Venice: The City Experience

6 days / City Stays
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About This Experience

The canals, the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square, the all-encompassing charm: there’s nothing quite like Venice. Explore every nook of La Serenissima (the most serene), from its hidden alleyways to its iconic canals and eclectic islands. Make this romantic city your home for six days, truly soaking in its dreamlike atmosphere and Venetian way of life.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & hotel transfers

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer and wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Venice is just over the horizon

Your trip begins with an overnight flight to Venice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Venice4 nights - hotel info

Day2

Welcome to Venezia—let the citywide love affair begin

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Venezia. After a Go Ahead representative collects you from the airport and escorts you to your hotel, you’re free to explore Venice. Later, meet your fellow travelers at your welcome dinner.

Day3

Experience the city with someone who knows it best—a local

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

Breakfast

Experience the romance of Venice during this morning’s guided sightseeing tour. Begin in St. Mark’s Square, and then make your way to the city’s enduring icons, including Basilica di San Marco, Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). This afternoon, opt to glide along the canals on our gondola tour.

Optional Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

Optional Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165* pp

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you'll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Day4

Make a date with Venice for scenic stroll or café afternoon

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello

Breakfast

Cruise the Grand Canal, stroll through the Rialto Market, or have a cappuccino in Piazza San Marco. You may wish to join our optional excursion to visit the Island of Burano & Torcello.

Optional Excursions

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65* pp

Visit the islands of the Venetian lagoon, a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike. First travel by water taxi to Torcello, where the story of Venice began. It was here that mainlanders sought a safe haven from invading barbarians. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose famous mosaics depict The Last Judgement. The next stop is the tiny fishing village of Burano, where brightly colored homes greet visitors. Wander as you please throughout Burano, and be sure to stop in at the island's bakeries.

Day5

Lose yourself in the city’s old world charms and masterpieces

Optional Excursion - Guggenheim Museum

Breakfast

With another free day, you might choose to get “lost” along the winding streets of one of Venice’s lesser-known yet magical quarters, Dorsoduro. Alternatively, you might opt to join our excursion to the famed Guggenheim Museum.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Guggenheim Museum $69* pp

Discover Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th-century masterpieces on a guided tour of the museum that bears her name. Home to works by artists including Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Pollock, Braque, Duchamp, Miró and Kandinsky, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection occupies the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. After your tour, you'll enjoy an apéritif overlooking the museum's sculpture garden.

Day6

Long-distance love can work, you’ll see

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not extending your stay, A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Venice $329*

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers—and to them she will open her heart.

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Day6

Explore all there is to adore here, or see where Juliet fell for Romeo

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Verona

Breakfast

Spend another leisurely day in Venice, or take an optional trip to Verona.

Optional Excursions

A Day in Charming Verona $115* pp

Travel to Verona by train, where your guided sightseeing tour begins at the city center, Piazza Bra, where you’ll see many important and majestic buildings—none more impressive than the Arena, which dominates the square and is the third largest extant Roman amphitheatre in Italy. Later, continue on to Castelvecchio. No tour of Verona would be complete without seeing the famed balcony of the lovelorn Juliet of Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy, and you'll visit the Casa di Giulietta where you can ask, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" This afternoon, you'll enjoy free time to explore Verona on your own.

Day7

Spend a relaxing day in Venice

Breakfast

Start saying goodbye to the city during your final day in Venice.

Day8

Your trip ends now, your connection to Venice is forever

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, and are unsure of your particular requirements, then it is advisable to contact the consulate.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the theater, you will probably want something more formal to wear. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Currency

The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some Euros from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards/debit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine

Venetian cuisine is based on seafood, with crab and cuttlefish as local favorites. Antipasto might be a seafood salad or sarde in saor (fried sardines), while pasta dishes include pasticcio di pesce (pasta baked with fish) or pasta alla vongole (spaghetti with clams). Also worth trying are zuppa di pesce (seafood stew) and pasta e fagioli (bean soup). Risotto is popular as a first course, served with fish (di pesce) or vegetables (primavera). Local wines are the white Tocai and Pinot Grigio from Friuli and red Valpolicella from the Veneto region.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Venice. When you first arrive in Venice, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Great Tour Director, nasty room

Everything was lovely about this tour, especially Isabella our tour director. She was so helpful, kind, and fun. We were honored to be a part of her "family" on this short trip to Venice. My only quarrel was with the Hotel Continental. The staff was unfriendly, and if you asked them a question, they couldn't or wouldn't help. Our room was substandard for what we paid. The carpet was dirty, covered with old stains, the chairs were falling apart, the wallpaper was torn. I think Go-Ahead should take this hotel off their list. It detracts from their credibility. I would be happy to spend more to get a better hotel.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Real Venice

Isabella, is a real Venetian and our wonderful tour guide. She went out of her way to show us the real Venice , through old neighborhoods, lots of details and places we could never have found on our own. Dinner the last night was fantastic. She knew the restaurant. The other thing that was nice is there were only 12 of us and most of the time 8 or 9 in the group. Being on the grand canal was wonderful. Every morning the entertainment at breakfast was how everything is delivered by boat! Best of all was arriving by water taxi. Venice is mobbed, but can still be lovely...thank you

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice

Had a wonderful time but will have to return. There is so much to do and see in Venice 7 days can't cover it all. The tour director Ziggy was very knowledgeable, friendly and a hoot 8-)...Good People!!! The water taxi service was great and the public transportation is good. A lot of walking as it is what they call a hard tour.The only problem was the hotel accommodations for single person. It is best to review once you receive your itenary. Bernie

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

great

ziggy the guide was the boom

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2008

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice Lover

Each visit of Venice with Go-Ahead opens up new adventures and sights. Staying in the Jewish Ghetto brings me close to the locals and the culture. The tourist scene at St.Mark's energizes me.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/21/2012

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magnificent Venice!

I travelled from Sept 24- Oct. 1st. I had an awesome time and my tour director, Tini was absolutely EXCEPTIONAL!! She was so gracious and went out of her way on MANY MANY occasions to help us. Since this is only my 2nd European vacay, I would prefer the multiple country/city tours just because after a couple of days in Venice, I had pretty much seen everything I wanted to see so I hopped a train to Florence. However, I would still recommend this tour. I had a great time and it IS a beautiful city.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Venice City Stay

Venice was wonderful. My first trip there, and probably not my last. I had a wonderful experience - sightseeing, food, people - couldn't ask for a better time.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice is my dream

City stays are what I can do now as I can go at my own slow pace. And Venice is my favorite place in the world where I visit as often as I can. This particular stay's tour director, Tini, is absolutely marvelous - very caring and knowledgeable and helpful.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2011

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice is beautiful - can't wait to return

This was my first visit to Venice and hopefully not my last. Our flights were great. Tini, our tour guide met us at Venice airport and took us directly to the water taxi, which was a new experience for me, and quite frankly, truly a breath of fresh air after hours of traveling. Our hotel was situated on the canal in the Jewish Ghetto, away from the tourists and the hubhub in St. Mark's Square. The rooms were great, the staff friendly and helpful and the breakfast light and tasty. With the help of Tini we were soon navigating the streets and alleyways, traveling on the Vaporetta with no problem and even managed a train trip to Verona. Of course a trip to Venice wouldn't be one without the Gondola ride. All in all a trip to remember and one to recommend.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Worse trip to Italy We have ever had!

First of all the Go Ahead Tours made a long flight even longer by making a lay over in Atlanta from New Jersey before leaving for Italy. This made a 10 hour flight about 15 hours. Then when we got to Venice, our room was not ready so we had to keep ourselves busy instead of going to the room to get cleaned up and relax. After we did get to our room we had to meet the tour director within 2 hours for an overview of our trip and then have the dinner that was included. We still did not have time to relax. Then the next day, while we were still tired from the flight and not having our room, we were scheduled for our tour of St. Marks. The rest of the time was for ourselves which we managed wisely. Our return flight, however, was a complete disaster. Go Ahead Tours diverted us to Amsterdam from Venice and then to New Jersey. There was a 5 hour lay over. A trip that was supposed to be 10 hours if scheduled correctly took close to 24 hours. Needless to say we will NEVER recommend this tour company or use them again.

1 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

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