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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 November 2015

Tour guide was great. The water taxi ride was better than the gondola ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was wonderful, tour maybe a tad too long but overall excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really did enjoy this one!!!! One of the best tours we did in Venice. Enjoyable and interesting!
Best part was the hour on the water taxi. Definitely recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide, Susan, was outstanding!! What knowledge of Venice and its history. The boat tour was the BEST way to see this lovely city. In the morning, we had also a wonderful tour of the Doge's Palace, conducted by a lovely and entertaining Italian guide. We basically saw the prisons and their history, and then finished up on our own. The artwork and beauty of the Palace is simply mind-boggling. We only had two days in Venice, so this tour was a great way to get to know the city. Bring your walking shoes, however!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Rondove point was good and the tour was AOK.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fran, the guide, was clear, friendly, and competent. Both the canal ride and walking tour were just what we wanted. Saw the 2d tier of the basilica and walked through at a leisurely pace along with the commentary. The walk through the back streets was something I would not have ventured on my own! Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was well worth it. Guide was great...very knowledgeable. More activities than expected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We only wished we could have started our visit with this tour. Besides introducing us to the main sights of Venice, we spent a great deal of the time away from the crowds. There is much to see away from the maddening crowds. The taxi ride was also a great way to learn the layout of the city


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.

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