Booking Venice excursions online ahead of your cruise is a great way to maximize your time in port. And for way less you would pay on board!
If you are visiting Venice city for the first time you have three options:
As we have mentioned before, if you are at least a little bit adventurous and have enough time on your hands, seeing the top Venice attractions like Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco, Doges palace, Bridge of Sighs, Venice Grand Canal, caffe Florian Venice, Rialto bridge in Venice, Venice bridges or taking a ride in a gondola in Venice can be done in your own arrangement.
That way you will save yourself some money, and if that makes a difference to your European cruise budget, definitely go with it.
However, if you want to be accompanied by a knowledgeable local, someone who will take a considerate stress off of you during your Mediterranean cruise vacation, we do understand you might feel more comfortable taking one of the organized Venice excursions.
And this is exactly what this page is dedicated to: tours for cruisers coming to Venice for the first time, staying here for a day and wanting to see Venice highlights.
Most Viator Venice excursions do not start too early in the morning so you can also take advantage of the absolutely free option of getting to Venice: walking! (which we gave you instructions on on our page Walk Venice).
Although Viator has recently started advertizing specialized tours/shore excursions for cruisers those still aren't picking up cruisers from the cruise port or dropping them off there. The only difference seems to be that you are sharing tours with other cruise guests.
So if their regular tours seem to finish well before your cruise ship's departure time and you know how to get back to the cruiseship on your own, we don't see the reason why you wouldn't book one.
We have talked about the benefits of booking a tour through Viator on our page about Venice tours (one of them being better pricing compared to your cruise line) so all there's left now is to explore what you'd like to see in Venice and chose one of the tours (at least two weeks ahead so they don't sell out!) here:
'This was a fun and quick way to see Venice both from land and from the canals. There was a nice break in between where we got to wander around which was great. Both of our guides did a great job. If you want a lot packed in to 3 hours while you are in Venice, this is the way to go!'
'Great tour! Just what we wanted! Not too long, not too short! Our tour guide was great and so knowledgeable! We walked through many of the main sights in Venice and then finally into St Mark's Basilica! We were able to go to the top and see the panoramic views of all of St Mark's Square. Our tour ended with a wonderful Gondola ride! I would highly recommend this tour!'
'Tour guide was excellent and made the experience so much more than had I been alone. Without a guide, you'd miss too many subtle pieces of history and information, detracting from the visit. As usual, Viator/City Wonder Tours exceeded my expectations!'
'This was an outstanding experience. I was worried that the gondola ride was going to be a huge group experience, but I was pleasantly surprised how wonderfully it was done. We enjoyed every moment!'
'High recommend for such a cheap price! Short time on each island (45 mins) but this was perfect for us enough time to look around and have a drink and pictures'.
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