Venture Ashore, the world’s largest independent shore excursions provider, adds 9 new European offerings to the “Essential Collection” from WALKS and Devour Tours, part of the City Experiences portfolio of brands
Offered in in top global destinations including Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome and Venice, these additional experiential tours provide guests with exclusive access to personally curated, must-see and do experiences led by an expert team of guides.
New York, NY (July 27, 2022) – Venture Ashore, the largest independent cruise excursions provider in the world, announced today the expansion of its “Essential Collection,” an individually curated compilation of the must-see and do experiences in top cities around the world, maximizing its guests’ time ashore at a great value.
In total, 9 new Venture Ashore experiential tours from WALKS and Devour Tours will be available in Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Civitavecchia, Rome and Venice, Italy. Immerse yourself in the history and local culture of your desired destination while maximizing your time in port including some of the most popular local experiences led by expert guides via comfortable transportation.
Venture Ashore is part of the portfolio of brands under City Experiences, a leading provider of world-class experiential travel offerings. Through its vibrant, exclusively curated offerings and personal connectivity, City Experiences delivers guests with an amazing experience, all provided through their own unmatched Crew and expert Tour Guides.
“We are thrilled to expand Venture Ashore’s ‘Essential Collection’ with new one-of-a-kind offerings that will allow our guests to experience even more on their next Mediterranean itinerary,” said Rinat Glinert, chief operating officer, Venture Ashore. “Our expert local guides will help you explore your port city like never before providing experiences such as a behind-the-scenes access to the Colosseum with your family, a delicious day exploring Venetian culinary culture capped with a gondola ride with your friends, or a Testaccio neighborhood food and market tour with lunch and a gelato experience in Civitavecchia, Rome with your partner, and all delivered with our worry-free guarantee you will get back to your ship on time.”
Venture Ashore’s new tours are being offered with a mix of shared and private experiences and include both pre- and post-cruise land-based offerings. Each Essential Collection tour begins with a meet and greet at the port with your expert guide and ends with a back to ship guarantee. Below are highlights of the new experiential offerings and for a full list visit ventureashore.com/essential-collection.
- Walk with the Gladiators Tour and “Rome on Your Own” Tour – Enter through the Gladiator’s Gate and step into some of the most exclusive parts of the Colosseum for an eye-opening tour most visitors only dream of. Your experience of Ancient Rome will be completed with a full tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill where you will learn about the bustling empire that formed one of the founding pillars of western civilization.
- Testaccio Neighbourhood Food & Market Tour – Explore the authentic Testaccio neighborhood, including its traditional market, and learn why this is the place to go for real Roman food. Get tips on how to eat like a Roman from your expert foodie guide, with a maximum of 10 like-minded food lovers. Taste some of the freshest products in Rome straight from the market stalls: delicious pizzas, cheeses, cured meats, and more.
- Guided Colosseum Tour with Private Transfer – This special access tour—one of the most exclusive and in-demand Colosseum experiences on the market—is led by a local expert guide, versed in all the guts and glory of this truly magnificent symbol of an ancient people and their astounding pursuits. Enjoy transportation to and from your cruise port in a luxury Mercedes E-Class vehicle.
- Barcelona Tastes & Traditions – Explore a mix of traditional businesses and the ones that are writing Barcelona’s story today and discover the real city through its food.
- Complete Gaudi Tour and Barcelona on Your Own– No other tour offers such a deep insight into the life and work of Antoni Gaudí, with first entrance at Casa Batlló; stops at La Pedrera and at Casa Vicens; a skip-the-line tour of Park Guell; and a complete exploration of La Sagrada Família.
- Legendary Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour – Pass by the long lines at two of Venice’s most significant sites and gain access into the intimate spaces and world-renowned places integral to Venetian history and culture.
- Welcome to Venice: Walking Tour, St. Mark’s Basilica & Gondola Ride – Take to the streets and canals of Venice in this walking (and floating) tour that combines some of the city’s top sites with a few of her hidden gems and throws in a gondola ride for good measure. Led by an expert local guide who is happy to show you where to eat, what to see, and how to avoid the tourist crowds.
- Venice Food Tour & Gondola Ride – Experience the “cicchetti” culture of Venice on a 3-hour tasting tour with a maximum of 12 passengers per tour. Taste different small bites from the region at a selection of venues, marvel at the produce on display at Rialto Market, stand in amazement at the famous Rialto Bridge, and try a local gondola ride.
- Lisbon Tastes & Traditions – Spend your morning discovering the local’s Lisbon, from our oldest and most-trusted establishments to our best-kept secrets. As you weave through the historic neighborhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bica and Cais do Sodré, enjoy shops with histories that date back more than a century, iconic dishes prepared by the best of the best and Portuguese pastries known the world over.
Venture Ashore offers a wide range of tour offerings to satisfy a variety of groups, interests and budgets. Parties of 12 or more can take advantage of a dedicated groups service, with a team of personal specialists to support a seamless experience from start to finish for a unique and tailor-made itinerary. Venture Ashore also offers extensive private tours and features small group tours, varying by destination and demand, accommodating up to 25 people or as few as 6. Venture Ashore provides guests with a worry-free travel experience with more flexibility and generous policies such as full refunds provided up to 24 hours prior to the excursion, 24/7 customer service and a “back-to-ship” guarantee.
City Experiences is a leading provider of world-class experiential travel offerings, redefining how guests see the world with expanded one-of-a-kind travel experiences across major global destinations. Part of the Hornblower Group, a global leader in experiences and transportation, City Experiences delivers a vast array of water and land-based experience offerings in top cities around the world including Barcelona, Boston, Chicago, London, New York City, Paris, Rome, and San Francisco, amongst others.
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About Venture Ashore
Venture Ashore is the largest provider of independent commissionable cruise excursions in the world, delivering carefully curated amazing experiences for cruise travelers led by professional guides in hundreds of ports worldwide. Venture Ashore cruising excursions are currently offered across 111 countries with departures from over 500 ports of call worldwide including over 5,000 individual tours. Venture Ashore is the newest addition to the City Experiences portfolio of brands and backed by Hornblower Group. Venture Ashore offers an unrivaled global collection of travel experiences fueled by innovative technology to deliver a personable frictionless journey for travelers, advisors, and independent tour providers. Venture Ashore provides a wide range of tour offerings to satisfy a variety of interests and budgets. Parties of 12 or more can take advantage of our dedicated groups service, with a team of specialists to support a seamless experience from start to finish for a unique and tailor-made itinerary. Venture Ashore also offers extensive private tours and features small group tours, varying by destination and demand, accommodating up to 25 people or as few as 6. For more information visit ventureashore.com.
About City Experiences
City Experiences represents Hornblower Group’s expansive portfolio of water- and land-based experience companies and includes two sub-brands: City Cruises and City Ferry. City Cruises companies operate dining, sightseeing and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada and the UK. City Cruises companies also operate cruises on behalf of the National Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently hold service contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Alcatraz Island and Niagara Falls. City Ferry companies offer specialized knowledge and expertise required to transport passengers, vehicles and other cargo safely across inland and coastal waterways, serving as operator of NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico ferry system, among others. City Experiences’ portfolio of companies also offers a range of water- and land-based experiences including shore excursions, partner-offered experiences, multi-port packages, with companies including Venture Ashore, Niagara Jet City Cruises, Walks and Devour Tours. For more information visit cityexperiences.com.
About Hornblower Group
Hornblower Group is a global leader in experiences and transportation. Hornblower Group’s corporate businesses are comprised of three premier experience divisions: American Queen Voyages®, its overnight cruising division; City Experiences, its land and water-based experiences as well as ferry and transportation services; and Journey Beyond, Australia’s leading experiential travel group. Spanning a 100-year history, Hornblower Group’s portfolio of international offerings includes water-based experiences (dining and sightseeing cruises), land-based experiences (walking tours, food tours and excursions), overnight experiences (cruises and railways) and ferry and transportation services. Hornblower Marine, a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, provides vessel outhaul and maintenance services at Bridgeport Boatworks in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Additionally, Anchor Operating System, LLC, a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, provides reservation, ticketing, and website integration services for clients in the transportation, tourism and entertainment industries. Today, Hornblower Group’s global portfolio covers 114 countries and territories, 125 U.S. cities and serves more than 22 million guests annually. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Hornblower Group’s additional corporate offices reside in Adelaide, Australia; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; Dublin, Ireland; and across Ontario, Canada. For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.
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