Venice – The City On Water

Published on March 31, 2017 by IBMT

As a tourist destination, Venice never loses its magic. Whatever the season, it’s an exquisite city, designed and built on the water, with enough bridges and alleyways to satisfy even the most avid explorer. Venice’s churches, museums, and local festivities offer something for everyone. It’s truly a tourist’s delight – from the iconic gondolas, to specialty wine tours, to Venetian cuisine, to the delicious gelato. But when it comes to exploring and discovering, nothing beats an organized tour with experienced travel guides who know the landscape and understand the nuances of tourism.

A trip down the famous Grand Canal

The best experience on the Grand Canal is aboard one of Venice’s waterbuses (vaporetto). It’s the main access-way through Venice, and it’s teeming with historic relevance. This is the best way to understand the city of Venice and how everything works. The palazzo-style architecture gives a vivid glimpse into the last few centuries of Italian culture and society.

Contemporary art and culture scene

Venice has a glorious cultural history, and for those who relish culture, there is much to take in. From the Guggenheim Art Collection, to the Venice Baroque Orchestra, there are exhibitions and performances year round. There’s opera, ballet, symphony, and chamber music, for both veterans and newbies. Ceremonial concerts also take place in Venice’s churches.

Tasting the best seafood in the world

The Lagoon City of Venice is celebrated for its culinary tradition with fresh seafood. The variety is boundless, and for some, there’s a need to be quite open-minded. Even for experienced tourists there will be some surprises – whether it’s the crab, the snails, or the shrimps. Less experienced travellers will have to experiment, and Venice is the place to do it well.

There’s nothing like Italian elegance

Venice is also the place to shop. From designer eyewear to distinctive apparel, it may be the right time to put together a whole new Italian look. This is the place to shop for clothes and accessories and shoes, not to mention the most luxurious bags on the continent. For those who love to shop, the city of Venice will meet the challenge, and at most every price point.

A genuine “bird’s-eye” view of Venice

The Campanile (St. Mark’s Campanile) is one of the most recognized icons in Venice. It’s the city’s tallest outlook, providing tourists with a spectacular view that takes in the entire landscape. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Dolomites in the distance. Here again, tourists can benefit from another opportunity to better understand the city of Venice.

With IBMT Tours, an organized excursion of Venice encompasses everything – the rich historical landmarks; the traditions and culture; and of course, the food and drink of Italy. IBMT experts provide superb service right from departure day. In Venice, travellers enjoy the top hotels, the best restaurants, and local guides who know where to go and what to do. With over 30 years of travel expertise, IBMT provides the best that every travel destination can offer.


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The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.

It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”.  Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI.  All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was  special.  He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults.  His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts.  He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us.  He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery.  He adjusted our times to include those little extras.  When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran.  After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem. 

We loved everything.  Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on.  Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs  everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.

Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation.  We had a family trip of a lifetime.  Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely. 

“Gadi” - what else can we say ... g double o - d, j-o-b. Good job, good job.  V-e-r-y-n-i-c-e, very nice, very nice.💕



I cannot imagine a better, more organized, more perfect experience! IBMT went above and beyond all expectations!

Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.

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