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About Venice

This World Heritage city is just about the perfect cruise call because everything you want to see is so easily accessible whether the ship docks just down from St Marks Square or further up the Grand Canal at the main Venice cruise terminal complex.

Cars are banned from the maze of narrow cobbled streets and 500 historic bridges within the city centre so there are just the two choices for getting around: the vaporetto (water-bus) network or just plain walking. A gondola ride is really for fun and romance rather than transportation.

Start walking from St Marks Square, with its ancient Basilica, lavish Doges Palace and imposing bell tower, then follow signs for the shop-lined Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.  But wherever you walk, there are intriguing arty shops, museums and galleries plus some tasty cafés and restaurants along the way.

 

Shore excursions in Venice

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Doges Palace and Gondola Ride

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Wander the gilded halls of the Doge’s Palace, marvel at St Mark’s and enjoy a gondola ride through tranquil canals.

See the Doges Palace with its gothic arches and delicate marble façade. Discover the opulent interior allowing the lavishly decorated rooms, golden staircase, and Venetian masterpieces to dazzle you. Venture into the gloomier Palace Prisons, via the sorrowful Bridge of Sighs.

Enjoy the atmosphere of St Mark’s Square, the epicentre of Venice. Admire the architectural delights: the formal public buildings, imposing campanile tower and splendid Doge’s Palace flanked by the stunning Basilica. Marvel at the one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, St Mark's Basilica (interior visit is unguided).

Complete your Venetian experience with a glide along the city’s enchanting canals on a gondola. Riding 6 per gondola, enjoy the sights from a different perspective on the city’s most famous form of transport.

Time permitting, you’ll have a short while for shopping or independent exploration at the end of the tour.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch, gondola and on foot. Flat, non-slip shoes are recommended. Passengers must be reasonably agile to board the gondola. The ride will be unguided and will not operate in extreme weather conditions. The Doge’s Palace includes over 100 steps throughout the visit. Bags must be left in a secure store. Flash and video cameras are not allowed in the Palace or Basilica. Please dress appropriately for entering the Basilica. Queuing is to be expected and may delay or prevent entrance to the Basilica. Interior visits in general cannot always be guaranteed as daily services may be taking place. Catholic Mass is held on Sunday mornings and an interior visit of St Mark’s Cathedral is not permitted. During high tides the Cathedral is subject to closure without notice.

Evening Gondola Serenade

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Make the most of your evening in Venice and discover its magic with an enchanting evening gondola ride.

Enjoy a motor launch ride into the heart of Venice and see the city by night. You’ll take a walk to the gondola station where you’ll board one of the beautiful hand painted boats, which typify Venice. To be a gondolier is a special privilege for Venetians and they take great pride in their cherished vessels.

The sights speak for themselves as your experienced gondolier navigates you through the narrow canals. Serenely glide under stone bridges and past balconied waterfront buildings. During your ride, a few gondolas will gather together for a brief musical serenade; a moment to be cherished.

At the end of your gondola ride, you’ll walk back to the motor launch station to return to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by gondola and on foot. There is a 20 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces to the gondola station, and queues to board are likely. Please take extra care when stepping in and out of the gondolas. Passengers must be reasonably agile to board the gondola without minimal assistance. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential. The gondola ride will be approximately 30 to 40 minutes long and will be un-guided and without narration. Gondolas seat 6 passengers, however for the evening ride, only 4 passengers will be permitted per gondola. This tour will not operate in heavy rain, wind or extreme tidal conditions.

Gondola Ride

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a Gondola ride through the Venetian canals, combined with some time to explore Venice independently.

You’ll be transferred from the pier by motor launch into the heart of Venice. Upon arrival you’ll take a walk to the gondola station and board one of the beautiful hand painted boats. You’ll traverse some of the smaller canals, crossed by stone bridges, and pass by balconied waterfront buildings. Relax as you glide through Venice on the city’s most famous form of transport.

Following your gondola experience, you’ll have some free time to explore Venice at your own leisure. Stroll through St Mark’s Square, admire the imposing campanile tower, view the magnificent San Giorgio Church or simply relax in one of the local cafés. You may also choose to spend some time browsing through the many designer shops and boutiques.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your escort at the designated meeting point, for the return motor launch to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. There is a 15 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces to the gondola station, and queues to board are likely. Please take extra care when stepping in and out of the gondolas. Passengers must be reasonably agile to board the gondola with minimal assistance. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential. Each gondola seats 6. The gondola ride will be approximately 30 minutes long and will be un-guided and without narration. This tour will not operate in heavy rain, wind or extreme tidal conditions. Please dress appropriately if entering churches. Please make a note of the meeting point and time, as the return motor launch cannot be held for latecomers.

Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Venture into Venice’s intricate maze of hidden passageways, clusters of tightly packed buildings, narrow canals and ornate bridges.

Allow your guide to take you on a journey of discovery. Take a stroll into the heart of Venice through narrow streets and bustling piazzas, over tiny footbridges and past beautiful buildings exuding Venetian character and charm.

See the façade of the vast 14th century Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari church, which is simple but beautifully punctuated with a white marble portico and pinnacles. The square of Campo San Polo is one of the oldest and largest piazzas in Venice, in ancient times it was used for ceremonies and theatrical performances.

After the collapse of several wooden bridges, it was decided that the Rialto Bridge must be constructed in stone. One of only 4 bridges to cross the Grand Canal, Rialto remains the most famous bridge in Venice.

Campo San Giovanni e Paolo is one of the city’s most monumental squares. Here you’ll find the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the largest example of Gothic architecture in Venice.

You’ll make a stop at a nearby café to enjoy some welcome refreshments, before strolling back to the motor launch for your return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. If wishing to enter churches independently, please remember to dress appropriately and refrain from taking flash photography.

An Introduction to Venice

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the highlights of Venice, the Doges Palace, infamous Bridge of Sighs and memorable St Mark’s Square.

The sight of the Gothic arches and marble façade of the Doges Palace encapsulates Venice. See the vast golden staircase with gilded stucco and the Doges' private apartments. Glimpse into the Palace prisons by way of the famous Bridge of Sighs.

St Mark's Square features stately public buildings and elegant cafés, wonderfully animated by people and pigeons. The clock tower is topped by 2 bronze Moors who hammer out the time, and the 300-feet-tall Campanile looks out over the city.

One of the most beautiful buildings in the world, St Mark's Basilica, whose façade features gold mosaic arches above the carved Romanesque entrance and 5 dramatic domes. Your guide will offer commentary from outside; as narration is not permitted within.

Time permitting, you’ll have a chance to browse the shops or to relax in a nearby café before returning to the ship.

During your motor launch ride, you will be given brief commentary on the sights and scenery before beginning your walking tour of Venice.

Essential information

This This tour is operated by motor launch and on foot and involves a lot of standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are advisable. The Doges Palace includes over 100 steps throughout the visit. Bags must be left in a secure store. Flash and video cameras are not allowed in the Palace or Basilica. Please dress appropriately for entering the Basilica. Queuing is to be expected and may delay or prevent entrance to the Basilica. Interior visits in general cannot always be guaranteed as daily services may be taking place. Catholic Mass is held on Sunday mornings and an interior visit of St Mark’s Cathedral is not permitted. During high tides the Cathedral is subject to closure without notice.

 

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