Venice, Italy

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Introduction to Venice, Italy

Venice remains a city unrivalled in its marriage of serenity and spectacle, legend and romance.

With tranquil waters that stretch along 150 canals and dreamy historic architecture that has stood the test of time, it’s no surprise that the city of Venice is lauded as one of the most romantic places in the world. But the magic of a trip to Venice does not solely lie in the many magnificent sights; there is a certain something that is truly remarkable about spending time in the city that captures your very soul.

Cars are banned from the web of narrow cobbled streets and 500 ancient bridges that entangle the city centre, so you are free to explore and truly soak up the culture of the city in the Venetian way. Swap your cruise liner for a ride in one of the famed gondola’s, and glide along the ancient waterways that are lined with majestic buildings that encapsulate the city’s unique heritage.

After experiencing the views from the water, take a trip to the great piazza San Marco and visit what Napoleon once referred to as the ‘drawing room of Europe’. From the lavish 14th century Doge’s palace, to the stunning mosaic-decorated interior of St. Marks Basilica, the square boasts some of the city’s best sights, of which all glisten in the shadow of the impressive clock tower, Torre dell’Orologio that sits just a stone’s throw away.

Venice is a city that will provide you with cultural exploration in abundance. Wherever your Venetian eye for discovery may take you, at every corner you will find quaint bistros, intriguing art galleries and unique shops that transform the city into a harmonious sanctuary of escapism.

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Evening at Ai Musicanti, Venice

AN EVENING AT AL MUSICANTI (TOUR C)

  • Music is the heart of Italy
  • Experience an enjoyable evening of entertainment
  • Relax and admire this truly beautiful setting in the heart of Venice
Price£105.00 - £115.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience and luxuriate in the delightful sounds of Verdi, Rossini, Mozart and many more, whilst you relax and enjoy a refreshing Venetian Prosecco or two!  

Leaving your ship by motor launch, you arrive at the Santa Lucia area of Venice. Here you have a 30 minute walk to the beautiful Zen Palace - Ai Musicanti - where you will be invited to enjoy a beautiful concert. During the performance listen to operatic arias and duets, classical music and famous Italian melodies, including pieces such as La Traviata, Nabucco and Il Barbiere di Siviglia

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? After disembarking your ship, there may be quite a walk to reach the private motor launches. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Please note that the use of cameras and video cameras is strictly prohibited. For reference, the concert lasts approximately one and half hours. The dress code for this tour is smart casual.

 

 


Venice Tour I

AN EVENING IN VENICE (TOUR I)

  • Explore the beautiful St. Mark’s square and its surroundings at night
  • Discover the beauty of Venice under the evening stars
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Explore the beautiful St. Mark’s square and its surroundings, as you walk through the narrow streets that give Venice a mystic and magical atmosphere. Admire the many prominent landmarks under the beautiful starlit sky – a truly unique way to view this beautiful city.

After your guide walk, you will proceed to one of the most famous and exclusive cafés in St Mark’s square, where you are invited to enjoy an aperitif as you sit admiring one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Enjoy a chance to stroll around on your own, before heading back to your awaiting ship via the private motor launch.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking throughout, including a walk to reach the private motor launch. There is no road transport in Venice; therefore visiting the city can be difficult for guests with limited walking mobility. There will also be several steps to negotiate, including steps when embarking and disembarking the private launches. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users.


Venice, Italy

EVENING GONDOLA RIDE (TOUR F)

 

  • Discover Venice at dusk on a romantic gondola journey
  • Experience an unforgettable ride through the picturesque waterways
Boat Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour savour the unique opportunity to view the famous Venetian canals under the evening stars.

Begin your tour with a motor launch transfer to the St Mark’s area, followed by a leisurely walk to the gondola station. Upon your arrival, your gondolier will welcome you onboard. Enjoy an evening gondola ride along the rivers from Bacino San Marco, through small but enchanting Venetian canals that make the city so magical. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although it is possible for guests to do a gondola ride independently, this tour is for those guests who appreciate an organised excursion. This tour involves a very long and strenuous walk, with some steps to negotiate. There is no road transport in Venice, therefore visiting the city can be difficult for guests with limited walking mobility. This tour is therefore not considered suitable for guests using wheelchairs. For your reference, there may be quite a walk to reach the private motor launches.




 


Venice, Italy

GONDOLA RIDE (TOUR D)

  • Delight in a gondola experience through the Venetian canals – a must when visiting this wonderful city
  • Appreciate a great opportunity to admire Venice from its famous waterways
Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Venice is best admired from the water, and no visit here would be complete without a ride on a gondola.

Begin your tour with a motor launch transfer to the St Mark’s area, followed by a leisurely walk to the gondola station. Upon your arrival, your gondolier will welcome you onboard.

Enjoy  a gondola ride along the rivers from Bacino San Marco, through small but enchanting Venetian canals that make the city so magical. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although it is possible for guests to do a gondola ride independently, this tour is for guests who appreciate an organised excursion. There is no road transport in Venice, therefore visiting the city can be difficult for guests with limited walking mobility or in wheelchairs. After disembarking the ship, there may be quite a walk to reach the private motor launches. This tour is subject to favourable weather and tidal conditions.

 


Venice Tour H

LEARN TO ROW LIKE A VENETIAN (TOUR H)

  • A unique opportunity to try your hand at Venetian rowing
Activity Tour
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Looking for something different to do in Venice, something truly authentic and unique?

Then why not get off the beaten path and onto the waterways and try your hand at Venetian rowing. The voga alla veneta is the unique, stand-up rowing style developed to traverse the city and its lagoons, made iconic by the gondoliers — now you can experience this rich heritage first-hand.

Enjoy approximately 90 minutes travelling through the lowlands and islands of the lagoon, passing some of the city’s most prominent landmarks. All too soon, your lesson will conclude but before heading back to the ship, you will be invited to enjoy some light refreshments and time to ponder over your unique experience of Venice.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking throughout, including a walk to reach the starting point for your rowing lesson. There is no road transport in Venice; therefore the city can be difficult to negotiate for guests with limited walking mobility. There will be several steps to negotiate, including steps when embarking and disembarking the gondolas. This tour is therefore not considered suitable for wheelchair users.


Panoramic Lagoon

PANORAMIC LAGOON (TOUR G)

  • Admire many of Venice’s highlights from the comfort of your motor launch
  • Discover numerous other islands from the water
  • Capture images of some of the city’s main sights
Boat Tour
Price£20.00-30
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This panoramic tour is the perfect way to admire the beautiful and lesser-known Venetian islands from the comfort of your motor launch.

The city of Venice spreads across 117 small islands, enclosed in a saltwater lagoon, which stretches across the mouth of two rivers. Your cruise will take you past the islands of Giudecca, known for its long dock and churches, San Servolo, the site for numerous exhibitions and performances, San Clemente and the well-known Murano Island, renowned for its glassmaking. Your guide will entertain you with their unique insight, as you travel into the stunning Venetian lagoon. 


TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a panoramic sightseeing tour of the islands, operated entirely from the water, with no stops. There are a few steps to embark and disembark the motor launch, therefore this tour is not recommended for wheelchair users. Please note that toilet facilities are not available on the motor 


 


TORCELLO - THE BYZANTHINE ISLAND (TOUR J)

  • Discover one of the oldest areas in Venice
  • Dig deep into the mystical history of the city

 

Price£45.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Unveil the fascinating Island of Torcello and its Cathedral, one of the oldest and most mystical places within the Venice lagoon. Also enjoy an opportunity to explore two fascinating places which have remained inaccessible for centuries; the crypt and the sacristy.

 

Your tour begins with an approximate 60 minute boat journey to the Island of Torcello – be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you pass the islands of Sant’Erasmo, San Francesco del Deserto and Burano – all uniquely fascinating.

 

Upon arrival to the island, you begin your guided walking tour to the square of Torcello, where the glittering byzantine cathedral immediately comes into view. Your visit of the secret itineraries of the cathedral begins with the crypt, an extremely rare feature for this area. The passageway is located underneath the altar from where the ancient brick structure of the original medieval building can be observed. As it is often flooded by the water of the lagoon, it has been equipped with a small wooden footbridge so that it can be accessed at any time.

 

Next, you head to the Sacristy. Originally the ancient portico of the Cathedral of Torcello and later closed off to add a fourth nave to the church, the sacristy contains many stone elements dating back to the 9th century and a splendid, but of uncertain origins, sarcophagus of roman age, hidden away in a sort of secret passageway, brought here by the inhabitants of Altino whilst fleeing towards Torcello. An ancient legend has it that it once housed the body of the Evangelist Mark, until the Venetian Cathedral in his honor was completed.

The cradle of Venice itself, Torcello is an island of peace and tranquility but also of tales and legends. With this tour you will be able to open a door into the past and enter the magic atmosphere of its thousand-year-long history.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 60 minutes of guided walking and 45 minutes of free time where walking is at the discretion of the individual. There will be both steps, approximately 20, and bridges to negotiate. We therefore do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Toilet facilities are available on Torcello, however a small fee will be charged for use.

 

 


Venetian Islands

VENETIAN ISLANDS TOUR (TOUR B)

  • Discover the two most famous products of Venice – Murano glass and Burano lace
  • In Murano, see a master glassmaker in action at the local glassworks
  • Purchase some of the beautifully designed lace for the perfect holiday memorabilia
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

This tour provides you with the opportunity to explore the beauty and heritage of two of the three islands surrounding Venice – Murano and Burano.

Departing the pier by motor launch, you travel along the Giudecca Canal and the lagoon to reach Murano, renowned since 1291 for its glass manufacture. The island has became world renowned, for its beautiful mirrors and glass beads. Today, glassmaking is still the island’s main industry and during your visit to Murano, you can witness the masters of this delicate craft at work.

Continuing, you proceed to Burano, an island famous for its traditional lace making, an art which is still practised by many of the local women today. 


TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRET FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? After disembarking your ship, there may be quite a walk to reach the private motor launches. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. 


 


St. Marks Tower, Venice

VENICE & ST. MARKS SQUARE (TOUR A)

  • Enjoy the perfect introduction to Venice
  • Take in the highlights of this beautiful city
  • Explore the intricate, narrow and winding back streets that make Venice so intriguing
Activity Tour
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Explore the wonderful St. Mark’s Square; the large piazza that is the heart of Venice.

A short walk will take you into St Mark’s Square, where you meet your guide for a fascinating tour of the city. Visit the 14th century Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale). Once the seat of the Venetian government and the Court of Justice, the original palace was built in the Byzantine style during the 9th century, and was destroyed by fire many times throughout its history. Today it houses an impressive collection of paintings, including works by Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Carpaccio and Veronese. Its richly decorated rooms present sensational examples of the city’s former power and glory. After leaving the Hall of Magistrates, you will walk over the Bridge of Sighs, a covered passageway that connects the palace and the ancient prison. The passageway was supposedly named after the noise prisoners used to make when they had their final view of Venice, before they were led to the dark and damp cells.

Next, proceed to the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture. Inside the Basilica you can admire the famous mosaics. The bones of St Mark were smuggled out of Alexandria by a group of Venetian merchants, who wanted to give the city a prestigious saint as its benefactor, and are entombed beneath the main altar. Time at leisure will allow you to explore this wonderful area further.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is no road transport in Venice, therefore visiting the city can be difficult for guests with limited walking mobility. The majority of the tour is on foot with many steps and bridges to encounter. There will be steps when embarking and disembarking the launches. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Religious practice requires shoulders and knees are covered when entering St Mark’s Basilica (i.e. no vests or shorts). Video cameras are also forbidden inside the Palace.  
 


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