Meet your guide and small group of no more than 10 at the clock tower in St. Mark's Square midmorning, and set off by foot to the Castello district. Leave the tourist masses behind as you enter this charming eastern swath of the city that’s filled with narrow canals and quiet squares like Piazza San Zaccaria.
Learn the history of medieval Venetian confraternity houses — civic and spiritual layman’s societies — as you pass by the church of San Giorgio dei Greci and Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, and see the cluster of one-time shipyards and armories at the Arsenal.
At the Rio delle Galeazze, climb into a motorboat for a different perspective on the ‘Floating City.’ Zip through quiet Venetian canals past historic palazzos and romantic footbridges, and get fantastic views of the north side of the lagoon and Murano, Burano, and San Michele islands from the Fondamenta Nuove dock.
Join water taxis and gondolas on the Grand Canal as you cruise to the historic Rialto market. Take in the lively scene of vendors, tourists, and local shoppers at this famous open-air bazaar before concluding the 2-hour tour back at St. Mark's Square.