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Tour code: 2635V1DAY
See the best of Venice in a day on a combo tour that caps a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a local guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.

Highlights

  • Three-hour combination walking and boat tour of Venice
  • Enjoy a two-hour walking tour including the famous monuments of St Mark’s square, such as Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to St Mark's Basilica
  • See Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the home of Marco Polo and the Rialto Bridge
  • Explore small back streets, narrow passageways and piazzas as you learn about historical Venice from your guide
  • Relax while cruising along the Grand Canal as well as minor canals aboard a water taxi for one hour

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Visit St. Mark's Basilica

Start your Venice in one day tour with a 2-hour guided walk to learn about the city’s key monuments. In St Mark’s Square, hear the history behind legendary sights such as St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace prisons.

Admission lines at top Venice attractions are long and no more so than at St Mark’s Basilica. Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the lines and step straight inside. Then admire the acclaimed mosaics that adorn the basilica’s interior as you explore with your guide.

From St Mark’s Basilica, continue to Scuola Grande di San Marco (aka Ospedale Civile). Today the historic building is used as a museum and hospital, but, in its medieval heyday it functioned as a school that helped to lay the foundations for Venice’s trade empire.

Leave the tourist crowds behind, and follow your guide around the winding alleyways that form the backstreets of Venice. Explore narrow passageways that cut between sun-bleached palazzos, and admire pretty bridges that cross the canals as you learn about Venice’s tucked-away treasures.

Pass through Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire its gothic palaces, and have your camera ready for Marco Polo’s House. Other sights include an age-old merchants warehouse and a wellhead, which many say is the city’s most beautiful.

Say goodbye to your guide at Rialto Bridge, and make the most of some free time before your 1-hour water taxi cruise along the Grand Canal.

As you glide down the waterway, listen to stories about the eye-catching palaces and churches that line your route, and hear fun facts about the famous residents that have lived on the equally famous street. Continue with a tour of the smaller, lesser-seen canals. Hop back on to dry land to finish your experience in central Venice.

Please note: On rare occasions, St Mark’s Basilica may be closed due to flash floods.

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Customer Reviews

Roger D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great Guides. Funny and informative for both the Skip the line and the Boat trip. We would both recommend the whole thing...

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour around Venice was very nice. St Marks Basilica was gorgeous. We enjoyed the boat ride although it would have been nice if it were a Gondola. Tour was in the morning and boat ride in the afternoon.

Jozsef P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Interesting tour

emma.lavecchia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful!!! The boat excursion was a highlight. Stunning way to see magical Venice.

Susan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a short time in beautiful Venice so this was the best thing we could have done. The city came alive to us through the information given to us by Stefan, our guide. He was a wealth of small details. The boat tour guide, Georgeann, I believe, was exhuberant and fun. Well worth our time.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

STEPHEN I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was a fantastic way for us to learn about all of the major tourist attractions in Venice as well as all of the wonderful hidden gems that you wouldn't see without a local guide. The boat tour portion was kind of a waste- the sound system was terrible and with most of the boat being closed off, it didn't really afford an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings.

Paul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It Was a great tour ! The walking visit was very interesting our guide Marco was super! The boat tour was long enough and perfectly commented! Do that excursion the first day you arrive in Venice it will give you a nice overview!

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The walking tour and tour of St. Marks was great. We had great weather, which helped, but Marco was very informative and pleasant. His knowledge and passion for the city was obvious. The boat to was also exciting. The trip down the Grand Canal was informative, as our guide provided us with a lot of history. We also got to go down many smal canals to get a great feel for the city of Venice.

AOB United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was fantastic, I would definitely recommend the tour and we had a local guide also and she was brilliant

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