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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  Standard Tour: approx. 2 hoursStandard Tour including Doge's Palace: approx. 3.5 hours
See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), and then enjoy a tour of St Mark's Basilica, to which you’ll have skip-the-line access.

If you want to see more, upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour! Explore its opulent public rooms, see the Bridge of Sighs and learn about the doges, who ruled Venice in bygone times.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the former house of Marco Polo
  • Skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica with fast-track entrance
  • Tour St Mark's Basilica and its terraces, where you'll see views of St Mark's Square below
  • Upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour with your expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

See Rialto Bridge on a walking tour of Venice!

Your 2-hour Venice walking tour starts at an iconic Venice attraction -- the elegant Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) -- a favorite sight for many and the oldest bridge in Venice. From this beautiful marble landmark you'll head off with your guide, listening to fascinating anecdotes and stories about the city as you walk.

Pass Marco Polo's house, and hear tales of this popular Venetian explorer and his seafaring adventures. You'll walk through lively Venice squares, including Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and see locals going about their daily business shadowed by the city’s historic structures of varying architectural styles.

Next visit St Mark's Square, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doge's Palace with its distinctive, white-limestone facade. Giancomo Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was once held captive in the palace’s prison.

Continue to St Mark's Basilica, a place of worship that's often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare tour of its second level and terraces. Be sure to bring your camera to capture views of the bustling piazza below!

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration and 2pm start):
Keen to see all these Venice sights in a small-group of no more than 10 people, and enjoy a Grand Canal water taxi ride? Then upgrade and hop aboard a luxury water taxi and see the delights of Venice's Grand Canal on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. Follow this with a small-group walking tour, seeing all the sights listed in the standard tour plus Bovolo Staircase and Goldoni Theatre.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
More time to spend? Upgrade to include a 1.5-tour of Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace's ornately decorated public rooms. See incredible Renaissance art, including ceiling frescos by Tintoretto and the Veronese masterpiece Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, see the corner of the room where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service. Your Doge's Palace tour ends at the palace's Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify prisoners’ weary sighs as they caught their last sight of beautiful Venice.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was great. I wasn't so sure about Venice when first arriving but after this tour I had learned so much from our guide Francesca, I ended up not wanting to leave. It was great knowing about all the sights and little streets. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn some history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful tour through the back streets of Venice and on to the Basilica of San Marco. Highly informative with lots of small bits of information that made it special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was very informative and well worth the time and money. Our guide was charming and the visit to St Marks cathedral was the highlight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour. Guide took us to places where history really comes to life. Lot of experience and information given. Recommended for people with a thirst to know the place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide, Arianna, was wonderful. She was highly educated, spoke English well, and knew so much about the art and the history. She was lively and interesting, and made the heat and the crowds much more bearable. This was one of our favorite tours on our month-long trip in Europe. Also, the fact we had only a small group was great. There was a mix-up at the beginning, though. nothing to do with Arianna The documents said the tour started at 2:00pm, and we waited and waited, thinking we were in the wrong spot. We finally found a representative, who indicated the tour time had been changed to 2:30pm --- we had not received any notice of that!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Susan was excellent! Knowledgeable and fun. All nine of learned a great deal. We would do it again. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

AWESOME tour...awesome guide! Susan's knowledge of Venice was amazing and she took us into some rarely seen back alleys with gorgeous views. I really enjoyed the small group tour and getting to see the inside of the Basilica and continuing to the Doge's palace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding! Our guide Claudia? was very knowledgeable about the history, the architecture, and the stories of Venice. Skip the line tours are wonderful, especially when your time is short in a city. We definitely saw the most important sights and hopefully we can return for the rest this city has to offer another. We loved the headsets in a city packed with tourists and talking tour guides. This was a fantastic experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent really enjoyed it and our tour guidewas fantastic and kept us informed at every stage of teh trip. Really worth the money

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