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Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

1. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Discover the serenity of the enchanting city of Venice with a dinner cruise aboard a Venetian Galleon. Watch the city's lights reflecting on the water as you savor a gourmet meal while sipping on wine and Aperitivo. Pick from Central Deck seating and stern/prow seating. Meet your host in front of the Museo Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table and offer you a delicious glass of Prosecco DOC. Sit by candlelight at an elegant table, and eat with a fine and well-finished service. Book the Central Deck for panoramic windows with exceptional views, or choose the prow/stern areas with tables for 4 that offer a more intimate atmosphere. On the prow, there are two small portholes at the top and there is no view of the outside. Select to sit at the stern which is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view of the outside. Couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy). Be swept away by the old-fashioned charm of a boat as you immerse yourself in in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon. Take in views of the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo, and San Francesco del Deserto. Taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the onboard chef while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and the artistic Murano. Circumnavigate Burano which is famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio. Head on to Venice and the cruise for a spectacular view of the San Marco basin. Disembark at the Museo Navale.

From Porec: Venice Catamaran Crossing One-Way or Round-Trip

2. From Porec: Venice Catamaran Crossing One-Way or Round-Trip

Travel to Venice by high-speed catamaran transfer from Porec. Discover old squares, stunning palaces, churches, and galleries as you explore the city. Board the catamaran in the port of Porec and head to Venice. On the catamaran sails out, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a short introduction to Venice. You'll also be offered some optional services such as gondola rides, taxi boat rides, lunch, and more. As you approach Venice, you’ll have views of the islands in the lagoon and a panoramic view of the city. Disembark, and from that point, you can explore the city at your leisure. Take a short walk to Piazza San Marco. From there, you can head into the maze of streets off the square. Enjoy a gondola ride along the canals. Try some of the city’s fine cuisine. If you like, you can visit one of the Murano glass workshops and see the glassmaking process. At 4:30 PM, the catamaran departs Venice. The excursion ends back in the port of Porec.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

3. From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner on this full-day tour. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe', bar, or restaurant.  Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Choose from either Porec, Rovinj and Pula in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in, begin your Venice experience. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect, and any optional extras you can opt to take once there with your guides. Upon arrival in Venice at San Basilio, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Hear special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. Gather at St. Mark's Square for your free guided tour of the square to help you appreciate Venice even more. After this, enjoy ample free time to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create. Choose to join an optional gondola ride or have your guides organize a lunch for you to make your experience even more hassle-free. Later, head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos en route. Embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran, and sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice.

From Venice: Catamaran Sunset Jazz Cruise with Aperitivo

4. From Venice: Catamaran Sunset Jazz Cruise with Aperitivo

Discover Venice from the water on a sunset catamaran cruise. Marvel at the orange and gold hues of the sky as you sip on Spritz or Prosecco and try local tapas during Aperitivo hour. Sit back and relax on this cruise along the Bay of San Marco. Head down the Guidecca Channel, across to Lido, and back again via Sant'Elena and Giardini/Biennale to see the iconic city sights from the water. As you sail into the sunset, listen to live jazz music onboard. Feel the beat of the music as you sip on your choice of three drinks and tuck into a selection of delicious cicchetti, or Venetian tapas.

Venice: Sunset Yacht Experience

5. Venice: Sunset Yacht Experience

Set sail in the late afternoon on a luxury boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Venetian Lagoon during the "golden hours." Enjoy the beautiful glow of the late afternoon, and watch the sun go down far away from the crowds of the city.  Sail within the southern area of the lagoon between many small islands up to Poveglia. Stop here and turn up the music or jump in the water for a refreshing swim. Enjoy some time to relax before sailing back towards Venice, and admire the beautiful sunset on the horizon.

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Catamaran Music Cruise with Drinks

6. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Catamaran Music Cruise with Drinks

Take a peaceful afternoon sail on the Venice Lagoon aboard a spacious catamaran. Enjoy a full bar service with two free drinks as you listen to soft music. Gaze out over the the island of Sant'Elena and the Giardini della Biennale, and take in the city’s skyline as you sip a glass of wine or prosecco. To begin the cruise, sail out past San Marco and down the Giudecca Canal, one of the major boating channels into Venice. Once you reach the turquoise lagoon that surrounds the city, cross over to the Lido, the barrier to the Adriatic sea that lies beyond.  The catamaran will then sail back past Sant’Elena, a residential island slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of central Venice. Finally, you’ll look out across the many pavilions that occupy the Giardini della Biennale as the cruise returns to the city.

Venice: Lagoon Cruise on Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks

7. Venice: Lagoon Cruise on Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks

Enjoy a romantic catamaran cruise on the Venice Lagoon that will take you along the Bay of San Marco and the beautiful Giudecca canal to Lido, and back via Sant'Elena and Giardini Della Biennale. Climb aboard the catamaran and be welcomed by the crew as you get ready to sail. Grab a seat or lie down on the large front nets. Relax and enjoy the ride as you listen to soft chill-out music. Taste a delicious light lunch with gazpacho, vegetarian cous-cous, and fresh fruit with frozen yogurt that will have your taste buds wanting more. Experience a day out that you won't forget in one of the most romantic places in the world. Escape the crowds and take a break from your busy schedule. 

From Porec: Venice one way or round trip by Catamaran

8. From Porec: Venice one way or round trip by Catamaran

Start your day with check-in at the port of departure from Porec, Rovinj and Pula in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. to reach Venice. Once you finish the check-in, begin your Italian experience. Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe', bar, or restaurant. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, relax and enjoy the views as you receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect. Upon arrival in Venice at San Basilio, walk to the center, explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create!

From Pula: One-Way Catamaran Transfer to Venice, Italy

9. From Pula: One-Way Catamaran Transfer to Venice, Italy

Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Once you finish the check-in and passport control, begin your Italian experience.

Venice: Private Yacht Tour and Glass Blowing Demonstration

10. Venice: Private Yacht Tour and Glass Blowing Demonstration

Travel into the heart of the northern lagoon and take in views of the beautiful landscapes and landmarks of this part of Venice. Treat yourself to a luxurious journey onboard a private boat with a dedicated guide. Learn how Venetians navigate the lagoon's canals by following hidden signs, and benefit from their expertise as you visit places like Murano, where you will disembark for your private demonstration of how artisans create the world-famous glass artworks. Stop also at Burano to walk around and have lunch surrounded by the famous colored houses, and then travel around the lagoon to discover other small private islands, natural landscapes, and hidden corners which cannot be reached from any public transport system. Take advantage of this special opportunity to visit places that are not accessible to the public, learn how locals used to move through Venice's waters, and ultimately experience the real Venetian water lifestyle.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 12,166 reviews

It was an unforgettable experience! The meeting point in front of the Marine Museum (next to it is the Hotel Buchintero) right on the water is easy to find. The galleon landed on time and cannot be overlooked. When entering the ship, the table was assigned and it then started very quickly with drinks and appetizers. 1 bottle of Prosecco, white wine and mineral water were included. The food was excellent, all individual dishes also optically very well prepared. We had all kinds of fish. Delicious! staff very attentive. During the journey there are no announcements about the points at which you are currently located. The tour lasts 3 hours and shortly before the end you can photograph St. Mark's Square very well from the ship. You can always go to the upper deck and see the area. Everything was very successful and recommended. We will book it again next time we are in Venice.

This dinner cruise was amazing! The galleon actually pulls up right in front of the museum listed in the meeting point. We took this cruise in late November and the deck was indeed covered and heated. Also, I didn’t see this in other reviews so I’ll state it clearly, there is a clean bathroom onboard. They can accommodate different diets (I am vegetarian) but you have to leave a note when you sign up for the cruise. Lastly, they give you a LOT of food. We went on the cruise around Thanksgiving and this honestly rivaled how much food we usually eat for our Thanksgiving feast. Make sure you come with an appetite!

We had an exceptionally pleasant dinning experience, the crew members were fantastically polite and professional, the food was amazing. The music, ambience and atmosphere were all well balanced. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who’s looking for a romantic night with her/his significant half and spend a night in this city of love

Very nice experience. The exceptional boat. The meal was very generous and very good. It is an outing to do without hesitation

This was great value for money. The food and service was amazing and they took into account all our dietary restrictions.