We are glad we did the tour combination, Venice Walking Tour plus skip the lines Dog's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. We were with a group of about 12, among other groups that size but we were able to hear our guide and learn about the square.
Again this was part of our walking tours. St Mark's is very crowded and busy. The cafes are very expensive and charge a cover charge. Best to go down one of the streets to a café for something to eat or drink.
We booked a water taxi with the cruise line at the end of the cruise. It was $16 round trip, and was a taxi ride only, not an actual tour. It was quick and easy, and dropped us off right near St Mark's Square.
Just used the ships shuttle service, You have to go to Venice once, but we found once is enough as the whole place was just geared up to rip off tourists. Yes I expect to pay greater amounts because of it's name, but 170 euros for a 30min ride & wanting 10 euros to sing!! Also cafe's charging extra 5 euro's (not displayed of course) on the bill after having food & drink just to sit down!!
lovely place if somewhat scruffy, wasted on ungrateful local establishments who cannot even be bothered to smile whilst ripping off tourists
This is a wonderful place to visit. There was a service going on in the side and I felt sorry for the worshipers trying to worship with the noise of tourists in the background, but I suppose they are used to it.
Venice: We took the "St. Mark's at Night and Gondola Serenade" excursion through the ship on the first day. St. Mark's is stunning.
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza as part of the NCL post-cruise package, and it was good. Taking the train from Quarto d'Altino into Venice was a piece of cake.
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