When your cruise ship docks at the Venice port, meet your waiting tour escort and boat driver, who will whisk you on a private water taxi to the heart of the city at St. Mark’s Square. Here, connect with a private, licensed guide for a 2-hour walking tour of the city center’s highlights. Soak up the atmosphere on a stroll through enchanting alleyways and piazzas, and then step inside the splendid, Italo-Byzantine St. Mark’s Cathedral with included skip-the-line tickets. Gaze up at glittering mosaics and fantastic frescoes, and be dazzled by the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall) altarpiece.
Across the square, get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful doges who ruled the Venetian Republic during its glory days with a tour of the massive Doge’s Palace. Wander through stately apartment and chambers adorned with Renaissance masterpieces, and see the famous Bridge of Sighs that connecting the palace to an infamous prison network.
After some free time to shop, dine, or explore on your own, enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience with a private, 30-minute gondola ride. Delight in the romance of meandering canals, stone bridges, and historic palazzos as a professional gondolier rows you and your party along the city’s famous waterways. When the ride comes to an end, reconnect with your tour escort for the return transfer to your waiting cruise ship.