Venice Real Experience: Half Day

Tour Description:

Have only half a day but want to experience the best sides of Venice then we have just the tour for you.

The Cruise terminal is our meeting place and from here the people mover and the waterbus are just want you need to get to the Venice Island.

Grand Canal is our “road” into the city where you can see the grand palaces that line this impressive entrance way. The stories behind them leave no imagination to the dark and powerful families that once ruled this powerful Republic. leaving the waterboat, we take the Gondola ferry across the Grand canal to the fish market which is the heart of Venice with the noises of bartering fisherman and restaurants owners.

Hidden from view in the back alleys we take you to a local Venetian watering stop to try an “Ombra” which is a traditional glass of wine from a huge variety of freshly prepared delicious Venetian starters cuisine called “Cicchetti”. This local spot has been serving for over 800 years.

From here the Rialto bridge, San Marcos Square to the stories of the carnival, culture, history and people that make up this melting pot once the ruler of the mediterranean seas.
To end it all is the most spectacular Doge’s Palace with the highly decorated Stately rooms to the dark gloomy prisons just over the bridge of Sighs.

The best way to end the day in Venice is heading back to the cruise ship in your own private water taxi.

It’s your choice and freedom to make it your special day in Venice.

There is another side to Venice but you just have to know where to find it.

Save yourself money “Bring your friends and reduce your costs”

Tour Itinerary:

IN A NUTSHELL:  Private Transfers/Driver + Guide + City Venice
WHO WANTS IT:  Got only half a day but want the best out of “go and explore the Real Venice”
Lunch:  Not Included
PACE:  relaxing : mix private transfers and walking
START TIME: Morning or afternoon – When you decide! “We suggest as early as you can on arrival to port”
MEETING POINT: Directly as you disembark off your Cruise ship. ( If you are already in Venice, email us with your location and we will arrange a meeting point).


  • Guide to meet you at your Ship
  • We get you quickly to main island on People mover and water boat to save your feet.
  • Private Tour guide just for you through all locations!
  • Gondola Ferry across Grand Canal (if weather permits), Fish Market
  • Wine tasting and local Cichetti at Venetian Enoteca ( Wine and food tasting
  • Rialto Bridge
  • San Marco Square and San Marco Basilica
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Grand
  • We take you to our favourite places and explain the food, gelato, coffee & wine bars, local dishes all unique to the Venice. (should you wish to experience the tastes then these are at your own
  • Entrance tickets skip line to the Doges Palace
  • Lunch is not included but we can recommend some very typical local restaurants or dishes to suit your
  • An immersion and vision into the life , history and beauty of Venice beyond the normal Tourist areas.
  • Return to Cruise Ship in private water transfer.

FLEXIBILITY: This is your day so it’s all about you and we can adapt to your interests within reason. If you wish to visit different location instead of those listed, please send us a request.

Additional Information:


Every day, except 25th December.

Things to Bring & Note

Walking is a part of this trip, so please bring comfortable shoes.
Bring a bottle of water and sunscreen during the summer time.
A smile.

Terms and Conditions

1. Maximum of 8 people in your group of family and friends ( For groups over 8, it is available but please send an enquiry)
2. Minimum Participates 1 at cost of 2pax.
3. Included entrance to Museums and places of interest subject to opening times/days and availability of tickets.
4. Weka Travel reserves the right to revise or cancel any part of the tour due to acts of God, traffic delays, or last minute closures.

See terms and conditions for details on closures of museums, cancellations, changes to itinerary and other information.

Max People:

There is a maximum of 7 people on this tour

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Our Cruise Shore Excursions in Venice

This private tour is in Venice where we take you off the beaten track. You take a boat on the Grand Canal, explore inside the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, Gondolas, Rialto Bridge, wine tasting and local Venetian Cuisine and so much more. Full DAY

Experience Venice as Venetians do: This is the ultimate way to get away from the Crowds and see the Island of Murano on your OWN PRIVATE BOAT and then see Venice. FULL DAY

With just half a day there is still so much to do in such a short time and we know the best way to experience Venice. This is a fun morning or afternoon where we take you off the beaten track to see the Real Venice. HALF DAY

Do you want something really special and different? we have lots of amazing other experiences to do in Venice from spending a morning on a delivery boat, cooking lessons, kayaking the grand canal.

Burano Island, Murano Island – Public waterboat and Guide Using the Public waterboat is a great way of explore the islands and with our Guide we take care of all the timings and bring to life the world of Venice and show you the places you wont see in a guide book

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