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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tour on the Grand Canal. From Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to the Rialto Bridge, your informative guide will offer historical perspectives on this fascinating medieval city. Plus, you'll skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica – there’s no need to waste time waiting in lines when you're on vacation!

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

Your comprehensive introduction to Venice begins near St Mark’s Square with a two-hour guided walking tour highlighting the city’s important monuments. Follow your guide to the famous piazza and learn the history behind its landmarks, including the Byzantine architectural heritage of St Mark's Basilica and the adjoining prisons of Doge's Palace.

Visit the famed basilica of St Mark's with skip-the-line admission, without having to stand in long queues! At the Scuola di San Marco, learn about the medieval trade schools of Venice that provided the foundations for the great mercantile empire of Venice.

Leaving the crowds behind, enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways, alleys and meandering canals punctuated by delicate bridges as you further explore the enchanting city with your guide. Explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Gothic palaces, and view Marco Polo's house as well as an old merchant's warehouse and the city’s most beautiful wellhead.

Complete your walking tour near the Rialto Bridge, and enjoy free time before your boat tour of the Grand Canal begins. (Depending on the season, your boat tour will start between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Your guide will provide details of the exact meeting location and time after the walking tour.)

Next, enjoy a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice via water taxi. Along the way you will learn the history of the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous canal, as well as hear anecdotes about the famous people who have resided on Venice's most important ‘street.’ During the second half of your boat tour, discover the minor canals of Venice and soak up the romantic atmosphere.

Please note: St Mark's Basilica is free of charge to enter and we guarantee that you'll skip any long lines as part of this tour. Venice is subject to flash floods and occasionally the Basilica is closed to the public (without notice) because of high water or festivities.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good. The tour guide told us a lot of history of Venice and what were the highlights to hit while there. The boat tour was great and the best way to really see Venice. Much cheaper than the gondola's but just as fun and a longer tour. I fell in love with Venice! It is a magical city indeed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great introduction to Venice, very knowledgeable guides! The walking tour and boat tour offered a well rounded Venice experience. Enjoyed every minute of both tours.
The tours start at the Gardens entrance, information that was not given in the confirmation email from Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour, covered many important sights, very informative guide, love the skip the line to st. marks.
We also enjoyed the boat tour, all was perfect !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

For a first day in Venice this tour was great--We had a fantastic visit of St Marks Cathedral almost by ourselves followed by a fascinating wander throughout much of the canals and back ways of Venice. After a brief break our boat tour capped the day with about 90 minutes in the canals and waterways led by a super guide full of information and the back stories. Both guides were very helpful in suggesting options for our following days in Venice--options we selected and which turned out great, like visits to Murano and Burano. The group in the walking tour was small and ensured that each of us got a lot of individual attention and the boat ride had 4-5 guests and a guide per boat. This tour was top of the line!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great way to experience Venice for the first time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and fluent in English. The boat tour was on a small boat and very good at showing Venice from its famous canals. The time difference between the walking and boat tours was good. It allowed us to explore more of the main part of Venice and have a nice lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour, good tour guide, very knowlegable about her place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great guides that made the tour even better

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a wonderful time during our tour. Miko was friendly, polite, and informative. We loved both the walking tour portion as well as the boat tour. We felt we had a good lay of the land afterward to go off and explore more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had an amazing time - very professional tour - highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

completly faultless. would highly recommend

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