Explore the magic of Venice by land and by sea on this combo, small-group shore excursion. Swap your cruise ship for a water taxi and begin your tour with a 1-hour ride down the Grand Canal. A great introduction to the city’s highlights, your boat trip will take you past grand palaces, cathedrals, historic homes and iconic bridges.
Step back on solid ground for a walking tour through the back streets of Venice. Follow your local guide through narrow passageways and over footbridges as you hear tales of Venetian history and legends. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and marvel at the spiraling Bovolo staircase. Stroll through the charming squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and stop outside the historic Goldoni Theater opera house.
Cross the iconic Rialto Bridge and make your way to St Mark’s Square, where your guide will present a brief history of Venice’s most famous attractions. Admire the Italo-Byzantine architecture of St Mark’s Basilica, and then head to the front of the queue to step inside. Admire the cathedral’s soaring golden domes, detailed mosaics and masterful murals during a guided tour of the interior.
Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
Upgrade to visit another highlight of St. Mark’s Square — the remarkable Doge’s Palace. Wander through awe-inspiring public chambers and see masterworks of Renaissance painting by Tintoretto and Veronese. Learn the dark history of the doges, who ruled the Venetian Republic for centuries, and ascend to the Piombi attic prison, where legendary lover Casanova was once jailed. Complete your tour with a walk across the notorious Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to another prison network.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Venice port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.