Our offers for a shore excursion in Venice
In the following you will find our offers for shore excursion in Venice.
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Useful information for a shore excursion in Venice
Below we have compiled information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights, as well as lots of useful information for a shore excursion in Venice.
The most beautiful sights in Venice
Venice is spectacular: completely surrounded with water. It attracts several million of tourists a year. 1.5 million cruise ship passengers visit Venice every year alone, spread over more than 500 calls of port.
St. Mark’s square, Doge’s Palace, or a romantic gondola ride through the Canal Grande: everybody probably has a picture of the tourist attractions of Venice in their heads.
We have listed the most important sights for your Venice shore excursions below.
Piazza San Marco – St. Mark’s Square
As ”cliché” as it is, Italians still say that St. Mark’s Square is probably the most spectacular public square in Venice. St. Mark’s Square is characterized not only by its sheer size (175m/ 574 ft in length) and impressive architecture. The variety of vibes and light effects that you can experience here during the course of a day or different seasons of the year is enormous.
The over 1,000-year-old Basilica di San Marco rises at the eastern end of the square. If you can don’t miss a visit to this sublime and beautiful church. This is also a great opportunity to escape the heat in summer.
Caution: In high season, there are tens of thousands of people visiting St. Mark’s square every day, the crowd is sometimes very large.
Palazzo Ducale – Doge’s palace
Doge was the top administrative incumbent of the city since the 7th century. His official residence was the Doge’s Palace, whose present form dates back to the period between the 14th and 15th century.
The Palace alone impresses with it’s colossal facade, but what really amazes the visitors is the interior of the Palace. In the vast premises, you can admire the over-sized wall paintings from the 16th century, which tell the history of the city.
The “Itinerari SEGRETI”, the secret paths of Doge’s Palace are particularly exciting. If you walk along these hidden paths, you can discover hidden mezzanines, secret archives and lead chambers.
The Palace connects to St. Mark’s square in the South-East. From the Giudecca Canal, at the entrance to the Canal Grande, one has a great view of the facade of the Palace.
Through the canals of venice by gondola
If you go as a couple on a Venice cruise excursion: don’t miss the romantic ride on a gondola through the canals of Venice!
You can find gondola offers across the city, e.g. at San Marco. The price for a 30-minute gondola ride is 30,-EUR per person which is approximately 34 dollars and 26 pounds. It is not just a bargain, but also a typical Venice experience. If you want to hear the gondolier sing the “O sole mio” in proper style, it will be correspondingly more expensive.
Since the end of 2013, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited during a gondola ride in Venice. you can enjoy a glass of Prosecco later ashore.
Ponte Rialto and Ponte dei Sospiri
Venice is the city of bridges: There are more than 400 in the lagoon city. The most famous among them is probably the Ponte Rialto in the middle of the Cana Grande.
Ponte Rialto, which was built towards the end of the 16th century by Antonio da Ponte, was once the economic center of the city. Goods were distributed here, banks and trading houses had their headquarters here aswell.
The Ponte dei Sospiri (“bridge of sighs”) crosses an about 8-meter wide (26 ft.) canal in the west of the Doge’s palace, which is called Rio di palazzo. The bridge was built by the grandson of the builder of the Rialto bridge Antonio Contin at the beginning of the 17th century.
Cruise port in Venice
Despite ongoing discussion about a shift outside the lagoon, cruise ships still dock at cruise terminal Venezia Terminal Passegeria to the west of the Old town. The cruise port of Venice has several moorings for large cruise ships.
What you should know before your cruise excursion in Venice
Shipping companies and routes
In addition to the leading European shipping companies such as Costa Cruises and MSC, major American cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruises Line also have Venice in their programs. Celebrity Cruises, P&O and Holland America also stop there. Frequently, Venice is used as a port of departure, this makes organizing a shore excursion a little complicated because there isn’t much time between the arrival and departure of a cruise
Who’s never been to Venice should definitely try to incorporate at least two to three hours for an extensive city tour throughout the day.
Entry and visa
UK, Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Some shipping companies ask for a valid passport before the cruise.
Most lines will only require an identity card for a cruise in the Adriatic sea. Depending on the entry requirements of each shipping company and port, sometimes you must carry a valid passport with you.
Please check about the visa requirements with your cruise line.
In Italy the euro is used as the national currency. Therefore money exchange is needed. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
Everything in Venice is apparently on a very high price level. Coffee on St. Mark’s square can easily cost more than 10 euro. You should therefore keep in mind that cruise excursions in Venice would be comparatively more expensive.
Visiting Venice is an exciting experience every season. However, as the Adriatic routes often cover more than 1,000 km (621 mi) in north/south direction, more southerly harbours on the route are often characterized by a very different climate than Venice. Therefore it is recommended to visit Venice in the mid season, to avoid the high summer temperatures on the Greek islands.
Overall, there are few cruise lines that offers an Adratic cruise during the winter months. The tours normally take place between March and November.
Website of the port and tourist organization
Use “My Cruise Excursion” to book a shore excursion. We offer trips to Venice in small groups and at reasonable prices. It is worth it!
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