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Venice Day Trip from Milan

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Get a taste of Venice with this guided full-day trip from Milan. See the main sights in Venice, including St. Mark's Square, the Basilica of St. Mark's, the Grand Canal. Il Fenice opera house, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace. Learn about the history of each place you visit. Sit in on a fun glass-making workshop by local glassmakers. And then enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride at your own expense, cruising through the narrow canals of this splendid city, before heading back to Milan.
  • Day trip to Venice from Milan with a local guide
  • Explore Venice on a walking tour and learn about its history and beautiful landmarks
  • Stroll along Riva degli Schiavoni, through St Mark’s Square and alongside the Grand Canal
  • See top Venice attractions including St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge
  • Visit a glass-making workshop to see a local craftsperson at work
  • Enjoy a gondola ride around the Venetian lagoon, if you wish
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional tour leader
Boat cruise
Guided walking tour with tourist guide in Venice
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gondola ride
Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi , Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Spend a day in 'La Serenissima,' the city of bridges and canals, on this action-packed guided day trip to Venice from Milan. After meeting with your host in the center of Milan, hop in a comfortable coach for the 2.5-hour ride. During the journey, learn about the history of Venice or just gaze out the window at the Northern Italian countryside. 

Arrive in Venice and get ready for an informative guided 2-hour walking tour. Amble over bridges and along canals. Stand in front of Renaissance palaces and learn their history. Take in the aromas of delicious Venetian fare wafting out of restaurants. Stroll along Riva degli Schiavoni, one of the city's main promenades, and then pass by the legendary Bridge of Sighs connected to the Doge's Palace. Let your guide regale you with tales of the doges of centuries past, as you perambulate into St. Mark's Square. 

Stop for some photos in the pigeon-filled square. Stand in front of St. Mark's Basilica, noting its intricate facade. And don't forget to gaze up at the bell tower, a symbol of Venice. Then make your way through the narrow streets again, going over the famed Rialto Bridge, continuing along the Grand Canal to admire the grand mansions that flank the canal. 

Visit some lesser-known hidden gems in Venice too! Explore the calli, a maze-like warren of narrow lanes and canals and learn about what life is like here for locals. 

Take a break for lunch (at own expense) and then visit a glass-making workshop near St. Marks Square to witness skilled glassmakers plying their trade. After browsing in the gift shop and considering taking a souvenir back to Milan with you, head out on the narrow streets again, making your way for the optional 30-minute gondola ride (at your own expense) through the canals of the city. If you opt for the gondola, hop on the flat-bottomed boat, sit back and enjoy the only-in-Venice ambience. 

When the time comes, return to your coach and begin the journey back to Milan.
Pass By:  
Canal Grande
Experience the beauty and glory of Venice, with its gondolas, exotic architecture and puzzling canals. On this day trip, Venice is yours to discover by boat and on foot. While in Venice you'll enjoy a boat trip across the Venice lagoon.
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Take a two-hour guided walking tour where you will uncover the most significant buildings and monuments, untying the labyrinth of canals and narrow alleys until you arrive at the magnificent St. Mark's Square.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ponte di Rialto
Admire the breathtaking view from Rialto Bridge, one of the oldest bridges spanning the Grand Canal.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: this tour does not include any gondola ride
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zani Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Day Trip from Milan?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Venice Day Trip from Milan.
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Day Trip from Milan.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Venice Day Trip from Milan.

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  • "Maybe reduce 'city tour' to 20 minutes; extend time on land and allow more time for exploring." See review
  • "The glassblowing presentation is kinda neat, but their prices are out of this world, so save yourself some precious time, and just dart through the gift shop, and out to the city to enjoy it!!!" See review


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Very disappointed
, Jun 2022
The tour said to come to the visitor center and we did and it was closed and then two buses showed up and we were able to ask the bus driver where we should wait. On the sign of the visitor center it says to go across the street and grab breakfast and coffee. We did that but then the driver told us we could not bring it onto the bus so we had to throw it out. We had Wi-Fi on the bus which helped during the 3 hour tour. 1 1/2 hours later the bus stops at a stop for us to get food and drinks and use the bathroom. Very nice stop to use bathroom and get food. But again we’re not allowed to bring food and drink onto the bus. The bus ride was three hours and not having access to a bathroom should be noted when people are signing up for the tour. The bus took us to a boat again that was not outlined in the ad for the tour. That is additional hour to the tour on the front end and back end. Plus people like me who get boat sick should’ve been notified that we would be taking a boat.Then our tour guide took us off the boat to meet with a tour guide in Venice that was supposed to give us an hour and a half tour of Venice and then we would be on our own. The woman giving the tour of Venice was amazing but our tour guide kept interrupting the woman to tell her to stop because people needed to go to the restroom and that we should go the restroom and she would give us three hours to do our own thing. So we did not get the 1 1/2 hour tour of Venice which was very disappointing. On the way back when we boarded the bus again we were told no drinks or food and then we are told that we have no Wi-Fi. On the way back instead of us being dropped for bathroom food and drink at the nice place that they first took us to they took us to a gas station. Very disappointing.
Good way to visit Venice
, Jun 2022
The best thing about this tour was that we got to go to Venice and all travel was laid out so we didn’t have to plan it. The guides did offer information but it really felt like they were just talking to themselves. There was no engagement from the guides. Mauritzzio was a nice man and quite easy going. I did not particularly like our guide Dina in Venice. Very hard to follow and a few times our group lost her. All and all, we had very high expectations and were left thinking the tour was a bit underwhelming.
Beautiful Venice!
, Jun 2022
Very nice trip. Its a long way to get to Venice so we dont get yo spend much time but otherwise very much recommend
History revealed
, May 2022
Impressed with Eddie’s historical knowledge of Venice. He recommended a great restaurant to the group and many of us ate at that location. Wonderful meal!
It was deceiving and every8was so rude
, May 2022
We were not given what we paid for and what was in writing. When we called to complain they were rude and annoyed.When we sent pictures of what was confirmed in writing and asked to be reimbursed or we would cancel our next 2 tours for the 5 of us they said here is the number you could call and cancel in the am. Obviously Viator doesn't need the extra business so we wouldn't use them again.My daughter is going in July on her honeymoon and booked at least 5 trips with viator which I will tell her to cancel because they won't back what they put in writing.Very dissatisfied. It was a 35th anniversary celebration celebration that was ruined.
Very beautiful.. very...
, May 2022
Very beautiful.. very romantic.. however the 6 hours bus ride to and fro is a real pain. We only had a very short time spent in Venice.
, Mar 2022
I missed the tour because the train was late. I could not control that. I requested a refund and was denied. I requested a credit for other excursions in the future and no one will get back to me. I’m very frustrated and I spent $150 for some thing I didn’t get to do.
Incredible, for a day trip to Venice.
, Oct 2019
The trip was totally worth any money spent! The pick up from Milan is early, but you get to sleep on the bus for about 3 hours if you wish to. There’s a pit stop half way through for breakfast and bathroom. Just enough time to recharge, and get ready for the rest of the day. The tour guide was very informative, and provided us with lots and lots of interesting facts about the area we were passing on a way to Venice, as well as the actual city of Venice. Once in Venice, we had to get a different tour guide, as only those accredited to work in Venice can be tour guides there. She was very nice too, lead the trip in a right paste, provided awesome information about the history of the city, and the current life there. There was about 2 hours free time that my husband and I spent exploring the biggest bridge, as well as the Cathedral. Make sure to pay the extra euro, and go on top of the Cathedral to see the square from atop!! Totally worth the extra 5 euros or so! Be advised, that the gondola ride organized by the tour guide is a shared ride. My husband and I were super disappointed by that, since we though we were going to be alone on the boat enjoying the most romantic city in the world with just each other, not some six more strangers from the group. Either way, we are easy go lucky kinda people, and that by any means did not spoil our overall experience in the city. The glassblowing presentation is kinda neat, but their prices are out of this world, so save yourself some precious time, and just dart through the gift shop, and out to the city to enjoy it!!! All in all, an amazing experience, and we would highly recommend it to friends and family!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Long day, but Venice is well worth seeing
, Oct 2019
Organisation could've been better on the morning of the tour as it seemed to take an age to get everybody checked in and on board the bus, but aside from that the day was well run. It was interesting to hear from the guide the reasons why Venice was built in the first place, and experience this canal city was a highlight of our trip. The day felt longer than what was indicated; however we did strike evening traffic which delayed us by an hour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
My second time in Venice
, Oct 2019
This is my second time to Venice and I am still using local tour, as I believe the arrangement will be better. Not disappointing me, a comfortable coach, good guide and appropriate arrangement. 3 hour for one side travel time and consider alternative with Treno cost and time, I still choose this tour. The guide on both time explain the history of Venice and Milano. So it is worthy !!!! Only disadvantage is very earily assemble which is 07:00am at the Milano tourist Centre. The I ternary improved and can arrive at Milano at 07:00pm to 07:30pm approximately. Nearby have Metro and public transport making hotel returning easier.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great trip
, Aug 2019
We really enjoyed this trip. Meeting point was easy to find. The tour was organized and ran smoothly from beginning to end. Serena was a terrific guide and Moritzio a wonderful driver. We enjoyed the tour of Venice and the free time walking around on our own. I would definitely recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2019
It is an excellent tour especially for those who only have a day to spend in Venice. A lot of ground was covered.
Excellent trip
, Jun 2019
The trip is excellent organized, with friendly guide, the place was awesome, really it worths traveling with viator
Sofia was our guide getting to Venice...
Maria M
, Oct 2018
Sofia was our guide getting to Venice but then Chiara took over. Both ladies were great. Tour seemed rush once in Venice due to long travel time. You really need a few days to see Venice. We did enjoy a gondola ride and watched a glass blower plus has some free time to shop.
you need to see Venice, but 7.5-8 hours...
robert m
, Sep 2018
you need to see Venice, but 7.5-8 hours on a bus with no restroom is not the way to get there and back. what you really receive is a two hour walking tour, a ten minute glass blowing demonstration and a 20 minute sales pitch on the glass. A waste of time for me. the guide for the walking tour was more interesting in staying in the shade than she was in showing us anything special, and the main tour guide was not very helpful. I wouldn't do it again.
We enjoyed this trip to Venice once we...
, Aug 2018
We enjoyed this trip to Venice once we had free time. Our local tour guide was a little pessimistic during the walking tour, always mentioning how Venice is sinking because it had too many tourists in front of an entire group of tourists. Our tour leader was pretty cool though. He was humorous, and because I was pregnant and it was hot, he let me and my husband skip the glass-blowing tour so we can grab lunch. We had a total of a little over 4 hours to roam around Venice. Gondola rides were 20 Euros per person because it was peak season. We skipped it.
Venice is beautiful - need more time, less bus ride
, Aug 2018
Love the city itself however, 'city tour' provided little value/information; bus ride was too long for the short visit in the actual city. By the time you do the 'walk tour'; glass tour; and gondola you barely had time to eat least of all visit anything or do sight-seeing. Maybe reduce 'city tour' to 20 minutes; extend time on land and allow more time for exploring. Quality of mic and devices for tour listening were poor.
This was a good tour, just could've...
, Jun 2018
This was a good tour, just could've been organized a bit better. But if you want to get a glimpse of Venice in just one day, this probably one of the best ones out there.
The city is breathtaking! The guides...
Inga M
, Jun 2018
The city is breathtaking! The guides are highly knowledgeable.
Venice was a once in a lifetime...
Morgan H
, Mar 2018
Venice was a once in a lifetime experience. The bus ride was super comfortable and the guide was great. The only downfall was that the headset kept shutting off during the walking tour of Venice, which was quite annoying. We really enjoyed the gondola ride though. Highly recommend if you visit Venice.

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