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  • Location:Venice, Italy
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Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

See Venice sights by land and water on this small-group Venice sightseeing tour. After a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal, enjoy a Venice walking tour, combining famous attractions with places that many tourist maps leave out! See Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), and then skip the line to visit St Mark's Basilica. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your friendly guide.

Keen to see more? Upgrade to include a two-hour tour of Doge's Palace, where you'll see the palace's magnificent public rooms, as well as the Piombi attic prison, which offers rare and limited access to the public.


  • Small-group Venice sightseeing tour by land and water
  • See top Venice sights along the Grand Canal on a 1-hour water taxi ride
  • Take a 2-hour walking tour, which includes Piazza San Marco and the Goldoni Theatre
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica di San Marco
  • Upgrade to include a 2-hour Doge's Palace tour, and see the Piombi attic prison (usually closed to the public)

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Your small-group Venice tour starts at the Grand Canal, the city's main waterway, which meanders past palaces, churches, bridges and open-air markets. The best way to see these attractions is by water taxi, and you’ll do just that on your one-hour guided Grand Canal tour. Your boat holds a maximum of 10 people, so you'll have no problem seeing the sights!

Next, disembark your water taxi for your small-group walking tour of top Venice attractions and hidden gems. See the external Bovolo staircase, in all its spiral glory, and pass the former home of Marco Polo, Venice's famous patron. Hear tales of his seafaring adventures in far-flung lands, and stroll through the lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo squares.

Then it’s on to the beautiful Goldoni Theatre, Venice's lesser-known but much-loved opera house, before you reach Rialto Bridge. This must-see landmark is adored by all who visit it, and you'll be awe-struck by its sleek marble lines that produce dazzling reflections in the water beneath.

You'll skip the line outside the Basilica di San Marco, and head straight in for a tour of the basilica and its second level terrace.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
If the tales of Doge's Palace aren't enough to satisfy your curiosity, then upgrade! You can include a unique two-hour Doge's Palace tour in the morning, allowing you to see both the magnificent public rooms and the rarely seen Piombi attic prison. Learn about the dark deeds of the Venetian doges, and see the attic prison where Giancomo Casanova was once held captive.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is the one tour you should take if you do not have much time. Highlights are the awesome San Marco Basilica and the Water taxi tour. You will skip the very very long line when visiting the San Marco Basilica. The water taxi tour trough the canals, will give you an excellent impression of Venice. The guide - Celica ? - is very friendly and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Outstanding guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had THE BEST tour guide Mosa probably spelling that wrong! But Italian for Moses is his name Incredible knowledge of history and his city. Superb knowledge of art history-- he was funny, charming and just made the three hours fly by. Incredible walking tour-- just so much history and connections to where Venetian history fits into world history. We all had such a good time. I would suggest this tour to anyone visiting Venice-- request Mosa you won't be disappointed!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Julia was good fun and very knowledgable, this is a great way of seeing Venice in a few hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was fabulous. The walking tour took us on back streets we could never find again on our own. We saw the real Venice. The Grand Canal Water Taxi ride also took us on many streets that the Gondolas do not visit, so you see more of Venice than any other tour.

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

was lovely and having prosecco in venetian pallazo was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was excellent, best way to see Venice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Mosses was extremely knowledgeable, polite and of character. First class operator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was lovely. Our guide was very informative and delightful. We saw a lot in just a few hours and it was very very enjoyable

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We needed a shorter tour to fit into our tight schedule. This tour was outstanding! Our tour guide, Nicolleta,
showed us many places that were less crowded and still very interesting. She recommended a locals'restaurant, and she explained how all the islands functioned together as a city. She showed us the city sites, as well, including the inside of St. Marks. It was very hot, and she showed us how the locals feel cooler. The boat ride on the Grand Canal was wonderful and relaxing. Seeing sites from a boat is easier than braving the crowds.

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