Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred to the airport, to a Norwegian Cruise Line partner hotel or an assigned central location for your convenience. While on board, please confirm that your flight departure time will allow you to participate on this tour. Norwegians are born explorers and love to step outside the boundaries and make new discoveries. See the lagoon through the grillwork of the Bridge of Sighs as you walk across to the old prison cells on the other side where Casanova was once held. Visit two of the Venetian lagoon’s islands, Murano and Burano; the first world-famous center of glass-making and the second renowned for its lace.
Note: Although most walking is on level ground, passengers with physical limitations are advised that there are some steps on both islands.
See the Bridge of Sighs, the bell tower, the clock tower and many other important buildings as your guide takes you through the narrow streets that lead up to the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. A walk through the heart of the romantic city of Venice and a gondola ride are the best introduction to your visit. This delightful after-dinner excursion offers the chance to experience that quintessential canal ride while being serenaded by musicians in traditional fashion. If there is one memory you’ll take home with you, it’s of drifting through Venice’s canals on a gondola as darkened waters lap your boat and music melts on the air. Note: Tour participation is limited, but is subject to a minimum number of participants to operate. The beautiful facade shows different architectural styles with gold mosaic arches rising above the carved, Romanesque portal; the rooftop is crowned with five domes, reminiscent of Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. From the pier, you’ll travel approximately 20 minutes by private motorboat to the San Marco area along the Canale della Giudecca.
Here, you’ll climb the famous Golden Staircase, admire the paintings from Tintoretto and Veronese, and wander through the echoing Great Council Chamber and many other historical rooms. The hotel or downtown transfer is only possible, if this is stated in the tour description. Guests are responsible for ensuring their debarkation tours are compatible with their departure flight times.
After this visit to Doge’s Palace you’ll continue to a nearby glass factory showroom where you'll see a demonstration on how the famed Murano glass is made, followed by some free time to take a gondola ride, explore the area, shop, or perhaps visit the interior of St. If you wish to take a gondola ride during your free time on tour, please see the Shore Excursion desk for details.
Mark’s Square, where you’ll meet your guide for a walking tour through the heart of the city and take in many of its famous landmarks.

During your tour, you’ll stop at a glass factory showroom where you’ll see a demonstration on how the famed Murano glass is made, followed by some time for shopping or browsing. Most tours require a lot of walking and climbing of stairs over many bridges and therefore are not suggested for anyone with walking difficulties. The first part of this tour is the same as "A Walk through the Heart of Venice" tour, but it also includes a gondola ride through its waterways and canals. Mark’s Basilica in the evening and getting a detailed explanation of its treasures, followed by a gondola ride.
From the Venetians favorite square, Piazza San Marco, you’ll begin your guided walking tour. If a tour departs later than scheduled due to unforeseen reasons, please be advised that the tour will still run in its entirety.
Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed.
Mark’s Basin and other landmarks, then cross the lagoon to Murano, where you’ll visit a glass factory and have a unique opportunity to see how beautiful Murano glass is made, followed by some time for shopping. Learn a bit of the history of 'The Most Serene Republic of Venice' and see the impressive Doge’s Palace with its beautiful Gothic architecture of lacy white limestone and pink marble. At the end of the tour, you’ll meet your escort at a designated time and place for the return to your ship. This particular tour has 500 steps, uneven and cobblestone terrain, and approximately 2 kilometers of walking. The gondola ride will let you discover Venice from the water as you cruise partially on the Grand Canal and on smaller canals. Unlike daytime visits, this exclusive opening of the basilica lets you admire this magnificent structure when it turns silent, just listening to the narration of your guide.
After some remarks on the history of Venice, you’ll admire the Marciana Library and the Loggetta by J.
Lecturing is not permitted inside the cathedral, so your guide will provide an explanation from the outside only. Your next stop is the Doge’s Palace, a magnificent Gothic masterpiece dating from the 14th century. Your next stop is the Doge’s Palace, a magnificent Gothic masterpiece with its pink marble exterior and lacy stone arches dating from the 14th century.
Backpacks and large purses will have to be checked in at security in Doge’s Palace; we recommend no large bags on this tour. After visiting the glass factory, continue with a leisurely trip across the lagoon to lovely little Burano with its gaily painted houses and brightly painted fishing boats.
This tour is only offered on Norwegian Spirit sailings that start in Barcelona and end in Venice. The walk from the boat drop-off point to the gondola station is approximately 15 minutes with 4 bridges to cross each way.

Mark’s by Night' tour, and afterwards, be escorted to your waiting gondola for the ultimate Venetian treat, a gondola ride. A motor launch ride down the Giudecca Canal takes you to Riva degli Schiavoni, a short walk from the square. Sansovino, the bell tower, the clock tower and its two bronze Moors, the two wings called Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuove, and the cathedral.
Today, it is a favorite rendezvous of lovers who believe that if they kiss under the bridge, their love will last forever. You’ll have some free time to take a gondola ride, explore the area, shop, or perhaps visit the interior of St. Enjoy a walk through the streets of this charming and picturesque island where fishermen are always mending nets or repairing their boats. You'll have a chance to admire some of these works of art when you visit one of the stores that sell the famed Burano lace. Mark's Basilica houses other extraordinary treasures, the finest being the gold altar screen, encrusted with more than 1,000 jewels and Byzantine enamels. Next to the cathedral is the Doges’ Palace, the former official residence of the rulers of Venice (Dogi). If this button is not clickable, you may need to wait until at least 60 days prior to you cruise date.
Marks’s Square, the heart of Venice and meeting place, living room and promenade for both Venetians and visitors. This is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, well known for its ornate facade and multi-arcaded loggia. Once you click through to the Shore Excursions page, you should see each port offering Shore Excursions for every day of your cruise itinerary. Guests cannot enter the Cathedral on church holidays, or in case of unexpected religious functions; however if the church permits, and time permitting, you may be allowed to enter on an individual basis.
At the conclusion of this excursion, you will return to the cruise ship pier and then head to the airport by motor coach.
Click through each port city to find out more information and pre-book excursions for each guest travelling. Perhaps stop for an espresso at one of the elegant cafes with their orchestras and chandeliers before catching the motor launch back to your ship. This tour is only available for guests with flights after 3pm from the Venice Marco Polo Airport. There are approximately 500 steps to navigate, uneven and cobblestone terrain, and approximately 2 kilometers of walking on this tour.

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