Venice cruises

Can any city match up to the romance of Venice? As the warm sunset casts its balmy glow over the charming canals it’s hard to imagine it possible. Explore the maze of markets and cafés by gondola before heading to Harry’s Bar to sip its famous Bellini cocktail. On one of Venice’s peaceful canals, beneath a beautiful bridge, it won’t take long for you to fall for this extraordinary city’s spell.

Excursions

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.

  • St Marks Basilica After Hours

    A limited number of guests have the opportunity to experience the remarkable St Mark's Basilica, after it has closed to the public.

    St Marks Basilica After Hours

    From the ship, take a motor launch cruise along the Giudecca Canal, enjoying panoramic evening views of The Redeemer Church, St George's Island, the Salute Church and St Mark's Basin. On arrival in the St Mark’s area, you will be met by your guide, who will escort you to the Basilica to share its fascinating history with you.

    Saint Mark is the patron saint of Venice and the Byzantine Basilica is where his remains are kept. St Mark's Basilica is one of the most popular sites in the city and can be crowded with visitors during the day before reverting to a quiet temple of worship once evening falls.

    This after-hours viewing of St Mark's is a wonderful opportunity to see the glory of the Basilica. Illuminated from within, the interior is bathed in a soft glowing light making your experience of this magnificent church even more atmospheric.


    This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot.Guests should dress appropriately ensuring that shoulders and knees are covered. Photography is not permitted within the Basilica. Please note that although the Basilica is closed to the public, there may be other groups allowed to visit during your time there. In the event that religious services are held in the evening, this tour will be cancelled.

    Tour code

    VCE_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Padua and Airport Transfer

    Discover the delights of picturesque Padua. See the oldest university in Italy, a wonderful cathedral and charming piazzas.

    Padua and Airport Transfer

    Padua is located at about 23 miles west of Venice and is a provincial capital in the Veneto region.

    Take a walking tour of the wonderfully quaint city of Padua. Take a stroll across an elegant oval park to Padua’s landmark church, the Cathedral of St Anthony. Built between 1232 and 1307, this remarkable building features 7 domes and minaret-like spires. St Anthony’s is considered to be one of the great shrines of western Christendom. Outside you’ll find the incredible 15th century bronze statue of Gattamelata by Donatello.

    Your walk will continue through the heart of the city, see the Bo Palace, a cluster of impressive buildings that make up the university and date back to 1542. Pass by the Caffe Pedrocchi, a famous neo-classic building, once the meeting place for scholars.

    Your guided tour takes you through the picturesque Piazzas of Erbe and Frutta and on to the Palazzo della Ragione, built in 1218 as the seat of Government and Law.

    After your guided walking tour, you’ll return by coach to Venice Airport, in time for your afternoon flight.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are reminded that the majority of this tour is conducted on foot. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. When services are being held, group entry may not be permitted to the Cathedral, however individuals may enter to view quietly and reverently and you should dress appropriately. This tour is only available for passengers’ with flights departing after 3.00pm.

    Tour code

    VCE_183

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Gondola Ride

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

    Gondola Ride

    You will be transferred from the pier by motor launch into the heart of Venice. Upon arrival, take a walk to the gondola station and board one of the beautiful hand painted boats. You will 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 tour Gondola experience, some free time will be given 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 cafe's. You may choose to spend some time browsing through the many designer shops and boutiques.

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


    This excursion operates by motor launch, Gondola and on foot. There is a 20 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces and bridges to the gondola station, and queues to board are likely. Please take extra care when stepping in and out of the gondolas. Guests 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.

    Tour code

    VCE_026

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Evening Gondola Serenade

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

    Evening Gondola Serenade

    Enjoy a motor launch ride into the heart of Venice and see the city by night. Take a walk to the gondola station where you will 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.


    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. Guests must be reasonably agile to board the gondola with 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 guests, however for the evening ride; only 4 guests will be permitted per gondola. This tour will not operate in heavy rain, wind or extreme tidal conditions.

    Tour code

    VCE_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Casanova Walking Tour

    Discover Venetian art treasures and follow in the footsteps of Casanova.

    Casanova Walking Tour

    Your first stop will be the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum. This magnificent palace, now the Museum of Eighteenth-Century Venice, was designed by the greatest Baroque architect of Venice, Baldassare Longhena for the aristocratic Bon family. During your visit, you’ll find the Mestrovich Collection, with works by Jacopo Tintoretto and Bonifacio de’ Pitati and have the opportunity to discover paintings, sculptures, frescoed ceilings and collections of eighteenth-century furnishings.

    You’ll walk through the piano nobile, with an ample selection of clothing, garments and other accessories which are part of the permanent collection. These are mainly of Venetian origin and illustrate the skill in such crafts as weaving, tailoring, lace-making, embroidery – much sought after by Venetian aristocrats. During your tour your guide will enrich your walk with spicy stories and sights of the most famous lover in history.

    After your museum visit, your guided tour moves to St. Marks’ Square, passing by the Calle Malipiero, the place where Casanova was born. Enjoy some free time to explore independently before returning to the ship.


    This tour operate by motor launch and on foot. There is extensive walking over cobblestones and bridges, flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    VCE_197

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Brenta Rivers and Villas

    Visit charming riverside villas and discover the artworks and landscaped gardens of the aristocracy.

    Brenta Rivers and Villas

    After a 45 minute coach ride from Venice, you’ll arrive in Malcontenta, where you’ll visit the Palladian Villa Foscari. Villa Foscari is a patrician villa in Mira, not far from Venice. It was designed by Italian architect, Andrea Palladio, and was dubbed La Malcontenta, a nickname that arose when the spouse of one of the Foscari family was confined to the house as she’d allegedly failed to live up to her marital duties!

    After touring the Villa and its grounds, you’ll re-board your bus and enjoy commentary along the Brenta River with its various opulent riverside villas. You’ll arrive in Strà and visit the magnificent Villa Pisani. The fine villa of the noble Pisani family once welcomed kings and emperors and, today, it is a national museum which conserves 18th and 19th century works of art and furniture. The past glory of its enchanting gardens is alive and well today, with its famous maze, valuable citrus fruit collection, greenhouses with plants and flowers, "Everything which gives pleasure to the sight and gratifies our taste", as Almorò Pisani once proudly boasted.

    After your tour of the Villa Pisani you’ll board your coach and drive back to the port.


    This tour operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours walking on this tour, oven cobblestones and uneven ground and around 30 steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. It is advisable to wear a hat and take sunscreen and a bottle of water.

    Tour code

    VCE_198

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Venetian Panorama

    Enjoy a motor launch ride across the Venetian Lagoon admiring the picturesque aspects of this wonderful city, without the walking.

    Venetian Panorama

    Your motor-launch will glide along the broad Giudecca Canal to Saint Georges Island, before traversing the southern lagoon to San Servolo and San Lazzaro.

    Continue along a part of the Lido, a long strip of land dividing the Lagoon of Venice from the Adriatic Sea. You will then enter the canal that separates the two islands of Le Vignole and Sant'Erasmo.

    Enjoy a view the island of Murano, renowned for its glass making. Cruising back towards Venice view the Arsenale, a vast, walled dockyard that was once the most efficient industrial complex in Europe. Your panoramic tour also passes the ancient church of San Pietro di Castello, the citys Cathedral until the beginning of the 19th century.

    Approaching St Marks Basin, capture a wonderful view of St Georges Island, St Marks Square and, in the distance, the Grand Canal.


    This tour is operated by motor launch. This tour is a panoramic motor launch tour, there are no stops included. Guests must be able to negotiate gangways and steps onto and off the launches. It is not possible to transit the Grand Canal as large private launches are prohibited from doing so. There are no toilets on the motor launches. The seating on board the motor-launches is made from hard wood material. The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    VCE_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Murano Glass & Burano

    Venture to the charming islands of Murano and Burano, both located within the Venetian Lagoon.

    Murano Glass & Burano

    Enjoy a motor-launch ride, passing the many islands that dot the Venetian Lagoon. Pass by St Mark's for a view of the Doge's Palace and San Giorgio. See St Elena Island, the Arsenale, San Pietro di Castello and the island that serves as Venice's cemetery.

    The 16th Century was known as the "great age" of Murano glass and, while glass making is no longer a secret, the products of Murano are greatly revered. Visit the Murano Glass Factory to enjoy a brief demonstration of the glass pieces being made by skilled craftsmen. You will also have an opportunity to purchase some of the distinctive, colourful pieces from the factory gallery.

    Re-board your motor launch for a ride to Burano. Your guide will introduce you to the cheerful fishing village on the small island. Wander among the quaint, brightly painted houses and browse the handful of shops for souvenirs. Burano is known for its lace making, still practised by the local women. You’ll have some time Browse the Burano lace gallery, before returning to the pier.


    This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. There is a considerable amount of walking on this excursion. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests are advised that there are steps to negotiate at the Glass Factory. The demonstration at the glass factory is to provide a brief overview only, of the glass making.

    Tour code

    VCE_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Tea at the Palazzo on the Grand Canal

    When in Venice… why not have tea in a palace with a real life Countess!

    Tea at the Palazzo on the Grand Canal

    Enjoy an exclusive visit to the home of a genuine Countess in a charming palace overlooking the Grand Canal.

    You’ll leave the ship by private, deluxe motor launch, riding along the canals of Venice to the water-door entrance of the Nani Bernardo Palazzo, in the heart of the Grand Canal.

    The stunning palace was designed by Vittoria, on commission from the Bernardo family and built in the mid-16th century. What is now the building's main façade covered entirely by frescoes was originally the side of the building that overlooked the garden, where the Ca'Rezzonico now runs. A new Italian garden was added to the grounds centuries ago adjacent to the Grand Canal. Built during the transition between the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the building features a large main staircase allowing access to the two main floors.

    During your time at the palace, you’ll meet the Countess herself, or by a relative of her noble family. You’ll be welcomed to the palazzo and afterwards relax with a tea or coffee, and sample some delicious Venetian pastries, before returning to the ship.



    There is minimal walking on this tour, however, you must be able to climb into and out of the motor launch and negotiate approximately 70 steps at the Palazzo.

    Tour code

    VCE_195

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

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

    Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

    See the Doge's Palace with its gothic arches and delicate marble facade. 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 six per gondola, enjoy the sights from a different perspective on the city's most famous form of transport.

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


    This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. There is a 20 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces and bridges to reach St Mark’s Square. This excursion and involves a lot of walking and standing. Flat, non-slip shoes are recommended.Guests must be reasonably agile to board the gondola with minimal assistance. 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.

    Tour code

    VCE_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Hidden Venice Walking Tour

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

    Hidden Venice Walking Tour

    Allow your guide to take you on a journey of discovery. Take a walk 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 facade 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 four bridges to cross the Grand Canal, Rialto remains the most famous bridge in Venice.

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

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


    This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. This tour involves more than 2 hours of extensive walking and standing over bridges and cobbled stones. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. If wishing to enter churches independently, please remember to dress appropriately, ensuring your shoulders and knees are covered. Please refrain from taking flash photography within churches.

    Tour code

    VCE_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • An Introduction to Venice

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

    An Introduction to Venice

    The sight of the Gothic arches and marble facade 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 cafes, wonderfully animated by people and pigeons. The clock tower is topped by two 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 facade features gold mosaic arches above the carved Romanesque entrance and five dramatic domes. Your guide will offer commentary outside; as narration is not permitted within.

    Time permitting, you will have the chance to browse the shops or to relax in a nearby cafe, before returning to the ship.

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


    This tour operates by motor launch and on foot and involves a lot of standing. There is a 20 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces and bridges to reach St Mark’s Square. 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.

    Tour code

    VCE_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Private Opening- Doge's Palace After Hours

    An opportunity to visit the Doges Palace without the crowds. Immerse yourself in the palace’s history and admire the splendid Venetian architecture.

    Private Opening- Doge's Palace After Hours

    Enjoy a panoramic ride by motor launch along the Guidecca Canal to the area of St Mark’s Square. Once ashore, you’ll take a short walk with your guide to the entrance of the enchanting Doge’s Palace.

    During your private after-hours visit, you’ll learn all about the fascinating history of this grand building and you’ll have the opportunity to admire the gothic arches and delicate marble façade. Discover the opulent interior, the lavishly decorated rooms, golden staircase and Venetian masterpieces.

    After your memorable visit, you’ll have some free time in St Mark’s Square before returning to the ship.


    This tour operates by motor launch and is mainly on foot, Flat, non-slip shoes are recommended. 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.

    Tour code

    VCE_192

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Venetian Islands & Gondola Ride

    A visit to Venice is not complete without a tour of its lagoon, and of course a ride in a gondola.

    Venetian Islands & Gondola Ride

    Take a motor launch ride through the Venetian Lagoon passing the Arsenale, the Church of San Pietro di Castello and St Elena. Enjoy views of the entrance to the Grand Canal as you pass through St Marks Basin.

    The tiny island of Murano gained prominence as a glass-making centre in the 16th century and its products are still greatly revered. Visit a Murano Glass Factory to see how the glass treasures are made and perhaps shop for a memento of your visit.

    On San Giorgio Island, you will visit one of Venices most remarkable churches. The interior of San Giorgio Maggiore is simple, but houses two of Tintorettos most important pieces: 'The Last Supper' and 'The Gathering of Manna'.

    Boarding a sleek gondola, traverse some of the smaller canals, crossed by many bridges. Relax as you glide through Venice on the citys most famous form of transport.

    Take a short walk to the motor launch for your return to the ship.


    This excursion operates by motor launch, gondola and on foot. Please note this tour involves extensive walking and standing over cobblestoned surfaces and bridges to reach St Mark’s Square. It is also necessary to get on and off boats several times. There are 15 steps to the Glass Factory Gallery and also steps to negotiate to reach the toilet facilities. There is a 15 minute walk, over some cobblestoned surfaces to the gondola station, queues to board are likely. Guests must be reasonably agile to board the gondola with minimal assistance. The Gondola ride will not operate in heavy rain, wind or extreme tidal conditions. Each gondola seats 6; the ride will be unguided. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. Please dress appropriately if entering San Giorgio Church. Entrance may be restricted during services and the church is subject to closure without notice, photography is not permitted inside. The order of the itinerary may vary.

    Tour code

    VCE_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours