A city synonomous with romance and steeped in history and culture, it's no surprise that Venice Cruise & Stay is one of our best-selling holidays. As one of the Mediterranean's most popular cruise ports, you'll be spilt for choice with all of the deals we have sailing from the Floating City. All of our Venice Smart Packages feature stays in one of our hand-picked hotels in Mestre (which is situated just off the main island and a perfect base to start exploring) or Venice Island itself.
With our Venice Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
Steeped in history, culture and religion, Venice is home to some of the most incredible points of interest found not just in Italy but in the whole of Europe and you can discover three of these sites in one square – the Piazzo San Marco. Here in this bustling square you’ll find St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologico, which are some of the city’s main attractions.
Have a Venetian feast by taking a gastro or wine tour of the city and sample cicheti (Venetian tapas) and exquisite fine wines. Discover the contemporary arts scene of Venice with a visit to the Peggy Gugenheim Collection or Punta della Dogana and follow in James Bond’s footsteps at the Palazzo Pisani which featured in Casino Royale. Venture by water taxi to the island of Murano, also known as Glass Island thanks to its world-famous glass workshops which produce art-like glassware. On the island you can watch skilled glass artisans create their works of art using techniques like glassblowing.
Venice is a city which is grand and mysterious and anyone who visits should stop and take a moment to appreciate it and the best way to do just that is to grab a gelato and take a water-side bar break in the authentic Taverna del Campiello Remer which is just a stone throw from the banks of the Grand Canal.
A trip by gondola down the Grand Canal is not to be missed, particularly for a chance to see Rialto Bridge close up. Rialto Bridge is another of Venice’s most iconic sights; it marks the dividing line between the districts of San Marco and San Polo and it’s also the oldest bridge that crosses the canal. Another bridge you may hope to see on your gondola ride is the Bridge of Sighs. Connecting the prison with the interrogation rooms at the Doge’s Palace it’s not a landmark you’d imagine to be associated with romance. However local legend states that couples will be granted eternal love and happiness should they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile toll.