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.
- 2-hour walking tour of Venice's top attractions
- Discover Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the former house of Marco Polo
- Skip the long lines at the Basilica di San Marco with fast-track entrance
- Tour Basilica di San Marco and its terraces, where you'll see views of Piazza San Marco below
- Upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour with your expert guide
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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 Piazza San Marco, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doges 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 (Basilica di San Marco), which is often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare guided 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 the 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.
Reviewed by Sarah N, May 2013
Excellent tour - well worth it!
Reviewed by Vijayalakshimi M, May 2013
We had a lovely time in venice,weather was very kind to us. This trip which we took in the afternoon was very good. I think the guides name was Andre. He was was full of information considerate and acknowledged each person and introduce himself to us individually as we met up. Alot of patience too. Voice was clear and good phase.,we could follow.The ear phones too worked properly. I would recommend Andre anytime. We all really did enjoy this tour.Unfortunately one of our group was sick and could not make it and he was disappointed when we highlighted our trip to him.