Sustained by stilts built into the sea floor, Venice, Italy, hovers magically atop the ocean’s surface. The gravity-defying charm and opulent architecture of the “floating city” will have guests feeling like they are taking a trip back in time.
Starting in 2018, guests of Holland America Line can appreciate the city in all its glory with the “Venice: An Evening on the Grand Canal” Signature Experience.
The two-night tour begins with an evening on the beautifully constructed Grand Canal, the main waterway of Venice. As most ground transportation is banned within the city, tourists and citizens alike travel almost exclusively by gondola or water taxi throughout the City of Bridges. Guests will enjoy a trip through this storied canal system and end at a 16th-century palace overlooking the Grand Canal.
Once guests arrive at the palace overlooking water, they will truly spend a night in Venetian opulence as they are greeted with appetizers, drinks and authentic Venetian music.
As if that weren’t exciting enough, guests are in for a royal surprise! During the palace soirée, one member of a Venetian noble family will join guests as they enjoy the night.
Holland America Line’s new Signature Experiences are specially curated encounters offered before select cruises. In Europe, the tours depart from five fascinating cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome and Venice. Each experience is a Holland America Line exclusive and includes immersive cultural tours, entertainment, luxurious two-night hotel accommodations and complimentary transfers from the airport to the hotel and to the ship.
Book a suite on select sailings and the Signature Experience is a complimentary perk. However, space is limited and reservations are required for all participants.