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Rome (Civitavecchia) to Istanbul

EUROPEAN MASTERPIECES | 20 Nights | Departs Jul 9, 2014

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy-port

This renowned “City of Canals” was built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands formed by about 150 canals. Ancient cobblestone streets lined with tiny ceramic and glass workshops and tempting cafes wind their way between fabulous palazzos and vast town squares along the banks of the canals. For shoppers, the city offers colorful markets; for those interested in architecture, the original Baroque classics, Basilica San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs as viewed from a gondola or toured on foot, are breath-taking. And art lovers should make sure not to miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to Tintoretto’s finest works; or, for more modern tastes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century art currents and the avant-garde movements.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Islands of Murano and Burano
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Venice By Gondola
    Seated Tour
  • Venetian Palaces
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Historical Venice & Gondola Ride
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Grand Canal and the Guggenheim Collection
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Secret Corners of Venice & Grand Canal
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • St. Mark's Square & Doge's Palace
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Leisurely Venice
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Hidden Treasures of Venice
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Romantic Verona
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Murano Glassworks, San Giorgio & Gondola Ride
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Venice Giro Di Bacari
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Venice
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Islands of Murano and Burano

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: vce-001
    Price:

    Free

    Depart from the pier by private motor launch for a tour of the northern lagoon. Your first stop will be in Murano. Here, guests will have the opportunity to see a true artist and master craftsman of glass works in action at a glass factory. The glass furnaces were moved here from Venice in 1291. Aristocrats, who lived in Murano, were known as Uomini di grande abilità (men of great ability) according to medieval tradition, and it was they who founded the Church of Santa Maria. In 1291, Murano became the island base of a glass-blowers' guild. Craftsmen were practically kept prisoner here, not infrequently by force, to preserve the secret of the glass-blower's art.

    The visit will continue with a short walk in Burano, a fishing island where all the houses are painted in different bright colors. This little island is also famous for its lace. The lace-makers sit working in front of the doors of their houses, while others have stalls, selling filet embroidery, crochet and bobbin work, blankets and garments. The famous sewn lace and bone lace gave the island a certain amount of wealth from the 15th until the late 18th century. When lace-makers from Burano were sent to Belgium and France, Burano lost its lace-making monopoly, the skill was almost forgotten and the families were reduced to poverty. But in 1870, a lace-making school was founded and the young women were once again taught this traditional handicraft. Painters and writers have always been attracted by the enchanting appeal of Burano.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking. Therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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