Cruise Trip Shore Excursion in Venice - Italy

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VENICE - Shore Excursions & Tours - ITALY

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      Venice Shore Excursion 1: Historic Venice      
      Venice Shore Excursion 3: Gran Canal & Jewish Venice
Venice 2: Venice Islands (Murano-Burano-Torcello)


   Shore Excursion #1  Historic Venice 
Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours

Depart by private motorlaunch for St. Mark's Basin where you will disembark between the columns of St. Theodore and the Lion in St. Mark's Square, which was the political and religious center of the city during the Serenissima Republic period. Here you will visit the Doge's Palace that houses the private residence of the Doge, the Government seat and the Court of Justice. The original Palace was started in a Byzantine style during the 9th century and was destroyed by fire and rebuilt several times during its history. Your guide will accompany you throughout the palace where you will feel the strength of the Venetian history through the stunning paintings by Titian, Tiepolo and Tintoretto. At the end of your visit to the Hall of Magistrate you'll walk over the Bridge of Sighs and continue to the Cathedral of St. Mark, a magnificent cathedral built on the plan of a Greek cross. The Cathedral facades show the different architectural style incorporated into the building . Inside the Cathedral you will admire the famous mosaics and the Golden Altarpiece (Pala D'Oro). The bones of St. Mark, smuggled out of Alexandria to give the city a prestigious saint as its benefactor, are also entombed here beneath the main altar.

Note: This tour involves extensive walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. As this tour includes a visit to religious sites, custom requires all visitors to cover bare shoulders and not to wear shorts or dresses above the knee. This tour is not suitable for disabled passengers.

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  Shore Excursion #2   Venice Islands: Murano - Burano - Torcello  
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Board your motor launch for this panoramic journey of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Glide past Tronchetto Island on your way to the section of the Grand Canal, the city's main thoroughfare. The s-shaped canal winds for more that two miles through the heart of the city. You will view many of the Gothic Renaissance palaces such as the Palazzo Loredan Vendramin Calergi and the Palazzo Pesaro, housing the Museum of Modern Art. You will travel beneath the large Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the three bridges which span the Grand Canal. As the city's marketplace, the Rialto was the historic center where traders from all nations converged to buy and sell merchandise of every description. Continue on as your guide explains the history of the palaces and the architecture of this fascinating city. Cruise by St. George Island and the Arsenale, for centuries, Venice's shipyard and catch a glimps of the church of San Michele on your way to Murano Island. Here you will see the delicate art of glass blowing. Back on board your motor launch you can relax and enjoy your journey to the ship.

Note: This special motor launch enables you to sit, stand, walk and easily take photographs. Making this a more comfortable way to cruise the Lagoon

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While for Groups of minimum 30-40 persons is more convenient to have your own private Motorboat and Tour Escort, for Individuals we suggest to get the FREE shuttle (usually provided by Cruise Companies) from the Cruise Port to St. Mark Square.

From St. Mark Square we offer at only 20 euro per person excursions (4 Hours) to the Islands of Venice (Murano-Burano-Torcello)  with Multilingual Tour Escort (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish). Daily departures: 9:30 and 14:30 

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    Shore Excursion #3    Grand Canal & Jewish Venice - Individuals only - by Motorlaunch  
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Depart by special Motor launch from the ship passing St. Mark and entering the Canal Grande at Piazzale Roma. The motor launch will proceed slowly and the guide will explain the history of the most important Palaces and buildings along this canal. Admire the beauty of sites such as the Church and Bridge of Scalzi, Fontego dei Turchi (Veneto-Byzantine house) and Palazzo Loredan Vendramin Calergi where Wagner died in 1883. You will take a short walk through the Jewish Getto to see the beautiful synagogues as well as the interesting Museum of Jewish Art. After returning to your motorlaunch continue admiring the many palaces and famous sites such as the Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Farsetti, Accademia Bridge, Palazzo Venier de Leoni (now Guggenheim Museum), Church Della Salute and Doges Palace, just to name a few. The motor launch will pass in front of the Island of St. George and then return onboard slowly cruising the Giudecca Canal.

Note: You can easily take photographs, making this a more comfortable way to cruise the Lagoon and see the most of Venice.

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