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Venice Vacation Packages & Tours

Gondolas floating across canals, the elegant Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square…Venice is an iconic destination and no photo can hold a candle to seeing it in person. You’ll need more than an afternoon to get to know it with so much beauty, art, and history to discover. It’s worthy of time, savoring the little moments instead of stampeding from one place to the next. Watch the artisans as they craft their beautiful items and unwind at a café while watching the world go by. It’s often said that the real joy is getting lost in Venice, but don’t worry, no matter how far you roam, the lagoon is never far away. In fact, getting lost should not only be done on foot but by vaporetto, perhaps heading to the glassmaking island of Murano or the sandy beach at The Lido. There’s so much to see and do, even a lifetime isn’t enough.

Venice Trip Inspiration

Get inspired with our Venice example trips and then get in touch to plan your own adventure

  • Highlights of Italy

    Rome - Florence - Venice

    8 Nights
    From AU$6,797 pp
    This exciting itinerary will bring you to three of Italy’s top cities for the perfect way to make the most of limited time. Over nine days and eight nights, you’ll discover ancient Rome, including the iconic Roman Colosseum, Vatican City and its many exceptional museums, a world of incredible works of art in Florence, two of Tuscany’s most stunning medieval hilltop towns, and the dreamy waterways of Venice. Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in four- and five-star hotels that have been hand-selected to ensure your comfort, enjoy 24/7 support from our dedicated staff, and embark on numerous tours led by expert local guides.
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  • Luxury Italy

    Rome - Sorrento - Florence - Venice

    11 Nights
    From AU$16,378 pp
    This luxurious trip will bring you to Rome, Amalfi, Florence, and Venice over 12 days and 11 nights, covering many highlights in each with expert local guides. Begin in Rome by exploring Ancient Rome and the Vatican City where you’ll step into the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s frescos and explore a wealth of intriguing museums. Head to the Amalfi Coast to soak up some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and make a stop in Naples to enjoy pizza where it was invented. Discover some of the most world-renowned works of art and architecture in Florence, concluding with a sailing excursion in Venice.
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  • Captivating Italy & Croatia Private Tour

    Rome - Florence - Venice - Opatija - Plitvice - Split - Dubrovnik

    14 Nights
    From AU$12,133 pp
    It can be difficult to decide which destinations to visit when there are so many fabulous possibilities. Italy and Croatia are two hotspots and it’s easy to explore both in one trip as they’re separated only by the Adriatic Sea. This 15-day, 14-night private tour will bring you to explore the highlights of these two magnificent countries, with seven nights in Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Venice, followed by seven nights in Croatia, including Opatija, Plitvice, Split, and Dubrovnik. Throughout your journey you’ll stay in upscale, hand-selected hotels on a B&B basis, enjoy many private guided tours, 24/7 support, and private transfers throughout.
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  • Gourmet Italy

    Rome - Florence - Bologna - Venice

    9 Nights
    From AU$8,027 pp
    If immersing yourself in the flavors of Italy is a priority while enjoying its fascinating historic landmarks and incredible scenery, you’ll want to book the 9-night Gourmet Italy tour. It includes overnights in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice with many private, locally guided tours through iconic places like Rome’s ancient Colosseum, some of Tuscany’s most enchanting walled medieval hilltop towns, and Venice’s picturesque canals. You’ll take part in multiple food experiences too, from a food tour in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome to a cooking class in Bologna. Private transfers and upscale accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels are included throughout the trip.
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Best Hotels in Venice

Venice offers a wide range of hotels for nearly every budget, with the very best hotels found in San Marco, putting guests steps from all the major attractions, including St. Mark’s Square and the world’s oldest café. This is the most expensive neighborhood to stay in, but there are many ultra-luxe hotels with views of the Grand Canal. Throughout the city, you’ll find upscale hotels along with short-term apartment rentals, guesthouses, B&B-style boutique hotels, and more affordable hostels. There are several neighborhoods to consider with good hotels that will put you within walking distance of the main attractions like St. Mark’s Square without being as pricey or as touristy. That includes Dorsoduro which is also home to some of the top art museums and galleries as well as the best nightlife in the city. Cannaregio is another option and a place to immerse yourself in local Venetian life with a more authentic vibe.

Check out our guide on where to stay in Venice.

Things to do in Venice

As mentioned, you’d need a lifetime to see and do it all in Venice, but these are some of the best things to do for those who don’t have that luxury.

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When to visit Venice

The best time to visit Venice for mild weather that allows for comfortable sightseeing is between May and October. This is also the busiest time in the city, so those who don’t relish navigating the big crowds or waiting in long lines might consider the months just outside of the peak season, April or November (outside of Easter week). While tourists are here year-round, you can avoid the masses by visiting between November and March outside of the busier holiday season around Christmas and New Year’s. November and the second half of January tend to be the least busy periods in the city and you might even find some discounted hotel rates. Do keep in mind that the attractions may have shorter hours, closing as early as 5 p.m. this time of year, and fewer activities will be available. Of course, you probably won’t be spending time at the sandy beach in The Lido neighborhood.

Check out our guide on when to visit Venice.

Vacations to Venice, Italy FAQ

Best Time to Visit Venice for Sightseeing

Mid-spring and early to mid-fall are arguably the best times to enjoy sightseeing in Venice. If you’re flexible with your plans, the first half of May is the sweet spot with the sun typically coming out daily while the temperatures are quite pleasant. The big crowds of summer haven’t arrived just yet so you can avoid the longest lines. The second half of September and early October is the next best time to come. The summer crowds will have thinned, and the temperatures won’t be brutally hot. While the off-season, roughly November through March outside of the Christmas holidays, won’t have any of the sweat or crowds, sights may have shorter hours, often closing as early as 5 p.m. The vaporetto stops will be more limited too, which means if you stay outside of San Marco you may not be able to reach it early or return late.

Best Time to Visit Venice for Carnivale

While Carnivale is of the biggest celebrations in the country, Venice is the biggest and the best. It kicks off two Saturdays before Ash Wednesday and concludes on Fat Tuesday. Visiting between this period, you’ll see people wearing Venetian masks and have the opportunity to watch concerts, street performances, a candlelit boat parade, and other events that are free and open to the public. Getting into the lavish masquerade balls requires an invitation and a steep ticket price. There isn’t much that happens during the first week, especially on weekdays, other than Campo San Polo which hosts a skating rink and a few low-key events anyway. It gets much more lively closer to Carnival Day, or Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday. On the weekends, the streets will be flooded with visitors, so you’ll want to prepare for the crowds, along with the fun.

Best Time to Take a Gondola Ride in Venice

One of the top things to do for Venice visitors is to take a famous gondola ride through the canals. It’s possible to do all year round but it’s the least enjoyable during the peak of the tourist season, June through August, when you’ll have to navigate through the masses under the blazing hot sun. If you come just outside the peak season, in April/May or September/October, the weather will be more pleasant and the number of tourists won’t be as bad either. The very best time for a gondola ride in Venice, and the most romantic, is in the winter. There will be less boat traffic and you won’t have to worry about elbowing your way through the crowds. Just bundle up a bit and take advantage of the blankets that are available to keep warm. While it’s beautiful at sunset, going in the late morning or early afternoon brings better light for photographs.

Best Time to Visit Venice to Avoid the Biggest Crowds

While many consider spring and early fall the best time to visit Venice in terms of weather, with lots of sun and beautiful, warm days, there will be many other visitors enjoying it too. Of course, summer draws countless tourists simply because it’s the time when many enjoy vacations from school and work. The best time to visit Venice if you want to avoid the biggest crowds is between November and February outside of the Christmas holidays, and Carnivale, although perhaps less so. November may be the sweet spot as you might feel as if you’re the only tourist, surrounded by locals on cool, foggy mornings. Just keep in mind that this is also the high water season, which means the city is more likely to experience flooding. Dealing with it has been a way of life for Venetians for centuries, so you’re unlikely to be stranded for more than a few hours.

Best Time to Explore the Rialto Market in Venice

A bustling hub for some seven centuries, the Rialto Market is always busy with locals and tourists alike. It will be overflowing with seasonal, colorful fresh produce from artichokes and cherries to peaches. The crowds remain consistent no matter what the time of year, with little difference between summer and winter, other than the weather. Instead of planning your visit by season or month, consider the best time of day to explore the market, which is in the early morning hours on Fridays and Saturdays, before 9 a.m. This is a great time to enjoy the Rialto Bridge and a more serene scene for checking out the fruits, vegetables, and the local fish. The market is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from about 7:30 a.m. and starts winding down after lunch. Be aware that the seafood stalls will be closed on Mondays, but the fruit and vegetable vendors will be available.

 

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