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“Rain didn't spoil wonderful tour of Venice!”
Review of Tour Leader Venice

Tour Leader Venice
Ranked #5 of 39 Food & Drink in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We do organise food and wine tour, venice city tour, venice walking tour, venice off the beaten path tour
Reviewed 3 July 2014

After having my umbrella turn inside-out on the way to the People Mover, I had reservations about the tour we were going to take. I shouldn't have worried.

Igor met us at the cruise terminal, and walked us to the People Mover. He had already bought tickets for my husband and me so we wouldn't have to stand in line. We got off at the end of the line, near the train station. The rain had subsided by then. We had a leisurely half hour walk past the train station and colorful shops and eateries while Igor told us the history of Venice, the ecological problems--yes, Venice is sinking and that most of the island is held up by wooden pilings. We even saw one of the work crews repairing the pilings, from their boat.

Since we had been in Venice before and had seen most of the crowded tourist destinations, we decided to visit the Jewish and Arab Quarters. Igor is so articulate, and his enthusiasm and love for Venice is apparent. He explained that there was once a thriving community of Jews. The Jewish ghetto is worth seeing. Igor told us the word word “ghetto” derives from the Venetian expression which means metal-casting, and it was used for the first time in Venice to refer to the enclave where the Jews lived in segregation. There were many foundries here. In order to house as many people as possible in a limited space the houses in the ghetto were forced to expand upwards, giving rise to buildings with up to eight floors and rather low ceilings. As Igor told his stories, it opened our eyes to what Venice was like in the past.

Igor showed us the most beautiful hospital we had ever seen, and one of the most unique bookstores I have ever seen. There are piles of books everywhere, books in a gondola and in bathtubs, even stairs made out of books. Amazing.

After a few hours, the rain started to pour down on us. We snuck into a cafe, and Igor treated us to coffee, and regaled us with more stories. It was a wet, but wonderful day, guided by the wonderful Igor.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We booked a tour with Igor for our family trip to Venice. We are a family of four, with two teens (15 and 13 yrs old). Igor was great. He really kept the kids engaged with his stories about Venice, yesterday and today. We walked for two hours and then he set us up with Cuba, the gondolier for a gondola ride. It was a wonderful morning! Igor took us "off the beaten path" and away from the crowds to see the "real" Venice. I would highly recommend touring with Igor while in Venice!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My family of 4, with two teenage children, took the Off the Beaten Path walking tour with Davide, one of Igor's guides, and were very glad we did. We were able to see the usual tourist sites on our own so we wanted to see a side of Venice that we wouldn't have otherwise known about, and which is actually the best part of Venice. We arrived in the evening and Davide met us at our hotel the next day. We had 3 hours with him learning about Venice old and new. It was great to understand Venice from a local's point of view, and to understand how the city developed and grew. The lesser known parts of Venice are beautiful and provide a contrast to and break from the masses at the Grand Canal and St. Mark's square. We enjoyed wandering the smaller, quieter streets without feeling completely lost!

As we were only in Venice for a day and a half, we didn't feel we had time to visit Murano. Davide arranged for us to have a glass blowing demonstration near St. Mark's, something the entire family enjoyed.

We would highly recommend this tour and Davide - we loved our short stay in Venice!

Visited June 2014

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We booked a private tour for our group of 4 while we were in Venice. Our guide Igor was super flexible- especially when we needed to start our private tour later than planned due to staying up late watching world cup football at a local bar the night before. The communication prior to our arrival was prompt and simple to schedule. The tour itself was funny and interesting. Instead of the crowded areas we toured "real"venice in the quiet neighborhoods where we learned a lot about and had a nice time away from the masses. Igor also gave us a super referral for a gondola driver named Luca who also works off the beaten path in the quiet areas. I would highly recommend.

Thank hanmarg
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

With just one night in Venice, we didn't have time to take a tour with Igor but we did ask if he would provide us with an airport transfer. We had great communication leading up to our departure.and Igor even provided us with 3 telephone numbers should we need to contact someone on the morning we were leaving. Our driver was on time, easy to locate, courteous and professional. I would definitely use this service again if I am fortunate enough to return to Venice.

Thank loves2travel02
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