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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 August 2015

Very good as we saw parts of Venice that the tourist does not normally visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a very nice walking tour, we have seen the most important highlights in a limited amount of time. Interesting guide, nice places and most important: skip the line! No waiting!!! Even our children enjoyed the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour guide. We liked how the tour began on the water and also liked the walking tour. The tour guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We are so happy that we did this tour! Our guide, Francesca was wonderful, very friendly, funny and knowledgeable! We would highly recommend this tour and are glad we did it in the morning when it wasn't so hot yet. It was wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

excellent tour. the guide was very knowledgeable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was amazing! She as an art history professor from England who has lived in Venice for 20 years. She was knowledgeable and engaging and even made special efforts with the kids in our group to keep them engaged as well, sometimes asking kid-level questions or making games for them along the way as we toured. This tour was well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Simply Amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a brilliant tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. It was very well organised from the start meeting point, giving out and testing headsets to the one and a half tour around the Doges palace a quick break for toilets and the opportunity to buy water before we set off. A must for any traveller who wants to understand the Venetians and their history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great! Though I would recommend to add as well the visit to the Dogos palace.

Sachin
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was very professionally conducted. Everything went according to plan, with the tickets being given to us before entering the Basilica. The guide was very knowledgeable. The only issue was the lack of restroom facilities.

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