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Tour code: 3731VENICEHALF
Explore the most famous sites in Venice with an insider guide on this 2-hour walking tour. Learn the history of iconic attractions around St Mark’s Square, and explore the commercial heart of this ancient city as you walk across the Rialto Bridge. Head to the front of the long line at St Mark’s Basilica to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold splendor without the wait.
Two optional upgrades include a small-group tour with a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal and a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace at St Mark’s Square.


  • 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!

For an excellent introduction to Venice, spend 2 hours exploring its most iconic attractions with an expert guide. Your walking tour begins at the famous Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal. The oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto marks the historic and current commercial hub of the city and is bustling with shops and markets.
Wander away from the crowds to explore hidden gems and unique architecture. Stroll around the squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and stop at the former home of the medieval merchant explorer Marco Polo.
Make your way to St Mark’s Square for a guided overview of its world-famous attractions. At the glorious, Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica, skip the long line and head straight inside. Admire the cathedral’s soaring, gilded domes, and enjoy a unique view of St Mark’s Square from the basilica’s upper terraces.
Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration, 2 pm start):
Enjoy a more personalized experience with a group of no more than 10 people. Start your tour with a 1-hour water taxi ride along Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the famous Goldoni Theater and Bovolo staircase in addition to all the sights on the standard tour.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
For inside look at the remarkable Doge’s Palace, upgrade to include a 1.5-hour guided tour. Skip the line and explore the palace’s lavish public rooms decorated with masterpieces of Renaissance painting, including famous frescos by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear stories of the trials, treachery and espionage that took place within the palace walls, and walk across the tragically named Bridge of Sighs, where captives entered the palace’s notorious prison network.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was the best tour of our 4 days in Venice. Our tour guide was amazing, and we learned so much about Venice and all of its history. The walking tour was at a good pace, not too fast, and was extremely enjoyable! Well done!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, guide was very knowledgeable and a great introduction to the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Elena, our guide, is top notch!!!

Edda L P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Having a tour was the best thing to do. I really recommend it because it is the best way to learn about the city and also to skip the line to see the majestic Saint Mark Basilica with somebody explaing to you each detail os the church


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Elena was the BEST guide! Very knowledgeable, passionate and fun! She was organized and took us all around Venice. We had a wonderful experience exploring Venice and visiting St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace with her. This was hands down the best tour we went on during our 2.5 weeks in Europe!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent guide seeing some of the must do's in Venice

Steph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Elizabeth was a pleasure! Real and authentic! As a venetian her knowledge was second to none. She was charismatic and funny giving lots of interesting facts and finds of Venice. We found this tour insightful, the right length and very fun! Skipping the ques for Doges and St Mark's was a bonus and when inside we got some great information and time to look around! Well worth the money!

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was awesome! Tour guide grew up in Venice so it was perfect. The amount of time was nice, not too long, and the walking wasn't bad. Would do this tour again with 'Skip the Line' access, very nice!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Definitely recommend this tour. Our guide Franca was great, very knowledgable and passionate. Being able to skip the line is helpful as well. The tour uses headphones so you can hear the guide at all times. 3 hours is just the right amount of time. A must if in Venice for a short time.

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour, you do not want to miss the palace or Basilica. The guides do a very good job of giving you the history and hidden gems when conducting the tour. Definitely a must do.

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