Fully customized Cruise Shore Excursions in Venice
There’s an alternative to crowded group tours: enjoy a customized private tour with your family or with your travel mates starting right from the port and make the most of your time in Venice! Meet your guide right at the port!
Being so lucky as to end your cruise in Venice, you absolutely cannot miss the chance of having at least a quick tour to the heart of the city. If you prefer to enjoy a few hours far from all the other cruise passengers, in an independent way, why don’t you chose a private tour, with a guide all for yourself or to be shared with a few travel mates?
The cruise terminal: a restricted area
The Passengers’ Maritime Station is not very far away from the historical center, but you simply have to know how to reach it!
Not all operators involved within tourism can enter the restricted port area: as a tourist guide and tour assistant, I decided to attend a course about the port organization and security in order to get a permit that allows me to welcome my guests at the pier, very close to their own cruise ship.
Transfer to the city centre
From the Passengers’ Maritime station, we have two options to reach St Mark’s Square, the city heart: “as tourists do”, by private water taxi (around €80, price depends on the number of passengers and on the itinerary) or “as locals do”, by using the new people mover (2 minutes by shuttle-train €2 pp) till the bus terminal and walking throughout some of the most picturesque districts of Venice (1 hour walking tour throughout the “hidden Venice”) or from the bus station by vaporetto along the Grand Canal (water bus €7,50 pp).
I can meet you at the Alilaguna Desk (the ticket office of public transportation) and the tour will start straightaway!
If you decide to start with the walking tour there are different itineraries we could follow, fo instance we could visit the enchanting district Cannaregio, including the Jewish Ghetto, and reach the Rialto Bridge.
Or we could explore San Polo, including the amazing Frari Church and San Rocco, until the Rialto Market…
Whatever option you choose, either walking or using a boat, I suggest to finish the tour in St Mark’s Square and to visit St Mark’s Basilica (please see the Tour Must see) and the Doge’s Palace (please see Tour of the Doge’s Palace and Tour of the Secret part of the Doge’s Palace).
But for your cruise shore excursion you can really choose from a wide selection of tours (please see Venice guided tours) and if you come with kids I seggest you to take a look to my website www.venicekidstours.com