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We explore Venice through its canals with a panoramic tour introducing us to some of its most evocative sights.

What we will see
  • Giudecca Canal and San Marco Basin
  • Lido island
  • Island of Sant'Andrea
  • Erasmo Canal
  • Gondola ride
  • St. Mark's Square

What we will do
  • Boarding our boat, we leave the cruise terminal and, sailing along the Giudecca Canal, arrive at the San Marco Basin.
  • During our panoramic tour we arrive at the Lido island, famous for hosting the Venice Film Festival, and the Island of Sant'Andrea, a historic fortress that we circumnavigate through the Sant'Erasmo canal, enjoying a view of the island of Murano.
  • We return to the San Marco Basin and, after a brief walk, we reach the gondola station where our tour of Venice's canals begins, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Travelling along the smaller and more picturesque canals, we can enjoy the history of this magnificent city.
  • At the end of the gondola ride we'll have time to stop in St. Mark's Square and take some photos of this unique location.
  • We then arrive at the Cornoldi quay and board our boat to return to the cruise terminal.
  • Alternatively, those wishing to stay longer in the historic centre can return to the cruise terminal independently.

What you need to know

  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
  • Each gondola can take a maximum of 6 people. We cannot garantee the same places on the same gondola for families.
  • The excursion is available both to guests in transit and two guests with flights, trains or transfers from Venice after 6.30 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.
  • On 17 July, the day of the Redentore Festival, excursions are not possible for guests disembarking, but only to guests in transit.