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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:Standard Tour: approx. 2 hoursStandard Tour including Doge's Palace: approx. 3.5 hours

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

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.


  • 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 September 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful tour with Susan the other day. She took us on many back streets where we had never explored. The Doges Palace was the highlight of the day. Would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide was great at explaining the history behind Venice and the sites. the tour is recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great history and great places visited! Our tour guide was so friendly and funny and knew everything! I would do this one again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Susan, our guide, was a lovely cheerful lady who explained the various layers of Venice so well. She is English and lived in Venice until recently. She knew all the hidden passageways and lovely quaint squares and churches. She made statements like 'this is a great bar/coffee shop. I used to come here before work etc' It made it all so real. And we did go back to the bar/coffee shop and felt like we were locals!! Venice just keeps unveiling itself the more you walk. Do walk in Venice. There is so much to discover. Susan recommended we go to the Jewish Ghetto the original Ghetto and it is well worth the visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent!! We all loved it and intend to go back next year

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide, 'Freddy', was wonderful. She was caring, and gave a continuous informative commentary. Would recommend this trip to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Expensive but worth it, our guide was great! It was nice to skip the lines too and we learned a lot.

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