6 Days in Venice Itinerary

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On our spectacular 6 days in Venice itinerary, you will have the opportunity to explore all that Venice has to offer, from its iconic landmarks to its hidden gems. You will visit popular attractions such as St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and take a tour of the famous canals by gondola. You will also have the chance to indulge in delicious Italian cuisine and shop for souvenirs at the local markets.

With our expertly crafted itinerary and the help of our tour planning specialists at Travel by Luxe, you will have a truly memorable and authentic experience in Venice. So pack your bags and join us on this amazing journey!

Day 1: Walking Tour of Venice with "Cicchetti"

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Rialto Bridge, Venice

Get ready for the best of Venice!

Your guide will lead you on a walk through the beauties of Venice. Depending on the timing and your interests, the itinerary would include

Typical canal pathways: These are the waterways that crisscross through Venice and are an iconic feature of the city. Visitors can take a tour along the canals to see the city from a different perspective and pass by some of its most famous landmarks.

Rialto Bridge: The Rialto Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Venice, and is a popular spot for tourists to take photos. It spans the Grand Canal and offers excellent views of the city. The bridge has a long history dating back to the 16th century and was the city’s first bridge to be built across the canal.

Fondaco dei Tedeschi: The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a former German trade house that has been converted into a modern shopping center. It is located in a beautiful building with a distinctive facade and is a popular spot to visit for its trendy shops and restaurants.

Marco Polo’s neighborhood: Marco Polo was a famous Venetian explorer who is credited with bringing the concept of paper money to Europe. His neighborhood in Venice is an interesting area to explore, as it is where he lived and worked.

St. Mark’s “Great School”: The “Great School” was a famous institution in Venice that was founded in the 13th century. It was a center for learning and scholarship and was known for its collection of manuscripts and books. Today, it is a museum where visitors can learn about the history of education in Venice.

St. John & Paul’s Cathedral (aka Dogees’ Pantheon): St. John & Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful church located in Venice. It is also known as the Doge’s Pantheon, as it contains the tombs of several of the city’s past rulers. The cathedral is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful architecture and historical significance.

Campo S. Maria Formosa: Campo S. Maria Formosa is a large square located in the heart of Venice. It is a lively area with a number of restaurants and shops and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The square is named after the nearby Church of Santa Maria Formosa, which is a beautiful building with a distinctive bell tower.

Day 2: La Serenissima: St.Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

People outside St Marks Cathedral ready to go on a private tour.
Doge's Palace, Venice

On the morning of day 2, you’ll meet your guide at a pre-arranged location, either at the basilica or nearby. Your guide will be an expert on the history and art of Venice and will be able to provide insight and context for everything you’ll see on your tour.

Next, you’ll head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most famous churches in the world. Your guide will lead you through the stunning interior, pointing out the basilica’s many treasures, including its gold mosaics, marble floors, and ornate altars. You’ll also learn about the basilica’s rich history, including its role as the official cathedral of the Republic of Venice.

After exploring the basilica, you’ll move on to the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Doge of Venice (the city’s ruler). Your guide will take you on a tour of the palace’s beautiful chambers and hallways, showing you its ornate frescoes, tapestries, and other works of art. You’ll also learn about the palace’s fascinating history, including its role as the center of Venetian political and social life.

As you tour the palace, you’ll have the chance to see some of its most famous attractions, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the prison cells, and the grand council chambers. Your guide will also be able to answer any questions you have about the palace or Venice in general.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Venice is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the famous artist and inventor. It is located in the historic center of Venice, near St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

The museum is home to a wide variety of Leonardo’s works, including models of his inventions, such as flying machines and weapons. It also features interactive exhibits and displays that demonstrate Leonardo’s scientific and artistic principles, as well as his role in the development of modern technology.

In addition to its focus on Leonardo, the museum also has exhibits of other famous figures from the Renaissance period, such as Michelangelo and Galileo, and their contributions to science, art, and technology.

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Day 3: Hidden Venice Tour

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Venice Grand Canal, Italy

Begin your tour at the banks of the Grand Canal, near the Accademia bridge. From there, you’ll take a leisurely walk through Campo S. Barnaba, which was the setting for several films including “Summertime,” “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade,” and “The Italian Job.” 

You’ll also pass through the lively Campo S. Margherita, home to the “Bridge of Punches” and the only mural in Venice by Banksy. 

After leaving the Dorsoduro district, you’ll explore the peaceful Castelforte area, where you’ll see the marvels of the St. Roch’s brotherhood, the St. Roch’s church, and the stunning Basilica of S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. 

Inside the basilica, you’ll find masterpieces by Titian, as well as the tombs of Canova and Monteverdi.

Continuing on your tour, you’ll walk through the lesser-known parts of the S. Croce district and make your way to the Rialto bridge. Along the way, you’ll see Campo S. Polo, the largest campo in Venice and the former site of popular events like bullfights and “naval battles.” 

You’ll also pass through the secluded “Carampane” neighborhood, once a red-light district, and see the house of Bianca Cappello. You’ll also pass through the picturesque Campo S. Silvestro, where you’ll see the remains of the old Patriarch’s palace, and the Riva del Vin and Rialto bridge. Finally, you’ll tour the Basilica S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

Gondola Ride

Gondola rides are a quintessential part of the Venice experience, and there’s no better way to see the city’s canals and waterways than by gliding through them in a traditional gondola.

A gondola ride is a romantic and intimate way to see the sights of Venice. You can sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of the city as you glide through its canals.

Whether you’re visiting Venice for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveler, a gondola ride is a fun and memorable activity that you won’t soon forget.

Lagoon Tour at Sunset

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Venice Sunset, Italy

Experience the Venice lagoon from a new angle and explore its small islands by bragozzo, a traditional wooden boat once used by fishermen and mariners. 

For the most breathtaking views, opt for a sunset ride and watch as the Northern and Southern lagoon waters shimmer in the evening light. Sit back and relax as you savor typical snacks and regional wine on this leisurely twilight journey. 

Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some of the most stunning views of the city and its surrounding landscape!

Day 4: Prosecco Wine Area

Prosecco Wine Region guided your, Veneto, Italy
Prosecco Wine Region, Veneto, Italy

The Prosecco wine region is known for its rolling hills, which provide the perfect conditions for growing the grapes used in the production of sparkling wine.

The tour begins at 9:30 in the morning, with a private car or van picking you up at Piazzale Roma in Venice. Your driver will be fluent in English, making it easy for you to communicate and ask any questions you might have.

At 11:00, you’ll arrive at the Azienda Agricola Canevel, where you’ll take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the process of producing sparkling Prosecco wine. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste a selection of the winery’s wines.

After the winery tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at Trattoria alla Cima, featuring a local menu and a selection of wines.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit a second winery, the Azienda Agricola Cantina Fasol Menin, where you’ll take a guided tour and taste more of the region’s famous sparkling wines.

Before returning to Venice, you’ll have a short guided tour of the town of Valdobbiadene and the Villa dei Cedri.

The tour will end in the late afternoon or early evening, with your private car or van taking you back to Piazzale Roma in Venice.

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Day 5: Venetian Mask Workshop

Collection of venetian masks you can consider for a souvenir of your venice vacation.
Venetian Mask Workshop, Italy

A visit to a Venetian mask workshop is a unique and fascinating way to learn about the history and art of Venetian masks. Here is what you might expect during a visit to a mask workshop:

Introduction to the history of Venetian masks: Your visit will begin with a brief introduction to the history of Venetian masks, including their role in the city’s famous carnival celebrations and their use in other social and cultural events.

Tour of the workshop: Next, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the mask workshop and see the various stages of mask-making. You’ll see how the masks are designed, cut, and shaped, and how they are decorated with intricate details and finishes.

Demonstration of mask-making techniques: During your tour, you may also have the chance to see a demonstration of some of the traditional mask-making techniques used in Venice, such as hand-carving and gilding.

Q&A with the mask maker: After the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the mask maker any questions you have about their craft and the history of Venetian masks.

Opportunity to purchase masks: Many mask workshops also have a shop where you can purchase authentic Venetian masks to take home as souvenirs.

Venice Olfactory Composition Laboratory

A tour of a Venice olfactory composition laboratory is a unique and educational way to learn about the art of perfume-making. 

Your tour will begin with a brief introduction to the history of perfumery, including the evolution of perfume-making techniques and the role of Venice in the development of modern perfumery.

Next, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the laboratory and see how perfumes are created. You’ll see the various tools and equipment used in the perfume-making process, and you’ll learn about the different ingredients and techniques used to create different types of perfumes.

During your tour, you may also have the chance to see a demonstration of some of the traditional perfume-making techniques used in Venice. This might include extracting essential oils from plants, mixing and blending ingredients, and creating perfumes using natural and synthetic ingredients.

You’ll then have the opportunity to ask the perfumer any questions you have about their craft and the history of perfumery before choosing whether you would like to purchase one of the perfumes to take home with you as a memory of your Venice experience.

Day 6: Torcello, Murano and Burano Cruise

Boats lined up along the canal beside colorful houses on our guided tour of the island of Murano and Burano.
Murano & Burano Day Trip, Italy

A Torcello, Murano, and Burano cruise is a great way to see some of the most beautiful and interesting islands in the Venetian lagoon. Here is what you might expect during such a cruise:

Your cruise will begin with a water taxi ride from Venice to Torcello, the oldest of the lagoon islands. As you ride, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery of the lagoon and see some of the other islands from a distance.

Upon arriving in Torcello, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s sights and landmarks. This might include visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which dates back to the 7th century or strolling through the island’s charming streets and squares.

Next, you’ll take a water taxi to Murano, the island famous for its glass-blowing tradition.

In Murano, you’ll have the chance to visit a glass-blowing factory and see the artisans at work. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the island’s other sights, such as the Church of Santa Maria e Donato and the Glass Museum.

After your visit to Murano, you’ll take another water taxi ride to Burano, the colorful island known for its brightly painted houses.

On Burano, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s charming streets and visit its many art galleries and boutiques. You’ll also have the chance to try some of the island’s famous lace-making products.

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Our 6-day tour of Venice is a fantastic way to immerse oneself in the rich culture and history of this beautiful city. From exploring winding canals and iconic landmarks to indulging in delicious Italian cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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