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Private Charter (For up to 4 people) $911 USD
Per Person (For each additional person after 4) $171 USD
Return Transfer (Return transfer from the Ghetto area) $141 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout


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During the course of this tour, you'll find the real world, not the congestion that others will be experiencing in the midst of San Marco Square. Your guide will take you from the city that the locals know to the favorites of the tourists, and foot traffic will increase as you walk towards San Marco Square. This wonderful walk through all of the important neighborhoods of Venice will give you an understanding of this city that few will leave with--even if they stay for days.

Your true introduction to Venice should be by boat. Cruising the canals from the harbor, we'll take you to the waterfront side of the major sites as it is Venice's "Main Street." Over 2 miles long, nearly 150 feet wide, and nearly 15 feet deep, it is the biggest canal with the most impressive palaces.

And Venice is a city of palaces, dating from the days when it was the world's richest city. This cruise is the only way to really appreciate the palaces, approaching them at water level, where their main entrances were located. This boat will not traverse the small canals of neighborhoods, but only through the center of the city. Your boat ride will be guided and, therefore, narrated with interesting stories, and there are plenty!

We'll complete this ride in the Cannaregio District, where the Jewish ghetto is located. The word "ghetto" is Venetian for foundry and, as the Jewish people were confined to the site of Venice's former copper foundries in 1516, the name was adopted here. Here, you'll find the real world, not the congestion that others will be experiencing in the midst of San Marco Square. Your walk will continue to direct you towards the commercial center of the city, but you will feel much appreciation for this area, not only from the tour of the Jewish Museum and the ghetto itself, but from the quiet and peace you'll feel.

You will meander over small canal bridges, along pedestrian streets, narrow walkways along the canals, and in and out of assorted districts. The Venice you will see will bring a reality of life in a floating city, as well as the expected spots crowded with tourists. You will see the Rialto Bridge, the fish and produce market, the Venice Opera House, and, of course, Doges Palace and San Marco Square.

If the timing works, we will take you across the canal on one of three traghettos--small boats where you stand as a man poles you to the other side for a fee of about €1. It is a 5-minute ride and you hope no one will rock the boat!

You will complete this tour with a feeling of understanding of this city and its interesting history and we will get you to the last shuttle from San Marco Square back to your ship before departure.

  • This private tour includes:
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • Guided boat ride through canals
  • Exploration of the former Jewish Ghetto
  • Visit to the Jewish Museum
  • Rialto Bridge, fish and produce market, Venice Opera House, Doges Palace, and San Marco Square
  • A truly Venetian experience!
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (4 hrs) Please be prompt. Your water taxi will be ready at 9am
  • 10:00 AM (4 hrs) This departure allows you to begin your walk in the Cannaregio district.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• We suggest that you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather.
• The price of this tour includes admission to the ghetto and a guide in the ghetto, as well as a licensed guide for your walk.
• There is a small fee for the non-private return shuttle to your cruise ship. IN ORDER TO SAVE TIME, PLEASE BUY YOUR RETURN TICKET FOR THE SHUTTLE FROM ST. MARK'S SQUARE BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR SHIP.