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A chance to admire the uncountable wonders of Venice from the canals that have made the city famous the world over: a boat tour that takes in key sites and monuments that have witnessed centuries in the history of the Most Serene Republic.

What we will see

  • Panoramic boat tour: Giudecca Canal, the islands of San Giorgio, San Clemente, San Servolo and San Lazzaro, the Lido, Fortress of Sant’Andrea, The Islands of Vignole and Sant Erasmo, The Marani Canal and the Arsenal, Basilica of San Pietro di Castello, Island of Murano, Piazza San Marco

What we will do
  • We board our motorised tour boat and cut our way towards the city centre along the Giudecca Canal, which marks the southern edge of the lagoon city.
  • Our journey leads us past the island of San Giorgio, before taking us towards the south of the splendid lagoon where we can admire the islands of San Clemente, San Servolo and, finally, San Lazzaro, whose monastery is a pearl of Armenian architecture.
  • Our boat then ferries us to the Venetian Lido, a long strip of earth that protects the city from the wintry gusts that come in off the Adriatic. The one-time refuge of Thomas Mann and generations of Venetian sailors, the Lido is famous today as the site of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Entering the Orfanello Canal, we are treated to a splendid view of the Fortress of Sant’Andrea, which was built on the ruins of the previous defensive works in the 16th century, before we pass the islands of Le Vignole and Sant’Erasmo.
  • Our route then takes us across the Marani Canal, at which point we catch our first glimpse of the walls and tower of the Venice Arsenal, the city’s historic shipyards and the first industrial complex to appear in Europe during the medieval period.
  • We are then treated to a view of the city’s first cathedral, the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello, which, with its red roof tiles and large central dome, seems to float directly on the water.
  • The last stop on our journey is the island of Murano, which is famous the world over for its glasswork.
  • Finally, we head back towards the port, passing the famous Piazza San Marco and the pointed tower that forms such an unmistakable feature of the Venetian skyline.

What you need to know

  • Places on this excursion are limited. So please reserve early.
  • The excursion is available both to guests in transit and two guests with flights, trains or transfers from Venice after 4.00 p.m. Guests not disembarking in Venice are advised to refer to 'Diario di Bordo' for the time at which you must be back on the ship.
  • More details on disembarking instructions, baggage recognition and transfer times are communicated via an informative letter delivered to your cabin.
  • Any further transfers at the end of the excursion, from the Cruise Terminal to the train station or any other destination, are not included in the excursion programme.
  • Costa Cruises offers all excursion participants a luggage deposit situated at the Cruise Terminal where luggage may be deposited and collected until 5 p.m.?