VIP Venice Shore Excursion

Get off your ship and let us show you Venice in the most comfortable way!


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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Skip-the-line tickets for St. Mark's & the Doge's Palace

VIP Water Taxi rides to the center and back to your ship!

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Photo Stops at the most popular sights



If your cruise is stopping in Venice, book our VIP Venice Shore Excursion and explore this magical city in the most comfortable and entertaining way.

Duration: about 7 hours (including one hour lunch break)

During your VIP Venice Shore Excursion, you will see the most important highlights of this magical city and some of the most precious hidden gems.

Your private guide will meet you at the port (newspaper stand "Alle Guglie Terminal", very close to where the ships disembark) and you will start your tour right away.

Instead of getting on an overcrowded water bus, we will book a private water taxi just for you, so that you can avoid the crowds and sail through Venice canals with a private boat!

Soon, you will reach the Rialto area, where you will have the first part of your walking tour. This lovely district is full of famous sights, like the Rialto Bridge on the Canal Grande and the traditional market (open in the morning from Tuesday to Saturday).

Your private guide will show you these popular places and then take you off the beaten path. You will explore the lesser-known parts of Rialto, and have a taste of the locals’ life. Don’t worry about finding your way around the enchanted maze of the canals: your guide will lead you to through this beautiful district, making sure you enjoy every corner of it.

At that point you'll probably be hungry: your guide will happily recommend a restaurant or a traditional Bistrot where you can have a lovely break (lunch is not included in the price).

After you’ve tasted some of the most typical Venetian dishes, you will start the second part of your Venice Shore Excursion, and see the most famous sights in the city: St. Mark’s Square, S. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

You will learn about the wonderful St. Mark’s Square, surrounded by buildings that are masterpieces of architecture; then, you will enter the marvelous Basilica of St. Mark (we'll have skip-the-line tickets) which is one of the most impressive churches in the world.

Your guide will teach you about the history and the architecture of this astonishing cathedral, and you’ll be overwhelmed by its golden mosaics, decorations, and proportions.

Why was the body of St. Mark stolen by Venetian traders and brought here? Is it really kept inside the Basilica? Your private guide will be ready to answer all your questions!

Your VIP Venice Shore Excursion will continue with a visit to the Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Your guide will lead through its marvelous rooms, where you can admire famous paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiziano, and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance. The Doge’s Palace was not only where the Great Council gathered, but it was also a courthouse and a jail.

At the end of your tour, you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and you’ll explore the Prigioni Nuove (New Prisons). Your guide will tell you the story of the most famous prisoner in the Doges’ Palace: Giacomo Casanova. He was hosted in the nearby “Piombi” prison for more than a year before he eventually managed to escape through the roof and leave the city on a Gondola.

At the end of the tour, you and your guide will take another water taxi, so that you can return to your ship.

Forget about big cruise tours, book our VIP Venice Shore Excursion and see as much as possible of Venice in the most comfortable, informative, and entertaining way!

The order of the sights might change due to logistic reasons

Sights Included

St. Mark's Basilica
Breath-taking mosaics
Gorgeous architecture & decoration
Doge's Palace
Room of the Great Council and other important rooms
New Prisons, Bridge of the Sighs
St. Mark's Square
Bell Tower, Torre dei Mori (from outside)
Procuratie, Sansovino Library
Rialto District & Canal Grande
Rialto Bridge and off-the-beaten path canals
Rialto Market (Tuesday-Saturday)

Meeting Point

Newspaper stand "Alle Guglie Terminal", very close to where the ships disembark

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1050 € up to 2 people, 65 € per each additional adult.
Kids under 18 pay only 30 € each.
VIP water taxi ride to the center and back to the port, pick up at the port, and skip-the-line tickets included

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