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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.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • 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
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Baroque Night in Venice
    Evening Tour
  • A Cocktail in the 16th Century
    Regent ChoiceMealEvening Tour
  • Chef Tour: Market, Demo, Lunch & Gelato
    Regent ChoiceGourmet ExplorerMeal
  • Grand Canal and the Guggenheim Collection
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Hidden Treasures of Venice
  • Historical Venice & Gondola Ride
    Regent Choice
  • Islands of Murano and Burano
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Murano Glassworks, San Giorgio & Gondola Ride
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Panoramic Venice
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Romantic Verona
  • Secret Corners of Venice & Grand Canal
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • St. Mark's Basilica After Hours
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • St. Mark's Square & Doge's Palace
  • Tea With a Countess
    Regent Choice
  • The Stairway to Venice
    Regent ChoiceMealEvening Tour
  • Venetian Palaces
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Venice By Gondola
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Venice Giro Di Bacari

A Baroque Night in Venice

Evening Tour

Duration: 2 1/2 hours

Tour Code: VCE-022

Hear an esteemed orchestra in period costumes perform some of the world’s most recognized Baroque music in a concert hall that dates to the late 16th century.

After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in Rialto, the geographical heart of Venice. Being the oldest area of town, Rialto is full of historical, culturally important buildings such as Scuola Grande de San Teodoro, which was built in 1580 as a school.

Now a concert hall, it’s an extraordinary setting for a musical performance such as the one that awaits you. After taking a seat in the first-floor salon, be sure to notice the beautiful paintings from the 17th- and 18th centuries that adorn the walls.

The orchestra, Musici Veneziani, is an accomplished group that will be elaborately dressed in Baroque costumes and jewelry. They will play some of the most moving pieces of the Baroque period, including Antonio Vivaldi’s classic “The Four Seasons.” It is said that King Louis XV was so enamored of the “spring” concerti that he insisted that it be performed at his whim, which was often.

The orchestra will also play “Baroque and Opera,” a concert in which some of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, tenors and baritones will perform Baroque arias. Public concerts such as this were rare during the Baroque period that ended in the mid-18th century. These compositions were usually performed in church or in the home of a wealthy patron.

Following the concert, you will return to the pier.

Please note: Even though this tour has very limited walking (to and from the motor boat only), tour is not available to scooters or wheelchair guests including collapsible wheelchair as the tour is operating in the small motor-boats. This tour has a limited capacity; therefore, it is recommended that guests pre-book this tour as early as possible. This tour must be purchased no later than 7 days prior to the operating date. Cancellations made within 7 days or less are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation.