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When planning a cruise stop in Venice, spend an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most romantic maritime cities with a private shore excursion. After meeting a local tour escort at the cruise terminal, travel in a private boat to the political and cultural heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Skip the long entrance queues with priority access to spectacular St Mark’s Basilica and the Gothic Doge’s Palace, and then enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience with a private 30-minute gondola ride through the city’s famed canals.
  • Private shore excursion from Venice's cruise port
  • Enjoy pickup in a private motorboat from the Marittima cruise terminal
  • Beat the long entrance queues with skip-the-line access to St Mark's Basilica
  • Tour the interior of the magnificent Byzantine Cathedral, including an up-close look at the dazzling Golden Pall (Pala d'Oro)
  • See where the Venetian Republic's powerful rulers once lived on a tour of the Doge's Palace and prison, including the Bridge of Sighs
  • Soak up the romance of the Venetian canals on a private, 30-minute gondola ride
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a private, local guide


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, Aug 2017

This was a complete rip off - it was supposed to be an introductory 2 hour private tour of Venice plus a gondola ride but ended up being a 75 minute trip through the Doge with a tour guide who could speak English but because of her accent you couldn't understand most of it - and 45 minutes at the Basilica - that was it nothing else about Venice - worst guide ever. Then the private Gondola trip was a wait in line with the cruise ship folks and after we finally got on the gondola others joined us for the ride!! What happened to the private tour!! This was disgraceful and does have me reconsidering using Viator again all my previous experiences were excellent so really surprised at this one.

, Nov 2016

Worth Every Penny!!!!! Our guide met us at the ship, he was fantasic! He took us to our awaiting Water Taxi which was a VERY nice heated and enclosed boat with a great driver. We went directly to St. Mark's Square where we were shown our meeting place and given great advice on things to see, etc in our free time. After an hour or so of free time we met back at our spot with another guide who took us to the Palace and the Basilica. Monica was FULL of information and her knowledge was extensive!! After 2 hours with her we were given more free time before our guide met us back at our meeting spot where we then went in same water taxi back to the ship. Our guide even walked us all the way back to the ship since it was a little tricky. Venice was a little tricky actually so the tour was absolutely perfect helping us get around. Guides also gave us fantastic information about how to spend our following day as well. GREAT

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