Venice: The City Experience6 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
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Art, history, architecture—all world-class, all in abundance
Discover the city through the lens of a local
The otherworldly waterways & iconic gondolas
With so much time to explore, Venice will become home
Sidewalk cafes, charming piazzas, it all spells relaxation
Indulgence is accepted here, so bring on the pasta
Overnight Flight1 night
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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
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.
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.
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.
Make a date with Venice for scenic stroll or café afternoon
Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello
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.
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.
Lose yourself in the city’s old world charms and masterpieces
Optional Excursion - Guggenheim Museum
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
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.
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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Explore all there is to adore here, or see where Juliet fell for Romeo
Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Verona
Spend another leisurely day in Venice, or take an optional trip to Verona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
69.2% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
Best Vacation Ever!
What made our tour so special was the attention our guide, Ziggy, gave us. She knew all the best places to eat and to shop, accommodated our needs and desires and was a fount of information regarding the history and the workings of Venice. She even arranged a special wine tour of neighboring Verona that was incredible. I would absolutely go to Venice again but i'd have to insist Ziggy be our leader! The hotel was good and flights were well scheduled. I was happy with my first tour with Go Ahead and elated beyond words with this one!
Great food! Pretty hotel! Thumbs down tour director
The tour director Ziggy, clashed with several ladies on the tour. I would ask her questions and she would respond in a condescending tone or as if I was bothering her. I somewhat think that may be her personality, but If so, then a tour director may not be the right calling. I know for a fact that her tip was reduced by several of us because of the tone/ manner in which she spoke to us. I remained cordial to her, but some others on the tour were combative with her after clashing. She herded us around like cattle rushing us, and then we had to wait. I understand the boat etc is rented for a certain amount of time, but schedule the activities better verses rushing us. DO NOT! Buy souvenirs from the places the tour director takes you too. We found the same exact lace items, murano glass and leather purses for MUCH cheaper by shopping at the shops around the hotel or taking the water bus to Murano. The trip was expensive for the number of days in Venice. The same trip is posted for much less, so I'm not sure why the July trip was more expensive. We had a 6 hour layover in Atlanta going which was insane. The description is misleading, including the red eye flight as "1night" of the tour. DO NOT! Buy the optional excursions! You can book the same excursions when you get there for 2/3 or 3/4 less. The only extra on the gondola ride is they were given a picture with Venice 2014 after the ride. The hotel was "pretty" but inconvenient. You are only given one room key, which is an actual key. If one party was in the room asleep, you have to get up to open the door for the other person. The hotels restaurant food was fantastic. The hotel bartender- name Amando, or something that begins with an A- was the best. The beds are smaller than a twin size. Fortunately most everyone spoke English. I would return to Venice, just not with this tour company. This review is not positive, so I doubt if it is even posted.
Dear Monica, We appreciate you taking the time to comment on your recent tour of Venice. Your feedback on your tour director has been passed along to our operations team. Please be assured that at Go Ahead we pride ourselves on our tour directors, and I am sorry that yours didn’t meet your expectations. I am glad that you were able to enjoy aspects of your trip, like the gondola ride and your meals. I assure you that our attention to quality is of utmost importance so I apologize if this tour did not quite live up to what you were expecting from us. I hope we have the opportunity to reassure you of your choice to travel with Go Ahead Tours. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any further assistance.
Posted by Go Ahead Tours on July 23, 2014
Rushed and Moved Like Cattle
First I would like to say it was Venice, so I naturally enjoyed just being there. As for Go Ahead Tours, my only suggestion would be NOT to call this a 6 day stay. Flying out of my home city is NOT a day stay in Venice and leaving Venice at 7:30 am also not a day in Venice. Other than that my experiences with the reps were okay. Hotel, well the runny, wet eggs left a lot to be desired and the sewerage smell in the bathroom was not so nice, but the staff were really friendly. Now as for the tour, we had Ziggy for a Tour Director. AWFUL!!! I can appreciate that as a tour director you have to plan and it is important to manage the plans, however this lady was rushing us everywhere we went. She had no compassion for those that were not use to all of the walking that is done in Venice and no understanding for our desires to photograph the beautiful scenery. On the first tour she rudely interrupted the local, who was providing the group with great detail, and told her that the tour was suppose to be over. Second day, she rushed us out of the door at 9:00 am and left a lady behind. Her words, "I told everyone 9:00". I didn't know this lady, but I did hear her companions mention that she was having a bit of knee pain. Ziggy's response, "why didn't she call me", my question to Ziggy, "why wouldn't you follow up with her about her pain"? Anywho, we got to the bus dock and still waited 20 mins only to board a HOT, AIRLESS, WINDOWLESS 104 degree boat for a 20-25 min ride. At this point I decided I would do NOTHING else that involved ZIGGY. Finally while on the cattle rushed trip to Burano, my mom who has a lung disorder was leaning on a table. At this point I personally observed Ziggy whisper to the Italian store owner and the woman then frowned and made a 'hmmph' noise. I did confront Ziggy as I felt the behavior was rude. She claimed to be asking for a chair for my mom, however I haven't figured out why this would have to be whispered or cause a frown. Whatever was said, whispering is RUDE and after ALL of Ziggy's previously snippy comments, I have a hard time believing she asked for a chair. So would I use Go Ahead again, maybe as long as my travel days aren't eating up my "day" stay time. I don't know that I can completely blame them for Ziggy's behavior. As for Ziggy, I think she should go ahead (no pun intended) and retire as I believe it is far too late in her life for her to change her behavior.
Dear Netta, Thank you for your feedback about your recent tour of Venice. Feedback from our travelers is always taken very seriously and is very much appreciated. I’m very sorry to hear that your tour director did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on having the most dynamic and informative tour directors in the travel industry. I will be passing along your comments in keeping with our high standards of tour directors at Go Ahead Tours.
Posted by Go Ahead Tours on July 23, 2014
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.
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
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
ziggy the guide was the boom
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.
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.
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.