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Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $884 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $958 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $1026 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $1382 USD
Private Tour for up to 10 (Not a per person rate) $1438 USD
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ShoreTrips says...

This Grand Tour of Venice was the idea of our favorite guiding company in Venice. They felt that by designing an introductory tour with some extra elements they could take up to six people privately and enhance the experience without hurting the pocketbook. We highly recommend this option.

Your guide will be armed with the truth and tales of the city. These are not just licensed guides, but people who live in the city all year round, many of whom were born and raised here. Their insight into this mystical city will be really eye-opening for you--and the small size of your group will enhance the tour even more.

Start at the beginning with St. Mark's Square. It is the former center of Venetian politics and also the site of St. Mark's Basilica. There is no way you can visit this city without a stop here. Next you will come with us on a walk that few people experience. You will discover the urban life here, sort of a theatre of the living. You will see the development of the city by crossing over bridges, narrow alleyways, and both large and small squares. The relief of getting away from the crowds is enormous, and you will really feel what Venice is all about.

Then we will board a private launch to navigate the Grand Canal, another must. From the waterway, which is still the main thoroughfare here, your guide will point out the homes of the rich and famous, as well as those with stories and secrets. It is the most wonderful boat ride you will ever take.

We will take the boat up to the Northern Lagoon and visit the island of Murano, which has been a major center of glassblowing for 800 years. Monday- Friday you will see an actual production line at a glass factory. On the weekends, we will still be able to provide a demonstration at one of the factories. The return transfer from Murano is compliments of the glass factory and may be shared with others, but only a small group.

This whirlwind tour is especially enjoyable due to the fact that you will have no more than six people in your group.

  • This tour includes:
  • English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Boat ride on the Grand Canal
  • Viewing of an 800-year-old glass company production line or demonstration
  • Visit to:
  • St. Mark's Square
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Northern Lagoon
  • Murano
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (4 hrs)
  • 1:30 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please remember to dress properly for St. Mark's Basilica. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Also, no bags or backpacks are allowed inside the Basilica.
This tour departs from St. Mark's Square for cruise ship passengers. Please allow about 50 minutes to get from the cruise ship pier to the meeting point. Hotel guests staying in central Venice will be met at their hotel. If we are not able to meet at your hotel, a central meeting point will be provided prior to tour confirmation.
• Admission fees are not included and are to be paid on site, 6€/person. You will have bypass the line with your guide.
• Food, beverages and gratuities are not included in this tour.


• The departure times for this tour are not flexible.
• St. Mark's Basilica is closed on Sundays. There are many options to fill the time and we will make a substitution.
• Please note that on the first Sunday of each month many tourist sites in Italy have free admission. This can often result in long lines. If you are staying at a hotel, it may be beneficial to avoid booking a tour involving inside visits to major attractions on these days. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
• This tour is priced for up to 10 people. If you have more than 10, you will have to book a second charter.
Please note: We STRONGLY recommend taking your cell phone with you on this tour.