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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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Venezia, Italy
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Learn about historical Venice from your guide
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a water taxi ride
  • Break for lunch and shopping with free time between tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

At a price that's right, this affordable combo tour shows off Venice's highlights by land and by water.
Professional English-speaking guide
Walking tour (2 hours)
Grand Canal boat tour by motor-launch (1-hour)
Radio Headsets
Gratuities
Hotel pickup or drop-off
Food and drink, unless specified

Departure Point

Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your "Venice in a day" tour with a guided walk to learn about the city’s key monuments. In St. Mark’s Square, hear the history behind legendary sights such as St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace prisons.

Admission lines at top Venice attractions are long and no more so than at St. Mark’s Basilica. Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the lines and step straight inside. Then admire the acclaimed mosaics that adorn the basilica’s interior as you explore with your guide.

From St. Mark’s Basilica, continue to Scuola Grande di San Marco (aka Ospedale Civile). Today the historic building is used as a museum and hospital, but, in its medieval heyday, it functioned as a school that helped to lay the foundations for Venice’s trade empire.

Leave the tourist crowds behind, and follow your guide around the winding alleyways that form the backstreets of Venice. Explore narrow passageways that cut between sun-bleached palazzos, and admire the bridges that cross the canals.

Pass through Campo Santa Maria Formosa to see its gothic palaces, and have your camera ready for Marco Polo’s House. Other sights include an age-old merchants warehouse and a wellhead, which many say is the city’s most beautiful.

Say goodbye to your guide at Rialto Bridge, and make the most of some free time before your water taxi cruise along the Grand Canal.

As you glide down the waterway, listen to stories about the eye-catching palaces and churches that line your route, and hear fun facts about the famous residents that have lived on the equally famous street. Continue on a tour of the smaller, lesser-seen canals. Hop back on to dry land to finish your experience in central Venice.

Please note: There is a break between the walking tour and Grand Canal boat tour, for you to spend time at leisure. The duration of this break varies depending on the season. Details of the exact meeting location and time for the Grand Canal Boat Tour are given by your guide after the walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Enjoy the introduction to Venice history and culture with our local expert English-speaking guide
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Enter in St. Mark's Basilica for an in-depth tour of the famous Basilica
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Pass by the famous Campo in Santa Maria Formosa
Pass By:  
Casa di Marco Polo
Our guide will show you where the famous merchant visited in Venice
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
End your tour at the Rialto Bridge where your guide will give you full explanation about the merchant life in the Venetian Golden Age
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
In the afternoon, travel along the Grand Canal for 1 hour with a group of max 8\9 people per boat
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • Occasionally the basilica will be closed to the public (without notice) because of festivities or high water
  • It is possible to take the walking tour and boat tour separately (over a couple of days). Please specify the date for each tour at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • In condition of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark’s basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October – From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica , this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restoration works St Mark's Basilica will remain temporarily closed for visitors until further notice. The guide will provide explanation from outside. We will notify you as soon as there are updates from the local authorities regarding admittance to the Basilica.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear comfortable shoes, do not bring a backpack as you will not be allowed to carry it in St. Marks." See review
  • "This was a lot of walking so wear good shoes." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great introduction to Venice for first time visitors.
MariPasu
, Oct 2020
The tour gave us a great introduction to the city on our first day in Venice and it helped us choose what to visit in the following days. As the St Mark's Basilica cannot be entered due to Corona regulations, our guide Cristina took us to some other very nice spots instead. For us it was just the right amount of explanations, walking, and breaks. I'd recommend the tour to anyone who visits Venice the first time.
star-5
Perfect Tour
Liam_M
, Feb 2020
Our tour guides had wonderful Knowledge about the city; they were personable, humorous and had excellent English! We booked the tour on our first day and it really provided us with a secure grasp of the culture, heritage and layout of the city. The canal boat tour was glorious!
star-4
Informative and well paced tour.
Niusha_M
, Feb 2020
Good tour, nice guides and provided a great overview of city history. I would have lived to visit a couple of more sites in the city given the price.
star-5
Venice boat tour and Bascilica tour
djoy1958
, Feb 2020
Francesco was our tour guide. Being a Venetian native, he was able to share information that he knew first hand. The Bascilica was amazing and the boat tour a blast. I highly recommend both and ask for Francesco... you won’t be disappointed!
star-4
venice highlights at a glance
209sofiav
, Dec 2019
our guide Christina, knew everything about her city and was really enthusiastic giving us all the information Also the boat tour was great However the price was rather high
star-5
Excellent skip the queue tour Venice
Lynne T
, Dec 2019
Very enjoyable tour, Knowledgeable tour guide (Christina). Would recommend to anyone visiting Venice. Have used Viator before in other locations and have never had any issues. Good value.
star-4
Good Tour
Ann-Marie232019
, Nov 2019
Both guides had a wealth of knowledge and were very pleasant and accommodating. I suggest seeing Venice via foot and boat as you get two very different perspectives.
star-5
Great experience!
Nomad47072333976
, Nov 2019
Great experience! I had a good time! Staff was very nice and friendly! I will book again! I really like Venice!
star-2
Venice tour
raybX8724FP
, Nov 2019
Very boring tour. Guide was not informative and stood outside St. Mark's for a long time in the heat with boring explanations. Boat tour was ok but not great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you found our guide boring and I can not object a personal point of view . I can only say that we've been operating our Venice tours for about 20 years and that overall iur tours and guides have met the appreciation of many travellers . Our main goal is to deliver quality experiences to our guests . Kindest Regards Monica
star-5
Venice tour
164drc
, Oct 2019
Utterly spectacular, informative, all-day walking and boat trip to parts of Venice we've never even seen before. Totally worth the money.

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