Venice is popular as ‘The City of Romance’ and people have several reasons to visit this part of Italy. Some wish to experience the well-preserved culture, a few of them dream to get married here, and several just want to spend quality time exploring this city surrounded with water on every side.
Venice is unique because it is believed to be an enchanted floating city standing on 118 submerged islands in the Adriatic Sea. There are 170 boat canals and 400-foot bridges connecting the city and making it easy for the local people to move around. Streets and bridges can be a little bit challenging.
Venice trip and taking gondola tour is a MUST. Gondolas are the symbolic and traditional boats, which were used as transport around narrow Venetian ways for over ten centuries. The gondolas have evolved since then and are being designed to operate with ease by skilled Gondolier [oarsman]. As a tourist, you can choose from the plethora of boat or gondolas tours to experience Venice from the waters.
Walking and boat tour
You can enjoy Venice from the land and water. Take a stroll with the tour operator through the St. Mark Square and you will get familiar with this unique city’s atmosphere listening to the architecture and history. You will be directed through backstreets away from crowds to explore the layout of this city. You will be enthralled with the silence and intimacy, which a car free city can provide.
You will get to the busy neighborhood of Rialto, an old trade center and then cross oldest bridge over Grand Canal to end up in a bustling market filled with fresh produce. From here get in a private boat and see Venice form water perspective. The lagoons surround this city are peaceful. The canals of quaint Castello district are narrow and small. Passing under the bridges and observing buildings reflecting on water surface is an experience.
- 3 hours duration
- Starts from €100 per person
Private Gondola ride
You don’t need to share the gondola with strangers. This tour has no fixed itinerary. Route can differ according to your specific preference or sea conditions. Major attractions will be pointed out like the Ca ‘Dario popular Venice buildings, Ca ‘Rezzonico, Baroque Venetian style imposing palace, flowery gothic, and the casino as you explore the canal.
- Duration – ½ hour
- Price per service – € 105.00 [max 6 people]
Valentine Day dinner cruise on a Venetian galleon
Enjoy valentine day with your beloved on this fascinating tour. Navigate on the enchanting lagoon water and relish the delicious dinner in a refined and intimate atmosphere on a traditional Venetian galleon. Observe the breathtaking scenery as your ship sails towards Vignote, San Francesco, Mozzorba, Torcello, and Murano islands. Take captivating and memorable photographs.
- Duration – approx. 3 hours
- Price per person – starts from € 100
Carnival party cruise
If you are in Venice during the Carnival festival then get onboard of Venetian galleon participate in a traditional carnival party. The music, mask, and buffer dinner can offer an unforgettable evening. Galleon sails towards the north passing famous islands Murano and Burano. You get to see a very enthralling panorama as a backdrop, while enjoying the tasty dinner prepared.
- 4 hours duration
- Starts from €90 per person
For information on best boat or gondola tours visit http://www.tripindicator.com/cruise/venice/best-venice-gondola-ride-grand-canal-boat-tour.html.
Hop on hop off boats
If you have a day or two to see all of Venice than hop on hop off boats are the best option. You can get off and onboard a boat at your personal pace as the boats run within a frequency of every half an hour. You can cover plenty of attractions in this way rather than walking the streets, as you have limited time.
24 hours – €20 per person + €15 for 5-15 years
48 hours – €27 per person + €13 for 5-15 years
Water cruises are the best way to enjoy Venice!