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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!


  • 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

Comfy shoes are essential for this tour. So much to see. The guide was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great walk through the alleys and streets of Venice especially the radio to each person on the tour so we could hear the guide through the headphones. Well presented tour and the boat trip topped the day off. So much information on the history of Venice it was well worth the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The walking tour of Venice was very good learnt so much from our guide Gina who gave us a wonderful insight about the history and life in Venice. It was a very hot day and tough walking she tried to keep us cool by stopping in the shade as much as possible. Unfortunately were unable to do the boat tour but overall I would recommend this tour as a great way to learn more about this amazing city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Found it very worthwhile..!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Cool and relax

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was very interesting, the tour guide is local who lives in Venice and know lots of details and information about it. Strongly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The walking tour was informative but the water tour is a must to see all the hidden areas you would never see by land. length of tour and information was perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide is so informative and interesting. St. Mark's Basilica is so crowded and good to have this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

These tours were very good. Marco for the walking tour was very informative and humorous. The boat tour was quite interesting as we navigated through the canals

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