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San Lazzaro degli Armeni Tours

San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Originally a leper colony during the Middle Ages, the tiny island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni is most famous for its Armenian Catholic monastery. Home to monks of the Mekhitarist Order, San Lazzaro is a center for Armenian culture and boasts one of the world’s largest collections of Armenian manuscripts.
 
The Basics

A peaceful escape from bustling Venice, San Lazzaro is a popular day trip destination and features a church, bell tower, library, Armenian and Oriental museums, printing plant, gardens, and residential quarters. Tour the monastery grounds and explore a collection of artifacts from Ancient Egypt and India, including a well-preserved mummy of an Egyptian priest and a 15th-century Indian throne.
 
San Lazzaro degli Armeni is most often visited via boat tours of the Venetian Islands. Private and small-group boat tours of the Venetian Lagoon may also pass by the small islands of San Clemente and San Servolo, and the larger islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Since the monastery is still an active place of worship, you can only explore on a guided tour. These are offered once daily in a variety of languages.
  • Tours are run by a monk of the Mekhitarist Order.
  • The onsite gift shop sells island-made rose petal jam, which makes for a great souvenir.
 
How to Get There
San Lazzaro degli Armeni is located just west of the island of Lido, 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) southeast of Venice. The easiest way to reach San Lazzaro degli Armeni is on a guided boat tour of the Venetian Lagoon, or via vaporetto (water bus) Line 20 from the San Zaccaria Pier near St. Mark’s Square in Venice.
 
When to Get There
Guided tours of the Mekhitarist monastery of San Lazzaro run just once a day at 3:25pm. Reservations are not required for the tour, but it is recommended to check tour times in advance. San Lazzaro degli Armeni is less visited than the more popular islands of Lido, Burano, and Murano so it is the perfect spot to escape crowds at any time of year.
 
The Mekhitarist Monastery of San Lazzaro

Following invasion by the Ottoman empire, several Armenian Catholic monks fled to Venice in 1715 and were gifted the island of San Lazzaro from the Venetian Senate in 1717. The Mekhitarist Order then began a multilingual printing press, translating various literary works and medieval transcripts into Armenian.
Address: Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice 30100, Italy
Admission: Varies
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience San Lazzaro degli Armeni

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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

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Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
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Armenian Venice: private tour

Armenian Venice: private tour

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Trace the convergence of Armenian and Venetian cultures on a tour that’s ideal for travelers of Armenian heritage or anyone interested in Italy’s multicultural history. Visit the monastery on San Lazzaro degli Armeni island with a Mechitarist priest, and explore churches and gardens in Venice’s former Armenian district. An Armenian-Venetian guide lends a personal perspective to the itinerary.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Cruise: San Giorgio Maggiore and San Lazzaro degli Armeni Island

Private Cruise: San Giorgio Maggiore and San Lazzaro degli Armeni Island

Explore beyond the usual tourist attractions in Venice with this private boat tour to two islands in the Venetian Lagoon, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and San Giorgio Maggiore.
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Private Cruise: Churches and Cloisters on the Islands of Venice

Private Cruise: Churches and Cloisters on the Islands of Venice

Explore some of the hidden treasures of the Venice with this tour of the city's churches and cloisters. Learn about the histories of some of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. See churches on San Giorgio Maggiore island and San Lazzaro degli Armeni island among others to hear about how they were colonized by monks, nuns and religious communities in the past.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Cruise: Mystic Venice Cruise by Night

Private Cruise: Mystic Venice Cruise by Night

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To truly appreciate enchantment of Venice at night, you have to see it from the water! Spend an unforgettable evening out in ‘The Floating City’ with a private, 2-hour night cruise on the Venetian Lagoon. Get a fantastic new perspective of St Mark’s Square and other landmarks illuminated at night, and see the medieval church and bell towers of San Giorgio Island rising from the water in a mystical glow.
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Venice Sunset Experience with Private Luxury Boat and Bottle Prosecco

Venice Sunset Experience with Private Luxury Boat and Bottle Prosecco

During this bespoke sunset tour, we will be taking you to remarkable spots for a spectacular sunset on the Venetian lagoon. This is the recommended tour for those travelers who are in Venice for a short gateway and yet want to take the opportunity to immerse theirselves into the lagoon’s romantic atmosphere, casting away from the chaos of the city on a traditional wooden boat. Heading to the southern lagoon and the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, we reach the fortress on Sant’Andrea island, Vignole, Sant’Erasmo and its natural mudflats, to finally enjoy the best sunset on the Saint Mark water front from one of our preferred spots, such as the island of Armenians.
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Island hopping Giudecca San Giorgio San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni

Island hopping Giudecca San Giorgio San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni

Discover the forgotten and minor island of Venice. Industrial archaelogy meet art on Giudecca island while San Giorgio offers panoramic and unusual view on St. Mark's basin, hopping to the a forrmer psychiatric hospital at San Servolo and the convent at San Lazzaro degli Armeni, a real hidden gem! Other cities have suburban sprawls; Venice has primordial monasteries floating in teal-blue waters, former hopitals now converted to universities and parks, mental asylums, quarantine islands, convents for wayward nuns and industrial districts nowadays hosting art galleries or hotels.
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  • 5 hours
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Discovery tour by bike on Lido Island, the beach of Venice

Discovery tour by bike on Lido Island, the beach of Venice

We will discover the Lido island by bike, with its groomed shellac beaches, bronzed lifeguards and old ladies sipping Prosecco at the market, experiencing the Belle Epoque glamour passing in front of the beautiful hotels designed in the 20s in Art Noveau style. We will enjoy special views of Venice biking along the lagoon and reaching an old Israelitic cemetery. Biking through the San Nicolò harbor mouth we will reach its lighthouse and we will end up at the Hotel Excelsior, where the stars gather on the red carpet during the glittering Venice Movie Festival. We will bike along the canals of Malamocco, a colorful fishing village that’s like a miniature version of Venice, cycle through a forest reserve to a lighthouse and relax like the locals do by heading to quiet Alberoni beach for a drink or a swim. The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the abandoned island of Poveglia, the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio and San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$155.16
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Tour by bike on Lido Island, the beach of Venice!

Tour by bike on Lido Island, the beach of Venice!

We will discover the Lido island by bike, with its groomed shellac beaches, bronzed lifeguards and old ladies sipping Prosecco at the market, experiencing the Belle Epoque glamour passing in front of the beautiful hotels designed in the 20s in Art Noveau style. We will end up at the Hotel Excelsior, where the stars gather on the red carpet during the glittering Venice Movie Festival. We will bike along the canals of Malamocco, a colorful fishing village that’s like a miniature version of Venice, cycle through a forest reserve to a lighthouse and relax like the locals do by heading to quiet Alberoni beach for a drink or a swim. The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the abandoned island of Poveglia, the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio and San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
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  • 2 hours
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$86.60
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Tour in the Lagoon: Panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and visit of Murano

Tour in the Lagoon: Panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and visit of Murano

A panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and Islands with a stop and visit to the wonderful Murano. You will discover the hidden wonders in the Venetian Lagoon by sailing inside. You can admire views that are unique in the world, from Piazza San Marco to the coast of the Lido of Venice. A one-of-a-kind panoramic cruise in Venice. In Murano the cruise includes a stop of 1 hour and 30 minutes with a free guided tour of an artistic glass furnace. You will be able to closely observe a master glassmaker at work! You will also have plenty of time to visit the rest of the island. The total duration of the cruise is 3 hours. The Barracuda motor ship and the brand new Barracuda 58 'are double-decker boats with an open upper deck. Panoramic and silent motorboats that allow you to enjoy the maximum relaxation and safety of the spectacle offered by the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice. They are ideal for this type of cruise.
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Tour in the Lagoon: Panoramic cruise of the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice

Tour in the Lagoon: Panoramic cruise of the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice

A panoramic cruise to discover the lagoon and islands of Venice. History, views and a lot of magic to be experienced firsthand by sailing on a motor ship inside the famous and unique Venice Lagoon. Splendid breathtaking views from the most unique and exceptional point of view there is, the boat! The panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and Islands does not include stops and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. We offer our thirty years of experience to make you experience Venice in an exclusive and fascinating way. The Barracuda motor ship and the brand new Barracuda 58 'are double-decker boats with an open upper deck. Panoramic and silent motorboats that allow you to enjoy the maximum relaxation and safety of the spectacle offered by the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice. They are ideal for this type of cruise.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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