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Riva Degli Schiavoni: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice: Burano, Torcello & Murano Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

1. Venice: Burano, Torcello & Murano Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through Venice Lagoon on a panoramic vessel and enjoy the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure by boarding a comfortable panoramic boat as you set off from St. Mark's. Learn about the islands from your host along the way. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and taste some of the local biscotti that are native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1-hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1-hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambiance of the Venetian lagoon.

Venice: City Walking Tour

2. Venice: City Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

3. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables and the elegant eighteenth-century Coffee House. Continue towards Dolo, enjoying historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Villa Widmann for a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion that belonged to a noble family of Persian origin. Cruise to Oriago, where you will stop for lunch in the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant. Next, navigate to Malcontenta, cruising past villas, villages and swing bridges. Upon arrival in Malcontenta, stop to explore one last villa; the regal Villa Foscari. Located on the edge of the lagoon, it was within easy access of Venice for its powerful Venetian owner. Finally, cruise through the Moranzani Lock to journey across the lagoon, and dock at San Marco Riva degli Schiavoni at the “Pontile della Pietà” landing stage.

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access and Gondola Ride

4. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access and Gondola Ride

Explore the canals Venice on an unforgettable gondola ride and join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent interiors and view the beauty of its gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

5. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

Venice: St. Mark's, Walking Tour and Gondola Combo

6. Venice: St. Mark's, Walking Tour and Gondola Combo

Discover Venice from land and water on a combined half-day tour of 3 distinct itineraries; a walking tour from St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge and market, a 30-minute gondola ride on some of the smaller canals and a guided visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. First, meet your guide near St. Mark’s Square for a walking tour from St. Mark’s to the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will reveal the magic and history of Venice outside some its most famous buildings. Admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the imposing Doge’s Palace before you depart. Head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in the city. Finally, walk to the Mercerie to discover a fascinating array of narrow streets where the valuable goods brought to the city from distant markets were sold. The second part of the tour includes a gondola ride to discover some new and not very well-known areas of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The gondola tour will let you discover the Basilica della Salute, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture, which offers a different perspective view according to the point from which it is observed. Re-group outside St. Mark's Basilica to skip-the-line to see its gilded interior around 30 minutes after the conclusion of the gondola ride. Learn the history of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals. Get advantage of this combined tour, which covers three fascinating itineraries at a lower price than purchasing the individual ones!

Murano and Burano: Venetian Lagoon Full-Day City Cruise

7. Murano and Burano: Venetian Lagoon Full-Day City Cruise

See the natural and historic attractions of the islands of Venice aboard a full-day cruise on the Venetian Lagoon. This city cruise features stops in Murano and Burano, where you'll taste local dishes and admire world-renowned artisanry. Murano is the first stop — there you'll visit a glass factory and see the famed Murano glassmakers at work. You can also discover the island on your own, just inform the tour guide and return in time to continue your journey towards Burano. In Burano, colorful houses line the shores of the canal, giving this city the nickname 'Rainbow Island.' Take some time to stroll and admire typical lace embroidery and taste local seafood dishes. On the return trip, you'll cruise to Venice Riva Degli Schiavoni where you'll have time to visit St. Mark's Square, after which a shuttle boat will take you back to the Venice Train Station.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica and Walking Tour Combo

8. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica and Walking Tour Combo

Meet your guide near St. Mark’s Basilica for a walking tour of some of the most Eastern-influenced areas of Venice, starting from St. Mark’s Square and heading to the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will reveal the magic of Venice outside some its most famous buildings. Admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the imposing edifice of the Doge’s Palace. Head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in the city. Then, head back to St. Mark's for an approximate 1.5 hours of free time before your skip-the-line tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Re-group outside St. Mark's, and learn the history of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals. Once inside, get up-close to its gilded mosaics, one of the most accomplished works of Byzantine art.

Venice: Castello District Private Walking Tour

9. Venice: Castello District Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour to one of the most popular areas of Venice: Via Garibaldi and San Pietro di Castello. Walk along the large Riva degli Schiavoni to reach the Arsenale and Via Garibaldi, a large street with many bars, osterias, restaurants and shops. At the end of this street you will cross a long wooden bridge to reach the site of San Pietro di Castello. This was the former Basilica of Venice, while San Marco was still the Doge’s chapel. Discover this interesting area and learn about the history of the city and its inhabitants. This area is very popular, where all workers of Arsenale used to live in the past. Still now local people gather in these little squares to enjoy life chatting and drinking a glass of wine. If you want to get a taste of life in Venice this tour is for you!

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What people are saying about Riva Degli Schiavoni

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,465 reviews

Prompt departure and arrivals at the specific docks. Staff was friendly. The departure times were given on board and again was you debarked for a short journey ashore. The glass factory was a treat. Burano was great and vibrant. You can walk across the island in about 15 minutes. The oldest city was also nice, however you have to pay for all entries if you desire. Departed at 1102 and arrived back at the port of departure at 1705. Overall, great trip glad we did it.

Plenty of time on each of the islands, amazing experiences along the way. Glass Blowing was incredible to experience. Tour guide was very accommodating translating for all guests in 5 different languages was really impressed by this. Would highly recommend!!

very friendly staff, the guide Francesca very good and very good at speaking several languages, I hope to return

lovely trip to 3 nice islands, nice guide and good structure on the day, no delays

Great excursion with plenty of time in each location to shop and enjoy the places.