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Remnants of medieval might are just the tip of the iceberg in this 1600-year-old port city.

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Our most recommended United Kingdom Sailing Trips & Tours

  • Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

    1. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

    From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorde...

    Great experience loads to see ,smooth ride , definitely do again , value for money

  • Loch Lomond: 1-Hour Cruise

    2. Loch Lomond: 1-Hour Cruise

    Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. From there, continue towards Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland". The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, open and closed deck space and full bar facilities.

    Very informative trip, beautiful scenery. Staff at kiosk very pleasant and helpful.

  • From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    3. From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    Cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle on this coach and boat tour that transports you directly from Inverness city center to the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the stirring past of these famous shores as you relax on a guided coach tour. After departing from Inverness by coach, you will drive to Loch Ness. Once you arrive, hop on board a boat to cruise across the Loch’s world-famous waters. Keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie! There is a fully stocked bar on board and a selection of Scottish snacks. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also served, should you require a little warming up. Once you are back on shore, explore the historic ruins of the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle. After you have seen the castle, relax on the coach as you make the return drive to Inverness city center.

    Beautiful way to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Really interesting tour and alot of fun

  • Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    4. Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    Climb aboard a small cruise boat for a truly inspiring tour of Loch Ness, departing from Clansman Harbour, just south of Inverness, and sailing as far as Urquhart Castle and back. Once on board, you will sail to the heart of Loch Ness, famous around the world for its mysterious - and elusive - monster. A selection of Scottish produce, as well as hot and cold snacks are available to purchase from the bar, if you fancy a wee dram as you cruise. Boats also have free WiFi for your convenience. Soak up the stunning mountain views as you cruise to the remains of Urquhart Castle, the envy of Scotland’s romantic ruins. Once you reach the blunt peninsula of Urquhart Bay, the boat will turn around and sail at back to Clansman Harbour.

    On-time, polite staff, leisurely cruise with informative commentary during the cruise

  • Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

    5. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

    Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond, known as “the jewels in her crown.” Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. This leisurely 2-hour circular cruise passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and explores the middle island of Loch Lomond, sailing through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continues onwards to the village of Luss.   Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities.  

    Well organised tour of Loch Lomond on a very comfortable boat. Good seating arrangements across two levels with open areas front and back. Excellent pre recorded commentary well synchronised at all the appropriate points. Luckily we had a mostly sunny day which really showed the scenery at its best. We purchased drinks on board but no snacks or crisps etc available which I am sure most people would have had so maybe they are missing a trick not providing them. Very pleased with the the adjacent parking and easy access to the boat dock.

  • Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    6. Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

    A very interesting and informative tour.It was a lovely day weatherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it

  • York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    7. York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    Enjoy a leisurely one hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style. Your private boat can accommodate up to 6 people and will provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to this beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children. Your boat operating area is along a route that will along you to take in the whole city from the river within the one hour. Additionally, on a half hour hire you can operate within this area and will be able to take in most of the built up section of the Ouse, or make your way down stream to the Millennium Bridge and back to the moorings again. Please note that...

    Pre booked our boat, we were 10minutes early but no problem. Shown the controls & route & away we went. Great hour up & down the Ouse. We had 6 adults & plenty of space for all.

  • York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    8. York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. Th...

    Very informative experience in a restful atmosphere (assisted by the good weather we had). Your pilot/captain was very good and made the trip most enjoyable.

  • Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

    9. Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

    Climb aboard a luxury canal boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise. Start your cruise with a glass of prosecco, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. There is a fully-licensed bar onboard, serving alcoholic and soft drinks, including local beers. During the 2-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, afternoon tea will be served at your table. Savor delicious selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and decadent desserts. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee along with your food.

    Exactly as advertised, well-organised 2 hr trip through interesting countryside. Great tea with sparkling wine. Well worth the drive. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    10. From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

    Extremely good value for money with beautiful scenery and interesting facts given by the Skipper. Definitely go again!!!

Frequently asked questions about Venice

Planning Your Visit

  • Save money on transport

    The way the city is built, you’ll find yourself using the waterbuses (“vaporetti”) a lot more than expected. These trips can eat into your savings if you’re not careful. Bundle tickets are a great way of avoiding nasty surprises. The price of a 12-hour ticket is roughly equivalent to 3 singles and the relative cost keeps dropping for longer periods (tickets are available for up to a week).

  • Counters are your friends

    Eating and drinking can be very expensive in Venice. Bars and restaurants generally charge more for sitting at a table, so a great way of cutting costs is opting for the counter instead. Surcharges vary with some restaurants charging up to 500% in the busiest tourist areas!

  • Enjoy the view

    The view of the entire city from atop the bell tower on Piazza San Marco, which costs 8 EUR, is one of Venice’s most popular attractions. An insider tip is heading over to San Giorgio Maggiore – the view is arguably better and the privilege only costs 3 EUR.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    From September to November the city is most pleasant.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 80,272 reviews

Be at the AVTO stop at Piazzale Roma by 7:40am. The bus will leave at 7:50 sharp! The driver will "mess with you" if you do not speak Italian. Just show him your name on your confirmation and look at HIS manifest in order to point out your name. Anyway, this is an extremely affordable way to see the beautiful dolomite area. We had plenty of time to take the cable car all the way up to Tofana Cortina. We then had plenty of time to stroll in the village, have lunch and window shop. You will be back at P.R. before 6:30pm

One of the best things I did in Venice. I heard so many times not to take the gondolas, that they are overpriced. Since I’m traveling solo the romantic appeal was worth the money. But every time I saw one go by it just said “Venice” to me. I’m so glad I signed up for the touristy experience. Being in the gondola and floating through the back ways was amazing, and totally unlike walking the streets. And then the excitement of the Grand Canal was magnificent. The guide made the whole experience even better.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

The music was wonderful and the church beautiful. Would recommend this concert.