Venice Walk and Doge's Palace Combined

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2017/09/10
Kim said:
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Best Tours Ever

It was our very first trip to Italy, so my husband and I decided to book tours with ArtViva based on Rick Steves' recommendation. We took the Accademia tour with Ingrid, the Uffizi tour with Klaus, and the Original Florence tour with Tatiana. Each guide was a joy to be with. They were all both extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and were enthusiastic about presenting it. I learned so much about the amazing Florentine art and architecture. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend ArtViva's tours to everyone!

On 2017/08/31
E said:
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Fantastic walking tour with Hilde. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:
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We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:
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Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

On 2017/07/08
Jennifer said:
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Made Florence and Venice come alive!

My Zicasso travel agent booked tours through ArtViva for myself and my husband. We were so pleased she did! In Venice Leticia took us on the water by gondola and speed boat; this is the way to see Venice! Then Tatiana took us through St. Mark's and Doge's Palace, helping us understand the symbolism, art, and history of these places. In Florence, Rodrigo led us to better understand the David and spent time going into our questions with thoughtfulness. A 3 hour walking tour with Kate opened our eyes to what was in plain sight! We would not have understood Florence without her! Finally, the piece de resistance was Klaas and the tour of the Ufizzi Gallery. His storytelling and excitement was effervescent! We adding his tour because of the pleasure we had on the other booked tours, and I'm so glad that Klaas was our last ArtViva tour - what a beautiful ending to being in Florence! Thank you, ArtViva, for making these two cities come alive. I was so pleased with your guides, professional office staff, and joy!

On 2017/07/03
Stan Capper said:
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Great Tour

What a great tour! We were lucky to have Catherine (Cate) as our tour guide. She has such passion for the art and has such a breadth of knowledge that she expertly and clearly imparts from start to finish. I heard her and another guide remarking to each other about never having seen the museum so crowded, but she would not let the crowds keep her from putting us right in front of all the works she wanted to show us. The information she provided illuminated each piece to a stunning degree. It was perhaps the best tour of an art museum we've ever experienced. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you're lucky enough to have Catherine as your guide. I felt bad for her because the heat and crowds put us behind at the start, but she kept her poise and remained calm and got us through a remarkable tour.

On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

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This is a package combining two tours:

The Original Venice Walk

Embrace glorious, glittering history on this introduction to St Mark's Square and its splendid Basilica.

Highlights of the Original Venice Walk:

  • Step into St Mark's Square, once the epicenter of the wealthiest and most powerful city in Europe
  • Explore the crossroads to the medieval world's most fascinating places
  • See a glorious homage to human ingenuity and faith in the merchant's skill - a game of chance
  • Juxtapose this with the poignant reminder that this is a city slowly disappearing beneath the luminous waters of the Adriatic Sea, a sea that once ferried unimagined riches and made "La Serenissima" the world's most mesmerising and mysterious city
  • Experience with our talented Venice guides what "La Serenissima" means, and has meant, to Venetians over the centuries
  • See the hauntingly beautiful and aptly named Bridge of Sighs, where the murmours and cries of the condemned echo over the centuries, chasing reflections through the colour-dappled surfaces of myriad canals
  • Enter the Basilica* with pre-booked entry, scheduled when it is least crowded

The finer details of the Original Venice Walk:

Meeting Time and Dates: 3.45pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 17 April - 31 July and 1 September-31 October.  

Includes: Quality guide, guaranteed small group, entrance to St. Mark's Basilica*, headphone audio systems when required.

Excludes: Optional gratuities

Meeting point: Under the portico, at the foot of the stairs at the Correr Museum's entrance. This is just off St Mark's square between shops 77 and 78, under the arches on the opposite side of the square to that of the Basilica. See map below.

Please note: Knees, backs and shoulders must be covered for church entry. No backpacks allowed. *At times, St Mark's Basilica is closed for religious ceremonies, on occasion without prior announcement. In these instances, the tour will proceed without entering into the Basilica.

Minimum participants: 4 persons 

Maximum particpants: 18 persons

Tour ends:  Just by where our Doge's Palace Tour begins, so it is possible to do this guided tour of the Doge's Palace right after the Venice Tour.

 

Doge's Palace Visit

Discover the grand Venetian mercantile dynasty on this small-group guided visit.

Highlights of the Doge's Palace Visit include:

  • Visit the Doge's Palace, a must-see site in Venice that embodies one of the greatest propaganda campaigns ever seen in history
  • Discover how the superb gothic façade masked a sinister style of government developed to carefully drive the commercial interests so important to Venice's history
  • Learn about the Doges' bizarrely cloistered lifestyles that were strictly interwoven into the very fabric of Venice
  • Find out about the bizarre and fascinating archaic rituals followed by the Doges
  • Hear how the Doges orchestrated one of the greatest tragedies in the history of western culture - and then profited from it
  • Follow in the footsteps of the condemned as we walk though bygone eras and see their poignant tracings engraved into the palace prison walls
  • Explore this majestic structure at time best suited to smaller crowds

The finer details of the small-group Doge's Palace Visit:

Included in the price: Guided Doge's Palace tour, Doge's Palace entry ticket, small group guarantee, audio head phones if required.

Excluded from the price: Optional gratuities

Meeting time and dates: meets 4:30pm for a 4:45pm start on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 17 April- 31 July and 1 September - 31 October. 

The Doge's Palace Tour meeting point: At the exit of the Doge's Palace ('Porta della Carta'), just to the right of the St Mark's Basilica. Our guide will be holding our Artviva Walking Tours brochure.

The Original Doge's Palace Tour ends:  just by where our Grand Canal Tour meets so you have time to choose both options should you wish.

Please note: *All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged. We request you do not bring any backpacks, as they are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace. Our Small-group Venice Tours are unavailable in the month of August but private tours are available all year round exclusively for you. Please see our Private Venice Tours for more information.

Museum security: Due to increased security, some delays in entry are to be expected. We do in any case offer the quickest possibly entry. 

Tour length: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Minimum participants: 4 adults

Maximum participants: 18 adults

Weather: this tour runs rain or shine

FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS CALL OUR OFFICE NOW: ++39 055 2645033 (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm)  

 

Minimum Numbers Guarantee: On rare occasions, our tours do not meet their minimums, however we have an alternate option and would be happy to run the tour just for you at our cost price to ensure that you do not miss it. Please click here for more details.

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