This was a great tour. Our guide was amazing in telling us about the history of Venice as well as it's geographical influence in the 15th and 16th century. We started the day with the Doge Palace which was mind blowing. The paintings, the architecture, the history and so much more were a treasure to the eyes. We especially appreciated having a 15-20 minutes breaks between this visit and the visit of the Basilica since it gets a bit overwhelming to receive so much information at once and to completely appreciate what you see. Unfortunately, the visit of St Mark's Basilica was a bit crowded and too short. You have to follow a set path and you can't really spend time appreciating all there is to see. I would say we spent maybe 20 minutes inside which was not enough for us to feel satisfied. Then we moved on to our walking tour. This was an eye opening as we had been in Venice 3 days already and still were trying to find our way around those tiny alleys. It was great to have a guide that knows exactly where they are going and to see how intimate Venice can be.
Walking tour was great, guide was excellent, very informative. Also I was very glad we had avoid the queue tickets for the Basilica and Doges Palace because the queues were horrendous.
Interesting history of the area and Basilica. Would have liked to have had more time in the Basilica itself. Best part of the tour was getting out into the neighborhoods of Venice and getting an insider view.
Our tour turned out to be a relatively small group of 12. Our tour guide was great. I think his name was Mose but cannot be sure. He was easy to understand and provided a wealth of information as we walked though the streets of Venice. Seeing the people lining up at the Basilica and the Doge's Palace made us appreciate the skip the line aspect of the tour even more. Overall, a great time and well worth the value.
Our guide was very knowledgable the tour length was just right, perhaps you could advise women they need both legs and shoulders covered for the basilica in advance.
I advise anyone that is visiting teh Basilica in Venice to Skip the line and book with Viator it was a superb tour with audio information so great if you have a hearing problem. Really recommend it
Great walking tour of Venice and of St Mark's Basilica. Loved the boat ride and all the information from the tour guide. She told us many things of Venice that I did not know. My daughter and I loved it. As usual, Viator uses the best tour companies out there.
Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, easy to understand. The boat cruise was lengthy, taking in half the perimeter of Venice and back through the Grand Canal. There was many sights of interest along the way. The walk was an easy pace and took us through some of the back streets looking at historic places of interest. Our tour of the Basilica included going up to the balcony that overlooks St Mark's square. Our guide gave a comprehensive talk on the meaning of the mosaic art work on the ceilings and walls. The tour itself was very informative and enjoyable, and we felt it was value for money.
We met our guide Maria and were given headsets to clearly hear her along the walk. She spoke English ok, had to focus a bit to understand but I was still able to get the gist of it. She was very knowledgeable of Venice's history, being born and raised there. She took us along walkways that are not traveled by tourist, mainly locals in the hopes to avoid all the tourists. We toured thru the St. Mark's Basilica, skipping the long lines of course. Maria was witty and we really enjoyed our time with her. Then we met up a couple hours later in the same location for our boat tour. Our tour guide was a Venice native as well, blonde and beautiful. I'm bummed I can't remember her name...Maria maybe? She was extremely sweet and kind. Always smiling and did a wonderful job informing us of all the lovely sites along the way. The group only had 8 people so seeing the sights was perfect! Getting good pictures was perfect. The weather was absolutely beautiful all day, clear blue skies! Our driver of the boat did an outstanding job as well. We really enjoyed this whole tour! Very highly recommend this tour to help get your bearings of the island!
Our tour of Venice street, St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace was GREAT, thanks in part to our wonderful tour guide, Francesca. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. The headphones were a great way to hear everything, and her English was perfect.
Both tours were marvellous. Adriana was our guide on the boat tour, group of only 8. She was very friendly, knowledgeable in every way and my wife who admits to short-term concentration was spellbound for the whole tour.
The walking guide was also a very professional lady with a red umbrella easy to follow, a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Group size was only 9 but we may have been lucky. We believe she was a local was and a mine of information. She gave us a very varied tour including many facets of Venetian life both past and present. We think her name was Philippa or similar.
It was appreciated that we went into San Marco Basilica a wonderful experience without queuing.
Both guides were very pleased to answer questions. Fabulous tours.
Just to mention that the meeting place Royal Gardens was hard to find but once we realised it's Palazzo Reale on the maps it was the ideal centrally located, quiet place to meet right on the waterfront so close to San Marco. We suggest you put it's location on your website. Also several other people cruising on Royal Caribbean hadn't realised they could do the the boat tour the day before the walking tour fitting in with the boat docking and sailing times over the 2 days. The nice lady I spoke to in Vegas was very helpful and she specified on the booking confirmation how we wanted the tours to be split. She even sympathised with our dreadful weather in England.
We will use Viator again.
Rick and Trina
The tour guide was excellent. the walk through does get you into the basilica faster but just so you know, you are NOT able to take pictures or linger at all in the place itself. Some people were very disappointed with this rule, but it applied to all. The rest of the tour was very good also!
We had an amazing guide, Marina, for our tours of both the Doge's palace and Basilica walking tour. She gave us so much information in a very entertaining manner. Even though Venice was very crowded, we had no trouble going through the Doge's palace. We did the first two parts back to back then had time off before our evening boat trip on the Grand Canal. Very enjoyable.
Bloody brilliant! My 5th time to Venice and thought I knew it all. Booked it because was my wife's first trip.
I was learning from the get-go and realised that much of what I already knew was only half the story. Gina, Marina and the joyously smiling and happy Georgia were brilliant guides. Gina, our guide for the Palace was hilarious as well as being a Phd in History. Fantastic Marina showed us Castello and how Venetians really lived and live now before the Basilica. Georgia did the boat tour showing us all the sights on the Grand Canal before the backwater Canaletti. This last trip was so good we elected to cancel our planned gondola ride miseries! which was to cost as much as this entire day of tours for 2. All native Venetians, they came across as if this was their first and last chance to impart their love and knowledge of their City. You also have wireless earphones so never need to strain to hear the guides or struggle to keep up/crowd around them. You'll take in the Doge's Palace, San Marco Basilica jumping the queues and the canals on a private water taxi. Entry tickets alone would cost you almost as much as this so it's a no-brainer. Advice - take the Late Tour - it doesn't start any later but gives more time in between for a stroll/Aperol Spritz/window shopping and spreads the tours out over the day. Also don't take backpacks any other sort of bag is ok as you'll have to hand them in to security wherever you go while inconveniencing the guides. It's obviously becoming increasingly tough economically to live and work in Venice nowadays and these 3 guides thoroughly earn that privilege by being among the best in the world every day. Enjoy.
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The guide was a native Venetian and in addition to guiding us through the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, toured the district of Castello where she lived to give us a feeling for how Venetians lived in Venice.
Very interesting tour showing some of the smaller narrow streets and little squares of Venice, taking us past Marco Polo's family home. Susan our guide was excellent with a wealth of current and historical knowledge of Venice - having lived in the city for many years. The tour took a gentle pace which would suit older, less spritely people, but not too slow to put off younger, more able people. The information given in the Basilica was very interesting, as it was during the walking part of the tour. It was great to skip the line at the Basilica also. Definitely worth taking a tour, as you gain so much more than wandering around on your own. Thank you Susan
We had 2 walking tours in Venice on same day. Both guides were knowledgeable and were careful to keep the group together. There is so much history here that it is truly an overview. The St Marks Basilica is huge and you only get a quick walk through.
These tours are worth taking.
We had a great female tour guide. It saves a lot of time not having to stand in line to see the Doge's Palace, or St. Mark's Basilica. I was disappointed that the access to the basilica is greatly restricted at this time. The first time I was there, I was able to go to every corner. Now, there is a path you must follow. Maybe there are other tours of the basilica that allow you in other areas.
Very interesting walking tour, great to skip the lines at the Basilica. Loved the afternoon boat ride.
Both the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours including the Venice Walking Tour were excellent. In retrospect, we should have eliminated the cruise of the canals as we were already using the water bus system.
Its a good introductory glimpse into Venice. You'll go through Piazza San Marco including St. Marks Basilica and some of the more busy/touristy streets in Venice as well as some of the more homey/quieter ones. Afterwards, you'll most likely wait a few hours and then have a tour of the grand canal in a private taxi with 4-5 other guests. Great way to view the city/canal if you have just arrived into Venice.
3decent tours of a very exceptional Basilica, crowded streets of Venice and the Grand Canal. The tour guides all seemed somewhat tired or this could be attributed to people asking extremely inane questions throughout the tours. These are all must sees and aside from the historical factor provided by the guides, something you could see for yourself.
The basilica is not to be missed and it was fun to be alone in the Baptistry and Zen chapel!
Basilica a little brief with no balcony visit.The history of Venice given is excellent.
In the morning we visited the Doge's palace which was very beautiful, interest, lots of great history. The afternoon was a very fast trip to St. Marks basilica and then walking a few streets of Rome with some history along the way. I would have preferred a little more time at St. Marks, there was a long break between the 2 and felt there was room there for more time in the church. Otherwise a great tour.
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