Venice is a city rising above the gentle current of its historical lagoon. Marbled palaces accentuate the natural charm of the city and reflect off of the surface of the water along the quiet canals. Church spires provide an elegant skyline and create a beautiful view whether you look skyward or down to the water. Your private transfer will meet you at Marco Polo International Airport upon your arrival to Venice, and you will reach the shores of the Grand Canal to find the legendary splendor of Venice right in front of your eyes. Gondolas glide down the waterway between the rushing speedboats and vaporettos as you will step onto a private boat to bring you from the shoreline to the heart of the historical center.
Your hotel has a private dock, so you will step off of your boat and settle into the comfort of what was once a nobleman’s palace. The history comes to life as much in the grandeur of the architecture as in the opulence of the hotel lobby. After settling in, your guide will meet you to lead you on an introductory tour the city’s iconic landmarks beginning with St. Mark’s Square. Wander along the cobblestone streets to find the Rialto Market brimming with produce, fresh seafood, and a mixture of locals and visitors. The 16th-century marbled Rialto Bridge arches over the water as the first structure that connected the shores of the Grand Canal.
The aroma of fresh seafood grilled over an open flame drifts out of the restaurants as in St. Mark’s Square you will find a gorgeous piazza framed by arcades. The Doge’s Palace has a rosy hue from the red Verona marble on the upper stories, and the arcade includes Istrian white marble with delicate pillars that create a lattice effect. The arcades guide you to the adorning façade and bulbous domes of St. Mark’s Basilica as frescos decorate the retreating archways. The foundations of the structure were laid in the 9th century, and now contain more than 45,630 square feet of golden frescoes that decorate the walls and ceilings of the interior.