cooking lesson taught inside one of the city’s celebrated historic palaces
- Learn the art of rowing a gondola as instructed by a gondolier on the back canals of the city
- Relish an evening with a romantic four-course dinner followed by a thrilling concert
- Explore the sweet and decadent world of Venetian pastries and confections with a local guide knowledgeable in the best shops around town
- Wander through the galleries of the Accademia art museum to view the progression of artistry and artwork encouraged by the Republic of Venice
- Venture to the celebrated islands of Murano and Burano to view traditional glassblowing and charming brightly-painted homes
Venice embodies pleasure and romance, prestige and history. Your 8-day tour offers you an exclusive Venice, from the splendor of the Grand Canal to the enchantment of traditional Venetian masks. Your discovery begins with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer meets you and your partner at baggage claim and escorts you to the Grand Canal for an introductory tour into the marvels of the historic waterway. After the tour, you settle into your luxurious accommodation located near the heart of the bustling city.
The following morning, your guide leads you on a magnificent tour of the Rialto Market and St. Mark’s Square, highlighting the hidden niches of the basilica and the secret chambers of the Doge’s Palace. You follow the prestige of the famous piazza with a tour unveiling the vices and surprises of the city’s history on a private walking tour of seductive Venice. Then, you visit the Accademia Galleries to view the expansive art collection exhibiting the progressive styles of the Venetian Republic.
Explore the neighborhood of Dorsoduro for insight into the past and contemporary culture of Venice. Afterward, you follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous romantic characters of all time, Casanova. Enjoy a tour connecting the dots of the lover’s life before delighting in an evening of stature with a four-course meal followed by an enrapturing concert. You set out on a gondola ride in the back canals of Venice before embarking on a rowing class to learn the proper way to steer the iconic Venetian vessel.
In the afternoon, you meet a private cooking instructor for a lesson in preparing a proper Venetian meal while inside a historic palace. Bask in the romantic atmosphere of the city by exploring the hidden corners and charming palaces during a guided tour of the city. Relax in quiet squares and discover captivating artwork often overlooked by visitors. The next day, you visit the islands of Murano and Burano before partaking in a delectable tour of Venice’s celebrated bakeries, gelaterias, and chocolateries, as guided by a local confectioner. Your private transfer meets you and your partner at the hotel on the final day and escorts you to Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 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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