San Giorgio, Murano Glass Factory and Gondola Ride
Tour in a Day
Available: All year around.
Departure time: Scheduled with ship disembark.
Meeting point: At Cruise Dock - To be advised.
Tour Highlights: Scenic Gondola Ride; Visit San Giorgio Island; Visit Murano Glass Factory; panoramic lagoon cruise during transfers.
Price includes: English Speaking Escort; Tour private motor launch transfers; Gondola ride ( Max 6 guests per gondola); Murano Glass factory visit; Taxes and Service charges.
Price doesn't include: All not mentioned under "Price Includes"
After you depart your ship, you’ll be welcomed aboard a motor launch to begin your 5-hour tour. The first stop will be the magical Venetian gondolas, where you’ll spend up to 40 minutes riding through some of the city’s less congested canals.
After experiencing the wonder of Venice from the canals, it’s time to board your motor launch once more, but this time you’ll be taken out to Murano Island. The island has been the site of the city’s famous glassworks for centuries, since 1291 when the fear of fire drove Venice to move them out of the town proper. You’ll get to experience a live glassblowing demonstration by a master Murano glass crafter and explore Murano Island for an hour. While on the island, you’ll have a chance to shop for handcrafted blown Murano glass, as well as other items in the merchant stalls and shops that line the narrow streets.
After Murano Island, you’ll once more board your watercraft and this time you’ll be transported to St. George’s Church, known as San Giorgio Maggiore, locate on St. George’s Island. The church was built in the 16th century by architect Antonio Palladio, and is considered one of his masterworks. Within the church, you’ll feast your eyes on two of Tintoretto’s greatest works – The Last Supper and The Gathering of the Manna. The church and monastery offer a neoclassical façade built of red and white marble that simply must be experienced to understand. You’ll spend 40 minutes exploring San Giorgio, before returning to your watercraft and then heading back to your ship.
Tour Operates rain or shine with a minimum of 2 participants.