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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Discover the beautiful bridges and canals of Venice on a private day trip departing from Florence. Travel past the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square and famous Ducal Palace on a guided walking tour, hearing the rich history of the city from your private guide. Then enjoy free time to explore on your own, visiting the islands of Murano and Burano or taking a scenic gondola ride (own expense). This tour can be customized and concludes with transportation back to Florence in the evening.
  • Private day trip to Venice from Florence with a private driver
  • Enjoy a private guided walking tour with a local Venice guide
  • See top Venice attractions such as St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge
  • Admire St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Market
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon to have lunch (own expense) and explore independently
  • Travel by luxury vehicle and customize your itinerary to suit you
  • Get personalized attention from your driver and Venice guide on a private tour
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Pick Up and Drop Off at the hotel in Florence if centrally located
English/Italian speaking driver
Transport by deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with WIFI on board
Local professional Guide at your side in Venice
Gratuities
Boat ride from Piazzale Roma to St Mark's Square (approx. 6 euro)
Everything not mentioned as Included

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick Up at 8.00 am at the hotel in Florence, if centrally located. In case the Hotel is not located in Florence city center we will arrange the pick up in a location in Florence city center to be advised.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your private tour begins in central Florence, where you are picked up from your hotel. Enjoy a private and comfortable ride to Venice, hearing a fascinating introduction to the city en route. Then step out at Piazzale Roma to meet your local guide.

Walk the water-lined streets, exploring the San Polo and Santa Croce neighborhoods. Head for the Rialto district, the first area to be settled. Pass the colorful Rialto Market and view the exterior of the Church of San Giacomo.

Wander to St. Mark's Square, pausing to admire the architecture of the Ducal Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Clock Tower. Then cross the famed Bridge of Sighs, named for the sighs of the condemned prisoners who crossed it to their cells. Continue with a leisurely stroll along the narrow streets of the city, as your guide provides fascinating background about Venetian history and culture.

Opt for lunch at an elegant restaurant near St. Mark's Square at your own expense before enjoying some time to explore the city independently.

After a full day of sightseeing, you are driven back to your hotel in Florence in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Florence
Meet your private driver at your hotel and, upon your arrival in Venice, your private guide is pleased to lead you on an unforgettable walking tour!
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
Be part of the waterways dream that reflect elegant palaces with Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance façades, small and delicate bridges, magnificent portals of the patrician dwellings, bulb-shaped domes and golden mosaics. Enter the "calli”, discover small and green gardens behind ancient grates, and be enwrapped by the magic of lightness and colors of blown glass created by master glassmakers. Discover a unique city in the world, built between the coast and open sea on an archipelago of 120 islands linked by 350 bridges. Discover the millenary history in which east and west interweave giving life to a refined and charming culture. It is a city of invaluable artistic patrimony, declared "heritage of humanity" by UNESCO. Venice is all this and much more and is waiting to offer you an unforgettable experience, beginning with meeting up with a local Guide who will reveal its treasures to you. Through the characteristic "calli", you will enter the ancient districts "sestieri" in Santa Croce and San Polo where the salt flats of the ancient and powerful Republic of Venice are located. You will then proceed to the Rialto area, the first settlement of the village, with its characteristic fish and vegetable market, the Church of San Giacomo, the oldest of Venice, the famous Rialto bridge, the oldest of the four bridges crossing the spectacular Grand Canal.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Crossing this wonderful bridge you r private guide will be glad to escort you to the district of San Marco that is the centre of trade and culture of the city. The heart of this district is the splendid and magnificent Piazza San Marco, the "most elegant lounge in Europe", overlooking the most famous monuments of Venice: the splendid Byzantine Basilica with four portals and wonderful golden mosaics, to be viewed inside, the Renaissance Clock Tower and the masterpiece of the Gothic Palazzo Ducale.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Behind the Palazzo Ducale, from the Ponte di Paglia you can admire the famous Bridge of Sighs that used to be crossed by the condemned people before entering prison, hence the name. After the end of the private guided tour, you can find dozens of typical or elegant restaurants in the area around the square where you can taste the excellent Venetian cuisine.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy a romantic tour in one of the famous "gondolas", get to know the city better or dedicate some time to shopping and discovering the valuable crafts of the lagoon islands: the Murano blown glass and the Burano lace. Before leaving, you can stop at one of the famous historical cafés of Piazza San Marco and enjoy an authentic Venetian style pleasure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Venice
After that return to Florence with your private driver
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private A day in Venice: the most romantic art city in the world?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Don't spend the extra money and hire...
Jeanne D
, Jun 2017
Don't spend the extra money and hire a private car. Our driver didn't say anything at all on the ride coming or going. I was really thinking he would give us some kind of information on the area we were passing through. The guide Ornellia? was very good. She did give us all of the highlights in the two hour walking tour. Next time I'd take the train from Florence and hire a private guide on my own.
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Venice was beautiful! However the...
Suzanne L
, Oct 2016
Venice was beautiful! However the weather was not! Our driver that drove us to Venice and back to Florence was amazing!! He had to drive us in the pouring rain, lightning and thunderstorms- and he did a great job - we always felt safe with his driving. Our guide in Venice was very knowledgeable - but the tour felt very rushed. We would love to be able to visit Venice on a beautiful, sunny day!
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The tour was a bit challenging. The...
Salvatore I
, Aug 2016
The tour was a bit challenging. The crowds, of course not the tours fault, where just over whelming and I'm not sure it's a good idea to leave the clients in a piazza there and not bring them back to the starting point. Betweeen the very small alleys and the massive crowds we had a hard time finding our way back to our driver. then to add to the mess a down pour of a thunderstorm. But all in all we enjoyed our tour
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Although it was brutally hot, this...
Tomo H
, Aug 2015
Although it was brutally hot, this was a fabulous tour because of a wonderful driver Carlo and an amazingly knowledgeable guide Mila who efficiently navigated all seven of us through the several districts of Venice despite the crowds and the heat. She even recommended a fabulous place for lunch. This was the magical tour of Venice cue music!.
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The private transfer was simply...
Duncan G
, Jul 2015
The private transfer was simply worth it and our driver Luca was amazing. We had a local guide in Venice she was nice but quite boring overall. We had a great lunch recommendation from the local guide.
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Santi was a wonderful tour guide! We...
Megan M
, Jun 2015
Santi was a wonderful tour guide! We really enjoyed our day. We arrived a bit early in Rome and he was willing to begin our tour early. He was full of interesting information and recommended a good restaurant as well.
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I really thought before I booked...
Kathy N
, Oct 2014
I really thought before I booked this tour due to the cost. But I have to tell you it was well worth it. Our driver picked us up at the hotel. As we drove through the country side he told us about the various towns we were passing by. I loved the folklore stories he told. The car was awesome. He was willing to stop as needed along the way. I liked the convenience of having the driver pick us up and drop us off at the hotel and not hassle with a train. Once we got to Venice, our guide meet the two of us. She walked us through the islands making up Venice. She was very good, in not just dwelling on history, but telling us the personality of Venice. When I booked the tour I mentioned that my 25 year old son was traveling with me and I wanted to make sure the sights and tour was geared to entertain him also. He raved about the tour, the driver and the guide. We had plenty of time to walk around following the tour. I would book this again.
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Our private tour to Venice was nice...
Heidi
, Apr 2013
Our private tour to Venice was nice, weather didn't cooperate, rained the whole day. Our driver was okay, he was a little irrated that he couldn't locate our Villa, didn't talk at all during our drive there or back. Our tour guide was excellent once we arrived in Venice, she knew so much, one thing I wish she would have had was the "whisper" devices to hear. With the rain and people you had to be right by her to hear her.
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The private driver was incredible...
karan
, Mar 2013
The private driver was incredible-- we had no complains whatsoever with him and would give him 5-stars. The tour guide walked us from one side of Venice to the other side, adding a few facts along the way. It was extremely boring for my children who are 12 and 14. We did not stop and everytime we asked about going to see a site she said it was a fee. After 90-minutes she ended the tour and said goodbye. We had to find a restaurant on our own and contact our driver so he could pick us up. This was our most expensive tour and was such a disappointment. We rode 3-hours to have a 90-minute walk and did not see the inside of any building or museums. Very boring and disappointing knowing we spent so much on this tour. Would never recommend to anyone. We should have taken the train to Venice and then found a well organized tour.
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Ok day, driver was nice and tour...
Valerie G
, Oct 2012
Ok day, driver was nice and tour guide was nice. It flooded on the day we went to Venice which was annoying and it rained alot of the day. Took 3 hrs via car, realise now it would have been better to just catch the train as the train takes 1.5 hrs. Tour guide showed us around for 2 hrs, properly didn't really need a guide. Venice was nice but the weather when we went was really bad. Too expensive for 2 ppl, would properly recommend for 6 ppl but if there's only two of you I would just catch a train, the train station was across the road from where our driver dropped us off and you could spend much more time there instead of wasting it on travelling. If you are thinking of booking a gondola, do it there it's much cheaper and there are plenty of gondola companies.
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