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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

Kendra K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great walking tour despite all the crouds

Judith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and very clear with all information during the 3 hour tour. Not one detail was skipped, and not one of the beautiful views of Venice was missed during this 3 hour tour. Additionally, the boat tour is another amazing feature to get an even closer view of Venice! I'd recommend this tour to anyone whom is visiting Venice for the first time!

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent

wenstuy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was great, we had great guides and learnt lots about Venice. And boat ride was really good. It gave another perspective. A definite plus to our stay

Johan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I visited Venice for the first time and decided to book this tour with my family. It was a fantastic introduction to Venice and very interesting. Our guides were fantastic, very knowledgeable and entertaining throughout. It is a easy two hour walk around the main sights. You will learn a lot about the history and interesting water ways while walking through the various areas. I learnt that across every bridge there is a Church, absolutely fascinating. After that we went on a 1 hour boat trip around the canals looking at Venice from a different perspective. Again our guide was very entertaining, friendly and happy to answer a number of questions. It was a top class day and a must to get a feel for Venice.

Gill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was great to be shown the beauty of Venice by someone who loved the city and had a fantastic command of the English language. It brought the city to life.

Gail B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a great tour! Fredericka, our tour guide was so welcoming and informative. It is a great way to get a overview of Venice and then you will feel more comfortable exploring on your own after that. Our water taxi guide was great as well but I am not sure he told us his name. A must do.

Sid S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent. Guide was very helpful and explained the history and landmarks for all to understand.

annie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

amazing, the boatman are good. hope to see the place again

pam.earl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

If you don't have a lot of time this is a great way to spend the day seeing and learning about Venice. Our tour guide for the walk was a local girl and was very informative. We had plenty of free time and also saw Venice by boat on the Grand Canal which gives you a different perspective. A value for money day.

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