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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  Varies
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.

Highlights

  • 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 July 2015

Moise, our tour guide, was spectacular! He made Venice even more magical for us!!! The combination of the water taxi ride and the walking tour is an excellent way to understand the history and present day life of this fantastic city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was thorough and interesting. Our guide was excellent was knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour, excellent organization, the guide was very kind and well informed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide's are fantastic. Tour is really worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Wonderful way to see Venice for first time. Tour guide was superb. He sorry I could not remember his name showed us the popular sites as well as neighborhoods of the locals.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Benefits of a small group tour meant that the whole experience felt a lot more personal and there were lots more opportunities to ask the tour guide questions. The guide was knowledgeable and I really enjoyed what I learnt about Venice. Water taxi ride is a great way to tour Venice!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our tour guide was wonderful, it ended up only being 4 people in our group. She was a native and told us all the wonderful information about this fantastic city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I would highly recommend this tour. The guide we had, the places we saw, the boat trip through the canals and the time set aside to do it was excellent. We didn't do the Doge's palace part of the trip so I'm not sure if we missed anything there but all in all we had a great afternoon out. The only issue we had was actually finding the guide near the bridge. As it's very busy maybe the guide should somehow be more prominent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The best guide I have ever met. Fantastic tour made so much better with our guide. Informative, incredibly knowledgeable, and a very friendly genuine personality. Excellent value for money. I hope that Aviator can pass this review on to our guide. Book this and enjoy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

You have great guides, and the information given was just superb for a first time visitor. Had a little trouble locating the guide in the morning - maybe a sign? And where was Marco Polo really born?

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