Venice
08/26/2020 12:00 AM
08/26/2020 12:00 AM
Awake in Venice, where you will be disembarking from your ship. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this magical city or other parts of Italy.

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Venice in a Day - 8 hours

Meet your private English-speaking assistant and private boat at the pier side of Venice port.
The tour will start with an hour cruise by private boat along the Grand Canal to see its beauty as it was intended to be seen  by boat. Continue visiting the island of Murano: you will enter into a real working studio and see how the glass is blown and shaped with the original tools which have been used throughout history.

Next, you will come back to Venice and enjoy a ride by gondola: the symbol of Venice. Both if  you are honeymooner or young people or well travelled tourist, you will be captured by the elegance and charm of this experience.

After lunch your private English speaking guide will meet you and take you on a walking tour, explaining the historical background of Venice, its origin and development. Visiting St. Mark's square with the Golden Basilica and the Doge's palace, you will come in touch with the most admired and well known artistic jewels, especially from a monumental & architectural point of view. The past splendours of the Serenissima will appear through palaces, churches, bell towers, well curbs, elegant renaissance and baroque facades.

Also worth a detailed visit is the lively area of Rialto's market, connecting the famous bridge to St. Mark's square through the well known Mercerie street: the remnants of Venice's magnificence will fascinate you.
We will ensure your timely return transfer to the Venice Port


Highlights:

  • Grand Canal, Murano island, Golden Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower, main and -off the truck- highlights

Tour Duration: 8 hours

Tour can Operate: Morning 

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Low

Inclusions:
·         3 hours Luxury private boat at disposal for the entire day
·         English-speaking assistant at disposal for the entire day
·         4 hour private English-speaking guide
·         No Line entrance fees for Basilica and Doge’s Palace

Exclusions:
·         All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
·         Gratuities

Venice - St. Marks, Grand Canal and Murano - 6 hours
Added Value:
  • Introduction to the history of Venice
  • Visit to private glass producer in Murano
  • Tour of Grand Canal by private boat
  • Reservations to St.Marks and Doge's Palace - no lines
Tour duration: 6 hours
Not wheelchair accessible
Physical activity: Moderate with a fair amount of walking

Included:
  • Private English speaking guide for the day and private boat.
  • Clients are picked up and dropped off at the Port
Excluded: 
Meals
Venice: Lagoon Islands - 7 hours
Today you will be met by your local English-speaking guide for a full day excursion by private motor-boat to explore the Lagoon Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Venice lies in the centre of a vast lagoon that stretches for about 30 miles from north to south, studded by numerous small islands, mostly deserted. This amazing environment is what drove the Venetians to establish their city here, a perfectly secure and inaccessible little world. Enjoy the beauty of a ride across the waters of the lagoon; visit the island of Murano, where glass has been made for over 700 years and where you can see the age-old techniques of glass blowing still in use today.
Continue to Torcello, to see the breathtaking mosaics in the Basilica di Santa Maria dell’Assunta, the oldest building on the lagoon. After a leisurely lunch (payable locally) you reach the island of Burano, a quaint and colourful fisherman island famous for its lace and charming architecture.

Highlights:
  • Cruise across the lagoon to Murano, where glass has been made for over 700 years using the same techniques
  • Explore Torcello and Burano, a colourful fishing village famous for its lace and charming architecture
Tour Duration: 7 hours

Tour can Operate: Morning

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Low

Inclusions:
•    Return private motorboat transfer between the harbour and the islands
•    An expert local guide (7 hours)
•    Entrance fees
•    All taxes

Exclusions:
•    All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
•    Gratuities
Venice - Introduction of Venice - 4 hours

Enjoy a very special introduction to the highlights of Italy's most unique city

Meeting your guide on the portside you will enjoy a leisurely transfer through the beautiful minor canals to the St. Marks area of Venice.
During your transfer you will not only experience the atmosphere of Venice and wonders of this unique city, but you will start to understand the city, what it offers, how the people live here and how they cope with 30,000 visitors per day.

On arrival in St. Marks square you will enjoy both the square including the Basilica and Doges Palace as well as the area surrounding the square. Following the tour, enjoy a wonderful introduction to other parts of Venice by your guide who will also give you some great shopping and lunch suggestions and of course show you where the ship's shuttle boat leaves from to return you to the ship at leisure during the day.

Highlights:

  • You will begin your journey by meeting your local expert guide portside.
  • Enjoy a leisure transfer through the beautiful minor canals to the St. Marks area of Venice.
  • Following the tour of St. Marks enjoy an introduction to the other parts of Venice.
  • Concluding the tour enjoy leisure time to explore and shop around the city.
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Tour can operate: Please inquire
Wheelchair Accessible: Please inquire
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • A tour guide for the duration of the tour.Water Taxi at disposal 
Not Included:
  • Personal items and meals purchased.
  • Additional costs accumulated during the tour.

Venice - Unknown Venice - 3,5 hours

Today's tour takes you behind the scenes of the 'real' Venice, leaving the tourist hotspots behind to explore the sestieri and canali minori where the citizens of Venice live their daily lives immersed in history...
Join your expert local guide to discover 'real life' in Venice. Although the city's charmed citizens have the lagoon and the historic buildings as their daily backdrop, they steer clear of tourist hotspots and cultivate a Venice all their own. Today is your chance to 'live as a local' with a true Veneziana, visiting out-of-the-way neighborhoods, or sestieri, and lesser-known sights, while learning about the current events and everyday concerns of the typical citizen. The tour begins with an exploration of Venice's minor canals by boat where the urban history is revealed in the ornate palazzi and artisan workshops. Later, continue on foot through remote piazzas, secret parks and forgotten churches. This unique glimpse into Venetian traditions - including a maschereria and a squero, where masks and gondolas are made - brings the 'real' Venice into focus. 
(Tour duration: 3.5 hours)

Highlights:

  • After meeting your guide portside enjoy a leisure transfer to the heart of the historical centre enjoying the view as you go.
  • Get introduced to the real Venice by visiting and enjoying the most beautiful, quaint minor canals.
  • Enjoy the last half of your tour visiting the parks, the silent squares, the forgotten churches with some of the city’s most beautiful artworks.
  • During this tour you will visit and experience the real Venice.
Tour Duration: 4 hours.  
Tour can operate: Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Please inquire.
Physical Activity Level: Moderate.

Inclusions:
  • A  tour guide for the duration of the tour.
  • Water Taxi at disposal for 2 hours
Not Included:
  • Personal items and meals purchased.
  • Additional costs accumulated during the tour.

Venice-The Islands of Venice- 4 hours

Enjoy a very special introduction to three of the most beautiful Islands of Venice with a local expert guide and private water taxi.

From the portside you will head, with your guide and private water taxi, out to the three principle islands of Venice - Murano, Burano and Torcello. During your transfer to these islands you will enjoy a wonderful introduction to Venice from your guide.

You will enjoy and explore all three of the islands, meeting there the local people and learning much about their way of life, their industries (primarily glass and lace), the effect the islands have on 'mainland Venice' and you will also have the possibility to visit some of the factories and places where the lace and glass are produced to learn more about these age old techniques.

Following the tour of the islands we recommend that your transfer with the guide to St. Marks Square (and your private water taxi) and enjoy exploring this area on your own before returning to the ship at your leisure with the ships shuttle boat. Your guide will show you the departure point for this boat.

Highlights:

  • Meet your guide and private water taxi portside to begin your introduction to three of the most beautiful Islands of Venice.
  • You will enjoy and explore the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, meeting the local people and learnin about their way of life.
  • Following the tour enjoy time at leisure before heading back to the ship.
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Tour can operate: Please inquire
Wheelchair Accessible: Please inquire
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • A  tour guide for the duration of the tour.
Not Included:
  • Personal items and meals purchased.
  • Additional costs accumulated during the tour.
Venice - Guggenheim- 4 hours

Enjoy a little culture at the Guggenheim Museum with your local expert guide.

From the portside you will head, with your guide and private water taxi, up the Grand Canal to the Academy area of Venice to enjoy the Guggenheim Museum. You will enjoy a tour of the Guggenheim Museum whose collection consists of 200 paintings and sculptures, representing almost every modern art movement. The Guggenheim is one of the most visited sites of the city.

The light filled rooms and the large modern canvases provide a striking contrast to the Renaissance paintings which are the main attraction in Venetian churches and museums. From the Guggenheim, enjoy a stroll through some of Venice's backstreets to learn about life here in Venice, the local people and their culture. Enjoy the minor canals and quaint alleyways as you make your way through to St. Marks Square.

Before leaving your guide, he will point out the place from where your ships shuttle boat leaves for when you choose to return to the ship and also give you some great shopping advice and lunch suggestions.


Highlights:

  • Meet your local expert guide and private water taxi at the port and begin your journey up the Gran Canal to the Academy area of Venice.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most visited sites in Venice.
  • Stroll down Venice’s backstreets to learn about life in Venice, the local people and their culture.
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Tour can operate: Please inquire
Wheelchair Accessible: Please inquire
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Inclusions:
  • A tour guide for the duration of the tour.
  • A private water taxi to pick you up from the port. 
Not Included:
  • Personal items and meals purchased.
  • Additional costs accumulated during the tour.
Important Notes:
  • The museum is closed on Tuesday
Venice: Splendour of Venice Walking Tour - 4 hours
Today enjoy a walking tour of Venice with your local English-speaking guide including visits to several of the most famous landmarks of the city.
The Doges’ Palace was the seat of the main government departments, the residence of the Doge, from where the Venetian Republic was ruled. Lavish frescoes, graceful staircases and gilded stuccowork reveal the glory and opulence of this period.
One of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica was once the Doge’s chapel. It is also a mausoleum for St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice who was martyred by the Turks in Alexandria, Egypt. As you enter the Basilica, marvel at the golden mosaics depicting the life of St. Mark, the Old and New Testaments, the life of Jesus and his Resurrection. St. Mark’s Square is actually not a square at all, but a trapezoid whose extensive sides flare out giving it the appearance of being even more spacious.
Travel to and from the San Marco area with your guide by private Venetian-style motorboat.

Highlights:
  • Admire the wonderful architecture of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica
Tour Duration: 4 hours

Tour can Operate: Morning/Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Return private motorboat transfers between the harbour and central Venice
  • An expert English-speaking guide (4 hours)
  • Entrance fees to all named sights and museums
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs.
  • Gratuities
Venice: Venice for Art Lovers Walking Tour - 4 hours
Venice holds a wealth of treasures for anybody interested in the exquisite arts. With your expert guide, discover the Frari church, considered one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in Venice. In view of this, you’ll be surprised to discover that the church’s austere look hides a wonderfully lavish interior where, among the many treasures, you’ll find Titian’s early altarpieces and a true masterpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Also visit the Accademia Gallery; a dazzling collection of masterpieces spanning the full development of Venetian art from Byzantine to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. Travel to and from the San Marco area with your guide by private Venetian-style motorboat.

Highlights:
  • Admire the many art treasures on display in the Frari Church
  • See the masterpieces on display in the Accademia Gallery
Tour Duration: 4 hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning/Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Return private motorboat transfers between the harbour and central Venice
  • An expert English-speaking guide (4 hours)
  • Entrance fees to all stated sights and museums
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Venice: The Roman City of Verona - 7 hours
Travel with your English-speaking driver across the causeway to Venice’s mainland and onwards to the beautiful and historic city of Verona where your expert local guide will meet with you. Verona is an elegant city with one of the world’s finest Roman amphitheatres at its heart. The Arena still plays host to thousands of performances today, as it did millennia ago.
Verona also featured heavily in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, so a visit to the house of Juliet and its famous balcony is a must. Enjoy time at leisure (about an hour) in the beautiful piazzas before returning with your driver to your cruise ship.

Highlights:
  • Visit Verona's impressive Amphitheatre
  • See Juliet's House and its famous balcony
Tour Duration: 7 hours

Tour Can Operate: Mornings

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Luxury car or minivan transfers between Venice cruise terminal and Verona
  • An expert English-speaking guide in Verona (3 hours)
  • Entrance fees to the stated sightseeing
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities

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