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Tour Duration: 5 Hours
When your cruise ship docks in Venice, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best of the city. Our shore excursion combines a 4-hour guided walking Tour of Venice with a 1-hour guided boat tour of the Grand Canal & minor canals of Venice with the help of an expert guide. Your licensed guide will meet you at the Venice cruise terminal and then lead you to your private water taxi waiting nearby. Once on board you will cruise the full length of Venice’s most famous street, the Canal Grande. Sit back and savor this truly unique city as you glide past beautiful palaces, peek into tiny canals and watch famous bridges pass overhead. The Grand Canal is the most important canal in Venice and it parts the city into two sections. While admire the entire length of the canal, flanked by magnificent buildings from the 12th to 17th centuries, your guide will tell you about legends and stories related to some of the most famous and beautiful sites of the city, such as the Rialto Bridge and the many gorgeous houses, built by the richest families in order to show their power. Your Grand Canal cruise ends at the famous St. Mark’s square where you will see the St. Mark’s Basilica.. no wonder Venetians called it “Basilica d’Oro”, the golden basilica for centuries! – this tour includes your entrance ticket (Skip the Line Access) to the amazing panoramic view from the terrace of the basilica. Saint Mark’s Basilica dates back to the 9th century and has served as the Doge’s private chapel up until the 19th century. That’s why, this wordly-known sanctuary, holds an enormous amount of treasures. After exploring the heart of the religious Venice, you will explore the residence of the once city’s most influential person: the Doge. The Doge’s Palace, in italian Palazzo Ducale, is the most important museum in Venice. It was once the Republic’s venue, the palace of justice and the official residence of the Doge. For over 1000 years this palace housed 120 Doges (Dukes), so your private tour guide will have plenty of facts, anecdotes and scary secrets to reveal you. Picture yourself walking through the magnificient halls that housed independent governments, luxurious apartments where the Doge lived his daily life, private rooms and creepy prisons. Your tour will continue on the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace with the new prison. Enjoy the same, beautiful but yet sad view of Venice that the prisoners had for the last time when they were taken to their cells. Our tour ends with a taste of the best gelato in town…your guide will make sure you get back easily to St. Mark’s Square, only five minutes away to take the motor launch for your return journey to the ship.
- 1 hour guided boat tour of the Grand Canal
- 4 hour walking tour
- Dedicated Expert, english tour guide
- Tickets and reservation fees for Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, Skip the line access
- Complete information including meeting time and place are included in your reservation voucher.
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