Venice, Italy

Rising from the waters of the Laguna Veneta, Venice has long - and rightly - been regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Napoleon, who had an eye for acquisitions, once described St. Mark's Square as the finest drawing room in Europe. Certainly, no other site can quite match its superb campanile, Doge's Palace and recumbent lions. Just over two miles in length, the Grand Canal is lined with stunning buildings that reflect the city's unique heritage. Cruise through its winding canals on a gondola or watch the bronze Moors on the clock tower strike the passing hours as they have for 500 years - Venice is an unparalleled experience.

The city began life as a refuge from barbarian invasions. By the Crusades, Venice's dominion extended throughout the Adriatic and Mediterranean. The winged lion - symbol of St. Mark - flew over palaces and fortresses from Gibraltar to the Black Sea.

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Points of Interest

  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Grand Canal (subject to Municipality Approval TBC)
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride
  • San Giorgio Church
  • La Fenice Theatre
  • Burano
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  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)

    A breath-taking landmark, this famous basilica is unlike any other. It's adorned with golden facade mosaics, marble and bronze statues, five domes, and spectacular city views from the bell tower.

  • Doge's Palace

    Perhaps the city's most famous symbol of Venice's culture, this magnificent 14th century palace was the seat of power and the palace of justice. The Bridge of Sighs was built to link it to the prison.

  • Grand Canal (subject to Municipality Approval TBC)

    This busy water way is lined with 170 buildings dating between the 13th to 17th centuries.

  • Murano Glass Showroom

    Murano Island has been the place for Venetian glassworks since 1291. In Saint Mark's area, You'll get to see the craft and examine some of the exquisite works for yourself as you tour one of the leading glass showrooms.

  • Gondola Ride

    This is the ultimate Venetian experience. Traditionally clad gondoliers pilot you along the some of the Floating City's inner waterways crossed with scores of ancient stone bridges.

  • San Giorgio Church

    The 16th century Church and monastery is considered one of architect Andrea Palladio's masterpieces. It boasts two of Tintoretto's greatest works: "The Last Supper" and "The Gathering of the Manna."

  • La Fenice Theatre

    It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres.
    Like the Phoenix for which the theatre is named, Teatro La Fenice finally rose from the ashes in November 2004. Following a devastating fire in 1996 that nearly burned the famous opera house to the ground, massive reconstruction took place to restore the theatre to its original splendor. Known worldwide for its dramatic beauty, La Fenice is also known for being the cradle of many great operas.

  • Burano

    The quaint fishing village with its streets lined with brightly colored houses and small shops, is revered for its lace making, a Venetian specialty.

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Venice On Your Own

4 hours | Venice | VCE-185
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)

Explore one of Europe's most exciting cities on this independent tour which is yours to design. Visit a church, stroll St. Mark's Square, cruise down a canal in a gondola, or relax in a café with an espresso and people watch. Guide service, entrance fees and lunch are not included.

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Venetian Lagoon Cruise

2.5 hours | Venice | VCE-290
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • San Giorgio Church

This guided motor launch tour offers you spectacular panoramic views of this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll cruise by a number of notable islands and landmarks, as well as have unique photo opportunities of the famed St. Mark's Square.

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Murano Glass Factory & Burano Islands

5 hours | Venice | VCE-260
  • Burano

Cruise across Venice's lagoon to the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano has been celebrated for its glassware since the 13th century. Tour a factory and discover the secrets of glass making. Then visit Burano, acclaimed for its exquisite lace. Lace-making is an art still practiced by island women.

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Walking Tour of Venice

4 hours | Venice | VCE-380

Lace up your walking shoes and explore some of Venice's lesser-known, but celebrated sites. This guided walking tour takes you to the Campo San Polo, the Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, and to the beautiful Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo.

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Debark Tour - Padua

4 hours | Venice | VCE-960

Padua is a city rich in art and history. This walking tour will show you some its most significant sites, including Bo Palace and the University of Padua, Caffe Pedrocchi, Palazzo della Ragione and the Basilica of St. Anthony before bringing you to your flight from Marco Polo Venice Airport

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A Walking Tour of the Jewish Heritage

3.5 hours | Venice | VCE-390

Sightsee via motorlaunch, and walk through a bustling shopping district to arrive at the Jewish Ghetto. Here you'll step into the pages of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" where thousands of Jews struggled with repression. Visit three different synagogues and a small museum to complete this memorable half-day excursion.

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Debarkation Day - Explore Venice on your own

4 hours | Venice | VCE-965
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)

Make the most of debarkation day when you discover the architectural and historic highlights of Venice with a half-day exploration. With your luggage safely stored, transport with ease to the St. Mark's area. At the designated time
return to port, retrieve your luggage and head to the airport for flights departing after 3:30 p.m.

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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4.5 hours | Venice | VCE-160

Enjoy a guided tour through the magnificent Peggy Guggenheim Collection, housed in her former home on Venice's picturesque and iconic Grand Canal. Follow a museum guide past the monumental works that include Chagall, Picasso and others. Later, explore the beautiful sculpture garden on your own.

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Best of Venice

4 hours | Venice | VCE-200
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom

Welcome St. Mark's Square, the center of Venice and Venetian Life. This walking tour takes you inside some of this UNESCO World Heritage Site's most celebrated buildings. You'll tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and dazzling St. Mark's Basilica and finally, see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area). Similar to VCE-205 without gondola ride

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Save Venice: San Sebastiano Church & the Veronese Frescoes

3 hours | Venice | VCE-170

Discover the efforts behind Save Venice, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving works of art, during a tour of the lovely Church of San Sebastiano. Tucked inside the Venetian landmark are breathtaking frescoes by Italian Renaissance painter, Paolo Veronese, including the renowned Old Testament story of Esther.

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San Giorgio, Murano Glass Factory & Gondola Ride

5 hours | Venice | VCE-210
  • Gondola Ride
  • San Giorgio Church

This guided tour highlights some of Venice's century-old traditions and artistry. Experience a gondola cruise through some of this UNESCO World Heritage Site's less traveled canals. Visit the home of Venetian glassmaking on Murano Island, and discover San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the city's most remarkable churches.

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Discover the Vineyard on Mazzorbo Island

4.5 hours | Venice | VCE-305

Discover a rustic vineyard on the remote Island of Mazzorbo. Here grapes recovered from the Gilded Age have revitalized the community and reintroduced a rare, local wine grape to the world. Tour the property, learn the cultivation methods and enjoy an aperitif, served with a selection of "cicheti," Venetian tapas snacks.

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Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride (Guided in German)

5 hours | Venice | VCE-208
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride

This guided tour gives you the opportunity to experience some of the more celebrated highlights of this great city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a gondola ride, tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area).

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Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride (Guided in Spanish)

5 hours | Venice | VCE-207
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride

This guided tour gives you the opportunity to experience some of the more celebrated highlights of this great city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a gondola ride, tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area).

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Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride

5 hours | Venice | VCE-205
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride

This guided tour gives you the opportunity to experience some of the more celebrated highlights of this great city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a gondola ride, tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area).

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Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride (Guided in French)

5 hours | Venice | VCE-209
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride

This guided tour gives you the opportunity to experience some of the more celebrated highlights of this great city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a gondola ride, tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area).

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Best of Venice for Small Groups

4 hours | Venice | VCE-999
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom

Welcome St. Mark's Square, the center of Venice and Venetian Life. This walking tour takes you inside some of this UNESCO World Heritage Site's most celebrated buildings. You'll tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and dazzling St. Mark's Basilica and finally, see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area). Similar to VCE-205 without gondola ride

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Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Venice | VCE-990
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Murano Glass Showroom
  • Gondola Ride

This guided tour gives you the opportunity to experience some of the more celebrated highlights of this great city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a gondola ride, tour the spectacular Doge's Palace and see a glassmaking demonstration at the Murano Glass Showroom (located in St. Mark's area).

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Evening Gondola Ride with Serenade

2.5 hours | Venice | VCE-860
  • St. Mark's Square & Basilica (outside view only)
  • Gondola Ride

Have the experience of your dreams on this special evening gondola ride along some of the famous Canals of Venice. View the ornate Renaissance and Baroque buildings and ancient stone bridges that occupy the waterways, and bask in the city's glory as your gondola gently glides across the water.

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Ca' Rezzonico, Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

4.5 hours | Venice | VCE-220
  • Doge's Palace

Your guided tour brings you to the heart and soul of this UNESCO World Heritage Site's rich past. You'll tour the spectacular 13th century Doge's Palace and dazzling St. Mark's Basilica, then cruise the Grand Canal to Ca' Rezzonico for a glimpse of 18th-century Venetian life.

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Local Connections: Venice in Focus with Local Photographer Francesca Bottazzin

4 hours | Venice | VCE-175
  • San Giorgio Church

Calling all photogs! You'll relish the opportunity to work with a local photography guide to capture the visually stunning architecture and natural surroundings of historic Venice. Board a water taxi for magical cityscapes, stop on San Giorgio Island, visit the church's bell tower and take in the panoramic views of iconic Saint Mark's Square.

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