Venice City Tour Excursion Reviews

A city tour of Venice enables you to enjoy a multitude of highlights, such as the Basilica di San Marco, the Torre dell'Orologio clock tower and the arcade of Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove.
Enjoyed eating and shopping in the city.
Enjoyed eating and shopping in the city. Tour was good, enough free time to see several sights.
Enjoyed eating and shopping in the city. Tour was good, enough free time to see several sights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very crowded, headsets were spotty with reception, didn't hear much of the tour unfortunately.
Very crowded, headsets were spotty with reception, didn't hear much of the tour unfortunately. The tour guides were not really clear (in my opinion) of how to get back to the ship using the water bus if you wanted to spend more time ... Read More
Very crowded, headsets were spotty with reception, didn't hear much of the tour unfortunately. The tour guides were not really clear (in my opinion) of how to get back to the ship using the water bus if you wanted to spend more time in Venice. We subsequently, got lost at the water bus stop and had a bit of an adventure. Would have researched this more on our own ahead of time and not depended on the tour guide to advise us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Secret Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Tour.
Secret Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Tour. It was just ok. Not great.
Secret Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Tour. It was just ok. Not great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our "Venice in a Day" tour through Walks of Italy was our only touring disappointment of the whole ...
Our "Venice in a Day" tour through Walks of Italy was our only touring disappointment of the whole trip. We really didn't connect with our guide, and didn't feel like she listened to us. She had a schedule to keep and a ... Read More
Our "Venice in a Day" tour through Walks of Italy was our only touring disappointment of the whole trip. We really didn't connect with our guide, and didn't feel like she listened to us. She had a schedule to keep and a script to follow, and by golly that's what she did, even when we all said enough! I enjoyed the morning part of the tour, which was walking through markets and neighborhoods as well as a gondola ride. My only complaint would be that we moved too quickly. In the afternoon we toured Saint Mark's and the Doge's Palace. I was not alone in thinking the tour of the Doge's Palace would never end! It was just too much, and I finally took my headphones out and went to my own little world. I think the tour was a little too ambitious for a single day. I chose it because we hadn't been to Venice, but I would choose differently next time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw a great amount of the city with a good discription of the city's history
Saw a great amount of the city with a good discription of the city's history
Saw a great amount of the city with a good discription of the city's history Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a walking tour through St Mark's and into the cathedral.
We took a walking tour through St Mark's and into the cathedral. We ended up at the Rialto bridge where the tour ended. We had to find our way back to our hotel on our own. We ended up getting lost at night. Turned out our hotel was ... Read More
We took a walking tour through St Mark's and into the cathedral. We ended up at the Rialto bridge where the tour ended. We had to find our way back to our hotel on our own. We ended up getting lost at night. Turned out our hotel was just around the corner. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was a free Venice walking tour with an excellent, knowledgeable guide.
It was a free Venice walking tour with an excellent, knowledgeable guide. It lasted 3 hours and covered some interesting sites of the city.
It was a free Venice walking tour with an excellent, knowledgeable guide. It lasted 3 hours and covered some interesting sites of the city. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Wonderful city at this time of year as the sun gleams off the medieval buildings and glitters off ...
Wonderful city at this time of year as the sun gleams off the medieval buildings and glitters off the water
Wonderful city at this time of year as the sun gleams off the medieval buildings and glitters off the water Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Wanted to get into Venice with least hassle as 4 ships were in port.
Wanted to get into Venice with least hassle as 4 ships were in port. Well organised nice boat ride but usual RCI high price. Just about worth it! Venice is beautiful!
Wanted to get into Venice with least hassle as 4 ships were in port. Well organised nice boat ride but usual RCI high price. Just about worth it! Venice is beautiful! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great guide, loved the back streets of Venice
Great guide, loved the back streets of Venice
Great guide, loved the back streets of Venice Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Two hour boat trip before boarding the ship
Two hour boat trip before boarding the ship
Two hour boat trip before boarding the ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked with Thomson as unsure of scale of port and wanted to do Gondola ride.
Booked with Thomson as unsure of scale of port and wanted to do Gondola ride. pleasantly surprised not dirty and smelly as advised but may be as early in year - may, value for money - ish!! could have done gondola for 80 euros and paid ... Read More
Booked with Thomson as unsure of scale of port and wanted to do Gondola ride. pleasantly surprised not dirty and smelly as advised but may be as early in year - may, value for money - ish!! could have done gondola for 80 euros and paid around £150 for transfer from ship and brief disciption of port. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Beautiful city!
Beautiful city!
Beautiful city! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Good overview of area around San Marco Piazzo
Good overview of area around San Marco Piazzo
Good overview of area around San Marco Piazzo Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Knowledgable, but too large and too brief.
Knowledgable, but too large and too brief. Opera was great in a 14c palace but required a boat trip and long walk to get there. Good champagne, vocalists and hors-something that ranks with my visit to the Guggenheim (Venice) A+++
Knowledgable, but too large and too brief. Opera was great in a 14c palace but required a boat trip and long walk to get there. Good champagne, vocalists and hors-something that ranks with my visit to the Guggenheim (Venice) A+++ Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very informative.
Very informative. But got a bit repetitive after about an hour and half.
Very informative. But got a bit repetitive after about an hour and half. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Walking Tour of Venice, Dogges Palace and St Marks square
Walking Tour of Venice, Dogges Palace and St Marks square
Walking Tour of Venice, Dogges Palace and St Marks square Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
really great day tour, done after leaving ship.
really great day tour, done after leaving ship. great guide
really great day tour, done after leaving ship. great guide Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
we took a photo walk in Venice with Marco, he is a local gentelman.
we took a photo walk in Venice with Marco, he is a local gentelman. Venice is truly spectacular city to photograph. it was good idea to start the tour in early morning, we could see how the city starts up and early morning light was good ... Read More
we took a photo walk in Venice with Marco, he is a local gentelman. Venice is truly spectacular city to photograph. it was good idea to start the tour in early morning, we could see how the city starts up and early morning light was good for photos. The vapporetto is the best way to tour the Grand Canal, it is like stepping back in time. St Marc's Basilica is free to go into, but it worth to pay 5 euros to go to upper floor to see the museum and bronze horses. From the roof terrace you get lovely view of the Square. This is a truly beautiful place to visit and a must do in Venice. I would highly reccommend Marco (www.marcosecchi.com) especially for the people who like to photograph Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Shore Excursion Provider:
Took a water bus 15 Euros return - close to the port - into Venice & then took a 2hr strool round ...
Took a water bus 15 Euros return - close to the port - into Venice & then took a 2hr strool round the centre of Venice. Water Bus back to port.But the most spectacular of all was the route the ship took into the dock area - right ... Read More
Took a water bus 15 Euros return - close to the port - into Venice & then took a 2hr strool round the centre of Venice. Water Bus back to port.But the most spectacular of all was the route the ship took into the dock area - right through the centre of Venice passed St Marks Sq ect.Water Bus to the airport 14Euro per person & one case - took 90mins but worth the time & moneyBiggest issue in Venice was Disembarcation - 4:15am till 9:15am - totally unacceptable as far as we were concerned. Nothing open, few seats & public transport not starting till 8:10am Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great!
Great! Lovely place. Very busy. Don't think it will be romantic going on a Gondola
Great! Lovely place. Very busy. Don't think it will be romantic going on a Gondola Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Shore Excursion Provider:
Rained first day so didn't get off ship.
Rained first day so didn't get off ship. Took a boat ride around the islands the second morning. I had spent time in Venice so didn't care about getting in crowds. Loved the view from our aft deck as we entered and left Venice.
Rained first day so didn't get off ship. Took a boat ride around the islands the second morning. I had spent time in Venice so didn't care about getting in crowds. Loved the view from our aft deck as we entered and left Venice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our next stop was Venice, the city of cities!
Our next stop was Venice, the city of cities! The sail into Venice was spectacular - the ship really played this up, as they should have, as there is nothing like it - to slowly sail in on the Grand Canal with St. Mark's Square RIGHT ... Read More
Our next stop was Venice, the city of cities! The sail into Venice was spectacular - the ship really played this up, as they should have, as there is nothing like it - to slowly sail in on the Grand Canal with St. Mark's Square RIGHT THERE, a stone's throw from the decks, really amazing! For over an hour on the dramatic approach to the city, theme music was broadcast throughout the ship and on the public outer decks, by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Boccelli to name a few, setting the mood very effectively. On Day 1 of our stay in Venice, we booked the shore excursion VE02, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Glass Showroom. This was an excellent excursion, covering key highlights of the city. Our guide was very good. I would enjoy returning in order to spend more time in St. Mark's Cathedral. It is definitely a spot where you just want to sit, stay quiet, and simply take it in. The tour of the Doge's Palace was excellent. The glass showroom, eh, was ok - there was a quick demonstration then time to shop, and given the world renown reputation of Murano glass, something to see for sure, but not really our style. After the tour, we were free to return to the ship on our own. We used this opportunity to take a gondola ride. This, we recommend strongly, you must do on your own - do not do this as a shore excursion. We are a family of five, and the ship shore excursion price for a gondola ride for the 5 of us was approximately $100 per person!!! However, doing it on our own, that is how much we paid IN TOTAL for the 5 of us - a tremendous and overwhelming savings!! To get a gondola ride is very very easy. There are reputable stands all over. We went to one of the ubiquitous Paul & Shark Yachting stands - they operate nearly all of the gondolas in Venice! - and had a wonderful tour, approximately 45 minutes in length, very memorable. Someday, my husband and I will return and take a romantic gondola ride at night, just the two of us, with the sun setting, but this ride was a wonderful family experience, for sure! On Day 2 in Venice, our 3 kids stayed on board, according to plan, and my husband and I went on shore excursion VE06, Secret Venice Walking Tour. WOW, we loved this excursion!! Our tour guide was super engaging, very informed, and to see the sights of Venice on foot, venues that are far away from the fray of Piazza San Marco - definitely a highlight of our cruise! We HIGHLY recommend this excursion!! Everything that we saw was as detailed in the description, but after the walking tour, instead of returning immediately to the ship, we spent several hours on our own in the city. We feel so lucky to have been able to have had this magical experience of exploring Venice completely on our own (with a map!), truly an opportunity of a lifetime, at least the lifetime of yours truly. Based upon a port exploration talk given on board, we took the gondola "bus" across the Grand Canal from the San Marco District to explore the Artistic District or Dorsoduro, and simply fell in love with the area - few people, secluded, lovely. We loved discovering the gondola workshop, Squero san Trovaso (as seen by us on CBS Sunday Morning several years ago!) as well as enjoying some delicious gelato at Bar Laguna. We walked back to the San Marco District on the Academia Bridge, spanning the Grand Canal, and returned to the Solstice on the Celebrity water shuttle. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises