Venice City Tours
Revel in three days of history and romance in The Floating City.
Local culture? Check. Stunning scenery? Got it. Luxurious comfort? Absolutely. Get all this and more in Venice on a Celebrity City Stay.
We'll meet you at the airport and get you checked in at the five-star Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, your waterfront sanctuary for the next three days.
Gondola ride down the Grand Canal? Sure. Midday macchiato? You bet. Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces? They're ready for viewing. Venice is a cultural mecca, so there are endless ways to take in the city's rich history. Need to be pointed in the right direction? Stop by your Celebrity Cruises Hospitality Desk right in your hotel at any time for recommendations on the best local restaurants, intimate bars, and must-see sights.
Buona sera! Start your first romantic night in Venice with a stop at one of Piazza San Marco's cafes or jazz clubs. Sip a Campari and nibble on prosciutto and melon as live music sets the mood. Visit Teatro La Fenice and swoon to the sounds of its classic opera and concert performances. Or linger over candlelight after a late dinner. The night is yours, so get ready for an unforgettable evening under the Mediterranean moon.
After complimentary breakfast at your hotel, set off on an all-day guided tour of Venice led by a local expert. Start at the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, with its opulent gold and marble 11th century design. While you're there, take a trip to the top of its bell tower and take in stunning panoramic views of Venice (FYI history buffs: this is where Galileo first unveiled the telescope in the early 17th century).
Stop at the Venetian Gothic-styled Palazzo Ducale (also known as the Doge's Palace) and the Bridge of Sighs. The palace—which served at the home of the rulers of the Republic of Venice from the 14th to 18th century—is now one of the city's most memorable museums. After we treat you to an authentic Venetian lunch, you'll board a motorboat to explore the Venetian Lagoon's three magical islands—Murano, Torcello, and Burano. Stop at a glassblowing factory, where Murano's centuries-old art of handcrafted glasswork is alive and well. Visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil streets of Torcello. Shop for artisan hand sewn lace in Burano's charming markets.
In addition to the city's romantic hideaways and Renaissance heritage, Venice is also home to ridiculously good food. But this isn't just meatballs and marinara we're talking about—Venice's cuisine combines the rustic flavors of Northern Italy with fresh catches from the Mediterranean, making for palate-pleasing plates with expertly balanced flavors, delightful textures, and vibrant colors. Try some sarde in saor for a delectable combination of sweet, sour, and crunch. Sample some linguine with cuttlefish ink for a smooth, salty delicacy. Or treat yourself to garlic roasted shrimp with creamy polenta. Finish it all off with fluffy frittole topped with powdered sugar and toasted pine nuts for an unforgettable meal.
Sip a frothy cappuccino over breakfast (on us) as you watch the sun rise above the Mediterranean. Then set off a guided tour starting at Mercato di Rialto, the centuries-old open air market where you'll sample the fresh flavors of Venice. Stop at the Frari and take in the storied artwork of Venice, including works from famed Venetian artists Giovanni Bellini and Titian.
Enjoy a lesson in Venetian craftsmanship as your tour stops at a boatyard where gondolas are made, before heading to the Academy Museum—home to a rich collection of paintings from the Byzantine era to the Renaissance (including da Vinci's Vitruvian Man). After your tour, return to your hotel and take the rest of the day to relax. Unwind with a refreshing Bellini next to your hotel's rooftop pool. Or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating massage at the spa. Your vacation. Your rules.
We've planned a festive farewell dinner of authentic Italian cuisine just for you. We'll take you to a cozy local restaurant to kick back and indulge in fresh local fare. Can't decide which of Venice's amazing signature dishes to sample before setting off on your modern luxury cruise? Here's a suggestion: you can never go wrong with a fresh pea and pancetta risotto, followed by a smooth espresso and decadent tiramisu.
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